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Rev. Matthew Chojna
Box 7  139 Renfrew St.
Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0
Office: (613) 256-3441

Masses: Sunday 9am
Wed & Fri 9am
Exposition 8am
Quiet time Tue 4pm

Bulletin / Talks
Marriage / Baptism
Calendar/Saint day


St. Peter Celestine Church in Pakenham is widely known
among connoisseurs of heritage architecture
for its fine building and in particular
for its superb original interior decor,
which survives intact from over a century ago.

Professionally restored in 1992,
 this is one of the 3 most beautiful churches
in the Archdiocese of Ottawa!.

It is one of only 3 Canadian churches known to retain Classic Italianate
decoration in trompe l’oeil and faux marbré technique. A striking feature of the nave
is the original pulpit, built in the form of a huge chalice, heavily ornamented.



Lent_thornsPope John Paul II Lenten Message

Lent is a beautiful time for spiritual renewal. For many centuries it has been the custom to “give up” something for the 40 days of preparation for Easter. This often consists of abstaining from such things as chocolate or TV, but St. John Paul II had a different idea of things we should give up.

In his first Lenten message as pope in 1979, John Paul II wrote, “Going without things does not consist only of giving away what we do not need; sometimes it also consists of giving away what we do need, like the widow in the Gospel who knew that what she was giving away was already a gift to her from God.”

In other words, while it’s noble to sacrifice those things in our lives that are non-essential, it’s also important to give away things that we do need, giving them to those who are in a more desperate situation.

The pope expanded on this concept in 1980, explaining that “True sharing, which is a meeting with others, helps us to free ourselves from those bonds that enslave us. And, because it makes us see others as brothers and sisters, it enables us to rediscover that we are children of the same Father, ‘heirs of God and coheirs with Christ’ (Romans 8:17), from whom we have incorruptible riches.”

John Paul II saw Lent as an opportunity to empty ourselves in Christian charity - helping the most vulnerable of society.

Feb - Month of the Holy Family



The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. The special devotion which proposes the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue of all Christian households began in the 17th century. It started almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family was founded in Montreal in 1663, and by the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674. This devotion soon spread and in 1893 Leo XIII expressed his approval of a feast under this title and himself composed part of the Office. The feast was welcomed by succeeding Pontiffs as an efficacious means for bringing home to the Christian people the example of the Holy Family at Nazareth, and by the restoration of the true spirit of family life, stemming, in some measure, the evils of present-day society.

The harmony, unity, and holiness which characterized this holy Family make it the model for all Christian families.


Lent Parish Mission  /  Bible TimeLine


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Mission_Poster_2020_425-lowerPlease set aside these three evenings and plan to attend a Parish Mission at St. Michael’s Parish, Corkery.
Beginning Tuesday, March 10th, and ending on Thursday
March 12th – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Fr. Francis Donnelly.

The Bible Timeline study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture.

In this revolutionary approach to Bible study, The Bible Timeline divides the Bible into twelve color-coded time periods that make it easier to follow its narrative thread. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith.

Through its 24 sessions, The Bible Timeline will teach you how to read and understand the Bible and introduce you to the wonderful narrative of the Bible in a way that will transform your life.

  • All classes are on Monday evenings from 7 - 9 pm.
  • Session 2: Feb 24, Mar 2, 9,  30, & April 6, 2020.
  • Sessions 1 & 2 to be held in Learning Commons of St. Michael's School, Corkery.
  • Session3: May 11, 25, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020.
  • Session 4: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 19, 26, Nov 2, 2020.
  • Sessions 3 & 4 to be held in the Chapel of St. Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham.

For more information:
Shannon McGruer shannonmcgruer@gmail.com tel: 613-623-9289

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