Bishop Riesbeck in Italy for Bishops’ school
      Photo taken during the weekend of September 13 and 14, 2014
      Bishop Riesbeck in Italy for Bishops’ school
      Photo taken during the weekend of September 13 and 14, 2014
      Bishop Riesbeck in Italy for Bishops’ school
      Photo taken during the weekend of September 13 and 14, 2014
      Mass with consecration of the altar stone
      Photo taken at Saint-Jacques parish, Embrun, on Saturday, September 13, 2014
      Mass with consecration of the altar stone
      Photo taken at Saint-Jacques parish, Embrun, on Saturday, September 13, 2014
      Bishop Riesbeck with Cardinal Ouellet
      Photo taken in Rome on September 11, 2014
      Bishops’ school
      Photo taken in Rome on September 10, 2014
      Auxiliary bishops Riesbeck and Cozzens
      Photo taken at bishops’ school in Rome on September 10, 2014
      Confirmations for St. Andrew’s parish
      Photo taken at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
      Confirmations for St. Andrew’s parish
      Photo taken at Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
    • Recent News

      Bishops of Canada receive President’s report, Reflect on the Synod on the Family in the presence of the New Apostolic Nuncio, and launch a new Lectionary

      On the opening day of its annual Plenary Assembly, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Canada by Pope Francis on December 18, 2013. The Bishops also received a report from the CCCB President, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher and heard two addresses by the Secretary of the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Most Reverend Arthur Roche. Archbishop Roche's presentation marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. Read more.



      2014 CCCB Plenary Assembly: live broadcasts from Salt and Light TV

      The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly 15-19 September 2014, at the Hotel Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, East of Quebec City and in the Archdiocese of Québec. Salt + Light Television, the Canadian Catholic television network, will broadcast events live online and on television with select repeats throughout the day (times indicated below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time). Read more


      Pope Francis to travel to Turkey at end of November 


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      Military plaques installation

      On Friday, September 19th at 10:15 am, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Colonel-In-Chief of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry will come to preside over a special ceremony of re-dedication of the commemorative plaques cared for by St. Clement parish (at Saint-Anne church) honouring the war sacrifices of this important Canadian regiment. This year marks the 100th year of the regiment’s creation and we are honoured to be part of the centenary tributes. Everyone is welcome! The church is located at 528 Old St. Patrick.


      United Nations Climate Summit – September 23

      Many Catholics are troubled about the state of our home, planet Earth. They are concerned for the poor and the vulnerable who suffer immeasurably from the impact of environmental degradation and climate change. They are concerned about the future of our children and all the grandchildren of the world. Appreciation is extended to all who promote a culture of life in all its manifestations, including natural ecology – the prerequisite for all life. The United Nations Climate Summit takes place on September 23. Let us pray for all world leaders charged with the responsibility to come to an agreement on climate change. As stated by our Canadian Bishops, problems cannot be remedied without international cooperation – “The interdependence of ecosystems requires policies that go beyond the borders of states.”
       


      Families, Christ calls us to sow joy and hope!

      The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has published its 2014 Message to families entitled, "Families, Christ calls us to sow joy and hope!" COLF echoes Pope Francis' call for "Christian families to become contagious with hope and joy" by inviting them to reflect "on human dignity and the urgent need to form witnesses to Christ, who will know him, love him and serve him among the poor, the sick and the marginalized." The new publication also includes a workshop guide for families, parishes and friends who would like to deepen their reflection. Printed copies of the 2014 Message to Families can be ordered from www.colf.ca or by phoning 613-241-9461, extension 161. COLF Message


      Rally in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians and other minorities - Archbishop Terrence Prendergast's speech

      On Saturday, September 6, 2014, Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast, SJ, read Rabbi Bulka's speech as well as his own speech at a rally on Parliament Hill in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians and other minorities. View this video clip.


      An evening under “The Light” on September 26, 2014

      Feel the Pulse Ministry is celebrating faith and families at Blessed Sacrament parish with special guest Masson Normand on September 26, from 6 pm to 9 pm, with an inspirational evening with delicious food, live music, and warm fellowship. Burritos will be served. We ask families to bring picnic blankets and a free-will offering to help meet costs for dinner, special guests, and music. For planning purposes, kindly email faithandfamilies@hotmail.com with number of adults and children attending in your family by September 22. Looking forward to seeing you there! More information here. View the promotional video.

      Girl talk: Mom, ever wish you had the right words to say?

      Come join us on October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at St Mary's parish, Ottawa, for a mother-daughter workshop on fertility awareness, $25 / Mom. To register, email ottawa@naturalfamilyplanning.ca. Sponsored by Billings LIFE-Ottawa, Leaders In Fertility Education. View poster.




      Hearts on Fire retreat: living faith in daily life with the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola - October 24 and 25, 2014

      This retreat is being organized by the Archdiocese of Ottawa for those 18 – 39 (single or married), Oct. 24th (evening) to Oct. 25th (all day). Features dynamic presentations by young Jesuit priests and scholastics and insights on how the deepest desires of our hearts lead us to the Heart of Jesus Christ. For more information, please contact Ted Hurley at: 613-738-5025, ext. 231 or thurley@archottawa.ca. To register: http://www.apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire. Suggested free-will offering: $20.
       

      Wedding anniversary Mass photos available for download online

      Photos from this year’s Wedding Anniversary Mass, taken by Heribert Riesbeck are available to download on Flickr. Simply click on the photo of you and your spouse with Archbishop Prendergast and at the right of the screen, click on the three dots - …  (More Actions) and select “Download/All sizes”. Select “Original” and click on “download”. From there, you can either directly save the photo or open and then save it. If you experience any difficulty downloading the photo to your computer, please feel free to contact our Communications Officer, Sarah Du Broy, who would be pleased to assist you, either by phone: 613-738-5025, ext. 238 or by email: sdubroy@archottawa.ca.

    • News from Pastoral Services
      Friday Fax - September 12, 2014

      COMMEMORATING THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED AT HOPE CEMETERY: The Annual Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed at Hope Cemetery will take place on Sun., Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m. Archbishop Prendergast will preside. Info: Hope Cemetery (613-822-1212).

      ANNUAL ARCHBISHOP’S CHARITY DINNER: Wed., Oct. 22 at Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. By designating the Multifaith Housing Initiative and the Bruyère Village as beneficiaries of this year’s Charity Dinner, Archbishop Prendergast hopes that we will become aware of the urgent need to provide quality affordable housing to our elders and those with a lower income living in Ottawa. Info: Aisha Poitevien (613-738-5025 x202); (dev@archottawa.ca).

      HEARTS ON FIRE RETREAT: Living Faith in Daily Life with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Organized by Diocesan Young Adults Ministry Office for those 18-39 (single/married). Oct. 24 - 25. Presentations by young Jesuit priests and scholastics; insights on how the deepest desires of our hearts lead us to the Heart of Jesus Christ. Info: Ted Hurley (613-738-5025 x231); (thurley@archottawa.ca). Register: (http://www.apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire).

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