LITURGY FOR THIS WEEKEND
Cathedral 5:00 pm
Robert and Helene Winslow
March 13 Cathedral 11:00 am Pro Populo
Cathedral 7:00 pm
LITURGY FOR THIS WEEK
Monday March 14 Cathedral 10:00 am
Denny and Dominic Walsh
March 15 Cathedral
5:15 pm CHRISM MASS
Wednesday March 16 Cathedral 10:00
Anthony (Tony) Power
Carmelite 2:00 pm
March 17 Cathedral
Friday March 18 Cathedral 10:00
LITURGY FOR NEXT WEEKEND
Saturday March 19
Cathedral 5:00 pm
Philip and Elsie Maloney and Family
Sunday March 20 Cathedral
11:00 am Pro Populo
Cathedral 7:00 pm
Martin Corbin and Family
ST. JOSEPH'S PARISH MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday -
7:00 pm; Sunday - 10:00 am; 29, March 14 - 9:30 am;
March 16 - 17 - 9:30 am. Wednesday - Stations of the Cross @ 7:00 pm.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION: As a Pontifical collection
requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection for the Holy
Land offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to
help promote the work of the Holy Land. When you donate on Good Friday, you
are supporting the upkeep of the Holy Sites, the formation of future
Priests, and Holy Land Christians who depend on the collection for their
lives. Please give generously and so show solidarity in responding to the
needs of the Church in the homeland of Jesus.
2015 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS: Due to the rising cost
in mailing Income Tax Receipts for 2015, receipts will be made available to
parish members by pick-up at the Parish Office. Thank you for your generous support to our
WELCOME: Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish
extends a warm welcome to Father Anthony Nwoko, Father Thomas
Offong, and Father Emmanuel Osuagwu. Fathers Anthony, Thomas, and
Emmanuel are members of a Religious Community known as the Society of Divine
Vocations, often referred to as the Vocationists. They left their homeland
of Nigeria on Thursday, February 18 and arrived here on Saturday, February
20. We hope that they will enjoy their stay with us here at the Cathedral
until they are assigned pastoral responsibilities elsewhere in the Diocese.
PLEASE NOTE: The Parish Office will be closed on
Monday, March 14th in observance of St. Patrick’s Day. The
office will reopen on Tuesday, March 15th at 8:00 am.
Stations of the Cross: During Lent this devotion is being
led by various parish groups at 4:30 p.m. prior to the 5:15 p.m. weekday
Masses. If a Funeral Mass replaces the Mass of the Day, there will be no
Stations of the Cross. The Lenten Schedule 2016 is as follows:
Thursday, March 17
Development and Peace
MASS OF CHRISM: The Mass of Chrism
will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Grand Falls-Windsor
on Tuesday, March 15, at 5:15 p.m. The Mass of Chrism, which will be
concelebrated by Bishop Daniels and Priests from different parts of the
Diocese, is a sign of the unity and communion of the Priests with their
Bishop. During this Mass Priests of the Diocese will renew their priestly
commitment, and representatives from the parishes of the Diocese will
receive the Holy Oils to bring back to their parishes for use during the
coming year. Please make a special effort to attend. This year, in light
of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, attending the Mass of Chrism is an opportune
time for parishioners to come to the Cathedral as pilgrims in order to pass
through the Holy Door of Mercy. During this Jubilee Year, passing through a
Holy Door is part of the pilgrimage that all Catholics are encouraged to
make. Following Mass there will be a social at the Diocesan Pastoral
Centre. All are invited.
Lenten Penance Service: A Lenten Penitential Service will
be celebrated at the Cathedral on Tuesday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION 2016: The National Catholic
Mission 2016 will be broadcast on VISION TV on Monday and Tuesday evenings
of Holy Week. Each evening the Broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m.
(Newfoundland Time) and will be repeated at 11:30 p.m. This year’s theme
is Merciful Like the Father. The speaker will be Father Thomas
Rosica, CSB. Part 1 will be aired on Monday, March 21, with the focus
being "The Jubilee of Mercy". Part 2 will be aired on Tuesday, March 22,
with the focus being "The Prodigal Father and his Two Wayward Sons". To
support the Mission or to get more information, please call the National
Catholic Broadcasting Council’s toll-free number: 1-888-383-6277.
EASTER FLOWERS: Easter Lilies and Hydrangeas help adorn
the sanctuary for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.
Parish members who wish to make a donation of flowers are asked to do so by
Friday, March 18th. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
The Apostles’ Creed: Because of its
close relationship with the Sacrament of Baptism, the Apostles’ Creed
is recommended for use during the seasons of Lent and Easter. The
Apostles’ Creed is the basis for the baptismal promises made by the
elect (catechumens) before they are baptized. It is also used for the
renewal of baptismal promises at Easter and by parents and godparents when a
child is being baptized.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: Our Council will again this year
hold a Bakeless Sale during the month of March 2016. If any parish member
wish to donate to our sale, please put your donation in an envelope with "Bakeless
Sale" and your name on the front of the envelope and place it in the weekend
collection or give it to any CWL members. This year we will be donating
towards a Radio broadcast Mass as well as a few other projects. Your
generosity is greatly appreciated in advance.
NEWS FROM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Notre Dame Council
is rescheduling its March meeting to March 15, 8:00 pm at the Elks Club.
This change in date is to accommodate the municipal elections.
An Enrolment Ceremony for Grade 9 students has been
rescheduled for this Sunday, March 13th during the 11:00 am Mass.
The Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Wednesday, March
16, 2016, 7:00 pm at the Parish Residence.
WEEK OF MARCH 13 - 19
MARCH 13 - FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT: During Lent we
are called to conversion – to change something in our lives. Today’s
readings invite us to change our way of looking at ourselves and our world.
The first reading from the prophet Isaiah challenges the people to "not
remember the former things, or consider the things of old" but rather to
take notice that God is doing something new. In the second reading Paul
says, "forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in
Christ Jesus". In the Gospel, Jesus invites the scribes and Pharisees to
look at a sinner from the perspective of their own sinfulness, thus turning
accusation into forgiveness. As we continue our lenten journey, we too are
asked to re-orient ourselves - to live today and every day in the greater
awareness that God is always doing something new if we can truly see.
MARCH 19 - SOLEMNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, PRINCIPAL PATRON OF
CANADA: Joseph was a village carpenter and a descendant of King
David. Embarrassed by Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph is told in a dream to take
Mary as his wife. His thoughts of rejecting her were banished and he was
faithful to his responsibility as her husband and as foster father of Jesus.
Saint Joseph, a model of faithfulness, was declared patron of the universal
Church in 1870 and is principal patron of Canada.
RESPONSIBLE MINISTRY: During the January meeting of the
Council of Pastoral Leaders, Bishop Daniels highlighted the importance of
the Responsible Ministry Policy of the Diocese in helping to make our
parishes safe places for children, youth, the elderly, and the vulnerable.
Bishop Daniels stated that "we need to continue to build up the trust of the
people of our communities by demonstrating that we are committed to the
policies and procedures that guarantee safe environments".
The legal checks (Court Check and Police Records Check
Applications) that were initially completed when this policy came into
effect are no longer acceptable. Since updated legal checks are required
every five years, it is time now for diocesan and parish employees, as well
as volunteers in High Risk Ministry, to complete these applications once
again. High Risk positions are those in which 1. the individual works with
youth 18 years of age and younger; 2. works with those 65 years of age or
older; 3. works with vulnerable adults over 18 years of age; 4. holds keys
or has an access code to parish and/or diocesan buildings; 5. is involved in
The basic procedure is as follows:
1. First, go to the Law Court to obtain and
complete a Court Check Application ‘on the spot’. Employees must pay a
$20.00 fee which will be reimbursed if a receipt is brought to the Parish
Office. Each High Risk Volunteer must contact the Parish Office in order to
receive a letter indicating that he/she is a volunteer in order to avoid
payment of the $20.00 fee. Both the Court and Police Personnel require this
2. Once the result of the Court Check Application
has been received, the individual brings this to the RCMP Detachment in
order to complete a Police Records Check Application. When submitting legal
check forms to the RCMP, each individual must have two government ID’s, one
of which must be a photo ID, i.e., Passport or Driver’s Licence.
3. Once an individual has received the results of
the Police Records Check, he/she is responsible for forwarding the results
to Anne Griffin, Office of Responsible Ministry, Diocese of Grand Falls,
P.O. Box 397, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2J8.
As a result of discussion at the Pastoral Days, Bishop
Daniels has set Monday, February 29, as the deadline date for filing
applications for the necessary legal checks to be processed. .
PARKING: Parish members are asked to please be
mindful of parking regulations by using the designated Church parking areas
at both sides of the Cathedral. The area in front of the Church is reserved
for fire and ambulance emergencies, as well as for funeral and wedding
purposes. Also, the parish has received several calls from the owners of
Barney’s (the former K of C Building). There are many times when their
parking lot is full and regular customers are unable to avail of it, thus
leading to a loss of business. Your cooperation in avoiding these ‘no
parking’ areas would be greatly appreciated.
Our 2015-2016 SUNDAY MISSALS have arrived. They
are $5.00 and may be purchased at the Parish Office .
Altar servers at Mass provide a very
valuable ministry to the worshiping community, and the parish always
welcomes new young people who are interested in this ministry. If there are
any young people who may be interested in being a server, please phone the
DIOCESAN POLICY ON OFFERINGS: The diocese policy
regarding offering on the occasion of a baptism, marriage and funeral is as
follows: Baptism - $25.00; Marriage
- $200.00; and Funeral - $200.00.
This policy has been established to provide some uniformity
throughout the diocese. These offerings will be given to the parish and not
to the priest. If parishioners wish to make an extra offering to the priest,
this must be clearly indicated. Parishioners need to be aware that no one
will be deprived of the sacraments because he/she cannot pay.
COMMUNION IN YOUR PEW: Parish members unable to approach the sanctuary may
have Holy Communion brought to them in their pews. Please inform Father
Hearn before Mass.
RESPONSIBLE MINISTRY POLICY: All parish members who serve
in ministries involving children or youth, the elderly and vulnerable, as
well as the handling of parish monies are required to complete the necessary
legal checks, i.e., Court Check and Police Records Check.. If you have not
completed the above, please contact the parish office (489-6587) in order to
obtain the necessary forms. Once processed, the originals that are received
are to be kept on file at the Diocesan Office. Parish volunteers are not
required to pay a fee for this process to be finalized.
ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS: Upon admission to one of the St. John's
Hospitals please inform the admitting staff of your Denomination so you will
receive a visit from the Roman Catholic Chaplain during your stay.
CHURCH PARKING: We have been notified by
town officials that parking on the road in front of the Cathedral is NOT
PERMITTED. Please discontinue this practice for safety reasons.
... Welcome All Visitors ... We extend a warm and cordial welcome to all
visitors to our Parish. We hope you enjoy the warm hospitality of the
Newfoundland & Labrador people and that your stay will be met with many
PARISH OFFICE HOURS:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 12 noon
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altar servers at Mass provide a very valuable
ministry to the parish community. At the present time, there is a real need for
more youth to become involved in this ministry. Parents are invited to speak to
their children about becoming an altar server. A formation session will be
provided. Children at Grade Five level and above are eligible. Please call the
parish office (489-6587).
The ministry of Sacristans is a very important part of the life of a
parish in which individuals prepare for liturgical celebrations. At the present
time the parish is in serious need of more people in this vital ministry. If you
are interested in becoming a sacristan for our weekday and Sunday Masses, please
call the parish office at 489-6587.
Creator God, at Baptism, we accepted the call to follow Jesus.
Be with us as we move along on our faith journey.
Send us your Holy Spirit, that we might have wisdom for the
Help us to develop and share our gifts as good stewards,
that we may use them in love and service in your Kingdom.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
LIST OF PARISH COMMITTEES:
The following is a list of members of our
parish’s committees and a description of the purpose of each committee.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL:
The purpose of this committee is to assist people in the development of their
relationship with God and one another, to build up the Christian community, to
promote the liturgical life of the parish, to foster in the parish a living
awareness of Jesus’ compassion for all, and to exercise stewardship over the
material goods of the parish community.
(Secretary), Rick Anstey, Kevin Lewis(Vice-Chair), Marie Mackey, Imelda Head & Pauline
FINANCE COMMITTEE: The purpose of this committee
is to be responsible for overseeing the development and evaluation of all
matters relating to the financial administration of the parish.
Pauline Power (Chair),
Mary Kelly, Jonathan Gaye, Marie Mackey, Imelda Head.
LITURGY COMMITTEE: The purpose of this committee
is to ensure that the public worship of God by the parish community is nurtured.
Anne Griffin (Chair), John
Whelan , Maureen
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE: The purpose of this
committee is to respond on the parish level to the Church’s long tradition of
upholding human dignity. This committee is to work toward involving everyone in
the parish in social ministry and action. It is to help connect people’s gifts
with needs in the parish, or community.
COMMUNITY LIFE: This committee
is concerned with building community in the parish and fostering a sense of
belonging. Iris Walsh, Bernadette Wicks, and Barbara Horwood.
MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE: The purpose of this
committee is to provide for the care of the physical properties of the parish.
Gerald O’Brien, Bill Crawley, Leo Murphy, Jim
McCarthy and Wayne Davis.