Bishop's Christmas Message

Dear People of the Diocese,

Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for us to step back from the regular routine of life to focus on, and savor of, the precious gifts that are so important to us, but which we can so easily take for granted: family, friends, a God who in His love for us came down to earth as an infant on that first Christmas over 2,000 years ago.

All too often our regular duties and responsibilities keep us so busy that we lose sight of what is truly precious in our lives. This losing sight of the precious can leave us without energy and drive, or it can lead us to focus our energies on, and be driven to attain, things that are of little real value and meaning.

Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full. He did this in the most simple and human of ways, being born into a poor but loving family and living a short but vibrant life full of love, friendship and meaning.

Inviting you to join with me in praying that this Christmas may be one in which we savor anew the precious gift of love in a way and with a depth that brings us to 2013 focused on what has eternal value and recommitted to living with purpose, faith and love, I remain,

Yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt, Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador


For the Christmas message from Archbishop Richard Smith, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, go to