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(English Translations by Fr. Leo Grégoire, I.V.D.)


  • A Blessed Jubilee Year!  (311) — December 29, 1999
    Gratitude / Mission / Reign of God / Pastoral Team /
    Family-Based Religious Education / Essential Jubilee Idea
  • Sound the Trumpet! Beam with Joy!
    This Is the Great Jubilee!
      (310) — December 22, 1999
    A Jubilee to Change the World / A Challenging Message /
    Forgiveness / Resources / Emmanuel
  • 1999 Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy Award  (309) — December 15, 1999
    Home-Based Religious Education / Diocesan Services /
    Quality Services / Of Life and Beyond / A Difficult Choice
  • A Second Visit to the Legislative Assembly  (308) — December 8, 1999
    A Common Concern / Challenging Situations / Restoring Hope /
    Importance of Each MLA
  • "Celibate for the Sake of the Kingdom"  (307) — December 1, 1999
    A Man for Others / Numerous Studies / Not A Monopoly / Pathways of Growth /
    A Love Story / Requirements of Celibacy / People's Prayers
  • Parish and Diocesan Financial Situations  (306) — November 24, 1999
    At the Diocesan Level / At the Parish Level / Questions of Salary /
    Sacramental Celebrations / Mass Stipends / Funerals / Weddings /
    Four Watchwords
  • The Grace of the Diaconate  (305) — November 17, 1999
    Service to the Poor / A Demanding Charge / A Bold Programme /
    Compatibility with the Diaconate / Word and Eucharist /
    Celibacy and Communion
  • Joy to Who Seeks God!  (304) — November 10, 1999
    At the Heart of Suffering / At the Heart of Misery / You Who Are Beyond All Things /
    How to Name You? / You Who Are Indescribable / Here I Am!
  • Let It Come, the Year 2000 Jubilee! (2)  (303) — November 3, 1999
    A Place of Reconciliation / A Place of Sharing /
    Initiative and Creativeness / Prayer of the Pope for the Jubilee
  • Meeting with My Brother-Bishops of Canada  (302) — October 27, 1999
    A Full Pastoral Year / Social Affairs / New Challenges /
    Witnesses to Hope / Other Topics
  • Let It Come, the Year 2000 Jubilee! (1)  (301) — October 20, 1999
    Your Church: Holy Ground / A Place for Living / A Place of Prayer /
    A Bond of Paternity / A Place of Thanksgiving / A Place of Petition
  • Ad Limina Visit (2)  (300) — October 13, 1999
    Periods of Fervent Prayer / Meetings with the Pope / Address /
    Message of the Holy Father / Resounding Call / Turned toward the Future
  • Ad Limina Visit  (299) — October 6, 1999
    A Fine Legacy / Warm Welcome / Pastoral Meetings /
    Other Meetings
  • A Message to Families  (298) — September 29, 1999
    Families / The Power of Families / Urgency of the Mission /
    The Vision of Love / Preliminaries to Biological Fruitfulness /
    Family Values / Hours of the Family
  • 75th Anniversary of the
    N.-D.-du-Sacré-Coeur Sisters
      (297) — September 22, 1999
    Suzanne Cyr / Zealous Women / Heirs and Builders /
    To the Aid of the Starfish / Gestures of Life
  • A Pilgrimage on Your Behalf  (296) — September 15, 1999
    A Time of Prayer / St. Peter, the Poor Fisherman / St. Peter, A Man of Faith /
    A Time to Exchange / A Time to Meet / Solidarity and Hope
  • The 1999-2000 Pastoral Year  (295) — September 8, 1999
    Catechetics Session / Team Life / Conditions of Success /
    Prayer of Gratitude / Diversity of Ministries / Wishes
  • For a Family-and Parish-Based
    Religious Education
      (294) — September 1, 1999
    At-Home Sharing / Once upon A Time... / Quality Programming /
    Major Principles / Personal Development / Openness to God and to Others /
    A Vital Discovery / Wonderful Content
  • Let Us Walk with Jesus  (293) — August 25, 1999
    Youth / Gifts That Are Always There / Songs That Speak Volumes! /
    Diocesan Workshops / Pastoral Training / Retreat / Marriage Preparation
    Programmes / Other Meetings
  • A Message to the Elderly  (292) — August 18, 1999
    A Thousand Thanks! / New Spaces / Witnesses of the Faith /
    People of Prayer / "I Want to Say Thank You" / Statistics
  • A Freely-Given Love  (291) — August 11, 1999
    Gratitude / A Festive Attitude / Giving Freely / The Gift of Life /
    The Gift of the Sacraments / The Gift of the Word /
    The Gift of Fellowship / Our Offerings
  • Gift, Mystery and Struggle  (290) — August 4, 1999
    A Gift / A Struggle / A Song / Let Us Join in the Struggle of God
  • Let Us Walk with Jesus  (289) — August 2, 1999
    Young People / The Elderly / Families
  • Onwards to the Year 2000!  (288) — July 28, 1999
    Jubilee 2000 / Various Paths / Designated Churches / Debts and Injuries /
    Compassion and Presence / Eucharistic Congresses
  • Let Us Take Assured Paths  (287) — July 21, 1999
    Parish Economic Affairs Committees / The Parish Pastoral Ministry Team /
    The Priest's Task Is Recentered on Essentials /
    Let us Join in God's Struggle by Mobilising All Our Energies for Him
  • Learning to Be Church  (286) — July 14, 1999
    Assembly / Church As Sacrament / Gathering-Commitment /
    Let Us Take Assured Paths / The Sunday Gathering / Parish Pastoral Councils
  • Let Us Welcome and Know Jesus  (285) — July 7, 1999
    Master of Humankind / Our Brother / Son of God, Son of Mary /
    The Misunderstood Christ / Misunderstood in Our Milieus / Passing On Our Heritage /
    Let Us Learn to Be "Church" / An Encounter that Affects Us
  • "Eyes Fixed on Jesus"  (284) — June 30, 1999
    Exhortation / Let Us Earnestly Pursue the Mission of Jesus in the Power of the Spirit /
    A Mission That Is Beginning / A New Missionary Era / A New Springtime /
    To Proclaim Jesus / Presence of the Risen One / A Mission That Is Always New
  • What We Are Is Wonderful  (283) — June 23, 1999
    Realities to Accept / Heart of Life / One Body /
    Proclaiming Our Faith / Welcoming the Word
  • Appointments for the 1999-2000 Pastoral Year  (282) — June 9, 1999
    Appreciation / A Major Reference Point / Diocesan Charges /
    Upper Madawaska / Edmundston / Grand Falls / Restigouche /
    Southern Victoria / Other Situations / Management / Turned to the future
  • The Year 2000: What Will It Be? (2)  (281) — June 9, 1999
    Today and Tomorrow / Cathedrals of Love / Beginning and Distancing /
    Jubilee Year / Year of Grace / Holy Year
  • The Year 2000: What Will It Be? (1)  (280) — June 2, 1999
    Different Interpretations / If I Had Been Told /
    Notre-Dame-de-Paris / A Full Schedule / The Father Alone
  • A Blessing to the World, A Treasure for the Church (2)  (279) — May 26, 1999
    We Need You / A Treasure for the Church / To Live to the Fullest / Gratitude
  • A Blessing to the World, A Treasure for the Church (1)  (278) — May 19, 1999
    Welcoming All Ages / Shadows and Light / Irreplaceable Role / A Treasure /
    Bridging the Generations / The Family's Memory / A Blessing for the World
  • Open Up! Open Up!  (277) — May 12, 1999
    Encounter with Christ / Episcopal Commitments /
    Unlimited Boldness / Open the Doors! / Ten Commandments
  • 25 Years of Charismatic Renewal  (276) — May 5, 1999
    Gratitude to the Pioneers / A Chance for the Church /
    Three Principles of Life / Signposts to the Future
  • First Reactions on My Fourth Pastoral Visitation  (275) — April 28, 1999
    Gratitude / Lively Faith / Heroic Past / A Longing for Jesus /
    Families / Commitments / Target Groups / Restructuring / Vocations
  • Saint André Parish  (274) — April 21, 1999
    A Promising Future / A Bit of History / A Timely Prayer
  • Saint Michel Parish, Drummond  (273) — April 14, 1999
    At the Heart of Life / People of Courage / Becoming Saints /
    Centenarian-Plus Parish / Testimony of Youth
  • Saint-Léonard-Parent  (272) — April 7, 1999
    Major Documentation / A Few Discoveries / A Commandment /
    Environment / Happy Easter Time
  • Easter: Mission of Liberation  (271) — March 31, 1999
    Mission of Hope / Call to Justice / A New Departure /
    Need of a Vision / A World Loved by God
  • "If You Knew the Gift of God"  (270) — March 24, 1999
    A Wonderful Junction / Visits and Celebrations / Sacramental Life /
    Reflection and Animation / Church As Sacrament
  • A People That Wants to Carry out Its Mission Task  (269) — March 17, 1999
    A terrific Panorama / Mission and Parish / "A People's Awakening" /
    Appreciation / Sunday Gathering / Religious Education
  • In Beautiful Malabeam Country (2)  (268) — March 10, 1999
    Saint-Georges / A Gift of the Holy Year / A Happy Year 2000 Jubilee! /
    Parish Pastoral Team / Stewards of the Community's Goods / Saint-Georges Plus
  • In Beautiful Malabeam Country  (267) — March 3, 1999
    Mutual Joy / People of Heart / Assumption / Concern for the Needy and the Sick /
    72 Confirmations / Numerous Encounters / Watchful for the Needs of the Community
  • A Pow Wow on Vocations  (266) — February 24, 1999
    The Priesthood As A Sign of Unity / Alert to Concrete Challenges /
    Promoting Vocations / Welcome and Training
  • Lent: Road to Conversion  (265) — February 17, 1999
    Urgent Call / Change of Mentality /
    Social Dimension of Conversion / Continuing Conversion
  • Celebrations of the Word  (264) — February 10, 1999
    Richness of the Word / Richness of A Celebration / Weekday Celebrations /
    Sunday Celebrations / Pastoral Requirements / Fundamental Gathering /
    Feeling of Belonging / A Parched Earth
  • Rediscovering Sunday (4)  (263) — February 3, 1999
    A Deep Conviction / Originality of Sunday / Soul of the Other Days /
    Looking Ahead / Presence of the Spirit
  • Rediscovering Sunday (3)  (262) — January 27, 1999
    A Special Presence / In the Assembly of the Church /
    The Eucharistic Gathering / At the Heart of Life / The Eight Day /
    Resurrection and Eucharist / The Sunday Eucharist
  • Rediscovering Sunday (2)  (261) — January 20, 1999
    Spiritual Maturity / Lively or Weak Faith /
    Doctrinal Reasons / Time Gained / Challenges
  • Rediscovering Sunday (1)  (260) — January 13, 1999
    The Lord's Day / Day of Rejoicing / Mystery of Time / Lord of Days /
    Sense of History / New Context / Loss of Original Meaning
  • "His Love Is from Age to Age"  (259) — January 6, 1999
    A Wonderful Mission / A Common Mission / Open the Doors! /
    Following Bishop Dionne / According to the Heart of God /
    A Priceless Gift / Priorities
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