The sabbath was made for people, and not people for the sabbath.
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.
Please click here for the most recent pastoral appointments.
THE EVANGELIZATION TEAM
What Is Evangelization, And How Should It Be Carried Out?
The western world has a large number of Christians who do not openly share their faith with others. This act is perceived by many as proselytizing, making them unwilling to evangelize. (Read more…)
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.
FROM THE CCCB
2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Monday, January 17 2022
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated January 18 to 25, 2022 (https://bit.ly/3GwMjlc). Inaugurated in 1908 at the initiative of the Rev. Paul Wattson, an Episcopalian priest from the United States who would later join the Catholic Church, the event is now celebrated all around the world. (Read more…)
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.
Four Redemptorist online seminars on Youth, Young adult and Family Ministry starting Saturday, January 22nd!
Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest in Toronto, Canada has been working with Ignite Ministry – a ministry of the Redemptorists with young people. This past year, they have been hosting a series called, “NETWORK”, inviting parishes to journey in developing and enhancing programming with young people in youth, young adult and family ministry. They initially invited parishes served by the Redemptorists across Canada and will now host four online seminars, to anyone interested, on topics that pertain to ministry with young people in parishes and other pastoral settings under the following topics:
- Evangelization and Catechesis: Proclaiming the Gospel Anew
- Justice and Service: Walking in the Way of the Redeemer
- Prayer and Worship: Gathered and Nurtured in Christ
- Pastoral Care: Bringing Together Hands and Heart
You are invited to participate in one or more of the sessions based on your interest or involvement in ministry with young people. The sessions are on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET and are “stand alone sessions”. As these are “stand alone” sessions. There is no fee for participating in these seminars, as well as no cap on enrollment. The Presenters are Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R., and Dr. Anne Walsh D.Min.
As many programs have been paused due to COVID-19, this might be a good time to provide enrichment for leaders and volunteers for the sake of future programming in youth, young adult and family and children ministry.
The first session, “Evangelization and Catechesis” is Saturday, January 22nd. To register for this and other sessions, click: https://bit.ly/NETWORK-Winter-Seminars . For more information about Ignite Ministry and Network, please visit our website at www.ignite-canada.ca. May this opportunity will be of benefit for you, your volunteers and your ministry!
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.