WEEKLY BULLETIN – October 20, 2020 (Ferial)

Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes.

(Luke 12.35-38)



For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Laura Tomasini, grandmother of Rev. Anthony Burchat, who passed away on Tuesday, October 13th. Please also pray for the consolation of Father Burchat and the members of his family.


For the repose of the soul of Rev. Robert D. Pelton, priest of the Madonna House Apostolate and the Diocese of Pembroke, who passed away the morning of Friday October 16, 2020 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Barry’s Bay, at the age of 85. Please keep Fr. Pelton, his family, and his Madonna House family in your prayers.


We Can and Must do Much Better – Religious Leaders in Canada denounce Bill C-7, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)”

More than 50 religious leaders from across Canada released an open letter to all Canadians in opposition to Bill C-7, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious leaders to the legislation introduced by the federal government on 5 October 2020 which seeks to … Read more.


Pope Francis: Our Moral Imperative to Act on Climate Change and 3 Steps We Can Take

On October 10th, Pope Francis gave a TED talk as part of a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.  He proposed three steps – “education in the care of the common home… focus on water and nutrition…a gradual, but immediate, replacement of fossil fuels with clean energy sources.” Please check the following website to view: https://www.ted.com/talks/his_holiness_pope_francis_our_moral_imperative_to_act_on_climate_change_and_3_steps_we_can_take?language=en.


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.


Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism

Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is an online video catechism course which provides children and their families with the unique opportunity to learn the timeless truths of the Catholic Faith according to the classic Baltimore Catechism. Here is a great way for parents to engage in handing on the faith to their children with the assistance of this wonderful website and it is FREE! 37 lessons which include videos, memory challenges, activities, prayer etc. Check all this out on https://olrfamilycatechism.com . (This site is also listed in the links page of the Pembroke Diocesan website under the Family section).

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!


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/.


Online Zoom Study Courses

Online Zoom Study Courses offered by Fr. Tim Moyle of the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac on two books: Tuesday evenings on ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ (vol.1) by Pope Benedict XVI, and Thursday evenings on ‘The Screwtape Letters’ by C.S. Lewis. Both courses run from 7-8 pm. If you are interested in participating, please email Fr. Tim and he will send you a link with a Zoom invitation to join the discussion. The ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ course has already begun. The ‘Screwtape Letters’ will begin on Thursday 29 October 2020. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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.

St. Matthew the Apostle Parish Supper Cancelled

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the Parish Supper at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish Supper, Madawaska, scheduled for Sunday, November 1st will not be held this year.


Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation – Leadership Program

Are you called to join other Canadian Catholic women learning how your leadership has the power to transform where you work, volunteer, and live? Applications are now available for the 2021-2022 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The in-person and online program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) runs from April/21 to May/22. Visit www.cwlfcanada.ca. Application deadline November 20, 2020. If you have any questions about the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation or our program, please contact Neysa Finnie at info@cwlfcanada.ca or 604 813-1612.

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – The Gender Agenda… EWTN’s All-New revealing documentary!

Have you ever wondered…?

  • Why is our political discourse so bad right now?
  • How Christian beliefs, particularly Catholic beliefs—and those who hold to them, have come to be reviled by so many in the secular culture?
  • What originated political correctness, gender conflict, gender confusion — and so many other things that threaten marriage and family? How can the battle over marriage and family be won?

EWTN’s All-New Documentary “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – The Gender Agenda” reveals the answers to these questions. This 2-hour documentary sheds light on liberal and progressive influences shaping society’s attitudes on human sexuality, and how this phenomenon threatens our Biblical understanding of marriage and family.

How to watch it… watch it when it’s showing on TV or at EWTN.com live (https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live) on the dates and time listed below. (Other than purchasing the DVD, there is no other recording online.):

  • Wednesday, October 21st at 1:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 25th at 10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, October 31st at 1:00 a.m. ET

Part 1 of “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (released 2016), which talks about how/why Marxism took root in the Western world, can also be viewed on demand, free of charge until October 31, 2020.Please click the link:


Special related feature: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, host of EWTN Live, speaks with guests Richard & Stephen Payne—co-founders of Arcadia Films about the all-new “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” documentary. Watch here, on demand – for the October 7th show: https://ondemand.ewtn.com/Home/Play/424.

Please watch these documentaries and share this email with your family and friends!


Electric Organ to give away

For further information, please contact Gerard at 613 433-0199.

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!


Director of Human Resources / Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall is looking for a full-time Director of Human Resources to join its team as soon as possible: Details on responsibilities, qualifications, employment details & application information: catholicottawa.ca/employment-opportunities.

Human Resources Assistant / Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall is seeking a full-time Human Resources Assistant to join its team.  Details on responsibilities, qualifications, employment details & application information: https://catholicottawa.ca/employment-opportunities.

Development Officer / Peterborough Campus Ministry

Peterborough Campus Ministry is seeking full-time Development Officer to join its team. Application deadline: November 3rd. For details on responsibilities, qualifications, employment details, or to submit an application, please contact Fr. John Perdue, Director of Peterborough Campus Ministry at 705 874-1871.

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