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Saint John Paul ll and Saint Gianna Beretta Molla were chosen as the official patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families for their deep commitment to strengthening and sustaining the family with great love.

The World Meeting of Families takes place in Philadelphia, PA, USA in September 2015.

 

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new resource to coincide with the conclusion of the month of Ramadan (Id al-Fitr, July 18), entitled: A Church in Dialogue: Catholics and Muslims in Canada : Believers and Citizens in Society. (cccb.ca)

A letter from the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, introducing the resource says that "the pamphlet is meant to help Canadian Catholics better understand their Muslim neighbours." This is the first time the CCCB has published a resource on relations between Catholics and Muslims in Canada.

To read the Archbishop's letter click more at the bottom of this article.  To read A Church in Dialogue: Catholics and Muslims in Canada : Believers and Citizens in Society click here.

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.

Oregon is the only North American jurisdiction which has legalized assisted suicide. Canada is on track to become the second. On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the section of law making it illegal for one person to aid or abet another in committing suicide. What can we learn from Oregon’s experience with assisted suicide? How effective have safe guards been in protecting the vulnerable and the mentally ill?

To read the pamphlet “A Warning for Canada: Oregon’s Experience with Assisted Suicide Shows Safe Guards Don’t Work”, 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.

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