Diocesan News

April 20, 2007


THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE NEOPHYTE MASS: Held this past Sunday at Notre Dame Cathedral. Wishing each of you a most happy and blessed Easter!

The Ontario Bishops speak out against Euthanasia and Assisted suicide: In response to recent suggestions that euthanasia and assisted suicide should be legalized, the Ontario Catholic bishops have issued Going to the House of the Father: A Statement on the Dignity and Destiny of Human Life to re-iterate for Catholics the teaching of the Church regarding the dignity and sacredness of human life. This statement will be available in your parish in late May. Info: (www.occb.on.ca).

REMINDER MEETING OF PARISH CHRISTIAN INITIATION COORDINATORS: Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. Sat., April 28, 9:00 a.m. Please RSVP to ([email protected]); (613-738-5025, ext. 217).

REMINDER INSTITUTE ON RECONCILIATION, JUNE 21, 22, 23: Early bird registration deadline is April 21. Registrations received by post on Monday, April 23 will be the last to qualify for the discount. Info: (613-738-5025, x 251); ([email protected]).

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).

REMINDER - COLLECTION FOR VOCATIONS: The next scheduled special collection is for Vocations and will take place the weekend of April 28-29, 2007, Good Shepherd Sunday. We expect to have three, potentially four, seminarians in the seminary this fall. One will be returning after completing his Pastoral Internship year. Thank you for your continuing spiritual and financial support of vocations to the priesthood.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (Sun., April 29): Our liturgy today will remind us of the need for and our duty to work and pray for generous young people to shepherd Gods people.

COME AND SEE FOR WOMEN: Are you a young woman interested in discerning a vocation to religious life? If so, you are invited to attend the monthly Come & See for women. St. Theresa parish (Somerset & Cartier), Fri., May 11, 6:30 p.m. We will share food, friendship and prayer. Info: Camille (613-276-1679).

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT: What does it mean for me to be a Catholic in the world today? More about Baptism, the call to discipleship and the mission of the Church to the world. Presenter: Bishop Paul-André Durocher. Sat., May 12. 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).

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.

DIOCESAN YOUTH OFFICE: Info on parish ministries, diocesan events, training, etc. (www.ottawacatholicyouth.com).


SACRED EARTH CELEBRATION: Hosted by Faith and the Common Good. Sat., Apr. 21, 10:00 a.m. RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., during the Ottawa Eco-Stewardship Fair. Multi-faith service includes music, prayers, reflections. Together as God's people learn ways to act as stewards of creation. Info: John (613-738-5025, ext. 223).

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: Each year during Catholic Education Week, we celebrate the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education in Ontario. This is a special year as we celebrate 150 years of Catholic education in this province. Our Catholic faith emphasizes the belief that all persons are made in the image of God and that Christ shows us the fullest expression of Gods image alive in each of us. Our Catholic schools foster the excellence of all students through the dedicated efforts of our teaching and support staff. Please join the community of the Ottawa Catholic School Board in celebrating our theme Who is my Neighbour? during Catholic Education Week from Sunday, April 29 to Friday, May 4, 2007.

ST. ANDREW PARISH, BARRHAVEN GARAGE SALE: Mother Teresa High School Parking Lot. Sat., May 5. Start your spring cleaning by donating your stuff to our Parish Garage. All proceeds donated to the Building Fund. Items can be brought in the morning of the Garage sale or to the Parish office at the High School, 440 Longfields Dr., Room 105. Info: (613-843-9767).

OPEN HOUSE EVENING - CHORAL MUSIC CLASSES: With Lawrence Harris. Wed., May 9, 8:00 p.m. Dominican University College, 96 Empress Ave., Room 201. Free Admission. A lively hour of music making. Find out about Summer Semester Choral Music Classes (Gregorian Chant, solfège, part singing, and vocal training). Develop your skills and boost your confidence. Bring friends and add Choral Music Class to your summer fun! Info: (613-567-7729).

A Victims Symposium: Neighbours Helping Neighbours. Understanding the personal harm of crime and learning how to support the journey to resiliency. May 9, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saint Paul University, 223 Main, Pavillon Allie. Leader: Wilma Derksen. Free. Lunch provided. Register: ([email protected]). Sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Canada in collaboration with the Church Council on Justice and Corrections.

SERENITY RENEWAL FOR FAMILIES PUBLIC LECTURE & PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP: Dr. Robert Ackerman, internationally known family and addictions specialist. Wed., May 9. Lecture at Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson, 7:00 9:30 p.m. Professional Development Workshop at Saint Paul University, 1:00 4:30 p.m. Info: (613-523-5143); ([email protected]).

GARAGE SALE: The Knights of Columbus, St. Edith Stein Parish Council will host a garage sale May 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, Heritage Drive from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Info: Pat (613-446-7247).

Fundraising Event for the Centre Espoir Sophie: A francophone drop-in for marginalized women. Guest of honour: The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur. Sat., May 12, 1:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. Arena Bernard-Grandmaître, 309 McArthur Rd, Vanier. Shows, a dance and a hot supper for $8. Entry: $10. Tickets/info: Michel (613-746-5249) or Guy (613-830-3312). An invitation from The Knights of Columbus and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

DIVINE MERCY HEALING RETREAT: With Fr Mathew Naickomparambil & Team from Potta, India. Fri., May 11, 7:00 9:00 p.m., Mass of Healing, St. Patrick's Basilica. Sat., May 12 & Sun., May 13, 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Nepean Sportsplex. Team's only visit to Canada this year. Info: (www.befree.ca); ([email protected]).

WOMEN OF BETHANY MORNING PRAYER: Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Road, Sat., May 12, 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Theme: "Behold thy Mother", honoring our Blessed Mother Mary. Bring snack to contribute to potluck breakfast. Rosary, Mass, a talk by Fr. Joe Muldoon on devotions to Mary, and a potluck breakfast. Registration: Donna Verner (613-830-5015); Mary Sheridan (613-224-0284).

ST. ANDREW PARISH, BARRHAVEN CAR SHOW: St. Joseph High School parking lot, 3333 Greenbank Rd, Barrhaven. June 9, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Car Registration: $15/day of show; $10/pre-registered. Show Cars welcome to arrive, 7:00 9:00 a.m. Dash plaques awarded to first 50 cars registered. Info: Tony or Patricia (613-843-1985); Parish Office (613-843-9767). All proceeds for Building Fund!

CYCLING FOR CHILDREN CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE INTERNATIONAL: Canadian Catholic Child Sponsorship Organization 5th annual fundraising bike tours. Summer 2007 in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta & Nova Scotia. Ontario tour near Wiarton, Bruce Peninsula, 80 km/day. July 28-29. Info: Deacon Eugene Perabo (613-830-4957); Marian Cloutier (866-311-6874); (m[email protected]). On-line registration: (www.ccare.ca).

SEEKING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: St. Isidore Parish, Kanata, seeks a part-time (25 hours a week) Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. A job description can be found at (www.stisidorekanata.com).

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