Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 1, 2008
Canadian bishops seek support for their annual collection
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
Canadian Catholic News
Canada's bishops have launched an awareness campaign in advance of the annual collection to support the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"Canadian Catholics are sometimes not aware of how much the CCCB contributes to the well-being of the Church and society, or they may not fully understand its role," CCCB president Archbishop James Weisgerber of Winnipeg wrote to pastors across Canada Aug 15. "As a bishop today, it would be impossible for me to exercise my pastoral ministry without the CCCB, as it provides an essential contact with all my brother bishops in Canada as well as a unique opportunity to collaborate with them nationally and internationally."
The CCCB office in Ottawa has a staff of 40. Weisgerber noted the CCCB brings a Catholic perspective to social affairs such as poverty, the environment, human rights and social justice. It also provides liturgical resources and materials and promotes liturgical and sacramental formation. Its publications service offers more than 300 publications via www.cccbpublications.ca. The conference also promotes ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.
Through membership in KAIROS and the Canadian Council of Churches, the CCCB takes part in ecumenical work on human rights, justice and environmental issues.
The CCCB founded the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace 40 years ago to be its agency in the developing world.
The marriage tribunal is also part of its mandate.
It co-sponsors the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) with the Knights of Columbus. The CCCB supports evangelism through missionary activities in northern Canada and elsewhere in the world.
The CCCB also works closely with the Holy See, other bishops' conferences, and other national and international organizations.
The collection, taken during the weekend of Sept. 27-28, will go towards each diocese's per capita contribution to the CCCB's annual budget.