WEEKLY BULLETIN – August 30, 2022 (Ferial)

I know who you are, the Holy One of God.

(Luke 4.31-37)


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

Read Parts I to III here: Part I, Part II, Part III.


Labour Day Weekend

The Diocesan Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th and will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:30 a.m.

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).

Chancery Office Hours

Starting Tuesday, September 6th, the Diocesan Offices will resume normal hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.


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:

Nation: People united by common descent, history, culture, and language associated with a particular territory.


12 Habits to Evangelize on a Daily Basis

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

As Christians, pleasing God should be our ultimate goal. In this sense, we should understand that our actions and the choices we make shape our lives and the lives of those around us. The day we meet Jesus, we will hope to have served him and loved him the way he wants. Jesus himself fought and suffered to accomplish his mission. And he succeeded in doing the Father’s will by giving his life and dying on the cross for us (John 16:33). (Read more…)


Pope’s Prayer Intention for September 2022

For the abolition of the death penalty – We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.


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 at 7 p.m. 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.


12th Annual Fall Pilgrimage St Joseph Oratory

We are back! Join our bus tour, sponsored by the Archdioceses of Ottawa-Cornwall, Gatineau, and Kingston, and the Dioceses of Pembroke, Mont-Laurier and Saint-Jérôme, on Sunday, October 16, 2022. First-come, first served! Please contact Mike Budge at 613 224-8110 or email at mike.budge@bell.net for more details.

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.

Recollection Day for Women

There will be a recollection for women at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pembroke on Thursday, September 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recollections are like mini-retreats that help you take a break from your busy schedule to think about your life, your relationship with God, and gain a fresh outlook. The day begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a time of guided prayer, followed by an examination of conscience, confessions, silent prayer, and benediction, and concludes with a talk on a practical aspect of living the faith in ordinary life. You are invited to bring your lunch and stay for a get together afterward. This spiritual activity, inspired by the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva, is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information on the Prelature of Opus Dei go to www.opusdei.org. Should you have any questions, please contact Nadia at nadia.bagshaw@sympatico.ca or 613 584-9388.

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 Things to Do before You Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

Here are 7 tips that will help anyone preparing for Confirmation day. Thank you to Fr. O’Malley for suggesting this article from Catholic Link.

7th Annual Bluegrass Sunday

On Sunday, September 25th from 1:30-5 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 170 Ellis Street, Pembroke, ON. All proceeds go to “Friends for Life International,” a small Pembroke-based Canadian charity where 100% of funds raised go towards assisting Haitians living under extremely compromised conditions in the Dominican Republic. Cost: $20 at the door. For more information, contact Ron at 819 689-5440, or visit the website at www.friendsforlifeintl.ca.


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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