Statements by Catholic and other religious leaders following the shootings at the Quebec City mosque
Following the 29 January 2017shootings at the mosque in Quebec City, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), issued a statement expressing condolences and prayers on behalf of his brother Bishops as well as Catholics across Canada. A number of other Catholic leaders, as well as those from other religious traditions, also issued statements conveying their prayers and solidarity with the Muslim community, people living in Quebec City, and the rest of the country. Those issuing statements included Pope Francis. Vigil services, public gatherings and Eucharistic celebrations are also being organized.
To read the Pope's statement and those of the other Catholic leaders and from other religious traditions visit CCCB.ca
On February 2nd the Church will celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life. This is an opportunity to remember with gratitude the men and women who have chosen to live out their baptismal vocation by professing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience by joining a religious congregation, a secular institute or through private vows. We thank those consecrated men and women in our diocese who dedicate their lives to God’s service, we pray for God’s continued blessing upon them and we pray that many others will hear and respond to the call to Consecrated Life.
In honour and celebration of Consecrated Life, Bishop Hundt will preside at the daily Mass at 9:30 am at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, February 2. All are welcome to come and join in this celebratory Mass.
Sympathy is extended to Father Vitus Echedo and his family on the death of their mother, Nneoma Felicia Echedo. Mrs. Echedo died on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Nigeria. She was predeceased by her husband Titus.
The Church celebrates the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, January 15, 2017. This day is an annual commemoration of the Church that raises awareness of the migration phenomenon. The theme of Pope Francis’ message for this year’s World Day is “Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless”. In this message, he says:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mk 9:37; cf. Mt 18:5; Lk 9:48; Jn 13:20). With these words, the Evangelists remind the Christian community of Jesus’ teaching, which both inspires and challenges. …
But the Evangelists reflect also on the responsibility of the one who works against mercy: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin: it is better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Mt 18:6; cf. Mk 9:42; Lk 17:2). …
For this reason, on the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone….
Click here to read Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in its entirety.
On Monday, January 9, the Church marks the end of the Christmas seaon with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Over the season of Christmas, the Church celebrates three feasts which mark the revelation of God to humanity:Christmas as the Incarnation of God, Epiphany as the revelation of God to the Gentiles through the visitation of the Magi and the Baptism of Jesus as the revelation of the Trinity (Jesus Son of God present at the baptism, the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove and the voice of God the Father announcing that this was His Son in whom He was well pleased).
On January 1, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This, the highest title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was given to her at the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. and is the oldest feast of Mary celebrated by the Catholic Church. In the Canadian Church it is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that Mass attendance is required.
Also on this date, we celebrate the World Day of Peace. This observation was introduced by Pope Paul VI in 1967 and first observed on January 1, 1968. Each year the Pope issues a message for the World Day of Peace, which has a specific theme chosen by him. The theme of the message for this 50th World Day of Peace is Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.
On Friday, December 30th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. This Feast is usually celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas. However, when there is no Sunday between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as is the case this year, the Church celebrates this feast on Friday, December 30th. The Feast of the Holy Family was instituted in 1893 by Pope Leo XIII, who was concerned by the apparent general breakdown of the family at the end of the 19th century. It was originally celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany but the date was changed in the liturgical calendar which was promulgated in 1969.
Dear People of the Diocese,
At Christmas we celebrate God’s love for us taking human form through the birth of His Son Jesus as a baby born to a poor couple in Bethlehem of Judea. It is a religious solemnity through which we praise God for this gift of His love and in which we are reminded that love is often made incarnate in small, quiet and hidden ways.
Christmas is a very special time for us and for our society. It is a celebration that calls forth the best in us, inviting us to be generous, loving and kind, not just to family and friends, but to all people of good will. It invites us to remember that love is real and is meant to be shared, and that it is by sharing it that we receive it, are blessed by it, and ourselves become a blessing.
Hoping that this Christmas will be one in which each of us will give and receive the blessing of love shared and treasured, and asking that you join with me in praying for God’s love to become ever more incarnate through the generosity, sharing and kindness of all of us who bear the name of “Christian”, I remain,
Yours in Christ,
Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador
The Diocese is pleased to announce that the Our Lady of Mercy Complex Committee has signed a lease agreement with the Diocese for the use of the Our Lady of Mercy Church property and buildings located in Port au Port West. Composed of people who have deep rooted ties to this church, the committee stated in their written proposal to lease the property that, building on the Gravels Development Group's efforts, they felt it was now their turn to take on the responsibility of maintaining these buildings and property as a focal point of the Port au Port and greater Bay St. George area. Both the Diocese and the Gravels Development Group have agreed to do what they can to assist the Complex Committee in beginning their work as the new lessees of this property.