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The Easter Triduum - from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday - is the summit of the Liturgical Year of the Church. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day, unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are :

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

the Easter Vigil and the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Once again this year, a special collection will be held on Good Friday in support of the Needs of the Church in the Holy Land.

Before dawn on Saturday morning, a Canadian nun and two Italian priests were kidnapped from the small parish of Tchéré, North Cameroon. Sister Gilberte Bussière of the Congregation of Notre-Dame and Fathers Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri were taken from their residences by two armed groups.

Please join in praying for the safe return of these Catholic missionaries and in support of  their  families and friends at this difficult time. .

The Chrism Mass will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook on Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm.

On Sunday, April 6, there will be a special collection in all parishes in the Diocese in support of Development and Peace. We are encouraged during Lent to engage in alms-giving and this organization is a worthy recipient of our support.

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.

 

 

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.

On February 20-21, an Extraordinary Consistory on the Family was held in the Vatican in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family scheduled to take place on October 5-19, 2014 and the Ordinary Synod scheduled for October 2015 which also has as its theme the pastoral care of the family.
The solemn and reflective liturgical season of Lent begins this year on Wednesday, March 5. During Lent, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the mysteries of Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days, ending on Holy Saturday (Sundays are not included in this counting).

Congratulations to Sister Alice Walsh, PBVM, on being named the recipient of the Catholic Missions In Canada 2014 St. Joseph Award. This award is given annually to recognize and honour a missionary whose life has been dedicated to serving as a light for the world and salt for the earth.  The award will be presented to Sister Alice on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the annual Tastes of Heaven Gala in Toronto.

Dear People of the Diocese,

This coming Wednesday we will begin the liturgical season of Lent. ln his Lenten message for 2014, Pope Francis offers us some helpful thoughts regarding our path of conversion during this Lenten season. His insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich." (2 Cor. 8:9).

During Mass on Ash Wednesday, March 5, there will be a special collection for Catholic Missions In Canada. Everyone is encouraged to be as generous as possible in support of this group.

Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated this year on March 5, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and alms-giving which prepares us to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The Pope's message for Lent 2014 was released to the public on February 4. The title of this message - An Invitation to Evangelical Poverty in Our Time - is taken from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
On February 11, the Church celebrates both the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the annual World Day of the Sick.

In 1997 Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for the men and women in consecrated life. Each year on February 2 the Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life.

January 18th to 25th, 2014

The roots of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity go back to the 1800s; it is one of the oldest, most widely observed ecumenical events in the world

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held from January 18 to 25. This is the octave proposed by Paul Wattson in 1908, because it begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Finding ways to pray together during this January week means that we are in harmony with people around the world, which brings its own graces; in this way, we join with all who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity.

Sunday, January 12 is the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. When she was canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II, she became the first female saint in Canada.

On Sunday, January 12, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This marks the end of the season of Christmas.

On January 1, the Church celebrates the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This, the highest title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was given to her at the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. and is the oldest feast of Mary celebrated by the Catholic Church.

In the Canadian Church it is a Holy Day of Obligation.

January 1 is also the World Day of Peace.

On Sunday, December 29th, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family.

With prayers for God’s blessing upon you during this Christmas season and always.

As we move through the season of Advent and draw nearer to Christmas, we should take a little time to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming birth of our Saviour.
The "Catholic Aboriginal Council for Reconciliation" created by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in 1998, proposes that the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) be a National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.  we are all invited to pray for aboriginal peoples today.

On December 12, Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe, Patroness of the Americas, Empress of Latin America and Protectress of the Unborn Child.

The new liturgical year of the Roman Catholic Church begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas, when we recall Christ's first coming among us, but it is also a time when we look forward to his second coming at the end of time.

On November 26, the Press Office of the Holy See held a press conference to present Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, entitled “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). This Exhortation was written following the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on “New Evangelization for the Transmission of Faith”.  Last Sunday, during the Closing Mass for the Year of Faith, the Holy Father gave a copy of his Exhortation to 36 representatives of the Church.

On Friday, November 8, the Philippines suffered the worst disaster in its history after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country, leaving thousands dead and millions homeless and in need of aid. In response to the growing need for relief in this region, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is requesting that all Dioceses hold a special collection to support the relief effort being undertaken by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) and other member organizations of Caritas International.

In our Diocese, this collection will take place on the weekend of November 23-24. Due to the seriousness of this emergency appeal, the special collection for the Shepherd’s Fund which had originally been scheduled for that weekend will be held now on the weekend of December 7-8. More information about how to donate will be included in your parish bulletin this weekend.

The Government of Canada has pledged a matching contribution of all donations received prior to December 9, 2013 by all eligible charities. Development and Peace is eligible for this program, so all donations will effectively be doubled. We would encourage everyone to be as generous as possible.

On Thursday, October 31, Pope Francis I authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the following decree:

HEROIC VIRTUES Servant of God Honora “Nano” Nagle (Joan of God), Irish foundress of the Union of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1718-1784).

In his letter of congratulations to Sister Sharon Fagan, pbvm., the Congregation Leader of the Presentation Generalate here in Newfoundland, Bishop Hundt  said: “This official Church declaration of your Foundress as Venerable is a wonderful and much deserved recognition of her virtue. It is also a fitting acknowledgement of the marvelous and transformative work that she did, and that her Religious Daughters/Sisters continue to do to this very day.”

In recent days, two different Canadian courts have announced decisions which uphold the inherent dignity of all human life – the British Columbia Court of Appeal on October 10, 2013, and the Ontario Court of Appeal on October 18, 2013. This is indeed encouraging news for all who believe in the sanctity of human life.

World Mission Sunday is celebrated this year on October 20th. Bishop Hundt has written a letter to the people of the Diocese asking for their participation in this celebration.

This year, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on Sunday, October 21. World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics around the world to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. A special collection is taken up on this day to support the work of missionaries in Third World countries.

Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Francis inspires us to take the Gospel literally, and to  follow all that Jesus said and did.  He is known for his love of the earth and all its creatures.  It is St. Francis who told us to "Preach the Gospel always and when necessary use words."

Today let us also remember to offer prayers for Pope Francis.

Yesterday, September 19, a celebration was held at the Cathedral Residence in Corner Brook to honour Msgr. Roderick White on the occasion of his 90th birthday.  The present rector of the Cathedral, Father Ed Terry, who began his priestly ministry with Monsignor while he was rector, hosted the birthday dinner which was attended by Bishop Hundt and several priests in the area.

We all join with Bishop Hundt in prayer for God's continued blessings on Monsignor as he begins this new decade of life in the Lord.

The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be held September 28 and 29, 2013. Through your contribution to this collection, you can collaborate with the Bishops in their ministry to teach, sanctify and govern.

Saturday, September 14 marks the conclusion of the joint campaign by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) to raise emergency aid for Syrian refugees. At the announcement of this campaign last spring, The Most Reverend Richard Smith, President of the CCCB, invited Canadian dioceses and parishes to hold a day of prayer and fasting for Syria and for peace in the Middle East on September 14.

This week Father Gordon Grace will be retiring and four priests Father Britto Adaikalam, H.G.N., Monsignor Edwin Gale, Father Lee Lainey and Father Edward Terry, will be moving to new pastoral assignments.

On August 28, 2013, Father Gordon Grace will retire from his ministry as a Parish Priest in the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.  Father Grace studied at Regina Cleric Seminary in Saskatchewan and was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1958 by Bishop Michael O’Reilly at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook.

Several clergy moves were announced this past weekend in the Labrador sector of the Diocese.

We are pleased to welcome to our Diocese Reverend Lourdhu Raju Madanu, M.F., a priest of the Clerical Congregation of the Missionaries of Faith. Like his confrere Father Gabriel Silvanathan, M.F., he comes to our Diocese from India with his Congregation’s blessings to work with us in pastoral ministry.

We celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary each year on August 15. This Feast commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into heaven.

Two more clergy moves have been announced to take effect on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

The Pontifical Council for the Family invites families from around the world to meet Pope Francis in Rome, on October 26–27, 2013 on the occasion of the Family Pilgrimage, which is taking place during the Year of Faith.

To read the letter from the President of the Council click more.

Lumen fidei – The light of faith (LF) is the first Encyclical signed by Pope Francis. Divided into four chapters, plus an introduction and a conclusion, the Pontiff explains that the Letter supplements Benedict XVI’s Encyclicals on charity and hope, and takes up the “fine work” carried out by the Pope Emeritus, who had already “almost completed” the Encyclical on faith. The Holy Father has now added “further contributions” to this existing “first draft”.

This week five priests of the Diocese, Father Terrence Boland, Father Edmund Camacho, Father Maurice O’Quinn, Father Gerard Patry, and Monsignor James Robertson, will be moving to new pastoral assignments.  As well, Father Chris Rushton, a member of the Lacombe Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate will be moving from Labrador to Ottawa to take on other ministry.

We ask for your prayers for these Priests and their Parishioners.

For over two years, Syria has been torn apart by a brutal civil war which has caused extreme suffering for the people of the country and has created an overwhelming humanitarian crisis in the entire region. Over 93,000 people have died, over 4 million have been displaced within Syria and more than 1.6 million have fled to neighbouring countries.

In response to this growing crisis, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, in conjunction with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), is launching an emergency appeal asking all Catholics to support the work of the various partner organizations of the region.

Parishes may plan a special collection or fundraiser in support of this initiative. If not, visit  www.devp.org/donate/syria for more information about donations.


On June 19, 2013, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree indicating that the name of St. Joseph is to be added after the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV. The wording to be used is “with blessed Joseph, her Spouse…” This decree is effective immediately.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II instituted a special annual world priest day, to be held on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, we celebrate both the feast of the Sacred Heart and the World Day for the Sanctification of Priests on Friday, June 07.

On Sunday, June 2, we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi,  in which we focus our attention upon the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Trinity Sunday, which is celebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday, honours what the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the central mystery of Christian faith and life - the Most Holy Trinity.  This year we celebrate Trinity Sunday on May 26.

The biennial conference of the Atlantic Catechetical Association will be held in our diocese from May 24–26. The theme of the conference is Building Communities of Faith: Re-discovering Our Cornerstones.. The conference will take place at Memorial University- Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, NL.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has dedicated the week of May 12 to 19 as the first annual National Week for Life and the Family. The theme for this year's Week is "The Family: facing life's challenges together with Christ". In designating this annual National Week for Life and the Family, the Canadian Bishops wish to invite all Catholics to be visible and effective witnesses to the Gospel of Life.

The government of Canada has recently implemented reforms to Employment Insurance. It is anticipated that these reforms will have a negative impact upon people in the Atlantic region, especially seasonal workers, who are dependent on EI to make life more tolerable. The Atlantic Episcopal Assembly recently released a letter of solidarity with all those who rely on EI.

Father John Molloy passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4th, 2013, at the age of 87.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 7th, from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer in Corner Brook.  The Prayer Vigil will be at 8pm.

The Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, May 8th at 10:30am, at the Cathedral, with the Most Reverend Peter Hundt, Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, presiding.

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

On Sunday, May 5, a special collection will be taken up in the parishes of our Diocese for the Pope’s Pastoral Works. 
In a memo to Priests and Directors of Parish Life dated April 15, Bishop Hundt announced the following appointments, departures and retirements.
April 22 is Earth Day, a day dedicated to showing support for the protection of the environment. The theme of this year's Earth Day is The Face of Climate Change, a theme chosen to highlight the mounting impact of climate change on the world.

On Sunday, April 21, the Church marks the 50th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

The week of April 21st- 27th is Organ Donor Awareness Week. In conjunction with this special week, we have been asked by the Provincial Organ Donor Program to offer some special prayers of thanksgiving – for the gift of life itself, for those people who, through Organ and Tissue donation, have given the gift of life to others and for the families of those who, at their time of greatest sorrow and sadness, have taken time to consider those in need.

The biennial conference of the Atlantic Catechetical Association is taking place from May 24-26 in Corner  Brook at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.   The theme of the this year's conference is Building Communities of Faith - Rediscovering Our Cornerstones.
Sunday, April 21, is known as Vocations Sunday. A special collection for ecclesiastical students is taken up on this day.
The Easter Triduum - from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday - is the summit of the Liturgical Year of the Church. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day, unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

Pope Francis I gave his first general audience on Wednesday March 27. He spoke about what it means for us to live Holy Week.

“But what,” the Pope asked, “does it mean for us to live Holy Week? What does it mean to follow Jesus on his journey to Calvary, toward the Cross and his Resurrection?”…

“During Holy Week we are living the apex … of this plan of love that runs throughout the history of the relationship between God and humanity.”…

Once again this year, a special collection will be held on Good Friday in support of the Needs of the Church in the Holy Land.

The Chrism Mass will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook on Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm.

National Catholic Mission for 2013

The National Catholic Mission for 2013 will be broadcast on Vision TV during Holy Week. Part 1 will air at 7:30 p.m.  on Monday, March 25th and will be repeated at 11:30 p.m. Part 2 will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th and also repeated at 11:30 p.m.

On Sunday, March 17, there will be a special collection in all of our parishes in support of Development and Peace. We are encouraged during Lent to engage in alms-giving and this organization is a worthy recipient of our support.

 

This was the announcement made today by the Senior Cardinal Deacon following the successful selection of Jorge Bergoglio as the next Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
A Message of Welcome to His Holiness,  Pope Francis, along with a letter to the Holy Father, by the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is available on the CCCB web site.

Today, George Smith was sentenced for crimes of sexual misconduct from his time of ministry as a priest in the former Diocese of St. George's.

We feel intensely for the pain of the victims and their families, and pray for God's healing grace for all who have been wounded by these crimes.

This image is the coat of arms of the Camerlengo, the Cardinal who directs the work of the Conclave to elect a new Pope. The Camerlengo has no papal authority. The umbrella and the blank shield and scroll show that the Chair of St. Peter is empty or sede vacante. It will soon be filled.


 

Sister Nuala Kenny returns to again present her reflections on the Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal: Symptons, Diagnosis, Remedies. This workshop is sponsored by the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador and is designed to help bring healing to anyone affected by this sexual abuse scandal.

We are pleased to welcome to our Diocese Rev. Britto Adaikalam, H.G.N. and Rev. Arockia Raj Siluvaiappa, H.G.N. both of them members of Mary Queen of Apostles Province of the Missionary Society of Heralds of the Good News.


Yesterday charges were laid against Gary Hoskins related to allegations of sexual misconduct from his time of ministry as a priest in the former Diocese of St. George’s.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by these events.

Any allegation of improper conduct by a priest is an extremely serious matter.  The Diocese has cooperated fully with the local authorities and we ask any member of the public with information on this case to come forward to assist the RCMP with their investigation.

The Diocese has developed extensive procedures to foster a safe environment for all the members of our faith community and has also developed a clear policy and procedure for replying to allegations of sexual misconduct.  This policy can be found under  “Policies”, the topic "Response to allegations of sexual misconduct”.

 


Rev. Gabriel Selvanathan has been appointed as Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Bird Cove, effective February 21. 2013. We are grateful to Father Gabriel for his generosity of spirit in accepting to undertake this ministry. Please join in prayer for God's blessings upon Father Gabriel as he begins this new pastoral assignment

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Lent is a solemn and reflective liturgical season during which we prepare for the mysteries of Easter. It provides us an opportunity to examine our faith and to deepen our commitment to live a Christian life.

Ash Wednesday, which we celebrate this year on February 13, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and alms-giving which prepares us to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In a surprise announcement on Sunday, February 10, Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to withdraw from the Papacy. Here is his statement in its entirety.

Dear People of the Diocese,

This coming Wednesday we will once again begin the liturgical season of Lent. Pope Benedict XVI, in his Lenten message for this Year of Faith*, offers some thoughts on the close relationship between faith and charity, writing: “Lent invites us, through the traditional practises of the Christian Life, to nourish our faith by careful and extended listening to the word of God and by receiving the sacraments, and at the same time to grow in charity and in love of God and neighbour, not least through the specific practices of fasting, penance and almsgiving.”

Each year on February 11, the Catholic Church observes the World Day of the Sick.
During Mass on Ash Wednesday, February 13, there will be a special collectin for Catholic Missions In Canada.
The Pope's annual Lenten message was released to the public on Friday, February 1, 2013.
In 1997 Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for the men and women in consecrated life. Each year on February 2 the Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life.
Over the course of each liturgical year, the parishes in our diocese particpate in eight special collections. Each of these special collections is designated for a particular worthwhile cause and occurs on a specific date.
Once again this year the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring an essay contest for youth in Grades 7-12.

Our diocese is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Father Biju Antony in a tragic motor vehicle accident yesterday, January 2, 2013, at the age of 39. Father Biju was a member of the religious congregation, Missionaries of Faith, and came to us in May of 2009.

Father Biju spent a year in St. Stephen’s Parish, Stephenville, before becoming Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Bird Cove, on August 1, 2010.

The Most Reverend Peter Hundt, Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, will be the main celebrant at Masses in Bird Cove, St. Anthony and Stephenville during the coming days.

 

 

 

Dear People of the Diocese,

Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for us to step back from the regular routine of life to focus on, and savor of, the precious gifts that are so important to us, but which we can so easily take for granted: family, friends, a God who in His love for us came down to earth as an infant on that first Christmas over 2,000 years ago.

As we move through the season of Advent and draw nearer to Christmas, we should take a little time to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming birth of our Saviour.

Mr. Robert Hutchings has been appointed as Financial Administrator of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador as of December 04, 2012.

The reading from the Roman Office of Readings for Wednesday of the First Week of Advent offers us some food for thought in this Year of Faith.

Effective Friday, December 14 Father Augustine Gabriel Selvanathan has been appointed as associate pastor to Father Joy Paul at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City.


On Sunday, November 25, Bishop Hundt celebrated a Pontifical Mass for the Feast of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Congratulations are extended to Precious Blood Church, St. Andrews which celebrated its 100th anniversary on Tuesday, November 13th.  The presider at the Mass was Bishop Peter Hundt and he was joined by Msgr. Ed Gale, Vicar General of the Diocese and several priests from throughout the diocese.  In his homily, Bishop Hundt reminded those attending  that the church is our home, the place where we give each other life and best realize we are a community of believers.  To quote Rev. Ed Terry, the pastor, “One Hundred Years is a significant milestone in our history as church. As we begin our journey forward, may we continue to be blessed with members whose Faith, Hope and Love lead all of us to full, active and conscious participation in the community we call the church.”  For pictures of the celebration and a video of the Mass go to http://www.st-anns-parish.ca/.
On Wednesday, November 21, during the day's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI  dedicated his catechesis to the rationality of faith in God, emphasizing that the Catholic tradition "has always rejected the so-called principle of 'fideism', that is, the will to believe against reason. ... Indeed, although a mystery, God is not absurd. ... If, in contemplating the mystery, reason sees only darkness, this is not because the mystery contains no light, rather because it contains too much."

Feast of Christ the King

On Sunday, November 25, we celebrate the Feast of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (formerly known as the Feast of Christ the King). This feast was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and was originally celebrated on the last Sunday of October.

On Sunday, October 21, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will become the first Native American saint of the Church.

Pope Benedict has announced a special Year of Faith beginning on October 11, 2012 and ending on November 24, 2013. It is to be a special time for growing in our appreciation of the gift of faith, for deepening our relationship with God and for strengthening our commitment to sharing faith with others.

The Bishops of Canada recently posted a pastoral letter on the subject of the Second Vatican Council and its importance.
Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year of Faith to begin on October 11, 2012 and to conclude on November 24, 2013.

This month the Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

As you celebrate your gratitude for God's many gifts this weekend, why not take the time to join Father Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light Television for a Thanksgiving Reflection.
As the Second Vatican Council was coming to an end in September 1965, Pope Paul VI established the Synod of Bishops to assist him and future Pontiffs with their counsel. The Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops begins in Rome on Sunday, October 7.
The workshops announced throughout the diocese this weekend will be led by Sister Nuala Kenny of Halifax.  Sister Nuala Kenny is a Sister of Charity.  She is a Medical Doctor, a Bioethicist and a leading expert on the Clery Abuse scandal in Canada. To read Sister Nuala's biography click here.

The weekend of September 22nd-23rd at all the Masses and liturgies in the diocese a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Hundt was read announcing workshops to take place this Fall entitled “The Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Remedies”.  Open to all Catholics, the bishop wrote that he hoped:  “…these workshops will be an experience that will be helpful, healing and a blessing.”

To read the letter in its entirity click here.

Father John Collins passed away peacefully yesterday, September 17, 2012, at the age of 77.

The Funeral Mass for Father Collins will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, West Street, Stephenville on Thursday, September 20 at 10am. The principal celebrant will be the Most Reverend Peter Hundt, Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

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

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador … The Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador, the Most Reverend Peter J. Hundt, responded today to the guilty plea entered in provincial court by Rev. George Smith, a retired priest of the former Diocese of St. George’s, on charges of sexual misconduct.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Mr. Richard Kelly leaves his position as Diocesan Financial Officer/Business Manager to accept an offer of employment with a business in the Corner Brook area.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has reached a milestone of one hundred years. Founded in 1912, it consists of six communities on the Port au Port Peninsula: West Bay, Black Duck Brook, Winterhouse, Lourdes, Three Rock Cove, and Mainland.

There was a full octave (eight days) of celebrations in the parish.

$9,260.00 Raised for West African Relief

St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephenville recently sent the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace a cheque for $9,260.00, the proceeds of a special parish collection in aid of those suffering from the food shortage and drought in the Sahel region of West Africa. Congratulations to all those who so generously contributed this special assistance.

http://www.devp.org/en/emergencies/west-africa

Due to health issues, Father Don Leonard retired from his ministry as Chaplain of Institutions as of July 2nd.

Mrs. Denise Rumboldt has been appointed as Assistant Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis as of July 3, 2012.

Rev. Msgr. Jim Robertson ended his appointment as Chancellor of Temporal Affairs as of June 30, 2012.

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.”

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that the law prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional. and the judge gave the Canadian Parliament one year in which to draft legislation allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide. However, the Government of Canada has decided to appeal all aspects of the British Columbia Supreme Court decision.

This year the Sahel region of West Africa is confronting a catastrophic hunger crisis. An estimated 15.6 million people are facing food insecurity and more than a million children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

The Holy Father has appealed to the international community to respond and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has initiated an emergency campaign in Canada. For more information on the crisis and/or to make a donation go online to:

http://www.devp.org/en/emergencies/west-africa

 

On June 24, 2012 Father Hanh Van Tran will end his time in Pastoral Ministry in our Diocese and will prepare to begin his new assignment as Parish Priest of the Vietnamese Community of Hamilton, Ontario.

We are very grateful to Father Hanh for the dedicated and loving pastoral ministry that he has given in our Diocese. We offer prayers of gratitude for the service given and prayers for God’s blessings upon him in his new assignment.

We welcome Father Augustine Gabriel Selvanathan, a priest of the Clerical Congregation of the Missionaries of Faith, to our Diocese. Father Gabriel was ordained to the Priesthood in 2006 at Our Lady’s Church, Nangathur, India. He has served in several parishes in his native India, and now comes to our Diocese with his Congregation’s blessings to work with us in pastoral ministry.

Effective June 7, Father Gabriel has been assigned as an Associate Pastor to the Cathedral Parish in Corner Brook where he will begin a period of enculturation under the guidance of Monsignor Gale.

We thank Father Gabriel for his generosity of spirit in coming to our Diocese and assure him that he will be met with hospitality and continued prayers for God’s blessings.

Rio+20 (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 June 2012. There we will see another attempt to provide the global leadership needed to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.
We add our voice to those who are rallying to encourage their governments not merely to sign documents that promise good things, but to reclaim and advance an ethical and equitable global vision. We must be attentive to what is happening at Rio+20, in our own country and our own province, in our own local communities and our own homes.
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NICHOLAS O’KEEFFE LEAVING HERMITAGE

IN RETIREMENT

Nicholas O’Keeffe has decided to retire from his commitment as a publically professed hermit and to leave St. Mary’s Place of Solitude and Prayer. He plans to begin living in retirement in Stephenville by August 1, 2012.

May 17, 2012

Dear People of the Diocese,

Yesterday it was officially announced that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has issued a decree dismissing Raymond Lahey from the clerical state. This penalty of dismissal was imposed as a result of the harm and scandal caused by his actions. The effect of this decree is the loss of the rights, offices, and functions of the clerical state. That he has received such a severe penalty is an indication of the seriousness of his offences and of the effect they have had upon others.

CCCB Statement

On May 4, 2011, then Bishop Raymond Lahey entered a plea of guilty in civil court to the possession of child pornography. He was sentenced in accordance with civil law on January 4, 2012. It remained for the Holy See to follow the canonical procedures in effect for such cases to determine what appropriate disciplinary or penal measures would be imposed. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has now been informed by the Holy See that Raymond Lahey has been dismissed from the clerical state.

My thanks go out to Father Vargees Devasahayam for his generous service to the Diocese and to the faithful People of God.

A new Native saint!

The Innu and Inuit peoples of Labrador, and the Mi’kmaq (the plural of Mi’kmaw) peoples of Western Newfoundland all share in the collective joy of the whole Church as she points out a shining example of heroism amongst the People of God, and one that they can call their own. On  October 21st of this year, she will be officially recognised as a saint.

Why not watch a video on Blessed Kateri?

It is with great sadness that the Diocese mourns the death of Father Joseph Kelly. He passed away Sunday, February 26th, 2012.

Corner Brook and Labrador Diocese is very pleased to welcome Fr. Vitus Echedo. He comes to us from Nigeria, having known Fr. Anthony Nwaohiri beforehand. A young and energetic man, Fr. Vitus was Ordained seven years ago and is excited to be outside his home country for the first time. He is currently posted to St. Stephen’s Parish to work alongside Fr. O’Quinn in ministry. May the Good Lord bless all of his work here among our people!

The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes has a fine accomplishment to celebrate! In the interest of beautifying the Parish church, as well as providing new facilities, several additions have been completed.

2012 Diocesan Lenten Message

Dear People of the Diocese,

This coming Wednesday we will once again begin the liturgical season of Lent.  Traditionally this is a time when by prayer, fasting and almsgiving we seek to purify ourselves of our sins and weaknesses and, to live more fully as the followers of Christ that we first became and were professed to be in baptism.

This work of purification can have external and social dimensions as well as internal and individual ones.  Our Lenten prayers, penances and acts of self-sacrifice can be offered up to God not only for our own sins and offences, but also for those of our brothers and sisters and of our broader Church and civil community.  Our Lenten observances can be an incredible source of blessing and of healing grace.

 

 

In the first reading of the Christmas Mass we hear proclaimed the prophecy of Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light
has shone. (Is 9:2)

This prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus, the Christ, and hopefully, it is “fulfilled” in the hearts of each one of us, both in our celebrating of the Lord’s birth, and in our daily living of the Good News of the Incarnation of Our Lord.

The Canadian Biblical Association of Canada (CBAC) has one of the best, most interactive websites available for anyone interested in the Holy Scriptures. Accessible to all ages, this website is constantly updated, and provides an incredibly rich variety of resources for anyone with the desire to enrich one’s life with the Word of God.
The Introductory Rites of the Eucharistic liturgy draw us into the Mass. The Sign of the Cross, marked on our bodies, identifies us as disciples who were baptised into the Triune God: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
 This weekend we begin a new liturgical year, and we begin to use the new English translation of the Roman Missal.  This new English translation of the Roman Missal is a more literal translation of the original Latin and presents the prayers of the Mass in rich, beautifully crafted prose.

The Diocese recently had the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of a Priestly Ordination.  Fr. Devas Vargees is the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart parish, in Conche. This beautiful community is located on the Eastern coast of Newfoundland’s majestic Great Northern Peninsula. We are especially happy to congratulate him at this time.

People of God, rejoice! The 50th International Eucharist Congress is soon to take place, in Dublin, Ireland, during the early summer of 2012.
Father Peddle, now celebrating his fiftieth anniversary of Ordination, is a native of Tilton, in Conception Bay.  A man who has cared for many Parishes and souls, he is another model of faithful service in Christ’s holy Church.
Sr. Paula Delahunty, PBVM, made the move into her sixth decade of professed religious life.  Sr. Paula comments that there was something special to her heart in every place. It has always been the people of the communities who touched her soul.
How Does the Liturgy Shape Our Lives?
Corinna Laughlin and Kristopher W. Seaman

Eucharistic Prayer II proclaims that the Lord is holy and “the fount of all holiness,” a marvellous image of God’s overflowing love, goodness, and truth. God freely pours out holiness on all who seek it. Through our participation in the liturgy, we can grow in that holiness to which the Triune God calls us. We, too, must become fountains of holiness, sharing compassion, goodness, and truth in our daily lives. To paraphrase Saint Augustine, we are to become what we pray. When we come to the celebration of the liturgy with hearts and minds open to God’s will for us, our faith is strengthened, our souls are nourished, and we are transformed, sent forth to serve our neighbour and to grow in unity with one another and with the Lord. In this way, the liturgy shapes our very lives. The rich texts, symbols, music, space, environment, and gestures communicate God’s call to us to become what God intends: His holy people.

 Preparing Your Parish for the Revised Roman Missal: Homilies and Reproducibles for Faith Formation © 2011 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago IL 60609; 1-800-933-1800; www.LTP.org. The copyright notice must appear with the text. Published with Ecclesiatical Approval (Canon 823, 1).

Father Buckle is a native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  Born on April 4th 1933, he grew up here, going to school at St. Bernard’s Academy.  He was Ordained June 4th, 1961, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception by Bishop Michael O’Reilly, and went on to a faithful career.

Mr. Andrew Henry White, on November 16th is to be instituted as a Lector at St. Stephen’s Parish, in Stephenville.  While Mr. White is currently spending an Internship/Pastoral Year at St. Stephen’s, he began attending St. Peter’s Seminary in 2008 to train for the Priesthood of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

 

Music is an integral part of our worship. Through time, the style and language of our sacred music has continually evolved, as each generation of Christians has continually brought their own sense of the beautiful to the music of worship.

Father Joseph A. Gash was born and grew up in Sacred Heart Parish, Curling, Corner Brook. He received his early education at St. Aiden’s School in Curling East, then at Holy Cross School in Curling. He later attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. After Ordination he studied catechetics at Fordham University in New York and Liturgy and Monastic Life at St. John’s University and Abbey in Minnesota.

 

Why was the Roman Missal revised?

Corrina Laughlin and Kristopher W. Seaman

 

As part of the renewal of the liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, the bishops of the Church agreed that liturgical texts could be translated and prayed in the vernacular languages. The liturgical books themselves were also reformed. The result was the 1969 Missal of Paul VI, which reflected the revised liturgy (sometimes called the novus ordo).


What is the Roman Missal?
Corrina Laughlin and Jill Maria Murdy

The Roman Missal is the book that contains the prayers of the Mass.   The English prayers we use at Mass are translated from the Latin originals, some of which date back more than a thousand years. When the first English translations were prepared following the Second Vatican Council, they were based on a principle known as dynamic equivalence: the goal was to capture the spirit of each text, not to translate each word literally.

 

 

Sister Alice Walsh, PBVM

 

Sr. Alice Walsh, PBVM, has recently celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of Profession. Sixty years ago, in 1951, she took her first vows in religious life. She was born in 1928 in Kilbride, St. John’s, but grew up mainly in Grand Falls-Windsor as her father was a station agent for the Newfoundland railway.  Sr. Alice entered religious life in 1948.  Spending time as a postulant and then as a novice at the Motherhouse in St. John’s., Sr. Alice went on to make her first vows and final vows followed three years later.

 

The Diocese is in an enviable position this year, given its opportunities for celebration. In addition to the arrival of Bishop Hundt, and on top of the joys that naturally come with the many feasts of the Holy Catholic Church, many individuals are celebrating significant Jubilees of service.

A great fun-filled learning adventure!

This year’s camp was held from July 31 – August 2 at Killdevil Camp in Lomond which is at the beginning of Gros Morne National Park. 

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 Appeal for Famine Relief

Transfigurations: seeing with new eyes, responding with new vision
2011 Atlantic Catechetical Association Conference

 Thirteen people from our diocese attended this conference in Moncton, NB from May 27 – 29, 2011.    The keynote speakers were Dr. Reginald Bibby, widely recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts on social and religious trends, and Ms. Carol Kuzmochka, Director of the Centre for Ministry Formation at St. Paul's University, Ottawa.

  

The work of the Holy Spirit

The titles given to the Holy Spirit must surely stir the soul of anyone who hears them, and make him realize that they speak of nothing less than the supreme Being. Is he not called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, the steadfast Spirit, the guiding Spirit? But his principal and most personal title is the Holy Spirit.

The fruits of the Spirit are perfections ... 

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, ...

It is an opportunity to explore Christianity with good company, good food, great videos, lots of questions, lively discussion, and no pressure.

 

On Holy Saturday night in churches throughout the world Catholics gather together and wait in the dark. They wait in the dark for the most joyous celebration of the liturgical year to begin with a spark, a spark jumping out into the dark of the night to ignite the fire that will then be blessed and used to light the new Paschal candle.

The installation ceremony took place before a full congregation at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception on Mount Bernard Avenue, Corner Brook on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm.