WEEKLY BULLETIN – September 29, 2020 (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels)

You will see the Son of Man, with angels ascending and descending upon him.

(John 1.47-51)


Pastoral Appointment

Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R, announces that Rev. Anthony Burchat is appointed to Parochial Vicar at St. Columbkille Cathedral. This appointment takes 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.


Letter “Samaritanus bonus” (The Good Samaritan)

On the Care of Persons in the Critical and Terminal Phases of Life.  Published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the letter reiterates the condemnation of any form of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and advocates support for families and healthcare workers. The mystery of the Redemption of the human person is in an astonishing way rooted in the loving involvement of God with human suffering. That is why we can entrust ourselves to God and to convey this certainty in faith to the person who is suffering and fearful of pain and death. Link: vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith.


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. 6th, Oct. 13th, Oct. 20th & Oct. 27th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. To register (spaces still available), click here. Info: m.shea-lawrence@cccb.ca.


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

Starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th at St. Columbkille Cathedral, R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian initiation of Adults) 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 denomination 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, or maybe, as a Catholic, you just want to grow more in your faith. If any of the above questions apply to you, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206.


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.


Holy Mass – Extraordinary Form

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form will once again be offered monthly at St Columbkille Cathedral beginning on October 3rd at 9 a.m., and continuing on the first Saturday of each month. 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.

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.


Life Chain – Renfrew

Life Chain is held simultaneously in more than 200 locations across Canada each year. The next one in will be held Sunday, October 4th at 2 p.m. at the corner of Raglan St. and Renfrew Ave. This is a powerful, prayerful, & peaceful witness in our country that has endured the test of years, saved lives and changed hearts. COVID-19 protocols will be followed in full. Please mark your calendar. For further information please contact Bernie Taylor at 613 432-8588 or email bjt.tfs@gmail.com.

Please join Renfrew County Right to Life for Life Chain (COVID edition!)  Pembroke

Sunday, October 4th, 1:45-3 p.m. We choose a sign and stand along the street, praying for the end to abortion. If your last name starts with A-I meet at Festival Hall parking lot; J-Q meet at Holy Name Church parking lot; R-Z meet at West End Mall, NE corner of parking lot. All ages welcome. Masks not required, but please respect the 2 m physical distance guideline. See the RCRTL Facebook page for more details. For further information please contact Susan Dagenais.


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!

The Grind Pembroke presents Ride (or Walk) for Refuge

Join the fun! Support The Grind’s Transition House on Saturday, October 3rd. Go to https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/thegrindpembroke to register.

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