Blessed Catherine’s Starflowers
We invite all the faithful to pray for the evangelization efforts in the diocese and the missionary conversion of our Christian communities. One way to do this is to participate in a prayer fellowship called the Blessed Catherine Starflowers. Those who participate in it follow in the footsteps of Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine, co-founder of the Canadian Catholic Church, who offered her life and sufferings for the salvation of souls.
Like her, you can offer your sorrows and difficulties for the renewal and growth of the Church. When we are struggling, sick and sometimes bedridden, we may be tempted to think that we can no longer participate in the work of the Church. But in fact, these are precisely the times when we can be most spiritually fruitful.
If you are interested, sign up for this prayer community: click here to sign up, or contact your parish office for more information. You will receive a Blessed Catherine Starflower prayer booklet and a Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine medal.
In the booklet, there is a space to write your offering and a diagram of the starflower. Each petal represents an intercession for each day of the week. Your pastor may include specific intentions for the parish. There will also be suggestions for prayers. Finally, each month a Mass will be celebrated for all members of the Blessed Catherine Starflowers.
Letter from the Bishop
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:
Do you know how very precious your life is? Have you ever thought that you have something immense to give to the Lord and to His people? Can you imagine the power that is released when we offer our life in all its littleness and ordinariness?
I invite you to experience a deep unity between your heart and Jesus’ Heart through this offering of your daily life to Jesus. Under the patronage of Blessed Catherine of St Augustine, your life with all its joys and sufferings becomes a powerful act of love burning for the salvation of souls in our diocese. Your offering becomes a basis upon which we can renew and build our Church.
Love is a magnet. It draws out love. Your gift of love will draw out the hearts of others to Jesus’ Heart. Please prayerfully consider serving the Diocese of Pembroke through this offering of self.
Sincerely yours in Christ our Redeemer,
+Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.
Bishop of Pembroke
Members of the Bl. Catherine d’Augustin’s Starflowers:
Jane McDonald (St. John Chrysostom)
Peggy Cartmell (Combermere)
Christina Milan (Combermere)
Bev Maciag (Combermere)
Fr David May (Combermere)
Berny Mortimer (Our Lady of Fatima Parish)
Charlotte Cleroux (Our Lady of Fatima Parish)
John Lacey (Our Lady of Fatima Parish)
Emily Etmanski (St. Martin of Tours Parish)
Bernadette & Bill Michaud (St. Martin of Tours Parish)
Terri MacLeod (St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish)
Claire Dupuis (Paroisse Ste-Anne)