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We are now at alert level 4 in our region (probably for the next two weeks).

A reminder of what is allowed:

  • Gatherings at funerals, burials, weddings and religious and cultural ceremonies are expanded to 10 people (including the minister).
  • Public visitations and wakes remain prohibited.

We will not re-open our churches for regular Masses.

In his Lenten message, Bishop Bart shared with us his thoughts on "the communal nature of our Lenten journey".  In his letter today, he offers a connection to the many resources available on the Development and Peace web site, www.devp.org that help extend our thinking about our Lenten journey.

In his letter to the people of the diocese on the return to Alert Level 5, Bishop Bart assures us of his prayers and support.

"During this time, do not hesitate to reach out, either for help or to support others in their need. It is only by sticking together and turning to Christ in our need that, like true Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we will ride out this storm as we have in days past."

Chick here to read the entire letter.

As Lent approaches, the CCCB has  created a series of reflections for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays during Lent.  Each Monday, a new video will be released for the upcoming Sunday on the website of the CCCB.  You will find the link to these reflections in the sidebar or by visiting the CCCB website.

These reflections are provided by Bishop Gerard Bergie of the Diocese of St. Catharines and Msgr. Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa.

All churches throughout the diocese are closed until the Alert level is changed. We will continue to live-stream Mass daily at 9 and on Sunday at 10:30 with only the Bishop and the camera person in attendance.
Take care of yourselves; follow Public Health protocols; stay safe; keep in touch with one another and continue to hold our province in prayer.
Keep yourself informed at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/

In his letter to the people of the diocese, Bishop Bart asks that we consider our "Lenten actions in the context of family, parish and community prayer, fasting and charitable works."   He goes on to say, " For it is, when we walk together with Christ,as brothers and sisters all, that our lives take on greater meaning and our 'Journey to Jerusalem' takes on Easter Joy."

Here is the Bishop's Lenten Message.

Please join us  tomorrow at 9am on our Facebook page for Mass on the World Day of the Sick . Mass will be dedicated to all front line health care workers. After the live-streaming it will be available on this Facebook page and on the Diocesan Youtube channel - Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

World Day of the Sick: Pope urges “trust-based relationship” in care for the sick

In his message for the 29th World Day of the Sick on 11 February, Pope Francis urges a path of healing grounded in a trusting and interpersonal relationship between the sick and those who care for them. (Vatican News, January 12, 2021)

Click More to read the entire article.

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd, also known as Candlemas Day. This date was chosen for the World Day of Consecrated Life in order to emphasize that all of those who have chosen to live a consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to the world.

Consecrated life is the response to God’s call to become followers of Jesus through the profession of vows and a life dedicated to prayer and service. This consecrated life may be lived out in many ways. Religious sisters, nuns, brothers, religious priests and monks consecrate their lives through the profession of evangelical vows and life as part of a community. Single lay people may choose to be consecrated virgins and make private vows to the local bishop while they live out their vocation in various walks of life. Secular institutes are another form of living the consecrated life as single people.

In our diocese, there are eight religious sisters from two orders, 10 priests from four orders, and one consecrated virgin. These consecrated men and women serve in a variety of ministries: as catechists, as spiritual directors, in parish pastoral care and in services among the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized.

On this World Day of Consecrated Life, we pray for God’s continued blessing on the consecrated men and women of our diocese as they live out their life of prayer and service among us.

Letter to all consecrated persons from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Christians invited to join virtually in prayer for 54th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed annually in the northern hemisphere from January 18 (the feast of the Confession of St. Peter) - Jamuary 25 (the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul). During this period, Christians are invited to pray for reconciliation and unity within the Church.

With over 100 years of history, this octave of prayer is a period set aside for Christians around the world to jointly pray for visible Christian unity.

The theme for this year 2021, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit,” is inspired by John 15: 5-9. It was chosen to express the Christian community’s vocation to pray and work for reconciliation and unity within the Church, our human family and all of creation.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting all Christians to join online in prayer on 25 January, at 9:30 am NT (9:00 in Labrador), the last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The online prayer event can be followed on the website of the World Council of Churches.

 

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