WEEKLY BULLETIN – October 11, 2022 (Ferial)

Give alms, and everything will be made clean for you.

(Luke 11.37-41)


No Weekly Bulletin Next Week

Please note that the next Diocesan Weekly Bulletin is scheduled for the week of October 24th.

Pastoral Appointments:

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

  • Reverend Steven BALLARD is granted a health leave as he begins treatment immediately. Please remember Father Ballard in prayer during this time of illness.
  • Reverend Daniel KELLY is appointed administrator of St. John Chrysostom Parish, Arnprior, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Braeside, while Father Ballard is on health leave. This appointment is effective immediately.
  • Reverend Jim BEANISH is appointed pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Killaloe, and Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Brudenell. This appointment is effective on 13 October 2022.
  • Reverend Mitchell BEACHEY is appointed rector of the Cathedral of St. Columbkille, while also remaining as pastor of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish and Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste in Pembroke. This appointment is effective on 13 October 2022.
  • Reverend Peter DO is appointed as parochial vicar of the Cathedral of St. Columbkille, Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish and Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste. This appointment is effective on 13 October 2022.

24 September 2022


“Special Topics in Evangelization and Catechesis” Webinar registration

Beginning 25 October 2022, the CCCB Office for Evangelization and Catechesis will offer a webinar series, Special Topics in Evangelization and Catechesis. This four-part series will feature keynote speakers: Dr. Donna Orsuto, Director, The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas Institute (Rome); the Most Reverend Don Bolen, Archbishop of Regina; Dr. Catherine Clifford, Professor in the Faculty of Theology, St. Paul University (Ottawa); and Fr. John McCarthy, SJ, visiting scholar at the Department of Biology, Laurentian University (Sudbury). 

We hope that people engaged in ministry, including clergy, consecrated persons, lay ministers, directors, coordinators of evangelization and catechesis, and Catholic educators, will register for this free-of-cost webinar series.

 For more information on the webinar topics and to access the online registration form, please click here. The deadline to register is 20 October 2022.

CNEWA welcomes new National Director in Canada – Tuesday, October 4, 2022

On 24 August 2022 the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) announced the appointment of Dr. Adriana Bara, Ph.D., as their new national director in Canada. Until her appointment, Dr. Bara directed the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1963.

An agency of the Holy See, CNEWA is present in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe. CNEWA works for, through and with the Eastern churches, rushing aid to displaced families; providing maternity and health care for the most vulnerable; assisting efforts for the marginalized, especially children, elderly and the disabled; and supporting the formation of priests, religious sisters and lay leaders.

Read CNEWA’s full release here.

CCCB Statement for National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

As Canadians pause to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Catholic Bishops of Canada prayerfully reflect on the painful journey of Indigenous Peoples of This Land. We are especially mindful of the role of the Catholic Church in operating residential schools and the pain and ongoing trauma it has caused for generations of Indigenous families. In particular, we remember the children who endured pain and suffering in residential schools, aware that many did not return home. (Read more…)



The Diocesan Action Circle committee would like to familiarize everyone with certain terminologies:

Treaty: An agreement between government and a First Nation that defines the rights of Aboriginal Peoples with respect to lands and resources over a specified area, and may also define the self-government authority of a First Nation. Modern treaties, once ratified, become part of the law of the land.


Should we seek to grow the Church?

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Don Pigi Perini is an Italian priest who had been prepared for the lack of pastoral effectiveness.  During his studies at the seminary, the decline of the Church was theologized to the point of almost becoming a virtue: “One sows, the other reaps…”; “provided that Jesus Christ is proclaimed…”; “unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies” many phrases from the Bible were used to reinforce a mentality of ascetic renunciation. Decline was justified by poverty, humility and other evangelical virtues! (Read more…)


Got Life Questions? R.C.I.A. might just be for you!

R.C.I.A stands for the Rite of Christian initiation of Adults. It is a journey for anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic and growing in the life as a Christian. It is for someone who has never been baptized, or maybe you have been baptized in another Christian faith and wish to know more about the Catholic faith. Maybe you have been baptized and have not received the other Sacraments for your life’s mission. If any of the above apply to you, we would love to help in your spiritual journey. Want to know more about your Catholic faith? All are welcome to join us in exploring this new quest at St Columbkille Cathedral. For more information, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206 or dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

Important Gathering Call to Register

A Faith Formation day open to all will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 284 Trafalgar Road, Pembroke.  Guest speaker: Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.  Topic: The Sacrament of Joy. Lunch and refreshments will be provided (please inform us you have any food allergies). Cost: FREE, but registration is necessary. To register, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206, or dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com by November 3, 2022.


NEW! IMAGE OF GOD evening sessions for Men and Women in Renfrew

Come check out the new IMAGE OF GOD monthly evening sessions for Men and Women starting Wednesday, October 19th from 7-9 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew – in the small Hall. (Men 7-8 p.m., Women 8-9 p.m.). This is a new initiative from the Office Family Life, Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Renfrew deanery, but open to all, to reach adults who wish to grow in their faith, marriage and family life. Hosted by Patrick Sullivan, Lay Evangelist, and Yvette Bourque. Each evening has a different topic and will include lots of discussion and time for questions. See upcoming dates and topics here.


D&P Event

Development and Peace has begun mobilizing in Pembroke Diocese this fall! We are looking to grow our movement in pursuit of human dignity, social and economic justice. Together let’s answer the Laudato Si call to be stewards of God’s Creation. If these goals resonate with you, feel welcome to come to our upcoming event!

  • November 17th at 7 p.m. is the Pembroke Diocesan Fall Campaign Workshop. This formation will work on mobilizing the People and Planet First campaign in our own communities. If you’re new, this is a wonderful opportunity to get to know D&P! This will be a hybrid event, in person location to be announced soon. Register online at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlf-GtqDouGdVdggpmLzUwMLMXgk0bhtfk.

If you would like more information, please contact D&P’s regional animator, Kiegan Irish at kirish@devp.org


Engage with FSO

First Step Options is pleased to present an “Engage with FSO” information session at 337 Murray Street, Pembroke, on Wednesday, November 23rd from 3:30-8 p.m. If you have ever struggled with how to approach the topic of abortion as a Christian, wanted to learn about what FSO does, wondered how to respond with compassion to those facing difficult pregnancy situations, or considered volunteering, please visit the website at www.firststepoptions.com or contact FSO at 613 635-7440.


Online Religion course for High School students – Our Moral Life in Christ: A Complete Course

This is a senior level high school course, but since there are no prerequisites except passion and interest, you are free to sign up regardless of your grade if the subject matter interests you. It will be interesting and informative. The plan at the moment is to teach on Wednesdays again between October 12 and June 21. We “meet” using Zoom and the online textbook service provided by My Catholic Faith Delivered. It runs for 60-70 minutes per session. The time of the class is a little up in the air, but you can expect that it will be somewhere between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The cost of the course is $500 for the full year. A payment plan of two to three payments is possible. An online textbook will be accessible. For families with multiple children interested in the course, a price reduction is available. If you are interested or have further questions, please contact Jim McManamy S.T.B., M-Div,. OCT at jvmcmanamy@hotmail.com.

13th Annual Women’s Fall Retreat

“Pray always; Do not lose heart!” on Saturday, October 15th, 2022 from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Kemptville Campus, 820 Heritage Drive, Kemptville. Cost: $65 in person – $20 Zoom. To register or for more information, please visit www.womensfallretreat.com.

12th Annual Fall Pilgrimage St Joseph Oratory

We are back! Sponsored by Committee of the Annual Pilgrimages for the Dioceses of Ottawa-Cornwall, Gatineau, Pembroke, Mont-Laurier/St-Jérôme and Kingston, on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Stop in the afternoon at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in LaSalle. Please note that the pilgrimage for Renfrew, Pembroke and Fort-Coulonge has been cancelled due to no bus drivers being available. However, seating places are still available for the Belleville, Kingston and Cornwall bus.

Please contact Mike Budge at 613 224-8110 or email at mike.budge@bell.net for more details.


Celebrate the art of Michael D. O’Brien in Ottawa

This November marks the 45thanniversary of Michael D. O’Brien’s first religious art exhibit, which was held at St. Patrick’s Basilica parish hall, November 1-7, 1977. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College is delighted to invite you to a wine and cheese celebrating our Artist and Writer in Residence’s many decades of sacred art. The event will take place November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the scavi of St. Patrick’s Basilica, Ottawa. Michael O’Brien will deliver a short address as well as be available for book signing. Select pieces of Mr. O’Brien’s art will also be on display.

Canadians give generously to CNEWA Ukraine Campaign, with total donations now exceeding $5.5 million CAD since the launch of their fundraising campaign in late February. The significant generosity of Canadians has allowed CNEWA’s efforts to help the displaced and the vulnerable people on the ground in the Ukraine.

As the war rages on and the energy crisis looms, CNEWA’s focus remains on helping people affected by this war get through the winter.

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