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.

Sunday, March 18th, is Solidarity Sunday, so-called because we are invited on this day to do something concrete to express our solidarity with those in the global south who struggle for dignity and justice. On Sunday, March 18th, 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; the annual special collection in support of this organization provides us an excellent opportunity to do so.

Click here to watch a video entitled Lent: A Time for Sharing

The Mass of Chrism  will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception , 15 Mount Bernard Avenue, Corner Brook, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm.

Mr. Brian Buckle joined the staff of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in the position of Diocesan Financial Administrator, effective Monday, March 5th.  He is taking over this position from Mr. Robert Hutchings.

“24 Hours for the Lord” is a Lenten initiative organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. It is to be observed on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, which this year is March 9-10.  The purpose of this initiative is to provide an opportunity for the faithful to encounter Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in Eucharistic Adoration.

Please check with your local parish for further details.

World Day of Prayer is an international movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. World Day of Prayer, initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions, is held internationally on the first Friday of March. In 2017 that will be March 2nd. The women of this year’s host country, Surinam, have chosen the theme “All of God’s Creation is Very Good” (Gen: 1-31).

Please check with your parish for further details.

Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated this year on February 14, 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.

While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all Catholics are encouraged to participate in the Eucharist on this day in order to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.



“Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.

Each year, during Mass on Ash Wednesday, a special collection is taken up in support of Catholic Missions In Canada. The stated mission of this group is to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in isolated, poor and hard-to-reach areas in Canada. Many parishes in our diocese have received financial assistance from this group in the past and continue to receive funding from them. You are encouraged to be as generous as possible in supporting this special group.

Dear People of the Diocese,

In today`s Gospel reading we hear of a man with leprosy begging Jesus: “If you choose, you can make me clean.”  Jesus, moved with pity stretches out his hand, touches him and says: “I do choose.  Be made clean!”  Not only is this a very fitting scripture passage to be proclaimed on this day when we annually celebrate the World Day for the Sick, but it is also a wonderful scripture passage to inspire us in our preparations for the Liturgical Season of Lent which will begin this coming Wednesday.

In his Lenten Message this year Pope Francis wrote: “… God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a ‘sacramental sign of our conversion’.”   “Above all,” the Pope wrote, “I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer.”

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