Guidelines for Lent 2018

The annual observance of Lent is the special season to prepare ourselves for the Solemnity of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both those preparing for baptism and all the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The faithful, listening more intently the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises. […]

Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist

CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS Prot. N. 320/17 Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist At the request of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is writing to Diocesan Bishops (and to those who are their equivalents in law) to remind them that it falls to them above all to […]

Closing of the Centennial Year of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

A Solemn Mass will be celebrated in our parish church on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the closing of the Centennial Year of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. On this day in 1917, the miracle of the sun occurred in Fatima, Portugal. Between 70,000 – 100,000 people witnessed this miraculous event. Let us come together and pray on this important date for our parish, […]

Diocesan Plan Feedback Form – suggestions for Our Lady of Fatima

Dear Fellow Parishioner, The Diocese has invited you to submit a Feedback Form on its proposed changes Diocesan Plan Feedback Form with suggestions for Our Lady of Fatima. You have until June 4 to send it in. I have provided a few suggestions you might wish to consider as you fill out the form. It’s always best to put things into your own words. But in case you are stuck […]

Diocesan Plan for Revitalization and Realignment: A Proposed Alternative

Dear Friend in Christ, As you know the Diocese is considering major changes. It would close many churches, including several around Fredericton: Our Lady of Fatima, St. Patrick’s Stanley, St. Anthony’s, Sts. John Paul, St. Francis of Assisi. I am proposing an alternative plan. It would keep all of those Fredericton area churches open. It would give special consideration to Our Lady of Fatima as a community for tradition-minded Catholics. […]

100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Join Our Lady of Fatima Parish as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This year, from May 13th to October 13th, the Catholic Church commemorates the 100th anniversary of these vastly important events. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Bishop Robert Harris will celebrate a special Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church followed by a reception in the parish hall. Read more about the apparitions of […]

Christians and Yazidis: The Forgotten Refugees under Genocide

Christians and Yazidis: The Forgotten Refugees under Genocide Marcelo Santos, Professor at the University of New Brunswick Graydon Nicholas, Member of the Supreme Board of the Knights of Columbus The Obama administration, through its Secretary of State John Kerry, formally announced that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. This is the second time the United States has designated an […]

Pastoral Exhortation on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

A Pastoral Exhortation on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (to be read at Lord’s Day Masses on March 5–6, 2016) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada redefined medical ethics by striking down Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition of assisted suicide. This decision causes concern because authorities could interpret the subjective language of the Court decision to allow euthanasia, with few or no constraints. […]

Disciple Maker Index Survey 2016

January 24, 2016 Dear Sisters and Brothers: I am asking for your participation in a project, about to begin, which is of utmost importance for the future of our diocesan church. The project involves a process of revitalization and realignment of our diocesan church. To date, I have met with the pastors and the parochial administrators of the three regions; I have received the unanimous support of both the Council […]

Our Lady of the Sign

With the ordination to the Catholic priesthood of Fr. Richard Harris for the Ordinariate community of Our Lady of the Sign in Fredericton, Masses in the Ordinariate form are now being offered at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church at 4:00 every Sunday evening. (Our Lady of Fatima is located at 130 Crocket Street, on the Northside of Fredericton.) The Mass itself is a rite fully approved by the Vatican. […]