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In a decision made on February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s assisted- suicide law. In a letter to the parishioners of the Archdiocese of St. John’s written shortly following this decision, Archbishop Martin Currie spoke of the concepts of compassion and dignity and asked a key question: Are we for life, or for death?

To read Archbishop Currie’s letter, click here.

On June 23, 2015. Father Anthony Anh celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Father Anh came to the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador in July, 2011.  Since that time he has ministered to the people of West St. Modeste, Sheshatshiu, and Natuashish, where he is currently serving as Administrator of Tshukuminu St. Anne Parish.

Bishop Hundt, on behalf of himself and the people of the diocese, extends congratulations to Father Anh on 25 years of priestly ministry and  expresses his gratitude for his service to our diocese. Father Anh is assured of our prayers as he continues to serve the people of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

The Year of Consecrated Life began on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30th, 2014 and will continue until the Annual World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. This year provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the unique role and importance that consecrated life has in the Church.

 

As part of its observation of the Year of Consecrated Life, the CCCB is featuring on its website the lives and spirituality of a number of Canadian saints and blesseds. The latest of those to be featured  is Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky, whose feast day is June 27th.

The Year of Consecrated Life was inaugurated  November 29, 2014 with a Prayer Vigil in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome, and will end on February 2, 2016, with the celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. The opening of the Year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Perfectae Caritatis, the Second Vatican Council Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, promulgated on October 28, 1965.

Please continue to pray for those in Consecrated Life.

“Laudato Si” (Praise be to you, My Lord), the latest encyclical by Pope Francis, was officially released in Rome at noon on Thursday, June 18th. The name of the encyclical is taken from the invocation of Saint Francis, “Praise be to you, my Lord”, in his Canticle of the Creatures.

On Tuesday June 30, 2015 Father Ambrose Hynes will officially retire from full-time pastoral ministry.  Ordained to the Priesthood on May 15, 1974, for 41 years Father Hynes has served in ministry in parishes in this diocese.

Born and raised in Port au Choix, Father Hynes is planning to return to that area to live in retirement in Port Saunders.  In his letter to Father Hynes regarding his upcoming retirement, Bishop Hundt thanked him for his generous service to the people of the diocese and prayed that God would bless him in retirement with good health, much happiness and lasting joy.

Congratulations to Andrew White upon being ordained to the transitional diaconate on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Deacon White was born in Pasadena in 1982 and was baptized in Holy Rosary Parish. He entered St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, in 2008 to pursue studies for a Masters Degree in Divinity.

He has recently completed his Spring Semester of theological studies and on Wednesday, May 13th began a time of residence and ministry in the Cathedral Parish.  In January 2016 he is to return to the Seminary for his final semester of theological studies.

Please join in prayer for Deacon White as he continues his ministry to the people of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.  The newly ordained deacon asks that we also pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.

On Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Andrew White will be ordained to the Diaconate 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.  Ordination to the Diaconate is the first of the three degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the other two being the Presbyterate (Priest) and the Episcopate (Bishop).  Andrew is being ordained to the “transitional diaconate” in that he is receiving this first degree of Orders as part of his vocational journey to Priestly Ordination.

 

It has been 9 years since there was an Ordination in our Diocese.   Please consider coming and participating in this joyful celebration at our Diocesan Cathedral on Sunday, June 7th.

Fracking is an issue of great importance to all of Newfoundland and Labrador, but particularly to our own diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.  The Roman Catholic Religious Leaders of Newfoundland and Labrador have sent a submission, “Hydraulic Fracturing and Well-Being in Newfoundland and Labrador”, to the NL Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel for their consideration and have requested to be part of the public consultations.

 

The submission concerns itself with the threats to human rights and the environment which are posed by using the hydraulic fracturing process.  The full document can be viewed here.  It has been included in the documents on the NL Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel website ( www.nlhfrp.ca )and can also be viewed on that site by clicking on “Documents Under Consideration by the Panel” and going to “Letters from Community Organizations and Groups”.

Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society.

The Mission of Love:  God works through us.  We have a mission.  We are in the world for a purpose - to receive God's love and to show God's love to others.  God seeks to heal a broken universe.  He asks us to be his witnesses and helpers in that work.

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