Jesus taught them as one having authority.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, which we celebrated last Sunday, brings the Christmas cycle to a close. We are now beginning the cycle of “Ordinary Time”. Let me elaborate a little on the deeper meaning of the feast we just celebrated last Sunday, for it is not simply the end of one cycle, but the mystical introduction of the next cycle. (Read more…)
FROM THE DIOCESE
The Synod’s Questions
The Synod’s questions can now be answered on our website at https://pembrokediocese.com/article/you-can-now-answer-the-synods-questions-online/.
Premier Doug Ford announced a number of COVID-related restrictions. Please note the following for the Diocesan and parish offices in Ontario:
- Places of worship may open at 50% capacity.
- Indoor meetings are closed. Meetings may take place via Zoom or some other platform, if possible.
- In parish offices and at the chancery, provisions are to be made for employees to work from home, unless the nature of their work requires their presence on site.
These measures will be in effect at least until January 26.
Let us pray for all those who have been affected by COVID-19, whether in terms or their physical or mental health.
The Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., announces the following pastoral appointment:
On December 31, 2021 Father Peter Do concluded his ministry at St. Pierre, Fort Coulonge, St Charles Borromeo, Otter Lake, St Elizabeth, Vinton and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Waltham. As of January 1, 2022 Father Do will be in residence at the rectory of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Pembroke. While Father Do is in residence in Pembroke, he will be assigned various ministerial duties by the Bishop and will also be available for Mass coverage in parishes.
Please click here for other pastoral appointments.
THE EVANGELIZATION TEAM
Pope Francis’s dream
Join us weekly Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.
The diocesan evangelization team is hosting an online prayer group weekly to intercede for the evangelization project and for all those that you would like to see follow Jesus. We hope you will be with us Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. We pray the rosary, sometimes a novena, or meditate on a Gospel passage. Please mark your calendar and join us by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81378641646.
MARRIAGE, FAMILY, YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Marriage Preparation Program
The Winter Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is coming up on Saturday, February 5th and Saturday, February 19th via Zoom. Deadline to register is January 21st. Registration is available online at Marriage & Family – Diocese of Pembroke (pembrokediocese.com), or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquiries can be directed to Ellen Hrkach at 613 297-1496 or ellengablehrkach.com.
Diocesan Young Adult Ministry
Due to the recent health restrictions, this ministry will be on hold until further notice.
Separated and Divorced Catholics
By My Side Ministry for separated and divorced Catholics will be held virtually via zoom this spring. This is a program offering spiritual friendship and healing for separated and divorced Catholics. The program is designed to help individuals navigate through the stress of separation and divorce from a Catholic faith exploration perspective. Classes begin March 26, 2022, 2 hours/ week for both ladies and men separately and runs for 6 weeks. The cost is $40. All class details, dates, times and registration form can be found at www.bymyside.ca or by emailing Mary Jane Manley firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 613 294-1308. This ministry has been running every spring for the past 7 years and have had over 120 amazing women and men participate. Participants often mention how they gain a greater perspective on how the treasures and wisdom of our Catholic faith can give them a sense of renewed hope for their future.
A Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 is offered at St. Columbkille Cathedral at 9 a.m. on February 5th. 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.
Director of Communications and Missions Promotion – Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall
Please visit the website at https://en.archoc.ca/director-of-communications-and-mission-promotion for full description. Application deadline: January 23rd.
Human Resources Officer – Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall
Visit here for full description. Application deadline: January 30th.
Diocesan Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall
Reporting to the Director, Office of Mission & Ministry, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry is responsible for supporting the spiritual and professional formation of those who serve young people in the Archdiocese. Click here for the full description. Application deadline: January 31st.
“This is Priesthood” – “My Journey to Priesthood”
Join Fr. David Michael Moses’ beautiful “Journey to Priesthood” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj5aDJOSVfk. This 23 minute video is definitely time well-spent!