OTTAWA – The March 19 episcopal ordination of Ottawa Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck marks a “coming of age” of the Companions of the Cross, an order that is not yet three decades old, says the order’s general superior.
“This is a first for us, to have a bishop named from among our number,” said Fr. Scott McCaig,the Companion’sGeneral Superior. “We’re getting a little older; we’ve come of age, so to speak.”
Fr. Bob Bedard, an Ottawa priest, founded the Companions in 1985 out of what had initially been a prayer group and support group for seminarians and priests that began informally in 1984. Read full article: Companions of the Cross make history
Arguing that a Catholic funeral is no place to offer “high praise” to the deceased, the Archdiocese of Ottawa has decreed an end to the longstanding practice of allowing eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals.
“Contrary to popular belief,” reads a February church decree, “eulogies or words of remembrance are not an official part of Catholic funeral rites.
“In the Christian funeral, we gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them.” Read More: Archbishop decrees an end to eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals | National Post