His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet has been a gift to our nation; a visionary for Canada in what some would consider to be bleak times.
Though he has been called away from us for a new and exciting mission in Rome
, he has left an indelible imprint on many of us, particularly on the hearts of the young.
Throughout his time as primate of Canada, the good Cardinal continuously announced the dawn by his unwavering faith in the young people of Canada.
One recent article
likens his pastoring style to that of John Paul II:
“Like John Paul, Ouellet understood the power of mass assemblies, grand liturgical celebrations, and direct cultural engagement.”
The Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City as well as the founding of Montée Jeunesse were two manifestations of the Cardinal's deep conviction that the faith is not dead in Quebec nor is it dormant in Canada.
In honour of his journey among us, there will be a youth prayer vigil on Saturday August 14th at the Cathedral Notre Dame of Quebec, Quebec City, to show our solidarity with this shepherd who so loved the young people.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend this evening of Eucharistic Adoration and intercessory prayer with the Cardinal for the young people of our country. If anyone is planning on attending from afar and is in need of a place to stay, accommodations are available (visit the archdiocese of Quebec website here
or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The next day, Sunday August 15, 2010 (the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady), the Archdiocese of Quebec will host a 3pm Thanksgiving Celebration at St. Anne de Beaupré. This will mark Cardinal Ouellet’s last formal Eucharistic Celebration in Quebec City before his departure to Rome. All are welcome to attend.
As a mark of our commitment to his Spirit-led vision for the Canadian Church, we have all been invited to take part in a country-wide gift to Cardinal Ouellet: that is, a country-wide photo/commitment initiative.
To voice your thanks (and the promise of your prayers) to Cardinal Ouellet please send your photo to: email@example.com
before August 13th.
Along with the photo, well-wishers are being asked to include one word
- what the Cardinal represents for you; OR
- what you remember from his teachings; OR
- what you wish for him.
Cardinal Ouellet has a visionary spirit, he understands that what young people need is an escape from virtual reality where we are often separated from one another by technology. He firmly believes that rooms (auditoriums) filled with waiting, prayerful hearts unfailingly usher in new apostolic zeal among the faithful. The Cardinal’s gatherings were always marked with deep reverence and anchored in the youthfulness of the Holy Spirit. Let us therefore let him know of our profound gratitude for his generous “yes” to Our Lord.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Or visit the tribute to Cardinal Ouellet page on Facebook. Click here
for English and here
Photo: CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec