Diocese Newsletter - April 20th, 2021

From the Office of the Bishop
 
Since Palm Sunday, Bishop Jodoin has been conducting his pastoral visit to the Christian communities of the diocese by celebrating the Sunday liturgy with them.
 
He has already visited the following communities: Cathedral, Allardville, Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, Robertville, Petit-Rocher, Beresford, Pointe-Verte, Holy Family, Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Simon, Lavillette, Maisonnette and Lamèque. The week of April 11 to 17, he celebrated with the parishioners of Val D’Amours and Charlo.
 
In the coming weeks, he will continue his visit, which is a great opportunity for him to meet the diocesans and celebrate the Lord with them.

 
News to share  
 
News from the Diocese concerning the Parish of Saint-Pierre in Lamèque
 
Following a request from parishioners and a verification of the registers by an independent accounting firm, they came to the following conclusions:
 

  • Having at its disposal large sums, the fruit of the unexpected success of "La Chasse à l'As" (Chase the Ace), the parish had undertaken numerous expenditures which turned out to be disproportionate and greater than the income generated, hence the rapid depletion of funds.

 

  • Despite that on several occasions, internal directives were not followed and certain expenses were badly evaluated and carried out without having obtained the required authorizations (which would have made it possible to avoid cost overruns and limiting certain expenses) no member of the parish staff or management committees were involved in any illegal activities or received any benefit.

 
In order to prevent such a situation from recurring in the future, the Diocese will periodically offer support and training to all management boards, staff members and pastors regarding diocesan policies.
 
We thank the members of these councils who give of their time and effort so that the mission that the Lord has entrusted to us becomes a reality in communities so that they may become as active and invigorating as possible. Their contribution is invaluable.

 
 
News of our priests
 
After consultation and taking account of the needs of the parishes and the diocese as well as the wishes expressed by each of the priests, Msgr Daniel Jodoin, by the grace of God and the Authority of the Apostolic See decrees that:
 
Father Keith Goldrup has been appointed responsible for the financial administration of the Christian community of the Sacred Heart Cathedral for an indefinite period. Without prejudice to his current duties as Episcopal Vicar for Administrative and Legal Affairs as well as Pastor of The Good Shepherd Parish. This appointment will be effective as of May 1, 2021.
 
Father Wesley Wade remains administrator of the Christian communities of Christ-Roi in Allardville and Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire in Bathurst while continuing to provide pastoral ministry to these two communities as well as that of the French sector of the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

 
 
News of our religious orders
 
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