WEEKLY BULLETIN – October 13, 2020 (Ferial)

Give alms, and everything will be made clean for you.

(Luke 11.37-41)


Pastoral Appointment

Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R, announced that Rev. Anthony Burchat was appointed to Parochial Vicar at St. Columbkille Cathedral. This appointment took effect October 1, 2020.

Pastoral Appointment

Rev. William J. Kenney will become chaplain of a “virtual school” of about 300 pupils, organized by the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. has approved of this position, which takes effect on a date determined by the School Board.


Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of the Holy Father Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship

Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of the Holy Father Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship can be read here. The brief summary can be found at: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-10/fratelli-tutti-pope-fraternity-social-friendship-short-summary.html.


Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Bill C-6: “An Act to Amend the Criminal code (Conversion therapy)” – Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) issued its response to Bill C-6: “An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy)” which was reintroduced by the federal government on Thursday 1 October 2020. Read more…

English Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments Releases Resource for the Use of Technology in the Liturgy

The English Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments, with the authorization of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released a new resource entitled Considerations for the Use of Technology in the Liturgy. An initiative of the National Council for Liturgy and the Sacraments, the project was coordinated and developed by the CCCB’s English Sector National Liturgy Office in… Read More


Got Life Questions? R.C.I.A. might just be for you!

Starting a new journey with R.C.I.A. begins Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey for anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic, anyone wanting to grow in their Catholic faith, and also journey with others sharing the Catholic faith and growing in the life as a Christian. It is also for someone who has never been baptized, or maybe has been baptized in another Christian faith, and wishes to know more about the Catholic faith. Maybe you have been baptized and have not received the other Sacraments for your life’s mission. If any of these scenarios apply to you, we would love to help in your spiritual journey. Please join us in exploring this new quest. For more information please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206.

Catechists Formation Day

A Catechists formation day open to all will be held on Saturday, November 7th at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 284 Trafalgar Road, Pembroke. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Formation will continue from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This will be a great day with a visit from Bishop Guy Desrochers. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please inform us you have any food allergies. There is no registration fee, but registration is necessary. To register, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206 by Thursday, November 5th.


Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th for our monthly ministry gathering in St. Columbkille Cathedral parish hall, 188 Renfrew St., Pembroke, from 7-8:30 p.m. Please also join us for Holy Hour from 6-7 p.m. (optional) upstairs in the Church. We will be covering the first session of the video series “No Greater Love” – a biblical walk through Christ’s Passion. COVID regulations apply. For more information contact Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208.

Focus on your Family this Advent

www.Catholic.Market is happy to offer Paul McCusker’s The Best Advent Ever, a delightful children’s book to help you nourish your family. This book can be read by ages seven and up, and is a great story for parents to read to younger children. Parishes ordering in bulk can get the books for as little as $1.50 per book. Check out the bulk pricing deals.

Free Resource for Families/Parishes

SUMMIT– by LIFETEEN – is a weekly, lectionary based, small group or family-based program to help keep your young family members engaged in their faith at a time when social gathering is not encouraged. It is FREE! The resource is for youth grade 9-12, but can easily be adapted for grades 6-8. This excellent resource centers around the Sunday readings and encourages scripture reading, reflection and discussion. Each week there is also a video on the LIFETEEN YouTube video channel that relates to the Sunday readings. Contact Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 to find out more or to have the PDF e-mailed to you and get started!


October is the month that the Church invites families to reflect on the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and respect life. This Catholic online platform has put together a special lineup of Marian and prolife videos for all ages to learn and grow from. Check out the website at www.FORMED.ORG.  Subscriptions to this site are available for individual families if their parish does not have one.


ASCENSION PRESS is launching ASCENSION KIDS, a new sub-brand that will be dedicated to providing Catholic families with high- quality, authentically Catholic children’s books, games, programs and more! Check out all the new kids’ resources to help them learn the Catholic faith at https://ascensionpress.com/pages/kids.

Are you at University?

Do you know someone who is? Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) has a group of students at Carleton and UOttawa, growing together in faith, fellowship, and leadership. Interested? Check out https://cco.ca/get-connected/.


CWL Parish Supper

Annually, the Catholic Women’s League of Our Lady of Fatima Parish host a Spaghetti Supper on the first Sunday of November. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in lieu of our usual sit down dinner, we will host a pick up event. All sales will be pre-ordered meals. Date: Sunday, November 1st – Pick-up times: Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Place: Our Lady of Fatima Church Parking Lot, Renfrew. Menu: Spaghetti with meat sauce, toss salad, bread and dessert. Cost: $12 for Adults, $8 for children. To order and arrange a pick up time, please call Maureen at 613 432-7388, Nancy at 613 432-5125, or Pauline at 613 432-8313 no later than Thursday, October 29th.

Holy Mass – Extraordinary Form

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form is offered at St Columbkille Cathedral on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. These Latin Masses are in the form of the Liturgy as it was celebrated at the time of the Second Vatican Council—the same form which nourished the faith of many of our ancestors. English translations of the entire Mass are provided. Next Mass – November 7th.

Parish Supper Cancellations

The following Parish Suppers are cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic:

  • St. Joseph Parish Banquet Dinner, St. Joseph, scheduled for Sunday, October 18th;
  • St. John Chrysostom Parish Dinner, Arnprior, scheduled for Sunday, October 18th;
  • St. Matthew the Apostle Parish Supper, Madawaska, scheduled for Sunday, November 1st.



RISE – is an Unprecedented Movement of Men. In its first year, RISE has transformed thousands of men’s lives all around the world. Parishes and groups have used the RISE 30-Day Challenge to cast a wide-net to all the men of the parish and bring them together into a common mission like never before.

What is it? RISE is a powerful 30-Day Challenge for men by Chris Stefanick. It is 30 days of videos and challenges done individually online, and with additional group meeting options using a Planning Guide. Each man is encouraged to do RISE with a “brother.” This is a critical component to the challenge as it builds accountability and friendship based on a common mission.

What does it cost? The investment for each man is about $1/day. $32 gives them lifetime access to the challenge and membership in a community of thousands of men around the world. There’s no cost to the parish.

Does it work? Yes! There have been over 12,000 comments from men already. Lives are being transformed in ways never thought possible.

It’s easy to run a RISE Challenge! Go to https://coaching.reallifecatholic.com/RISE_parish_promo for more information.


Madonna House Publications announces launch of Contemplative Rosary CD. The Complete Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet & Jesus Prayer: Original Music for Contemplative Prayer

Sung by Maryana Erzinger and Fr. Michael Weitl of the Madonna House Apostolate. Act now at pay only $19.95 (regular $24.95). Call Madonna House Publications at 613 756-3728 to order your copy today!


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