Friday 28 June 2019

Happy Canada Day!

We’re all looking forward to celebrating Canada Day this weekend, and what better way to mark the occasion than a good meal with good friends.

Barbecues and parties are popular ways to celebrate any summer holiday, which could be problematic for Catholics if the occasion falls on a Friday. Canon Law states that abstinence from meat should be observed on Fridays throughout the year.

Such was the problem in 1927 when the country was gearing up to celebrate the Jubilee of Confederation. Luckily the Holy See granted Canadian Catholics a dispensation from abstinence for Canada Day, meaning they were free to eat, drink and be merry.
Holy See grants Canadian Catholics dispensation from abstinence for Friday July 1st . June 21, 1927

Between 40,000 and 50,000 people turned up in person to celebrate the jubilee on Parliament Hill. Celebrations included music, poetry readings and speeches, and broadcast across the country by the CBC. You can listen to part of the broadcast, and learn more about the1927 Jubilee occasion, here.

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Archbishop McNeil Roman Correspondence Files

We don't have to worry about abstinence getting in the way of Canada Day this year, so get out there and celebrate!

Enjoy the long weekend! Happy Canada Day!

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