Thursday, July 1, 2010
Happy Canada Day 2010! - Photos from Sunday's Igbo Mass
Today, the area around the Cathedral, Byward Market and Parliament Hill has restrictions on traffic movement and parking to facilitate celebrations of Canada's 143rd birthday, to which Queen Elizabeth's presence will give greater solemnity.
Because of the crowds and security issues, the holiday's one Mass at the Cathedral will be bilingual and celebrated at 9 o'clock in the morning.
Eternal God, your reign extends from sea to sea; you guide all things in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for our nation: grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens. Secure for us always harmony and justice that we may live in unity and in peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Nigerian Community Comes Together in Worship
On Sunday, I joined a large number of Nigerian Catholics for Mass in their Igbo language.
They presented to me a new green chasuble with a colourful African-style decoration. Afterwards, there was a pot-luck supper with Nigerian cuisine and drinks.
It was a joy to join the community which meets on the last Sunday of the month at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church where the pastor, Fr. Stephen Liang has given them a warm welcome. Father Paul Nwaeze of Divine Infant Parish, Orleans coordinates the monthly liturgy.
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Pope Benedict's July 2010 Prayer Intentions
The Holy Father recommends the following intentions for July:
General: That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens.
Mission: That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centers, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity and peace.