Our theme is taken from 2 Timothy 1:7-8. "For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God."
Our theme verse for 2015 is from Acts 4:34a: "There was no needy person among them." It will basically be about the thrust of building the Church of the Poor. The larger context which will direct our formation for 2015 will be Acts 4:31-35, which has many elements that will support the basic thrust for the year. This year we are "empowered to witness." Next year we build on this. "With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all." (Acts 4:33). Our basic thrust is evangelization, centered on the proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus, accomplished by his death on the cross and his resurrection. The more specific focus of this evangelization will be the poor, both as objects and subjects of evangelization.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history.
The document, issued at the end of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, pointed to deep divisions within the Church on issues such as reaching out to homosexuals and Catholics who have divorced and re-married in civil services.
Our Servant General Frank Padilla has been appointed by Pope Francis to be an Auditor at the upcoming III Extraordinary General Synod of Bishops at the Vatican this October. We are one in praying for the success of the Synod and the participation of our Servant General.
It was announced last October 8th that an Extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops would meet this year from October 5th to 19th to discuss the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization" and a "deeper pastoral care of marriage."
Join the next internationally coordinated campaign to save lives, this coming Fall from September 24 - Nov 2, 2014! This fall there will be hundreds of communities in North America, including many Canadian cities, simultaneously hosting a 40 Days For Life campaign from September 24 - November 2, 2014. These campaigns produce tremendous fruits. In many Canadian cities, dozens of babies have been saved from abortion. If you wish to join the next 40 Days For Life in your community, please contact your local campaign coordinator (below) and find out how you can sign up as a vigil volunteer. Please consider becoming a prayer volunteer by donating at least 1 hour of prayer and fasting in front of the local abortion facility. If you are part of a church community, perhaps your pastor would like to "Adopt a day"? Click on the city links below to contact local coordinators and to register online for the vigil schedule
LCSC is our lay response to the call to the New Evangelization. Through LCSC we will do rapid and massive evangelization, focusing on the lapsed or non-practicing Catholics (though not exclusively). LCSC has 4 pillars, all of critical importance. They are Live Pure (youth chastity), Live the Word (focus on Bible appreciation), Live Life (pro-life advocacy) and Live Full (our work of building the Church of the Poor through the No One In Need movement).
Part of our work with the poor is our Prison Ministry. A significant aspect of our Prison Ministry is our work at the Maximum Security Compound of the National Bilibid Penitentiary (Max-NBP) in Metro Manila. This is where the so-called dregs of society are incarcerated, possibly for life. These prisoners are actually the poorest of the poor, poorer even than those without houses. They have been forgotten or abandoned by their families, they live in wretched conditions with very limited freedom of movement, they can be said to have no future to speak of. Life in prison at the Max-NBP is wretched and not comparable at all to prison facilities in the West as you see in the movies.
All Saints Dress Up Fun
Our Lady of the Airways Church
7407 Darcel Ave.
November 1, 2014, 12:30 - 4 PM.
Retreat I & II
November 15 - 16, 2014
Saturday (8 AM - 10 PM) and Sunday (8 AM - 1 PM)
Hotel Indigo Toronto Airport
135 Carlingview Drive Toronto
Last updated: Sunday, October 19, 2014