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pilgrimage of unity we encountered people from Louisiana and Maryland to Europe and Africa as well as those from
Central and South America.
Daily, young people from across Canada working with Catholic Christian
Outreach http://cco.ca welcome pilgrims from far and
wide to the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec. Before they enter, pilgrims walk a path which focuses them on the gifts
of the Holy Spirit in preparation for the spiritual experience of entering the
uniquely designed Holy Door featuring a bronze sculpture of Jesus
extending his hand so that pilgrims may grasp the hand of Christ as they enter
the holy door.
We learned that the 17th century bishop, St.
François de Laval, of Québec, established the first diocese north of Mexico with jurisdiction for all of North America from Newfoundland
to New Orleans. 350 years ago Notre-Dame de Québec became the diocesan cathedral and this year the
Holy Door welcomes pilgrims with the offer of a plenary indulgence for the
Shrine of St. François de Laval, Notre-Dame de Quebéc
entry, pilgrims see relics of the saints who established the Church in Québec
and North America including those canonized by Pope Francis in April this year: St. François de Laval (1623 - 1708) and Ste. Marie de
l’Incarnation (1599 – 1672) whose shrine is in the nearby Ursuline Convent
which she founded as the first school for young women in North America.
It is a profoundly moving experience to kneel at the altar of relics
before entering the nave of the historic cathedral. The sense of connection to
history and to those with whom we share the communion of saints is overwhelming
for many. We then move on to pray at the shrine of St. François de Laval, which incorporates the story of his mission by means
of an early map etched in the floor of his tomb. In an adjoining room an
exquisite documentary film gives the history of the Québec saints and of the Christian principles,
which guided the development of the New World.
The cathedral rector, Msgr. Bélanger, told us
that the Holy Door will not likely be open again until 2025 for the anniversary
of the Council of Nicea.
With the kind permission of
Cardinal Lacroix, we celebrated the Ordinariate Use Mass at 11 A.M. Saturday,
July 6, along with a few other pilgrims and a staff member. Msgr. Bélanger then
asked for a copy of our STM missal booklet to incorporate in the archives of
the Jubilee Year – the first ever Ordinariate Mass celebrated in Québec.
After our visit to the city of Québec we went to St. Benoît du Lac for a stay with the
Benedictine monks at their magnificent monastery on the shores of beautiful
Lake Memphremegog just north of Vermont. http://www.st-benoit-du-lac.com
Abbaye de St. Benoît du Lac, Québec
Dom Charles Gilman, OSB, a friend
and monk at St. Benoît
Abbey (and former Anglican) has been given faculties by Msgr. Steenson and
permission by his Abbot to celebrate the Ordinariate Use Mass.
On July 9 with us and two other monks he celebrated the A.O. Mass for
the first time at St. Benoît du Lac.
On then to Madonna House,
Combermere, Ontario http://www.madonnahouse.org to pray for the
unity of the Church in a community which celebrates both the Eastern and
Western rites of the Catholic Church regularly.
And finally home to Toronto.
Our Lady of the Woods
Chapel, Madonna House
This was the first of what we hope
may become regular pilgrimages for STM and other Ordinariate parishes as we
explore the rich heritage of the Catholic Church while praying for the unity
which is at the heart of the Ordinariate mission.
Pilgrims are greeted by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) students from all over Canada. A young woman from Calgary made us welcome. Check out Catholic Christian Outreach. Following a walk through the meditation garden which focusses prayer on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we ascended the specially-built Holy Door entrance platform. This platform will be removed at the end of 2014 and the holy door sealed. Msgr Bélanger, the Cathedral Pastor, told us that the holy door would not likely be opened again until the Holy Year of 2025 when it is hoped there will be further progress in Christians unity especially with the Orthodox churches.
Msgr. Belanger has entered a copy of STM Mass Book used at the first ever Ordinariate Mass in the cathedral chapel of St. Louis into the Notre-Dame Cathedral official archive of the 350the Jubilee. It is a symbol of unity and a sign of hope for Christian and Canadian unity. The "two solitudes" meet in Christ.
Judy Anderson and Jane Hodgins after Sunday Mass at the high altar of Notre-Dame. Masses are well attended by young people and pilgrims from around the world. We met people from the USA, Western Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa. There is pilgrimage information in French and Spanish as well as English and I was told there are quite a number of pilgrims from Mexico, Central and South America as well.
The sanctuary of Notre-Dame is theology in art. The altar is surrounded by the apostles and patrons of the cathedral including St. Louis (King of France) along with the angels and our risen, Jesus Christ, at the apex. It is perhaps my favourite baroque sanctuary.
Fellow pilgrims Sarah and Jacquot from Madonna House joined us for Sunday lunch and then to the shrine of Blessed Marie-Catherine de Saint-Augustin one of the nine co-founders of the Church in Canada and of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, the first hospital in North American.
Blessed Marie-Catherine de Saint-Augustine, O.S.A. (3 May 1632 – 8 May 1668)