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.

The Canadian national gathering at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow Poland took place July 26.  The gathering brought together over 3500 young Canadians from every province in the country.

The celebration was presided by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The Canadian Ambassador to Poland and the Consul General were also present and addressed the youth during the celebration.

Salt and Light Media are livestreaming and carrying many of the events from WYD.  Visit their site to follow WYD 2016.

Today the Gravels Development Group has officially announced that on November 30th, 2016 they will terminate their lease agreement with the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador for the use of the Our Lady of Mercy Church property and buildings located in Port au Port West.

The Diocese has been proud of the association with this group and regrets the circumstances that has led to their decision to terminate their lease.

There will be a public meeting co-hosted with the Gravels Development Group on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 7pm at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port au Port West to discuss the future use of the site and its facilities.

Read the full News Release from the Diocese for more information.

Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI,Bishop of Hamilton Diocese and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) recently issued a statement on the approval of Bill C-14.   In it he says :

"The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst."

"Physician-assisted suicide is an affront to what is most noble, most precious in the                                            human endeavour and a grave injustice and violation of the dignity of every human                                              person whose natural and inherent inclination is indeed the preservation of life."

The statement may be read in its entirety on the CCCB website.

On June 12, 2016, Monsignor Edwin Gale celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Monsignor was born in Searston, Codroy Valley, completed his secondary education at St. Stephen’s High School in Stephenville and in 1959 entered St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1966 at St. Stephen’s Parish Church, Stephenville by Bishop Michael O’Reilly.  Since his ordination Monsignor Gale has served in many parishes throughout the diocese, as well as serving on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and as Vicar General.  At this time he is still actively involved in both of these roles.

Monsignor is currently serving as Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Pasadena, NL where this significant anniversary will be celebrated at the Parish Mass at 10:00am on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The parish will be hosting an open reception following the Mass.

Bishop Hundt, on behalf of himself and the people of the Diocese, extends congratulations to Monsignor Gale on 50 years of active priestly ministry and expresses his gratitude for his willing and faithful service to the Diocese.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II instituted a special annual Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, to be held on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, we celebrate both the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart and the World Day for the Sanctification of Priests on Friday, June 3.

Pope John Paul II introduced the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests in order to encourage Catholics worldwide to join in prayer for all of the priests and bishops of the Church.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, there will be a Jubilee for Priests in Rome. This Jubilee will run for three days, beginning on Wednesday, June 1 and ending on Friday, June 3.

“In the image of the Good Shepherd, a priest is a man of mercy and compassion,close to his people and the servant of all.”

Pope Francis

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is observed nineteen days after Pentecost; this year that falls on Friday, June 3rd. Since 2002, a special Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests is also observed on this day.

The NL Hydraulic Fracking Review Panel released its final report on its website at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. The primary recommendation of the panel was to continue to hold off on fracking applications in the province until some of the 85 supplementary recommendations are met. These recommendations are proposed to address “gaps and deficiencies that must be addressed before the necessary conditions could exist that would allow for hydraulic fracturing, as an all-inclusive industrial process, to proceed reasonably and responsibly in Western Newfoundland.”

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