2017 Christmas Message from Bishop Hundt

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Recently I attended the Knights of Columbus, Newfoundland and Labrador State, Mid -Year Meeting in Gander.  At that meeting I was pleased to hear the Grand Knights and District Deputies share their stories of the good works done by Councils in feeding the hungry and providing warm winter clothing to the poor.  However, those same stories saddened and humbled me to think that there are so many in our province without the means and resources necessary to keep themselves and their families warmly dressed and well fed.

In their sharing of these stories, the District Deputies and Grand Knights noted the importance of assisting in a way that respects the dignity of the recipients and they spoke of the satisfaction and fulfilment felt by the organizers and contributors of this outreach to those in need.  Their stories reminded me of a touching experience I had one Christmas day as a young priest.

At the time I was covering a parish in a rural area.  After the Christmas morning Mass, a parishioner came forward and invited me to Christmas dinner with his family.  He invited me because he knew I was a visiting priest and did not want me to spend Christmas day alone.  This man was not well to do. He, his wife and four children lived in a trailer park and were having a hard time making ends meet.  However, on that Christmas day he reached out to share his “riches” with me, someone he saw as a poor stranger passing through.

Christmas is an excellent opportunity for us to consider our “riches”, thank God for them and ask God to help us to know how to share these riches with those who have less.

With best wishes for God’s blessings upon you and your families during this upcoming Christmas season and always,

Yours in Christ,

+Peter Hundt,

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador