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  • Saying goodbye to Archbishop Smith

    Tears, smiles, hugs and blessings were shared as our diocese bade a fond farewell to Archbishop Richard Smith on Sunday, April 22.The farewell vespers at St. Columbkille Cathedral began with a hymn of thanksgiving to God.“I am indeed full of gratitude t...
  • Diaconate candidates receive ministries of lector and acolyte

    The four candidates for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Pembroke received the ministries of “lector” or “acolyte” at a special celebration and Mass presided over by Bishop Richard Smith at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on January ...
  • St. John Chrysostom celebrates 100th Anniversary

    The parish of St. John Chrysostom in Arnprior recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The jubilee year was marked by many significant events culminating with a solemn Mass of thanksgiving which was celebrated on Sunday, May 13. The main celebrant and h...
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul — A grassroots organization

    The St. Columbkille Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Pembroke Council, was established early this year in the Pembroke Diocese. Now operating in the Pembroke and Petawawa areas, the council has a long-term goal of reaching out to other areas...
  • The new coat of arms of the Diocese of Pembroke

    The celtic decoration represents the artwork in the Cathedral of the diocese that honours Saint Columbkille, the patron saint of the diocese. The colour blue represents the Ottawa River that joins the two main parts of the diocese and which was a means of...
  • How a bishop is named to a diocese

    As the people of the Diocese of Pembroke learned that their bishop had been appointed Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta, many wondered how a new bishop would be chosen.Who chooses a new bishop? The short answer is “The Holy Spirit.” Christ has not aband...
  • Parishes and missions officially closed

    After consulting the parishioners involved, the clergy and the Council of Priests, Bishop Richard Smith has decreed the canonical and official closure of five parishes and four missions in the diocese. The official documents include the following informat...
  • Leaving discouragement behind and finding new hope

    Taizé Montreal - April 27-29 2007.What is Taizé?Taizé is the name of a small village in the south of Burgundy, France and home of an international, ecumenical community, founded there in 1940 by Brother Roger. With life commitments to material and spir...
  • The Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Pembroke

    Part 1: The Call and the Beginning of his Journey1. A Call (Vocation) to be 'Sacrament of Service' in the Church"EGO IN MEDIO VESTRUM SUM, SICUT QUI MINISTRAT""I AM IN YOUR MIDST AS ONE WHO SERVES" [Luke 22:27](motto for the Permanent Diaconate in the Dio...
  • St. Victor's School has generous spirit

    As Catholic Educators, the staff of St. Victor School in Mattawa has always promoted activities that reflect the tenets of our Catholic faith. Since September of this year students have participated in numerous activities that have raised funds for charit...
  • Pontiac Pro-Vie / Pro-Life 10th Anniversary

    Pontiac Pro-Vie / Pro-Life celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 22nd, 2006. A mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Bishop Richard Smith at St. Alphonsus Church in Chapeau, Quebec. Also present were Father Mitch Beachey, Father Michael Costello a...
  • Pembroke diocese hires new staff

    New staff at the Pembroke Diocese are: Donna Biggs, Secretary/Receptionist, Nov. 7, 2006; Jason Dedo, Office of Faith Formation, Sept. 1 2006; Lisa Ranger, Diocesan Finance Assistant, June 5 2006; Yvette Bourque, Director of Youth Ministry, Office of Chri...
  • Meet our new Seminarians 2007

    In addition to Seminarians Phil Kupferschmidt and John Scott, there are three other new Seminarians.Richard PilonI am the youngest child in a family of seven. I was born and raised on the family farm in Vinton, Quebec, and attended Mass at St. Elizabeth's...
  • Lima-Pembroke parnership document

    Responding to the call of the Gospel and the invitation of Pope John Paul II in Ecclesia in America to encounter the living Jesus Christ in the third millennium, we the faithful of the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru and the Diocese of Pembroke, Canada undertak...
  • Internationally known speaker hosts fall mission

    Ralph Martin has been a leader in the renewal movements in the Catholic Church for many years and is now the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Ralph is also the Director of Graduate Theology P...
  • Donations for Lima, Peru, nutrition program exceed goal

    The generosity of the people of the Diocese of Pembroke shone through the dreary days of October and November as we exceeded our goal of $70,000 (for the first of three years) to support the nutritional feeding project in the community of Chorrillos, Lima...
  • Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lima 2007

    Forty three pilgrims from the Diocese of Pembroke went on pilgrimage to our sister diocese, the Archdiocese of Lima, in November of 2006. They were warmly welcomed by their sisters and brothers in Christ and this experience provoked many thoughts and feel...
  • Catholic Women's League Gathers in Combermere

    Catholic Women's League members from across the diocese gathered in Combermere in September to participate in a day of reflection. Members of Holy Canadian Martyrs parish council greeted members from Arnprior to Temiscaming, Haliburton to Chapeau and poin...
  • Canadian Bishops defend Catholic teaching on marriage

    A letter from the CCCB President to the Prime Minister and the leaders of the parties in the opposition.Dear Prime Minister:For Catholics, marriage is an issue intimately related to human nature which has been created male and female. Despite the recent d...
  • ‘Christian vaudeville’ entertains in Diocese

    APeX Ministries performed recently at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and Elementary school in Petawawa and Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke.Gene Monterastelli and Brad Farmer, of APeX Minstries, are two young men who travel across North America a...

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