2015 Diocesan Lenten Message

In my pastoral Letter to you in November on the First Sunday of Advent, I asked for your prayers for the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Process we were beginning at that time. The goal of this 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. Since then the Advisory Committee for that process has been hard at work, designing a survey questionnaire and envisioning how best to facilitate the active participation and input of the Priests, Religious and Laity of the Diocese.

On Wednesday March 25th the results of the Advisory Committee’s work will be shared with the Priests and Directors of Parish Life. They will be asked to review and critique the work done by this Committee and to offer their input regarding how best to move forward with this project. Depending on the results of this consultation, the next steps in the planning process will be decided, most likely leading to a request for information and input from the individual parishes and missions of the Diocese.

In his message for Lent 2015, Pope Francis asks that we “… not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer!” As I have worked with the Pastoral Planning Advisory Committee, I have often felt the presence and power of the prayers that are being offered in intercession for this process. Thank you for these prayers and please keep on offering them.

At the beginning of his Lenten Message, Pope Francis states that: “Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer.” Further on in his Message he states that in order to receive what God gives us and to make it bear abundant fruit, we need to unite ourselves in prayer and we need to go out of ourselves, engaging in the life of the greater society of which we are a part. Praying that our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving will unite us ever more closely as a Diocesan family and help us, through this pastoral planning process and in all we do, to bear abundant fruit in and for the Lord, I remain,

Yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador