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VIRTUAL TRIDIOCESAN CATHOLIC FAMILY CONFERENCE
This year for the National week for Life and the Family, we are excited to offer a FREE, inspiring 3-part Catholic family conference for families: parents, grandparents, children & youth while exploring the theme:
Family, the Domestic Church: A Sign of Hope and Life.
Walking in the Wilderness, Living in the Light
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me
will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.”
This 3-part conference from May 6-8 has something for the whole family!
May 6, will be an online program for children/teens featuring a faith-filled comedy, perfect for kids, teens, and families. Bring your popcorn!
May 6, will also feature a session for young adults (ages 16+), sharing personal inspiring stories of living in Christ’s light while tackling modern-day challenges as well as an opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration.
May 7, for adults, features moving guest speaker and author, Robert Rogers who shares his tragic life-changing story, how God moved to bring light in his darkest moments. Come listen, learn, discuss, and be inspired!
May 8, join us together with your family, and Archbishops LeGatt, Gagnon and Huculak as we pray, sing, dance, explore and share ways we can be light to each other through family worship, activities & sharing, as well as a concelebrated bilingual mass!
For more info, to view Event descriptions & to register online by Saturday, May 1 visit:
- Free-will donations welcomed
(select National week for life & the family):bit.ly/donations-nwlf
Special Invitation from Archbishop Albert LeGatt:
For more information:
Nadine Fetherston email@example.com or (204) 594-0295.
FERTILITY HEALTH AWARENESS SEMINAR
The Marriage, Family and Life Service of the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface is pleased to offer a Free, Fertility Health Awareness Seminar with sessions in both the Spring of and Fall of 2021 (Online via Zoom).
This seminar gives couples and individuals the opportunity to discover Natural Family Planning (NFP) & to find a method that fits their needs. Attendees will receive certified teaching on one of the following methods of NFP/Fertility Care:
9:30 - 12:00 pm
1:30 - 4:00 pm
Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Online Fall Session:
November 25, 2021 (6:30-9:00 pm)
November 30, 2021 (6:30-9:00 pm)
Registration deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021
Click on the links above to find out more about each NFP/Fertility Care Method.
There is no cost to participate, however registration is required!
Some NFP methods may require the purchase of materials or resources beyond the introductory session. For more information, please click on the links.
|Please register online at: bit.ly/fhas-registration|
For more information:
MARRIAGE, FAMILY & LIFE TEAMS
Do you have an interest in supporting strong Marriages, nurturing Families and promoting Life from conception to natural death?
What is a Marriage, Family and Life Team (MFL team)?
- A Parish MFL team helps support and strengthen couples and families by offering programs and resources that foster an authentically Catholic vision of marriage, family, and the dignity of life at the Parish level, for the Parish Community.
- A Parish MFL team works with the support and guidance of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface Marriage, Family & Life Service, along with the Parish priest or Parish Life Director.
- Each MFL team looks unique, as each is built to meet the needs of it’s own parish community. One of the wonderful things about having a team in your parish, is that it’s a great way to connect with others in your parish who have similar interests and goals!
- The Archdiocese of Saint Boniface Marriage, Family & Life Service can help support the formation of a new team, to help you get started, and to connect you with resources and other teams in the diocese. There are currently 3 other MFL teams in our diocese!
|Click Here to view a printable Brochure on MFL teams|
HOW CAN YOU FORM a MARRIAGE, FAMILY & LIFE TEAM IN YOUR PARISH?
- Print the brochure and share with your pastor & others who may have a heart for building up strong marriages, nurturing families and promoting life in your church.
- If you are interested in creating a team in your parish, and would like more information or to have us come present at your church to interested members, please contact:
Host a screening of "What about the kids?"
"The far-reaching effects of addiction are ripping through communities across the country. In his new film What About the Kids? writer and director Jim Wahlberg gives us a poignant look into the true cost of this epidemic through the eyes of Chloe, an 8-year-old girl whose parents are addicted to opioids. Informed by his own battle with addiction, Wahlberg’s film is a touching narrative that illuminates the importance of faith and family on the journey to sobriety."
Click on poster or trailer to view:
National Addiction Awareness Week is:
Sunday, November 22nd to Saturday November 28th
Host a screening at your parish then or anytime!
|Want to learn how to host a FREE Screening at your Church?|
For more information, including FREE resources such as an:
- Event guide, Discussion Guides, Promotional Poster
and a free link to the Video, or to order a DVD, please:
No Movie License needed!! All Resources free of charge!
Did you know: "At least 1 in 5 Canadians experience problems with alcohol, drugs or gambling during their lifetime."
"Many more are affected by someone they care about experiencing these struggles. People of all ages and backgrounds experience these issues – and make positive changes." -Addictions foundation of Manitoba.
|NEED HELP NOW?|
Mobile Crisis Service
Kids Help Phone - Text or Live Chat - Click here
Need help now? You can reach a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868.
For local addictions support, please contact the:
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
Manitoba Addictions Helpline (toll-free): 1-855-662-6605
For a list of additional resources and support, please Click here.
BILL C-7 : Be informed!
An open letter to all Canadians from religious leaders across Canada
"In the presence of human pain, suffering and loneliness, we need to respond as a society with profound solidarity and extraordinary care. It is via the deep acknowledgement of the beauty and dignity of human life, lived and experienced as a gift, filled with meaning and love, that we can come to the aid of the most vulnerable among us."
If passed, Bill C-7 expands the eligibilty critera for physician-assisted dying even when natural death in not reasonably foreseeable or allowing a person to waive their final consent when death is foreseeable, putting them in a vulnerable position. As Catholics we affirm the right to life which cannot be taken away by others, the importance of compassion by relieving pain and suffering of the sick and dying and the responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us. We need a public, transparent process taking into account inviolable moral and ethical principles where all voices are heard.
Bill C-7 Federal Government’s New Proposed Law on Euthanasia – Act Now to Oppose Changes
Bill C-7 is “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)." Bill C-7, if passed into law, can cause extensive and undeniable harm to sick and/or vulnerable people. The Bill will expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide by removing the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion currently in the Criminal Code. As written, Bill C-7 will also loosen some of the existing “safeguards” and allow patients whose death is “reasonably foreseeable” to waive final consent to receiving euthanasia by making an advance directive, which they will not be able to change if they cannot communicate, but have changed their mind.
With Bill C-7, the Government has effectively short-circuited the mandatory assessment of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada as provided in the original Act of 17 June 2016 to amend the Criminal Code, which specifically called for “a parliamentary review of [the Act’s] provisions and of the state of palliative care in Canada to commence at the start of the fifth year following the day on which [the Act] receives Royal Assent.”
Bill C-7 is a grave concern, as it is currently in the Second Reading stage of the legislation process, which will then be followed by Committee hearings. See the government progression of Bill C-7 here.
The harm that this Bill can and will do is undeniable and extensive if it is passed. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is working with other national organizations and faith groups to develop a common statement about Bill C-7. The Bishops sincerely hope and earnestly request that the House of Commons exercises its ability to refer Bill C-7 to a committee for detailed examination before Second Reading, as is permitted according to the Standing Orders (Ch. 9 § 73), in order to allow input from expert witnesses in a manner which is fully public, transparent, and open to a wide range of voices – religious and non-religious alike – as well as in full and prudent consideration of inviolable moral and ethical principles, the common good, and concern for future generations.
The Bishops are calling on all Canadians to make their voices heard; they strongly urge members of Parliament to acknowledge the giftedness of life as an inalienable right not to be taken away by others, the importance of compassion for the ill and the dying, as well as our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Contact your Member of Parliament (MP) and voice your concern about this legislation. Remind them of the long-term impact this law will have on all people and ask them to take the time to examine this Bill carefully. Read more in the full CCCB statement here.
The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience has provided information on the impact of this Bill on patients and doctors, in particular our Ontario doctors. They also have direct links for e-mailing your MP. You can see their website here.
We have created a one-page information sheet for you. You can download it here.
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