WEEKLY BULLETIN – July 20, 2021 (Ferial)

Pointing to his disciples, Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.”

(Matthew 12.46, 48-50++)


The New Motu Proprio from Pope Francis

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 This past Friday, July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued a Motu Proprio regarding the celebration of the Rite of Mass as published by St. Pope Pius V and last updated by Pope St. John XXIII.  This Motu Proprio makes changes to the manner in which the Latin Mass, as celebrated prior to 1965, is regulated within the Church throughout the world.

In brief, it states that the bishop of each diocese decides where it is to be celebrate given the need in the Diocese and he is to set the liturgical days when it is celebrated.  The priest must receive the faculty (permission) of the bishop to celebrate it.  The bishop also designates the place or church where it will be celebrated.

In our Diocese we have begun an Apostolate for the Latin Mass that we hope to begin once the Covid-19 protocols have been relaxed.  Everything that we have prepared is in line with the directives of the Motu Proprio.  Therefore, we will be able to proceed with the Apostolate as planned and provide for the Mass according to the Missal of 1962 to meet the spiritual needs of those attached to this form of Holy Mass in our diocese.

In addition, the monthly Latin Mass at the Cathedral will continue the first Saturday of every month.

Sincerely yours in Christ our redeemer,


+Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.

Bishop of Pembroke


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 5th to September 3rd inclusively.


The 3-Minute Rule

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Any parish can almost immediately become more welcoming by practicing one simple rule: the 3-Minute Rule. Simple and effective, it has been used in many churches. Here’s how it works: right after each celebration, parishioners set themselves to spend the first three minutes talking with visitors, newcomers, or simply people they do not know. They do this even before speaking with their friends and if possible, they introduce the people they meet to their friends with the hope of including them in the group.

This intentional approach to hospitality can considerably improve “first impressions” of the church and help with the integration of newcomers. This first contact with visitors can also mean inviting them to grab a cup of coffee and exchanging small talk for a couple of minutes. The conversation can end by saying, “It was great to meet you. Thanks for coming. I hope I see you again.”

Most people crave relationships because, in today’s society, many suffer some form of loneliness. We live, work, consume goods and sometimes travel but often end up missing out on the benefits of regular, meaningful relationships. We should remember that when seekers and newcomers go to church they do not merely come to pray and receive sacraments; they usually want to connect with others and make new friends.

If you are a pastor, why not explain to your parishioners the 3-Minute Rule? It will, for sure, make a big difference and spread love not only in the lives of those who visit the parish but also in the lives of parishioners.


Short Video Message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – Monday, July 19, 2021

The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life released a short video message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place on Sunday, 25 July 2021. The video message brings to life the theme chosen for this day, “I am with you always” (cf. Mt 28:20). It seeks to encourage young people, families, and communities to draw near and to spend time with grandparents and the elderly, cherishing their essential role for the Church and society. (Read more…)

Statement from the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the Saskatchewan “Catholic TRC Healing Response” – Friday, July 16, 2021

The Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) supports the Bishops of Saskatchewan as they announce a new province-wide Appeal for Support of Healing and Reconciliation with a particular focus on three funding priorities: healing and reconciliation, cemeteries on the sites of former residential schools, and education and cultural support. You can visit the following website for information and ongoing updates on the Saskatchewan appeal and the funds collected: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/. (Read more…)

CCCB Statement – Date of the Delegation to the Holy See

Following the 10 June 2021 announcement regarding the delegation of Indigenous people to meet with the Holy Father to foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing, the Catholic Bishops of Canada are pleased to announce that the delegation is scheduled to take place from 17-20 December 2021 in compliance with global travel restrictions. (Read more…)


Message from Deacon Adrien

I know this has been a difficult year with the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the lockdown restrictions. I know it made it difficult for Sacramental Preparation. I know I helped some of you get connected with on line Sacramental Preparation and at home preparation with parents. As we look ahead I want you to know that I am here to assist you with Sacramental Preparations. Please contact me at 613 732-7933 ext. 206, or at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.


Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Summer activities this year will include outdoor adventures to Oiseaux Rock on the Ottawa River and High Falls in Algonquin Park. For dates and details contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com or 613 585-6301.


The Big Give – Upcoming Event Hosted by Pine Ridge Church

The Big Give is now scheduled for August 14th from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. This event promotes First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre, and monies will go to support their clients. COVID protocols will be followed. For more information, please call 613 635-7440.


Mass—Extraordinary Form

Low Masses in the extraordinary form will be offered at St. Columbkille Cathedral at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month.These Latin Masses will be 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 Masses are provided. Next Latin Mass – August 7th


What is Development and Peace, anyway? Meeting & Workshop

Please join us on Thursday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom or via phone. Registration required at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcO6vqj8sG9asxETIDKL7xofhDeByLNXV. No access to internet? Call Tara at 613 738-9644 ext. 224. If you have time, please feel free to peruse the video and written resources on D&P found here and come with questions: https://padlet.com/thurford1/5szdcxgxfhh41tis.

Catholics Come Home

This is an excellent website for Catholics who are struggling with their faith to help search out answers. Check it out at https://www.catholicscomehome.org/!

Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus

Summer Intensive from July 26-29, 2021 – 6:30-9:30 p.m. On-site and on-line! The Summer Intensive Conference is an evening school that provides a survey of the content offered in the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry over a fast four day period. The content covered includes Identity & Transformation, Power & Healing, Hearing God & The Prophetic Gifts, Inner Healing & Freedom. Visit here.

Defending the Faith Livestreamed Session

During these trying times, God wants to give us bold and confident hearts to share his truth and love with joy! Live Streamed session includes a thought-provoking keynote, Rite and Just: The Power of Worship, by presenter Dr. Scott Hahn, a meditative time of Eucharistic adoration, and special guests. July 31, 2021, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Put on by Steubenville Conferences. Info: https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/dfc/#!/livestream.

2021 Wojtyla Summer Institute – August 5-8, 2021

Seat of Wisdom College announces our annual Wojtyla Summer Institute. This year’s theme, Only Connect: Alleviating Loneliness Through the Liberal Arts, addresses loneliness as a cultural, psychological, and even spiritual problem. Featuring lectures from Dr. David Beresford, John Paul Meenan, Dr. Ellen Roderick, Dr. Ian Gentles, and Frederick Duquette, as well as a keynote from Dr. Christine Schintgen, this year’s conference will focus on the ways in which the liberal arts serve as a bridge away from isolation by fostering communion with one another and with God. Each talk also includes opportunities for dialogue and networking with the lecturers and your fellow attendees. The event is planned as a hybrid event (both in-person and online). If an in-person option in Barry’s Bay is not possible, the Institute will be offered online only. Register now at: www.seatofwisdom.ca/news/summer-institutes/wojtyla-2021/.

The Ark and the Dove – “Power from on High Today”

On-line webinar Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., August 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. This 4-week webinar by Al and Patti Mansfield will equip you with teaching about POWER FROM ON-HIGH. There will be prayer at the end of each of the 4 sessions. Sessions include: 1. Fall in love with Jesus Christ and grow strong in faith – 2. Learn how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit can deepen your hope and love – 3. Be more than conquerors in spiritual warfare – 4. Discover how Mary can help YouTube a disciple and evangelize. Register today ($25USD) at: thearkandthedoveworldwide.org.

52nd International Eucharistic Congress – 5-12 Sept. 2021

You are invited to attend this very special event of the Catholic Church in Budapest, Hungary. The Congress will include a full program of events including daily Mass, testimonies, catechesis by various Cardinals, workshops, youth evening, Festival of Families, Eucharistic candlelight procession and closing Mass with Pope Francis. For complete program details and list of all speakers go to www.iec2020.hu/en/program.


Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall – Financial Controller

The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall is looking for a Financial Controller to help lead the finance team. The Financial Controller, under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will primarily be responsible to assess both accounting and administrative controls and prepare reports for the management team regarding corporate compliance and internal policies and procedures. This position will facilitate any auditing conducted by third parties to ensure effective resolution and swift closure of auditing activities. This role will also ensure organization utilizes ethical accounting practices and standards. Full description: https://en.archoc.ca/financial-controller.  Application deadline: July 23rd.

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