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October 2019 has been designated as Extraordinary Mission Month. Iinstituted by Pope Francis in October 2017, this month marks the 100th anniversary of the promulgation of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud on missionary activity. The theme of Extraordinary Mission Month is “Baptized and Sent: Christ’s Church on Mission in the World”.

Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support its work through the Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of Catholic Bishops in Canada, including the Eastern Catholic Churches of Canada.

Each diocese participates in financing the regional assemblies and the national Conference by a contribution based on its Catholic population. The annual Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada invites all the faithful to participate in this financing by helping their diocese meet its financial obligations to the regional assemblies and to the national Conference. Any additional revenues raised help the diocese support its own diocesan pastoral programs and other activities.

The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will be taken up in Dioceses across Canada on the weekend of September 288-29, 2019.

World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27, the date when, in 1970, the Statutes of the United Nations World Tourism Organization were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released its annual message for this year’s World Tourism Day, which has as its theme”A better future for all”..

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario, in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall  from September 23-27, 2019. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB. Please pray the Bishops as they embark on these important meetings.

Our sympathy is extended to Father Tom Duffenais and family on the death of their mother,  Kathleen Duffenais, who passed away Saturday, September 14 at the age of 99.

Visitation will be at Russell's Funeral Home, 57 Prince Rupert Drive, Stephenville on Monday, September 16 from 7 pm to 9 pm and Tuesday, September 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 18 at 2 pm at St. Stephen 's Church, Stephenville.

May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

The Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published online a guide to voting as Catholics in the upcoming federal election. The guide was prepared for the CCCB by its Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace and contains both information and hyperlinks to further resources on key moral and ehical issues which Catholic voters may wish to consider. The guide can be found at https://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/2019_Federal_Election_Guide.pdf

The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador is currently seeking applications for a  part-time Accounting Clerk. This position also provides support services for the Marriagae Tribunal and Chancellor's Office.

Click here for a full description of the position.

The five-week period between September 1 and October 4 is known as Time for Creation.  September 1 is the beginning of the Orthodox Church Year, a date when, since 1989, the Orthodox Church also commemorates God’s Creation by observing a Day of Prayer for the Environment.  In August 2015, Pope Francis announced the establishment of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be observed annually on September 1. October 4 was chosen to mark the end of the Time for Creation as it is the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. We are encouraged during this time especially to pray, to organize practical initiatives to combat the environmental crisis facing our planet and to reflect on ways to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the environment.

This year on September 1, the Catholic Church celebrates the  fifth annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In establishing this World Day of prayer in 2015, Pope Francis said that it would be a time for individuals and communities to "reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live."

The Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador is pleased to welcome Father James Kunninpurayidam Thomas, C.M., a member of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), known to us as Father James Thomas.

Archbishop Hundt has appointed Father James Thomas  to ministry and enculturation at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception.  Please join in making Father James Thomas welcome in our diocese and in praying for God’s blessings upon him as he begins his new appointment.

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