Pope Benedict has announced a special Year of Faith beginning on October 11, 2012 and ending on November 24, 2013. It is to be a special time for growing in our appreciation of the gift of faith, for deepening our relationship with God and for strengthening our commitment to sharing faith with others.

The Bishops of Canada recently posted a pastoral letter on the subject of the Second Vatican Council and its importance.
Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year of Faith to begin on October 11, 2012 and to conclude on November 24, 2013.

This month the Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

As you celebrate your gratitude for God's many gifts this weekend, why not take the time to join Father Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light Television for a Thanksgiving Reflection.
As the Second Vatican Council was coming to an end in September 1965, Pope Paul VI established the Synod of Bishops to assist him and future Pontiffs with their counsel. The Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops begins in Rome on Sunday, October 7.
The workshops announced throughout the diocese this weekend will be led by Sister Nuala Kenny of Halifax.  Sister Nuala Kenny is a Sister of Charity.  She is a Medical Doctor, a Bioethicist and a leading expert on the Clery Abuse scandal in Canada. To read Sister Nuala's biography click here.

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.

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