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The Easter Triduum - from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday - is the summit of the Liturgical Year of the Church. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day, unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are :

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

the Easter Vigil and the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Each year on Good Friday, dioceses and parishes in Canada and around the world hold a collection for the needs of the Church in the Holy Land. In the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Catholics pray for the needs of all the world and they remember in a special way the Holy Land and its people. Christians living in the Holy Land today are descendants to those who first believed and lived the Christian faith. The funds collected are used to support the work of the Catholic Church - providing Christian formation and education, conducting parish ministry, offering housing and food to the poor and maintaining the shrines of the Holy Land.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession and the Sacrament of Penance, is a Sacrament of Healing in which we encounter and celebrate in a very special way the merciful love of God.  While it is especially important that we bring to this sacrament mortal sins, it is a precept of our Church that we celebrate this sacrament at least once a year.  Speaking of the beauty and benefits of this sacrament, even when we have no serious sins to confess, St. Francis de Sales, a patron saint of Confessors, said:  “By confession, you not only receive absolution from the venial sins you confess, but likewise strength to avoid them, light to discern them well and grace to repair all the damage you may have sustained by them. You will also practice the virtues of humility, obedience, sincerity and charity: in a word, in this one act of confession, you shall exercise more virtues than in any other whatsoever.” Lent is a wonderful time to celebrate this sacrament.  Please check  your parish’s confession times and consider celebrating this sacrament soon.

Recently our diocese received a grant from the Ex Corde Foundation of the Diocese of Hamilton.  This grant will assist in the funding of the pastoral ministry of the Innu Aboriginal Parishes of Our Lady of the Snows in Sheshatshui and Tshukuminu St. Anne in Natuashish for 2017.

We are pleased to welcome to our Diocese Reverend Ricardo (Innocenti) Rossi, who arrived in the Diocese on March 31. Father Rossi will be in residence at the Cathedral rectory until April 17th at which time he will begin his appointment as Administrator of Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Sheshatshui.

Please join in welcoming Father Ricardo to the diocese and praying for God’s blessing upon his ministry.

2017 Easter message

by the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I.,

Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

At the Easter Vigil, we celebrate the light of Christ which we carry, filled with hope, into a world of darkness and uncertainty. In the shadow of the Sainte-Foy massacre this past February, with tensions escalating between nuclear powers and refugees on the move, the invocation of hope seems premature to some and dangerously naïve to others. More personally, the spirits of some may be dampened this Easter by illness, bereavement, family breakdown, addiction, and unemployment. When hope begins to slip away, fear takes its place and we are robbed of peace.

Easter is meant to leave us with a very different sense of the present and the future. It offers a reality that is full of joy. Easter proclaims that fear and terror and death are not the end of the story. Indeed, the prayers of the Easter Vigil are unequivocal in the assurance they convey: “If we keep the memorial of the Lord’s paschal solemnity in this way, listening to his word and celebrating his mysteries, then we shall have the sure hope of sharing his triumph over death and living with him in God.” (Roman Missal: The Blessing of the Fire and Preparation of the Candle)

The Mass of Chrism  will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception , 15 Mount Bernard Avenue, Corner Brook, on Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm.

Sunday, April 2nd, is Solidarity Sunday, so-called because we are invited on this day to do something concrete to express our solidarity with those in the global south who struggle for dignity and justice. On Sunday, April 2nd, there will be a special collection in all of our parishes in support of Development and Peace. We are encouraged during Lent to engage in alms-giving; the annual special collection in support of this organization provides us an excellent opportunity to do so.

Click here to watch a video entitled Lent: A Time for Sharing

On Thursday, March 16, as their ad limina visit neared completion, the 10 Bishops of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly met for 90 minutes with Pope Francis. Three of the Bishops, including our own Bishop Hundt, were interviewed following this meeting  and an article, by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service, appeared in The Catholic Register on Friday March 17.

You may click here to read the article in its entirety.

A video of the interview was also posted on-line on Friday and may be viewed by clicking here.

March 19th is the Feast of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the universal Church, the patron saint of Canada and one of two patron saints of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

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