FROM ARCHBISHOP O'BRIEN
I want to thank all those who supported The Archbishop’s Dinner to feed the hungry, which was held on November 17th. Through the generosity of those who attended the dinner, as well as donors and sponsors, $60,000 was raised for food banks throughout the Archdiocese of Kingston. My sincere gratitude to all of you.
We, the community of God's People in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston, united by the Holy Spirit with lives rooted in the Gospel, proclaim with joy the resurrection of Christ and, as followers of the Risen Lord, under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of God, dedicate our lives in Christian service to all especially those in most need.
Archdiocesan Celebration of the Rite of Election with all Catechumens
and the Rite of Calling to Lenten Renewal with Candidates for Full Communion will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent,
5 March, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
The Mass of Chrism will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral
on Tuesday, 11 April, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.
The Hotel Dieu Hospital-St. Mary’s Cathedral Coat Drive is in desperate need of men’s coats—particularly L-XXL sizes—plus warm hats, mitts and socks. Large-sized women’s coats are also welcome. We are accepting coats at the Sydenham Street entrance of Hotel Dieu until the first week of January.
CHRISTMAS MASSES IN THE PARISHES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF KINGSTON
JOURNEY - CHRISTMAS 2016
IN PARISHES SOON!!
Christmas Message from Archbishop O’Brien
During the past year, two events have been prominent in the life of the Catholic Church. I refer to the follow-up to the Synod on the Family and the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
In March, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), in which he offered his reflections on marriage and family life; and, in No-vember, at the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he published another Apostolic Ex-hortation, Mercy and Misery (Misericordia et Miseria), in which he shows, among other things, the connection between the Jubilee of Mercy and marriage and family life.
In both these documents, one cannot help but notice how the Christian calling to mar-riage and family life is combined with a keen appreciation of the challenges this in-volves. Certainly, we need to continue to promote Christian marriage and encourage couples and families to live it. On the other hand, however, “without detracting from the evangelical ideal”, there is a need to accompany with mercy and patience those who, for one reason or other, fall short of that ideal.
In the words of Pope Francis, “As Christians, we can hardly stop advocating marriage simply to avoid contemporary sensibilities, or out of a desire to be fashionable, or a sense of helplessness in the face of human and moral failings. We would be depriving the world of values we can and must offer.” (AL no.35) Nevertheless, as Pope Francis re-marked when speaking at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year, “The Jubilee Year cannot overlook the complexity of the current realities of family life. The experience of mercy enables us to regard all human problems from the stand-point of God’s love, which never tires of welcoming and accompanying.” (MM no. 14)
The two Apostolic Exhortations suggest several paths for the Church to follow in our pastoral care of marriage and family life:
+ To encourage and thank those couples and families who are trying to live according to the teachings of the Gospel, for they bear witness, in a credible way, to the beauty of Christian marriage;
+ To present Christian marriage today in a way that goes beyond giving a set of rules – to encourage openness to grace, and to see the sacrament of matrimony as a path to personal development and fulfilment. “The gift of Matrimony”, the Pope says, "is a great calling, to which spouses, with the grace of Christ, respond with a love that is generous, faithful, and patient.” (MM no. 14)
+ To accompany with understanding and discernment those whose situation does not reflect fully the ideal of Christian marriage.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ, the face of God`s mercy toward us, may we remember the words of the Holy Fa-ther:
"No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love....May we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us. (AL no. 325)
May the joy and the blessings of Christmas be with you and your families.
Sincerely in Christ,
+ Brendan M. O'Brien
Archbishop of Kingston
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‘Misericordia et Miseria’
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter for the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2016