Roman Catholic

390 Palace Road, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 4T3, 613-548-4461, fax 613-548-4744


August 28, 2015 10:54 AM



We, the community of God's People
in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston,
united by the Holy Spirit with lives rooted in the Gospel,
proclaim with joy the resurrection of Christ and,
as followers of the Risen Lord, under the patronage of Mary,
the Mother of God, dedicate our lives in Christian service
to all especially those in most need.






Jubilee of Mercy - Home

Web Site
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at the Kingston clinic - 850 Gardiner’s Road
The process is easy and requires that the interested person call
1-888-236-6283 or make their appointment online at
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The Hotel Dieu Hospital Spiritual and Religious Care Department is looking for donations of synthetic yarn.  The yarn is used  to make prayer shawls and afghans, which are then given out where it is felt they are most needed.   Donations of yarn can be dropped off at the Spiritual and Religious Care office  (room 391 on Sydenham 3) Mondays –Thursdays from 8:30 -12:30.  Contact number 613-544-3400 ext. 2231.


Volunteer Opportunities

Providence Manor needs volunteers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Kingston to assist Roman Catholic Residents with their spiritual needs in the following ways: 

  • A male volunteer to assist a retired priest to attend Mass in the Home.
  • Assist residents going to and from Mass at the Manor on Tuesday – Friday (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon), which includes pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside residents who require assistance/supervision.
  • Help coordinate with one of Providence Manor’s residents a Rosary Group that meets daily at 4:00 p.m. to say the Rosary together.
  • Be part of the team that serves the 107 Roman Catholic Residents as an Extraordinary Minister for the Distribution of Holy Communion, especially to Residents who are unable to attend Mass.

Please contact Danielle Gowdy, Coordinator of Recreation and Volunteer Services at Providence Manor at 613-548-7222, ext. 3141


FROM:       + Brendan M. O’Brien,  Archbishop of Kingston

RE:          World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

In a letter, dated August 6, 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, instituted World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on September 1st.

The Holy Father indicated that this date coincides with a similar celebration in the Orthodox Church, which has existed for some time.  Pope Francis expressed the hope that other Churches and Ecclesial Communities would also become involved.

What is the purpose of this day?  In the words of the Holy Father,

“The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation, and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.  The celebration of the Day on the same date as the Orthodox Church will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our orthodox brothers.  We live in a time where all Christians are faced with identical and important challenges, and we must give common replies to these in order to appear more credible and effective.  Therefore, it is my hope that this Day can involve, in some way, other Churches and Ecclesial Communities and be celebrated in union with the initiatives that the World Council of Churches is promoting on this issue.”

This day is meant to be a powerful moment of prayer, reflection, conversion, and the adoption of appropriate lifestyles. 

Included below, you will find a summary of the principal themes of Laudato Si’, the Pope’s Encyclical on Ecology, and a prayer excerpted from the Encyclical.
Although we do not have a lot of time to prepare for this year’s celebration, I would like to make a few suggestions:

1.   Invite parishioners to pray the prayer;

2.   Gather interested parishioners for a discussion of the principal themes of the Encyclical;

3.  Brainstorm with parishioners about ways in which we might become more aware of our connectedness to all of God’s creation, and how we might make changes in lifestyle and consumption as individuals, families, and communities.

Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home
“Praise be you, my Lord.”

LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. These are the words that open Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and care for God’s creation.  Pope Francis addresses Laudato Si’ to “every person on the planet”, for we all share a common home—the earth.  He focuses on a number of important themes.

* A Moral and Spiritual Challenge.  The ecological crisis, Pope Francis writes, is a summons to profound interior conversion—to renew our relationships with God, one another, and the created world.
* Care for God’s Creation. God created the world and entrusted it to us as a gift. Now we have the responsibility to care for and protect it and all people who are part of creation. Protecting human dignity is strongly linked to care for creation.
* We are All Connected. We are connected to the rest of the human family, to the created world, and to those who will come after us in future generations.
* Impact on the Poor. People in poverty have contributed least to climate change, yet they are disproportionately impacted by it. As a result of excessive use of natural resources by wealthy nations, those who are poor experience pollution, lack of access to clean water, hunger, and more.
* Called to Solidarity. We are one human family and have a shared responsibility for others and for creation. Wealthy countries have a responsibility to reduce consumption of non-renewal resources and should help poorer nations develop in sustainable ways.
* Technological and economic development must serve human beings and enhance human dignity, instead of creating an economy of exclusion, so that all people have access to what is needed for authentic human development.
* Supporting Life, Protecting Creation. Concern for nature is incompatible with failure to protect vulnerable human beings, such as unborn children, people with disabilities, or victims of human trafficking.
* A Time to Act. Pope Francis calls for a change in lifestyle and consumption. We can make important changes as individuals, families, and communities, and as civil and political leaders.
* Hope and Joy. “Injustice is not invincible” (no. 74) and we act knowing that we seek to live out God’s vision of renewed relationships with God, ourselves, one another, and creation.”

A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

Excerpted from Laudato Si’, no. 246




seminarians 2015
Photo: Fred Happy




As a fundraiser for the upcoming World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kingston have compiled a cookbook entitled “Cooking With The Saints”. We are very grateful to the parishioners across the archdiocese who contributed recipes. In addition to many amazing recipes, there are bios and interesting facts of patron saints of cooking and of countries that recipes originated from. There are also Polish saints included and the connection they have with our upcoming pilgrimage. We thank you in advance for your support of this faith experience and ask for your continued prayers. The cookbooks are available through the youth office for $25 each. Please contact Nadia Gundert at or call 613-484-2446 for your copy!

Also, if you are willing to have 2 or 3 pilgrims come to your parish to sell the cookbooks after your weekend masses please email me with an appropriate weekend and I will book that for your parish. We really appreciate your support of this endeavor!
If you have us visit your parish, please include the sale dates at the bottom of your bulletin ad so parishioners know they can get them that weekend versus contacting the Youth Office.

In Christ,

Nadia Gundert
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Archdiocese of Kingston
613-548-4461 work
613-484-2446 cell





I am writing to announce the following changes:


Rev. Jan Kusyk has been appointed Director of Vocations.  He will work in collaboration with Father Raymond de Souza, Chaplain of Newman House at Queen’s University, and Nadia Gundert, Coordinator of the Youth Office of the Archdiocese of Kingston.

I would like to take this opportunity to express sincere appreciation to Father Rod McNeil for his dedicated service as Vocations Director for the past ten years.

+ Brendan M. O’Brien
Archbishop of Kingston


I am writing to inform you that Mariola Gozdek has been appointed Screening Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Kingston, effective June 15, 2015.  Mariola replaces Monique Marchand, who resigned from this position at the end of February.

Most of you already know Mariola from her work as part-time Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office since 2010.  She has also been working at St. Mary’s Cathedral, serving the Cathedral parish as Coordinator of Faith Formation. 

Mariola will now serve full time at the Pastoral Centre, combining the half-time position of Screening Coordinator with the half-time position of Liturgy Office Coordinator. 

+ Brendan M. O’Brien
Archbishop of Kingston


I wish to announce the following clergy appointments, effective 5 August 2015, unless otherwise indicated:

Rev. James Fukes, OFM.Conv., is appointed Administrator of the parish of St. Barnaby, Brewers Mills.  This appointment is in addition to his responsibilities as Pastor of the parish of Holy Family, Kingston.

Rev. Paul Njoku, SMMM, is appointed Administrator of the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Flinton, and the mission of St. Kilian, Ardoch.

Rev. Aidan Dasaah is appointed Administrator of the parish of St. Carthagh, Tweed, and the parish of St. Edmund, Stoco, effective 10 September 2015.


Rev. James Quirk is appointed part-time Associate Pastor at Holy Family Parish, Kingston, with responsibility for sacramental ministry in the parish of St. Barnaby, Brewers Mills, as assigned by the Administrator, Father James Fukes, OFM.Conv.


Rev. Joseph Machaj will provide replacement ministry in the parishes of the Western and Northern Deaneries.


Rev. Francesco Msofu is appointed Priest Chaplain at Providence Manor, Kingston.


Rev. Mark Ruckpaul will be providing ministry in the Diocese of Venice, Florida, beginning on 10 September 2015.


Anthony Hale will be doing his pastoral year at the parish of St. John the Baptist, Perth, beginning on 8 September 2015.

Brian Russell will be doing his pastoral year at the parish of St. Francis Xavier, Brockville, beginning on 8 September 2015.

Consultation on Physician-assisted suicide

On July 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the establishment of an External Panel of experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada’s lifting of the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide.

Two levels of consultation will occur: (1) Bilateral or multilateral discussions with interveners in the Carter v. Canada case and relevant medical authorities; (2) Online consultations open to all Canadians and other stakeholders. The online consultation will have an interactive questionnaire to be launched in the coming weeks. You can sign up at the following link to be electronically notified once the questionnaire is available:  English:

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has developed a website with many resources on end-of-life issues which may be of assistance in responding to the online consultation. The COLF “Life-Giving Love” Campaign was launched in September 2014 with the support of the CCCB.