On March 9, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published a short note on "Ethical Concerns Related to Currently Approved COVID-19 Vaccines".  To answer questions and to clarify any misunderstandings, the CCCB published its clarification stating, "The Note did not refer to, nor intend to question the medical efficacy of any vaccine."

Click here to read the Clarification Note from the CCCB.

In anticipation of the special year dedicated to the family, which begins on March 19, 2021 and ends with the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome on June 26, 2022, the diocesan family is invited to join Bishop Bart in praying a Novena to St. Joseph.   The novena prayers will be live-streamed each evening on the Diocesan Facebook page at 7pm, beginning Thursday, March 11 and culminating on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19.

The Novena prayers can be found by clicking the word "more" below.

Beginning on the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19th, 2021 and culminating on the 10th World Meeting of Families (in Rome) on June 26th, 2022, Pope Francis has declared a special Year of the Family.  In his letter to the Priests and Director of Parish Life Bishop Bart says, " It is my hope that each parish will mark this year in some way or other, with multiple initiatives if possible.  It would also be wonderful to get some initiatives going among the families themselves, where they minister to one another."

Leading up to the beginning of the Year of the Family the Diocese is offering a live streaming of a Novena to St. Joseph at 7pm each evening from March 11- March 19, the feast of St. Joseph.

Click here to read the Bishop's letter.

We are now at alert level 4 in our region (probably for the next two weeks).

A reminder of what is allowed:

  • Gatherings at funerals, burials, weddings and religious and cultural ceremonies are expanded to 10 people (including the minister).
  • Public visitations and wakes remain prohibited.

We will not re-open our churches for regular Masses.

In his Lenten message, Bishop Bart shared with us his thoughts on "the communal nature of our Lenten journey".  In his letter today, he offers a connection to the many resources available on the Development and Peace web site, that help extend our thinking about our Lenten journey.

In his letter to the people of the diocese on the return to Alert Level 5, Bishop Bart assures us of his prayers and support.

"During this time, do not hesitate to reach out, either for help or to support others in their need. It is only by sticking together and turning to Christ in our need that, like true Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we will ride out this storm as we have in days past."

Chick here to read the entire letter.

As Lent approaches, the CCCB has  created a series of reflections for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays during Lent.  Each Monday, a new video will be released for the upcoming Sunday on the website of the CCCB.  You will find the link to these reflections in the sidebar or by visiting the CCCB website.

These reflections are provided by Bishop Gerard Bergie of the Diocese of St. Catharines and Msgr. Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa.

All churches throughout the diocese are closed until the Alert level is changed. We will continue to live-stream Mass daily at 9 and on Sunday at 10:30 with only the Bishop and the camera person in attendance.
Take care of yourselves; follow Public Health protocols; stay safe; keep in touch with one another and continue to hold our province in prayer.
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In his letter to the people of the diocese, Bishop Bart asks that we consider our "Lenten actions in the context of family, parish and community prayer, fasting and charitable works."   He goes on to say, " For it is, when we walk together with Christ,as brothers and sisters all, that our lives take on greater meaning and our 'Journey to Jerusalem' takes on Easter Joy."

Here is the Bishop's Lenten Message.

Please join us  tomorrow at 9am on our Facebook page for Mass on the World Day of the Sick . Mass will be dedicated to all front line health care workers. After the live-streaming it will be available on this Facebook page and on the Diocesan Youtube channel - Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador.

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