WEEKLY BULLETIN – February 27, 2024 (Ferial)

They do not practise what they teach.

(Matthew 23, 1-12)


Pastoral Appointment

Reverend George Ryan Holly, diocesan administrator, announces the following appointment:

  • Reverend Christopher SHALLA is appointed administrator of St. Andrew Parish, Killaloe and Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Brudenell, effective immediately.

Mass of Chrism

The Mass of Chrism will be celebrated during Holy Week on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Columbkille, Pembroke. The Most Reverend Brendan O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston will be the principal celebrant. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Hall. All are welcome.

Calling All Singers

Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join the Diocesan Choir for the Mass of Chrism at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Tuesday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. Please contact Nick Walters, Director of Music, at nwalters346@gmail.com or 613 433-4729 to confirm your participation and receive additional information.

Prayer for the Future Bishop of our Diocese

Heavenly Father, we ask in the name of your Son, that you bless our future bishop. Provide him with the gifts he will need to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese. Grant him the heart of your Son, the heart of the Good Shepherd. Bestow upon him the zeal of St. Paul in preaching the Good News; the humility of St. John Vianney in ministering the sacraments; the compassion of St. Vincent-de-Paul in serving those most in need; the wisdom of St. Augustine in teaching the doctrine of our Church; and the missionary fervour of St. Columbkille, our patron. Through Christ our Lord.    Amen


Canadian Churches and Christian leaders call for peace as war in Ukraine enters its third year – Wednesday, February 21 2024

February 24 marked the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. National representatives of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant communities, in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance’s Peace and Reconciliation Network, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Canadian Council of Churches, have signed this Pastoral Letter on Ukraine, Canada, and the Church, inviting all to join in praying for peace. (Read more…)

Journey Through Lent Video Series: Weekly Reflections for the Lenten Season 

The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, in collaboration with the National Liturgy Office and the Office national de liturgie, launches the 2024 video series titled Journey Through Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2024, and for each Sunday in Lent, up to and including Palm Sunday, a video will be uploaded to the CCCB website featuring pastoral reflections based on the Readings for the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration. Geared to individuals, families, and communities, this series is meant to offer spiritual inspiration and guidance on how to prepare well for the Easter season. (Read more…)


CCCB – Journey Through Lent 2024

On this Second Sunday of Lent, Bishop Hero provides a reflection on the Transfiguration. Watch video here.

Online Lenten Deliverance Retreat

Lenten season retreat with Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti who will conduct online deliverance prayer sessions, providing spiritual support and healing for those in need. 

Date: March 9, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 p.m. Eastern time (Ontario)

Topics covered: In this three-hour retreat, he will give talks on spiritual warfare, answer questions from attendees, and pray deliverance prayers over all present.

Send an email to stmichaelcenter77@gmail.com to participate at no cost. 

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1381389462175786334

These sessions provide an opportunity for participants to receive spiritual healing and engage in discussions related to deliverance. Msgr. Rossetti’s expertise and dedication continue to support those facing spiritual challenges.

Mary’s Way of the Cross

Celebrate via Zoom every Friday during Lent with “Mary’s Way of the Cross.” Hymns start at 6:50 p.m. – Mary’s Way of the Cross at 7 p.m. Next date: March 1st.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88358882382?pwd=NEFFSmRTZVk1dkRLNFIwdXpqVWNQZz09

Meeting ID: 883 5888 2382

Passcode: 377792

Biblical Walk-through Christ’s Passion

Join in a “Pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us” at St. Francis Xavier Main Parish Hall in Renfrew. Each one-hour session takes place on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. – February 29, March 7 & 14. Using Ascension Press’ 30-minute videos and discussions we will deepen our faith this Lent and Easter, deepen our understanding of the Passion of Christ, follow the events of the Passion and Death of Jesus, and learn how to apply the Passion of Christ to our own lives.

A Complete Guide to Catholic Lent 2024

Check out the Dynamic Catholic website to learn all about Lent here.


Pope’s Prayer Intention for March 2024

For the new martyrs – We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world infame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.


Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The rights recognized herein constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.

Article 43 – United Nations declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Diocesan Action Circle Survey

To better help us serve the needs of parishioners, the Diocesan Action Circle has prepared a short anonymous survey. The answers to the survey questions will direct the work around Reconciliation with Indigenous People in the Diocese. To access the survey, please check the website: https://pembrokediocese.com/article/diocesan-action-circle-survey-2023/, or click the following link: https://forms.gle/LRfMwNTBEmgKQV7w5.Thank you for your participation.


Deliverance Prayer, by Fr. Stephen J. Rossetti

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Click here to listen and pray the deliverance prayer 

Fr. Rossetti is known for his work in spiritual renewal and exorcism. He has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington for over 15 years. Msgr. Rossetti is the President and Founder of the St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal, a non-profit Catholic organization that prays with people in need of healing and deliverance. As a licensed psychologist, he has authored several books and articles on these topics. (Read more…)

Alpha for Parents

Feel free to join at any time. Register for an Alpha for Parents session here: https://rccdsb.ca/alpha-sessions/. Embark on a meaningful journey to explore the Christian faith, presented by the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board in collaboration with the Diocesan Evangelization Team. These sessions are open to parents from all backgrounds, providing an opportunity to delve into the foundations of the Christian faith. Connect, learn, and deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith in a friendly and welcoming environment.


1st Thursday Holy Hours to Pray for Vocations

March 7th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Hedwig Parish, Barry’s Bay. 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. These Holy Hours are open to everyone, not just those considering a priestly vocation. For more information and details please visit Pembroke Vocations.


Diocesan Youth Night

The Diocese of Pembroke’s Office of Family Life and Youth Ministry is starting a new event for youth in grade 7 to 12 at St. James the Less Parish, Eganville. The upcoming dates are Fridays  April 12th, and June 7th from 7 – 9 p.m. The events will offer fun games (outdoor whenever possible), social time to build friendships, Eucharistic adoration, music, confession, and talks from a team of clergy and others to encourage spiritual growth and personal reflection. Please bring indoor shoes! The waiver form and information can be found on the front page of the diocesan website, www.pembrokediocese.com. A dedicated room will be available for parents who wish to stay for the duration of the event. Any questions? Contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com. All are invited and welcome!

Theology on Tap (19-49ish) – Pembroke

Join us for Theology on Tap Thursday March 21st from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Nelson St. Pub, 207 Nelson Street, Pembroke. Guest speaker: John Paul Meenan. Topic: How can we know that God exists?” Consider inviting someone who doesn’t attend or rarely attends church. Questions? Contact Yvette at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Image of God Monthly Men & Women Sessions at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Petawawa

Next session: Wednesday, March 20th, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish centre. Topic: A Powerful Culture: Your family is unique – it is time to own that Speaker Patrick Sullivan, Lay Evangelist. Upcoming dates are April 10th.and May 8th. Questions? Contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.


The Chosen: Season 1

You are invited to join the parishioners of Eganville in viewing The Chosen: Season 1, in the parish hall of St. James the Less church in Eganville (78 Wellington Street), on Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 27, and April 3. at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available. For more information, please call the parish office at 613 628-2020.

Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration

At St. James the Less Parish in Eganville (78 Wellington Street). On Sunday, April 7th, 2024, starting at 3 p.m.

On the program: Divine Mercy Chaplet, Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction, Confessions, Renewal of Baptismal Promises, and a talk by Father Réal Ouellette. Refreshments will be served after the celebration. All are welcome!


Development & Peace—Caritas Canada Share Lent Workshop

Development and Peace—Caritas Canada invites you to sow justice and reap dignity by participating in our formation session for the Reaping our Rights Campaign!

Join us to learn about Share Lent 2024. This workshop will cover the Share Lent Campaign and offer all you will need to mobilize the campaign in your parish, school, or community in support of D&P’s work. on Thursday, February 29th at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 280 Lourdesview Drive, Pembroke. This is a hybrid event, also accessible via Zoom. Please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput to receive Zoom link or to confirm attendance in person at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com or at 613 732-7933 ext. 206.


Lift Jesus Higher Rally 2024 – Take Heart: By His Wounds We Are Healed

Compelling speakers, Mass with Bishop Leo, adoration, praise and worship music, prayer ministry and more. Both Adult ($30) and Youth ($15) tracks, Saturday, March 2nd, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets or more information: www.LJHR.ca

Women’s Retreat at Graphite Bible Camp 

“Arise, my love… and come away. (Song 2:10)” from April 5-7th, led by Fr. Kieran Kilcommons, Victoria Fausto and Mary McGoff of Madonna House. Cost $225. For more info email womensretreatcombermere@gmail.com or call Kristan 613 585-0579. Deadline to register: March 22nd.

By My Side 2024 Virtual Zoom Program for Separated and Divorced Catholic Women

Classes begin April 6, 2024, 2 hours/ week for ladies and run for 6 weeks. The cost is $40 which covers reimbursement of expenses only. For all class details, dates, times, and registration form, go to www.bymyside.ca .


World Day of Prayer – Bancroft

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Bancroft is proud host the global ecumenical movement led by Christian women, the 2024 World Day of Prayer on Friday March 1st at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in joining together in prayer and action for peace and Justice. The Theme and service written by the WDP committee of Palestine is “I Beg of You…Bear With One another in Love” Ephesians 4:1-3. For more information, please contact Sharon Penlington at 519 748-1711.

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical prayer service observed annually on the First Friday in March. The service this year is on Friday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church on the corner of Miller St. and Murray St., Pembroke. This ecumenical service is open to all.

Cooking Through the Season with the Killaloe and District Public Library

Contribute your favourite seasonal recipes to the KDPL fundraiser cookbook. Tell us what season you make this recipe in and why it’s special to you. Money raised will go towards library programming. Recipes can be emailed to friendskdpl@gmail.com or hand deliver to the Killaloe Library on or before March 1st. For more information, please contact Laurie Dean at gldean@live.com or call 613 401-7781.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

From May 11 to May 22, 2024. Price – $2795.00 (includes taxes, side trips and gratuities). Departure from Pearson International Airport Toronto, LOT airlines economy class flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. For more information contact Jack Duggan at 613 756-2655 or email blackfishbay@bell.net.

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