19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Bulletin Announcements are due to the Parish office before 11:00 a.m. on the Monday before publication. Please call the parish office to submit an announcement.


Welcome back to St. Columbkille’s Cathedral and our regularly scheduled masses. 

In your prayers kindly remember the sick and those who care for them, the lonely, the handicapped, those isolated, and those who have died especially Gladys Boczar.

Theme for August 9th – A Peaceful Presence.  The first book of kings relates the story of Elijah’s finding God in the “sounds of silence.”  In today’s gospel, the apostles experience Christ’s steadying hand on storm-tossed waters as a calm and reassuring presence.  In the letter to the Romans, Paul grieves deeply over his separation from his Jewish brothers and sisters, the people through whom God first spoke to the world.

Catholic Women’s League

National Catholic Women`s League President Anne-Marie Gorman has arranged an on-line Summer Speakers Series, from August 10th to August 14th,  a focus on Care for Our Common Home, Women in the Church, and League of the Future.  To participate, CWL Members can register online, by going to the National Website: CWL.ca and click on “Summer Speaker Series Registration,” found under “Quick Links”.  Each speaker is listed by date and time.  Once completed and submitted, the member will receive a confirmation of their registration via email.  Those wishing to join, must register for each speaker separately.  We hope all CWL Members are healthy safe.

A Whisper in the Silence: I have sought God in many ways over the course of my life.  I searched in the busyness and “doing” of my life, hoping that if I worked hard enough, I might be loved.   I cried out in times of sickness and confusion, hoping I might be heard.  I have no doubt that God has seen and heard me.  But this ancient story of the prophet Elijah, in our first reading today, reminds us that sometimes the best way  to find God, is just the opposite of our kicking, screaming, doing and crying.  Very often, the most direct way to God is in the silence “at the back of the cave.”  We need to retreat from the noise, lower our voices and be quiet enough to hear the voice that whispers, “Here I am.”

Masks mandatory in Renfrew County beginning the week of July 13

Non-surgical masks become mandatory in certain enclosed spaces (including churches) in Renfrew County the week of June 13th. Exceptions include very young children and people with respiratory problems. Medical authorities are asking everyone to be kind to people who are not wearing a mask. They may have a valid reason for not wearing one. For more details and updates, please consult the website of the Pembroke Observer and News: https://www.pembrokeobserver.com/category/news/local-news.

Ordination of Rev. Mr. Michael Coyne

With joy, the Diocese of Pembroke announces that Most Rev. Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., will ordain Rev. Mr. Michael Coyne to the priesthood at St. Francis Xavier Church, Renfrew, on Tuesday, September 8th, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at 2:00 p.m. The First Mass of Thanksgiving will take place at St. Francis Xavier Church, Renfrew, on Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m. Let us keep Michael Coyne in prayer as he prepares for ordination.

Upcoming Pilgrimages CANCELLED

The Upcoming Pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Cape and to the Shrine of Saint Anne is cancelled this year, due to the pandemic. Any projected dates will depend on the federal, provincial, territorial and public Health governments’ decisions.

Our Lady of the Cape, pray for us. Good Saint Anne, pray for us.


We extend our heartfelt congratulations and prayerful best wishes to all couples who are celebrating their Marriage Anniversary during  August, 2020. The 10:30 a.m. Mass this Sunday is offered for their intentions. Among those celebrating in August are:

  • Jim & Carmel Harrington – 65 years
  • Maurice & Catherine Laflamme – 60 years
  • Rick & Lydia Lewis – 30 years
  • Fred & Dianne Sinclair – 41 years
  • August & Colette Stencell – 56 years

Prayer for Wedding Anniversary: O God, we thank you that you have given us another year of life together. We thank you for the love which grows more precious and for the bonds which grow more closely each day. We thank you for the happiness we have known together; for the sorrows we have faced together; for all the experiences of sunshine and of shadow through which we have come, up to today.

All Couples, whether newly married or many years married, are welcome to have their wedding anniversaries announced in our parish bulletin. Call the Parish Office at 613-732-8513 with your date, or email stcolumbkille@nrtco.net

Announced Parish Masses

Monday 7:45 a.m.

(Ann) Cliff McLaughlin – Patricia McLaughlin
Larry Mungham – Wife Claire


Tuesday 7:45 a.m.

Deceased Brothers & Sisters – Dolly Pick
Special Intentions of Paula & Camilla Norman – Doris Goring & Family


Wednesday 7:15 p.m.

Rita Gaffney – Husband Cy
Deceased Family Members of the Foohey Family – Estate


Thursday 7:45 a.m.

Family Intentions – Jim & Carmel Harrington
Rudi & Mary Zamarski – Estate


Saturday 7:15 p.m.

Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim


Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim


Sunday 5:15 p.m.

For the Sick – Fr. Jim


Due to the issues surrounding COVID 19, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended for all Catholics in this diocese.

Reminder to Parishioners: Methods of Prevention against the Coronavirus

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  3. Disinfect your phone once in a while
  4. Avoid sick people
  5. Stay home if you’re sick. Tell sick colleagues to stay home
  6. Keep your surroundings clean, and practice good hygiene

Pray Daily and seek God’s protection for yourselves and others.

Lord help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together can’t handle. Amen.