June 20, 2021

It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing of Mr. Jean-Claude MINKALA, brother of Fr. Aimé MINKALA. He passed away Saturday the 19th of June in Brazzaville, Congo. Our prayers are with Fr. Aimé and his family.

June 18, 2021

We recommend to your prayers Mr. Bernard Okoh, father of Rev. John Okoh, who past away this morning in his country of Nigeria. Our prayers are with Fr. Okoh and his family.

June 7, 2021

On June 7, 2021, the Province of Ontario gave an update on the Roadmap to reopen following the Stay at home order.

Step 1 will begin on Friday, June 11, 2021. They also announced some changes to the Roadmap that will allow more attendance at religious services. Please refer to the information below.

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, the Porcupine Health Unit region will not move to Phase 1 as planned due to the rise in Covid cases recorded in the region. 

Please read the following important news release. Also included is the link in connection with this release regarding the Porcupine Health Unit region.

2021 06 7 Covid 19 Update on Roadmap to reopen

Breaking News : Porcupine Health Unit area NOT Reopening

May 21, 2021

At the request of His Excellency Bishop Prendergast, please find attached an important Newsletter following the announcement of the Ontario Government ‘s Roadmap to Reopen.

Ontario Covid 19 Roadmap to Reopen – May 21, 2021

May 20, 2021

With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the Ontario government, has extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

For detailed  information on the “Roadmap to Reopen” refer to the following article from the Office Of the Premier.

May 16, 2021

Premier Ford has announced that the restrictions and Stay-At-Home Order have been extended again. Please read the following important Newsletter. 

May 17, 2021 – Restrictions and Stay-At-Home Order Extended

May 10, 2021

EWTN airs Canada’s National Mass for Life – Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:30 AM –  11:30 AM ET Televised/Online

EWTN will air the National Mass for Life to be celebrated by the Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, Marcel Damphousse, at 10:30 a.m., with greetings from Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas  Collins and Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine. Sadly, the live coverage of the March for Life had to be cancelled. Recognizing the risks of COVID-19, the March for Life organizing committee prepared a week-long line-up of virtual events, including: Life on Film, a series of free movie screenings, an online Candlelight Vigil, the Rose Dinner, the youth conference, and several online Masses and prayer services.
For details, visit

See our pro-life website:  and the promo video for the National Mass for Life:
We will likewise update you with additional information on EWTN Canada programs related to March for Life, as it comes.

May 7, 2021

Bishop Robert Bourgon celebrates his 40th anniversary of priesthood. The clergy and faithful of the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee wish Bishop Bourgon our best wishes in union of prayer.

May 8, 2021 – Bishop Robert Bourgon Anniversary on your 40th Ordination Anniversary


April 16, 2021

Re: Province of Ontario – Enhanced Restrictions for Stay-at-home Order and extension

On April 16, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced it is enhancing Provincial Emergency and Stay-at- home order. It further restricts a number of activities including attendance at religious services. Also the Stay-at-home order has been extended an additional two weeks until May 20, 2021.

For more information regarding the “new” restrictions, please refer to the press release from Deacon Jean Beausoleil, Chancellor of the Hearst-Moosonee diocese:

April 16, 2021 – Covid-19 Extention and Enhanced restrictions – Ontario

April 7, 2021

At the request of H. E. Archbishop Prendergast, please read the following informations.

On April 7, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced a third Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-home order to address the COVID-19 crisis. They come into effect starting at 12:01am on April 8, 2021. The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes. It will last 28 days.

Parishioners are encouraged to adhere to this directive to remain home with exceptions for essential purposes, which includes, for example Sunday or daily Mass.

For more information regarding the restrictions for this third emergency, please refer to the press release from Deacon Jean Beausoleil, Chancellor of the Hearst-Moosonee diocese:

Directives Third Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-home-April 7, 2021

April 1, 2021

All health units in the Province of Ontario move to Shut-down for COVID-19 restrictions starting at 12:01am on Saturday April 3. It will last at least 28 days.

Religious services will have a reduced limit of 15% of capacity (down from 30%). Meetings and other in-person gatherings are not allowed indoors.

March 30, 2021

Please read the following press release. This is regarding the new appointments by His Excellency Bishop Prendergast which will come into effect on Easter Sunday April 4, 2020.

Newsletter – March 30, 2021 – Clergy Appointments

March 22, 2021

Effective March 22, 2021 the Porcupine Health Unit district is now in the “YELLOW” zone. Your Public Health Unit may have additional restrictions. Find out on their website.

March 12, 2021

The three parishes of Kapuskasing have a new website. On their site, you can flip through the In Memoriam pages, flip through a calendar for upcoming events (post-COVID-19!), Register your child for the sacraments (if your child does not attend Catholic school), perform a safe e-transfer, sign up to receive notifications and news, browse some historical archives, and more … this site is growing.

Thanks to Rémi Dumais for the creation of the new website for the three parishes: Immaculée-Conception; Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and St. Patrick’s.

March 11, 2021

24 Hours for our Lord – March 12 and 13, 2021

24 hours for the Lord is an initiative of Pope Francis who offers us two days of prayer, to better live our Lent in the joy of a renewed Heart.

During these days there will be a prayer vigil during which we will participate in the penitential celebration (confession). The ceremony will take place according to the following program:
1. Friday March 12: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Penitential liturgy + prayer vigil
2. Saturday March 13: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open day at the church with Confession and animated Eucharistic adoration.

For more details, refer to the document below:

24 hours for the Lord

March 6, 2021

Chrism Mass 2021
A reminder that this year’s Chrism Mass will be held in Moonbeam this coming Thursday, March 11. Unfortunately, thanks the pandemic situation we are dealt with, only a few people will be able to attend. Actually, only 2 people per parish to represent their people along with their pastor. For those who would like to but cannot attend, please set aside a moment of prayer between 1:30 and 2:30pm that day to pray with those present.

Parishes are asked to send in the names of their representatives along with their phone number —
in compliance with the Porcupine Health Unit — to either or to as soon as possible.

For those who are not able to attend, you can view the Chrism mass online on March 11th at 1:30 pm. Please see below the links to the Youtube & Facebook page.

Chrism Mass – YouTube

Chrism Mass – Facebook page

February 16, 2021

From news sources, beginning Tuesday, February 16, the Hearst-Moosonee Diocese is divided into the following colour categories:

  1. a) the Porcupine Health Unit is assigned the Orange (or “Restrict”) status;
  2. b) the Thunder Bay Health Unit is assigned the Red (or “Control”) status.

For these two zone, one is permitted up to 30% capacity for religious celebrations, marriages and funerals. More detailed information is provided in the following document:

Church and Parish Facilities in Ontario – February 16, 2021 – Chart of five levels

February 16, 2021

Memo from Deacon Jean Beausoleil, Chancellor, Hearst-Moosonee Diocese

Recent developments involving COVID-19 pertaining to compliance in Ontario’s Catholic parishes
with all appropriate measures have prompted the ACBO’s COVID-19 working group to update the
initial WorshipSafe directives dated June 1, 2020.

Following is the revised version of “Return to Church – WorshipSafe Guidelines” document dated February
16, 2021, which is being promulgated today. Parishes are expected to adapt to the changed guidelines
over the next two weeks.

Update of WorshipSafe Guidelines for the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee_February 16, 2021

February 8, 2021

Message from Terrence Prendergast, Apostolic Administrator, Hearst -Moosonee Diocese

According to the latest Government of Ontario directives, the “stay home” orders and sanitary restrictions will remain in effect in our health districts until Shrove Tuesday, February 16.  We will need to wait until next week to learn what form our Ash Wednesday and other Lenten

observances will take.

Thank you for continuing to adhere to all the precautions for keeping people safe.

January 13, 2021

Starting January 14, 2021 at 12:01 am, Ontario  is putting in force a second provincial emergency to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. This will last 28 days and could also be extended. For more details on the regulations, refer to the website

Please find attached the following press release from J.J. Beausoleil, Chancellor, Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee, following the announcements on Covid-19 in Ontario.

Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 January 14-February 10 2021 (2)

January 8, 2021

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, the Ontario government extended the shutdown in Northern Ontario for another 14 days to Saturday, January 23, 2021, aligning with the shutdown period in Southern Ontario.

As a result, attendance at parish masses is reduced to 10 people until further notice. 

For additional information, please refer to the CBC News article of January 7, 2021.

December 22, 2020

Following is the Hearst-Moosonee Diocese Inter-Par of December 27th. This is an important message from Mgr Prendergast, S. J., Apostolic Administrator, regarding provincial measures and our own personal arrangements at this time of isolation.

Inter-Par – December 27, 2020

December 21, 2020

Today Premier Doug Ford announced that all of Ontario will be on lockdown effective December 26th. As a result Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses will take place at the times noted in your weekly parish bulletins. 

Effective December 26th, Parish Mass attendance will be reduced to 10 people. Therefore masses subsequent to  December 26 are cancelled at this time. For parishes currently having “live streamed ” masses on their Facebook pages or YouTube channels, these will still be available to the public  for viewing.
For more details, please refer to the CBC News article on the Covid-19 information page.

December 18, 2020

Monsignor Terrence Prendergast, Apostolic Administrator will be with us from December 16 to January 4 for his first visit to our diocese as Apostolic Administrator.

A Mass was held at the Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral on December 18, 2020, to inaugurate his ministry as Apostolic Administrator. Visits will be made to most of the diocese parishes during the period December 18, 2020 to January 4, 2021.

Following is a  message from Monsignor Terrence Prendergast.

Christmas Message 2020 – Mgr. Terrence Prendergast

November 30, 2020

Appointment of Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee…

On November 29, 2020, our Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee presented by His Excellency Monsignor Robert Bourgon. As a result, Monsignor Terrence Prendergast has now been appointed Apostolic Administrator for the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee until a new Bishop can be provided.

Note the November 30, 2020  letter from Monsignor Terrence Prendergast addressed to the diocese residents.

November 29, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Mgr. Robert Bourgon submitted his resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hearst Moosonee. His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his request, which will be made public on Monday November 30, 2020. Mgr. Robert Bourgon’s  letter of November 29, 2020 (see link below) provides additional information in this matter.

November 15, 2020

Notice re: this weekend’s Special Collection
As per the Chancery’s directive, the Special Collection for the 3rd Sunday in November (ie Nov.
14-15 of this year) will now be assigned to the Priests’ Pension & Retirement Fund. This new collection replaces the one printed on your envelopes, ie for Catholic Missions in Canada which has been moved to the Lenten season. We thank you for your generosity!

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

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)

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 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

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


  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.



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