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, 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.
Dear People of the Diocese,
The Priests and Directors of Parish Life met on March 25th and reviewed a survey that is now being sent to all the parishes of the diocese.
The purpose of the survey is to provide us with data that can be used to examine the current state of our parishes. The survey has a section for information on the parish church community as well as a section specifically for information on each mission community. The first part of the survey is on statistical information and the second part involves having parish representatives, including the members of the Finance Council and Pastoral Council, share their reflections on the state of the community in light of this statistical information. We are asking that this survey be completed and returned to the diocesan offices by June 30th.
Also approved at the March 25th meeting was a Diocesan Concluding Invocation for the Prayer of the Faithful. This invocation has now been sent to all the parishes to be made available in the churches in such a way that everyone will have access to a copy of it and be able to join in praying this prayer together at the end of the Prayer of the Faithful at all of the weekend liturgies. It is our hope that praying this prayer, along with the continued use of the special intercession for the diocese, during the time of the pastoral planning process, will be a source of blessing for our planning process and will help all of us to be open to, and supportive of, this initiative.
This Sunday’s gospel reading begins with the two disciples recounting to their friends their experience of meeting the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I like to think that this Diocesan Pastoral Planning Process will be for us, as a diocese and as individual church communities, a somewhat similar experience of walking together with the Lord; an experience of sharing with him what we are thinking, feeling and experiencing, and of having him “interpret” for us what it all means.
In paragraph 33 of his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”, Pope Francis wrote: “The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, …, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment.” Asking that you join me in praying that this Diocesan Pastoral Planning Process will be one in which we walk together with the Lord and one another, I remain,
Yours in Christ,
Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador
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 Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, whose feast day is April 17th, and Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, who is celebrated on April 18th.
`Peace be with you`is the greeting that Jesus extended to those to whom He appeared after His resurrection from the dead.` My prayer is that each of you may know the Peace of Christ during this Easter Season and always.
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
In his letter for Holy Week and Easter, Archbishop Durocher encourages us to"Choose life!" This is the "crucial" choice each of us must make. Out of this choice rises every Hallelujah! For in Christ, our hope lives. He is risen. Risen indeed.
The President`s letter is available at