WEEKLY BULLETIN – July 3, 2024 (St. Thomas, Apostle)

My Lord and my God!

(John 20.24-29)


Summer Office Hours

The Diocesan Offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and will close at noon every Friday from July 2nd to August 30th inclusively.

Congratulations to Rev. Lukas Časta!

Congratulations to Rev. Lukas Časta who was ordained to the priesthood at St. Columbkille Cathedral on Saturday, June 29th (The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul). Please keep Father Časta in your prayers as he begins his faithful journey as parochial vicar at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Renfrew and Most Precious Blood Parish in Calabogie. The ordination can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZhyuHYj1bs.

Reverend Michael Brehl, C.S.s.R. named the 10th Bishop of Pembroke

On June 11, 2024, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R. as the 10th Bishop of Pembroke. The Episcopal Ordination will be held at St. Columbkille Cathedral on Thursday, August 15, 2024 (The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary) at 10 a.m. All are welcome!

84th Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac – Sunday, July 28th

The Triduum of preparation led by Father Ryan Holly, Diocesan Administrator will be Thursday to Saturday, July 25th-27th. The principal Pilgrimage Mass will be held on Sunday, July 28th at 11 a.m. at the Shrine. A Mass of healing with the Anointing of St. Ann’s oil will be celebrated at 2 p.m. (Please bring your own seating). St. Ann’s religious articles, St. Ann’s Mass League memberships, food and refreshment vendors will be on site. For more information visit the website at https://cormacpilgrimage.com/ or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CormacStAnn.

Walk the Opeongo Line to St. Ann’s Shrine

From July 25th to July 28th. Join pilgrims from all ages (7-77) in this life-changing, 4-day journey from Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Renfrew to St. Ann’s Shrine, Cormac. Walk, pray, sing and camp your way to St. Ann’s! For more information, or to register, visit the website at https://walktheopeongoline.org/.

Pastoral Appointments

Visit https://pembrokediocese.com/article/pastoral-appointments-june-2024/ for a complete list of appointments dated June 7, 2024.


Episcopal Appointment for the Diocese of Pembroke

11 June 2024 – Ottawa – His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Father Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., presently Provincial Superior of the Redemptorist of Canada, as the new Bishop of Pembroke. (Read more…)


Pope’s Prayer Intention for July 2024

For the pastoral care of the sick – We pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick confer to those who receive it and their loved ones the power of the Lord and become ever more a visible sign of compassion and hope for all.


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Ten Principles for Reconciliation:

  1. Reconciliation requires sustained public education and dialogue, including youth engagement, about the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, as well as the historical and contemporary contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canadian society.


Alpha Canada

We are excited to announce the release of Reigniting Hope: Sharing the Good News in Canada! This report, produced in partnership with Flourishing Congregations, reveals unexpected and encouraging findings about the spiritual health of our nation. Over 70% of leaders across Canada are witnessing an increased spiritual curiosity in their communities. Download the report here .

The Alpha Canada Team

Kindness: A Christian Perspective

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

In a world that often seems dominated by cynicism, division and self-interest, the simple act of being kind can have a profound and uplifting effect on others. From the teachings of the Bible to the guidance of the Magisterium and the lives of saints, we find a consistent and powerful call to kindness and compassion. Kindness toward others is an excellent form of evangelization that reflects the very nature of God. (Read more…)


1st Thursday Holy Hours to Pray for Vocations

July 4th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Casimir Parish, Round Lake Centre. 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.


Marriage Preparation Programs

The Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program dates for the upcoming year have been announced. With only two sessions offered, couples are encouraged to register early!

  • Fall Session: First Saturday – October 5, 2024. Second Saturday – October 19, 2024 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew. Deadline to register: October 1, 2024.
  • Spring Session: First Saturday – March 29, 2025. Second Saturday – April 12, 2025 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Pembroke. Deadline to register: March 24, 2025.

Register online at https://www.jotform.com/yvettebourque/marriageprep. E-transfers of $100/couple can be made to donnabiggs@pembrokediocese.com, or mail cheques to Diocese of Pembroke, 284 Trafalgar Road, Pembroke, ON K8A 5A8. For inquiries, please contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com or call 613 585-6301.

NETWORK Leader Seminars

Join Ignite Ministry Canada this Fall for “NETWORK” Leader Seminars! As a program of the Redemptorists and Ignite Ministry Canada, these seminars provide formation for leaders and volunteers involved with youth, young adult and family ministry. Learn more here! To register please visit NETWORK LEADER SEMINARS – REGISTRATION 2024-2025 Survey (surveymonkey.com).


St. Michael’s Parish Fundraiser Dance

Come on out for an evening of great music, dancing and fun! Friday, July 19th from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Cobden Agricultural Hall. Music by Louis Schryer, Erin Leahy, Siobheann Donohue, and Xavier Leahy. Callers Chanda Leahy and Jackson Corry. Square Dance, Swing and Step Dancing. Cash Bar. Late Lunch included. $20 per person or $60 for a Family; Students $15. Tickets available at Olmstead’s Home Hardware in Cobden and at the door. Contact St. Michael’s Parish at 613 649-2450 or dco.parishes@outlook.com for more information.

Parish Supper

On Sunday, July 28th at Ste-Bernadette Parish, Bonfield, ON. Take-out Sea Pie & Beans, Raffle Draw.


67th Annual Pilgrimage – Our Lady of Knock Shrine

Our Lady of Knock Shrine at St. Malachy’s Church in Mayo, Quebec, will be holding our annual pilgrimage on Sunday, August 18th to honour Our Lady’s apparition at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland on August 21, 1879. The Eucharist will be celebrated in English by Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe (Bishop Emeritus of Sault St. Marie and Ottawa native), assisted by Father Greg Murray of St. Malachy’s parish. Info: http://stmalachyolv.com/pilgrimage.asp. Contact: Mrs. Ellen Butler 819 986-3860; Mrs. Virginia Sellers 819 281-6490. mayopilgrimage@gmail.com.

150th Anniversary of the Annual Pilgrimage to Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré and Our Lady of the Cape

From the Dioceses of Ottawa-Cornwall, Pembroke, Mont-Laurier/St-Jérôme, Kingston and Gatineau on August 10-11, 2024. Our Weekend Celebrants: Archbishops Marcel Damphousse, Terrence Prendergast, Guy Desrochers, and Bishops Yvan Mathieu, Raymond Poisson, and Pierre Goudreault. This may be the last Annual Pilgrimage due to health issues with the Rector of the Shrine and Mr. Mike Budge. For registration and information contact: mike.budge@bell.net. See poster at Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre | Annual Pilgrimage.


The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Would you be interested in discerning a secular (lay) vocation? Are you spiritually attracted to St. Therese of Lisieux or St. Teresa of Avila? Our group (not a prayer group) meets monthly at St. Andrew Parish in Killaloe, ON. For more information call Patricia at 613 756-2267.

Pilgrimage of Peace to Medjugorje

With Father Albert MacPherson O.S.A. Augustinian Healing Ministry from September 28 to October 9, 2024. Price: $2,875.00 (includes all taxes, air fares, room & board, side trips and gratuities). For additional information please contact Jack or Patricia Duggan at 613 756-2655, or email blackfishbay@bell.net or dugganpatricia@bell.net.

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