Introduction to the LiturgyThe Cost of Discipleship – True wisdom comes from God and enables a person to be guided by the interests of the soul rather than those of the body.  This is the lesson from Wisdom in today’s liturgy.  In Luke’s gospel, wisdom is translated in Christian terms as meaning total commitment to discipleship regardless of the cost.  Half-measures will not do.  We cannot carry water on two shoulders.  We cannot serve God and mammon.  From prison, Paul, in today’s second reading, writes to his friend Philemon on behalf of the latter’s slave Onesimus, asking him to receive this recently converted Christian as a brother.


From the Saints From a Sermon on the Beatitudes by Saint Leo the Great, pope – Happy is the soul that longs for the food of righteousness and thirsts for this kind of drink; it would not seek such things if it had not already savored their delight. When the soul hears the voice of the Spirit saying to it through the prophet: Taste and see that the Lord is good, it has already received a portion of God’s goodness, and is on fire with love, the love that gives joy of the utmost purity. It counts as nothing all that belongs to time; it is entirely consumed with desire to eat and drink the food of righteousness. The soul lays hold of the true meaning of the first and great commandment: You shall love the Lord God with your whole heart, and your whole mind and your whole strength, for to love God is nothing else than to love righteousness.  (Matins, 23nd Sunday of Ordinary Time)


Announced Parish Masses
Monday September 5th to Sunday September 11th       
    Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time – Ferial  
Monday 7:45 a.m. Rudy & Mary Zarmarski – Family
September 5    
    Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time – Ferial
Tuesday 7:45 a.m. Robert & Mary Hickson and Sheila Hickson – Family
September 6    
    Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time – Ferial   
Wednesday 6 – 7 p.m. Adoration & Benediction (Confessions available until 6:45pm)
September 7 7-7:15 pm Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  7:15 p.m. Rita Gaffney – Husband Cy
    Donald Hartlen – Bill & MaryAnn Prange
    The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast    
Thursday 7:45 a.m. Deceased Parent, Sisters, Brother – Albert Krushenske
September 8    
    Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time – Ferial
Friday No Mass ———————————————————————-
September 9    
    Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time – Ferial     
Saturday 7:15 p.m. Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim
September 10    
    Twenty-Four Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim
SEPTEMBER 11 5:15 p.m. For the Sick – Fr. Jim

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 Lucille Freeman, Dianne Turcotte, Donald Hicks, Catherine Villeneuve and Wilfred St Cyr.



Your total offering for last Sunday was $6191.05 – Foreign Missions – $40.00

Thank you for your generosity and support.


You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is right;
treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.

 (Entrance Antiphon – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday September 3rd & Sunday September 4th
    Lector Commentator
Saturday, September 3rd   7:15 pm Fred Sinclair Dianne Sinclair
Sunday, September 4th   10:30 am Lance Patriquin Les Scott
Sunday, September 4th 5:15 pm Maria C. Doherty John Leydon
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lector Commentator
Saturday, September 10th    7:15 pm Paola Bertoia Timothy Girard
Sunday, September 11th   10:30 am Ella Noble Mike O’Grady
Sunday, September 11th 5:15 pm Bill or A-M. Fillmore Bill or A-M. Fillmore

NOTICE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE: Labour Day Weekend: The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, September 5th and will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m., the office will then return to regular hours.  Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closing for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 daily.

Gift Shop: The Gift Shop will be open following the 10:30am Mass every Sunday starting in September, the exact date will be announced. If you wish to purchase anything from the gift shop in the meantime, please contact Becky Chaput at 732-8711.

RECOLLECTION FOR WOMEN: There will be a recollection for women at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pembroke on Thursday, September 15th from 11 am to 1 pm. Recollections are like mini-retreats that help you take a break from your busy schedule to think about your life, your relationship with God and gain a fresh outlook. The day begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a time of guided prayer, followed by an examination of conscience, confessions, silent prayer, benediction and concludes with a talk on a practical aspect of living the faith in ordinary life. You are invited to bring your lunch and stay for a get together afterward.  This spiritual activity, inspired by the writings of St. Jose Maria Escriva, is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information on the Prelature of Opus Dei go to Should you have any questions, please contact Nadia at or 613-584-9388.​​​​​​​

12th ANNUAL FALL PILGRIMAGE ST JOSEPH ORATORY: We are back! Join our bus tour, sponsored by the Archdioceses of Ottawa-Cornwall, Gatineau, and Kingston, and the Dioceses of Pembroke, Mont-Laurier and Saint-Jérôme, on Sunday, October 16, 2022. First-come, first served! Please contact Mike Budge at 613 224-8110 or email at for more details.

THE CATHOLIC REGISTER – Papal Visit Magazine: As the latest in its series of highly successful commemorative magazines, The Catholic Register will produce a full colour magazine to coincide with National Indigenous reconciliation Day and mark Pope Francis’ historic penitential pilgrimage to Canada. The Catholic Register is now accepting orders. If interested, please contact Stephanie Williams at 416 934.3410 ext. 404, or toll-free at 1.855 441.4077 ext. 404.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE: The CWL now has a Facebook page @ Pembroke CWL St. Columbkille’s.  Feel free to Like this page or send a friend request.  They will be posting past and upcoming events moving forward.  Please note, this page does not allow for comments.

NOTICE FROM MARIANHILL Marianhill is currently seeking several community volunteers to join our Board of Directors. Marianhill operates as a charitable not-for-profit organization founded by the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and now overseen by Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario. Our dedicated staff provide long-term care and community services to seniors from Pembroke, and across Renfrew County and The Pontiac.

We are all aware that this is a challenging time to be caring for seniors. Two years of pandemic pressures and Ontario’s aging demographics mean that Marianhill requires a dedicated governance team to help guide the redevelopment and human resource challenges now facing our organization.

If you wish to give back to your community in a meaningful way and this challenge appeals to you, please send your letter of intent to: Linda M. Tracey, CEO, Secretary of the Board


Baptisms Celebrated – We pray for all those children who were welcomed into the Church through the Sacrament of Baptism in July/August:

Ella Rachel Allard                      Joseph Elwin Plummer               Arielle Rita Grace Bernatchez

Jericho Tyler Dorzyk                 Cameron Bert Pickering              Lincoln Gary Michel Bernatchez

Wyatt Michael Louis Stoodley


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – We extend our heartfelt congratulations and prayerful best wishes to all couples who celebrated their Marriage Anniversary during the month of August.  May the Lord continue to bless them in life together.  The 10:30 a.m. mass is offered for their intentions.  All couples are welcome to have their wedding anniversaries posted in our parish bulletin, just call the Parish Office with your date. 613-732-8513


                                                              Maurice and Catherine Laflamme – 61 Years

                                                                         Rick and Lydia Lewis – 32 Years