WEEKLY BULLETIN – October 6, 2020 (Ferial)

Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. Mary chose the better part.

(Luke 10.38-42)


Thanksgiving Weekend

The Diocesan Offices will be closed on Monday, October 12th, and will reopen on Tuesday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m.

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.


For the repose of the soul of Sister Constance Lacroix (Sister Joan of Arc), CSJ, who passed away on the 28th day of September in her 67th year of Religious Life.


For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Loretta Linder, mother of Rev. David Linder, Director General of Priests at Madonna House. Please also pray for the consolation of Father Linder and the members of his family.


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.

Pope Francis signs Apostolic Letter on 16th Centenary of the Death of Saint Jerome

At the conclusion of his September 30 general audience, Pope Francis said, “Today I signed the apostolic letter Sacrae Scripturae Affectus, on the 16th centenary of the death of Saint Jerome. May the example of the great doctor and father of the Church, who placed the Bible at the center of his life, inspire in everyone a renewed love for the Sacred Scripture and the desire to live in personal dialogue with the Word of God.”


Life and Family Suggestions for Homilies and Prayers of the Faithful During October 2020

Even during a time of social isolation because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sunday liturgy continues to offer nourishment for prayer and reflection during the whole week …. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) continues to post homily ideas and prayers… Read more here.


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.


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.

For FamiliesApostolate for Family Consecration (AFC.org)

Now more than ever before, families need guidance on how to help themselves and their children find true peace and happiness that they long for. Check out this website to find out more about Family Consecration with a commitment to live the 6 principles for God-Centered Family Living: 1. Prayer life 2. Sacramental Life 3. Living the virtues 4. Learning the Faith 5. Sharing the Faith 6. Serving others.


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. Casmir Parish Dinner, Round Lake Centre, Scheduled for Sunday, October 11th;
  • 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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