Sunday, January 15, 2012

World Day of Migrants & Refugees - L’abbé Jean-Claude Proulx (R.I.P.)


Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Migration and the New Evangelization

"The phenomenon of migration today is also a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world. Men and women from various regions of the earth who have not yet encountered Jesus Christ or know him only partially, ask to be received in countries with an ancient Christian tradition.

"It is necessary to find adequate ways for them to meet and to become acquainted with Jesus Christ and to experience the invaluable gift of salvation which, for everyone, is a source of “life in abundance” (cf. Jn 10:10); migrants themselves have a special role in this regard because they in turn can become “heralds of God’s word and witnesses to the Risen Jesus, the hope of the world” (Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 105).

"Pastoral workers – priests, religious and lay people – play a crucial role in the demanding itinerary of the new evangelization in the context of migration.

"They work increasingly in a pluralist context: in communion with their Ordinaries, drawing on the Church’s Magisterium. I invite them to seek ways of fraternal sharing and respectful proclamation, overcoming opposition and nationalism. For their part, the Churches of origin, of transit and those that welcome the migration flows should find ways to increase their cooperation for the benefit both of those who depart and those who arrive, and, in any case, of those who, on their journey, stand in need of encountering the merciful face of Christ in the welcome given to one’s neighbour.

"To achieve a fruitful pastoral service of communion, it may be useful to update the traditional structures of care for migrants and refugees, by setting beside them models that respond better to the new situations in which different peoples and cultures interact with one another." --Benedict XVI

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Décès de l’abbé Jean-Claude Proulx

L’abbé Jean-Claude Proulx est décédé mardi, le 10 janvier 2012. Né le 20 juin 1939, il a été ordonné prêtre le 6 juin 1965 par S.E. Mgr Marie-Joseph Lemieux, o.p., archevêque d’Ottawa.

Sa dépouille sera exposée à la maison funéraire Kelly à Orléans au 2370, boul. Saint-Joseph, aujourd’hui, le dimanche 15 janvier de 14 h 00 à 16 h 00 et de 19 h 00 à 21 h 00 et demain, le lundi 16 janvier en la Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame à Ottawa de 9 h 30 avec la messe des funérailles à 10 h 30.

Souvenons-nous de lui et de sa famille dans nos prières.

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