April 21, 2020 – Ferial

No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

(John 3.7b-15)


Diocesan Offices Closed: The Diocesan and Bishop’s Offices located at 188 Renfrew St., Pembroke, are closed until further notice. Most staff continue to be available by email.

New diocesan website! The Diocese of Pembroke has launched a new website. It can be found under the same link: www.pembrokedicocese.com. Some pages are still under construction at this time.

Ecclesia: The April issue of Ecclesia is available online on the diocesan website, under “News and Events.” Due to COVID-19 and the closure of churches, this issue will not be printed for now. Once the churches are reopened, the issue will be updated, printed and distributed as usual.

Prayers: For the repose of the soul of Carmel Tallon, sister of Fr. Garry Cain, who died suddenly on April 20th. Please keep Mrs. Tallon and the entire family in prayer.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask in the name of your Son, that you bless our future bishop. Provide him with the gifts he will need to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese. Grant him the heart of your Son, the heart of the Good Shepherd. Bestow upon him the zeal of St. Paul in preaching the Good News; the humility of St. John Vianney in ministering the sacraments; the compassion of St. Vincent-de-Paul in serving those most in need; the wisdom of St. Augustine in teaching the doctrine of our Church; and the missionary fervour of St. Columbkille, our patron. Through Christ our Lord.    Amen


The Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) recently announced the appointment of the new President and CEO, Mr. John P. Ruetz. Effective 1 July, 2020, Mr. Ruetz replaces outgoing President and CEO, Mr. Michael Shea. The CHAC is an alliance of the 14 sponsors/owners representing 124 Catholic health institutions across Canada.

CCCB President Issues Letters Regarding Religious Persecution in Eritrea. Read Archbishop Richard Gagnon’s statement here…

Resources for Mass – PDF: The CCCB General Secretariat has received word from Novalis, Living with Christ and Prions en Église, that during this current health crisis, they are willing to post on their websites PDFs of the pages from Living with Christ and Prions en Église for each upcoming Sunday Mass, as well as for Daily Mass, so as to allow people to download them for free during this limited period of time. This offer will then be assessed based on the situation at that time. These resources can help the faithful who follow Mass from their homes on TV or internet. At the very least, they can read the Scriptures and follow along on televised celebrations. The CCCB has given permission to Novalis to do so.

Please click on the following links for the English and French PDF versions of the Sunday Mass Readings and prayers from Novalis:

The approved version for Canada of the Scriptural texts for Mass are likewise readily available on the website for the Association épiscopale liturgique pour les pays francophones (AELF) at https://www.aelf.org/calendrier/romain/2020/03.


St. Hedwig’s Church, Barry’s Bay, will now be streaming live content, and Masses, directly to the web site.at https://sainthedwigchurch.com/. Each past stream is auto-archived and displayed roughly 30 minutes after broadcast.


Virtual National March for Life, May 10-14, 2020. The program will include high profile movies and interviews streamed online from May 10-12; a virtual candlelight vigil on Wednesday, May 13; online pro-life Masses and religious services on Thursday, May 14, and a livestreamed “virtual” rally, with guests from Canada and around the world. All events will be hosted on MarchForLife.ca and various social media platforms. A pro-life special is planned to be broadcast on May 14 on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).


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Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College is seeking to hire an Administrative Coordinator. This full-time position is 37.5 hours per week, and reports to the President. Start date is July 1, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College seeks a full-time Academic Dean with teaching responsibilities. Ph.D. and administrative experience are required. It is preferable that the candidate be capable of assuming teaching responsibilities in one of the disciplines of the Liberal Arts, with special preference being given to: Theology, Literature, Classical Languages, Modern Languages, or Social Sciences. Current rank of Associate Professor or Professor preferred. Start date July 1, 2020 (negotiable). Please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/ for more information.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) seeks a full-time Director of Development. As a key member of SWC’s management, the Director of Development embraces the mission of SWC, and effectively promotes and communicates its identity, vision and strategic plan. The Director of Development is responsible for Administration of the Development Office, Fundraising, Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations. Start date July 1, 2020 (negotiable). For more information, please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/.

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