National Week for Life and the Family - 2018

Tuesday, 28 November 2017
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"Love: Encountering the Other"

May 13 to 20 2018


COLF's Message - the National Week for Life and the Family 


Once again this year the Church in Canada has set aside one week as a special time for prayer and reflection on life and the family. At no time in our history has such prayer and reflection been more urgently needed.

While we celebrate with joy the gifts of life and family, we must recognize that today’s families are confronted with challenges undreamt of by previous generations of Canadians. For many, family life is a continual cycle between work, school, extra-curricular activities, and meals eaten “on the run”, device in hand. Sadly, the escalating costs of housing, food, utilities and nearly everything else make it difficult for many families to find a healthy balance.

The vital role played by individuals and families of faith in our society is brought into focus by recent attacks on the rights of Conscience and Freedom of Religion and by ungrounded assertions regarding other claimed “rights”. As Catholics, we have been entrusted with a unique part in preserving God’s original vision for humanity. It is left to the Church, her faithful and friends to safeguard profound truths regarding the origins and destiny of humanity, the inestimable value of human life from conception to natural death, and the nature and purpose of human sexuality and marriage. If our society is to survive and flourish, these truths must be defended with vigor and lived with joy.

When we feel overwhelmed by the events of life, let us remember that we have access to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, breathed forth by the Father; thus giving us the power to fulfill the requirements of the Gospel, encountering others in genuine, selfless, and life-giving love.

During this year’s Week for Life and Family, let us ask the Lord to transform us and our families, making us channels of his love and peace in our world.


Link to COLF's Message (PDF)

Link to the proposed resources on the CCCB website

Link to the message of the President of the CCCB (PDF)