First Sunday of Lent – February 26th, 2023

INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY: Overcoming evil – Lent reminds us of many things. It recalls our baptism, the beginning of God’s life in us.  We think of this especially as we follow the journey of our catechumens toward their baptisms at Easter.  Lent also reminds us of sin and our own weaknesses.  It leads us to a greater dependence on Christ as we move toward holy week.  And finally, we are reminded of the need for penance in our life, to die more to self and to live more for God.  All of these ideas are present in today’s readings.  The Genesis story introduces sin on the world stage; it is the beginning of our undoing.  Paul then reminds us that what Adam “undid,” Christ has “redone”- and more so.  The gospel tells us that the same Christ in his human weakness was tempted as we are.  He was drawn to Adam, but he did not.  In his classical triptych of Christ and the devil, Matthew teaches us all how to overcome evil.

LENTEN PRAYER BOOKLET:  You will find on the tables at the entrances, PRAYER MEDITATION BOOKLETS for Lent. We encourage you to take one home and use it as a part of your Lenten program.

FORTY HOUR DEVOTION:  March 13 to 15, 2023, we will have the 40 Hour Devotion to help us prepare during Lent for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery at the Cathedral.  It is an opportunity to devote ourselves to prayer, especially before Our Lord Jesus Christ, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, through adoration.  Father Eric F. Mason, a priest of the Diocese of Peterborough and pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Powassan, Ontario, will be the preacher each evening and the celebrant of Holy Mass each day.  I would like to try and have adoration throughout the entire period, morning and night as is traditional if it is possible.  If it is not possible, we will have re-position each evening.  You will find sign up sheets at the entrance of both parishes.


St. Vincent de Paul would make a Holy Hour asking the Lord blessings on important business transactions and, afterwards, returned to thank the Lord. (St. Vincent de Paul)

During our Holy Hour our souls are fed in two faculties of the spirit – The Mind and the Will.  In the Mind we need light; in the Will we need strength. (Fr. John Hardon)

By being faithful to a Holy Hour of Adoration you can teach by example. “The young should be taught the value of Eucharistic Adoration.” (St. John Paul II)

Do you want the Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit Him rarely. Do you want the devil to attack you? Visit Jesus rarely in the Blessed Sacrament. Do you want him to flee from you? Visit Jesus Often! (St. John Bosco)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  We will pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday evening at 7:00 pm starting Friday February 24th.  We encourage you to avail yourselves of these opportunities for community prayer and worship during the Lenten Season.


           Our Lady of Lourdes                  Most Holy Name of Jesus                 Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste

  Monday to Friday 8:00 AM           Monday to Thursday 7:00 PM     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM

(Please visit the Parish websites to confirm Mass times)


MASS ATTENDANCE FOR LAST WEEKEND – Saturday 7:15 – 69, Sunday 10:30 – 142, Sunday 5:15 – 92


Last Week’s Offertory

Sunday Offerings $4,345.00
Loose Offerings 467.00
New Year’s Day Offering 200.00

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

ANNOUNCED PARISH MASSES – February 27 to March 5, 2023  
Sun. Feb 26 10:30 AM + Kyle Clouthier – Mom Barb & Brother Kirk & Sister-in- Law Wanda 1st Sunday of Lent
  5:15 PM + Rita Gaffney – Husband Cy  
Mon. Feb 27 NO MASS ——————————————————————— Ferial
Tue. Feb 28       12:10 PM +Ida & Warnock McGuire, Sons Barry & Brian and Deceased Relatives – by the Family Ferial
Wed. Mar 1         12:10 PM Thanks and Praise to God – Garnett Morris Ferial
Thu. Mar 2       12:10 PM +Leo Schilkie – Pauline Craggs Ferial
Fri. Mar 3     12:10 PM +Carol Pazak – Ann Heney

+Frank Finley – Family

Sat. Mar 4     7:15 PM +Beth Guimond – Billie Luhowy 2nd Sunday of Lent
Sun. Mar 5 10:30 AM +Dorice Chaput – Wife Becky & Family 2nd Sunday of Lent
  5:15 PM Missa Pro Populo  (Mass for the People) 2nd Sunday of Lent


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


Upcoming Ministries
  Lector Commentator
Saturday, March 4th Paola Bertoia Timothy Girard
7:15 PM
Sunday, March 5th Lance Patriquin Les Scott
10:30 AM
SUNDAY SOCIAL – Lance and Christine Patriquin
5:15 PM Bill or A-M. Fillmore Bill or A-M. Fillmore

FROM THE DIOCESE: Please note the Diocesan Offices new mailing address effective March 22, 2023 will be: 284 Trafalgar Rd., Pembroke, ON K8A 5A8.

Cathedral CWL is hosting a “Welcome Spring” Dessert and Card Party on Wednesday, April 12th in Cathedral Parish Hall.    Doors open at 6 p.m.  Admission is $8.00.  Choose your games of choice for the evening. Evening includes Door Prizes, 50/50 draws, ample desserts & beverages.  Tickets available from CWL Members; evening concludes at 9:00 p.m.  Cathedral Hall is elevator accessible.

ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT: “Do whatever He tells you (John 2.5)” from March 24 to 26, 2023 at the Graphite Bible Camp in Maynooth. Fr. Zachary Romanowsky and Cheryl Ann Smith from Madonna House will be leading the retreat. The cost is $175.00 for 2 nights and 5 meals. Limited spots available! To register: fill in the Google registration form at RETREAT REGISTRATION , and send e-transfer to (Question: What is name of retreat centre? Answer: Graphite). For more information contact us at call/text Caitlin 613-316-0992 or Kristan 613- 585-0579.

  1. FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH MISSION: Led by Mr. Patrick Sullivan, the Mission will be at 7:00 p.m. in the church on Monday, February 27th, Wednesday, March 1st, and Thursday, March 2nd. Monday, February 27th. Topic: Your Life is Worth Saving: Join as we examine our lives in light of the seven deadly sins, and work hard at seeing ourselves through the eyes of the God of mercy. Wednesday, March 1st. Confessions will be heard from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the church. Topic: Your Life is Worth Living: This evening, we discuss some virtues and how we work at attaining them so that we can become the very people that we hope to be. Thursday, March 2nd. Topic: Your Life is Worth Sharing: In this final talk, we discuss some practical ways that you can live so that your light gives light to many others. All are welcome. For more information, please call the parish office at 613 432-582