The weekend of September 22nd-23rd at all the Masses and liturgies in the diocese a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Hundt was read announcing workshops to take place this Fall entitled “The Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Remedies”.  Open to all Catholics, the bishop wrote that he hoped:  “…these workshops will be an experience that will be helpful, healing and a blessing.”

To read the letter in its entirity click here.

Father John Collins passed away peacefully yesterday, September 17, 2012, at the age of 77.

The Funeral Mass for Father Collins will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, West Street, Stephenville on Thursday, September 20 at 10am. The principal celebrant will be the Most Reverend Peter Hundt, Bishop of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

May his soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador … The Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador, the Most Reverend Peter J. Hundt, responded today to the guilty plea entered in provincial court by Rev. George Smith, a retired priest of the former Diocese of St. George’s, on charges of sexual misconduct.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Mr. Richard Kelly leaves his position as Diocesan Financial Officer/Business Manager to accept an offer of employment with a business in the Corner Brook area.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has reached a milestone of one hundred years. Founded in 1912, it consists of six communities on the Port au Port Peninsula: West Bay, Black Duck Brook, Winterhouse, Lourdes, Three Rock Cove, and Mainland.

There was a full octave (eight days) of celebrations in the parish.

$9,260.00 Raised for West African Relief

St. Stephen’s Parish in Stephenville recently sent the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace a cheque for $9,260.00, the proceeds of a special parish collection in aid of those suffering from the food shortage and drought in the Sahel region of West Africa. Congratulations to all those who so generously contributed this special assistance.

Due to health issues, Father Don Leonard retired from his ministry as Chaplain of Institutions as of July 2nd.

Mrs. Denise Rumboldt has been appointed as Assistant Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis as of July 3, 2012.

Rev. Msgr. Jim Robertson ended his appointment as Chancellor of Temporal Affairs as of June 30, 2012.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2277, states: “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.”

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that the law prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional. and the judge gave the Canadian Parliament one year in which to draft legislation allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide. However, the Government of Canada has decided to appeal all aspects of the British Columbia Supreme Court decision.

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