WEEKLY BULLETIN – August 16, 2022 (Ferial)

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.

(Matthew 19.23-30)


Saint Anne’s Triduum in Cormac: Part II of III – The History of the Devotion to Saint Anne + Homily for Sunday, July 31, 2022 

The Meeting of Anne and Joachim at the Golden Gate of the Temple of Jerusalem

Before returning to his wife in Jerusalem, Joachim ordered his servants to prepare 12 white sheep to be offered in the Lord’s Temple, 12 undefiled lambs that will be offered for the priests and elders, and 100 goats that will be offered for the people. And, there he is, on his way back home, which will last almost one month. (Read more…)



Please pray for our Permanent Deacons of the Diocese and their wives as they will be on retreat at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior from Monday, August 22nd to Wednesday, August 24th.

Pope Francis Canada 2022

Bishop Guy Desrochers and Deacon Adrien Chaput recently had the opportunity to see and hear His Holiness Pope Francis. Click here to see and to learn more about the Pope’s visit to Canada.

Pastoral Appointments

The Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., announces the following pastoral appointments to take effect September 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted: (Read here).

Summer Office Hours

The Diocesan Offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and will close at noon every Friday from July 4th to September 2nd inclusively.


The Catholic Register – Papal Visit Magazine

As the latest in its series of highly successful commemorative magazines, The Catholic Register will produce a full colour magazine to coincide with National Indigenous reconciliation Day and mark Pope Francis’ historic penitential pilgrimage to Canada. The Catholic Register is now accepting orders. If interested, please contact Stephanie Williams at 416 934.3410 ext. 404, or toll-free at 1.855 441.4077 ext. 404.


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

Métis: People of mixed Aboriginal and European ancestry. The Métis National Council adopted the following definition of “Métis” in 2002: “’Métis’ means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Metis Nation.”


Three Barriers to Building An Invitational Culture In Your Parish

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work


We can respond with defense mechanisms to stay comfortable and convince ourselves that we are not called to do this. (Read more…)


Speeches delivered by Pope Francis during visit to Canada

His Holiness, Pope Francis, completed his apostolic journey to Canada from July 23rd – July 29th, 2022. On this “pilgrimage of penance”, he made a series of public statements regarding Indigenous reconciliation and healing. You will find electronic copies of these statements here.

Canada’s Catholic Bishops Welcome Historic Visit from Pope Francis 

The Bishops of Canada are thankful for Pope Francis’ historic visit to our country. He came in fulfillment of his promise to manifest by his very presence his closeness to the Indigenous Peoples of this land. This visit represents a significant milestone on the path of healing and reconciliation. (Read more…)


Renfrew County Right to Life Meeting

RCRTL meets quarterly to discuss current pro-life issues and how we can make a change in our community and society. Anyone who shares our pro-life views and goals is welcome to participate in our meetings. At our Wednesday August 31st meeting, we’ll be finalizing plans for Life Chain and our Fall banquet, as well as prepping our Fall newsletter distribution. Come and lend a hand! The meeting is downstairs at Holy Name Church, 284 Trafalgar Rd, Pembroke. Use the entrance to the left of the main church doors. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RCRTL.

First Step Options – Free Community Workshop “Preparing for Postpartum”

On Thursday, September 29th, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Wesley Community Church, 201 Renfrew Street, Pembroke. Special guest speaker: Christine Raddatz from Renfrew County Doulas. Free registration: fsocentre@gmail.com.


Madonna House is celebrating 75 Years in Combermere

Join us for an open house & picnic on Sunday, September 4th from 1-9 p.m.

1-3:00 p.m.        Main House/Training Centre tours: Take time to pray at Our Lady of Combermere and The Island Chapel & Catherine’s cabin. MH Gift Shop, Book Shop & Pioneer Museum will be open. See St. Raphael’s Handicraft Center and Outdoor Kiln.

3-9:00 p.m.        St. Mary’s (2768 Dafoe Road): Tea Time/Activities for families.

6:00 p.m.            Picnic Supper: Every family should bring a picnic supper and their own lawn chairs (no grilling). Madonna House is providing dessert.

6-9:00 p.m.        Bonfire/Music/Visiting.

Another way you can join in our celebration is to watch for photos and videos posted at: www.madonnahouse.org/75th.

Divine Renovation + Alpha Connect Canada

Join us in-person on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 5:45-7:15 p.m. EST at St. Luke’s Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill, Ontario. Doors open at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Go to https://divinerenovation.tfaforms.net/f/DR-Alpha-Connect-Sep23 for more information.


7 Tips to Keep the “Holy” In First Holy Communion

How do you keep a child focused on Jesus during this time? Here are some tips that we hope will help! Special thank you to Fr. Joe O’Malley for suggesting this article.


Diocese of Timmins – Bishop’s Secretary

The Diocese of Timmins currently seeking a bilingual (French-English) secretary to the Bishop. Start date: November 2022. Any interested person with the required qualifications is invited to submit their curriculum vitae before October 1, 2022. Please call 705 267-6224 or email econome@dioctims.ca for more information.

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