WEEKLY BULLETIN – June 28, 2022 (St. Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr)

Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a calm.

(Matthew 8.23-27)


Canada Day!

Please note that the Diocesan Offices will be closed Friday, July 1st for Canada Day.

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:

Indian: The legal identity of an Indigenous person who is registered under the Indian Act. The origin of the term “Indian” dates back to Christopher Columbus, who mistakenly thought he had reached the East Indies, so referred to the people in the lands he visited as indios, which is Spanish for “Indian.” The term is now considered derogatory and outdated when used in reference to an individual, but it is still used in a historical and legal context. The term is still used:

  • In direct quotations.
  • When citing titles of books, works of art, etc.
  • In discussions of history where necessary for clarity and accuracy.
  • In discussions of some legal or constitutional matters requiring precision in terminology.
  • In discussions of rights and benefits provided on the basis of “Indian” status.
  • In statistical information collected using these categories (e.g., the Census).


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…)

Join an Online Prayer Group for the Evangelization Project

Join us online every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. to intercede for the evangelization efforts in the diocese of Pembroke. We pray the rosary, sometimes a novena, or meditate on a Gospel passage. The zoom link to connect is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81378641646. Hope to see you then!


Catholic Bishops Welcome Announcement of Program for Papal Visit to Canada July 24-29, 2022 – Thursday, June 23, 2022

Canada’s Catholic Bishops welcome today’s announcement from the Holy See providing further details of the itinerary of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Canada, July 24 – 29, 2022. This will be the fourth papal visit to Canada and the first since Saint John Paul II’s journey in 2002. (Read more…)

The Most Rev. Pierre-Olivier Tremblay Appointed Bishop of Hearst-Moosonee – Friday, June 24, 2022

The Holy See Press Office announced that His Holiness Pope Francis appointed The Most Rev. Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, O.M.I., as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee, transferring him from his current pastoral duty as Auxiliary Bishop of Trois-Rivières.

The Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee has 30 priests (diocesan and religious), 25 parishes, and a Catholic population of 26 155.


Pope’s Prayer Intention for July 2022

For the elderly – We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.


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.


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.

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