Diocesan News

May 25, 2007


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.

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., June 8, 6:30 p.m. We will share food, friendship and prayer. Info: Camille (613-276-1679).

ORDINATIONS TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE: Dan Careau, Fred Jardine, and Greg Vaughn will be ordained as Permanent Deacons on Sun, June 10, 2:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral. Please keep these men and their families in your prayers.

COME & 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., June 15. Info: Msgr. Len Lunney (613-738-5025).

INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS QUEBEC CITY 2022: Fr. Michel Pommainville has been appointed as the diocesan contact for the 2022 International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City in replacement of Rev. Fr. Doris Laplante, C.Ss.R. To contact Fr. Pommainville: Sainte-Genevieve Parish (613-731-3772). To register for June 15 - 22: (www.cei2022.ca). Accommodation: The Diocese has reserved approx 80 beds at the Redemptorist Residence Pavillon St-Rédempteur at Saint-Decemberin-de-Desmaures, west of Quebec City. First come, first serve. Also: join the group organized by St. Patricks Basilica & Ottawa Valley Tours; info: Nancy Williams (613-723-5701).

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: One of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and actions needed to heal our sacred earth. Tues., June 5. Please inform John Dorner (Archdiocesan Liaison for Environmental Stewardship) if and how your parish is addressing World Environment Day this year as well as any other activities that your parish is involved in as Stewards of Creation. We wish to recognize the efforts of parishes that are making a difference. Contact John: (613-738-5025, ext 223); ([email protected]). Info re Johns role and how he might be of assistance: please refer to the attachment entitled, Stewardship of Creation.

CATHOLIC OTTAWA A NEWSLETTER OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF OTTAWA: Available on our website at: (www.catholicottawa.ca).


CELEBRATE IN SONG: With the Cumberland Community Singers, 15th Anniversary Spring Concert. Proceeds to Miriam Centre Pregnancy Help Centre. Sun., May 27, 2:00 p.m. Orléans Theatre, 255 Centrum Blvd. Cost: $15/adults; $10 seniors; youth & students free. Info: (613-830-8623).

SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL TEAM DOMINICAN FUNDRAISER: Garage sale to raise funds for their Developing Country awareness trip. Items donated to the sale are most appreciated; drop off at the school's main office. Pick-up can be arranged. Info: Kim (613-831-0545); ([email protected]). Garage Sale, Sat., June 2, 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic High School, 5870 Abbott Street, Stittsville.

FOURTH ANNUAL WALKING PILGRIMAGE TO THE CHURCHES OF OTTAWA: Meet at St Theresa's at 1:00 p.m., walking to St. Patrick's, St. Mary's and St. Francis of Assisi, then to Notre Dame Cathedral. Sun., June 3. Info: (613-731-7834) or (613-445-1357).

SUPER EUCHRE TOURNAMENT: Hosted by St Philips parish, Richmond, in the Parish Hall on Sat., June 9. Large cash prizes for the top 3 teams & door prizes. Admission: $20/player; hot lunch included. Lunch at 11:30 a.m., first game at 1:00 p.m. Spread the word, come have some fun. Further info: Gisele Moore (613-838-5642).

MENS BREAKFAST: Speaker: Dr. Tim Lau on "Swimming against the tide...my journey into the Catholic Church." Sat., June 9, 8:00 10:15 a.m. In the basement of St. Decemberine Church, 1060 Baseline. Enter on the east side basement entrance. Tickets: $4 at the door. To reserve: Tom Gleeson (613-225-4350); ([email protected]).

OUTDOOR PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday, June 10. At St. Patrick's Basilica (corner of Kent & Nepean Sts) immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass. All are welcome.

NET MINISTRIES YEAR-END THANKSGIVING MASS: With Most Rev. Marcel Gervais on Sat., June 16, at Notre Dame Cathedral. Mass begins at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Come and celebrate a fruitful year of ministry. Info: ([email protected]); (613-841-4141).

SPIRITUAL CARE SERVICES, OTTAWA HOSPITAL CIVIC CAMPUS: In great need of Volunteer (Commissioned) Eucharistic Ministers for Daily Communion of Patients. The commitment would be Monday to Friday mornings (one or more) or Sundays. Info: Suzane (613-761-4587); ([email protected]). Thank you!



My name is John Dorner and I see my role as being of service to all devoted to serving God as stewards of creation. We work together, as the Body of Christ, to advance attitudes and actions that help heal our Sacred Earth and provide relief to those harmed by environmental degradation, especially the poor.

In my role as liaison for environmental stewardship, I am present to&

  • inform you of Catholic social teachings related to environmental stewardship and social justice;
  • inform you of the ways our Church is working with other faith communities on finding common ground for the common good as it pertains to the environment;
  • inform you of practical ways that you can act as a steward of creation;
  • inform you of upcoming events that will respond to your concerns and hopes for building a sustainable future, heeding Gods call to stewardship;
  • support you and others who are informed persons working to develop and implement environmental initiatives within the parish, the local community and the world at large;
  • inform you of ways that your parish can reduce energy consumption and where grants are available to assist with energy audits and/or retrofits dedicated to energy reduction.
  • inform you of ways that we can support our children and youth so that their anxieties about their future are replaced by hope and collective action by adults and youth;
  • help arrange for people from other parishes and faith groups to speak to you about their efforts so that we can learn from one another. Likewise, I can help arrange for members of your parish to speak to other parishes and faith groups about your efforts so that we can learn from one another;
  • bring forth an outline of ways your parish community can document its record of environmental stewardship, and how the efforts of your parish may be affirmed through the achievement of a Greening Sacred Spaces Award given by the interfaith group, Faith and the Common Good;
  • listen to you, and hear your concerns, your questions, and your interests as you consider how you can do your best as a person who appreciates the gifts God has entrusted to us for our benefit and the benefit of future generations;
  • be your voice as an advocate, representing our diocese and the Catholic community, on matters related to environmental stewardship and social justice.

I invite you to contact me by telephone (613-738-5025, ext 223) or by email: [email protected]

For information contact: