Diocesan News

March 9, 2007

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND: The Holy Land Commissariat has informed us that the diocese contributed $126,718.43 to this cause in 2006. Archbishop Gervais wishes to express his gratitude to all the faithful for their generosity and invites them to consider being as generous in 2007.

CHRISM MASS: This years Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. It will be followed by a reception in the Cathedral Hall, and all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese are cordially invited to attend.


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., Mar. 16. Info: Msgr. Len Lunney (613-738-5025).

BUDGETING AS A NEWLY SINGLE PERSON: Joel Grise of Credit Counseling Services of Ottawa to speak to the Ministry to Separated and Divorced Catholics on Wed., March 21, 7:30 p.m., Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Pl. Open to all. No registration. Info: Deacon Paul Coderre (613-738-5025 Ext 222); ([email protected]).

CONSIDERING RE-MARRIAGE? Anyone who was previously married and separated through divorce or the death of a spouse and is considering marrying for a second time is advised to take a Re-Marriage Seminar. Deals with the issues associated with living in a new relationship while remembering the old. For those who have received a Declaration of Nullity or are widowed. Fri., March 23, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., & Sat., March 24, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Info & registration: Deacon Paul Coderre (613-738-5025 Ext 222); ([email protected]).

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]).

ARK OF THE NEW COVENANT YOUTH EVENT: On Saturday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., all youth and young adults are invited to Good Shepherd parish for an evening entitled "Shout". Evening features Adoration, singing, small group discussion, social time, a talk on the Eucharist and the Ark of the New Covenant; a symbol of the Eucharistic Congress which is going to each Diocese in Canada. Info: Ted (613-738-5025 ext 231).

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT: Who are we as Christians and Muslims called to be builders of peace. Presenter: Prof Fabrice Blée, Saint Paul University.Sat., April 14. 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).

ANNUAL DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS: For couples celebrating their 25, 40, 50, 60th or more anniversary this year. Notre Dame Cathedral, Sun., May 6, 2:30 p.m. Please return the completed registration form (available from your parish) before April 27. Info: (738-5025 X 217).

DIOCESAN FEAST CELEBRATION OF ARCHBISHOP GERVAIS EPISCOPAL MINISTRY IN OTTAWA: Notre Dame Cathedral, Thursday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. Please note the change of date and plan to attend.

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 and much more! Info: (www.ottawacatholicyouth.com).


OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS INDIVIDUAL REPORT: An opportunity for you to provide input about our Catholic schools. Go to (www.occdsb.on.ca). In the left column click below the scrolling marquee "Request for Public Input: We'd like your views on Our Catholic Schools." This initiative is part of an awareness and engagement strategy.

LENTEN MISSION: St. George's Parish, Sat., March 10 & Sat., March 24. Mass at 5:00 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. Talk on the Easter Vigil by Fr. Martin Farrell from the Dominican College. Info: (613-728-0201).

ST. PATRICKS DAY PARTY: St. Philips Parish will be hosting its St. Patricks Day Party on Sat., March 17, 5.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Irish stew, rolls and dessert. Live Irish music, dancing and story telling. Join us for Father Bills birthday! Tickets: $10 each or $30/family. Info: Brian McSheffrey (613-489-3448).

SAINT PATRICKS DAY AT SAINT PATRICKS BASILICA: On the occasion of Saint Patrick's Day, the Rector, Clergy and Parishioners of Saint Patrick's Basilica invite you to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving with the Most Rev. Marcel Gervais on Sat., March 17, at 10:30 a.m. Info: (613-233-1125).

CELTIC MASS AT LIFT JESUS HIGHER: Featuring Celtic music and liturgical Highland dancing, followed by refreshments. Sun., Mar. 18, 2:00 p.m. Info & further details: Fr Bob Poole (613-744-8974).

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Marriage and the Family in Canada: Where Do We Go From Here? Speaker: Prof. Dan Cere. Tues., March 20, 7:30 p.m. Malone's Lakeside Bar & Grill (Dow's Lake). Info: (www.ottawa-theologyontap.com).

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH DEVELOPMENT & PEACE: Info session on the help provided to underdeveloped countries. Wed., March 21, 7:00 p.m. 400 St-Laurent Blvd. Info: (613-748-6040).

PASSION PLAY: The Annunciation of the Lord Parish Life teen program presenting a Passion play based upon the Stations of the Cross. Fri., Mar 30, 8:00 p.m., St. Decemberine parish; Mon., Apr. 2, 8:00 p.m., St. Patrick Basilica; Good Friday, Apr. 6, 8:00 p.m., Annunciation of our Lord parish. All welcome! Info: Jim Meuse (613-744-3026).

MICHAEL COREN AT DOMINICAN COLLEGE: The Catholic Church in the media. TV and Radio Host, Newspaper Columnist, one of the best listeners in Canadian talk television. Sat., Mar. 31, 3:00 p.m. Dominican College, 96 Empress Ave (Somerset). Cost: $5. Info: (www.collegedominicain.ca); (www.michaelcoren.com).

ANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF THE CROSS: Taking place in Kanata at noon on Fri., April 6, rain or shine. This year we begin and end at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 McCurdy Drive. Interdenominational event, everyone is welcome. Info: (613-831-2515).

MARRIED COUPLES: Give each other the gift of time together and rediscover the depth of your love through a Marriage Encounter Weekend. April 20 - 22. Info: Louise & Tim (613-834-8348) by April 3. (http://www.wwme.org/).

MIRIAM CENTRE: In need of equipment such as cribs, strollers, infant car seats, baby bathtubs or other supplies useful to our mothers. Important that everything meets safety standards and is very clean. Info: (613-830-8623).

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