WEEKLY BULLETIN – April 25, 2023 (St. Mark, Evangelist)

Proclaim the good news to all creation.

(Mark 16.15-20)



Bishop’s Easter Message

Bishop Guy Desrochers’ Easter message is available on YouTube at Happy Easter 2023 – Message from Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. – YouTube or on our official Facebook page at Diocese of Pembroke | Facebook.


Indigenous Reconciliation Fund – Diocese of Pembroke

Dioceses across Canada, in their continuing journey of seeking reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of what is now known as Canada, have voluntarily committed to contributing $30 million over five years in new funding to facilitate further reconciliation efforts. Dioceses have voluntarily committed to contributing these funds annually or in lump sums to the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. The goal of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund is to enable local Dioceses to assist in the facilitation of meaningful reconciliation work as determined by the Diocesan Reconciliation Committee.

The Diocese of Pembroke pledges a total of $250,000 to the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) established by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be paid in amounts of $50,000 per year for five years. The Diocese welcomes additional donations to the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IFR). Inquiries can be made at the Chancery Office (Office of the Diocese).

Grant applications must be received no later than May 15th 2023 at 12 p.m. at the Chancery Office (Office of the Diocese) Click here to download the Grant Application Guidelines and Application Form


The Ecclesia Spring 2023 edition is now available in parishes or can be read here.

Pastoral Appointment

The Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., announces the following pastoral assignment.

Reverend Fortunatus RUDAKEMWA is appointed administrator of St-Jean-Baptist Parish, Pembroke. This appointment is effective April 28, 2023.

Official Facebook Page

Please “like” and “follow” our (new) official diocesan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DiocesePembroke.

125th Anniversary of the Diocese of Pembroke

All are invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Pembroke. The Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, CSsR will be the principal celebrant. A reception in the Cathedral Hall will follow the Mass to which all are invited. 

Additional Parking for 125th Anniversary Mass

For those attending the Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, May 4th, please note that if you cannot find parking in proximity to the Cathedral, additional parking will be available at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 284 Trafalgar Road, Pembroke. A shuttle bus between Holy Name parking lot and the Cathedral will commence at 9:00 a.m. that morning and run for an hour after the conclusion of Mass.

Healing Service with Eucharistic Adoration

At Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, 284 Trafalgar Rd., Pembroke, on Tuesday, May 9th from 7-8:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Walk The Opeongo Line, July 27-30, 2023

Join pilgrims from ages 7-77 in this life changing, 4-day journey from Our Lady of Fatima, Renfrew to St. Ann’s Shrine, Cormac. This will be our 5th year making the 67km walk! It’s an experience that merits many blessings and many wonderful memories. For more information and to register, visit: Pilgrimage to St. Ann’s Shrine – 2023 Pilgrimage (walktheopeongoline.org)


National Family & Life Week (NFLW), May 7-14, 2023

National Family & Life Week (NFLW), May 7-14, 2023, is an invitation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the faithful in Canada to celebrate the joy and beauty of family and life by seeking out new and creative ways to live out this call in our daily lives. The NFLW theme is Jesus’ words, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). Love is at the heart of familial relationships and our families are a communion of love in Christ. We are “guardians of life” when we love one another within our families, as well as in wider society when we show kindness toward and care for the vulnerable and marginalized. (Read more…)


Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their rights to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social, and cultural life of the state.

Article 5 – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


News from the Synod

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have issued the North American Final Document for the Continental Stage of the 2021-2024 Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The document does offer guidance and inspiration for individuals and communities on their own journey towards a more synodal and missionary Church. Some of the key themes and ideas that could potentially inform future recommendations include:

  • The importance of listening to the Scriptures and discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • The need for greater participation, co-responsibility, and decision-making among all members of the Church
  • The value of dialogue and encounter with others, especially those who are on the peripheries
  • The call to evangelization and mission, as well as care for our common home and promotion of social justice
  • The recognition of diverse voices within the Church, including young people, women, and marginalized groups


Rebuilt Equip Sessions

Weekly wisdom and support from seasoned Catholic leaders that will help you bring new life into your parish. Next Webinar: Wednesday, May 3rd, at 12 noon. Visit Rebuilt Equip Sessions (rebuiltparish.com) to register!

What is Love?

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Love is at the core of human nature and is an essential aspect of our existence. Love is not just a feeling or an emotion; it is a fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. To love is to will the good of the other, and this involves a choice and an act of the will. Love is about self-giving and self-sacrifice, and it often requires us to put the needs of others before our own. Despite the challenges and sacrifices that love can involve, it brings joy and fulfillment, particularly in the presence of the beloved. Ultimately, love is a reflection of God’s love for us, and it is through our love for others that we participate in His divine plan for humanity. (Read more…)


1st Thursday Holy Hours to Pray for Vocations

On May 4th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Parish, Chapeau – “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Mt. 9:37-38). The Holy Hour will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Music, a reflection by Fr. Murray, a Rosary for vocations, and time for silent prayer. April’s Holy Hour will be at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pembroke. These Holy Hours are open to everyone, not just those considering a priestly vocation. For more information and details please visit Pembroke Vocations.


NET Canada Virtual Information Session

NET Canada is hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, May 4th, 6:30-7:30 pm EST and Tuesday, May 9th, 8:00-9:00 pm EST! This is a chance for anyone 18-30 to learn more about what it means to be a NET missionary and find out if they would be interested in applying! Share this opportunity with someone who has a strong personal faith that would make a great missionary and help us find the next generation of missionaries! Click here to register for the information session.

Image of God Monthly Women’s Sessions

Next session – Wednesday, May 10th from 7-8 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew. Topic: Home Grown Spiritual Guides: We are all walking a long and difficult journey – it’s time to talk about who we have invited to walk with us. This event is being hosted by the Family Life and Youth Ministry Office, with guest speaker Patrick Sullivan, Lay Evangelist, and is open to all. Each evening has a different topic and will include time for discussion. The purpose is to grow in your spiritual health, your spousal relationship and parenting skills. No matter what age you are, you will surely find this very beneficial. Please enter through the small Parish Hall doors. For more information contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Theology on Tap – PEMBROKE

Join us at J&E’s Bored N’ Saucy, 185 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, on Wednesday April 26th from 7–8:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Patrick Sullivan, Lay Evangelist. Topic: The Life and Role of a Catholic Missionary Explained. This is a new initiative of the Family Life and Youth Ministry Office and is geared for those age 19 – 49(ish). Different guest speakers will be invited each month to give a talk on a variety of different topics relating to the Catholic Faith. There will be time for questions, discussion and socializing. Each event will be posted on the Upcoming Events page on the Diocesan website (www.pembrokediocese.com) as soon as details are available. To receive an e-mail each month with date, speaker and location, please contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.


Upcoming Event – First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre

FSO Rhythms of Hope Concert and Dessert Fundraiser at the Pembroke Pentecostal Tabernacle on Saturday, April 29th at 2 p.m. For more information please call 613 635-7440 or email fsocentre@gmail.com.

First Step Options Free Community Workshop

On Thursday, May 11th from 10-11:30 a.m. Speaker – Registered Psychotherapist Kelsey Parker on “Motherhood Burnout.” Registration is required. Please contact FSO for more information at 613 635-7440 or fsocentre@gmail.com.

National March for Life 2023

In Ottawa on Thursday, May 11th. For more information, please email Renfrew County Right to Life at RCRTLife@gmail.com, or visit the Campaign Life Coalition’s website at www.marchforlife.ca.

First Step Options 2023 Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign

From May 14th to June 18th. Fill our virtual bottle & bring hope. Donations of $20 or more will receive a receipt. E-transfers, cheques, or monthly donations accepted. For more information, please visit the website at www.firststepoptions.com, call 613 635-7440 or email fsocentre@gmail.com.


Recollection for Women

At Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pembroke on Thursday, May 18th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take a break from your busy schedule to think about your life, your relationship with God and gain a fresh outlook. Includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, guided prayer, examination of conscience, confession, benediction and a talk. Bring your lunch for a get together afterward.

This spiritual activity, inspired by the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva, is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information, please contact Nadia at nadia.bagshaw@sympatico.ca or 613 584-9388.

New Life in the Spirit of Christ

Do you desire a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit and a vital rediscovery of the Sacraments in your life? Do you long for a personal relationship with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit? Do you seek a greater outpouring of God’s healing and love? Do you yearn for a greater openness to prayer and Scripture? The Spirit of the Living God Prayer Group invites you to a “Life in the Spirit” Seminar. St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish Hall, Barry’s Bay. Every Thursday until May 25th, 7-8:15 p.m. “With all my heart I hope that Renewal in the Spirit may be a true “gymnasium” in the church for prayer, asceticism, virtue and holiness.” (St John Paul II). Contact: Greg or Mary Doyle at 613 756-6643. call Our Lady of Fatima Parish at 613 432-8525 for more information.


Pembroke Diocesan CWL Annual Convention

Join us on May 13, 2023 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Pembroke, for the 102nd Annual Convention of the Pembroke Diocesan Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Guests include Wilma Vanderzwaag, Ist Vice-President of the Ontario Provincial Council of The Catholic Women’s League, Patrick Sullivan who will speak on “Five Practical Steps to Bring Your Family and Friends Back to the Faith”, and Bishop Guy Desrochers. Connect with women from across the diocese. Find out what’s happening in the CWL locally and across the country. Celebrate in a faith-filled environment. Registration is required. To register or for further information, please contact Joan Lemay at 613 432-9161 or email at jtlemay@sympatico.ca.

Sacred Music Fundraiser: Spera in Deo

Join us for an afternoon of sacred vocal and organ music on Saturday, May 13th at 2 p.m. in St. Michael’s Church, Douglas. Light refreshments to follow in the sacristy. Spera in Deo (“Hope in God”) will feature Sean Desmond, Olivier Gaudreault, Catherine Helferty, and Christine Helferty in selections of rich harmonies and uplifting texts. This event is a fundraiser to support a local children’s musical production of Sleeping Beauty to be presented in June. Free will donations at the door. Thank you for your support! Any questions, please contact Christine Helferty at christinethelferty@gmail.com.

149th Annual Pilgrimage – Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré and Our Lady of the Cape from August 12-13, 2023

Buses will depart from the Dioceses of Ottawa-Cornwall, Gatineau, Pembroke, Mont-Laurier/St-Jérôme and Kingston August 12, 2023. For departure locations, cost and other information, please contact Mike Budge at 613 224-8110 or mike.budge@bell.net.

The Spring CCRSO Conference, “Be Clothed With Power”

The Spring CCRSO Conference, “Be Clothed With Power”, will take place April 29th, 8 a.m to 9 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Ottawa. Speakers are Bishop Scott McCaig CC and Dr. Ralph Martin. For more information or to register go to: www.CCRSO.net (Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of Ontario).


8th Annual Bluegrass Sunday

At the Knights of Columbus Hall, 170 Ellis Street, Pembroke, on Sunday, April 30th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Friends for Life International. Cost: $20.00 at the door only. For more information, contact Ron at 819 689-5440, or visit the website at www.friendsforlifeintl.ca.

Friends for Life Int`l/Perry Medico Dominican Dinner Fundraiser

Friends for Life Int’l/Perry Medico is hosting a fundraiser Dominican Dinner on Sunday, May 7th at the Pembroke Golf Club. This is a local charity that provides medical care, medicine, hearing aids, as well as a Mom & Baby program for the very poor of Yamasa, Dominican Republic. Tickets are $60, with a $30 charitable tax receipt. Raffle prizes and cash bar. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. For tickets, please email jkutschke@bell.net or friendsforlifeintl@gmail.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Opening to Goodness Spring Retreat

From May 25-27 at the Galilee Centre, 398 John St. North, Arnprior. Facilitated by Contemplative Outreach of Eastern Ontario and West Quebec. This retreat is an invitation to deepen your experience of your true self in relation to Earth and the goodness of all beings. Cost: Single $310, Commuter $160. Register by calling 613 623-4242 ext. 21, or visit the website at https://www.galileecentre.com/opening-to-goodness-coeo-wq/.

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