WEEKLY BULLETIN – October 3, 2023 (Ferial)

Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem.

(Luke 9.51-56)


Thanksgiving Weekend

The Diocesan Offices will be closed on Monday, October 9th, and will reopen on Tuesday, October 10th at 8:30 a.m.

Healing Service with Eucharistic Adoration

At St. Anne Parish, 241 Second Street, Mattawa on Tuesday, October 3rd  from 7-8:15 p.m. Guest speaker: Father Réal Ouellette. All are welcome!

Pastoral Appointment

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

Reverend Stephen Helferty is assigned to spend a year of discernment for the possibility of religious life. Father Helferty does this as a priest in good standing with the Diocese of Pembroke and with the support and blessing of Bishop Desrochers, beginning in October 2023.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Episcopal Ministry of the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. as the Ninth Bishop of Pembroke

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Episcopal Ministry of the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. as the Ninth Bishop of Pembroke will be held at the Cathedral of St. Columbkille, Pembroke, on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. A farewell reception will be held in the Cathedral Hall immediately after the Mass. All are welcome for this occasion to wish Archbishop-designate Desrochers well as departs to assume his ministry in the Archdiocese of Moncton.

Click here to watch it live!

Installation of Archbishop-Designate Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R, as Archbishop of Moncton, New Brunswick

The Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. will be installed as the Archbishop of Moncton on October 18, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.


STATEMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO THE CATHOLIC FAITHFUL on the occasion of the 2023 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation – Saturday, September 20 2023

The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomes the 2023 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as an opportunity to reflect on the tragic legacy of the former Indian Residential Schools and to pray for a continued path of healing with our Indigenous Peoples. (Read more…)

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil in Rome for the Synod on Synodality – Friday, September 29 2023

An ecumenical prayer vigil was held at the Vatican, in the presence of Pope Francis as well as representatives of various other Churches, to foster unity through prayer, silence, listening to the Word. Young people aged 18 to 35 from different European countries, and from all ecclesial backgrounds, were invited to attend the whole weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, to journey together as God’s people. (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

Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in the regard.

Article 25– United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Characteristics of an Evangelizing Parish

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Based on the book “Creating the Evangelizing Parish” by DeSiano and Boyack, here are the characteristics of an evangelizing parish. (Read more…)


Pope’s Prayer Intention for October 2023

For the Synod – We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level and allow herself t be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.


1st Thursday Holy Hours to Pray for Vocations

On October 5th,  6:30-7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, Bryson – “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.


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

R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) 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, may have been baptized in another Christian faith and wish to know more about the Catholic faith, or may have been baptized and have not received the other Sacraments for their life’s mission. If any of the above questions 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 in exploring this new quest starting Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke. Contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206 or email  dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.


Marriage Preparation Program

The Fall Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is coming up on Saturday, October 14th and Saturday, October 28th, 2022 at St. James the Less Parish, Eganville. Deadline to register is October 5th. Registration available online at https://www.jotform.com/yvettebourque/marriageprep, or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. registration fee is $100 per couple. Inquiries can be directed to Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

YOU – Theology of the Body for Teens by Ascension Press

For all teens from age 14 – 19. Come learn what LOVE really is, why we were made male and female, how do we know what the truth is, what is our true value, what does God want to reveal to us about our bodies and so much more. Saturdays October 21st, November 18th, December 9th from 10 a.m. – 3:30 pm. $40 per participant includes student workbook and daily lunch. *Special parent session on October 21st, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Includes lunch. No cost*. Online registration and further details at www.pembrokediocese.com (front page) or register here https://pembrokediocese.com/tobforteens/.

Questions? Contact Yvette at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Theology on Tap – PEMBROKE

Join us for Theology on Tap Tuesday, October 24th, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Nelson St. Pub, 207 Nelson Street, Pembroke. Guest speaker: Fr. Peter Do. Topic: “Why do Catholics pray the Rosary and wear the scapular?(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.

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

Sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 11th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Centre and run monthly until June. October topic: “Made in the Image of God- it’s time to look at your spiritual life and your own family in a radically new way.” 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 dates are November 8th & December 13th.

Questions? Contact Yvette at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.


Garage Sale

Sponsored by St. Columbkille Cathedral C.W.L. on Saturday, October 14th from 8:30-11 a.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral Parish Hall. Something for everyone!

Parish Harvest Festival and Hot Roast Beef Supper

Parish Harvest Festival and Hot Roast Beef Supper on Sunday, October 15th at St. John Chrysostom Parish Hall in Arnprior from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Cost: Adults – $20.00, Age 12 and under $10.00, Age 6 and under Free.

Fr. Dan & Parishioners extend a warm welcome to all.


Ottawa Pro-Life Crash Course

Do you want to learn how to defend innocent pre-born children, and have fruitful conversations about abortion? Join CCBR and Ottawa Against Abortion on October 13-14 for training and hands-on experience doing pro-life outreach in Ottawa. You will learn pro-life strategy and apologetics that will equip you to reach our culture to change minds and save lives. For more information or to apply go to endthekilling.ca/crash-course/

Celebration of Life Banquet 2023

Come and enjoy a delicious diner catered by Ulrich’s on Thursday, October 26th at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall. Meet & greet at 5 p.m. – Dinner at 6 p.m. Guest speaker: Justina Van Manen. Book signing by local pro-life author Sheryl Ende. Please reserve your seat by mailing your payment of $30 per person ($20 per student) to: RCRTL c/o Holy Name Parish, 284 Trafalgar Rd., Pembroke, ON K8A 5A8. For more information, please call Barb Austen at 613 735-6265.


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/.

Women’s Fall Retreat 2023

14th Annual Women’s Fall Retreat, Saturday, October 21st, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Church, 503 Clothier St., Kemptville, ON. Miriam Wright, a well-known speaker, will encourage us to respond wholeheartedly to the call of Jesus, the Bridegroom: “Arise, My Beloved, Come!” (Song of “Songs 2:10), so that we may come to love as we are loved. Cost ($70) includes three keynote addresses and follow up discussions, plus lunch and snacks. Register at www.womensfallretreat.com.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)Registration is OPEN for Pembroke Level 1 CGS at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

This Montessori-based (experiential learning) and child-centered catechetical program offers children a deep engagement of Scripture and Liturgy, to facilitate the child’s encounter with the Mystery of God and Our Lord, the Good Shepherd. A Saturday morning session, from 10:15 am – 12:00 pm will run October 28 to the end of May. Open to children ages 3-5 from Pembroke and area. Register before October 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Office during regular office hours. Registration is $150/child, plus $100 for any additional sibling.

To learn more about this beautiful program for our young children, visit cgsac.ca (The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada), or contact Maria Reilander st.hedwigs.cgs@gmail.com or 613 756-0528.

Come and see! All are welcome to come see the atrium, the special space with unique materials for young children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Check it out downstairs, before or after Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes on October 14-15.

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