5th Sunday of Easter –Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

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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 Wayne Vaillancourt.

INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY Vine and Branches: The Easter message of life in the risen Christ continues in today’s gospel of the vine and branches. Apart from Jesus the vine, there can be no Spirit-life for disciples. The letter of John reminds us that is this same Spirit that enables us to recognize Jesus as God’s Son and to keep his commandments. The Spirit at work in Acts moves the recently covered Paul to present his message in Jerusalem regardless of the personal danger involved. Thus the vine and branches constitute a living reality within the human soul and within a growing church.

FROM THE RECTOR’S DESK – The Story of the Praying Hands – For year’s people have admired the art masterpiece known as “The Praying Hands.” Behind this work of art is a fascinating story of love and sacrifice. In the late fifteenth century two struggling young art students, Albrecht Dürer and Franz Knigstein, worked as laborers to earn money for their art studies. But the work was long and hard and it left them little time to study art. Finally they agreed to draw lots and let the loser support them both while the winner continued to study. Albrecht won, but he agreed to support Franz after achieving success so his friend could finish his studies. After becoming successful, Albrecht sought out Franz to keep his bargain. But he soon discovered the enormous sacrifice his friend had made. As Franz had worked at hard labor, his fingers had become twisted and stiff. His long, slender fingers and sensitive hands have been ruined for life. He could no longer manage the delicate brush strokes so necessary for executing fine paintings. But in spite of the price he had paid, Franz was not bitter. He was happy that his friend Albrecht had attained success. One day Albrecht saw his loyal friend kneeling, his rough hands entwined in silent prayer. Albrecht quickly sketched the hands, later using the rough sketch to create his masterpiece known as “The Praying Hands.”

A note from Fr. Jim he will continue with weekend and daily masses and since only 10 people can be present in the church for mass including the priest, parishioners may stay in their cars in the church parking lot and tune in at 88.1 radio station and Fr. Jim will gladly come out and give communion as you stay in the comfort of your car.


You’re offering for Sunday, April 25th was $2,532.00

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

2021 Sunday Offering Envelopes

Your 2021 Sunday Offering Envelopes are available at the main entrance of the Cathedral. If you want envelopes and cannot find a box with your name on it, please contact the parish secretary at 732-8513 and one will be prepared for you.

If you wish an Income Tax Receipt please place a self-addressed in the collection basket (stamped or not). Your receipt will be mailed out the following week.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Will be available by appointment only due to COVID restrictions. Please call 613-732-8513 during office hours.

Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Bible Reading

In these trying times, it is more imperative than ever that we Christians encourage one another by proclaiming God’s word. As it says in Isiah 55:11. “So shall my word that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty but shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

We are planning to meet at the Pembroke waterfront Amphitheatre on June 6, 2021 at 1 pm for the readings. We are allowed 100 people at an outdoor public venue. To register please call the office at (613) 732 – 8513 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Closed between 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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, May 3rd, 2021 to Saturday May 8th, 2021

Monday 7:45 a.m.

Renice, Ray & Phil Smith – Sue & Dan Skomsky
Special Intentions of Sisters of Saint Joseph Pembroke – Congregation of Sisters of Saint Joseph


Tuesday 7:45 a.m.

Frank, Lucie & Lawrence Blaskie – Blaskie Family
Special Intentions of Arcand & Panagapko Families – Gord & Marilyn Panagapko

Wednesday 7:15 p.m.

Teresa Wren – Mark & Agnes Enright
Angelika Demeter – Ann Heney


Thursday 7:45 a.m.

(Ann) Zoltan Demeter – Donna & Mark Biggs
Dorice Chaput – Mark Reilander


Friday 7:45 a.m.

Kay Scott – June Dupuis
Veronica Kearney – Tome & June Carmody

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

Holy Mass – Extraordinary Form

Holy Masses in the extraordinary form are 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 Latin Mass: Postponed until further notice.

Celebrating the Year of Saint Joseph

Resources to commemorate the year of St. Joseph can be found on the Diocese of Pembroke website at https://pembrokediocese.com/year-of-st-joseph/.