- Hearst – Moosonee Diocese - http://hearstdiocese.com/diocese -




May 11, 2020

The Annual National March for Life, Canada’s biggest pro-life gathering, will not be done on the streets this year but will become a virtual, online event. EWTN has always been a strong ally of Canada’s March for Life and will continue to support it this year by airing two special programs.

For details of the Thursday May 14, 2020 events, please refer to the Letter May 11, 2020_National March of Life [2] from Nerissa Flores, EWTN Regional Marketing Manager for Canada.

May 1, 2020

[3]Please find below the link to a letter addressed to all faithful from the Holy Father for the month of May, issued on 25 April 2020. In this encouraging letter, Pope Francis invites everyone to pray the Rosary at home and offers two prayers to be recited at its conclusion.

Vatican News provides the full text of Pope Francis’ Letter on the Month of May, and the two prayers which one can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that Pope Francis will personally pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you.  These prayers along  with Pope Francis’ letter are available to everyone on the following Vatican News website [4]

You may also find useful the following:

April 1, 2020

[7]Chrism Mass and Holy Week Masses:

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19, Bishop Bourgon canceled the Chrism Mass and the Holy Week Masses to the general public. These celebrations will be broadcast live from the Cathedral through our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Paroisse-Notre-Dame-De-LAssomption [8]


Chrism Mass: Monday April 6 at 7 p.m.

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:15pm

Good Friday: 3 p.m. for the passion narrative and 7:15 p.m. for the Way of the Cross

Holy Saturday: Mass at 7:15 p.m.

Easter Sunday: Mass at 10 a.m.

Join us as we celebrate the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection and as we pray for our world in this difficult times. My blessings are with you and your families during this time. These celebrations will be bilingual.

Mgr. Robert Bourgon

March 27, 2020

On Friday March 27, 2020, at 7:15 p.m.,  the Stations of the Cross will be held at the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral in Hearst. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, this celebration will NOT be accessible to the public. It will however be aired LIVE on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Paroisse-Notre-Dame-De-LAssomption-Parish [8]

Mass will also be aired LIVE on the above Facebook page on Saturday, March 28th at 7:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Let us pray for our nation and our community , for the protection of Canada and the healing of all those who are sick.

March 27, 2020

[9]Be advised  that as of 25 March the daily Mass in French, until now broadcast and aired on Salt + Light TV [10] from St Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal,  will continue to be broadcast daily on Salt + Light TV [10], however, now coming from Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal. It will be broadcast at the same time as before,  8:30 am (Eastern time).  It will also provide for the Sunday Mass at the same time, i.e.,  8:30 am. 

Holy week services will likewise be celebrated in the Cathedral and aired on Salt+Light TV. 

Note that the usual televising of “Le Jour du Seigneur” (Radio Canada) will continue as always to provide Sunday Mass at its usual time and channel.

The Daily TV Mass in English remains as is and according to the information provided on March 18th.

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 (https://www.facebook.com/Paroisse-Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption-Parish [11])

March 23, 2020 – Important information from Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr. – General Secretary, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the following important information is being passed on for your faithful in respect to Masses being televised and Resources made available – for the time being.

Televised Mass:

Salt + Light TV [10] has communicated with us (CCCB)  that they have made arrangements with cable companies across Canada (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Shaw Direct, Videotron) so that Salt + Light TV [10] is available free of charge to all subscribers until 1 May 2020. This means that any person who subscribes to cable TV will be able to access Salt + Light TV and therefore the Daily TV Mass and Sunday TV Mass produced by National Catholic Broadcasting Council

Also, La Messe du jour that is produced and televised by Salt + Light TV [10] six days a week from the crypt at Saint Joseph Oratory in Montreal will likewise be televised on Sundays now through arrangements with the Archdiocese of Montreal. Therefore, all may have access to televised Mass in both French and English seven days a week.

Salt + Light TV [10] is televising the daily Mass celebrated by Pope Francis from Casa Santa Marta. This airs every day at 9:00 am and will be televised in both English and French.

Following is a poster produced by Salt + Light TV that succinctly provides the Mass times on social media.

Mass information- Salt and Light TV – March 23, 2020 [12]

The channel number on each cable company that carries Salt + Light TV can be found at: https://saltandlighttv.org/subscribe [13]

Please note that the Daily TV Mass is available on other faith based television networks besides Salt + Light TV.  The various networks and Mass times can be found at: https://dailytvmass.com/about/broadcast-schedule/ [14].

On a similar note, please note that the weekly (Sunday) showing of “Le Jour du Seigneur” (Radio Canada) will continue as always to provide Sunday Mass at its usual time and channel. 

Resources for Mass – PDF:

The CCCB General Secretariat has received word from Novalis, Living with Christ and Prions en Église, that during this current health crisis, they are willing to post on their websites PDFs of the pages from Living with Christ and Prions en Église for each upcoming Sunday Mass, as well as for Daily Mass, so as to allow people to download them for free during this limited period of time – until 29 March; this offer will then be assessed based on the situation at that time These resources can help the faithful who follow Mass from their homes on TV or internet. At the very least, they can read the Scriptures and follow along on televised celebrations. The CCCB has given permission to Novalis to do so.

Please click on the following links for the English and French PDF versions of the Sunday Mass Readings and prayers from Novalis:

The approved version for Canada of the Scriptural texts for Mass are likewise readily available on the website for the Association épiscopale liturgique pour les pays francophones (AELF) at https://www.aelf.org/calendrier/romain/2020/03 [17]

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 [18]

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 [19]





** MASSES **


Note that the Chrism Mass and the Holy Week celebrations will be broadcast `Live` on the Facebook page of the Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption Cathedral. Hours of celebrations and Live Facebook broadcasts are provided in the April 1, 2020 message from Mgr. R. Bourgon. 

Daily  masses are also 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.

https://www.facebook.com/Paroisse-Notre-Dame-De-L’Assomption-Parish [8]


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 www.streema.com [20].

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).

https://saltandlighttv.org/mass/ [21]

EWTN is now offering online Eucharistic Adoration live on:

https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/adoration [22] and https://www.facebook.com/ewtnonline [23]

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 [24]


Check out the latest information

on the Corona virus

When it comes to health, everyone wants reliable, up-to-date information.

Check out the latest news from


for answers to any questions you may have about the COVID-19 virus.

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. https://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/ [25]

March 13, 2020 – CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – EN [26]


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.