Bishop’s Letter for June

With the month of June upon us I take this opportunity to share a little news of the diocese and beyond.

To begin, in Canada the month of June is National Aboriginal History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada and particularly in our diocese. On June 21, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place in our communities. I personally look forward to celebrating Sunday Mass at the Yellowknife River on Sunday, June 17th with the people of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. All are welcome.

Congratulations to the students of the High School Graduating Classes of 2018 across our diocese. We recognize especially those students in the Yellowknife Catholic Schools graduating from St. Patrick’s High School this weekend. I am looking forward to celebrating at the grad Mass taking place at St. Patrick’s parish on Saturday morning, June 2. Have a safe grad everyone.

Immediately after the graduation Mass I will be driving south to take part in the annual meeting of the Alberta/NWT Bishops. This will be my first formal meeting with the bishops of our region and I am looking forward to renewing and making new acquaintances with my brothers. The agenda is full for the day and a half meeting and I trust it will be a productive time for the good of our dioceses.

On the weekend of June 8-10 women and men will gather at Trapper’s Lake Spirituality Centre for a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. This time of healing focuses on providing a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Here women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. I ask that you keep the participants of this retreat weekend and the team leaders in your prayers.

Confirmation season is typically around this time of year in the southern dioceses although it seems that in our diocese the opportunity for confirming candidates seems more to follow the course of our summer spiritual gatherings in the various regions. So far, I am scheduled for confirmations at St. Patrick’s in Yellowknife on June 19 and at the Pine Channel gathering in the Athabasca Region on July 5. There may be others as time goes on, feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange something for your community this summer.

This summer we welcome Fr. Gerald (Mick) Fleming, C.Ss.R. to the diocese. Fr. Mick is a Redemptorist priest who has already spent some time with us last year for the season of Lent and the Easter Triduum in Inuvik. This summer Fr. Mick will be taking about 6 weeks to visit the Sahtu region beginning in Fort Good Hope for first communion Sunday on June 24. I am very grateful to the Redemptorists and to Fr. Mick for their ongoing commitment to helping provide pastoral support to our missions.

Finally, I offer my thanks to the wonderful response to Sr. Mary Lee’s call for stories and pictures for your communities. Please don’t be disappointed that they haven’t been posted yet. I need to do some editing and get them prepared for the website and they will show up over the course of the summer. Please keep them coming.

I wish you all the very best for the summer months ahead and look forward to joining with you at your spiritual gatherings. May God bless you and your communities.

In the Redeemer

+ Jon

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2018 Christmas & New Year’s Schedule

Please find below the liturgical service schedule for our communities in the Diocese

Christmas / New YearMasses & Services 2018-19

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church – Dettah

December 24 – 11:00 p.m. Rosary, Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service

December 25 – 11:00 a.m. Rosary, Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service

December 30 – 11:00 a.m. Rosary, Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service

January 01    –  10:30 a.m. Reconciliation

11:00 a.m. Mass – Bishop Denis Croteau

Ft. Smith & Ft. Resolution

December 21 – Fort Smith –   4:30 p.m. = Confession

December 24 – Fort Smith –   2:00 p.m. = Confession

December 24 – Fort Smith – 11:00 a.m. = Mass – Northern Light Special Care Center

7:00 p.m. = Christmas Eve Mass for Families

10:00 p.m. = Christmas Eve Mass for General

December 25 – Fort Smith – 11:00 a.m. = Mass on Christmas Day

Fort Resolution – 5:00 p.m. = Mass on Christmas Day

December 30 – Fort Smith – 11:00 a.m. = Mass – Feast of the Holy Family

January  01    – Fort Smith – 11:00 a.m. = Mass – Feast of the Solemnity of Mary

Dehcho Region

Fort Providence

December 24 – Midnight Mass – 10:00 p.m.

December 25 – Christmas Day – Lay Led Liturgy – 12:00 noon

December 30 – Sunday Mass – 11:30 a.m.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Mass – 7:00 p.m.

January 1 –       New Year’s Day Mass – 11:30 a.m.

 

Fort Simpson Region

December 24 – Jean Marie River Christmas Mass – 4:00 p.m.

December 24 – Fort Simpson – Christmas Mass – 9:00 p.m.

December 24 – Fort Liard – Christmas Mass – 8:00 p.m.

December 25 – Nahanni Butte – Christmas Mass – 12:00 noon

December 25 – Wrigley – Christmas Mass – 12:00 noon

December 30, Feast of the Holy Family

Fort Simpson:  Church Service – 11:00 a.m.

Fort Liard – Mass and Baptism – 12:00 noon

January 01 – Solemnity of Mary

January 06 – Epiphany of the Lord

January 13 – Baptism of the Lord

Fort Simpson:  Church Service – 11:00 a.m.

Fort Liard:  Church Service – 11:00 a.m.

 

Yellowknife

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral Parish

December 24 – 6:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. at Ecole St. Patrick High School

December 25 – 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral

December 29 – 5:00 p.m.

December 30 – 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

December 31 – 7:00 p.m.

January 1 – 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation 1/2 hour before every Mass

Sahtu

Fort Good Hope

December 23 – Lay Led Liturgy – 11:00 a.m.

December 24 – Mass – 10:00 p.m.

December 30 – Mass – 11:00 a.m.

December 31 – Mass – 10:00 p.m.

January 01 – Mass – 11:00 a.m.

Tlicho Region

 

Behchoko

 

December 24 – Lay Led Liturgy –  8:00 p.m.

Lay Led Liturgy – 10:00 p.m.

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 12:00 noon

December 30 – Lay Led Liturgy – 11:30 a.m.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Mass – Bishop Jon Hansen – 10:00 p.m.

January 1 –       New Year’s Day – Lay Led Liturgy – 12:00 noon

 

 

Hay River

 

Assumption Parish

December 12 – Confession  – 6:00 p.m.

December 22 – Evening Mass – 5:00 p.m.

December 23 – Sunday Mass – 10:30 a.m.

December 24 – Family Mass with pageant – 5:00 p.m.

Nativity Mass – 12:00 midnight

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 10:30 a.m.

December 29 – Evening Mass – 5:00 p.m.

December 30 – Sunday Mass 5:00 p.m.

January 01     – Solemnity of Mary – Mass – 10:30 a.m.

 

St. Ann Church, K’atl’odeeche

December 23 – Sunday Mass and Confession – 1:30 p.m.

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass – 7:00 p.m.

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 1:30 p.m. – optional

December 30 – Sunday Mass – 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Kakisa Community

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 4:30 p.m.

 

Delta

 

Our Lady of Victory, Inuvik

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass- 11:00 p.m.

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 11:00 a.m.

December 30 – Sunday Mass – 11:00 a.m.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Mass – 11:00 p.m.

January 1 – New Year’s Day Mass – 11:00 a.m.

 

Holy Name of Mary, Tsiigehtchic

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass- 7:00 p.m.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Mass – 7:00 p.m.

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Message for Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

It is around this time of year, when the sun starts hanging around a little later in the evening, that, after having spent a winter in the quiet and comfort of our homes, we begin to turn our gaze back to the outside. With thoughts of Spring, you might go out to the garage to find the camping equipment or the mountain bike that has been sitting in storage only to realize what a lot of junk gets accumulated throughout the year. It sometimes gets hard to walk between it let alone find a place to park your car.

It’s for this reason that the annual tradition of Spring Cleaning takes place. We gather our family and take a day out of the weekend and we scrub and shine and sort out all the stuff we don’t need and either set it aside for garbage, recycling or a garage sale. In the Church year we have a very similar season which we celebrate the beginning of today. It is the season of Lent. Lent offers us the opportunity to look inside our hearts and to clean out the junk and the cobwebs that have accumulated there, all those things that keep us from truly appreciating God’s love for us before the great feast of Easter arrives.

Like the family cleaning day, we gather during this season as a faith community and pray for insight into the state of our lives and in gratitude for God’s forgiveness. The reflective nature of Lent is also very well suited to a personal, more individual approach. Through traditional practices such as fasting and abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, by doing good works and perhaps setting aside something of comfort in order to stir our conscience and allow the Spirit room to be at home in our hearts.

Today, Ash Wednesday, we will receive the external sign of ashes on our foreheads. As we look around the church, we will be reminded by this sign on our neighbor’s foreheads that we are brothers and sisters in a community of faith and that together we share that very special gift of baptism. The journey of this season invites each of us to let that external sign of ashes become a sign on our hearts which will allow our baptismal call to bear abundant fruit.

The season of Lent also helps us to look beyond our own selves and to keep in mind the needs of others. Through the organization of Development and Peace, the social justice arm of the Canadian Catholic Church, we are invited by this year’s campaign, “Share the Journey”, to educate ourselves and be in solidarity with those people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict, environmental crisis and economic pressure. For 50 years Development and Peace has been educating and raising funds to support social justice projects on behalf of the Church, I encourage you, once again, to support their efforts and contribute to your parish’s collection on Solidarity Sunday, April 17, 2019.

May the peace of this season be yours and may God bless and keep you in his care.

Bishop Jon

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Good Friday Came Early This Year

As I write this, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France is a smoldering ruin, gutted by fire. What was once a glorious masterpiece of Gothic architecture is now a darkened shell of its former self.

The Cathedral is much more than Christian symbol. By the outpouring of grief across the world it is clear that the monument was also a testimony to human achievement in engineering and design, a benchmark for culture, beauty and magnificence and, perhaps most poignantly, a tangible connection with our human history for the better part of the past millennium. As such, it has now become a tragic reminder of the utter impermanence of all things and, in many ways, offers a fitting symbol of Good Friday and the Pascal Mystery which Christians around the world celebrate during this Holy Week.

The hearts of the disciples were fixed on Jesus not just because of his religious beliefs but because they saw in him the fulfillment of the messianic prophesy. Here was the man, they thought, who had come to repel the Roman occupation, to restore authority to the people of Israel and to lead the people to a new era of prominence and power. The hope for the messiah was that he would establish something strong and lasting in this world.

The tragedy of Good Friday was that as Jesus died on the cross so did the hope and courage of those who had been longing for a new earthly realm. However, Jesus had promised much more than a kingdom built of earth and stone.

The Good part of Good Friday is that it is the gateway to the resurrection. That, without dying, there is no chance for new life. The pascal mystery tells us that in Christ death has no power over us and that life will prevail. Not life as we had imagined but new life in God.

We experience the pascal mystery in many ways during our lives. It helps us make sense out of suffering and loss. It helps us endure hardship with patience and serenity. It helps us forgive when we have been wronged and it helps us to seek reconciliation and forgiveness when we have failed. Sometimes it is important that we experience the darkness of Good Friday so that we can rise to the new life that God wants us to have.

It is likely that Notre Dame will rise again. It will once again become an important symbol and people will vie to for it to be a new showcase of engineering and beauty as well as the chance to display financial generosity. But the bells of the Cathedral will ring hollow, all the effort will be wasted and the money far better spent if we fail to witness the real resurrection which is Christ, the living presence of God for whom this majestic edifice was first built to honor and worship.

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Spanish cardinal: Prospect of left-wing coalition government a ‘serious emergency’

Valencia, Spain, Dec 3, 2019 / 05:49 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia wrote Saturday that in the wake of an inconclusive general election, a pre-agreement between Spain’s prominent socialist and left-wing populist parties could have grievious cultural repercussions.

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Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

Gustave Doré (1868)

As we continue to ponder various advent hymns, let’s turn our attention to one that is much more familiar to Anglicans and Methodists than to Catholics: “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending.” In fact, it is considered one of the “Great Four Anglican Hymns.” Its text was written by John Cennick and Charles Wesley in 1758. Deriving much of its content from the Book of Revelation, it is a magnificent meditation on the glorious Second Coming of Christ.

Let’s consider the hymn verse by verse. Several of the verses draw on an opening vision in the Book of Revelation: Behold, he cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see him: and they also that pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth shall bewail themselves because of him. Even so. Amen (Rev 1:7). Depending on their state some will be consoled, and others confronted, but they shall all behold him. The opening verse sets the scene:

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