WEEKLY BULLETIN – November 7, 2023 (Ferial)

Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.

(Luke 14.15-24)


Archbishop Guy Desrochers Installation

Installation Mass on October 18, 2023 for Mgr Guy Desrochers, Archbishop of Moncton, (Abbreviated Version) can now be viewed on YouTube: Installation 18 Octobre 2023 – YouTube

Pastoral Appointment

Prior to his installation in Moncton, Archbishop Desrochers granted permission for Deacon Christopher Barrett to exercise diaconal ministry in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. Deacon Chris has been assigned by Archbishop Marcel Damphousse to assist at Holy Cross Parish in Ottawa effective November 2, 2023. 

Healing Service with Eucharistic Adoration

At St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 367 Martineau Avenue, Otter Lake, QC on Wednesday, November 8th from 7-8:15 p.m. Guest speaker: Father Réal Ouellette. All are welcome!

Diocesan Administrator

Subsequent to the installation of the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. as Archbishop of Moncton this past October 18, 2023, the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Pembroke on October 19, 2023 elected Reverend George Ryan Holly as Diocesan Administrator of Pembroke, as required by Canon Law (c. 421 §1).


News of the Synod (2023-10-27)

The XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops recently concluded, and in a letter addressed to the People of God. (https://www.synod.va/content/dam/synod/news/2023-10-25_letter_to_the_people_of_god/ENG_2023.10.25-Lettera-al-Popolo-di-Dio.docx)

The assembly emphasized the importance of pastoral and missionary conversion, emphasizing that its role is to proclaim the Gospel and serve God’s love for the world. The centrality of love, especially Trinitarian and Eucharistic love, was highlighted. The Church hopes to encourage missionary communion and synodality among its members, emphasizing the need for genuine involvement from all.

To achieve this, the documents say, the Church should listen to all voices, especially the marginalized and victims of abuse within its ranks. It should also engage with laypeople and families. The prophetic voice of consecrated life and those seeking truth should not be ignored. (Read more…)


Newsletter “Encounter” (Fall 2023)

The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis (English Sector) has released latest issue of its digital newsletter “Encounter”! The goal of the newsletter is to provide dioceses/eparchies and parishes with resources to support faith formation and to promote evangelization.

The Fall 2023 Issue features information about a webinar series, “The Four Constitutions of Vatican II”, which will be offered 7, 14, 21 and 28 November 2023. Simultaneous interpretation will be available for these sessions.

Subscribe here for the newsletter! This issue and past issues can be found on the CCCB website here.


Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  1. Military activities shall not take place in the lands or territories of indigenous peoples, unless justified by a relevant public interest or otherwise freely agreed with or requested by the indigenous peoples concerned.
  2. States shall undertake effective consultations with the indigenous peoples concerned, through appropriate procedures and in particular through their representative institutions, prior to using their lands or territories for military activities.

Article 30– United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Creating Vibrant Faith Communities: Insights from ‘Excellent Catholic Parishes’

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

The book Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices by Paul Wilkes, identifies several key factors that can assist a Catholic parish in becoming a vibrant and dynamic community. These factors are the result of extensive research conducted by the author, Paul Wilkes, and his team of researchers, Marty Minchin and Melanie Bruce. The team visited hundreds of Catholic parishes across the United States, conducting interviews with pastors, staff, and parishioners, and observing the various programs and initiatives that were in place. (Read more…)


Pope’s Prayer Intention for November 2023

For the Pope – We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfils his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him with the help of the Holy Spirit.


1st Thursday Holy Hours to Pray for Vocations

On December 7th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke. 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 MEN & WOMEN Sessions

IMAGE OF GOD monthly MEN & WOMEN Sessions continue Wednesday, November 8th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in the parish hall and run monthly until June. Topic: “The best decision you will ever make. God promised you this, it’s time to claim it for your family.” 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 separate discussion for men and women. The purpose is to grow in your own spiritual life, your spousal relationship, and your relationship with your children. Upcoming date: December 13th. For more information contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Theology on Tap – PEMBROKE

Join us for Theology on Tap on Thursday November 30th, 7-8:30 p.m. at Nelson St. Pub, 207 Nelson Street, Pembroke. Guest speaker: Fr. Real Ouellette. Topic:” Healing wounds through the “Unbound” ministry. “(Talk will begin at approx. 7:10 p.m.). Consider inviting someone who doesn’t attend or rarely attends church. Questions? Contact Yvette at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Theology on Tap – BARRY’S BAY

The monthly talks will be on hold until there is a suitable location found to hold Theology on Tap in the Barry’ Bay area.

Ignite Canada is offering NETWORK WORKSHOPS for those working with youth, young adults, and family ministry

Throughout the year, we will be hosting online 2-hour workshops on a variety of topics pertaining to ministry with youth, young adults and family and ministry.  These workshops provide information, skills, and practical elements to enhance the work of staff and volunteers in these ministries.  These workshops take place on Thursday evenings (roughly every second week) from 7-9 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.  Simultaneous closed-captioned translation for French and Spanish is available for participants, as well as all major language groups. Registration is completed with payment of $15/workshop. The following schedule of workshops include:



CCBR’s Florida Abortion Awareness Project

What could be better than a mid-winter trip to Florida? How about a mid-winter trip to Florida to change minds and save lives from abortion? Join CCBR for this life-saving, life-changing outreach tour across Florida campuses. Here you will learn effective pro-life strategy and apologetics that will equip you to reach our culture. You will also do pro-life outreach at university campuses, putting your skills to use to make a difference. All while enjoying the warm sun! Join CCBR from February 16-23 (Reading Week) or February 23–March 1. For more information go to endthekilling.ca/florida or email (csibiga@endthekilling.ca) Application Deadline is November 17th. Accommodations, meals, and transportation are provided in Florida.


Tea and Talent Sale

Saturday, November 11th from 1-4 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall, Renfrew. Homemade baked goods, preserves, crafts, books, collectibles, jewellery. Enjoy tea and light luncheon: Adults $10, Children under 5 $5. Sponsored by SFX CWL. Please bring your own shopping bags.

Recollection for Women

Recollections are like mini retreats that help you take a break from your busy schedule to think and pray about your life, your relationship with God and gain a fresh outlook. Join us at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Pembroke on November 23rd from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Bring a lunch if you wish to stay and socialize.

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 on the Prelature of Opus Dei go to www.opusdei.org.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nadia Bagshaw at nadia.bagshaw@sympatico.ca or 613 584-9388.

Christmas Tea at the Mountain

St. Patrick’s Parish, Mount St. Patrick, invites you to their Christmas Tea with sandwiches and savouries, scones and biscuits at the Mountain on Saturday, November 25th at 1 p.m. at the DACA Centre. Tickets $15 adults, $10 children 12 years and under. Bingo, door prizes and photography backdrop to take holiday pictures with friends and family. Please call or text Julie at 613 603-2955 to RSVP.

Christmas Tea and Market

Saturday, December 2nd from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, 11 Mohns Avenue, Petawawa. Tea/coffee, sandwiches, baked goods, crafts, vendors, draws, raffle tickets and more! Market free to attend. Tea tickets – Adults $10, children under 10 $4, Children under 3 are Free! Hosted b Our Lady of Sorrows CWL.


The Grind Presents… CNOY2024 Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us on Thursday, November 23rd at 6 p.m. for a spaghetti dinner at Zion Lutheran Church, 454 Miller Street, Pembroke. Tickets: $12 – Youth 10 & under: $5. All proceeds support The Grind and our Coldest Night of the Year 2024 Fundraising Event. Tickets available at The Grind, 273 Victoria St., Pembroke, and must be purchased in advance. Please call 613 732-7423 or visit the website at www.thegrindpembroke.ca for more information.

Pembroke Community Choir Christmas

Travel the globe from Africa to Wales and over a dozen countries with the Pembroke Community Choir as we bring you beautiful music to begin the festive season. We are presenting two “Christmas Around the Worldconcerts at Calvin United Church. A matinee performance will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at 1:30 p.m. and an evening performance on Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance until November 30th, or $20 at the door. Students 13 and under are free. Tickets are on sale now from choir members, Fleurish in Petawawa, the Customer Care office at the Pembroke Mall, or at the door.

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