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Trinity Sunday, which is celebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday, honours what is referred to in Paragraph 234 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “the central mystery of Christian faith and life” - the Most Holy Trinity. This year we celebrate Trinity Sunday on May 22.

The following pastoral appointments have recently been announced:

Reverend Poulose Kannampilly, M.F. -  Administrator of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Happy Valley – Goose Bay.

Father Poulose will officially conclude his ministry in St. Stephen’s at the end of May and will begin his assignment at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish when he returns from his vacation in India on July 7th.

Reverend Krishnarao Mekala, M.F.Associate Pastor of St. Stephen’s Parish, Stephenville.

Father Chris will officially conclude his ministry at the Cathedral Parish in Corner Brook and begin his ministry in St. Stephen’s on Wednesday June 1st.

Reverend Andrew WhiteAssociate Pastor of The Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Corner Brook.

Father Andrew was ordained to the Priesthood on May 15th 2016 and will begin his ministry in the Cathedral Parish on Wednesday June 1st .

 

In announcing these appointments Bishop Hundt stated that he was very grateful to Father Poulose and Father Chris for the good work they have done in their present assignments and he asked that all please join with him in praying for God’s blessings upon them and Father Andrew as they begin their new appointments.

Congratulations to Father Andrew White upon the occasion of his ordination to the Priesthood. Father White was ordained a priest of this Diocese on May 15th, 2016 – the Solemnity of Pentecost – by Bishop Peter Hundt at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook.

On Sunday, May 15th, the Church celebrates Pentecost. This Solemnity  comes fifty days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of Jesus. Pentecost, which marks the end of the Easter Season, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.

Following Mass on Pentecost Sunday, the Easter cross is removed from the sanctuary, signifying that the Easter Season has come to an end. The Paschal candle will be moved to stand next to the Baptismal font. It will be used during the celebration of Baptism, when the candles of the newly baptized are lit from it. It may also be placed near the body of the deceased at a funeral Mass, as a reminder that we entered into the death of Christ through our Baptism and we will rise again with Him in glory.

On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, the Diocese will host its annual catechetical conference at the Civic Centre in Corner Brook. At this conference, catechetical coordinators and catechists will be introduced to the new resource to be used in family catechesis as of September 2016.  This new resource, Alive in Christ, published by Our Sunday Visitor, replaces the previous program from the CCCB, which is no longer in print. Conference participants will also be introduced to the new resources to be used in Confirmation preparation. The newly promulgated Faith Formation Policy, which is due to take effect in September 2016, will also be presented at this conference. Sixty-five people from all parishes of the Diocese are expected to attend the conference.

Over this past week there has been a great deal of media coverage of the wildfire destruction in Fort McMurray.  Many of us have family and friends who have been severely affected by this tragedy.  As well as praying for them we want to do what we can financially to help them recover from this disaster.

Personal donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, especially as both the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta have announced they will match individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross for those affected by the wildfires in and surrounding Fort McMurray.  Alternatively, donations may also be sent to the Diocese of St. Paul, the Catholic Diocese in which Fort McMurray in located.   For more information click "more".

On Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 5:00pm, Andrew White will be ordained a Priest of this diocese at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook.  Andrew was born in this diocese and has been studying for the priesthood at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario.

He was ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 7, 2015, and during his time of preparation for ordination he has served in ministry in several parishes in the diocese, including Lourdes, Happy Valley-Goose Bay , Stephenville and Corner Brook.

Please consider coming and participating in this joyful celebration at our Diocesan Cathedral on May 15th.

Each year, on the Sunday before Pentecost, the Church celebrates World Communications Day. This year’s theme, “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter”, was chosen to coincide with the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Holy Father’s message for World Communication Day is traditionally published in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has designated the week of May 8-15 as the fourth annual National Week for Life and the Family. The theme this year is “My Family: A School of Mercy”.

In promoting life and the family, the Bishops invite all Catholics to be visible and effective witnesses to the Gospel of Life and, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, they invite each family to be a source of life and a school of mercy.

On Sunday, May 8th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension, a Holy Day of Obligation. The Bible tells us that Jesus ascended into heaven on the 40th day after the Resurrection, so the Ascension falls on the Thursday of the fifth week of Easter.  However, in Canada, as in a number of other countries, the observance of this feast day has been transferred to the following Sunday, six weeks after Easter.

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