Diocese Newsletter - April 14, 2020

From the Bishop's Office

I hope you had a great Easter holiday despite the confinement. Today I would like to extend warmest thanks to all the people who, through the radio and the internet, have enabled us to be united in prayers during the Holy Week celebrations held in the St-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Caraquet. We have learned that that these celebrations were followed and greatly appreciated by many.
Until the confinement is ended, thanks to the radio and the internet, we will again have the opportunity to be together for the Sunday Mass, which will be celebrated at 10am from the St-Pierre-aux-Liens church in Caraquet. Until then, stay safe and may the risen Christ continue to fill you with his light, his peace and his love.
+ Daniel Jodoin, your Bishop

News of our priests
Birthdays in the month of April

  • Father Wilfred Benoit
  • Father Gérald Boudreau
  • Father Robert McGraw
  • Father Ronaldo Lino Cordeiro
  • Father Anthony Onwubuariri

News of our religious orders

No news
In our parishes ...  on our bulletins
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A word from Father Leon Robichaud, Shippagan. (Translated from French) 

Mourning during a pandemic
The word mourning designates a painful experience caused by the following situations: isolation, loss of love, illness, loss of employment, abandonment, death of a loved one. This experience of grief takes us by surprise, not giving us time to prepare.
A person in grief needs a warm presence when he/she needs it. What to do during confinement?
I notice that in times of pandemic, the bereaved feel alone, abandoned and helpless.
- A friend's wife learns that she has to undergo dialysis treatment and her husband has to work outside the home. She cannot be visited by her children.
- Caroline, the daughter of a friends lives in France. She learns that her mother is terminally ill. Impossible for her to return to her mother's bedside. Crying on the phone, I listen to her, my heart is heavy.
In isolation, this stage of breaking emotional bonds, how to cross it. Alone, the bereaved will experience overwhelming solitude. My throat is always tight, Julie told me on the phone, after learning that her son had tried to kill himself. Feelings of guilt invade her. I should have demanded that he get treatment sooner, she said.
Alone, as in times of pandemic, I notice a slight disturbance in the feeling of reality that takes shape in the bereaved. The image of the other person that one cannot help becomes haunting. During mourning, the bereaved will have a great need to talk, to express what he/she is feeling. During confinement, how to do it?
You who are grieving, I recommend  that you take the phone and call a friend, your health care professional, your priest, or any other available person. The process of mourning requires great cooperation from the afflicted person. Repressing one’s emotions blocks healing. After the pandemic, our lives will have to start again - let's get ready.
Personally, I am living through my grief, cut off from my many relationships, alone in my home. Bishop Jodoin's phone call inquiring if I needed help did me good. Following his example, I called a few lonely people every day. Currently I have a great friend available, MY TELEPHONE!
You who are grieving, do not be afraid to disturb your relatives, your friends, professionals, etc. Call.