Diocesan News

February 23, 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.

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. This special week leads into Vocation Sunday (Good Shepherd Sunday). Info: Msgr. Len Lunney (738-5025).


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).

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., Mar. 9, 6:30 p.m. We will share food, friendship and prayer. Info: Camille (613-276-1679).

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).

CONSIDERING RE-MARRIAGE? Anyone who was previously marriage 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. This seminar will deal with the issues associated with living in a new relationship while remembering the old. It is 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]).

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).


SINGING OURSELVES AWAKE: Evening of Song with Miriam Martin, pbvm. Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University. Free Will Offering for PACT. Info: (613-236-6557); ([email protected]).

ST. MARTIN DE DORRES PARISH LENTEN RENEWAL MISSION: Redemptorist priest Rev. Eugene OReilly C.Ss.R will conduct the Mission. Sun., Mar. 4 Wed., Mar. 7, 7:30 8:30 p.m. each evening. Everyone welcome. Info: (613-828-6720).

THEOLOGY ON TAP: "Why Can't Women Be Priests?" Miriam Stulberg of the Madonna House Lay Apostolate explores the Catholic understanding of vocation, priesthood, masculinity and femininity, and the role of Mary, Mother of God. Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. at Malone's Pub, Dow's Lake Pavilion. Info: (www.ottawa-theologyontap.com).

FR. BOB BEDARD VISITS ALMONTE: As part of our Lenten Mission Series, Fr. Bob Bedard will be coming to Holy Name of Mary Parish in Almonte on Tuesday, March 6 following the 7:00 p.m. Mass. Fr. Bedard is the founder of the Companions of the Cross and a well known speaker throughout North America. All are welcome. Info: (613-256-1034).

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY - NUTRITION & DEMENTIA WORKSHOP: Perley & Rideau Veterans Health Centre, 1750 Russell Road, Benidickson Room. Wed., Mar. 7, 1:00 3:00 p.m. Cost: $10. To register: (613-523-4004)

ST. PATRICKS CELEBRATION AT ASSUMPTION PARISH: Enjoy good food, good music and good friends. Hosted by the Parish Catholic Womens League. Sun., March 11, 5:00 p.m. Adults: $12 & children 12 & under: $3. Tickets: parish office (746-8503); Carmel Wrinn (746-1490); following all weekend masses.

PETER KREEFT TALK: Lecturer and author of over 45 books, including Making Sense Out of Suffering and Socrates Meets Jesus, Peter Kreeft will be giving two talks at Saint Patricks Basilica (corner Kent and Nepean). On Sat., March 31 at 7:30pm Kreeft will speak on "The Passion, Death and Resurrection of...the Church," and on Sun., April 1at 1:30pm he will address "What Difference Does Jesus Make?" Good will offering will be taken up. Info: (613-233-1125).

CONCERT OF YOUTH CHOIRS: At Our Lady of the Visitation Parish (5338 Bank; 5 minutes south of Hunt Club). Sunday, April 29, 1:30 p.m. We invite any youth choirs to join to perform a short set (10 minutes). Info: Mike Golle (613-295-9575).

TAIZÉ WEEKEND: Held in Montreal, April 27-28-29. 800 - 1000 young adults expected to attend from all across eastern Canada and the U.S. Bother Alois, who is Br. Rogers successor as prior of the community, will attend. Info or registration: Laura (613-738-5025 ext 219); Sr. Marie-Pierre (613-241-7515); (www.taizemontreal2007.ca).

MIRIAM CENTRE: Are you hurting after the loss of a child...miscarriage...abortion...infant death? Do you need help with a baby? Are you facing a difficult pregnancy? Miriam Centre is there to offer support, encouragement and help before and after the birth of a baby. Free and confidential. (613-830-8623).

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