21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

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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 John Luhowy.

THEME FOR AUGUST 23rd – Keeper of the Keys.  In telling of the substitution of one royal official for another, Isiah describes him as the keeper of the keys, the one who admits or prohibits access to the king as he deems fit.  After his profession of faith at Caesarea Philippi, Peter is also designated as a key keeper, the one given an important and singular authority within the church.  In is not surprising that it is Matthew, the church-conscious evangelist, who preserves this account.  At the conclusion of his treatise on God’s plan for Jew and Gentile, Paul hymns God’s over-arching wisdom which is far beyond a poor mortal’s ability to plummet.

FROM THE RECTOR’S DESK – The Lebanese people are going through a major crisis,” says Carl Hétu, national director of the CNEWA Canada. “The Beirut blast comes on the heels of a political crises, overwhelming debts, financial collapse, unemployment, and the COVID-19 pandemic as well as successive waves of regional conflict. We direct our prayers to the people of this country with whom we Canadians have so many ties. We invite all to join us. The Lebanese people need our help.” CNEWA Canada will leverage most of its resources to support the campaign – social media, website, advertisements and personal and general appeals to its generous donor base. Funds raised will be directed to the CNEWA office in Beirut which, in turn, will share with local churches that offers essential health and emergency services and pastoral outreach. Donations can be made online at cnewa.org/ca/campaigns/lebanoncrisis or by phone at        1-866-322-4441. Cheques can be made to “CNEWA Canada” and mailed to CNEWA Canada at 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9, marked “Lebanon”. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more by CNEWA Canada.


Your offering for Sunday, August 16th was $3,905.00
A sincere thank you for your weekly donations during the COVID 19 pandemic. Your generosity is gratefully appreciated.

Virtual Teen Program

Catholic publisher Pauline Books and Media (PBM) is looking for avid teen readers interested in participating in a pilot run of their new “Pauline Reviewers Program.” Participating teen volunteers have the opportunity to learn to craft a book review for a publisher as they create an official review of a teen title by PBM. Through their review, teens can lend their voice to the world of Catholic publishing, and will earn a certificate that can be used towards high school volunteer hours, resumes, etc. If you have a teen who loves reading or wants to engage in the world of writing and publishing, contact Sister Orianne Dyck (odyck@paulinemedia.com) for more information for further details regarding the program and registration.

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.

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. Please note that, on account of COVID-19, the ordination is by invitation only.

Notice: Masks Mandatory in Renfrew County / Obligation to Attend Mass Remains Suspended

Non-surgical masks are now mandatory in certain enclosed spaces (including churches) in Renfrew County. Due to the issues surrounding COVID 19, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended for all Catholics in this diocese.

Announced Parish Masses

Monday 7:45 a.m.

Larry Mungham – Heather Johnston
Carmel Tallon – Cathy & Kim Allen


Tuesday 7:45 a.m.

John Stunt – Robert & Lorraine Tate
Special Intentions of Carole Barks – Ann-Marie & Bill Fillmore


Wednesday 7:15 p.m.

Frank, Lucy & Lawrence Blaskie – Remi & Lillian Lair
Parmelia Laflamme – Maurice & Catherine Laflamme


Thursday 7:45 a.m.

Maurice & Marie Corriveau – Family
Rudi Goring – Lydia & Rick Lewis


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.


Source of all that is good, lighten my heart and renew my mind with your wisdom as I face the joys and disappointments of this day.  Help me notice the goodness and beauty that surround me.  Inspire my words and actions that they might reflect your generosity, integrity and compassion.  Amen. (Terri Mifek, Living Faith)

ISAIAH 41:10 (NLT)

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.