Diocesan News

January 25, 2022


The annual observance of Lent begins very shortly on Ash Wednesday, February 6.This is the time in the Church year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In the Roman Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes used in that day's liturgy. This use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance.

In Lent, the Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter.

Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to persons 14 and older; the law of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday applies to persons 18 or older and younger than 60.

NOTICE OF DEATH: On January 18, 2022 at the age of 59, Mrs Suzanne Houle, who worked for the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Ottawa. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.


SUPPORT TO THE SEPARATED AND DIVORCED: Support Group for those experiencing the trauma of separation or divorce meets at the Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place on Wednesday nights, 7:30 p.m. as follows: Jan. 30, March 5 & 19, April 2 & 16, May 7 & 21. Info: ([email protected]).

LETS TALK YOUTH DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF YOUTH MINISTRY IN OTTAWA: Youth and youth leaders from all Catholic movements, schools and parishes will have an opportunity to bring forward their ideas for Catholic Youth Ministry in our Nation's Capital. Sat., Feb. 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place.

What should we do more of, in terms of evangelization and fellowship and how can we work together?; What kinds of improvements can we make to the existing programs and retreats?; How can we connect with more youth? These are but a few questions seeking your discussions, prayers, and responses. Please keep the evening in your prayers, as well as the various movements and groups in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Everyone is invited!

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT What does it mean for me to be a Catholic in the world today as someone engaged in spiritual discernment about his or her life? Sat., Feb. 23. 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).

BEGINING AGAIN SEMINAR: Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Place. Sat., March 1, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Intended for those who have been recently separated/divorced. Deals with the issues of getting on with life after the trauma of a failed relationship. Cost: $50. Registration: ([email protected]).

PLANNING TO MARRY? Marriage Preparation Courses are held at most parishes, but for those unable to attend those locally, a limited number will be held at the Diocesan Centre, 1247 Kilborn Pl. Friday evening & all-day Saturday. Facilitators: Lynne & Ray Kaluski. May 9/10. Registration: ([email protected]).

CONFIRMATIONS ON PENTECOST SUNDAY: Archbishop Prendergast invites interested adult and secondary school age candidates to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at Notre Dame Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday, May 11, at the noon Mass. All candidates will have registered at their respective parish and have received the appropriate preparation there. Parishes are to send the names and all necessary information for the preparation of the register to Annmarie Brown at Pastoral Services (613-738-5025, ext. 217; [email protected]) before April 1, 2022.

INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS QUEBEC CITY JUNE 15 22, 2022: Official Diocesan Representative is Fr. Pommainville, Sainte-Geneviève parish (613-731-3772). Info: (www.cei2022.ca).

CATECHESIS ON THE EUCHARIST: To prepare spiritually for the International Eucharist Congress (to be held in Quebec City, June 2022). They take place 7:00 9:00 p.m. as follows:

Catechesis 5 The Eucharist: The Life of Christ in our lives, Wed., Feb. 20 at St John the Apostle

Catechesis 6 Eucharist and the Mission, Wed., March 12 at Good Shepherd


ST. PIUS X CELEBRATING 50TH ANNIVERSARY MAY 23-25: To highlight spiritual heritage and legacy, compiling a listing of students who have continued on and become sisters, brothers, deacons, and priests. Please forward this info to: ([email protected]). Details on the anniversary: (http://www.stpius50th.ca/).

9 DAY TOUR OF EAST COAST NEWFOUNDLAND & ST. PIERRE: With Father Bill Penney. Meeting Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m., at the Almonte Civitan Hall. Info: (613-257-4111).

THEOLOGY ON TAP: "A Catholic Response to New Age spiritualities" by Father Dan Dubroy. Tues., Feb 5, 7:30 p.m. Malone's Bar & Grill, Dow's Lake (1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr). Info: (www.ottawa-theologyontap.com).

ASH WEDNESDAY OTTAWA HOSPITAL: Mass and Blessing of Ashes at 12 noon, Wed., Feb. 6. Weekday Masses during Lent, 12 noon at The Ottawa Hospital, Civic and General Campus.

SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE CELEBRATE 25TH YEAR OF SERVING THE POOR: Festive Wine & Cheese followed by a traditional spaghetti dinner. Thurs., Feb. 7, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please, come join us all as we pay tribute to all who have helped us in service. St. Brigids Centre for the Arts and Humanities, 179 Murray Street.

VESPERS WITH A LENTEN REFLECTION: By Fr. Bill Burke, Associate Director of Liturgy with the CCCB. Sunday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. at St. Basil's (Maitland Ave. & Queensway). All are most welcome! Info: (613-729-5149).

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION: The Good Shepherd Parish is currently seeking a self-motivated individual for general office duties. Qualifications include: strong computer skills (Access an asset), effective communication and diplomacy skills, ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, ability to work with volunteers, well organized, previous office experience. Send resume by Mon., Feb. 11 to: Admin. Asst. Search Committee, c/o Good Shepherd Parish, 3092 Innes Road, Gloucester, Ontario, K1W 1C8 or ([email protected]).

LENTEN ADVISORY - TELEVISED MISSION 2022: Keeping a Mellow Heart in a Bitter Time. Guest Preacher: Father Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I. On VISIONTV, Mon., Mar. 3 & Tues., Mar. 4, 7:00 p.m. (repeated 11:00 p.m.). Parishes info package sent to you by Feb. 8. Please call 1-888-383-6277 if you do not receive it.

KAIROS SPIRITUALITY-FOR-SOCIAL JUSTICE: Engage with others to explore the implications of a globalized economy. Session led by Anne O'Brien, gsic and facilitated by Fay Edmonds, gsic. Mar. 8, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost: $20 by Mar. 3. Bring a bag lunch. 211 Bronson, rm. #306. Info: (613-236-6557); ([email protected]).

ARE YOU SINGLE BY CHOICE? Are You Satisfied with your career/profession but want more? Explore your Vocation to be Single For The Lord. Members will be sharing spiritual, educational and social activities on a regular weekly/bi-weekly basis. A group will be starting up after mid-March. Interested: Petronella (613-744-7585).

WOMEN'S BREAKFAST - ST. DecemberINE PARISH: 1060 Baseline Rd., Sat., Mar 29, 8:30 10:30 a.m. Speaker: Natasha J. Gajraj. Topic When Heaven meets earth: the story of a conversion and discovering God in everyday life. $10 ticket includes catered hot buffet breakfast. Advance sales ONLY. Contact Parish secretary: (613- 225-7388).

OTTAWA PASTORAL CARE TRAINING PROGRAM, CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENT: Topic: "How to Minister to Those Who Choose To Die at Home". Presenter: Dr. Louise Coulombe, M.D., CCFP, Palliative Care Physician. Tues., April 29, 1:30 3:30 p.m. or 7:00 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 971 Woodroffe Ave. (back parking lot & back door). Cost: $10. No registration required. Come early to browse the book table.

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