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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, March 21 at 7pm.

Mr. Brian Buckle joined the staff of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in the position of Diocesan Financial Administrator, effective Monday, March 5th.  He is taking over this position from Mr. Robert Hutchings.

“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 9-10.  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.

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 2nd. The women of this year’s host country, Surinam, have chosen the theme “All of God’s Creation is Very Good” (Gen: 1-31).

Please check with your parish for further details.

Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated this year on February 14, 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.

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS 
FOR LENT
2018

 

“Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.

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.

Dear People of the Diocese,

In today`s Gospel reading we hear of a man with leprosy begging Jesus: “If you choose, you can make me clean.”  Jesus, moved with pity stretches out his hand, touches him and says: “I do choose.  Be made clean!”  Not only is this a very fitting scripture passage to be proclaimed on this day when we annually celebrate the World Day for the Sick, but it is also a wonderful scripture passage to inspire us in our preparations for the Liturgical Season of Lent which will begin this coming Wednesday.

In his Lenten Message this year Pope Francis wrote: “… God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a ‘sacramental sign of our conversion’.”   “Above all,” the Pope wrote, “I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer.”

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates World Day of the Sick annually on February 11, the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

This day of prayer, which was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1992, has three themes. First, it reminds the entire Church to pray for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites all Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering and pain. Third, this day recognizes and honours all those who work in health care and serve as caregivers.

The message of Pope Francis for this World Day is “Behold, your son... Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27)

You are invited to join with the rest of the Church in praying for those who are sick and for those health care professionals and caregivers who minster to them.

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 Friday, February 2. All are welcome to come and join in this celebratory Mass.

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