Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish

8 Church Road, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

Welcome to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish.  We are located in the beautiful town of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.  We are a large parish family welcoming all parishioners, visitors, children, elderly, new Canadians, and returning Catholics.  Please join us as we journey together in prayer, loving God and our neighbour every day.  May this site be an effective instrument to enhance our faith in God, and enrich our love of the Church.

Parish Staff:

  • Fr. Joseph Uy, Parish Priest
  • Iris Walsh, Secretary/Housekeeper
  • Max Rideout, Custodian

PLEASE NOTE:

The Parish Office is CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  Parish staff will be available to answer the phone during regular office hours.  If you wish to drop off a donation envelope or other item, please call the office in advance and, when you arrive, place it in the basket on the door.  If you need to pick something up, the same applies.  Please call the parish office and your item will be placed in the basket at the time you indicate.  Please to not leave items in the basket without first calling the office. Never leave anything in the basket outside of regular office hours - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Phone: 709-489-6587
Email: iccp@bellaliant.com

COVID-19 UPDATES

Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish Church continues to follow the directive issued by our Provincial Health Authorities to ensure not only our safety but that of all those entrusted to our care and all our fellow citizens. Please stay safe. God bless

February 12, 2021 - Effective Immediately All Churches in the Diocese of Grand Falls will close to the public

In his letter to the Parishes of the Diocese, Most Reverend Anthony Daniels, Bishop of Grand Falls, indicated that in a effort to anticipate spread of Covid-19 in the communities of the Diocese, and to proactively care for the parishioners of these same communities, he has decided to immediately close the churches of the Diocese to the public at this time.  This is in response to the growing number of cases of Covid-19 in our province.

To read Bishop Daniels' letter in it's entirety, please see below.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be live-streaming Sunday Masses at 11:00am on our usual channels and here on this page.  Weekday Masses, Rosary and Holy Hour will continue to be live-streamed from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph's Church as they have been.  Please be safe and be well and may God bless you all.

December 5, 2020 - Mass now offered for in-person attendance and simultaneous live-stream.

Thanks to the great generosity of parishioners near and far, we have purchased to equipment necessary to live stream our in-person masses.  Starting on the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020, our Sunday 11:00am Mass which is offered with parishioners in attendance, will be simultaneously live-streamed on this page, our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.  Weekday masses will continue to be live-stream only for the time being.

Registration is required for all in-person masses. A quick call to the parish office is all you need to secure you position but, since attendance is capped at 100 people (including the ministers), call early to avoid disappointment.  Most of our masses are now reaching full capacity. Those who arrive at our doors without pre-registration will likely be disappointed.  You must call EVERY WEEK and register.

Once registered, our secretary will assign you (and your bubble) a seat in the church. Upon arrival at the church, you will be greeted by an usher, your name confirmed on the seating chart and then escorted to your pew.  You must wear a mask when you arrive at the church and leave it on until you are seated. Once seated you cannot leave your pew, except to received Holy Communion.  You may remove your mask when seated but we strongly suggest that you leave your mask in place for your protection and the protection of others.  Directions on the flow to receive Communion will be explained at Mass.  You must wear your mask in the processional line to receive Communion.

If you watch or attend these Masses you will notice that we will have a cantor in attendance along with an accompanist.  The cantor will sing a Processional, Communion and Recessional hymn and will wear a mask while doing so.  Parishioners, however, cannot join the cantor in singing.  This is in accordance with our Diocesan Policy on singing in church.

The Proclaimer of the Word (reader) will continue to remove their mask when they reach the ambo and replace it when returning to their pew.  The ministers will not share microphones and only one lay-minister at a time will be permitted in the sanctuary.

Once mass is concluded and all are dismissed by the ushers, the church will be thoroughly sanitized in accordance with Provincial and Diocesan policy.  This includes all pews, washrooms, high touch surfaces and microphones.

We hope that you understand that these procedures are in place for the protection and safety of all our parishioners.  We ask that anyone registered for Mass who feels unwell to stay at home.  You will be able to join us virtually on this website (see the bottom of this page) or on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/immaculate.conception.cathedral.parish.church) or YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtrNidjyFCWwlteO2kdKhJw).

July 5, 2020

On July 2, 2020 Most Reverend R. Anthony Daniels, Bishop of Grand Falls, sent the following letter to the parishes.  In the letter he outlined the plan for the RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES in the Diocese of Grand Falls under Alert Level 2.

📄 Celebrating Mass During Alert Level 2-Final 3-2 July 6, 2020

 

The Cathedral will reopen for in-person masses on Sunday, July 12 at 11:00am. In-person Masses are held every Sunday at 11:00am

For those wishing to attend any in-person Masses, please know there are health and safety restrictions in place.  YOU MUST CALL THE PARISH OFFICE (489-6587) AND REGISTER TO ATTEND every week.  MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE IS 100 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PRIEST AND OTHER MINISTERS.  NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT REGISTRATION.

For a video depicting what changes you can expect when you come to Mass at the Cathedral, please go to our YouTube Channel.  Please be sure to subscribe to the channel so that you can see all of our latest videos - including the live-streamed Masses and Rosary.

🎥 Planning for a Safe Return to the Cathedral

 

Before you come to ANY Mass, please ensure you have completed the self-assessment Screening Questionnaire found on the Provincial Government Website.  If you answer yes to any of these questions, do not come to Mass.  Instead please call 811 or visit https://www.811healthline.ca/covid-19-self-assessment/ to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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  • A WORD FROM BISHOP DANIELS:
  • A couple of years ago, Bishop Daniels prepared a series of discussions on the importance of and the role of Baptism in our lives as followers of Jesus.  The reason for this series was to draw the attention of all parishioners to the need to move our baptismal font from its relative obscurity, hidden away behind the bars of the baptistry, to a place of prominence in the church:  at the main entrance of the Cathedral.  The main reason for moving the baptismal font is that, in this new location, will be reminded every time we enter the Cathedral, that we have been baptized in Christ and what an awesome and powerful thing that is.
  • On our Lenten journey toward the promise of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we will republish these reflections here (4 in total, a new one added every week).  We hope that they will help you on your journey to the cross.
  • 1. Baptism:  Immersion into the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus
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  • PARISH BULLETIN
  • Parish bulletins is available from just the Cathedral this week.  At this time they are only being offered in e-format. You can find them here:
  • Cathedral Bulletin - 2nd Sunday of Lent - February 28, 2021
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  • 2020 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
  • The 2020 Income Tax Receipts are now available for pick up at the Parish Office. Please call the office and contactless pick-up will be arranged.
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  • LENTEN CALENDAR
  • Ordinarily, these are distributed in the bulletin of the week preceding Ash Wednesday.  Since this was not an option this year, we provide the Lenten calendar here.  Please feel free to refer to it often, or print it a post it somewhere you will see it every day:
  • Lenten Family Calendar
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  • STATIONS OF THE CROSS
  • We will be praying the Stations of the Cross either before or after our daily masses throughout Lent.  The schedule  can be found near the bottom of this page.
  • These are the scripts for the Way of the Cross used in both parishes:
  • Cathedral - Stations of the Cross
  • St. Joseph's - Stations of the Cross
  • Feel free to download them and pray along with us,
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  • DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
  • Share Love, Share Lent: Strengthening vulnerable communities.
  • D&P Share Lent, Share Love Week 2
  • Did you know that Development and Peace supports a school for peasant filmmakers in Colombia?
  • This week in the Share Love, Share Lent campaign, discover the creative ways in which we assist communities in speaking for and taking charge of their own development.
  • In keeping with the Catholic Social Teaching principle of participation, let your Lenten journey make a difference in the world. Learn about our work and consider giving to help sustain it.
  • Discern and donate at devp.org/lent.
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  • KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
  • The NL District of the 4th Degree is planning a Virtual Fourth Degree Exemplification for Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:00 am using the application GoToMeeting. Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. Please consider joining the Fourth Degree now. Please contact your local Knights of Columbus Council, or the Faithful Navigator or Faithful Comptroller of your local Fourth Degree Assembly for further information.
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  • Notre Dame Council 2053 have Moose Patties for Sale $1.00 each, please contact Dave Barker. The council is also selling a 50/50 lottery ticket for $25.00
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  • DIOCESAN ARCHIVES
  • If you have any photos, school yearbooks or articles concerning the parish and Catholic schools in Badger, Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop’s Falls area and are willing to donate or lend these items to be scanned, please contact Denise Howse at 489-4019.
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  • OFFERING ENVELOPES:
  • Any parishioner still in need of a box of offering envelopes can pick one up at the Parish Office.  If you are using e-transfer you should still pick up a box of envelopes so that you get a donation number for this year - it really helps with our accounting.  Call the Parish Office to arrange for contactless pick-up.
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  • INTERAC E-TRANSFER NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR DONATIONS:
  • Interac e-Transfer is a simple, convenient, and secure way to send and receive money directly from one bank account to another. All you need is access to online or mobile banking through a participating financial institution, and you can send money to Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish — without sharing any personal financial information. It's a great alternative to cheques and cash.
  • To give using Interac e-Transfer please use this email address to send your donation to The Cathedral:  iccp@bellaliant.com
  • For the time being, you will need to use a question and answer for the secretary to accept your funds transfer.  We suggest: “What was the occupation of St. Joseph?” The secretary knows the answer is carpenter.
  • If you choose a different question, please email the parish secretary the answer to iccp@bellaliant.com. It would also be most helpful, for accounting purposes, if you indicated your envelope number in the comments section of the transfer or in the email indicating the answer to your question.
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Live-Stream Schedule

Stations of the Cross

Tuesdays at 4:30 pm

Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 am

Thursdays at 10:15 am

Mass

Tuesdays at 5:15 pm

Wednesdays to Fridays at 9:30 am

Sundays at 11:00pm

Holy Hour

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction Wednesdays at 3:00pm

Live Stream - Mass, Stations of the Cross or Holy Hour

Masses are live-streamed at the times noted above.  If you would like to view a Mass celebrated in the past week please visit either our Facebook page or our YouTube Channel.

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