ARCHBISHOP & AUXILIARY BISHOP’S ENGAGEMENTS
CHRISTIAN INITIATION - RITE OF ELECTION & CALLING CANDIDATES TO LENTEN RENEWAL:
Notre Dame Cathedral.
Sunday, February 22, 2:30 p.m.
All family & friends are most welcome to attend the Rite of Election.
FROM THE HOLY SEE
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2015:
“Make your hearts firm”
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us.
Complete text available online at (
PERMANENT DIACONATE – INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Is the Lord calling you to the Permanent Diaconate? Come and discover what the diaconate is all about. All men in the Archdiocese are invited; married men are encouraged to come with their wives. If you wish to attend a session or have more info, please contact Deacon Michael Seath
). There will be four info sessions:
Wed., Feb. 25, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Annunciation of the Lord Parish, 2414 Ogilvie Rd., in the hall
Wed., Mar. 11, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
at St. Mary Parish, 100 Young St., in the St. Catherine room;
Sat., Mar. 14, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
at St. Patrick Basilica, 220 Kent Street, downstairs in the Scavi;
Mon., Mar. 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at St. Martin de Porres Parish, 3891 Richmond Rd., in the conference room.
The next Pastoral Day at the Diocesan Centre is scheduled for
Wednesday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.
Agenda includes information on the new Religious Education curriculum and other family resources. Priests only session after lunch. Packages for parishes will be available for pick-up. Please plan to attend. Lunch provided by Sagrada Familia Parish. Cost for lunch: $15. Lunch RSVP:
DON BOSCO GALA:
Celebrate Youth Ministry at the 7
annual Don Bosco Gala,
Sat., Feb. 28
. For all involved in Youth Ministry. Hors d’oeuvres, dance and awards ceremony. Awards will be given to outstanding volunteers in Youth Ministry who have been nominated by their parishes and groups. This is a dressy event! Cost: $20/person. Info & tickets: Ted (
(613-738-5025 ext. 231
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016:
The Archdiocese of Ottawa is bringing a group of Young Adults (18-35) to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland,
July 19 – August 2, 2016
. Approximate cost: $3400. Limited spots available. To register please contact Ted
DIOCESAN CONSULTATION FOR THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY.
In preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on
The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World
, our Diocese is seeking input on a series of questions via the parishes. For more information, please contact your local parish.
Bishop Christian Riesbeck CC, will celebrate
Confirmation for Adult Catholics
(grade 9 & above) on
Pentecost Sunday, May 24
Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral. Details for parishes to follow.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS:
in Ordinary Time -
. That the Holy Spirit who scrutinizes everything, will assist all those discerning a vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life in discovering the truth of God’s call, we pray to the Lord.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN AND MISSIONARY WORKS:
This scheduled special collection for Diocesan and Missionary Works will take place the weekend of
February 21–22 2015
, the First
of Lent. This collection enables the Archdiocese of Ottawa, on behalf of the faithful of our diocese, to respond to requests for assistance from various groups such as: Birthright of Ottawa, Serena Ottawa, Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Christian Council of the Capital Area, Shepherds of Good Hope, Legion of Mary Handicap Pilgrimage, Caldwell Family Centre, Miriam Centre, Development & Peace – Emergency Appeals, St. Patrick’s Home, Catholic Christian Outreach and NET Ministries.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP – OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERFAITH/INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE:
The Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) is an organization that promotes respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership. Annual Friendship Dinner “Responsible Citizenship and Social Cohesion” on
Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.
at IDI Ottawa, 335 Michael Cowpland Dr., Kanata. Tickets: $30 at (
). Info: John Dorner, Host Committee member
FROM THE CCCB
MESSAGE FROM CCCB PRESIDENT FOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING:
Link to the message from CCCB President Archbishop Paul-André Durocher for the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, being celebrated this coming
, the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita: (
). The Day of Prayer and Awareness is an initiative by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and the International Union of Superiors General, and is being strongly encouraged by the Holy Father. Outline of Saint Josephine Bakhita’s life and spirituality (
). Other resources: Canadian Religious Conference (
Prayer proposed for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
O God, when we hear of children and adults deceived and taken to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, and organ ‘harvesting’, our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies, and force. We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery, and pray with Saint Bakhita for it to end. Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits
have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good. Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from this wickedness, and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen.
(Vatican Information Service, Feb. 3).
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NET MINISTRIES OF CANADA:
On the occasion of the 20
anniversary of Net Ministries of Canada, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has sent a message of congratulations to the organization. In his letter, the CCCB President thanks NET Canada for its work in evangelizing youth and families and assures all involved with Net Ministries of the blessing and prayers of the Bishops. Link to message: (
MARRIAGE PREPARATION & FAMILY MINISTRY
ARCHBISHOP PRENDERGAST’S VIDEO WELCOME MESSAGE TO ENGAGED COUPLES:
Engaged couples visiting the diocesan marriage webpage will now be greeted by a word of welcome and encouragement from Archbishop Prendergast in a brief video. In addition to the video message, the site includes a step-by-step guide to help couples with the process of marriage in the Catholic Church and a list of upcoming courses in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Sections for special marriage cases and separated and divorced Catholics can be found as well. Please visit the site and direct parishioners to it using the link below. Info: (
SESSION FOR MARRIAGE PREP FACILITATORS: FOCCUS PRE-MARRIAGE INVENTORY.
Anne Seath (Divine Infant Parish) and Michelle Miller (St. Joseph Parish) will present the FOCCUS Pre-marriage Inventory and its use as a tool in the preparation of engaged couples for marriage.
Thurs., Feb. 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at the Diocesan Centre. This seminar is part of a series of events aimed at providing ongoing support and formation for those involved in marriage preparation.
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Fri., Feb. 6
FOR SEPARATED AND DIVORCED CATHOLICS: JOURNEY OF HOPE – WOMEN’S SESSION.
Introductory program for women at Holy Rosary Parish,
Mar. 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
for 6 weeks. The program, led from a Catholic faith exploration perspective, is designed to help participants take positive steps in their daily spiritual life to find peace, reconciliation and healing. Info & registration: Elaine Simpson
YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
VOCATION BREAKFAST WITH GUEST SPEAKER:
The Servants of the Cross are hosting a Vocation Fair Breakfast on
Sat., Feb. 14, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
at St. George Parish (415 Piccadilly) with guest speaker – Fr. Denis Lemieux of Madonna House. Fr. Denis is the author of “The I-Choice: Staying Human in a Digital Age”. The Vocation Fair starts with Mass at
, includes brunch, a talk by Fr. Lemieux and a chance to meet priests and religious for small group discussions. Info: Servants of the Cross
). Poster: (
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS FOR 2015 WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE:
During this Year of Consecrated Life, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord this past February 2, the Church again invited all the faithful to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. As part of these celebrations, Pope Francis presided at a Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, with many men and women from various forms of consecrated life also participating. The consecrated life refers to those in the Church who have dedicated themselves in a special way to the Lord as members of religious institutes, apostolic societies and secular institutes, and as consecrated virgins. Info: (
PRO-LIFE EVENTS & INFO
WORLD DAY OF THE SICK:
World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on
– the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy Father reminds us all:
“Even when illness, loneliness and inability make it hard for us to reach out to others, the experience of suffering can become a privileged means of transmitting grace and a source for gaining and growing in sapientia cordis [wisdom of the heart]”
MONTHLY PRO-LIFE MASS:
To pray for the establishment of a Pro-life Centre in Ottawa,
Sat., Feb. 21, 10:00 a.m.
at St. Hyacinth Parish, 201 LeBreton St. Info:
40 DAYS FOR LIFE, SPRING/WINTER CAMPAIGN:
Feb. 18 – Mar. 29
. Due to our cold winters, an on-site prayer vigil will not be taking place on Bank St. Please remember the unborn in your prayers and sacrifices during Lent. Pray for an end to abortion. The next 40 Days for Life campaign takes place from
Sept. 23 - Nov. 1, 2015
. Info: (
FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE FOR DOCTORS THREATENED:
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has proposed a modification in its operational principles which, if adopted, would severely restrict the rights of conscience of medical practitioners. The draft policy can be read at
The CPSO will accept feedback from the public on this issue until February 20
: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 80 College St., Toronto, ON, M5G-2E2; (
THE CATHOLIC ORGANIZATION FOR LIFE AND FAMILY’S (COLF) RESPONSE TO THE DRAFT POLICY OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO “PROFESSIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS”: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has proposed a modification in its operational principles which, if adopted, would severely restrict the rights of conscience of medical practitioners in Ontario. The implications of the proposed policy change would be devastating for Ontario doctors who seek to inform their consciences by their faith – and not only by College policy – and who, as a consequence, may be forced to leave the province or the practice of medicine in order to maintain their integrity. These implications would also be disturbing for many patients who want to be treated by physicians who share their vision of the human person. COLF: (www.colf.ca).
WIDER COMMUNITY INTEREST
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (CCODP) SHARE LENT WORKSHOP:
As the Canadian member of Caritas, Development and Peace invites you to join our Share Lent workshops:
Sat., Feb. 7, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph parish Women’s Centre, 151 Laurier St., E. OR
Wed., Feb. 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
at the Diocesan Centre (Rm 108), 1247 Kilborn Place. All welcome; light meal incl. Info: Genevieve Gallant
CONCERT – BIG SOUL PROJECT:
At St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod Ave.,
Sat., Feb. 7, 8:00 p.m.
Funds raised support the St. Joe’s Supper Table. Tickets: $20; available in advance at (
); St. Joseph’s church office, 151 Laurier Ave. E.; Leading Note, 370 Elgin St.; Compact Music 190 & 785 Bank St.
LUCKY 7 DESSERT & CARD PARTY:
St. Ignatius Church Hall, 518 Donald St. (back door).
Sun., Feb. 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Come alone or bring a friend to make up a table. Door prizes. Sponsored by the CWL to benefit the parish. Tickets: $7 each. Info:
Mass and the Sacrament of the Sick (for those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age) on
Thurs., Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m.
at Blessed Sacrament. Prayer teams available for personal healing prayer or prayer for other intentions and persons. Info: parish office (613-232-4891).
Leader as Coach and Mentor: Promoting Excellence in Individuals and Teams.
Explore how coaching and mentoring methodologies can enhance your leadership competencies and help you maximize individual and team effectiveness. Speaker: Madeleine Mcbrearty, Ph.D., Concordia University.
Feb. 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
at Saint Paul University, Room G1130. Free admission. Info: (
DIALOGUE AND FRIENDSHIP DINNER:
Responsible Citizenship and Social Cohesion
. Presenter: Andrew Potter, Editor, Ottawa Citizen.
Tues., Feb. 24, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive. Cost $30/person. Info & tickets: (
St. Basil Parish is hosting an evening of reflection as Lent begins,
Thurs., Feb. 26, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
There will be instrumental strings and thoughtful reflections based on the Gospel of John. St. Basil parking: Maitland at the Queensway. Info: (613-729-5149 ext. 200).
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SILENT WEEKEND RETREAT:
The Psalms as a School for Prayer
led by Joseph Clarkson. Notre-Dame de la Providence Retreat House, 1754 St. Joseph Blvd., Orleans.
. Cost: $180.
deadline. Register at: (
). More info: (
SHRINES OF FRANCE PILGRIMAGE:
With Fr. Titus Egbueh,
September 11 – 22, 2015
. Paris, Lisieux, Lourdes, Avignon, Nevers, Chartres and more. Info meeting in the hall at St. Leonard Parish, Manotick on
Tues., Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Info: Sandra Ayoub (
SHADES OF IRELAND TOUR:
With Father Bill Penney,
Sept. 1-10, 2015
. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick. Info: Debbie Brydges, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (613-257-4111).