Advent Letter from Bishop Hundt

The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador

Pastoral Planning Process

…the hope to which we are called…”

Pastoral Letter to the People of the Diocese

Dear People of the Diocese,

This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year. It is a season in which we especially prepare ourselves to celebrate the feast of the first coming of Jesus and in which we are reminded of our ongoing need to prepare ourselves for the day when He will come again in glory.

As a diocese, this Advent also marks the beginning of a diocesan-wide pastoral planning process which will have as its motto a paraphrase of the words of St. Paul to the Ephesians: “… the hope to which we are called…” (Eph. 1:18). The goal of this pastoral planning process is to engage the whole diocese in a prayerful reflection that will guide us in strengthening the vibrancy of our parishes and in enhancing our Christian outreach throughout the diocese.

We are beginning this pastoral planning process this weekend by having this letter read at all the weekend Masses of the diocese and by asking that a special prayer of petition be included in the general intercessions at every Mass celebrated in the diocese from today until the planning process is completed.

In the months ahead we will be inviting all the parish and mission communities of the diocese to participate in meetings and reflections that will be central to this pastoral planning process. For this process to succeed it will need the cooperation, support and prayers of all the faithful, and the honest, respectful and patient involvement of everyone.

In paragraph 33 of his Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis wrote: “I invite everyone to be bold and creative in the task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. A proposal of goals without an adequate communal search for the means of achieving them will inevitably prove illusory. … The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, …, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment.” Asking that you join with me in praying that the pastoral planning process that we officially begin today may be such a discernment, I remain,

Yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador