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 17, 2021

This day, intended as a reminder that in 2021, Christians are still suffering persecution and religious discrimination.

Red Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 - Confirmed Activities

  •  Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal (QC):
  • Wednesday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m., Mass
    Live broadcast on Salt + Light Television, Canada.
    Rebroadcasting, Thursday, November 18th, 7:00 p.m., on Radio VM.
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto (ON):
    Wednesday, November 17th, 7 p.m., Prayer Vigil

    Recorded for broadcast at 9:00 p.m. the same evening on Salt + Light across Canada.
  • Notre-Dame du Royaume Church, Chicoutimi (QC):
    Wednesday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m., Rosary and 2:30 p.m. Mass
  • Le Versant-la-Noël, Thetford Mines (QC)
    Evening of intercession and praise through song

    Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m.
    Illumination of the gables of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Pavilion of Versant-la-Noël
  • Major Seminary of Montreal (QC)
    Mass for Persecuted Christians

    Thursday, November 18th at 7 p.m.
    Illumination with red light.
  • Church of Notre-Dame-des Sept-Douleurs of Montreal, Verdun
    Mass for persecuted Christians

    Wednesday, November 17 at 4 p.m.
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary
    Call to Action for Red Wednesday
  • Diocese of Valleyfield
    Call to Action for Red Wednesday 
  • Diocese of Chicoutimi
    Call to Action for Red Wednesday
  • Diocese of Gaspé
    Call to Action for Red Wednesday
      • Radio VM, Wednesday, November 17 at 8:20 am
        Chronicle of the ACN on the subject
  • Émission Vues d’ailleurs,
    Friday, November 19 at 4 p.m.

    Interview in French with Mr. Thomas Heine-Geldern, President of ACN International
  • Deacon Pedro with the SLHour and ACN’s new segment ‘Where God Helps’ –Ed Clancy will be speaking about #RedWeek, #RedWednesday @saltandlighttv @deaconpedrogm
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, 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 16 and 17.

Wednesday, November 17, Mass at 2 pm and rosary at 4 pm 

Illuminations to come 

  • Mary Queen of the World Cathedral façade, Montreal (QC) 





  • St. Michael’s Cathedral façade, Toronto (ON)





  • Major Seminary of Montreal (QC)





  • Le Versant-la-Noël, Thetford Mines (QC)





  • Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Trois-Rivières (QC) : The largest Marian shrine in Canada.
    Illumination of the façade of the basilica in red starting at 6:00 p.m.



  • Embassy of Hungary, Ottawa (Capital of Canada)
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, 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 16 and 17.

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.

Communications and Media Relations

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

We welcome your donation or any other correspondence at the following mailing address:

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

Ontario ACN Sub-Office

P.O. Box 69117 ST. Claire Centre,
Toronto, ON
M4T 3A1

Telephone: (416)-785-0498