Diocesan News

January 13, 2006


CHRISTIAN INITIATION WORKSHOP ON SPONSORING: At Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 153 Woodroffe Ave. Sat., Jan. 14, 9:00 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon. Open to all who are sponsors or who are interested in sponsoring. Cost: $10/person or $25 for 3 or more from a parish. Registration: Annmarie (738-5025 ext. 217) or ([email protected]) by Jan. 10.

HOMELANDS MASS: Archbishop Marcel Gervais is pleased to invite everyone to the annual Homelands Mass, which will be held on Sun., Jan. 15, 2006, 2:30 p.m., at Notre Dame Cathedral. The Homelands Mass celebrates our cultural diversity both here in Canada and in the Church, and it recognizes the many contributions of all those among us who have come here from foreign lands. Please plan to attend!


Young Adults Retreat: Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. Wed. Jan. 18, 2006, 6:00 10:00 p.m. Are you between the age of 18 and 30 (give or take a few years)? NET ministries (traveling team #1) will lead us in a retreat called "Discover God's Plan for You!" This is a basic introduction to the art of discerning God's will in our lives. The evening begins with a pot-luck. A donation of $10 per participant would be appreciated ...and bring some food to share! What a great way to start the New Year! Info & registration: Linda (738-5025 ext 231).

Taizé Weekend: A young adult gathering with a brother from the Taizé community in France. Feb. 24, 25, 26.

Location: St. Paul University. For more info: www.taizeottawa.ca or [email protected] or (613)241-7515

COME AND SEE: 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 Wed., Jan.18, 6-10 p.m. at the Diocesan Centre (see info on young adults retreat above) Info: Msgr. Len Lunney (738-5025).

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT: What does it mean for me to be a Catholic in this world today? How does the Sunday Lectionary and the Liturgical Year Shape Us as Catholics in the World Today. Presenter: Prof. Normand Bonneau, O.M.I. Sat., Jan. 21. 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]) or (X 217).

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2006: The theme is « Gathered in my name » (Matthew 18:20). January 22 29. The Christian Council of the Capital Area welcomes all the community to an Ecumenical Prayer Service on Sun., Jan. 22, 3:00 p.m., hosted by Saint Basils Church, 940 Rex Ave. (off Maitland Ave). Invite friends to share in this special gathering, in liaison with the 50th anniversary of Saint Basils parish. Info: Fr. Faucher (819-682-3266).

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION WORKSHOP: Open to parish baptismal teams and to all those interested in parish baptismal preparations. Same session repeated as follows: West End; Sat., Jan. 28, 9:00 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon, Holy Redeemer Parish, 44 Rothesay Dr, Kanata. East End; Sat., Feb. 4, 9:00 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon, Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Rd, Gloucester. Cost: $10/person or $25 for 3 or more from a parish. Registration: Annmarie (738-5025 ext. 217) or ([email protected]) by Jan. 24.

Permanent Diaconate Formation Program INFORMATION DAY: Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place, Sat., Jan. 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Interested parishioners are asked to attend. Info: Deacon Rick McLellan (738-5025 X 228).

SEMINARY DISCERNMENT WEEKEND: At St. Decemberines Seminary on February 3 - 5, 2006. For single men who are considering a vocation to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Transportation provided. Pre-registration required. Contact Fr. Tim McCauley (445-3054).

DIOCESAN MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE: To assist couple in making themselves ready for marriage. Fri., Feb. 3, 7:00 9:00 p.m., Sat., Feb. 4, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., & Sun., Feb. 5, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Please register early as space is limited. Registration: Deacon Rick McLellan (738-5025 ext. 228).


COOK wanted for Parish rectory in West end. Also, house cleaner. If interested (728-0201).

WORKSHOP ON EMERGENCY PREPARATION:Tue. Jan. 3, 8:15 - 11:30 a.m., Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive The Ottawa Volunteer Brain Trust invites Executive Directors, Chairs of Boards, Senior Managers, community members and other interested organizations to attend a morning workshop to help community agencies better prepare for an emergency (such as the Ice Storm, Blackout, SARS and the anticipated pandemic influenza) Registration fee: $10.00 (before January 20) $15.00 (after January 21) To register call: 580-2424 ext. 28996. Cash or cheque (made payable to the City of Ottawa) at the door. Receipts will be issued. Free parking.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE Rock n Roll all night with the Bruce & The Burgers, Sat. Feb. 11th 8 p.m.- 1 a.m., St. Josephs Parish Hall (corner of Wilbrod and Cumberland), Tickets $20. For tickets and info please contact Garry Byrne or Melissa Sabourin at 233-4095. Proceeds to St. Joes Supper Table and St. Joes Refugee Outreach Committee (Free Maoua Diomande Fund)

LITURGICAL MUSICIAN NEEDED: St. Bernard Parish, located near Bank and Hunt Club, is looking for a cantor and musician (guitarist or electric organ player) to lead congregational singing at weekly Saturday 5 pm masses. If interested, please contact Françoise at 276-2724.

WORKSHOP ON ECOLOGY AND HOPE: Where and what are the resources as we enter further into the ecological crisis? Kairos: Spirituality-for-Social Justice Centre (211 Bronson Ave., Room #306) presents a morning workshop on Ecology and Hope. Feb. 4, 9 a.m.- Noon. Please register by Jan. 31. To register phone 236-6557 or email: [email protected]

WATER: LIFE BEFORE PROFIT: Capital Area Justice Initiatives and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace present a half day workshop on the environmental and health issues raised by privatization of municipal water services and the commodification of water. Speaker: Elizabeth May of the Sierra Club and member of the Order of Canada. Sat. Feb. 18 9:30-1:30 p.m. Location: St. Josephs Church (151 Laurier Ave.) Please register: 829-4691. Further study day being held Mar. 4 at Trinity United Church (1099 Maitland Ave.) Speaker: Tony Clarke. For more info call 225-3627 or Sue Taylor at 723-7263.

WORKSHOP FOR CAREGIVERS AND SENIORS: You and Your Aging Parent/Relative Workshop offered by Ottawa Public Health, Cumberland Home Support, Family Services Ottawa and Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre Wed. Feb. 1: Challenges of Caregiving; Wed. Feb. 8: The Aging Process; Wed. Feb. 15: Community Resources. Cost $10 for 3 sessions. Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Beacon Hill Shopping Centre, 2339 Ogilvie Rd. Register: 741-6025 or 834-9195.

LECTURE SERIES: In collaboration with the Agudath Israel Congregation, the Soloway Jewish Community Center and the Ottawa College of Jewish Studies, Saint Paul University is hosting The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture Series. Rabbi Lawrence Perlman, PhD; Revelation and Prayer: Heschels Meeting with God Sun. Jan 15, 7-9 p.m. Rm 103; Mon. Jan 16 9-11 a.m. Rm 105 More info: http://www.ustpaul.ca/philosophy

WORLD RELIGION DAY: An Artistic and Devotional Celebration presented by children and youth of Ottawa. Sun. Jan. 15 1-3 p.m. Location: Jean Pigott Place (Atrium), Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier West.

ST.FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERISTY: offers the following theology and spirituality courses by distance education for personal enrichment and faith growth:An Interfaith Journey: Exploring Prayer and Spirituality (begins Feb 6, 2006)

A Theology of the Heart: The Life and Writings of Henri Nouwen (begins Jan 23, 2006).In addition, courses in the Diploma in Ministry Program and a course in Liturgical Foundations will be offered in the fall term. For info: www.stfx.ca/continuinged/Ministry.html or email [email protected]. Toll free: 1-877-867-5562.

THE OTTAWA PASTORAL CARE TRAINING PROGRAM: offers essential formation in pastoral care that all involved in pastoral care are encouraged to have. They will be offering a 10-week training program on Mondays from March 6 - May 8. Participants can choose either an afternoon or an evening session. For further information or to register, contact Verna Nuttall, 821-2744, [email protected] "The Ottawa Pastoral Care Program" is also holding its annual get-together on Sat., April 29 for all interested coordinators of pastoral care who would like to network with others. Participants are welcome to suggest topics for discussion. Contact Verna Nuttal, 821-2744, [email protected] for further information.

THE CENTRE FOR COUNSELLING AND PASTORAL SERVICES: This non-profit organization provides individual counseling to the population of the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Professional fees are below average and are negotiable. For more info: 782-3022

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: CNEWA Canada is looking for a receptionist/ data entry clerk. For more info call Francois Moniz at 738-9666.

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