Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish

           FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - MARCH 13, 2016








PARISH MISSION STATEMENT:   It is our mission to live out the message of the Gospel.

PARISH VISION STATEMENT:  It is the vision of Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish that its parishioners be a more loving, giving, and involved people in Christ.

PARISH BAPTISMS:               Call the parish office to register.

BAPTISM PREPARATION:    The baptism of a child is a very important event in the life of the child, the child’s family, and the parish community. To help parents enter more fully into the celebration of their child’s baptism the Cathedral Parish offers a Baptism Preparation Course several times a year.  Parents along with godparents are expected to attend a Baptism Preparation Course before the baptism of the child.  Please call the parish office to register.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION:   Call the parish office.

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE:   Saturdays 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm; and also by appointment.

ROSARY is prayed each Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral.  Perpetual Novena Devotion will follow the Rosary.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Wednesday 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm.


Jonathan Gaye



Kevin Lewis 



Mary Kelly



Sister Connie Power

Pastoral Care (Hospital)



Saturday       March  12   Cathedral    5:00 pm       Robert and Helene Winslow

Sunday          March  13   Cathedral    11:00 am    Pro Populo

Sunday          March  13   Cathedral    7:00 pm      Ted Murphy  


Monday        March   14     Cathedral   10:00 am           Denny and Dominic Walsh

Tuesday        March   15     Cathedral     5:15 pm           CHRISM MASS

Wednesday   March   16    Cathedral   10:00 am             Anthony (Tony) Power

                                          Carmelite     2:00 pm            Bertha Matchim

Thursday      March  17    Cathedral     5:15 pm              Kathleen Reardon

Friday          March    18    Cathedral   10:00 am              Louis Madden


Saturday      March    19    Cathedral    5:00 pm       Philip and Elsie Maloney and Family

Sunday        March     20    Cathedral    11:00 am     Pro Populo

Sunday        March     20    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 parish.

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.


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 handling money.

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 letter.

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: 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 Parish Office.

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 blessings.


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 12 noon
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ALTAR SERVERS:  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).

SACRISTANS:   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.

Stewardship Prayer:
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 journey.
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.


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.

Jonathan Gaye(Chair),   Mary Kelly (Secretary),  Rick Anstey,  Kevin Lewis(Vice-Chair), Marie Mackey, Imelda Head & Pauline Power.

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 Hennessey,  Kathleen White.

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.

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