Though it is difficult to comprehend the full extent of the pandemic on Canadian society, Bishops easily recognize, nevertheless, the common experiences that have touched all regions: communities in lockdown; overwhelmed healthcare providers and institutions; struggling businesses; and the mental, emotional and physical toll on families, friends and neighbours.

This past spring, the Church in Canada entered into a period of deep sorrow when results from investigations into gravesites at former Indian Residential Schools were shared. As Bishops, we saw ever more clearly the pain and suffering of the past, and renewed our pledge to continue walking side by side with Indigenous Peoples in the present, seeking greater healing and reconciliation for the future.

As we remain steadfast in responding to the impact of the pandemic upon our communities of faith and the healing and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples across the land, your prayers, gestures of kindness and generosity are invaluable, heartfelt and true sources of consolation, comfort and renewed encouragement in the pursuit of the Church’s pastoral mission.

We will have more to say on this important work in the days and weeks ahead, particularly as the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops meets for its annual meeting next week. In the meantime, to ensure that the Church’s operational, spiritual, and programming needs are met, we will be proceeding with the annual Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada on 25 and 26 September 2021.

This annual charitable initiative assists the Bishops in their ministry of accompanying, teaching, guiding, sanctifying and caring for the Church in Canada. We appreciate any commitments that you are able to make.

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