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Prayer for Peace: October 3

In Pope Francis' Angelus prayer of July 20, he said, "May thcathedral dovee God of peace create in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is not conquered with violence. Violence is conquered with peace! Let us pray in silence, asking for peace; everyone, in silence...Mary Queen of peace, pray for us."

In response to this appeal for prayer, Archbishop Mancini invites the people and parishes of the Church of Halifax-Yarmouth to dedicate time during the October 4-5 weekend to pray in solidarity with the whole Church for peace. To set the tone for the weekend all are invited to gather on Oct 3, the eve of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica for an Evening Prayer for Peace at 7:00pm. During the weekend it would be especially appropriate to seek the intercession of St. Francis by taking time to pray The Prayer of Saint Francis.

Transform Our Hearts; Transform Our Church!

transformation transpartent 250x113"The community that Pope Francis and the Gospel call us to requires openness of heart and a loving disposition. Think of your families and friends; they all have communities to which they belong because they are welcomed and accepted. If your sons and daughters are not perfect you don't reject them; you don't stop loving them. If there are points of disagreement, you learn to cope with them. With such attitudes and qualities, dynamic Christian communities can and must become centres of welcome, providing opportunities for conversations and invitations for accompaniment on the spiritual journey, where people and their needs are respected and discernment is encouraged with time and patience. It is my conviction that when we find ourselves in such living communities of faith, prayer is experienced as real and care for the poor actually takes place, because love is more than a four-letter word."

Synod on the Family

From October 5 to 19, Pope Francis will gather with 250 20140923 145729 001-WEBbishops representing the episcopal conferences from around the world, for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. This series of meetings will be held at the Vatican and will focus on the theme: "The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization".

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, AAnnualAppeal2014 FINAL topWEBbaptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Mt 28. 19)

Just as Jesus commissioned the first disciples, he calls us to become active missionary disciples and to invite others to know Christ. In the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth this vocation to discipleship has been the focus of this past year in our ongoing process of Transformation. To continue what God has begun in us we need your help to develop human support and financial resources.

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