WEEKLY BULLETIN – September 14, 2021 (The Exaltation of the Holy Cross)

So must the Son of Man be lifted up.

(John 3.13-17)


Chancery Office Hours

A reminder that the Diocesan Offices are now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Study Day for Priests

Please keep our priests in your prayers as they attend their Study Day on Tuesday, September 14th.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Marjorie Veronica Casey (Sister Catherine Marie), a Grey Sister of the Immaculate Conception, who passed away in Pembroke on September 1st in the 66th year of her Religious Life.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Margaret Foran (Sister Mary Judith), a Grey Sister of the Immaculate Conception, who passed away September 6th in the 70th year of her Religious Life.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Charles (Chuck) Kirkwood Sharp II (1948 – 2021), staff member of Madonna House, who died peacefully at St. Mary’s, Madonna House, on September 10th.


Presence and Proclamation

By Pierre-Alain Giffard, Director of Pastoral Work

Views on evangelization have often clustered around two poles: “presence” and “proclamation.” The term “Christian presence” was minted in French Catholicism. Blessed Charles de Foucauld described his vocation as being present amongst people, a presence willed and intended as a witness of the love of Christ. (Read more…)


New Eparchial Bishop Appointed for the Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Canada – Monday, September 13, 2021

On Saturday 11 September 2021, His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Bawai Soro from the pastoral governance of the Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Canada, having served as its Eparchial Bishop for the past four years. At the same time, the Holy Father appointed the Most Reverend Robert Saeed Jarjis as the new Eparchial Bishop of the same ecclesiastical circumscription. (Read more…)

Preparatory Document published for 2023 Synod on Synodality – Friday, September 10, 2021

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops issued the preparatory document for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will take place during the month of October 2023 on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communication, Participation and Mission”. The Vademecum (or handbook) was likewise published to guide the listening and discernment during the consultation phase in local churches.

2023 Synod of Bishops – Preparatory document

2023 Synod of Bishops – Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality


World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Celebrated in Canada this year on Sunday, September 26th. Read the Pope’s Message here.


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

R.C.I.A stands for the Rite of Christian initiation of Adults. It is a journey for anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic and growing in the life as a Christian. It is for someone who has never been baptized, or maybe you have been baptized in another Christian faith and wish 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 the above apply to you, we would love to help in your spiritual journey. Want to know more about your Catholic faith? All are welcome to join us in exploring this new quest starting October 2021. Please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206 or dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

Are we ready to Start? Message from Deacon Adrien

I know this has been a difficult year with the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the lockdown restrictions. I know it made it difficult for Sacramental Preparation. I know I helped some of you get connected with on line Sacramental Preparation and at home preparation with parents. As we look ahead I want you to know that I am here to assist you with Sacramental Preparations. Please contact me at 613 732-7933 ext. 206, or at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.


Marriage Preparation Program

The Fall Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is coming up on Saturday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 23rd via Zoom. Deadline to register is September 17th. Registration is available online at www.pembrokediocese.com, or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquiries can be directed to Ellen Hrkach at 613 297-1496 or ellengablehrkach.com.

Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Thursday, September 16th, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke (parish hall). Guest speaker, Michael Do, will be speaking on “Reigniting Our Spiritual Lives as Catholics with Evangelical Apologetics.” Please join us for this amazing topic that will help you understand evangelization, its joys and challenges, best practices and how to prepare yourself to evangelize. Michael is someone who has been involved in the trenches of evangelization and is a young adult himself. Bring a friend! All are welcome, no matter the age, for this event. For more information contact Yvette Bourque at yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com or call 613 585-6301.


First Step Option’s Baby Bottle Campaign 2021

Due to continued uncertainties related to COVID, the Baby Bottle Campaign will be run virtually again this year from Sunday, September 12th to Sunday, October 3rd. Donations can be made via E-transfers at firststepoptions@gmail.com, by credit card through Canada Helps, or by mail. Please note that all donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax receipt at year end. For more information, please call 613 635-7440 or email firststepoptions@gmail.com.

Campaign Life Coalition Presents – “Life Chain”

Life Chain is a peaceful pro-life witness that takes place annually across North America. This year’s local Life Chain will be held in Pembroke at the corner of Christie Street and Pembroke St. West on Sunday, October 3rd from 2-3 p.m. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. For a complete list of Life Chains across Canada, please visit the Campaign Life Coalition website at https://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/life-chain.


St. Patrick Parish Take Out Supper and Bazaar

St. Patrick Parish takeout supper and bazaar will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021.  Holy Mass will be offered at the parish church at noon.  There will be a bake tent and yard sale held in the church yard and in the school hall, located beside the church, from 1-4 p.m.  The take out meal – Shepherd’s Pie with a great selection of desserts, salads and rolls for only $15.00 (children under 12 only $10.00) – will be held at the DACA Center and will run from 2-6 p.m.  For further information or to reserve a meal (strongly advised prior to September 19th) kindly contact Betty at 613 649-2668 or Gail at 613 649-2236.  All the regular COVID-19 precautions will be observed.  All are welcome and we hope to see you at “The Mountain”!

Latin Mass

A Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 is offered at St. Columbkille Cathedral at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. This is basically the same form of the Liturgy which nourished the faith of many Catholics for centuries. English translations of the entire Mass are provided. Next Latin Mass – October 2nd.


Virtual Alpha Course

Got questions about life? Explore Life, Faith, Meaning. Eight Monday evenings beginning September 13th, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Also includes a Saturday on-line retreat on October 30th. Sponsored by the Companions of the Cross and the Queenship of Mary Community. For intro video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBoXPFOOemY. It’s free! Register at: https://www.queenshipofmary.ca/events-news/events.

CWL Day of Reflection

The CWL Day of Reflection will be held on September 25th at St. James the Less Hall, 18 Wellington St., Eganville, ON from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The program consists of: Reflection entitled ‘Give Peace a Chance’, Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a service for Deceased members and Spiritual Advisors. Please pre-register with Donna at 819 458-2655, or email dprovost1980@gmail.com. Because of COVID restrictions, please bring your own lunch. All women of the Diocese are welcome.

Passion & Action – Integrating the Inner Life With Justice

Fr. Mark Slatter will lead this retreat focused on bringing the range of our passion for justice to the power of Transformative Love. Galilee Centre, Arnprior, October 1-3, 2021. Single: $320, Double: $275, Commuter: $180, Virtual: $90. Hosted by Galilee Centre. Info: 613 623-4242 ext. 21 or info@galileecentre.com.

2021 National Catholic Health Care Week

The National Catholic Health Care Week will be held October 3-9, 2021. National Catholic Health Care Week is part of a broader Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) initiative called Awaken: Revealing the Courageous Gift of Catholic Health Care, an invitation to unite our voices and create a movement to boldly, confidently express the role, value, and impact of Catholic health care in Canada. Info: Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, https://www.chac.ca/en/national-catholic-health-care-week/.

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