WEEKLY BULLETIN – September 15, 2020 (Our Lady of Sorrows)

Simeon told Mary, “A sword will pierce your soul.”

(Luke 2.33-35)


New Office Hours

Please note that the Diocesan Offices are now open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R. Installation Video

Bishop Desrochers’ installation video from July 3rd can now be found on our website here.


Webinar on new Directory for Catechesis

An invitation to the four-part webinar from The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis. For diocesan leaders in evangelization, catechesis and youth ministry. Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 & Oct. 27, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. To register by Sept. 21, click here. Info: m.shea-lawrence@cccb.ca.


Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Join us on Wednesday, September 16th for our monthly ministry gatherings at the Chancery office building, 188 Renfrew St., Pembroke, from 7-8:30 p.m. Holy Hour will be at St. Columbkille Cathedral from 6-7 p.m. (optional). Bishop Guy Desrochers will be joining the group this month to meet everyone. For more information contact Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208.

Marriage Preparation Program

The Fall Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is coming up on Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. James the Less Parish, Eganville. Deadline to register is September 28, 2020. 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 Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208.

National Evangelization Team (NET) Canada

Due to the government regulations and restrictions, NET will not be in the Diocese this fall to do school or parish retreats. This will be reevaluated in the new year.


There are many new resources on this Catholic platform. THE SEARCH, which is great for teens and adults alike, is one worth highlighting. Check it out and share with others!

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.


Parish Supper Cancellations

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

  • Jean Baptiste Parish Supper, Pembroke, scheduled for Sunday, September 20th;
  • Alphonsus Parish Supper, Chapeau, scheduled for Sunday, September 27th;
  • St. Patrick Parish Supper, Mount St. Patrick, scheduled for Sunday, September 27th;
  • 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.


2020 Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign

First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre is organizing its 2020 Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign from September 14th to October 4th. Please call Bev at 613 635-7440 or email  firststepoptions@gmail.com for further information.

Renfrew County Right to Life – Upcoming Life Chain 2020

Sunday, October 4th from 2-3 p.m. Meet in the Festival Hall parking lot at 1:45 p.m. Life Chain is a powerful, peaceful street witness and prayer vigil held yearly, usually on the first Sunday in October, in many locations across North America. We choose a sign, then stand silently and prayerfully on the sidewalk (6 feet apart!) Signs provided proclaim “Adoption the Loving Option,” “Jesus Forgives & Heals,” “Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation,” “Abortion Hurts Women,” and “Life – the first Inalienable right.” Bring your whole family! Life Chain goes rain or shine. Water, lawn chairs, umbrellas and strollers are welcome. For further information please contact Susan Dagenais.


11th Annual Catholic Women’s Fall Retreat

Women of any age are invited to join us for our 11th annual Catholic Women’s Fall Retreat! Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are offering a more condensed and virtual version of our retreat this year, via Zoom. This one day event on September 19th will be sure to speak to your soul, as you reflect on our theme “Come, and rest a while.” There will be 3 short talks, singing and prayer throughout the day. For more information, and to sign up go to https://womensfallretreatvirtualedition.eventbrite.ca.

New Evangelization Summit – Back with another Conference!

On Saturday, September 26th from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT, we are hosting a FREE, LIVE virtual conference for Catholics, tackling the topic Crisis & Opportunity: How to Evangelize in Uncertain Times. To answer this question, you’ll be hearing from: George Weigel, Dr. Mary Healy, Michele Thompson and Fr. Jon Bielawski. You will also be hearing from people who have creatively responded to the call to mission during these uncertain times we are moving through. To grab your free ticket, just click this link: https://uevangelize.org/virualsummit/.

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