September 15, 2020

Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada: Support for the Bishops of Canada to pursue the Church’s pastoral mission

This year, the Catholic Church in Canada, along with the rest of society, has been seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic: from an inability to gather in worship, through limitations on pastoral and personal interaction, to office closures. Bishops, as shepherds who watch over their flock, felt this disruption very keenly.
As we continue to address the challenges and impact of the Coronavirus upon our families, communities of faith and ecclesial outreach, your prayers, gestures of kindness and generosity are invaluable, heartfelt and true sources of consolation, comfort and renewed encouragement in the pursuit of the Church’s pastoral mission.

The Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada will take place on 26 and 27 September 2020. This annual charitable initiative assists the Bishops in their ministry of accompanying, teaching, guiding, sanctifying and caring for the Church in Canada.

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September 9, 2020

Letter to the faithful from Bishop Robert Bourgon

For a few months we have been hearing about Father Michel Rodrigue, a priest who worked in our diocese from 1989 to 1996. More recently he has worked in the Diocese of Amos since 2011. He introduces himself as “the apostle of the last days” and “an official exorcist of the Church”. For more information, please refer to the following September 9, 2020 letter from Bishop Robert Bourgon. 

2020 09 9 Letter to the faithful from Bishop Bourgon

August 6, 2020

Emergency Funds for Lebanon
The Catholic Near-East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is launching a Fundraising Campaign for Lebanon, following Beyruth’s deadly explosion which has caused catastrophic human loss and suffering.
Donations may be made online at or over the phone by calling 1 866 322-4441. Cheques may also be mailed directly to CNEWA CANADA at the following address: CNEWA Canada, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa ON K1H 6K9. Please write ‘Lebanon’ on the memo line of your cheque. Income Tax receipts will be issued for gifts of $10 and up.
All funds raised will be sent directly to the CNEWA offices in Beyruth who will dis-tribute them to local churches providing essential sanitary, emergency and pastoral services. May God bless you for your generosity towards our suffering Lebanese brothers and sisters.

Note the following letter from CNEWA Canada:

CNEWA Canada launches emergency campaign for Lebanon

July 31, 2020

Episcopal and fraternal visit to the Hearst-Moosoness Diocese

His Holiness Pope Francis has given Bishop Serge Poitras of the Diocese of Timmins the task of conducting a fraternal visit to the Hearst-Moosonee diocese.This will take place August 16 to 22nd, 2020. For further details, please note the following letter from Bishop Serge Poitras.

August 2020 Fraternal visit by Bishop Serge Poitras

July 16, 2020

Effective Thursday, July 23, 2020, in all communities in the Porcupine Health Unit area, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in public indoor spaces. Please keep in mind that the use of a face covering does not replace the need for other public health measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene and staying home if unwell.

Please see the following instructions from the Porcupine Health Unit.

Mask order July 2020

For more information,  please visit the link below or contact the health unit office.

July 9, 2020

Please note the following communique from Bishop Robert Bourgon pertaining to recent charges laid by police.  Let us keep in our prayers all those affected by these events. 

July 9, 2020-Bishop R. Bourgon Communique_Criminal charges

June 18, 2020

Please note the following poster “Health and Safety Rules to Protect Against Covid-19 At The Entrance And In The Church”, as provided by the Catholic Church of Montreal . (Click on the poster to enlarge)

June 17, 2020

Attention all priests and parishioners of the Hearst-Moosonee diocese. 

The Diocese is looking at the possibility of organizing an ecumenical celebration in each area of the diocese once we are freed from constraints of government restrictions. This would be for ALL Catholic and non-Catholic people who have lost a loved one during this pandemic. 

For additional details, please refer to the following June 17, 2020 letter from Bishop Robert Bourgon. To show your interest and to better prepare for those celebrations you are invited to contact the Bishop’s office.

2020-06-17 – Ecumenical celebration_English

June 17, 2020

The following is further to the June 13, 2020 news item regarding “Ontario eases restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies”.

Refer to the attached French document from the Ministry of Health concerning the restrictions regarding marriages and funeral ceremonies. This document can be confusing, but the difference is between the words “Ceremonies and “Receptions.

For a wedding or funeral ceremony held indoors: a maximum of 30% of the capacity of your church.

For a wedding ceremony or funeral held outside: a maximum of 50 people.

For all wedding or funeral receptions held outside or inside the number is 10 people.

Restrictions for wedding and funeral ceremonies and receptions_June 13, 2020 (French)

June 13, 2020

Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies!

Refer to the original “News Ontario” bulletin and additional information regarding Stage 2 Reopening in Ontario, on the following link:

June 13, 2020 – Restrictions Eased on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies

The Ontario government is providing more flexibility on the number of attendees permitted at indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies, in recognition of the importance of being with loved ones during the moments that matter most.

Based on positive public health trends the government is extending the number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding or funeral ceremony to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue.   

Wedding and funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors will be limited to 50 attendees. For both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, those attending must follow proper health and safety advice, including practising physical distancing from people who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle.

“With recent progress to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are able to ease restrictions on these special ceremonies,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “We have taken deliberate steps to increase testing and increase our ability to track and contain this virus. As we loosen these measures, I strongly urge everyone to remain careful and cautious as we are all still at risk.”

The changes came into effect on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. The maximum number of people allowed to attend indoor or outdoor wedding and funeral receptions remains at 10 people. As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in Ontario, further direction will be provided on capacity restrictions for weddings and funerals going forward.

June 8, 2020

We have good news to share today!!

The Ontario government announced a regional approach to Stage 2 of Phase 2 of reopening the province amid the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.

As of Friday at 12:01 a.m., Ontario residents will be allowed to gather in groups of 10 — up from the previous five. Also places of worship will be allowed to reopen, however with physical distancing measures in place and allowing no more than 30 per cent capacity.

Certain public health units will also see the reopening of services such as hairdressers and barbers, restaurant patios and more outdoor spaces.

More detailed information concerning “church operations during pandemic emergency situations” is available on 

Approved Copy – ACBO Worshipsafe Guidelines

Please refer to the link below for the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services’ resource entitled Guidance on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19.

Guidance on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19

This document includes resource links, tips and best practices to help employers and workers prevent the spread of COVID-19 and work together to reopen the province.

Please note that much of what is covered in this resource is also in the Worshipsafe manual..


News – March 24, 2020

Following the advice of Bishop Robert Bourgon, the parish offices of the Hearst-Moosonee diocese will be closed for at least 2 weeks, effective immediately and will be re-evaluated after two weeks..

Parish priests will be available to meet the possible needs of their parishioners if necessary. 

Parishioners are encouraged to pray at home and to use the resources posted on our website (see below) to pray. Unfortunately with these events it has also been decided to cancel the Chrism Mass and the Holy Week masses. These celebrations will be streamed LIVE from the Cathedral through their Facebook page (’Assomption-Parish)


News – March 19, 2020:

As you know, everything is changing rapidly and new clearer directives from the Porcupine Health Unit have been issued on March 17, 2020 concerning churches. Our diocese is therefore following these new directives concerning Masses and all gatherings.


For your information, please review the following most recent directives/communique from the Porcupine Health Unit :

Porcupine Health Unit Covid-19 March 17, 2020 Update

News – March 17, 2020

Following Minister Ford’s last announcement this morning to stem the spread of COVID-19, Mgr. R. Bourgon wishes to contribute to this joint public health effort and act in solidarity with the civil authorities.
Consequently, Mgr. R. Bourgon announces the immediate adoption of the following directives for our diocese, until March 31.

March 17, 2020 Bishop Communique Covid 19



August 7, 2020

Many couples have had to postpone their wedding due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Amendments to the Ontario’s Marriage Act and Regulation 738 of the Act have been made to extend the three-month validity period for any unused marriage licenses which were bought between December 1, 2019 and March 17, 2020, which is the termination date of the province-wide declaration of emergency. Therefore these licenses are now valid from the date of issuance up to 24 months from the first day following the end of the province-wide emergency.

Note that any marriage licences issued after the end of the province-wide emergency must be used within the three-months following issuance of the licence. 

Learn more about changes to getting married in-person due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

August 5, 2020

A special celebration will take place on August 15, 2020, feast of Our Lady of the Assumption, patron saint of the diocese.

Bishop Robert Bourgon wants to highlight and recognize the value of a bequest from the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin who worked in the diocese from 1941 to 2019. This is the large mural that adorned from 1962-72 at the entrance hall of the Académie Saint Joseph de Hearst, a secondary school for girls. This ceramic mural by painter-sculptor Jordi Bonet is made up of 312 tiles and measures 4 ’x 8’8” (122cm x 264cm).

Jordi Bonet, born in Spain in 1932, arrived in Quebec in 1954 with an artistic training influenced by European religious art. In the 1960s, he devoted himself to public art and soon achieved an international reputation. He created more than a hundred murals around the world. His murals are first in ceramic and concrete, then in aluminum and bronze. He made a few works in stained glass, including one for the Our Lady of the Sky Chapel at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. He created his most famous and controversial work in Quebec in 1969: the mural at the Grand Théâtre de Quebec. In 1973, he was diagnosed with leukemia and died on December 25, 1979 at the age of 47.

The celebration will take place August 15, 2020, at Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral in Hearst at 2:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome!

June 22, 2020

Good news! Bishop Robert Bourgon has received a letter from the Congregation in which his request for a title of “Minor Basilica for Christ the King Church in Moosonee” was granted.

Please see the attached (French) letter. 

Minor Basilica title for Christ the King Church – Moosonee_2020

The Novena

The 2020 Pastoral Theme: “Fear not, put out into the deep!”

The Saint Anne Novena is held from July 17 to 25 and is followed by the Feast of Saint Anne on July 26.



** MASSES **

Daily  masses are  being aired “Live” on the Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption Cathedral Facebook page. Masses will continue to be recorded Live on Facebook during the required period of  isolation.’Assomption-Parish


Following the cancellation of all churches in the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee, Reverend Father Sébastien Groleau will continue to have Sunday mass broadcast from the Immaculate Conception parish, at 10:15 a.m.  As the churches are not accessible to the public until further notice, you can listen to the Sunday Mass of the Immaculate Conception parish broadcast on the radio station Kapuskasing – CKGN-FM at 89.7 or 94.7.

If you are not on Kapuskasing radio waves, or if you prefer to listen on your computer, tablet and / or mobile phones, you can listen to it via “Simple Radio – Free Live AM-FM”.

This is accessible for FREE via

You can also download the Simple Radio app through Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once downloaded and installed, simply search for the radio station “CKGN-FM 89.7”.

Salt + Light Media is pleased to provide its viewers the Daily TV Mass produced by the National Catholic Broadcasting Council four times a day at 6:30 am, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 10:30 pm (all times Eastern Standard Time).

EWTN is now offering online Eucharistic Adoration live on: and

For more details on how one can access EWTN either online, on radio, etc., please see the following March 16, 2020 correspondence from Nerissa Flores, EWTN Regional Marketing Manager, Canada.

Letter from Nerissa Flores EWTN – March 162020


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News – March 16, 2020

Mgr. Frank Leo Jr., Secretary General of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CECC) shared with our diocese the attached CCCB statement on the coronavirus (COVID-19). This was also posted on the CCCB website today.

March 13, 2020 – CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – EN


News – March 14, 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic afflicting us, our parishes must take the following steps until further notice:

No holy water in the holy water fonts
We no longer join hands either before, during or after mass
No communion on the tongue
Hand washing for communion ministers
Pray for those affected and the caregivers.