WEEKLY BULLETIN – July 12, 2022 (Ferial)

On the day of judgment, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you.

(Matthew 11.20-24)


News of the Synod

Thank you to all who answered the call to participate in the Synod on synodality!  160 responses were received, 150 in English and 10 in French. Using adapted questions, students in grades 7 to 12 from schools in the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board also responded as well as students from a French school. (Read more)

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).

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 4th to September 2nd inclusively.

Walk the Opeongo Line Pilgrimage, July 29-31

This year we’re walking the Opeongo Line from Barry’s Bay to Cormac, 40km. The pilgrimage begins with Mass at St. Hedwig’s on Friday, July 29th and ends with the Bishop’s Mass at St. Ann’s Shrine on Sunday, July 31st. The Pilgrimage is a beautiful experience of God’s Providence. For more information on the details or to register, please visit: walktheopeongoline.wordpress.com.

81st Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac, Ontario

With Bishop Guy Desrochers, July 28 – 30, 7 p.m. & Sunday, July 31. Theme: “History of the Devotion to St. Ann”. Principal Pilgrimage Mass on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Guy Desrochers. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 1:00 p.m. Priests will bless the faithful with St. Ann’s oil. Please bring your own seating. All welcome! For more information, visit the website at www.cormacpilgrimage.com or call 613 628-2020.


The next issue of Ecclesia is due to come out in November. The deadline for the submission of articles is September 30th. Please send all submissions to heather@pappin.com.



The Diocesan Action Circle committee would like to familiarize everyone with certain terminologies:

Inuit: Indigenous people in northern Canada, living mainly in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec, and Labrador. Ontario has a very small Inuit population. Inuit are not covered by the Indian Act. The federal government has entered into several major land claim settlements with Inuit. Usage: The word “Inuit” means “the people” in the Inuit language and is used when Inuit are referring to themselves as a culture. “Inuit” is also the plural form of “Inuk.” Avoid using the term “Inuit people” or “the Inuit people” as that is redundant; “Inuit” is the preferred form.


Doing Church at Home

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers: ‘together with all [their] household.’ When they were converted, they desired that ‘their whole household’ should also be saved. These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world.” (COC #1655) (Read more…)


Public Ticketing/Access Updates for Papal Events – Wednesday, July 06 2022

First Block of Tickets Open for Mass at Commonwealth Stadium, other details announced! (Read more…)


37th WYD – Lisbon, Portugal – August 1st – 6th, 2023

The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall is pleased to welcome a delegation from the Diocese of Pembroke. Ms. Julie Bélec, Pastoral Worker at the C.S.C. Catholique Jeanne-Lajoie Secondary Pavilion in Pembroke, has been tasked by Bishop Desrochers to accompany them on this journey. This involves spiritual preparation and fundraising activities. Thanks to an exception, the Archdiocese can offer this experience to young people from the age of 16. However, there must be an accompanying adult for every 2 minors. This means that we are also looking for responsible adults who want to have a unique and memorable spiritual experience. The cost, which includes airfare, accommodation, food, on-site transportation and registration for “Days in the Diocese” and WYD, is $3600. The first information gathering will take place at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. If interested, a first deposit of $100 is required. In order to have all the necessary information, parents must be present at this meeting. Even if you miss this first information session, there is still time to register! For questions and/or information, please contact Ms. Julie Bélec by email: belecj@ecolecatholique.ca or by phone: 613 735-3948 ext. 42848. A video had been prepared to highlight WYD 2023: https://youtu.be/HxtO3xtybOw.


Recollection Day for Women at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pembroke

On Thursday, July 21st 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. 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.ca. Please contact Nadia Bagshaw at nadia.bagshaw@sympatico.ca or 613 584-9388 for more information.

2022 Catholic Family Retreat – July 30-August 1!

Calling all Catholic Families! The 2022 Catholic Family Retreat will be hosted on Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1 at Sacred Way Farm (745 Kells Road, Powassan, Ontario). Join us for prayer, worship, Adoration, family games, activities and inspiring talks. Optional camping on site is available too. For more information, a complete itinerary of the weekend events, to see our guest speakers and to register your family, please visit: holynamestalphonsus.com/familyretreat. The 2022 Catholic Family Retreat is proudly presented by Sacred Way Ministries, Holy Name of Jesus Church, North Bay; St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, Callander; and St. Joseph Church, Powassan.

Wojtyla Summer Institute

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College is hosting its annual Wojtyla Summer Institute in-person in Barry’s Bay from August 4-7. This year’s theme, “Know Thyself”: Catholic Perspectives on the Human Person,” addresses ways in which the integrity of the human person is being challenged, and seeks to find connections among the various Catholic perspectives to form a unified view of who we are and how we should live. The conference features a keynote address by Fr. Mark Goring, CC, in St. Hedwig’s Parish, which will be free and open to the public, as well as livestreamed. Some accommodations are available. Space is limited for the in-person conference. Find more information, and register at seatofwisdom.ca/wojtyla-2022.


A Message from CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association

The situation on the ground in conflict-torn Ethiopia continues to be complex and fragile. It is nothing short of a story that is heartbreaking and life-threatening. (Read full message here)

The Discalced Carmelite Secular Order

Would you be interested in discerning a secular (lay) vocation? Are you spiritually attracted to St. Therese of Lisieux or St. Teresa of Avila? Our group (not a prayer group) meets monthly at St. Andrews Parish, Killaloe, ON. For more information, please call Mila at 613 754-5275.

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