WEEKLY BULLETIN – May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020 – Memorial – St. Philip Neri, Priest

Father, glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you.

(John 17.1-11a)


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).


For the repose of the soul of Rudolf “Rudi” Goring, husband of Doris and father of Fr. Michael Goring, Fr. Mark Goring, C.C., Peter and Andrew, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 23rd in his 80th year. On account of COVID-19, funeral arrangements are private.

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.

Chronicle from Bishop Guy Desrochers C.Ss.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?

Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi CANCELLED!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Celebration of the Eucharist with Procession scheduled for Sunday, June 14th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral will not be held this year.


Euthanasia – Article from the World Medical Journal

The April 2020 issue of the World Medical Journal (Vol. 66, No. 2), pages 28-37, includes an extensive article (in English only) on experiences by Canadian physicians with euthanasia and assisted suicide entitled “The ‘Normalization’ of Euthanasia in Canada: The Cautionary Tale continues.” Its authors are three Canadian physicians: Dr. Leonie Herx (Chair, Division of Palliative Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston), Dr. Margaret Cottle (Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver), and Dr. John F. Scott (Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa). Over 140 Canadian physicians have added their names as “endorsers” to the article, including the founder of palliative care in Canada, Dr. Balfour Mount. Read more…

Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle Releases Reflection on the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this Easter season, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle released a reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic. This open letter to all Canadians brings to light both challenges and opportunities during these unprecedented times. Link to the reflection.


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May – for Deacons:

“We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.”


Feast of St. Columbkille Gathering CANCELLED!

Please note that the spiritual gathering scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at 9:45 a.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, will not be held this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Francis Xavier Parish Supper CANCELLED!

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the Hot Roast Beef Dinner at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew, scheduled for Sunday, June 14th 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 offering its first live-streamed summer course

“The Capital Vices according to Saint Thomas”. This 3-credit (or audit) course in the Department of Philosophy is taught by president Dr. Ryan Williams. It will run from June 2 to July 9, 2020, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7- 9:30 p.m. For more information please see https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/summer-course-2020-st-thomas-vices/ or contact our Registrar Meg Persson at registrar@seatofwisdom.ca.


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 (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/.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College – Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator

Coordinates recruitment efforts and admissions processes. 37.5 hours per week; reports to Director of Development and President. Position is open until filled. For more information, please visit https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/about/employment-opportunities/.

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