Red Wednesday in Canada

327 million Christians live in a country where there is persecution and / or discrimination

Our brothers and sisters in the faith are subjected to persecution on a daily basis. We want to make them known, and we want to be in solidarity with them.

To do so, Aid to the Church in Need is organizing Red Wednesday. The event will take place in different locations across Canada, this November 16, 2022

This day, is intended as a reminder that in 2022, Christians are still suffering persecution and religious discrimination.

Red Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 - Confirmed Activities

  •  Mary Queen of the World Cathedral Basilica, Montreal (QC): Wednesday, November 16, Mass for Persecuted Christians at 7:30 p.m. 
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, Toronto (ON): Wednesday, November 16, Ecumenical Vigil Prayer at 7 p.m.
  • Melkite Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur, Montreal (QC): Tuesday, November 15, Adoration and prayer at 6:30 p.m. and Mass for Persecuted Christians at 7 p.m.
  • Le Versant-la-Noël, Thetford Mines (QC): Tuesday, November 15, Mass for Persecuted Christians at 7 p.m.
  • Major Seminary of Montreal at Saint-Arsène parish, (QC): Thursday, November 17, Mass for Persecuted Christians at 7 p.m.
  • Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church of Verdun, (Montreal, QC): Wednesday, November 16, Mass for Persecuted Christians at 4 p.m.
  • Notre-Dame-du-Royaume Church, Chicoutimi (QC): Wednesday, November 16, Mass for Persecuted Christians at 2 p.m.
  • Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville Church, (QC): Wednesday, November 16, Torchlight Walk and Vigil prayer, 7 p.m.
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal (QC): Wednesday, November 16, Mass for Persecuted Christians at 2 p.m.
  •  Archdiocese of Gatineau (QC): promoting Red Wednesday 2022 on its social media network.
  •  Diocese of Chicoutimi: Promotion of the event in their parishes
  •  Diocese of Calgary: if you are from Calgary, click here for activities near you
  •  Saint-Raphaël-Archange Parish:
    Wednesday, November 16, recitation of a rosary for persecuted Christians
  •  Newman Centre of Toronto:
    Promotion of the Prayer-Vigile in its website.
  • Notre-Dame Catholic High School,
    Carleton Place:
    Students organize activities and wear red.
  • Diocese of Quebec
    Promotion of the event on its website.
  • Diocese of Montreal
    Share the press release in its network and its website.
  • Saint Patrick Parish,
    Vancouver (BC):
    Red Wednesday promotion in their newsletter
  • Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Cartierville (QC): Mass at 8.30 am for Persecuted Christians.

Illuminations to come 

  • Mary Queen of the World Cathedral façade, Montreal (QC)
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral façade, Toronto (ON)
  • Cathedral Saint-Michel façade, Sherbrooke  (QC) From November 16 to November 20) 
  • Major Seminary of Montreal (QC)
  • Le Versant-la-Noël, Thetford Mines (QC)
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal (QC). A National Historic Site of Canada and is Canada’s largest church, with one of the largest church domes in the world. Illumination of the Dome, November 15 and 16.
  • Our Lady of the Cape Basilica façade, Trois-Rivières, (QC), November 15 and 16. 
  • Hungarian Embassy façade , Wednesday November 16.

What you can do

– Illuminate in red a church or other important building in your area
– Organize a virtual mass for persecuted Christians
– Devote a rosary
– Choose special universal prayers to include in a celebration
Wear red and invite people to wear red and share your pictures in red on social media channels with the #RedWednesday
– Use social media to publicize the event and raise awareness of the cause using #RedWednesday
– Hold a fundraiser to help the affected communities

You can download materials to help you organize your activities: information on persecution, mass, vigil and universal prayers.

Events from past years:

As of now, those interested in receiving more information can email vv@acn-canada.org, call 514-932-0552 (Montreal area), or toll-free from anywhere in Canada at 1-800-585-6333. The phone extension is 227.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Charity at the service of the Catholic Church, providing support to the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they may be persecuted or oppressed or in need of pastoral care.

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By telephone: (514) 932-0552 or 1 (800) 585-6333, ext. 224 (toll free)

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Aid to the Church in Need (Canada)
Postal Box 670, Station H
Montréal, QC H3G 2M6
1 (800) 585-6333 (toll free)

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Toronto, ON
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