Sharing our Gifts to Serve our Neighbour
Supporting the English speaking Catholic community of Montreal
Catholic Action Montreal
Our Mission A grassroots initiative
Catholic Action Montreal intends to use a grass-roots participative approach, inviting all those involved in service within our English Speaking Catholic community to collaboratively explore the infinite possibilities of how we might join together toward responding to the varying needs of our community. It is an exciting opportunity to learn about and from each other, support each other, and grow together in our common purpose – working for the greater good for all people.
We believe in the power of people helping people.
We believe that together we are all stronger.
We believe that together, with a spirit of humility and compassion, we have the power to make an even greater service impact in our community.
We believe that God has great things in store for each and every one us.
We believe that we are His hands and feet in the world.
Optimizing and consolidating the skills in our Catholic community for the greater good creating access to opportunity, and the services needed now and for future generations to continue their good work.
The Organization Catholic Action Montreal
Since first establishing their roots in Montreal during the 18th century, the members of Montreal’s English-speaking Catholic community have dedicated themselves to offering care and compassion to those in need.
This commitment gave birth to a host of educational, health and social service institutions. Through their devotion to service and their outreach to the broader community, they have made an invaluable contribution to the lives and well-being of individuals from all religious, cultural and social backgrounds.
To continue this work today, Catholic Action Montreal has been created to bring together organizations with a common cause and shared commitment to better provide a wide-range of services to the most people possible. Catholic Action Montreal will be a beacon for lay services in the community.
Catholic Action Montreal (CAM) members are guided by faith to serve, care for, and bring hope to others with humility, compassion and respect.
People of Faith We are people of faith called to action.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
We are united in our common mission to respond to the needs of others by providing supportive service, assistance, and meaningful, life-giving programming to people of all ages and in every walk of life.
The Archdiocese of Montreal’s introduction to Catholic Action: http://diocesemontreal.org/en/news/latest-news—en/reader/items/introducingcatholic-action-montreal.html
OUR AGM was held on September 13th at Loyola High School. Catholic Action held it’s AGM on September 13th, 2017 at Loyola High School. We had an excellent turnout, members met and mingled. The Chair report was reviewed, the new executive director was introduced, the new volunteer management software was demonstrated and we had a series of motivating speakers. These diverse presentations WILL BE available in PDF form here, or watch the video that captures the spirit of the evening.
WATCH THE VIDEO SYNOPSIS OF THE MEETING.https://www.dropbox.com/s/73995i9bbscvxvd/Catholic%20Action%20AGM%202017%20full.wmv?dl=0
Catholic Action Chair Report Chairperson’s Report – AGM 2017 (1)
We invite you to become a member. Our community is fortunate to have so many parishes and organizations working toward the enrichment of its English-speaking community, and the community at large.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the development of our community.
You will help to shape the future of CA.
You will help enhance a collaborative effort that will foster sharing and cooperation, and mutual support.
You will be a part of this exciting endeavor to strengthen and expand our collective ability to offer service, support, and meaningful programs to people in every stage and walk of life.
Have you been thinking or worrying about that elderly person you see from time to time? Do you know of a senior that you may consider lonely or isolated? We are working with a group of English Speaking senior centers on outreach to these people. They have professionals to do the outreach, one of the biggest challenges is finding them before it’s too late. Help us improve their quality of life, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure the best geographic center match is contacted to try and assist these lonely seniors. Have a blessed day!
On The Road Again! With the new year upon us Catholic Action is out visiting new parishes and sharing our story and good works. This is St. John’s Fisher Church in Pointe Claire. The gospel this day: Jesus said, “Follow Me”. What a great introduction to the mission of Catholic Action, “using our gifts to serve our neighbour”!
SCARE THE HUNGER!
“A collaborative effort by St. Luke’s Youth Ministry, St. Luke’s Community, Me-to-We, West Island Ford, and Catholic Action.
We were so happy to meet you, Arthur, and the wonderful ladies and children at le Pont. We wil keep you in our prayers as you continue your life-giving work at le Pont!” Anna Graham, Catholic Action Chair
A great week serving our neighbours, moved 2 families to their new locations. Thanks to everyone for their support. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe page to further assist these new community members with EMERGENCY Expenses. These donations receive charitable receipts. https://www.gofundme.com/askingforasylum
Notre Dame-de la Rue, extends her hand to the homeless. It is a presence and comfort of the Church. Catholic Action visited Father Claude Paradis to see how we can assist him with his good work. Accompanied by volunteers, Father Paradis and his deputy Kevin go out on the street several times a week. They will meet people where they are and bring a spiritual presence, helping to make sense of what people are experiencing. This can take various forms, depending on the needs: prayer, Eucharistic and funeral celebrations, listening, and of course food and clothing. As all good work , Notre-Dame de la rue needs our help! If you have used clothing for men, women or children, boots in good condition, the homeless can use them. Do you have time to make some sandwiches, add some energy bars to your grocery list? All these needed donations can be delivered to 1071 rue de la Cathedral, attention Father Claude Paradis. You could also send a financial donation to :L’Archevêché de Montréal (Notre-Dame de la rue), 2000 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC, H3H 1G4 A tax receipt will be issued by the diocese.
- Catholic Action is proud to participate in the Asylum Seeker Project with the Cultural and Ritual communities of the diocese of Montreal. Watch the progress by checking out our Face Book Page which we update a few times a week. https://www.facebook.com/catholicaction.ca/
- Catholic Action Montreal (CAM) is now operating under its new federally-granted registered charity status. http://www.diocesemontreal.org/en/news/latest-news—en/reader/items/catholic-action-recognized-charity.html
- Didn’t have a chance to get to Mass, Bishop Dowd offers late Sunday Mass at 8:00 PM at Our Lady of Fatima. Collections at the service assist Catholic Action with their good works. https://www.facebook.com/latesundaymass/
- Catholic Action is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Judy Wong. Judy will be leading the objectives of Catholic Action as outlined by the Board of Directors.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.