Diocesan News

April 4, 2022

COLLECTION FOR VOCATIONS: April 12 13, 2022, Good Shepherd Sunday. Thank you for your continuing spiritual and financial support of vocations to the priesthood. We presently have four seminarians at St. Decemberines Seminary. One of our seminarians, Jonathan Blake, will be ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Prendergast on Thurs., May 1, 7:00 p.m. at Saint-Joseph parish, Orleans. All are welcome.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: Sunday, April 27 to Friday, May 2. A Catholic High School student representative from one of your schools will be contacting your parish to request that they read a short piece about Catholic Education Week at each of your weekend Masses. Please welcome these student representatives.

VOCATION TALKS IN SCHOOLS: The last week of April (21st 25th) have been allotted by the Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board so that Pastors may visit Grade 12 religion classes to speak on the topic of vocations. Info: Rev. Joseph Muldoon (613-738-5025). Vocation prayer cards for handout are available at the Diocese (ext. 217).

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS: Parishes are reminded to please include a prayer for vocations in your weekly Prayers of Intercession at Mass. Thank you.


PILGRIMAGE OF THE ARK OF THE NEW COVENANT: To prepare for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City. April 6, Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville; April 7, Paroisse Saint-Rémi; April 8, Notre Dame Cathedral; April 9, Divine Infant, Orleans; April 10, Paroisse Très Sainte-Trinité, Rockland; April 11, Centre de lAmour, Plantagenet; April 12, Paroisse Saint-Victor, Alfred, April 13, Paroisse Saint-Jean-Baptiste, LOrignal; April 14, Paroisse Saint-Joachim, Chute-à-Blondeau. Info: Ted Hurley, Manon Chevalier, Édith Savard, Roland Frenette at (613-738-5025); (www.cei2022.ca/en/archepelerinage).

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE: For those who have been widowed, or have been divorced and have been granted a Declaration of Nullity. Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place, Friday evening, April 11 & all day Sat., April 12. Info & to register: Deacon Paul Coderre ([email protected]).

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: April 16, May 7 & 21. Info: ([email protected]).

INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS QUEBEC CITY JUNE 15 22, 2022: Info: Fr. Michel Pommainville (613-738-5025); (www.cei2022.ca).

CATECHESIS ON THE EUCHARIST: 7:00 9:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Catechesis 7 Witnesses to the Eucharist in the World, Wed., April 16 at St Anthonys

Catechesis 8 Invitation to the wedding at Cana, Tues., May 6 at St. Isidore.

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., April 18, 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Basilica on Kent St. Info: Fr. Joseph Muldoon (613-738-5025).

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT: What does it mean for me to be a Catholic in the world today as People of the Word? The Sunday Lectionary. Presenter: Prof. Norman Bonneau. Sat., April 19. 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).

ANNUAL DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS: For couples celebrating their 15, 20, 25, 40, 50, 60th or more anniversary this year. Notre Dame Cathedral, Sun., May 4, 2:30 p.m. Please return the completed registration form (available from your parish) before April 25. Info: (613-738-5025, ext. 217). Priests are welcome to concelebrate with Archbishop Prendergast.


AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION TO TOAST MSGR. LEN LUNNEY: Music, Stories, Open Mic & Good Mediterranean Irish Food. Annunciation Church Hall. Sat., Apr. 12, 7:00 11:00 p.m. Cost: $20. RSVP with numbers by Monday, April 7: Nicki Levesque (613-523-3450) or Jan Bentham (613-224-2222).

ANNUAL PARENT SYMPOSIUM: Planning for Your Child in the Intermediate Years. For parents of children in grades 5 9. Keynote speaker: Marion Balla. Sat., Apr. 19, 8:15 a.m. 12:45 p.m. St. Patricks High School, 2525 Alta Vista. Offered by Ottawa Catholic School Boards Pathways for Success Intermediate Sub-Committee in collaboration with the Catholic School Parents Assoc. Info & registration: Suzanne Maheral (613-224-4455, ext. 2376, before April 11).

THE IMAM AND THE PASTOR: View the acclaimed documentary film from Nigeria "The Imam and the Pastor" - a story of reconciliation, peacemaking and the dynamics of personal forgiveness at St. Basils Church, Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. followed by discussion, fellowship and refreshments. Info: (613-729-0498).

NEWFOUNDLAND LABRADOR NIGHT- ST. PHILIP'S: Enjoy a wonderful Jigs Dinner and some great entertainment by River Thieves. Skits, dancing, and fiddling during dinner. April 19, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Reservations: Donna Flynn (613-838-4098); parish office (613-838-2314).

RACHELS VINEYARD - RETREAT FOR HEALING AFTER ABORTION: Interdenominational. April 25-27. Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. Contact Terry or Lynda Munroe (613-806-5522); ([email protected]).

CALDWELL FAMILY CENTRE SPRING SALE: Garage sale, plants and home baked treats. Sat., April 26, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. St. Bonaventure Church (basement), 1359 Chatelain Ave. (at Kirkwood). Info: (613-728-1268).

ST. PATRICKS BASILICA CHRISTIAN COFFEE HOUSE: Discussion group, first Thursday of every month, 12:45 1:30 p.m. Christian Contemporary Music CD by Graham Kendrick, May 1; Pope Benedicts Encyclical Spe Salvi In Hope with Fr. Lindsay Harrison, June 5. In the Scavi (basement). Info: Charlie Saso (613-742-8254).

ST. PIUS X HIGH SCHOOLS 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Visit the official anniversary website (http://stpius50th.ca/) and register. May 23 25, 2022.

A SACRED MUSIC CONCERT: St. Theresa Church (95 Somerset St. W.) proudly presents "A Sacred Music Concert" featuring the Ottawa Sacred Music Society Adult Choir conducted by Maestro Uwe Liefländer. Sun., June 1, 4:00 p.m. Tickets: at the doors for $10 or at the parish office in May (9:30 a,m, - 3:30 p.m.). All welcome. Info: (613-235-5119).

FAMILIES TO LIVE AT WAUPOOS FARM: The Waupoos Foundation is looking for two committed families to live at the Waupoos Farm property in South Ottawa. One family is needed before summer and the 2nd family early in 2009. For 25 years, the Waupoos Foundation has been providing vacations and respite to families in financial need at our farm on Rideau Road following the motto, "pray, work, play". Typically, resident farm families serve for two years. Think about it. Pray about it. Info: (613-822-2189); (www.waupoos.com).

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