Diocesan News

February 9, 2007

Diocesan Feast - Celebration of Archbishop Gervais' Episcopal Ministry in Ottawa

Because of the upcoming retirement of Archbishop Gervais, the Episcopal Council has decided to change the date of this event. It will now be held on Thursday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral. Consequently, the Pro-Life Celebration held annually on the Feast of the Visitation has been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.

RITE OF ELECTION / RITE OF CALLING CANDIDATES TO LENTEN RENEWAL: For parishes whose parishioners will attend this Rite at Notre Dame Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m., please return the completed form, which you have already received, by fax (613-738-0130) before Thurs., Feb. 15. Thank you!

VOCATION TALKS IN SCHOOLS: The week of April 23 27, 2007 has 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: Msgr. Len Lunney (738-5025).


COME AND SEE FOR MEN: Have you ever thought of becoming a priest? Our "Come and See" group meets each month for fellowship, prayer and discussion. The next meeting is on Fri., Feb. 16. Info: Msgr. Len Lunney (613-738-5025).

MINISTRY TO SEPARATED & DIVORCED CATHOLICS BEGINNING AGAIN SEMINAR: For those recently separated or divorced. Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. Sat., Feb. 17, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Fee: $40. Info: Deacon Paul Coderre (613-738-5025, ext. 222); ([email protected]).

Civil Divorce and Family Law: Come to a discussion on the family legal issues associated with separation and divorce. Deacon Des Adam is an experienced family lawyer who will share his expertise in a free evening session. Diocesan Centre 1247 Kilborn Pl., Feb. 21, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. All are welcome. Info: Deacon Paul Coderre, Coordinator Family Ministries, (613-738-5025 Ext 222); ([email protected]).

DISCERNMENT RETREAT FOR MEN, AGES 16-35: On the call to marriage or priesthood/religious life, organized by the Archdiocese, Sat., Feb. 24. Notre Dame de la Rouge Retreat Centre. Registration: Jonathan Blake (613-282-0755).

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT: Who are we in Relationship with the Other Great Religions of the World? Presenters: Prof Fabrice Blée, Saint Paul University.Sat., Mar. 3. Cost: $15. 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn. Info: Carol (738-5025 X 251); ([email protected]). Registrations: ([email protected]); (738-5025 X 217).

MARRIAGE PREPARATION FACILITATORS WORKSHOP: Proposed jointly by Novalis and the Diocesan Family Ministry Office. Sat., March 24. Explore a new marriage preparation program Saying I Do published by Novalis. The programs author Mona-Lee Feehan will be the presenter and the intended audience includes pastors and marriage preparation facilitators. The workshops will be held as follows: One west at St. Isidores, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., and the second east at Divine Infant, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $20, payable with registration. Info: Deacon Paul Coderre, Coordinator, Family Ministries, (613-738-5025 Ext 222). E-mail: ([email protected]).

DIOCESAN MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE: Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. Friday evening, 7:00 9:00 p.m., & Sat., 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., May 18 & 19. Info & registration: Deacon Paul Coderre, Coordinator, Family Ministries (613-738-5025, ext. 222); ([email protected]).

NEWS FROM THE DIOCESAN YOUTH OFFICE: Did you know that our Diocesan Youth Ministry has a website? It has information on parish youth ministries, diocesan events, training, youth movements, crazy captions and much more! Info: (www.ottawacatholicyouth.com).


INFORMATION SESSION FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY DATABASE: Divine Infant Parish is considering having an info session by the designer of this database (from the Diocese of London, ON) for maintaining parishioner records. On the afternoon of February 27 or March 6. If interested, please contact Anne Seath (613-824-6822 x 221).

SINGING OURSELVES AWAKE, SONGS FOR A NEW CONSCIOUSNESS: Evening of Song with Miriam Martin, pbvm, Saint Paul University. Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University. Free Will Offering for PACT (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans). Info: Kairos Spirituality-for-Social Justice Centre (613-236-6557); ([email protected]).

PRO ORGANO 2006-2007: The next recital: Brennan Szafron, Organist and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Friday, March 2, 8:00 p.m. Bruyère Convent Chapel, 25 Bruyère St. Tickets: $18, $14 or $10 at the door. Info: (613-728-8041); (613-798-0264); (www.rcco-ottawa.ca).

WORKSHOP ON PEACEMAKING: St. Basil's Parish is hoping to sponsor a workshop on peacemaking with Joseph Stanford. Proposed dates: (Mondays & Thursdays) March 12, 15, 19 & 22, at St. Basil's Church, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Attendance limited: commitment to all 4 sessions required. Cost: $50. Registration: By Feb. 14 (613-729-5149 ext. 10).

SYMPOSIUM OF THE PETER AND PAUL SEMINAR: The Local Church and Its Leadership: Receiving the Vision of Vatican II. March 15 16, 2007. Saint Paul University, Faculties of Theology and Canon Law. Substantial and highly recommended. No cost. Info: (http://www.ustpaul.ca/Theology/Documents/Peter&PaulSeminar.pdf).

MASS ON THE FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH: For the healing of the Nation of Canada. Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Kane. Talk on Divine Mercy, by Father Dan Dubroy. March 19, 7:00 p.m. St. George Parish (415 Piccadilly). Info: ([email protected]).

TRIP TO ITALY: 12 day tour includes Rome, Assisi, and other cities and holy places. Sept. 13 25. Cost from Toronto: $2945. Info at Seven Hills Tours International: Ruth (1-800-736-1285).

CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION: Lift up your Hearts to the Lord , a book of prayers for the sick and those who care for them. 6th printing, first published in 1988. Cost: $4 each; bulk order prices available. Orders: Catholic Health Association of Canada, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa K1H 6K9. Info: (613-731-7148).

AVAILABLE: CBWII choir (2) and hymn (5) books available as well as older guitar version of Breaking Bread available. If needed call (613-824-4394).

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