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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.

World Day of the Sick: Pope urges “trust-based relationship” in care for the sick

In his message for the 29th World Day of the Sick on 11 February, Pope Francis urges a path of healing grounded in a trusting and interpersonal relationship between the sick and those who care for them. (Vatican News, January 12, 2021)

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In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd, also known as Candlemas Day. This date was chosen for the World Day of Consecrated Life in order to emphasize that all of those who have chosen to live a consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to the world.

Consecrated life is the response to God’s call to become followers of Jesus through the profession of vows and a life dedicated to prayer and service. This consecrated life may be lived out in many ways. Religious sisters, nuns, brothers, religious priests and monks consecrate their lives through the profession of evangelical vows and life as part of a community. Single lay people may choose to be consecrated virgins and make private vows to the local bishop while they live out their vocation in various walks of life. Secular institutes are another form of living the consecrated life as single people.

In our diocese, there are eight religious sisters from two orders, 10 priests from four orders, and one consecrated virgin. These consecrated men and women serve in a variety of ministries: as catechists, as spiritual directors, in parish pastoral care and in services among the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized.

On this World Day of Consecrated Life, we pray for God’s continued blessing on the consecrated men and women of our diocese as they live out their life of prayer and service among us.

Letter to all consecrated persons from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Christians invited to join virtually in prayer for 54th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed annually in the northern hemisphere from January 18 (the feast of the Confession of St. Peter) - Jamuary 25 (the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul). During this period, Christians are invited to pray for reconciliation and unity within the Church.

With over 100 years of history, this octave of prayer is a period set aside for Christians around the world to jointly pray for visible Christian unity.

The theme for this year 2021, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit,” is inspired by John 15: 5-9. It was chosen to express the Christian community’s vocation to pray and work for reconciliation and unity within the Church, our human family and all of creation.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting all Christians to join online in prayer on 25 January, at 9:30 am NT (9:00 in Labrador), the last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The online prayer event can be followed on the website of the World Council of Churches.

 

Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021. (Vatican News, 12/08/2020)

Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter.

A message from the Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops  "wishing to you all and your loved ones and communities of faith a happy and healthy Christmas season and a New Year filled with the Lord’s choicest blessings"

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Bishop Bart's Christmas letter wishing the people of the diocese all of "God's joy at Christmas and God's blessings on the New Year" can be read here.

In his letter to the people of the diocese, Bishop Bart speaks of Advent as a time of hope.  In part he says:

"'The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in aland of deep darkness - on them light has
shone.' (Isaiah 9:2 NRSV).  At no time,in many of our lives,
have these words taken on so much meaning and given us
reason to hope.
Christ is our hope. Born in our darkness and rejected from his birth,
may hefind room in your heart this Advent and take centre stage
in your home at Christmas."

Click here to read the entire letter.

The season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. To help Canadian Catholics use this time of preparation as an opportunity to enrich their formation in the faith, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has created an online video series entitled Journey through Advent.

The videos serve as an introduction to the liturgical Season and present reflections on the Gospel readings for each Sunday in Advent. The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and the Most Reverend Pierre Goudreault, Bishop of Saint-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, provide spiritual and pastoral guidance on the readings that illustrate the true meaning of Christmas.

The videos will be available on the CCCB website each Monday in advance of the upcoming Sunday celebration (23 November, 30 November 7 December and 14 December).

To follow the series:

Click here to access the video series in English.

Click here to access the video series in French.

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