WEEKLY BULLETIN – October 27, 2020 (Ferial)

The seed grew and became a tree.

(Luke 13.18-21)



The October 2020 issue of the Diocesan newsletter, Ecclesia, is now available in parishes. It is also available here on the Diocesan website.


For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Magdalen Helen “Margaret” McFarlane, mother of our deceased brother Deacon Michael McFarlane. Mrs. McFarlane passed away on Saturday, October 24th in her 99th year. Please also pray for the consolation of all the family members at this time.


  • Sunday, November 1st – Feast of All Saints.
  • Monday, November 2nd – Commemoration of all the faithful departed (All Souls Day).
  • Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, October 31st/November 1st – Daylight Savings Time: clocks are moved back one hour to Standard Time.


CCCB Releases Statement in Response to the Re-tabling of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)

With the approval of the Executive Committee, the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), signed a statement on behalf of the Bishops of Canada expressing their opposition to the re-tabling of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medically assisted dying), re-introduced by the federal government on October 5, 2020. Read full statement here.

Apostolic Administrator Appointed for the Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius for Slovaks of the Byzantine rite in Canada

On Tuesday 20 October 2020, the Congregation for Eastern Churches announced that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Marian Andrej Pacák, C.Ss.R., from the pastoral governance of the Eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius for Slovaks of the Byzantine rite in Canada. The Holy Father appointed the Most Reverend Kurt R. Burnette, Eparchial Bishop of the Byzantine-Rutherian Eparchy of Passaic (USA) as the Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the same circumscription. Read more…

Bishop Appointed for the Diocese of Sault Ste-Marie – Thursday, October 22, 2020

His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Thomas Dowd Bishop of the Diocese of Sault Ste-Marie. At the time of his appointment, Bishop Dowd was serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montréal. Bishop Dowd will assume the pastoral governance of the Diocese currently under the care of Monsignor Jean-Paul É. Jolicoeur, H.P., who has been its Diocesan Administrator following the appointment of the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse as Coadjutor Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall 6 May 2020. Read more here…



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.

Journée de formation

Une journée de formation pour les catéchètes des paroisses francophones ou bilingues du diocèse, samedi le 21 novembre de 9h à 13h à la salle Ste-Croix, 500 rue Isabella, Pembroke. Dîner et rafraîchissements sont inclus. Le conférencier de la journée sera Mgr Guy Desrochers. Cette journée s’adresse aux catéchètes, aux personnes qui désirent le devenir, aux curés, aux diacres, et autres personnes intéressées. Veuillez contacter diacre Adrien Chaput au 613 732-7933 poste 206 avant le 19 novembre 2020.


Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Next gathering is Thursday, November 19th at St. Columbkille Cathedral for session #2 of NO GREATER LOVE – A biblical walk through Christ’s Passion. Holy Hour from 6-7 p.m. (optional). Session from 7-8:30 p.m.in the parish hall.  Come join us and bring a friend.

Carlo Acutis

A 15 year old Italian boy who died of leukemia in 2006 is on the road to Sainthood. On October 10th this amazing teenager was beatified at a ceremony in the town of Assisi and moved one step closer to sainthood. Check out this amazing project he created of all the reported Eucharistic Miracles around the world. He has already been dubbed “the patron saint of the internet.” This work is amazing for a 15 year old. http://www.miracolieucaristici.org/en/Liste/list.html.

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).


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.


Ontario State Council – Knights of Columbus

Ontario State Council – Knights of Columbus is excited to share the news that Fr. McGivney, Knights of Columbus Founder, will be beatified on October 31, 2020. For more details and information, please check out their website here.

Gigantic Worldwide Catholic Mom’s Virtual Summit November 13-15!

Sign up for a huge November 13-15, 2020 CATHOLIC MOM’S VIRTUAL SUMMIT (a percentage of your entrance fee goes to Daughters of St. Paul). Choose “all access pass” where you can access all the talks even after November 15 before the price goes up at https://www.cardinalstudios.org/moms-summit-home?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cardinalstudios.org%2Fa%2F34145%2FGoeb5nXt. Please share with the amazing women in your life!

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.


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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