WEEKLY BULLETIN – August 24, 2021 (St. Bartholomew, Apostle)

Here is truly an Israelite, one in whom there is no deceit.

(John 1.45-51)


Deacons’ Spiritual Retreat Day

Please keep our Deacons and their wives in your prayers as they prepare for their Spiritual Retreat Day with Bishop Desrochers on Thursday, August 26th.

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 5th to September 3rd inclusively.


Saint-Nazaire Parish: The story of a missionary transformation

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

The Saint-Nazaire church is another example of parish missionary transformation. Located in Sanary-sur-Mer, France, it changed parish priests in 1994. When he arrived, he found that the faithful were involved in parish activities, but most of the community was composed of seniors. (Read more…)


Conference of Catholic Bishops Regarding the Corporation for the Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential School Settlement

Read the statement from the Executive Committee of the CCCB on the Diocese of Pembroke website.


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 starting October 2021. Please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206 or dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

Are we ready to Start? Message from Deacon Adrien

I know this has been a difficult year with the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the lockdown restrictions. I know it made it difficult for Sacramental Preparation. I know I helped some of you get connected with on line Sacramental Preparation and at home preparation with parents. As we look ahead I want you to know that I am here to assist you with Sacramental Preparations. Please contact me at 613 732-7933 ext. 206, or at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.


Family Formation

Family Formation is ideal for families with children from JK to Grade 6. Through weekly Home Lessons, Family Formation helps parents pass on the Catholic Faith to their children and helps them to grow in faith and holiness. This model enables parents to be “the primary educators in the Faith.” [General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) 255]. Family Formation follows the three-year liturgical cycle, aiding families in developing traditions that integrate the seasons of the Church. Driven by Sacred scripture, lessons cover all the major principles of the Catholic Faith. Check it out at Home | Family Formation.

Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Thursday, September 16th, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke (parish hall). Guest speaker, Michael Do, will be speaking on “Reigniting Our Spiritual Lives as Catholics with Evangelical Apologetics.” Please join us for this amazing topic that will help you understand evangelization, its joys and challenges, best practices and how to prepare yourself to evangelize. Michael is someone who has been involved in the trenches of evangelization and is a young adult himself. Bring a friend! All are welcome, no matter the age, for this event. For more information contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com or call 613 585-6301.


First Step Option’s Baby Bottle Campaign 2021

Due to continued uncertainties related to COVID, the Baby Bottle Campaign will be run virtually again this year from Sunday, September 12th to Sunday, October 3rd. Donations can be made via E-transfers at firststepoptions@gmail.com, by credit card through Canada Helps, or by mail. Please note that all donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax receipt at year end. For more information, please call 613 635-7440 or email firststepoptions@gmail.com.

Campaign Life Coalition Presents – “Life Chain”

Life Chain is a peaceful pro-life witness that takes place annually across North America. This year’s local Life Chain will be held in Pembroke at the corner of Christie Street and Pembroke St. West on Sunday, October 3rd from 2-3 p.m. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. For a complete list of Life Chains across Canada, please visit the Campaign Life Coalition website at https://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/life-chain.


Latin Mass

A Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 is offered at St. Columbkille Cathedral at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. This is basically the same form of the Liturgy which nourished the faith of many Catholics for centuries. English translations of the entire Mass are provided. Next Latin Mass – September 4th.


Diocesan Council for Justice & Peace Virtual ‘Open House’ Meeting

Join Development and Peace Caritas Canada and Bishop Guy on Thursday, September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. to find out how, in community, you can put Catholic Social Teaching into Action! Click here to register! No Access to Internet? Call Tara at 613 738-9644 ext. 224.

52nd International Eucharistic Congress – 5-12 Sept. 2021

You are invited to attend this very special event of the Catholic Church in Budapest, Hungary. The Congress will include a full program of events including daily Mass, testimonies, catechesis by various Cardinals, workshops, youth evening, Festival of Families, Eucharistic candlelight procession and closing Mass with Pope Francis. For complete program details and list of all speakers go to www.iec2020.hu/en/program.

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