On October 31, 2016 there will be an International Ecumenical Day of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East and especially for the people in Syria. This date has been chosen to coincide with the Pope’s Apostolic Voyage to Sweden to mark the ecumenical commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

This Day of Prayer is being organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Caritas Internationalis, and the Lutheran World Federation. The crisis in Syria requires a global response and Caritas Internationalis is mobilizing its members around the world to campaign for peace; Caritas Canada has joined the international campaign Syria: Peace is Possible and is promoting this international day of prayer for peace.

On Tuesday, October 18 – the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist - a new pastoral resource, entitled “Our Evangelical Neighbours”, will be released by The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. This pastoral resource was prepared by the CCCB Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue and developed in close collaboration with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC). Their President Mr. Bruce Clemenger, has provided a letter of commendation to accompany the resource acknowledging its faithful representation of the Evangelical Christian communities. This resource provides Catholics in Canada an introduction to Evangelical Christianity by exploring the origins of Evangelical Christianity and its similarities and differences to Catholicism.

On October 3-4, the small island nation of Haiti was battered by Hurricane Matthew, classified at that time as a Category 4 Hurricane, and, in its aftermath, Haiti is facing a major crisis. Caritas Haiti and Caritas Internationalis have already launched a first emergency appeal, and Development and Peace Caritas Canada has contributed an initial $50 000 from their Humanitarian Fund.  In addition, Development and Peace has begun a campaign to assist Haiti and is appealing to all Canadians to be generous in donating to emergency relief.  Funds raised will be used to meet needs in health, water, and to provide shelter, food and non-food items in the most affected regions.

For more information and/or to donate directly to Development and Peace, please click here.

This year, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on Sunday, October 23. 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. The theme this year is Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy.

On the weekend of October 8-9, Bishop Hundt announced that Father Antonyiar Soosai, HGN would be concluding his ministry as administrator of Our Lady of Labrador, West St. Modeste on Sunday, November 6, and would be returning to India shortly after that date. Father Tony has provided ministry in the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador for the past two years. Father James Yacob, HGN will provide interim ministry in the parish until a new administrator is appointed. Please join in praying for God’s blessings upon Father Tony and Father James as they embark upon new ministries.

World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16 to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” Events will be organized in over 150 countries to raise awareness about hunger and the need to ensure that everyone has access to safe and nutritious food.

The recent sale of the convent house of the Sisters of Mercy in Stephenville Crossing marks the end of an era for the Sisters and their involvement in the life of Assumption Parish. The Sisters first arrived in Stephenville Crossing in 1950. For most of the intervening years, the Sisters lived at Assumption Convent. Following the closure of the Convent, they lived for a brief time in the priest’s residence before moving to the Brake Street location.  During their time in Stephenville Crossing, the Sisters ministered in the schools and at the Correctional Centre in Stephenville.

The Diocese is grateful to the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy and to the individual Sisters who have served in ministry in Stephenville Crossing over the past 66 years. Please join in praying for God’s abundant blessings upon the Sisters for their years of dedicated ministry and witness to the people of Assumption Parish and to the entire community of Stephenville Crossing.

A new document entitled “The Co-responsibility of the Lay Faithful in the Church and the World” was released on September 23 by the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). This pastoral letter explores the great responsibility of the laity in God’s plan for the world, not simply as collaborators of the clergy but as co-responsible with members of the clergy and consecrated life.

In its introductory section, What is Christian “Responsibility”? , the Commission quotes from Christifideles Laici by Saint John Paul II  : “ Because of the one dignity flowing from Baptism, each member of the lay faithful, together with ordained ministers and men and women religious, shares a responsibility for the Church’s mission.”

The five-week period between September 1 and October 4 is known as Time for Creation.  September 1 is the beginning of the Orthodox Church Year, a date when, since 1989, the Orthodox Church also commemorates God’s Creation by observing a Day of Prayer for the Environment.  In August 2015, Pope Francis announced the establishment of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be observed annually on September 1. October 4 was chosen to mark the end of the Time for Creation as it is the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. We are encouraged during this time especially to pray, to organize practical initiatives to combat the environmental crisis facing our planet and to reflect on ways to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the environment.

Sympathy is extended to Bishop Hundt and his family, on the death of his father, Gerard Hundt, who died on Friday, September 23, 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.


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