Diocesan News

October 3, 2022

Be Reconciled to God! (2 Corinthians 5:20)

SYNOD OF BISHOPS: Will be held in Rome, October 5 26, 2022. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. is one of six Canadian Bishops who will be participating in the Synod on The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for October is:That the Synod of Bishops may help bishops and theologians as well as catechists and pastoral workers engaged in the service of the Word of God transmit with courage the truth of the faith in communion with the entire Church.

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE PASTORAL MESSAGE ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HUMANAE VITAE: At the close of their 2022 Plenary Assembly which met in Cornwall, 22 26 September, the Bishops of Canada issued a pastoral letter titled Liberating Potential which invites all the faithful to discover or rediscover, the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1968: (http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/humanae_vitae_en.pdf).

PASTORAL MESSAGE TO YOUNG COUPLES ON MARRIAGE AND FAMILY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Available from the Episcopal Commission for Theology, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Recommended for use in our parishes. Info: (www.cccbpublications.ca); (613-241-9461).

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: Pastors please encourage support of the Pontifical Mission Societies which includes the Holy Childhood Association, the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. World Mission Sunday is Sunday, October 19.

FEDERAL ELECTION 2022: The Social Affairs Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) encourages Catholics to become better informed about the issues, to voice their concerns with the political candidates & and, most of all, to vote. Election date: Tues., Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. 9:30 p.m.

PASTORAL DAY: Topic is RCIA, the Adult Journey to Baptism. Facilitators: Fr. Ross Finlan & Fr. Bosco Wong. Also vocations presentation by Fr. Tim McCauley. Wednesday, Oct. 8 (10 a.m. start time). Pastors, if you cannot attend, please send someone from your RCIA team.

PLEASE NOTE FRIDAY FAX: Events for the Friday Fax should be sent to us at least 2 3 weeks in advance of the date, allowing time for publication in parish bulletins. Items sent only one week in advance may be bumped due to space limitations. The final deadline for Friday Fax submissions is Wednesday, noon. We are unable to repeat VARIA items. Each notice must be brief and include contact information. Parishes are asked to post the Friday Fax on your bulletin board.


ARCHBISHOPS CHARITY DINNER SOLD OUT: The First Annual Archbishops Charity Dinner on Tues., Oct. 28, is now sold out. Support for this important event in the life of the Archdiocese has been tremendous& and it continues with donations and sponsorships. Thank you. Info: (613-738-5025, ext. 235); ([email protected]).


END-OF-LIFE ISSUES CONVERSATIONS WITH MARGARET SOMERVILLE: Bioethicist, McGill Center for Medicine, Ethics, and Law. In partnership with Saint Paul University. Fri., Oct. 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Ethical Distress, Ethical Conflict and Euthanasia by Confusion, (for those involved in health care). Sat., Oct. 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Dying as The Last Great Act of Living: Keeping the Euthanasia Debate in a Moral Context, (for the public). Registration: $40 per session before Oct. 13 deadline. Free session on Sat. Oct. 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Panel discussion/ integration with local presenters. Location: Saint Paul University, room 202. Registration & payment by mail (see poster in parish). Info: ([email protected]); (613-738-5025, ext. 253).

CHRISTIAN INITIATION WORKSHOP (RCIA) THE ART OF SPONSORING: For everyone involved in parish Christian Initiation Ministry, potential sponsors, and the community of faith. Facilitator: John Power, Coordinator of Christian Initiation at St. Basil. Location: Blessed Sacrament parish, Sat., Nov. 1, 9:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person; $40/parish team. Registration: ([email protected]); (613-738-5025, ext. 217).

FORMATION WORKSHOP FOR PARISH BAPTISMAL TEAMS: At St. Basil parish, Sat., Nov. 22, 9:00 12:00 noon. Further details will follow.

FAMILY MINISTRY OFFICE: The ministries under this office are offering a number of programs in Oct/Nov. For additional information or to register for any of the sessions below please contact the Family Ministry Office (613-738-5025 ext.222); ([email protected]). If leaving a message please include your e-mail address.

There is a Diocesan Marriage Preparation Course scheduled for November 21 & 22.

The Ministry to Separated and Divorced Catholics will be holding a HELP night on Wednesday, Oct 15, 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. This will be a Meet and Greet evening for Separated or Divorced Catholics.

There is a Beginning Again Seminar scheduled for Sat., Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. There will also be a Recovery & Growth session for separated and (or) divorced persons who have completed the `Beginning Again Seminar` and want to continue their growth process. Offered on eight Thursday evenings, Oct. 23 Dec. 11.


LIGHT THE FIRE CANDLELIGHT PRAISE & WORSHIP: Sponsored by Our Lady of Divine Love parish youth group - the Holy Rollers. Sat., Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. Our Lady of Divine Love Church, 2084 Concession 10 Rd at County Rd 19, Pendleton. Bring candle and holder. Free will offering. Info: Guy ([email protected]); (613-487-4163).

QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY YOUNG ADULTS GROUP: Presents a series of talks on St. Paul?s writings. Held once a month. First meeting is October 17, 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall, 20 Grant Street. Info: contact Sr. Monique Bisson or Sr. Anna Chan ([email protected]).

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE: Annual training workshop on this year's education and action campaign. Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall. Sat., Oct. 18, 8.30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Light lunch included. No charge. Focus this year on food sovereignty and the links to mining. Meet D&P's new Eastern Ont. animator Ann-Christina Gamillscheg and members of the Ottawa Diocesan Council. To RSVP or for info: Larry Martin ([email protected]); (613-526-0390).

THEOLOGY ON TAP: "Angels and Demons" by Father Joseph Lee FSSP, Tues., October 21, 7:30 p.m. SHARP, Malone's Bar and Grill, Dow's Lake (1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr). Info: (www.ottawa-theologyontap.com).

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS FOR RECENTLY MARRIED COUPLES: Theme is the five love languages. Sat., Nov. 1, 7:00 9:00 p.m. St. Marys church. Cost: bring a dessert to share. Info: Mary Beth & Andre Pion (613-723-0150).

FR. CLEMENT MACHADO COMES TO OTTAWA: Fr. Clement Machado, in addition to conducting retreats and missions all over the world, is a contributor to EWTN Radio and Vatican Radio. Mass & Mission at St. Patricks Basilica, Nov. 5 & 6. Silent Retreat at Maison Notre Dame de la Providence, Nov. 7, 8 & 9. Info: Marty Tate (613-836-3854) or Ferdin John (613-744-7613).

CARETAKER AT ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD: For the Church, parish hall and large property. Full-time, 40 hrs/week, some overtime. Please fax with references: (613-745-7877).

OFFICE SPACE NEEDED: The National Council of Canada of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is looking for office space to rent in Ottawa. Two offices of 300 pi² or more each would suit. Please contact Clermont Fortin, (613-824-9984); ([email protected]).

'Christ comes to visit me in the Holy Eucharist; I repay the visit by going to find Him in the poor' , (Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati)

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