Public lecture by Dr. Reginald Bibby

On November 30th, the ESCC and the Office for English Pastoral Services are co-hosting a public lecture by the well-known Canadian sociologist, Dr. Reginald Bibby.    Dr. Bibby holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and the author of numerous books which examine trends in Canadian society.  He has spent his academic career monitoring, speaking and writing about these trends, particularly regarding youth and religion.  In 2016, he co-authored with Angus Reid the book Canada’s Catholics.  The title of Dr. Bibby’s November 30th talk is, Being Pro-Religious, Low Religious, and No Religious in Montreal: A Mirror of Canada & the World and will draw on material from his most recent book, Resilient Gods, which is the fifth in his “Gods” series which has tracked developments in religious practice and belief in Canada.

This is a free, public lecture and will take place at Loyola High School, 2477 West Broadway, Montreal.  There will be a wine & cheese reception to follow.  Please R.S.V.P at or (514) 937-2301 ext. 252

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Senior Isolation Workshop

According to 2016 Census, the number of one-person households has surpassed that of all other types of living arrangements.  The English-speaking seniors of Quebec face greater challenges than the majority-language population as their ability to gain services in their official language is not always guaranteed and the out-migration of friends and family means a narrower circle of support during times of ill-health or crisis.  This, in turn, leads to a higher degree of isolation amongst an already vulnerable senior population.  In collaboration with the Father Dowd Foundation, the ESCC will be hosting a workshop on Friday, November 24th which will showcase the pilot project of Senior’s Action Quebec  entitled GPS (Getting to Programs and Services).  In the afternoon, the Council will host Elder Law specialist, Ann Soden.  Seniors will be invited to attend to listen to Ann and to ask their own questions regarding legal issues that apply specifically to them. 

This workshop will take place at the New Hope Senior Citizen’s Centre in NDG.  Would you like more information?  Give us a call or drop us a line at the Council offices’.

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Temporary Shelter for Asylum Seekers

Along with other faith communities, the Archdiocese of Montreal responded with alacrity to the needs of Syrian refugees in 2015.  Under the coordination of Alessandra Santopadre, Assistant to the Director of the Office of Cultural and Ritual Communities, some 15 parishes became sponsors for refugee families and some 200 individual cases were handled.  Now, in response to the wave of asylum seekers who are crossing the border from the United States, a new initiative, Le Pont, is being launched. One of the immediate requirements for asylum seekers is accommodation.  The Parish of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in the Mercier borough of Montreal has offered their vacant rectory as a temporary shelter.  The building has twelve rooms and priority will be given to pregnant women and single mothers.  But help is needed! 

Here is a list of necessary items:

Mattress and box springs “bassinette” size (5)
Single beds adults (or bunk beds) (15)
Safety barriers for bunk beds (10)
Small tables, chests of drawers, bedside tables (15-20)
Bedding set, blankets, towels: (40-50 SINGLE sets) (1 per person, plus spare)
Televisions, DVD player (2)
Radio, CD player (1)
Office, office chairs (1-2)
Office equipment: computer, printer, telephone, stationery
Round table, chairs (6) chairs
For the common living area: Games, books for all ages, DVDs, etc.
Patio set: outdoor chairs and tables, BBQ
Household equipment, mops, pails, brooms, etc preferably new, cleaning products
Non-perishable food items
Toiletries Shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products.

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Metropolis Pre-Conference Forum

On March 15, 2017, the Quebec Community Groups Network will be hosting a one-day conference on community engagement and the successful integration of newcomers. This pre-forum to the National Metropolis Conference aims to bring together representatives from various sectors and various regions to discuss how newcomers (immigrants, refugees and migrants) integrate into Quebec society through Quebec’s English-speaking communities and institutions, including faith-based organizations. The conference, sponsored by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), will wrap up with a roundtable of community organizations, service providers, and government representatives that aims to uncover innovative ways our communities can – with the support of municipal, provincial, and federal government institutions – foster the vitality of English-speaking communities in Quebec through the successful integration of newcomers – that is immigrants, refugees and migrants from the rest of Canada.  Would you like more information?  Go to the website for info and to register for this conference.



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Social Isolation

Social isolation has been recognized as an emerging problem for senior citizens throughout the country. In 2013, the National Seniors Council targeted the reduction of social isolation among seniors as a top priority.

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Bishop Crowley 2014

First awarded as the Bishop Crowley Award in 1983 and then, upon the death of Bishop Crowley, the Bishop Crowley Memorial Award, this honor, sponsored by the ESCC, is conferred upon a person, group, or organization which has gone above and beyond in serving the English Catholic community.

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ESCC Rally 2014

On November 14, 2014 the ESCC hosted, after a ten year hiatus, the Catholic Community Rally. In all there were 42 movements and organizations which work and minister to English-speaking Catholics in Montreal represented.

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English Speaking Catholic Council
1857 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal
H3H 1J9

Tel: (514) 937-2301, ext. 252 or 256