When All Else Fails…




On Tuesday Oct. 24, 2006, social conservative leaders from across Canada will be meeting on Parliament Hill at the National Marriage Caucus. To learn more details of this gathering click here.

Concurrent with this gathering, from 3:30-4:30pm, there will be a prayer vigil (“Marriage Vigil 1000”) on the steps of Parliament Hill to pray for Canada and for the institution of marriage in this country. I hope that many people from the Catholic community will come out to this event, if possible.

Alternatively, if this is not possible, St. Maurice Catholic Church (4 Perry Street, Nepean) will be holding Eucharistic Adoration from 10AM-6PM.

The purpose of this particular adoration will be to seek the intercession of the Holy Archangels and St. Raphael, in particular (see history below) for their intercession for our country, our matrimonial heritage, and the successful deliberations of the National Caucus on Marriage meeting in particular.

I am calling on all concerned Catholics in the Ottawa area to make a genuine effort to travel to St. Maurice, and to ask for the Eucharistic intercession of the Holy Angels on this day. (The date of this meeting and prayer vigil is particularly important because, before the reform of the General Roman Calendar, the feast of St. Raphael, fell on October 24. St. Raphael just so happens to also be the patron saint of marriages and meetings!)

If anyone has any further questions, please direct them to me at inquiry @ catholic-legate.com and I will put you in touch with the individual who is responsible for the event at St. Maurice.

God Bless You All. God Bless and Save Canada.

John Pacheco


St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. He was sent by God to help Tobit, Tobiah and Sarah. At the time, Tobit was blind and Tobiah’s betrothed, Sarah, had had seven bridegrooms perish on the night of their weddings. Raphael accompanied Tobiah into Media disguised as a man named Azariah. Raphael helped him through his difficulties and taught him how to safely enter marriage with Sarah. Tobiah said that Raphael caused him to have his wife and that he gave joy to Sarah’s parents for driving out the evil spirit in her. He also gave Raphael credit for his father’s seeing the light of heaven and for receiving all good things through his intercession. Besides Raphael, Michael and Gabriel are the only Archangels mentioned by name in the bible. Raphael’s name means “God heals.” This identity came about because of the biblical story which claims that he “healed” the earth when it was defiled by the sins of the fallen angels in the apocryphal book of Enoch. Raphael is also identified as the angel who moved the waters of the healing sheep pool. He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers.

The other two Archangels mentioned in the bible…
St. Michael The Archangel

“Who Is Like God”






















St. Raphael The Archangel

“Strength of God”

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