OTTAWA — Dioceses across Canada are preparing parishes for the annual collection Sept. 25 for the needs of the Church in Canada, at a time many face financial strains.
The collection helps dioceses raise the money towards the annual contribution they owe the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) based on a per capita assessment of Catholics in their jurisdictions and funds the many activities of the conference.
“This annual collection is intended to lessen their financial burden at least to some degree,” said CCCB President Bishop Pierre Morissette of Saint-Jerome in a letter that acknowledged the financial challenges many dioceses face.
The liturgy office has been particularly busy this year preparing and training priests, deacons, and liturgy and music directors on new translations of the Roman Missal that will be in use the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
The English version is already on sale through CCCB Publications and the French translation is being prepared.
On the justice and peace front, the bishops have given special attention to the injustices in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to poverty both in Canada and abroad.
It has also been involved in an ongoing renewal effort with its overseas development agency, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to bring its policies in line with the vision of the latest social justice encyclical Caritas in Veritate. The CCCB also collaborates with the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) which it helps fund along with the supreme council of the Knights of Columbus. Founded 66 years ago, the CCCB represents not only the Roman Catholic bishops but also those of Eastern Catholic churches.