SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST SUNDAY............................................................................................................MAY
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.
MAY 19 - PENTECOST SUNDAY:
Today we transition from the Fifty Great Days of Easter to the Solemnity of
Pentecost. As Christians, we celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the
Christian Church because it is the day that the disciples received an outpouring
of the Holy Spirit and were empowered to begin to share the good news with
others. In the first reading we hear that “When the day of Pentecost had come,
they were all together in one place” and that “All of them were filled with the
Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them
ability”. Today too, across the world, a myriad of voices, different languages
and many cultural expressions will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Let
us join our voices with that universal Pentecost chorus.
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.
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.
PASTORAL COUNCIL EXECUTIVE:
LITURGY FOR THIS WEEKEND
Saturday May 18
Cathedral 5:00 pm
Sunday May 19 Cathedral 11:00 am Pro Populo
Sunday May 19
Cathedral 7:00 pm
Alice & Fred Poole
LITURGY FOR THIS WEEK
Tuesday May 21
Cathedral 5:15 pm
Angus & Julie Gunn & Kitty Clarke
Wednesday May 22
Cathedral 10:00 am
Laurie Ann Griffin (rescheduled)
Thursday May 23
Cathedral 5:15 pm
James & Mary Ellen Benoit
24 Cathedral 10:00 am
LITURGY FOR NEXT WEEKEND
Saturday May 25
Cathedral 5:00 pm
May 26 Cathedral 11:00 am Pro Populo
May 26 Cathedral
7:00 pm Mary Isabel Healey
ROSARY: During May month, the Rosary will be led by various
parish groups at 4:45 p.m. before the 5:15 p.m. weekday Masses. If a Funeral
Mass replaces the Mass of the Day, or if for some other reason, there is no
5:15 p.m. Mass, there will be no Rosary. The schedule for the remainder of
May is as follows:
Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23 Catholic Women’s League
Tuesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 30
THANK YOU: The parish would like to extend
their thanks and appreciation to Notre Dame Council #2052, Knights of
Columbus for their generous contribution of $2,000.00 towards the purchase
and installation of a new steel door with coded access lock for the
Our VOCM BROADCAST MASS will be broadcast live on VOCM this Sunday
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY BAPTIZED CHILD:
Riley Josephine Healey, daughter of Cyril Healey and Amanda Mercer.
Godparents - Russell Primmer and Danielle Mercer. May God continue to touch
your life, especially through your family.
i) Bishop O’Neill Assembly, Fourth Degree will meet this Sunday, May 19,
2013 in Council Chambers, Monsignor Finn Council, Bishop’s Falls. Dinner
will be at 1:00 pm following by the meeting at 2:00 pm.
ii) The Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:00
pm at St. Catherine’s Renewal Centre.
PLEASE NOTE: The Parish Office will be closed
on Monday, May 20 in observance of the Victoria Day Holiday. The office will
reopen on Tuesday, May 21 at 8:00 am.
EXPLOITS VALLEY HIGH GRADUATES: All Exploits
Valley High Graduates and their families are invited to attend Mass on
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 7:00 pm. A special blessing will take place for all
graduates as they begin the next step on their faith journey. A social will
take place following the Mass for graduates at the Diocesan Centre.
BISHOP ANTHONY DANIELS ANNOUNCES PASTORAL CHANGES FOR THE DIOCESE OF GRAND
FALLS: His Excellency, Most Reverend R. Anthony Daniels, Bishop of the
Diocese of Grand Falls, announces the following clergy changes: Father Pio
Sumbilon is appointed Pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Holyrood, and Sts. Peter
& Paul Parish, Harbour Main for the extended period of May 6 - June 29,
2013, effective May 14, 2013. Father Ken Walsh, on loan from the Archdiocese
of St. John’s, is appointed Administrator of Holy Cross Parish, Holyrood and
Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, Harbour Main for the period of July 1, 2013 to
July 1, 2014, effective July 1, 2013.
FATHER ANDREW CUSCHIERI AWARD. In 1987, Father Cuschieri, a professor at
St. Augustine’s Seminary, gave ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to our diocese
and requested that the yearly interest accumulated would be awarded to a
young person between the ages of seven (7) and eighteen (18). The young
person nominated must have been a student for at least part of the previous
twelve month period in a primary, elementary, or high school within the
Diocese of Grand Falls. This young person must have accomplished a
humanitarian act towards another human being. The guidelines, nomination
sheets, and information on the award are available at your parish office.
Please have your nominations sent to the Youth Office by August 16, 2013.
Feel free to call me anytime at 427-6075 or email email@example.com
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: The league would like to thank parish
members who generously supported their Penney/Change Drive last weekend.
Approximately $500.00 was realized.
Building a New Culture: Central Themes in
Recent Church Teaching on the Environment
(From the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
This week we reflect on Theme 6 of the CCCB document, Building a New
Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment.
Sixth Central Theme in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment
Because creation has been entrusted to the human race as a whole and not
to any one person, group, or nation, both its resources and the
responsibility for its care must be shared by all. This implies
solidarity between individuals, peoples, and nations, as well as
“intergenerational solidarity”, that is, the preservation of the
environment for future generations. Also of key importance is our
solidarity with the poor, whose ability to access resources is often
limited. Since environmental degradation is often related to poverty,
solidaritiy demands that structural forms of poverty be addressed. It
also demands that those who use and exploit resources bear the true
costs of this use, which must take into account the environmental
repercussions on future generations. In summary, solidarity with respect
to the environment is based on the requirements of justice and the
common good, which is understood to extend not only between those living
, but forward, to those not yet born.
Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the
Copyright @ Concacan Inc., 2013. All rights reserved. Used with
WEEK OF MAY 19 -
ORDINARY TIME: Ordinary Time encompasses that part of the liturgical
year that does not fall within the distinctive seasons of Advent,
Christmas, Lent, and Easter. The Catholic Church celebrates two periods
of the year as Ordinary Time: the first following the Feast of the
Baptism of the Lord and continuing until the Tuesday evening before Ash
Wednesday; the second following Pentecost Sunday until the evening
before Advent. There are about 33 or 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time,
depending on the year. In actuality, however, there are fewer “Sundays
of Ordinary Time” because major feasts honouring the Trinity, Corpus
Christi, Christ the King, and others replace a particular Sunday of
Ordinary Time. It is important to remember that Ordinary Time celebrates
“the mystery of Christ in all its aspects”. We also may celebrate the
parts of Jesus’ life that were ordinary, much like our own lives.
MAY 20 - VICTORIA DAY: The birthday (May 24, 1819) of Queen Victoria has
been celebrated as a holiday in Canada West (now Ontario) since 1845; it
became a national holiday in 1901, the year that Queen Victoria died.
Although the Sovereign changed along the years, the day of her/his
birthday celebration remained. In 1952, it was established on the Monday
preceding May 25. Today it is appropriate to offer prayers for the
Queen, for Canada, and for justice and peace in the world.
MAY 24 - WORLD DAY FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA: In May, 2007, Pope Benedict
XVI asked that May 24 be observed as a Day of Prayer for the Church in
China. He chose this day since it is the traditional feast of Our Lady
of Help of Christians, who is venerated at the Shrine of Sheshan in
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: The parish is looking for a volunteer to assist a lady
on Brown’s Avenue who needs transportation to our 11:00 am Masses on
Sundays. If any parish member can assist, please call the parish office
The GRAND FALLS/WINDSOR/BISHOP’S FALLS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK INC. will
hold its annual general meeting and election of officers on Tuesday, May
28, 7:30 pm in the Anglican Church Hall, GFW. All volunteers and the
general public are invited to attend.
IRAQI REFUGEE SITUATION: As you are aware, the Diocese of Grand Falls
has offered to sponsor an Iraqi Christian Refugee family. The family has
been living in Syria for the last couple of years and their refugee
papers to Canada could not be processed because the Canadian Government,
for security reasons, had to take all government employees out of Syria.
Our family has thus been living without access to anyone who could help
them process their immigration papers. Recently, I received word that
this situation might be resolved in the near future and it seems like
the cases in Syria are finally moving and we are hoping in a few months
they will be here. Please pray for them. (Father Brian Colbert)
STEUBENVILLE ATLANTIC: The
Diocese of Grand Falls is once again sponsoring a youth group to go to
Steubenville Atlantic in Antigonish the first weekend of August (August
2 - 4, but we have to leave earlier because of the ferry). The weekend
is filled with music, talks, fun, food and is available due to the
efforts of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax. If any youth
(Grades nine and up) would like more information, Google 'Steubenville
Atlantic' or conttact Father Brian at 709-427-6075.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: The parish is looking for a volunteer to assist
a lady on Brown’s Avenue who needs transportation to our 11:00 am Masses
on Sundays. If any parish member can assist, please call the parish
office at 489-6587.
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR: The Watoto Children’s Choir is excited to
bring Beautiful Africa: A New Generation to Grand Falls-Windsor. The choir
is performing on Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 2:30 pm at the Classic Theater.
Admission is free as tickets are by donation only.
100TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORABILIA: There are a number of plates and
history books remaining from our 100th Anniversary Celebrations. These items
will placed at the main entrance to the Cathedral and may be purchased for
$5.00 each. Any parish members who have purchased these items at full price
are welcome to take an additional plate and history book at no cost.
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.
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
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 - $100.00 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.
... 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), Sister Margaret McLaughlin, Jonathan Gaye
(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), Peggy Sheppard (Secretary),
Mary Kelly, Ben Blackmore and Frank McCarthy.
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
White, and Joann Ralph (Secretary).
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, Geraldine Colbourne, 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 Jed Sullivan.