WEEKLY BULLETIN – February 23, 2021 (Ferial)

Pray in this way.

(Matthew 6. 7-15)


Share Love, Share Lent & Relaunch of the Development and Peace Diocesan Council

Join us and Bishop Guy Desrochers to explore the Share Love, Share Lent Campaign and relaunch the Development & Peace Pembroke Diocesan Council on Saturday, February 27th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will be a toll-free number provided so that those who do not have a computer can join in by phone. Please register in advance for this meeting here. To register by phone contact Tara Hurford at 613 738-9644 ext. 224.


Reminder: you are invited to become a member of the new Diocesan D&P Council

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you are already aware, our diocese has decided to renew Development and Peace’s Share Lent collection in 2021 because of the major restructuring that has begun at the end of the year 2020. One must always remember that the very creation of D&P was initiated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in 1967. An important joint press release between the CCCB and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) will soon be made public and will confirm that from now on, all contracts with partners that were causing problems have been definitively settled. To be continued.

Don’t forget that we will have an important meeting via Zoom this coming Saturday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to create a Diocesan D&P Council. This council has not been in existence for many years, and we would like to raise it from its ashes by inviting you to join it. Over the years, many people have joined the organization of D&P and have collaborated in different ways to promote or to support the remarkable missionary works it has accomplished and will continue to accomplish in our Southern hemisphere. Overall, their commitments have proven to be a life-changing experience and an occasion to blossom as they contribute to help the neediest of our planet. Do not hesitate to support and to join our new diocesan council. Please register in advance for this session by following the link below:


To register by phone, contact Tara Hurford, (613) 738-9644, ext. 224.

Sincerely yours in Christ our Redeemer,

+ Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.

Bishop of Pembroke


Message by Pope Francis for Lent 2021 – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The 2021 Message of Pope Francis for Lent is titled “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem’ (Mt 20:18), Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love”. In his message, the Holy Father writes: “In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who ‘humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross’ (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the ‘living water’ of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.” Link to the Message

New Video Series for Lent 2021

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17, Journey through Lent offers an introduction to the Season and reflections on Gospel readings of each Sunday in Lent. It is the result of a joint project between the CCCB’s Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, the National Liturgy Office and the Office national de liturgie.  The French series were filmed here in Notre Dame Cathedral of Ottawa.  To access the video series on the CCCB website: in English and in French.  Each Monday, the link for the upcoming Sunday celebration will be released. The CCCB are very grateful to Bishop Gerard Bergie and Archbishop Marcel Damphousse for their generosity in preparing and recording these spiritual and pastoral reflections. For further info, please contact Mrs. Margaret Shea-Lawrence, at m.shea-lawrence@cccb.ca.


The Grind Pembroke – Silent Auction

The Grind Pembroke is holding a Silent Auction to raise money for their transition to the new Community Kitchen and Client Services location. Items include an autographed Sidney Crosby Winter Classic jersey, Jack Quinn’s Buffalo Sabers NHL jersey, and more! Go to the direct link to the silent auction at www.32auctions.com/TheGrind. To bid, participants will have to create an account with 32 auctions and display their name so we know who is bidding. All items will be available for pickup from the Grind after the auction closes. Payments can be made payable to the Grind.


Marriage Enrichment

IMET (Inter-Marriage Enrichment Team) is a group of dedicated couples from eight very lively parishes in the Joliet diocese who have been putting on marriage enrichment events for over a decade. On March 20, they hold their first online event, “How to Be Married and Stay Engaged: Back to Back, Face to Face, and Shoulder to Shoulder,” presented by Jim Healey. To register for the event go to https://www.imetevents.org/.


Catholic young adults Grade 12 and up to age 30 are invited to one of the upcoming “Do Something Amazing” Retreats! These are virtual retreats where you will learn what it means to become a NET missionary! Saturday, February 27th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, and Saturday, March 20th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

To attend, simply fill out a NET Application! netcanada.ca/apply. Once you send it in, you will be registered and receive further details! Share this link with Catholic young adults in Grade 12 up to age 30 who you think would benefit from discerning if God is calling them to serve with NET next year! For more information call or text: 613 292-9991.

By my Side Ottawa – A Program of Spiritual Friendship and Healing for Separated and Divorced Catholics

This 6 week online women-only and 6 week online men’s-only program starts on March 27, 2021. By My Side is a non-profit structured support group for separated and divorced Catholics. All classes are hosted virtually. Christ holds those who suffer close to his heart and desires to bring about healing. This program helps participants find their way to reconciliation, peace and hope through Christ and the Church. We ask participants for a $40 payment to help cover resources and promotion. Any leftover funds are donated directly to charity. Our program (previously known has Journey of Hope Ottawa) began 6 years ago and has had over 100 class participants. Included are resources, 2 follow-up classes, and monthly Facebook posts offering Spiritual Food for Thought. To find out more and to register go to www.bymyside.ca.


Our Lady of Good Counsel – CWL Auctions

The CWL at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Deep River is holding online auctions using Facebook to fundraise. We support local charitable organizations in the Deep River, Pembroke and Petawawa areas. Our next auction is a beautiful original painting by Bev Levasseur titled “Fox Looking for Lunch”. Go to Facebook and search for @CWLAuctionDeepRiver or use the link below. Details regarding bidding and delivery or pickup can be found on the CWL auction Facebook page. We can also be reached at cwlauctiondeepRiver@gmail.com. Keep checking back for future auctions. https://www.facebook.com/CWLAuctionDeepRiver.

 Holy Mass – Extraordinary Form

Holy Masses in the extraordinary form are offered at St. Columbkille Cathedral on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. beginning in March. An additional Latin Mass will be held on Saturday, February 27th since Masses were cancelled in January and February. These Latin Masses are in the form of the Liturgy as it was celebrated at the time of the Second Vatican Council—the same form which nourished the faith of many of our ancestors. English translations of the entire Mass are provided.


Campaign Life Coalition (CLC)

CLC has Virtual Pro-Life Clubs that are thriving! They have been a fantastic means of keeping pro-life youth from coast-to-coast connected and informed. They just started an in-depth breakdown of pro-life apologetics, starting with the science of our position before moving to philosophical discussions of personhood and bodily autonomy. It’s never too late to join: www.campaignlifecoalition.com/virtual-prolife-club.

First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre presents BrightCourse

BrightCourse – free livestream video lessons and support! Practical, real, and applicable topics and lessons you can use today. Supporting both men and women from pregnancy to parenting and beyond! For more information call 613 635-7440 or email bevwfso@gmail.com.


Lift Jesus Higher Rally

Livestream on February 27th. Lift Jesus Higher Rally (LJHR) is an annual event for Youth and Adults that focuses on evangelizing through uplifting music, testimonials, confessions, reflections, Divine Mercy celebration and Eucharistic Adoration. For information, updates, and registration, please visit the LJHR website.

New EWTN Lent 2021 Webpage

We invite you to log onto the new Lent 2021 webpage at www.ewtn.com/lent . On this site you will find a variety of resources including a comprehensive look at the Church’s teaching about Lent, daily readings and reflections, special Lenten programming, popular devotions, video-on-demand and much more!

Free eBook With 2021 Lenten Meditations

Lent is a new opportunity to be reenergized in our faith. However, Lent can sometimes pass us by without us growing closer to the Lord. This is why one of our Franciscan Friars, Fr. Joseph has prepared a series of Lenten reflections in the form of an eBook to guide us during this solemn season. Included within the new Lent 2021 webpage is a form to fill out to receive this free eBook which will bring recipients deeper into the Mass readings with insights that are both simple and profound.

Life in the Spirit Virtual Seminar

The Life in the Spirit (LSS) is an inspiring and practical series aimed at assisting people to deepen their experience with the Holy Spirit. It provides teaching, guidance, prayer as well as times for small group discussion every Tuesday night beginning April 6th to May 18th. Registration opening soon! Go to https://www.ccrso.net/ to register or for more information.

Bootcamp for the Laity – ” The Role of Laity in the Church”

Bootcamp for the Laity – ” The Role of Laity in the Church” virtual conference presented by Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of Ontario (C.C.R.S.O.) with Bishop Scott McCaig and Fr. Ben St. Croix on Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd. To register or for more information go to https://www.ccrso.net/copy-of-conference-rsvp.


Broughton’s Church Supplies, Religious Books and Gifts

I know times are different these days, but there has been some excitement around these books. There is a new book that we are taking preorder on, titled: Consecration to St. Joseph – The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father: https://www.bbroughton.com/product/ST/9781596144316/CONSECRATION-TO-ST.-JOSEPH-THE-WONDERS-OF-OUR-SPIRITUAL-FATHER, and Finding Christ in the Crisis: https://www.bbroughton.com/product/ST/9781681927732/FINDING-CHRIST-IN-THE-CRISIS. For more information, please contact Kelly Broughton, Sales Representative, at 1-800 268-4449 or 416 690-4777, email at salesrep2@bbroughton­.com, or visit the website at www.bbroughton.com.

Galilee Centre Presents – Ron Rolheiser Retreat

Featuring Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, April 16-18, 2021. For details, please follow this link: Ron Rolheiser Retreat – Galilee Centre.

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