WEEKLY BULLETIN – June 7, 2022 (Ferial)

You are the light of the world.

(Matthew 5.13-16)


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. All welcome! For more information, visit the website at www.cormacpilgrimage.com or call 613-628-2020.

Pastoral Appointment

The Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., announces the following appointment:

  • Reverend Stephen HELFERTY is assigned to graduate studies in Patristic Theology with the purview of serving as a teacher for St Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. Father Helferty will begin full-time studies in languages and other relevant topics at the University of Toronto this September in preparation for beginning his licentiate program in 2023.


For the repose of the soul of Mr. Howard Bernard Weitl, father of Reverend Father Michael Weitl, Priest of Madonna House, who passed away on Monday, May 31st. Please also pray for the consolation of Father Weitl, his mother Sharon and the members of his family.


The May 2022 Ecclesia edition can be read here.

The Diocese of Pembroke now has Facebook and YouTube!



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

Indigenous Peoples: There is no generally accepted definition of Indigenous Peoples in a global context. Some countries refer to Indigenous Peoples as the people who were there first at contact. Others refer to Indigenous Peoples as the nomadic peoples within their borders. In Canada, we use a definition of Indigenous Peoples as Indian, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. This mirrors the constitutional terminology of Aboriginal Peoples as stated in Section 35.


The Elephant Rope

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Have you heard the story of the elephant rope? (Read more…)


All Things New

All Things New is an initiative of the CCCB Office for Family and Life that offers readers original reflections and resources from contributors across Canada. This quarterly e-publication is intended to, in the words of Pope Francis, “highlight family love as a vocation and as a way of holiness, so as to understand and share the profound and salvific meaning of family relationships in daily life.” Sign up to receive the Quarterly Newsletter here!

Appointment of the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., as member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments – Monday, June 6, 2022

On Wednesday, 1 June 2022, the Holy See Press Office announced that His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton, as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. (Read more…)

Amalgamation of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme and Diocese of Mont-Laurier – Wednesday, June 1, 2022

His Holiness Pope Francis announced the amalgamation of the Diocese of Saint-Jérôme and the Diocese of Mont-Laurier, currently united in the person of the Bishop into one ecclesiastical circumscription and to create the Diocese of St‑Jérôme-Mont-Laurier. The Most Reverend Raymond Poisson is appointed as Bishop of the new Diocese of St-Jérôme-Mont-Laurier. Bishop Poisson was previously serving as the Bishop of both of the formerly separate dioceses of Saint-Jérôme and of Mont-Laurier.

Rosary for the Family 

In preparation for the 10th World Meeting of Families (WMF), the CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life is hosting a live and nationwide Rosary for the Family via Zoom Webinar. The virtual event will take place on Sunday, 19 June 2022 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) and will be facilitated by several families from across the country. (Read more…)

Press Release: World Meeting of Families 

In preparation for the 10th World Meeting of Families (WMF), the CCCB Standing Committee on Family and Life has produced a short promotional video to help bring to life the WMF theme “Family Love: Vocation and Path to Holiness”. Pope Francis has announced that the WMF event will be held in a new way; celebrated not only in Rome, but in all dioceses and eparchies across the world. Organized by both the Diocese of Rome and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, the WMF will take place 22-26 June 2022 and will coincide with the closing of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year. (Read more…)

Catholic Bishops Welcome Announcement of Dates and Hub Cities for Papal Visit to Canada

The Vatican formally announced that Pope Francis will travel to Canada from July 24-29, 2022. The historic visit, focused on Indigenous healing and reconciliation, will be the fourth papal journey to Canada and the first since Saint John Paul II’s visit in 2002. (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.

Steubenville Toronto Youth Conference Cancelled

The Steubenville Toronto Youth Conference scheduled for July 15-17 has been officially cancelled by the Archdiocese of Toronto Youth Office due to lack of registrations within the GTA.

Thank you all for your efforts to promote this event. It will now be 3 summers that this amazing conference for youth has not been able to run. They hope to offer the Conference next year in 2023.


First Step Options 2022 Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign

Fill our virtual bottle and bring hope from May 8th to June 19th. Donations can be made via e-transfer, cheque, or monthly withdrawals. Visit the website at www.firststepoptions.com or email firststepoptions@gmail.com for more information.


Sisters of the Lady Immaculate Encounter

Sisters of the Lady Immaculate present a “Come and See” Retreat from June 20th-26th for women discerning Religious Life. If interested, please contact Sr. Maria Immaculata at vocations@solisisters.ca.

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.


June Is Devoted To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus – Mark Your Calendar!

This article suggested by Fr. Joseph O’Malley can be read here.

A Summer Bucket List for Catholic Families

Please read this article, suggested by Fr. O’Malley, here.

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