To: The Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Throughout history, our human settlement has constantly undergone changes in society and demographics due to the migration of peoples for social, economic or political reasons. As people move and communities grow and diminish, the Church must continue to adapt to these changes in society and respond to the needs of our time.

A Pastoral Note on the Celebration of the Word with Communion during Weekdays

Beginning with the understanding that “no Christian community can be built up unless it has its basis and center in the celebration of the most Holy Eucharist” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 6), we must ensure that proper care is taken to guarantee the primacy of the celebration of the Mass in the life of each parish community. As I have already stated in my Pastoral Letter on the Shortage of Priests in the Diocese of St. Paul: “we are Eucharistic communities” (p. 4). This demands ongoing catechesis on the importance of the celebration of the Eucharist.

PASTORAL NOTE on the USE of POWER POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS, VIDEOS, and SLIDESHOWS at FUNERALS in the DIOCESE of ST. PAUL

As the use of PowerPoint presentations, videos and slideshows become increasingly more common, many people desire to use these methods to express their affection for their deceased loved ones. This has prompted the need to develop a policy within the Diocese of St. Paul regarding this issue. 

The Integrity of Creation and the Athabasca Oil Sands

“Faced with the widespread destruction of the environment people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth as we have in the past. . . a new ecological awareness is beginning to emerge - the ecological crisis is a moral issue.”

Introduction

Chers frères et sœurs dans le Christ,

En 1998, les évêques catholiques de l’Alberta publièrent une lettre pastorale commune « The False Eden of Gambling » afin de souligner à la population catholique les problèmes moraux et sociaux crées par les jeux de hasard* maintenant légalisés.  Depuis lors l’industrie des jeux de hasard en Alberta a connu un taux de croissance incroyable.  Le profit actuel des revenus des jeux de hasard, 1.3 milliards $, est sans précédent.  Ce qui est plus difficile à percevoir, c’est le coût de la souffrance humaine qui accompagne la croissance des revenus des jeux de hasard.  Dans cette lettre pastorale, je voudrais développer davantage le discours des évêques de 1998 et offrir quelques conseils et directives aux catholiques afin qu’ils puissent mieux affronter les défis que représentent les jeux de hasard faisant maintenant partie intégrante de la culture ambiante.