Catholic Register Staff

Catholic Register Staff

The following is the Christmas message released by Bishop Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
As the world scrambles to deliver aid to more than 600,000 persecuted Rohingya Muslims, Pope Francis is flying into the face of the humanitarian and political storm.
A stained glass image of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first female saint, now adorns the Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre Church in Hiers-Brouage, France.
Following is from The Catholic Register, May 31, 1917, making reference to the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9-12, 1917), where more than 10,000 Canadians were killed or wounded.

Chaplain’s Letter to Bereaved Wife

The following letter was sent to Mrs. Gorrell, lately of Toronto, at Preston, England, where she went to be nearer her husband when he left for overseas. She was received into the Church at Holy Rosary Church, Toronto, previous to her marriage to Corporal Gorrell nearly four years ago. A little boy is proving a real consolation to the mother in her bereavement:
Dear Mrs. Gorrell, 
You must have received official notification of the death in action of your dear devoted husband, Cpl. R. Gorrell, 14th Canadian Battalion. He was instantly killed on the morning of the 9th inst. during the battle of Vimy Ridge. It is sad news for you, and I can assure you that our sympathy is real and deep. I knew Cpl. Gorrell quite well as he was a member of my congregation. He was a good soldier, devoted to duty and enjoying the full confidence of his officers and the affection of his comrades. His loss is keenly felt my us all. I especially feel his loss quite deeply, as he was one of my best parishioners and his example was of great help to me in my work among the soldiers.
It will afford you some consolation to know that he was a good Christian man, always ready to give to God what belonged to Him. He kept his soul readiness for any sacrifice that God might demand of him. He prepared himself for this great battle by a pious and worthy Holy Communion, and I feel sure that Our Saviour has accepted his sacrifice and rewarded him for that greatest of all acts of Charity, to give one's life for others. 
He was reverently laid to rest beneath the arms of a beautiful Cross erected by the Battalion. I blessed his grave and offered up the Holy Sacrifice for the eternal repose of his soul.
We have prayed for you also, that God may grant you His consoling grace in this your hour of trial.. May He give you the strength and courage to bravely accept His Divine Will and to patiently bear the heavy cross which He has allotted to you.
With deepest sympathy, 
Capt. C.F.
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October 25, 2017

Italy Pilgrimage 2018

The Catholic Register is turning 125 next year and we want you to celebrate with us in Italy.

To mark our special anniversary, The Register will lead a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Florence and Orvieto. You are invited to join us.

The theme of the pilgrimage will be an exploration of the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, who, of course, took his papal name in honour of the saint.

A highlight of our trip will be an opportunity to attend Mass on Pentecost Sunday at St. Peter’s Basilica, at which Pope Francis is expected to preside.

We will depart from Toronto on May 18 and return on May 28.

We are blessed to have Msgr. Owen Keenan as the spiritual leader of our group. Msgr. Keenan lived for several years in Rome and served in the Vatican at the Secretariat of State under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He is a Chaplain to His Holiness. Currently the pastor at Merciful Redeemer Parish in Mississauga, Msgr. Keenan brings a wealth of knowledge about the Vatican.

Our program facilitator is Kitty McGilly, whose Faith Journeys tour company has been leading pilgrimages for 25 years. She is a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, an honour bestowed on her by the Vatican in recognition of her many years of work on behalf of the Church.

Our tour operator is Gideon Travel and Tours, a good friend of The Register and an advertiser in our paper for more than 50 years.

In addition to Mass on Pentecost Sunday, we will have a second opportunity to be in the presence of Pope Francis during his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square. We will stay in a hotel near the Vatican museum that is a short walk from St. Peter’s Square.

You can find complete details and how to register for the pilgrimage in our pilgrimage brochure.

Or for more information or to register today, please contact Gideon Travel and Tours. You can reach their representatives by phone (416-626-5533), by email ( or visit their website (

Space is limited, so act today to ensure you don't miss out on this special event.

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