Recently our diocese received a grant from the Ex Corde Foundation of the Diocese of Hamilton to assist in the funding of the pastoral ministry of the Innu Aboriginal Parishes of Our Lady of the Snows in Sheshatshui and Tshukuminu St. Anne in Natuashish.


Sunday, March 22nd is Solidarity Sunday, so-called because, on this day, we are invited to do something concrete to express our solidarity with those in the Global South who struggle for dignity and justice. On Sunday, March 22nd, there will be a special collection taken up in all of our parishes in support of Development and Peace. We are encouraged during Lent to engage in alms-giving; the annual special collection in support of this organization provides us an excellent opportunity to do so.

March 19th is the Feast of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the universal Church, the patron saint of Canada and one of two patron saints of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

Monsignor Raymond March passed away peacefully on  March 16, 2015  in his 90th year.  He was born in Stephenville, NL on April 14, 1925. Having completed his studies at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of St. George’s by Bishop Michael O’Reilly at St. Stephen’s Parish, Stephenville on April 16, 1950,

Monsignor served in many parishes in the Diocese of St. George's and in Nova Scotia. Upon retiring from active ministry Monsignor resided at the Parish residence in Stephenville until his illness created the need for assisted care.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 18, from 2:00-4:00pm at Russell’s Funeral Home, 57 Prince Rupert Drive, Stephenville and from 6:00– 9:00 pm (Prayer Vigil at 8:00 pm) at St. Stephen’s Church, 78 West Street, Stephenville.

The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 19, at 10:00 am at St. Stephen’s Church, Stephenville with the Most Reverend Peter Hundt, Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, as the chief celebrant.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.

On February 26, in India Mr. Augustine Samikannu, the father of Father Gabriel Selvanathan passed away.  Bishop Hundt asks that you please join in praying for the repose of his soul, and in praying for the grace of God’s consolation for Father Gabriel, his mother, siblings and family.
Father Gabriel has gone to India for his father’s funeral.  Father Gordon Grace and Monsignor Edwin Gale will provide pastoral ministry in Deer Lake until Father Gabriel’s return.

Dear People of the Diocese,

As we prepare to begin the season of Lent this coming Wednesday, I wish to share with you an update on our Diocesan Pastoral Planning Process as well as some thoughts regarding the spirituality of Lent.

The following pastoral appointments were announced on the weekend of February  14th-15th:

Father Antonyiar Soosai, HGN, effective March 1, 2015, Administrator of Our Lady of Labrador Parish, West. St. Modeste:

Father James Yacob, HGN, effective March 4, 2015, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Labrador City:

Father Johnbosco Vellaphadass, HGN, effective March 18, 2015, Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Bird Cove.

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a 9-0 judgment made a decision on assisted suicide that is of great concern.  As Catholics we recognize the dignity of every human person and believe that care of the sick, dying and elderly takes a loving and compassionate form in palliative care.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2277, states: “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.”

During Mass on Ash Wednesday, February 18, there will be a special collection for Catholic Missions in Canada(CMIC).  The stated mission of this organization is to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in isolated, poor and hard-to-reach areas of Canada.  Many parishes in our diocese receive financial assistance from CMIC each  year.  We encourage you to be as generous as possible in supporting the ongoing ministry of this imporatant Canadian, Catholic organization.

The World Day of the Sick is celebrated annually on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11.

This day of prayer, which was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1992, has three themes. First, it reminds the entire Church to pray for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites all Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering and pain. Third, this day recognizes and honours all those who work in health care and serve as caregivers.

Pope Francis has entrusted this year’s World Day of the Sick to the maternal protection of Mary, the Mother of all the sick and suffering. The theme of his message for this world day is “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame (Job 29:15).”