31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, November 1st, 2020

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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 Margaret McFarlane, George Casper Rowe, and Barbara Reid.

FROM THE RECTOR’S DESK – Theme: The Responsibility of Religious Leadership.  Malachi takes serious issue with the type of religious leaders present in his time.  Personally unfaithful to the covenant, they were also guilty of misleading and misdirecting the people they were called to lead.  Today’s gospel contains some of Jesus’ strongest words against the scribes and Pharisees.  Seeking privilege and honors, they were far more interested in recognition than service.  Against this background, Paul stands out as a model of Christian leadership.  He worked tirelessly among the Thessalonians, even providing for this own needs, with the sole aim of letting his message take deep root among his hearers.

We celebrate two very significant days in the Church’s calendar this week…All Saints on November 1st and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed or All Souls on November 2nd. In the First celebration we give thanks to God for all the Saints and in particular for those Saints who have no proper feast day in the Church’s calendar, people we have known and loved and who are now enjoying the fullness of the kingdom in heaven .In the second, All Souls Day, we pray, with confidence in God’s merciful love and hope in the resurrection. For those who have gone before us in death; that they might know the perfect and eternal life of heaven.

November is the month during which we remember and pray for those who have gone before us in death. We do so in a spirit of hope and joy, that comes from our belief in Christ’s victory over the power of sin and death by his own death and resurrection. Due to the restriction of Covid-19 we are not able to place the remembrance book for you to sign, but loved ones will be remembered in our masses and prayers during the month of Holy Souls


Your offering for Sunday, October 25th was $3,652.

A sincere thank you for your weekly donations during the COVID 19 pandemic. Your generosity is gratefully appreciated.

First Communion

Our congratulations and prayerful best wishes go out to those young parishioners who made their First Communion on Monday October 26th at 6:30 P.M May the Holy Spirit, whom we celebrate in a special way, fill their hearts with love for Jesus in the Eucharist and lead them to an ever greater participation in the life of the church of which the Eucharist is the source and summit.  Our First Communicants are: Abigail Ebie, Hailey Picard, Nathan Ebie, Faith Mitchell – Cruise, Chelsea Liebeck, John Noble, Aveya Reece, Bronwyn Popkie, Mason Patriquin, and Emily Levair.

Holy Mass – Extraordinary Form

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form is offered at St Columbkille Cathedral on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. These Latin Masses are in the form of the Liturgy as it was celebrated at the time of the Second Vatican Council—the same form which nourished the faith of many of our ancestors. English translations of the entire Mass are provided. Next Mass – November 7th.

National Evangelization Team (NET) Canada

Due to the government regulations and restrictions, NET will not be in the Diocese this fall to do school or parish retreats. This will be reevaluated in the New Year.

Catechists Formation Day

Important Gathering Call to Register. A Catechists formation day open to all will be held on Saturday, November 7th at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 284 Trafalgar Road, Pembroke. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Formation will continue from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This will be a great day with a visit from Bishop Guy Desrochers. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please inform us you have any food allergies. There is no registration fee, but registration is necessary. To register, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613 732-7933 ext. 206 or by email at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com by Thursday, November 5th.

Marriage Preparation Program

Renfrew: St. Francis Xavier Parish (331 Plaunt St.)

  • Saturday, February  27 9-4:30 p.m. (Deadline: Feb. 22)
  • Saturday, March 6 9-4:30 p.m.

Pembroke: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (280 Lourdesview Drive)

  • Saturday, April 17 9-4:30 p.m. (Deadline: April 12)
  • Saturday, May 1 9-4:30 p.m.


Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation – Leadership Program

Are you called to join other Canadian women learning how your leadership has the power to transform where you work, volunteer, and live? Application are now available for the 2021-2022 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The in-person and online program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spiritually at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) runs from April/21 to May/22. Visit www.cwflcanada.ca Application deadline November 20, 2020

Diocesan Young Adult Ministry

Next gathering is Thursday, November 19th at St. Columbkille Cathedral for session #2 of NO GREATER LOVE – A biblical walk through Christ’s Passion. Holy Hour from 6-7 p.m. (optional). Session from 7-8:30 p.m.in the parish hall.  Come join us and bring a friend.

Online Zoom Study Courses

Offered by Fr. Tim Moyle of the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac on two books: Tuesday evenings on ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ (vol.1) by Pope Benedict XVI, and Thursday evenings on ‘The Screwtape Letters’ by C.S. Lewis. Both courses run from 7-8 pm. If you are interested in participating, please email Fr. Tim at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com and he will send you a link with a Zoom invitation to join the discussion. The ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ course has already begun. The ‘Screwtape Letters’ will begin on Thursday 29 October 2020. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Obligation to Attend Mass Remains Suspended

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.

Michael A. Mulvihill – Family
Rita Mary Fortin Hoffman – Richard, Duane & Anne Hoffman


Tuesday 7:45 a.m.

Souls in Purgatory – Rose Docherty
Elizabeth White – Bill & Ann Marie Fillmore


Wednesday 7:15 p.m.

Margaret Hussick – Lance & Christine Patriquin & Family
Michelle Barrett – Jake Barrett


Thursday 7:45 a.m.

Lawrence & Yvonne Gendron – Family
John Gilbert Chaput – Barbara Clouthier


Friday 7:45 a.m.

Michael Howe – John & Elizabeth Huard
Margaret McFarlane – Brenda McFarlane & Family


Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Latin Mass (Low Mass / Missa lecta)


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

Insights from Flying Geese

Perhaps you have seen geese flying through the sky in a “V” formation. Christians can learn some valuable lessons from their habits.  Flying in a “V” formation decreases the wind drag for all but the lead goose, The uplift of the wings of the bird in front make it easier for the flock to fly long distances. Christians can learn from this that we always accomplish far more by working together than by acting individually. That’s why God created the church and instructed us to “bear one another’s burdens.” When we share a common goal and work together in harmony, there is no limit to what can be accomplished. When flying together in “V”, the lead goose will drop back into the formation to rest a bit while another takes his place as the leader. We can learn from this that it pays to take turns doing the hard jobs, lest a few become “weary in well doing.” What excuses have we been giving God when asked to serve? Seasoned goose observers have also notice that when a goose becomes ill or wounded and falls out of formation, two others will fall out with him and remain behind to nurse him until he recovers enough to join another flock. What a lesson we Christian can learn from this! Why do we condemn those of our number who fall rather than love and nurse them back to wholeness? If the world knew we would love unconditionally and stand by one another no matter what, we would have to build thousands of new churches to accommodate all the people.