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.

“24 Hours for the Lord” is a Lenten initiative organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. It is to be observed on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, which this year is March 24-25.  The purpose of this initiative is to provide an opportunity for the faithful to encounter Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in Eucharistic Adoration.

Please check with your local parish for further details.

Dear People of the Diocese,


In today’s gospel reading we heard the Lord Jesus teach his disciples that: “No one can serve two masters:” and we heard him admonish them to: “… strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, …”.  This coming Wednesday we will begin the liturgical season of Lent; traditionally, a time when we are invited to re-examine who it is we serve in our day to day life and to recommit ourselves to striving for the kingdom of God and his righteousness.


Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the time tested methods for carrying out this self-examination and recommitment: Prayer being the means by which we allow God to be the master of our busy lives; Fasting being the exercise in self-discipline needed if we are to allow God to be our master; and, Almsgiving being the manifestation of our striving on our Master’s behalf to make His kingdom and His righteousness present in our world.

Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated this year on March 01, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and alms-giving which prepares us to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all Catholics are encouraged to participate in the Eucharist on this day in order to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.

World Day of Prayer is an international movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. World Day of Prayer, initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions, is held internationally on the first Friday of March. In 2017 that will be March 3rd. The women of this year’s host country, the Philippines, have chosen the theme “Am I Being Unfair to You?” (Mt 20: 1-16).

Please check with your parish for further details.

Each year, during Mass on Ash Wednesday, a special collection is taken up in support of Catholic Missions In Canada. The stated mission of this group is to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in isolated, poor and hard-to-reach areas in Canada. Many parishes in our diocese have received financial assistance from this group in the past and continue to receive funding from them. You are encouraged to be as generous as possible in supporting this special group.

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