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

Email: paroisse.pnda@gmail.com

Mgr. Terrance Prendergast, Apostolic Administrator,                             Hearst-Moosonee Diocese

Parish Priests:

Rev. Aimé Minkala
Rev. Duolomane Okamba Itoua
Rev. Fernand Villeneuve (in residence)

Patricia Therese Ndione, Secretary
Replacement administrative assistant


Our office is now open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Pastors are available by appointment Tuesday to Friday.


Attention !

For restrictions during Covid-19 pandemic please refer to the “News” and “Covid-19” pages on our website.

Should you have any questions, please call the presbytery at 705-362-4042 or text us on our Facebook or Twitter pages. 

All the celebrations will be broadcast LIVE on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at 7:15 pm every Saturday. 


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.

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

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 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


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

Parishioners can:

  1. Come to deposit their donation by envelope in a safe container dedicated to this purpose in the antechamber at the rectory.
  2. Make an “Interac E-Transfer” directly to the parish by email to: paroisse.pnda@gmail.com . It’s a way to send your weekly contribution easily and safely.
  3. Post your donation by mail to: Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Parish, P.O. Box 817, Hearst ON P0L 1N0.

Thank you for your support during these difficult times.

Special Collections 2020
Dear parishioners, please note that there has been a change in the Special Collections envelopes for the year 2020. The quest envelope of November 15, 2020, originally sent to “Catholic Missions” has been changed to contribute to ” Priests’ Retreat and Pension ”. Thank you for your understanding.



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.

Inter-Par – December 27, 2020

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 9, 2020

Good News!!!

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 

Approved Copy – ACBO Worshipsafe Guidelines

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 :

Porcupine Health Unit Covid-19 March 17, 2020 Update


Other Information:

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.