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We  encourage you to continue to support your  parish and diocese during this difficult time. Parish financial obligations continue and your contributions are vital to help your parish find safe and meaningful ways to reach out to people in these challenging days.  Please contact your parish to learn about your options to give.  We are very grateful for your continued support.

Beginning March 22, Sunday Mass will be live streamed on the diocesan Facebook page - Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist will begin at 10:30am (10:00am in Labrador) with Bishop Bart as the main celebrant.

In part the Bishop's letter says:

"After listening to the recommendations by both our Provincial and Federal Governments to practice “social distancing” and to avoid any unnecessary gatherings of people, and in consultation with College of Consultors of the Diocese and the Bishops of Atlantic Canada, I hereby dispense the people of the diocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until such time as the present precautions are lifted and ask that all Masses (both weekend and weekdays), socials, meetings, catechetical activities and hall-based fundraisers (i.e. Bingos, Teas and Suppers) be cancelled until further notice.  Outreach programs to the poor should follow tight pre-arranged delivery or pick-up protocol and should minimize or eliminate close contact between people."

"Please be attentive to the needs of those who may need extra time and attention during this difficult and stressful time... Though it is important to keep our protocols current and in keeping with what is being asked of us, it is equally important that we do everything to lighten the load that others may be carrying.  Pray for those who are on the front lines of our health care systems and for all those who are most vulnerable or suffering from illness.  Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and acts of charity.  Keeping these age-old practices in mind, let us not fail to practice them with utmost care."

To learn of other precuautionary steps in detail and for information on ways to participate in Sunday liturgies, please read the Bishop's letter in its entirety.

Lent is an ancient word synonymous with Spring.  May this Lent mark a new Springtime in our lives together and may the time we spend to contemplate his cross, and the invitation he extends, lead to a new Springtime in our diocese and in our world.

Click here to read Bishop Bart's Lenten message.

Tuesday, February 11th marks the 28th World Day of the Sick.  Coinciding with the optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, this date is set aside by the Church to remember those who are ill, their caretakers and those who minister to them.  In his message for this day, Pope Francis reflects on Jesus’ words: “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).  “Why does Jesus have these feelings (of mercy and love for those who suffer)?”  The Pope asks.  “Because he himself became frail, endured human suffering and received comfort from his Father.”

Read Pope Francis’ message in its entirety.

On Monday, 13 January 2020, the Government of Canada, through the Department of Justice, launched a two-week general public consultation on the expansion of eligibility criteria for euthanasia/assisted suicide (which the Government refers to as "Medical Assistance in Dying"/MAiD).

The consultation invites the public to share their views with the Government on the legislative changes under consideration regarding the expansion of eligibility criteria for euthanasia/assisted suicide. The consultation – available online or in PDF format – closes on Monday, 27 January 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

To read the full article from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) click here.

On Sunday, January 12, the Church marks the end of the Christmas season 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 1st, the Church celebrates the World Day of Peace. This observation was introduced by Pope Paul VI in 1967 and was 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 52nd World Day of Peace is PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE: DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION”.

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.

December 18, 2019

 

Dear Parishioners:

 

Thank you for your prayerful support over the last few months.   Although it wasn’t known by any of us until early October, your prayers for a new bishop culminated in my appointment.   I assure you, your prayers have been deeply felt.

 

On this Feast of the Nativity of our God as one of us, I pray that you may draw close to him as he has drawn close to us.   It is in this intimate communion with our God that we are truly blessed, knowing that, no matter our circumstances, he has loved us from the beginning.

 

May God bless you and your families this Christmas and may this New Year be marked by new opportunities to grow in faith, hope and charity.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

 

 

(Most Reverend) Bart van Roijen

Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador

 

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