Sympathy is extended to Bishop Hundt and his family, on the death of his father, Gerard Hundt, who died on Friday, September 26, at the Village Senior's Community in Hanover, Ontario, at the age of 87.

Visitation is at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Sunday from 2-3:30 and 7-9 pm with Vigil Rites at 3:30 pm and Monday at Holy Family Church from 10 am until the time the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am.

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


The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly from September 26-30, 2016 in Cornwall, Ontario. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O. M. I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the CCCB. Please pray for Bishop Hundt and his brother Bishops as they embark on these important meetings.

Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support its work through the Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada.This Special Collection will be taken up in parishes across the country on September 24-25, 2016.

In his letter to the parishes across the country, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton, has described this Collection as an invitation to “all the faithful to participate in these areas of Church life and witnessing by their fervent prayers, moral support, and financially helping their diocese/eparchy with the annual contributions to the regional assemblies and to the national Conference.”

Meeting regarding the future of the Our Lady of Mercy Church property and buildings

The Gravels Development Group has officially announced that they are terminating their lease for the use of the Our Lady of Mercy Church property and buildings.  With the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, they will co-host a public meeting in Our Lady of Mercy Church at 7:00 pm on Thursday September 22nd.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum in which concerned citizens of the region can receive further information regarding the termination of the lease and discuss possible ways of maintaining the buildings and continuing the active use of the site’s facilities.  All are welcome to attend.


Father Neil Haight, OMI passed way Tuesday, September 6 at the age of 91.  Father Neil was ordained in The Pas, MB, on November 19, 1979 and for over 35 years he served generously in many parts of Canada, including parishes in Labrador at Happy Valley-Goose Bay, West St. Modeste, and Labrador City. When Father Neil retired from active parish ministry, he lived in retirement in Labrador City for four years and devoted much of his time to hospital visitation.  Father eventually moved to Hamilton, ON and was a well-loved parishioner of both St. Patrick Parish and the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

Father Neil was well-known and loved by the people of Labrador.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 12, at 7pm at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City.

The Diocese offers condolences to the Lacombe Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and to the many friends of Father Neil.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

On Sunday, September 4th, 2016, in a Papal Mass celebrated to mark the end of the Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized and became St. Teresa of Calcutta. The Mass of Canonization was live-streamed by Salt and Light and can be viewed at

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began on December 8, 2015 and will end on November 20, 2016, there are many special celebrations called jubilees, each one for particular groups of people. The next Jubilee, which will be held on Sunday, September 4, is a Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy. Please join in praying for all those in our parishes and around the world who dedicate themselves to working with the disenfranchised.

On Thursday, September 1, the Catholic Church will celebrate the second  annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Pope Francis has prepared a message, entitled Show Mercy to Our Common Home, for the celebration of this day. This message situates our living-out of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si within the context of this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The message will be live-streamed at and will remain available on demand on that site.  Additionally, the period of September 1 - October 4, designated as the “Time for Creation”, is a good time for us to reflect upon our interactions with the wonders of God’s creation and consider how we might be better stewards of those gifts. 

We are pleased to welcome to our Diocese Reverend “George” Ulahannan Thotra Joseph, V.C., a member of the St. Thomas Province, India, of the Vincentian Congregation.

Please join in welcoming Father George to the diocese and praying for God’s blessing upon his 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.

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