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The season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Church’s new liturgical year, begins on Sunday, December 3.  The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival”. The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve.

On Sunday, November 26, we celebrate the Feast of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This Feast is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time,  marking the end of the liturgical year.

On Sunday, November 19, Roman Catholics will celebrate the first annual World Day of the Poor. This new world day of prayer was officially announced by Pope Francis in a letter dated June 13, 2017 and is to be observed annually on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Sunday preceding the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The theme this year is “Let us love, not with words, but with deeds”, inspired by the First Letter of John (3:18).

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is responding in Bangladesh at the border area with Myanmar in the district of Cox’s Bazar. It is supporting a food distribution program with its partner Caritas Bangladesh.

The Canadian government announced on October 31st, 2017 that it will match admissible donations made before November 28th to an eligible Canadian charitable organization, which includes Development and Peace.  To donate go to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.

We are pleased to welcome to our Diocese Reverend Mathew George, CFIC, a member of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception, who arrived in the Diocese on October 31. Please join in welcoming Father to the diocese and praying for God’s blessing upon his ministry.

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, more commonly referred to as All Souls Day, is observed annually on November 2. This is a day set aside for honoring the dead and praying for the souls of the faithful departed; it is not a holy day of obligation.

November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints, a day dedicated to all of the saints of the Church, both those known and unknown.

In the early years of the Church, the tradition was to celebrate the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. However, when martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, many local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to be certain that all martyrs, both known and unknown, were properly honored.

This year, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on Sunday, October 22. World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics around the world to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. The theme this year is Mission at the heart of the Christian faith.

World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16 to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.” Events will be organized in over 150 countries to raise awareness about hunger and the need to ensure that everyone has access to safe and nutritious food.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall from September 25-29, 2017. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O. M. I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the CCCB, who will finish his term as President at the end of this Plenary. Please pray for Bishop Hundt and his brother Bishops as they embark on these important meetings.

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