Notre Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral
815 Kitchener Street
P.O. Box 817
Hearst ON P0L 1N0
Tel.: (705) 362-4042
Fax: (705) 362-4650
Mgr. Terrance Prendergast, Apostolic Administrator, Hearst-Moosonee Diocese
Rev. Aimé Minkala
Patricia Therese Ndione, Secretary
Our office is now open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Pastors are available by appointment Tuesday to Friday.
For restrictions during Covid-19 pandemic please refer to the “News” and “Covid-19” pages on our website.
April 7, 2021
At the request of H. E. Archbishop Prendergast, please read the following information pertaining to the third provincial emergency stay-at-home order.
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.
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:
For more details, refer to the document below:
Baptisms: please notify us as soon as possible after birth. Baptism is usually celebrated on Sunday, but other arrangements can be made.
Weddings: to allow for preparation, please meet the priest at least six months before your wedding.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: at the rectory or weekdays before masses.
Sacrament of the Sick: if someone is sick at home, do not hesitate to call the priest.
The weekend bilingual masses are broadcast on our Facebook page for viewing.
Thank you for your support in these difficult times.
You can add your own special intentions on our Facebook page and we will pray for you. May God bless you all and heal our land, Amen!
How to support your Notre-Dame-de l’Assomption Parish during the containment required by the Covid-19 pandemic
Thank you for your support during these difficult times.
Special Collections 2020
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 www.ontario.ca
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.
December 22, 2020
Following is the Hearst-Moosonee Diocese Inter-Par of December 27th. This is an important message from Mgr Prendergast, S. J., Diocesan Administrator, regarding provincial measures and our own personal arrangements at this time of isolation.
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.
June 9, 2020
As you have certainly heard in the media, the churches have received government approval to celebrate Sunday and daily masses with social distancing starting this Friday, June 12 at 12:01 pm. The government allows us to accommodate 30% of the capacity of the church with the distance of 2 meters or 6 feet between each person.
Now that our Sunday and weekday masses can resume, we ask that you take note of a few small changes in our celebrations, at least until all the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
More detailed information concerning “church operations during pandemic emergency situations” is available on
March 19, 2020
As you know, everything is changing rapidly and new clearer directives from the Porcupine Health Unit have been issued concerning churches. Our diocese is therefore following these new directives concerning Masses and all gatherings.
For your information, please review the following most recent March 17, 2020 directives/communique from the Porcupine Health Unit :
Refer to the weekly bulletin for all monthly activities for the Hearst Action Club (Club Action Hearst); Groupe Joie de Vivre – Al-Anon (Joy of Life Al-Anon Group) ; the Knights of Columbus and the Daughters of Isabella.