WEEKLY BULLETIN – May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020 – Ferial

If I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you.

(John 16.5-11)


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. This week: The Parable of the Cats. Watch his video presentation on Obedience: submission or virtue?

Information Update – May 13, 2020:

A number of people have been asking when the churches will reopen, and under what circumstances. While the Ontario and Quebec governments have not yet provided information as to how long the restrictions of public gatherings will continue, our diocese has already begun a process of consulting and establishing a protocol for an eventual and gradual reopening of our churches and the restoration of the public celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments when such is again permitted. The Bishop, in concert with the Bishops of Ontario and Quebec, will issue directives once these have been vetted by health authorities.


54th World Communications Day

In Canada, the 54th World Communications Day will be celebrated on May 24, 2020, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. You can read Pope Francis’ message here.

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.


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.


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/.

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