Archbishop’s Office Bureau de l’Archeveque
1247 Kilborn Avenue 1247, avenue Kilborn
Ottawa, Ont K1H 6K9 Ottawa, Ont K1H 6K9
January 8, 1988
LETTER TO THE CLERGY AND THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
My dear brother priests and co-workers:
As we begin another year in the service of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, I wish each and every one of you a very Happy, Holy and fulfilling New Year!
I would like to thank you very much for having been so cooperative, so generous and so welcoming to me as our paths crossed during the past year. I sincerely appreciate and value your friendship, your support and especially your prayers.
Although we’ve only been back at work for a few days, I already have many items to pass on to you.
- Next Pastoral Meeting:
Our Pastoral Meeting will be held on February 10 for the French sector and on February 11 for the English sector, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The program will be as follows: in the morning, a time for prayer and a conference which I will give on The .Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest. This will be followed by another presentation by Dr. John Bradford of the Royal Ottawa Hospital. His presentation will be for priests only. In the afternoon, the Catholic Office for Immigrants will present a pastoral project that it has drawn up for the next five years and which concerns all the parishes. I feel that this project is of great importance in view of the devastating effects that certain sects are having in their area of work. It is a matter which certainly affects each of our consciences.
- First Reconciliation and First Eucharist:
Having consulted with catechists and canoeists, I have come to the following decision concerning the order in which First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are to be celebrated.
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Fraternally yours in Christ and Mary our Mother.
Joseph Aurele Plourde
Archbishop of Ottawa
By request of the Archbishop.
Msgr. Roger Morin, P.A.