From the Bishop's Office
This Saturday, October 31st, the Church will be rejoicing. It is this Saturday that will be held the Beatification of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. On this special day, let us unite our prayers with the members of the Knights of Columbus within our Diocese and throughout the world. Let us give praise to the Lord for all their wonderful accomplishments over the past years and for all that they continue to accomplish within our parishes.
Here is a short summary of the life of their founder as well as a prayer that may be recited, in solidarity with them, next Saturday.
Father Michael J. McGivney was a XIX Century American priest who lived in Connecticut, located in the Northeastern part of the United States. He was frightened by the very precarious situations of many families in his parish. Many of them were devastated by tragedies linked to the arduous if not dangerous jobs of some fathers. It was common for the premature death of a father to leave women and children without any resources.
These families, mostly Irish immigrants recently arrived on the mainland, had no relatives to turn to.
He then rolled up his sleeves, gathered the men of his parish together and suggested that they contribute financial aid that would serve the bereaved families.
The Knights of Columbus movement was born.
Built around the chivalrous values of unity, charity and fraternity, it has over a million members and today provides for the material and spiritual needs of millions of families around the world.
Prayer for the canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney
God, our Father,
protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan,
you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life
and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor.
Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely,
fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church.
Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love
so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast.
We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney
on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request).
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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We wish to extend our warmest thanks to Sister Rachel Thériault, r.h.s.j. who, over the past years, has be responsible for the RCIA program for the French sector of the Diocese of Bathurst. By this same occasion, we wish to inform you that Mrs. Jennifer Pitre has agreed, for the moment, to coordinate the Catechism and RCIA programs for the French sector. You may reach Mrs. Pitre at the Diocese Office by phoning 506-546-1420 or emailing email@example.com