Children, parents crowd Montreal Cathedral for visit with bishop

.- More than 1,500 people — children preparing for the sacrament of confirmation, and their families — crammed into Montreal’s Mary Queen of the World Cathedral March 25 for a visit with the bishop.

The pews were filled to capacity; parents stood in the aisles; and children sat on the floor in front of the altar for a one-hour question-and-answer period with Bishop Anthony Mancini, vicar-general of the Archdiocese of Montreal, reported the Catholic Times.

“Meeting with young followers of Jesus Christ and their parents was a great experience,” the bishop told the Times. “It gave them the opportunity to be in downtown Montreal, and to visit the very large cathedral. For some, it was their first visit to such a large church.”

For the third consecutive year, children and their families were invited for a self-guided tour of the cathedral, from 1:30 p.m. to 4. Families worked together on a treasure hunt activity, which “allowed them to discover the hidden treasures and intricacies of the cathedral,” the bishop said.

About 15 children lined up behind a microphone to ask the bishop questions about his ministry, the cathedral and the faith. The bishop was dressed in his episcopal vestments, including his mitre, for the occasion.

“They asked questions that were both interesting and, at times, difficult to answer,” the bishop told the Times. For instance, one child asked why the bishop was not married, and one girl asked why she couldn’t become a bishop.

After the session, some parents gathered around the bishop to thank him and to ask some questions as well. Some families lingered in prayer and appreciation after the activities ended.

“It was a great event for the children, their parents and families, and for me,” the bishop said.

There are about 2,500 children being confirmed in the English region of the archdiocese this year.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: