Pastoral Planning 2013

DOCTOR ASSISTED SUICIDE   A” NO” vote on Question 2 will go a long way to preserve the dignity of human life.  Question 2 does not require a patient to consult with a psychiatrist before receiving a prescription to commit suicide and many terminally ill patients have depression. Neither does it require a consultation with a hospice expert nor notification of family members. No physician  is present when the patient takes the lethal prescription. Your vote is crucial in this matter. Visit our website at for more information.

YEAR OF FAITH   The upcoming Year of Faith is first an opportunity for every Catholic to deepen their relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and to encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.  Secondly, Catholics are asked to deepen their knowledge of the content of our Catholic faith, primarily through study and reflection on the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism.

The Year of Faith is an initiative of Pope Benedict XVI intended to counter the growing secularism in Western society, which can make it difficult for believers of any faith to live it.  Catholics, after deepening one’s trust and faith in the person of Jesus Christ and learning more about the Truth of our faith, are then called to be active members in the New Evangelization, which focuses particularly on outreach to those who have been baptized and recently been inactive participants in our Catholic family.  In his June 2011 Pastoral Letter to the faithful, A New Pentecost: Inviting All To Follow Jesus, Cardinal Seán wrote, “Evangelization must be the first focus of our Church.  Then, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, which result from living and sharing the Gospel, will transform the culture around us.  We have the mission “to repair the world,” what the Jews call Tikkun olam.  Evangelization includes working for justice and caring for the material needs of others.”

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Pastoral Collaborative Update


On Monday, January 23rd, 2013 the Archdiocese published proposed parish collaboratives for the West Region.  They have recommended that St. Bridget, Our Lady of Fatima and St. Anselm, both in Sudbury, be grouped as a collaborative.

The Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission (APPC) has prepared a final recommendation to Cardinal Seán for his decision, with extensive feedback from parishioners. .This is a proposal that has not been approved by the Cardinal as yet, but his approval is anticipated in November 2013.  Extensive training of pastoral support teams (PST) is planned.

We will continue to make information available on this process as it develops.  Additional and latest details about the plan proposals are available in full from the archdiocese at

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