Diocesan News

May 2, 2022

PASTORAL DAY: Please ensure that there is a representative from each parish/community in attendance on Pastoral Day, Wed., May 14. Please RSVP for lunch by Fri., May 9 to (613-738-5025, ext. 217); ([email protected]). The cost for lunch is $10.

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 include contact information. Your cooperation with these guidelines is most appreciated.

ARCHBISHOP VISITS HIGH SCHOOLS: Archbishop Prendergast, accompanied by Fr. Joseph Muldoon, has been visiting students in our local Catholic High Schools. Upcoming visits include Mother Teresa (May 15); Notre-Dame (May 22); Sacred Heart (May 28) and Holy Trinity. Pastors are welcome to attend.

TRAINING SESSION ON CANADA REVENUE AGENCY REGISTERED CHARITY INFORMATION RETURNS (T3010A): Sessions offered by The Ottawa Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (OCVO). Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, May 9, 16 & 29. Details & registration: (http://www.cvsrd.org/eng/ocvo/index.html).

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: From June 15 - 22, Canada welcomes the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City. A special collection is being held in all parishes on May 24 & 25 when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Our Lord. The Congress' organizers hope to count again on your generosity to ensure the success of this event, which we know will have an impact on our lives as Catholics and on the life of the Church.


PRO-LIFE WEEK: May 4 May 11, 2022.

PRO-LIFE MASS: Presided by Archbishop Prendergast, Thurs., May 8, 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral.

PRO-LIFE MARCH: Parliament Hill, Thursday, May 8, 1:00 p.m.

(Please note that the mass announced in the Diocesan Calendar for Thursday, May 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral is cancelled).

COME & SEE FOR MEN: Have you ever thought of becoming a priest? Our "Come & See" group meets each month for fellowship, prayer & discussion. Next meeting: Fri., May 16, 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Basilica on Kent St. Info: Fr. Joseph Muldoon (613-738-5025).

SUPPORT TO THE SEPARATED AND DIVORCED: Support Group for those experiencing the trauma of separation or divorce meets at the Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place on Wednesday nights, 7:30 p.m. as follows: May 21. Info: ([email protected]).

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT: What does it mean to be people of the Word of God in the World today? Presenter: Gregor Sneddon on Lectio Divina. Come and spend some time learning to pray more deeply with scripture. Sat., May 24. Cost: $15. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn. Info: Carol (738-5025 X 251); ([email protected]). Registrations: Please include the name of your parish; ([email protected]); (738-5025 X 217).

UNDER THE SON! The biggest retreat for Ottawa's Catholic Youth all year!May 30 - June 1, St. Monica's parish. Grades 9-12.Games, food, sleeping out in tents, worship, speakers, Mass,Adoration under the stars!Deadline: May 16. Register at: (www.ottawacatholicyouth.com/uts/). Info: Ted (613-738-5025 ext 231).

50TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE PRIESTHOOD OF ARCHBISHOP MARCEL GERVAIS: You are invited to a Thanksgiving Mass on Sat., May 31, 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

GATHERING OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION MINISTRY: For all parish coordinators, team members including sponsors, all involved in Christian Initiation Ministry. Sat., May 31, 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. To reflect on where we have journeyed over the past twenty-five years, take a fresh look at what the Rite calls us to, and reflect on what and where our vision of evangelization may lead us to over the next 25 years. Please mark this date on your calendar. Details will follow.


TALK ON TERMINAL SEDATION: Hydration, analgesia and sedation at the end of life: a Palliative Care specialists point of view. Featuring Professor Eduardo Bruera, M.D. Sat., May 10 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Bruyere Auditorium. Cost: $15; students & residents $10. Tickets: Barbara Gay (613-729-2247); Dr. Timothy Lau ([email protected]).

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER 2022: Dominion Chalmers Church, 355 Cooper Street, Sun., May 11, 6:00 p.m. Unite in repentance and prayer with others worldwide. Contemporary & traditional worship and dance lead music, praise, and prayer. Info: (www.gdopottawa.com); (613-592-3689).

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST UNDER SIEGE: Presentation on Iraqi Christian refugees and the impact on Christian communities in the Middle East by Issam Bishara, Regional Director, CNEWA in Lebanon, Syria & Egypt and Carl Hétu, National Secretary, CNEWA Canada. Wed., May 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. Info: (613-738-9666); ([email protected]); (www.cnewa.org). Catholic Near East Welfare Assoc. CNEWA is an agency of the Holy See, supporting churches & peoples of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India & N. E. Africa.

MARYVALE ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE: An independent Catholic school offering Montessori pre-school and classical education, Grades 1-8, forming children in the Catholic tradition of spirituality centred in the Mass, prayer and the sacraments. Open house, May 14, 6:00 8:00 p.m. Info: (www.maryvaleacademy.ca); (613-321-2186).

BOOK LAUNCH LITURGIES FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: A collection of prayers and liturgies from the past century marks the 100th anniversary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022. May 14, 6:30 8:00 p.m. Saint Paul University, Main Floor Dining Room. Info: ([email protected]). From Novalis & the Canadian Council of Churches.

FUNDRAISING DANCE & AUCTION ST. PETER CELESTINE CHURCH, PAKENHAM: Music by the Ryan Brothers Band and featuring Gail Gavan. Sat., May 24, 7:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Stewart Community Centre, Pakenham. Call (613-839-1823) for tickets.

CORPUS CHRISTI CONCERT: Chorus Ecclesiae and the Symposium Choir conducted by Lawrence Harris. Gregorian Chant and Choral Music. Sun., May 25, 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Cloister of the Dominican Convent, 96 Empress Ave. Tickets at the door: $15 adults; students half-price. Info: (613-567-7729).

ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD C.W.L. 30TH ANNIVERSARY: Celebration of Mass, Sunday, May 25, 11:15 a.m. followed by a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 2414 Ogilvie Road. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased for $20 by contacting Léa Attrux (613-746-9246); ([email protected]). All are welcome.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AND PRAYER OF THE HEART: Presented by Ron Dicks, Ottawa Area Christian Meditation Coordinator. Emmanuel United Church CE Hall, 691 Smyth Road. Tues. May 27, 7:00 9:30 pm. RSVP Jean Murray (613-739-1046); ([email protected]). Cost: Donation.

CANDLELIGHT PRAYER SERVICE IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO DIED IN UTERO OR SOON AFTER BIRTH: For parents and all those whose lives they touched. Thurs., May 29, 7:00 p.m. Holy Redeemer Church, Kanata. Refreshments follow. Info: Holy Redeemer (613-836-1764). All are welcome.

CATHOLIC HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: Eighty families are required to host Colombian teens enrolled in ESL programs in Ottawa, Sept. 21 Oct. 18, 2022. These students prefer to be placed in Roman Catholic homes. Info: (613-686-6764 x 2); ([email protected]); (canadahomestayinternational.com).

AVAILABLE FOR RENT: The Rectory of St Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham is available for rent as of June 1, 2022. The Rectory is a single dwelling house, 6 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 5 appliances. Info: (613-256-4760).

EMPLOYMENT: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is seeking a bilingual Marketing Coordinator, Publications Service; Permanent full time position. Info: (www.cccb.ca/employment).

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