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As of June 1, 2015 Father Maurice O’Quinn will officially retire from full-time pastoral ministry.  Ordained on May 2, 1971, for 44 years “Father Moe” has been an involved and dynamic member of the clergy of this diocese.    In a recent memo to the Priests and Directors of Parish Life regarding Father Moe’s  retirement, Bishop Hundt wrote that he was grateful to Father O’Quinn for his generous ministry and he asked that they join him in praying for God’s blessings upon Father O’Quinn during this time of transition and always.

On Sunday, May 24th, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost comes fifty days after Easter and ten days after the Ascension of Jesus. Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.

Being persecuted for one’s belief in Jesus Christ continues to be a reality in our world today. One international organization publishes a World Watch List annually, which identifies the top ten countries where Christians face the greatest persecution. According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population (mostly Christian) live in areas with severe religious restrictions. As the Catholic Church prepares for the beatification on May 23rd of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered at the altar of a hospital chapel 35 years ago, dying a martyr’s death for his faith, we have an excellent opportunity to remember and pray for all those persecuted for their faith.
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  are Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis, whose feast day was celebrated on May 4th, and Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine, whose feast day was May 8th.

 

The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced a joint emergency campaign with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. In addition, the Government of Canada has announced it will match any contributions to assist Nepal which are collected by May 25, 2015.

Catholic Bishops across Canada are already encouraging parishes and other groups to organize special collections, with the funds collected to be received by Development and Peace before May 25. Donations sent to CCODP should be marked "Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund". Development and Peace is working in collaboration with the other Caritas members in the region, including Caritas Nepal, Caritas India, and the Catholic Relief Services office in India.

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, April 26, Elisabeth Turgeon, Foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary will be beatified at a Mass presided by His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints as Papal Legate. The Mass will be held at Saint-Robert-Bellarmin in Rimouski, Québec. This is the first time that such a ceremony will be celebrated in a Canadian Diocese. The Mass will begin at 2:30 EDT and will be simultaneously broadcast live on the Internet on the Congregation’s website at http://www.soeursdusaintrosaire.org/

On Monday, April 27, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, the Most reverend Luigi Bonazzi, will preside at a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the chapel of the Congregation’s motherhouse.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

“I am counting on you to ‘wake up the world!’ With these words to his “brothers and sisters in consecrated life”, Pope Francis announced that 2015 would be the Year of Consecrated Life. In his Apostolic Letter marking the start of this year, Pope Francis wrote that the first aim of the year would be to look to the past with gratitude, remembering with gratitude the lives and the service of the many dedicated women and men who, having chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, have helped to shape our lives, and the lives of so many others.

 

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 our observance of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Diocese will be featuring on our website a series of articles about consecrated persons who serve the Diocese in a variety of ministries.

This month we feature the Congregation of Notre-Dame and Sister Mildred Chabassol and Sister Donna Kelly, who serve at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Benoit’s Cove.

On Sunday, April 26, there will be a special collection for ecclesiastical students. The money collected will be used to help support Vocation Ministry as well as for the training of priests for our diocese.

On Sunday, April 26, the Church marks the 52nd anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The theme this year is Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation.

In 1963, Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Good Shepherd Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Easter; that is, the Sunday three weeks after Easter Sunday. The name comes from the Gospel reading for this day which in all three lectionary years is taken from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John. In this reading, Jesus is described as the Good Shepherd, who protects us as his flock and promises us the gift of eternal life.

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