WEEKLY BULLETIN – May 30, 2023 (Ferial)

You will receive a hundredfold now in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.

(Mark 10.28-31)



Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate – Mr. Lukas Časta

With great joy, we announce the ordination to the Diaconate of Mr. Lukas Časta, a native of St. Hedwig Parish, Barry’s Bay, on the Solemnity of St. Columbkille, June 9, 2023 at 7 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral. All are welcome!



Healing Service with Eucharistic Adoration

At St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish, 19450 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay on Tuesday, June 13th from 7-8:15 p.m. Guest speaker: Father Réal Ouellette. All are 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)


For the repose of the soul of Fr. Roy Boucher, O.M.I. who passed away on Friday, May 26th, in his 84th year. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3rd, at St. Joseph’s Parish, 174 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa.


Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Concludes its 101st Meeting – Wednesday, May 24 2023

TORONTO – The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation met from May 16-18, 2023 at St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto. The 101st meeting was hosted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Read more…)


Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.  No relocation shall take place  without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Article 10 – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


News from the Evangelization Team

The evangelization team of the Diocese of Pembroke is fully dedicated to its primary mission of assisting parishes, communities, and other Catholic groups within the diocese in reaching out to those who do not have faith or have abandoned it. (Read more…)


Prayer to Receive the Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Heavenly Father, I humbly come before you, recognizing Your infinite love and grace. I acknowledge that You are the source of all goodness and the giver of every perfect gift. (Read more…) 


1st Thursday Holy Hours to Pray for Vocations

On June 1st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Paroisse Sacré-Cœur, Corbeil – “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. These Holy Hours are open to everyone, not just those considering a priestly vocation. For more information and details please visit Pembroke Vocations.


Image of God Monthly Women’s Sessions – LAST SESSION

On Wednesday, June 7th from 7-8 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew. Topic: A no nonsense look at the deserts in marriage, parenting and our spiritual lives. 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.




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.

Faces of Abortion Tour

This summer, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is running a national pro-life tour across Canada. Speakers from CCBR will stop in Ottawa for a special evening event on “the faces of abortion.” Participants will learn how they can take action to make abortion unthinkable in Canada today! Please join us for this new program on Friday June 16th at 7 p.m. – Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church (466 Woodland Avenue, Ottawa, ON)! For more details and other stop locations visit endthekilling.ca/tour.


Pope’s Prayer Intention for June 2023

For the abolition of torture – We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.






2023 Catholic Family Retreat – August 5, 6 & 7!

Calling all Catholic Families! The 2023 Catholic Family Retreat will be hosted on Saturday, August 5th, Sunday, August 6th, and Monday, August 7th at Sacred Way Farm (745 Kells Road, Powassan, Ontario) with Retreat Leaders Ken & Janelle Yasinski! Join us for prayer, worship, Adoration, family games, activities and inspiring talks. Optional camping on site is available too. For more information, a complete itinerary of the weekend events, and to register your family, please visit: https://holynamestalphonsus.com/familyretreat. The 2023 Catholic Family Retreat is proudly presented by Holy Name of Jesus Church, North Bay, St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, Callander and Sacred Way Ministries.

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. Weekend celebrant: Bishop Guy Desrochers. For departure locations, cost and other information, please contact Mike Budge at 613 224-8110 or mike.budge@bell.net.

Marian Pilgrimage

Father Réal Ouellette has the great pleasure and honour of accompanying a Marian Pilgrimage to Lourdes (France), Compostela (Spain), and Fatima and Lisbon (Portugal) from October 25th to November 6th 2023. For more info: https://spiritours.com/en/product/france-spain-portugal-acn/

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