Category Archives: 40 Hrs for the Kingdom Campaign

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the release of souls from Purgatory

“Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious blood of your divine son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”

This beautiful prayer was shared with me by a parishioner who’s sanctity and holy character would put even a holy priest to shame. It’s a prayer which she repeats to herself every time she is aware that she is ‘thinking empty thoughts’ so as to continually keep the spiritual needs of others first in her mind and heart. We should all follow her example, both for our own edification and salvation, and for the myriad of souls released from purgatory through the graces won on their behalf through this prayer.

Here it is again.

“Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious blood of your divine son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”

Repeat often or whenever necessary.

Faithful Fishing: A men’s retreat for the opening of fishing season 2015

So here’s the question: Would there be eight to twelve Catholic men who would want to come together for a 4 day/3 night fishing trip at a quality exclusive rights outfitter (Dumoine Lake Cottages) for a reasonable price for the opening of the walleye season 2015?

I would be onsite as cook & chaplain. I will celebrate mass each day and anyone is welcome to participate if they choose. I will provide everything required for three square meals a day, a clean and warm cabin, and God will no doubt provide the fish. (Climate is entirely within the domain of Mother Nature though so there’s no guarantee of good weather. It’s been a long time since the Church could tell any woman what to do, so when it comes to staying warm and dry outside, it’s every man for himself.) All you would need to bring are your clothes, sleeping bag, fishing equipment, personal flotation device, personal libations and snacks.

The cabin we would be using is a two-storey log building that can comfortably sleep 8+ men. It comes equipped with two washrooms (flush toilets, showers, sinks), spacious screened in front porch, and safe clean wood and gas stoves and lighting. If the optional Provincial Park licence is purchased, spectacular spring walleye fishing is a 20-minute boat trip from base cabin. Otherwise it’s a 40-minute jaunt from home. In either case, the owner and/or guide will instruct where to find the best place to throw a hook in the water… and spending half and hour in a boat is a hell of a lot more enjoyable than putting in the same time commuting to work all winter!! Boat, motor, gas, and Quebec licence, and all applicable taxes are included (two men per 14′ aluminum boat with 15 hp Yamaha motors). There’s also offer a free internet hotspot on the lake so you can upload photos of the days catch to make your buds and bro’s turn green with envy… or to check for their emails in reply!)

Faithful Fishing: A fishing retreat for Catholic men – May 15-18, 2015

Dumoine Lake Cottages, QC.

The cost for the excursion package is as follows:

Basic: $650
Basic w/Provincial Park Licence: $700

(Included: cabin, boat package, American Plan meal package, daily mass. Not included: transportation to Dumoine Lake Parking Depot.)

Dates: Friday May 15 – 18, 2015

For more information, contact Fr. Tim at:

Phone: 819-689-5232



Metanoia Mission a resounding success!

Last evening as part of our 40 Hours for the Kingdom Campaign, we brought to a close our Parish Mission preached for us by Fr. Denis Lemieux of Madonna House with a well attended Communal Penance service.  It was a distinct pleasure to see such numbers out on a cold winter’s night just to learn how better to acknowledge the presence of sin in their particular lives. It spoke volumes about their desire to remember anew how to love God better and each other in their daily lives.  But then to see so many also choose to take advantage of the priests available to hear their confession…  words fail me in trying to express the gladness I felt. Suffice it to say that last night, as with each night of this ‘Metanoia Mission’ that came before was a GREAT blessing for all in attendance. What it didn’t provide unfortunately was an opportunity to thank Fr. Denis before everyone left to go home! So let me take care of that here.


Beginning with his excellent homilies at the weekend masses and then on through each of the four nights of Mission’s talks, Fr. Denis seemed to connect with more and more people each time he spoke. Positive reviews about the Mission immediately began to spread throughout our parishes, leading others in turn to come out and listen to his next presentation. As a result, each day’s numbers grew larger than the day before from the start of the mission to its end last night. It was a fitting tribute to the substance of the Missions’ message and the quality of its delivery. With a gentle sense of humor that we all could relate to, and with teachings that encouraged us to believe that we could (and should) do better, Fr. Denis’s talks on the subject of Metanoia proved to be a blessing for all of us who attended.


So Fr. Denis (if you’re reading this somewhere) … Please accept the grateful appreciation of the Parishes of the Upper Pontiac for your delightful and inspired mission. May God bless you in bringing His joyful invitation to church communities everywhere. We are all better off for having had you here among us this past week.  Thank you.

Upper Pontiac Parish Mission Overview and Schedule

A 40 Hours for the Kingdom Event: 2015

Metanoia: A Joyful Path of Gospel Life

Metanoia is at the heart of the Gospel call of Jesus Christ. This parish mission will present the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus and how it calls us to live a life of constant conversion so that our lives can reflect the joy and beauty of God’s merciful love in the world more fully.

Mission Preacher:  Fr. Denis Lemieux, a priest of Madonna House

Mission Schedule:

Sunday January 25,  7:00 pm.

Metanoia: What is it and Why Bother?

Monday January 26,  7:00 pm 

Metanoia: To What, Exactly?

Tuesday January 27,  7:00 pm

Metanoia: From What, Exactly?

Wednesday January 28,  7:00 pm

Metanoia: Let’s Do It, Now! (followed by confessions)




Early Returns from our 40 Hours for the Kingdom campaign

Already the parish office is receiving some exciting and inspiring activities from various parishioners and their families as part of their commitment to complete 40 hours of dedicated time and work to make concrete their love of God and Neighbour by building God’s Kingdom. And they’re doing it here where they live and work. Listed below are some of the activities submitted so far:

-Rosaries prayed for (and in other cases with) parish shut-ins such as seniors or mothers with young children at home: Total 15 hrs.

-Volunteering with local hospitals and nursing homes: Total 16 hrs.

-Bible & Religious Studies: Total 20 hrs.

Campaign Total after 1-week’s worth of reporting: 50+ hrs! Thank you!

And all this is just from the first week of our campaign! Imagine the graces we will receive and good we can accomplish when and if we all step up and do our part over the 12 months ahead.

So, what are you going to do to help ‘Build the Kingdom’? I hear that the Soup Kitchen and the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Cathedral are always looking for volunteers. This cold wintry weather will put a heavy demand on their services for the poor. The Cathedral phone number is 613-732-8513. Know any seniors in the community who use wood as their primary heat source? How about sending the kids over to help bring some into the house throughout this cold snap? It’s a lot easier for young legs and arms at the best of times, and most assuredly so in the type of cold weather we’re suffering through right now.
And of course, there is our upcoming 2015 Parish Mission from January 24-28, entitled “Metanoia: A Path of Christian Joy” An examination of different aspects of conversion and repentance in our lives, with a heavy emphasis on the positive and the joyful element of our faith. (How can you beat an offer like that, eh? Who among us couldn’t benefit from finding a little more joy in our life?) Take in all four mission talks (Sat/Sun Masses; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings at 7 pm) and you’ll have completed 1/8th of your total family commitment for the year singlehandedly! Bring the spouse and the kids old enough to benefit from the talks and you can be 1/2 way there as a family before the 1st month of the campaign is even over! The mission will be preached by Fr. Denis Lemieux of Madonna House and an old friend of mine from my seminary days.


So do your part in our Parishes 40 Hrs. Campaign and let us know what you’re doing by dropping your activity anonymously in the collection basket. It’s simple, easy, and I can assure you that the benefits promised are said to be something truly ‘out of this world’!