WEEKLY BULLETIN – September 8, 2020 (The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Joseph, it is the Holy Spirit who has given Mary a child.

(Matthew 1.18-23)


New Office Hours

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


The deadline for submissions for the next issue of Ecclesia is September 8th. All submissions are welcome. Only those submissions that are approved will be published. Submissions can be forwarded to Heather Coughlin.


For the repose of the soul of Mrs Loretta O’Brien, mother of Father Kenneth O’Brien, who died on September 5th. Please also pray for the consolation of Father O’Brien and the members of his family.

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

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


The New Directory for Catechesis Available for Pre-Order Through CCCB Publishing – Tuesday, September 1, 2020:  Ottawa

Following the 25 June 2020 release of the new Directory for Catechesis by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Publications is pleased to offer the official English translation for sale in Canada through pre-order beginning September 1st. (Read Here)

Life and Family Suggestions for Homilies and Prayers of the Faithful during September 2020

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to post homily ideas and prayers of the faithful to help link the Sunday liturgy with the national pastoral initiative for life and family. As usual, the suggestions for homilies and prayers can be easily adapted for family prayer, for personal prayer or for use with other groups. Suggestions for Homilies & Prayers of the Faithful.

Season of Creation 2020 – Jubilee for the Earth

Endorsed by Pope Francis in 2015 and supported by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the annual month-long ecumenical celebration entitled the Season of Creation runs from Sept. 1st, World Day of Prayer for Creation to Oct. 4th, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The celebration calls on the global Christian community to promote prayer and action to protect our common home, and is one of the initiatives to celebrate the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year which runs from May 24, 2020 – May 24, 2021. The theme for this year’s season is “Jubilee for the Earth”. Info & resources: seasonorcreation.org.


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.

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.


Parish Supper Cancellations

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

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Supper, LaPasse, scheduled for Sunday, September 13th;
  • Lady of Mercy Parish Supper, Bancroft, scheduled for Sunday, September 13th;
  • 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.



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.

CNEWA CANADA – Emergency Relief – Lebanon in Crisis

CNEWA has launched an emergency relief fund to provide food, health care and shelter to thousands after the massive August 4th explosion at Beirut’s waterfront. Link for details on the emergency relief: https://cnewa.org/ca/campaigns/lebanoncrisis/.

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