WEEKLY BULLETIN – May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020 – Ferial

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

(John 14.27-31a)


Bishop Appointed for the Diocese of Pembroke – Wednesday, May 6, 2020

His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., Bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Desrochers was serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall. Bishop Desrochers will assume the pastoral governance of the Diocese from the Most Reverend Michael Mulhall, who currently serves as its Apostolic Administrator as well as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kingston. Read more from the CCCB website or our News page.

Diocesan Offices Remain Closed

The Diocesan and Bishop’s Offices located at 188 Renfrew St., Pembroke, are closed until further notice. Most staff continue to be available by email (see contact page).

Chronicle from Bishop Guy Desrochers C.S.s.R.

Click here to read Bishop Desrochers’ periodic chronicles of spiritual guidance from the Archdiocese of Ottawa website. This week: Love the Lord your God. Watch his video presentation on taking off the boxing gloves here.


Amalgamation of Archdiocese of Ottawa and Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall and Announcement of Episcopal Appointments

His Holiness Pope Francis announced the amalgamation of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall into one ecclesiastical circumscription, creating the new Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. At the same time, the Holy Father announced the episcopal appointments for the new Archdiocese. Click here to read more here.

CCODP and CCCB Issue Joint Statement

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada (CCODP) released a joint statement following recently held working sessions to reach an agreement to implement the recommendations and specifications of the organizational analysis of CCODP commissioned by the Bishops, accepted by CCODP, and carried out by Deloitte. Read more…

Holy See Postpones 3 International Events

Taking into consideration the recommended safety measures of the world health authorities concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of the participants and faithful, the Holy See decided to postpone the following three international events:

  1. The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, which would have taken place in September 2020, has been postponed to September 2021.
  2. The World Meeting of Families, which would have taken place in June 2021, has been postponed to June 2022.
  3. The World Youth Day, which would have taken place in Lisbon in 2022, has been postponed to August 2023.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Supper CANCELLED!

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the Parish Supper at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Braeside scheduled for Sunday, May 24th will not be held this year.

Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Ann, Cormac CANCELLED!

Please note that the Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Ann in Cormac on Sunday, July 26th, and the Triduum in the week preceding will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Virtual National March for Life until 14, 2020.

The program will include high profile movies and interviews streamed online until May 12th; a virtual candlelight vigil on Wednesday, May 13th; online pro-life Masses and religious services on Thursday, May 14th, and a livestreamed “virtual” rally, with guests from Canada and around the world. All events will be hosted on MarchForLife.ca and various social media platforms. A pro-life special is planned to be broadcast on May 14 on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre – Annual General Meeting

SAVE THE DATE! Everyone is invited to our “Virtual” AGM on Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30 p.m. We will be using Zoom to facilitate this meeting and we would love to have you join us. To participate RSVP to our Board Chair Matthew Giberson at matthewgiberson@gmail.com and he will send you a link to the meeting.


For Teens! Check out LIFETEEN Global Life Night Experience.

This Sunday, May 10th, at 5 p.m. EST, we will be hosting the third Life Night of our “You Won’t Find Jesus Here?” series, “God in the Uprising. We are also excited to share with you the topic for the upcoming night in this series so you can plan ahead with your teens and their families: May 17thGod in the Mirror. 

Part of our Global Life Night Experience is a public chat feature that is provided by YouTube. This feature allows viewers to feel connected to a live experience and not feel alone in watching. We are continuing to refine the live chat feature in order to encourage the most productive conversation and interaction as possible. If this feature is distracting for you or your teens, please note you can watch the event full screen, which will minimize the chat and allow you to only view the video content. We’ve also placed several filters on the chat and have moderators present to remove spam, inappropriate, or distracting content. Please note that to ensure the safety of teens interacting in the digital space, the streams take place on YouTube, a public platform in which no direct private messaging can take place. If this is your first week joining us (or you need a reminder), here is how our Global Life Night Experience works:

Send the teens in your youth group, small group, or confirmation program this link to the Global Life Night Experience: LFTN.CO/LIFENIGHT.

If this is your first week joining us (or you need a reminder), here is how our Global Life Night Experience works:

  1. Send the teens in your youth group, small group, or confirmation program this link to the Global Life Night Experience: CO/LIFENIGHT.
  2. Get ready to log on at 5 p.m. EST to be part of the live event. If you cannot log on at that time, the recorded event will be available through the same link once the live event has ended.
  3. Gather your teens digitally afterward via your favorite, safe-environment approved platform, and use the leader guide materials to facilitate a discussion.

It is simple as that! We are excited for this week and our “You Won’t Find Jesus Here?” series. See you Sunday!


Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College is seeking to hire an Administrative Coordinator

This full-time position is 37.5 hours per week, and reports to the President. Start date is July 1, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College seeks a full-time Academic Dean with teaching responsibilities

Ph.D. and administrative experience are required. It is preferable that the candidate be capable of assuming teaching responsibilities in one of the disciplines of the Liberal Arts, with special preference being given to: Theology, Literature, Classical Languages, Modern Languages, or Social Sciences. Current rank of Associate Professor or Professor preferred. Start date July 1, 2020 (negotiable). Please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/ for more information.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) seeks a full-time Director of Development

As a key member of SWC’s management, the Director of Development embraces the mission of SWC, and effectively promotes and communicates its identity, vision and strategic plan. The Director of Development is responsible for Administration of the Development Office, Fundraising, Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations. Start date July 1, 2020 (negotiable). For more information, please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/.


Items Available at Sisters of St. Joseph Main Residence (Pembroke)

There are still a number of chapel items available, and many household and office items (desks, shelving, etc.). Phillippe is available for the next couple of weeks to walk anyone through the building from Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please call Phillippe at (613) 312-9868 for more information.

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