Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI,Bishop of Hamilton Diocese and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) recently issued a statement on the approval of Bill C-14.   In it he says :

"The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst."

"Physician-assisted suicide is an affront to what is most noble, most precious in the                                            human endeavour and a grave injustice and violation of the dignity of every human                                              person whose natural and inherent inclination is indeed the preservation of life."

The statement may be read in its entirety on the CCCB website.

On June 12, 2016, Monsignor Edwin Gale celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Monsignor was born in Searston, Codroy Valley, completed his secondary education at St. Stephen’s High School in Stephenville and in 1959 entered St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1966 at St. Stephen’s Parish Church, Stephenville by Bishop Michael O’Reilly.  Since his ordination Monsignor Gale has served in many parishes throughout the diocese, as well as serving on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and as Vicar General.  At this time he is still actively involved in both of these roles.

Monsignor is currently serving as Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Pasadena, NL where this significant anniversary will be celebrated at the Parish Mass at 10:00am on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The parish will be hosting an open reception following the Mass.

Bishop Hundt, on behalf of himself and the people of the Diocese, extends congratulations to Monsignor Gale on 50 years of active priestly ministry and expresses his gratitude for his willing and faithful service to the Diocese.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II instituted a special annual Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, to be held on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, we celebrate both the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart and the World Day for the Sanctification of Priests on Friday, June 3.

Pope John Paul II introduced the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests in order to encourage Catholics worldwide to join in prayer for all of the priests and bishops of the Church.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, there will be a Jubilee for Priests in Rome. This Jubilee will run for three days, beginning on Wednesday, June 1 and ending on Friday, June 3.

“In the image of the Good Shepherd, a priest is a man of mercy and compassion,close to his people and the servant of all.”

Pope Francis

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed nineteen days after Pentecost; this year that falls on Friday, June 3rd. Since 2002, a special Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests is also observed on this day.

The NL Hydraulic Fracking Review Panel released its final report on its website at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. The primary recommendation of the panel was to continue to hold off on fracking applications in the province until some of the 85 supplementary recommendations are met. These recommendations are proposed to address “gaps and deficiencies that must be addressed before the necessary conditions could exist that would allow for hydraulic fracturing, as an all-inclusive industrial process, to proceed reasonably and responsibly in Western Newfoundland.”

After 26 years, St. Mary’s Place of Solitude and Prayer officially closed as a Hermitage, a place of spirituality, on Thursday, May 26, 2016. A Celebration of Thanksgiving was held at the Hermitage site, during which thanks was given for the land, for all those who, over the years, had sought out the peace and solitude of the hermitage and for all those who in any way supported the continued existence of St. Mary’s Place. Following this celebration, a reception was held at St. Ann’s Hall in Doyles. The reception provided the occasion to thank Sheila O’Handley and wish her well as she returns to her native Nova Scotia where she plans to continue living out her commitment to the eremitical life. It was also an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for all the individuals and groups whose involvement and dedication supported St. Mary’s Place for the past 26 years.

On the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi, which is Latin for “the body of Christ”.

This feast day commemorates the Eucharist, the meal in which we partake of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is at the heart of our Catholic faith and traditionally, holds a special place among the sacraments.

For 26 years St. Mary’s Place of Solitude and Prayer has been a spiritual presence in this diocese.  On Thursday, May 26th 2016 there will be a Celebration of Thanksgiving and Farewell to mark the closing of this hermitage.

The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hermitage with a Liturgy of Thanksgiving followed by a reception at St. Ann’s Hall in Doyles.  All are welcome.

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.

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