A new Native saint!

The Innu and Inuit peoples of Labrador, and the Mi’kmaq (the plural of Mi’kmaw) peoples of Western Newfoundland all share in the collective joy of the whole Church as she points out a shining example of heroism amongst the People of God, and one that they can call their own. On  October 21st of this year, she will be officially recognised as a saint.

Why not watch a video on Blessed Kateri?

It is with great sadness that the Diocese mourns the death of Father Joseph Kelly. He passed away Sunday, February 26th, 2012.

Corner Brook and Labrador Diocese is very pleased to welcome Fr. Vitus Echedo. He comes to us from Nigeria, having known Fr. Anthony Nwaohiri beforehand. A young and energetic man, Fr. Vitus was Ordained seven years ago and is excited to be outside his home country for the first time. He is currently posted to St. Stephen’s Parish to work alongside Fr. O’Quinn in ministry. May the Good Lord bless all of his work here among our people!

The Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes has a fine accomplishment to celebrate! In the interest of beautifying the Parish church, as well as providing new facilities, several additions have been completed.

2012 Diocesan Lenten Message

Dear People of the Diocese,

This coming Wednesday we will once again begin the liturgical season of Lent.  Traditionally this is a time when by prayer, fasting and almsgiving we seek to purify ourselves of our sins and weaknesses and, to live more fully as the followers of Christ that we first became and were professed to be in baptism.

This work of purification can have external and social dimensions as well as internal and individual ones.  Our Lenten prayers, penances and acts of self-sacrifice can be offered up to God not only for our own sins and offences, but also for those of our brothers and sisters and of our broader Church and civil community.  Our Lenten observances can be an incredible source of blessing and of healing grace.



In the first reading of the Christmas Mass we hear proclaimed the prophecy of Isaiah:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light
has shone. (Is 9:2)

This prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus, the Christ, and hopefully, it is “fulfilled” in the hearts of each one of us, both in our celebrating of the Lord’s birth, and in our daily living of the Good News of the Incarnation of Our Lord.

The Canadian Biblical Association of Canada (CBAC) has one of the best, most interactive websites available for anyone interested in the Holy Scriptures. Accessible to all ages, this website is constantly updated, and provides an incredibly rich variety of resources for anyone with the desire to enrich one’s life with the Word of God.
The Introductory Rites of the Eucharistic liturgy draw us into the Mass. The Sign of the Cross, marked on our bodies, identifies us as disciples who were baptised into the Triune God: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
 This weekend we begin a new liturgical year, and we begin to use the new English translation of the Roman Missal.  This new English translation of the Roman Missal is a more literal translation of the original Latin and presents the prayers of the Mass in rich, beautifully crafted prose.

The Diocese recently had the joyous occasion of the 25th anniversary of a Priestly Ordination.  Fr. Devas Vargees is the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart parish, in Conche. This beautiful community is located on the Eastern coast of Newfoundland’s majestic Great Northern Peninsula. We are especially happy to congratulate him at this time.

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