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Welcome to
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ADORATION
MASS SCHEDULE
CONFESSION

1st Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ROSARY

English:  20-minutes before each 
               weekend Mass on any 
               5th Sunday
Polish:  30-minutes before each
             Sunday Mass
(11:00 a.m.)

Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m.             (English)
Saturday 4:30 p.m.                           (English)
Sunday 9:30 a.m.                             (English)

Sunday 11:30 a.m.               *(English/Polish)

        * Full Polish Mass on 1st & 3rd Sundays

Saturday 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Upon request:  Anytime

Simply call 705-742-5466
and speak with a priest,
to set up a time.

For Masses on Tuesday to Friday, please enter in the side door (south side) directly off the parking lot, where the ramp is located. 

BISHOP'S DECREE
SUNDAY OBLIGATION REINSTATED JUNE 18TH, 2022

MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL
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NEW PROGRAM COMING
THIS SEPTEMBER TO IMMACULATE
FOR AGES 3-12 YEARS

What if every child could have time and space specially set aside for an encounter with Christ?  The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a time-tested approach to faith formation.  It feeds the deepest needs of children, allowing each one to get to know God personally.  In a retreat-like atmosphere, through the use of special materials designed just for 3–12-year-olds, children hear the Word proclaimed and grow in their relationship with God.  The most essential treasures of the Christian faith, from scripture and liturgy, touch the heart of each child and lead to deep contemplation, prayer, and joy.


Immaculate Conception will now be hosting this faith formation program starting September 17th.  

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This Ministry provides:

  • An opportunity for children to fall in love with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in a prepared space called an atrium.

  • Guided presentations to aid meditation on Bible scripture and the mysteries of the Christian faith, facilitated by formed adults (catechists).

  • An opportunity for each child's unique spiritual needs and capacities to be respected and nurtured.

WE CAN NOW ACCEPT INTERAC e-TRANSFERS
 

After diligent consideration for the security of your contributions, the Diocese has set up our parish to accept Interac e-Transfers.  To ensure maximum security, the Diocese has set up Auto Deposit, so there is NO need for a security question and answer, as the money will automatically be deposited into our individual bank account. From your online banking, send an Interac e-Transfer to:  office@immaculatepeterborough.ca.  Please ensure you add to the Message box: 

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(1) Your name and complete address, so that a tax receipt can be issued (if applicable);

(2) Your phone number and/or email address, in the event it is necessary to contact you;

(3) Indication of where you would like the funds directed, for example:  Offertory, General Donation, Elevator Fund, Priest Benefit Fund, Bishop's Annual Appeal-2022 Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, St. Vincent de Paul, etc. 
(If nothing is indicated, it will be considered Offertory.) 

NOTE:  The Auto Deposit will indicate that the transfer is being received by "THE ROMAN CATHOLIC EPISCOPAL CORPORATION FOR THE DIOCESE OF...".

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DISCLAIMER:  The information above does not constitute financial advice in any way whatsoever.  Nothing published constitues a recommendtion to utilize Interac e-Transfers and the Diocese recommends that you speak to a qualified professional before making any type of online contribution or donation.  By sending the Diocese and its Parishes an e-Transfer, you understand and agree that use of Interac e-Transfers is at your sole risk.

WALKING TOGETHER—PAPAL VISIT TO CANADA
July 24th to 29th, 2022
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The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will travel to Canada from July 24th to 29th, 2022.  The historic visit follows up on the Indigenous Delegation's visit in March/April of this year.  The Pope's visit in July will continue the journey with Indigenous Peoples of healing and reconciliation.

Pope Francis' visit will be the fourth papal journey to Canada and the first since Saint John Paul II’s visit in 2002. Informed by private encounters with 32 Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors and youth representing the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Métis National Council (MNC), and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system on April 1, 2022. To fulfill the TRC's Call to Action #58, Pope Francis is coming here to express this apology on Canadian soil.

The tour will be held in sites around Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqualuit.  The Holy Father’s journey of reconciliation will include visits to a former residential school, Indigenous pilgrimage sites, and a mix of public and private events.  Free tickets will be available for a limited number of events, all of which will be broadcast and livestreamed. Let’s pray for the health of Pope Francis and a safe and blessed journey in Canada. 

INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION FUND

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has made a financial pledge of $30 million dollars and established the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.  Dioceses across Canada are joining this financial pledge.

 

To learn more about the purposes of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, the governance of the Fund, and how the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough will participate, read Most Rev. Bishop Miehm's May 16, 2022 letter.

You can provide your donation to Immaculate Conception through THIS SECURE FORM.
(Be sure to use the dropdown beside "General Donation" and select "Indigenous Reconciliation Fund".)

STATE OF OUR FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
 

We thank everyone for their commitment to the parish and their financial support, especially those who, unable for various reasons to attend services in person, have faithfully delivered their offertory and Saint Vincent de Paul envelopes to the rectory.

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You can see in our latest financial statements that the pandemic has not had such a drastic effect on our finances—$250,154 in revenue. Included in that number are $16,628 in government funding for wages; with that, our revenues are up $33,253 year-over-year, although still below the 2018 level of $262,639. Fortunately, thanks to Fr. Stephen and staff, we have been able to reduce expenses $10,273 year-over-year to $203,450.

Capital expenditures for the year were quite small at $2,031 to replace a laptop computer, purchase a new stove for the rectory, and obtain some drawings for the elevator project. 

As you may recall, we received a call at the rectory from a neighbour during a period of high winds, noting that the copper roofing on the church was waving like a blanket in the wind. Estimates received so far for mitigation of this problem by installing new screws are in the $10,000 range. Renting the equipment needed to work at that height is not cheap and finding someone to do the work has been challenging.

We estimated that we needed to raise about $60,000 to replace the outdated boiler system as one boiler is no longer functioning and the other two are on their last legs. The actual quote is in at $64,676.87 including HST.  The Diocesan Property Committee have given their permission to proceed with the project. Thanks to a generous donation to the parish and our fundraising, we can cover the cost, taking into consideration that the HST will be refunded.

Fundraising is a challenge in these times, but we will be re-instituting our parish raffle August 27th at the yard sale (which is returning) and we hope to resume our parish dinners to help address this shortfall as well.
 
We look forward to your continued support.  Stay safe.

Your Finance Committee:

Paul Ayotte, Luc Matteau, Brendan Moher, Peter Dawson

— June, 2022

EMERGENCY RELIEF EFFORTS FOR UKRAINE

Russia ‘s attack on Ukraine has had a substantial impact on civilians and millions of Ukrainians have fled the country in search of refuge. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough reached out to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada to ask how we can help.  The Eparchy has recommended that the Diocese encourage parishes and parishioners to donate, and they provided advice on how to do so.  In this regard, the Diocese has made a $10,000 donation to Ukraine to help ease the suffering of the Ukrainian people.  You may help the Ukrainian people as well, through one of the following options:

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:  100% of your gift will go directly to the displaced people through the Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund.  The website automates the donation to USD funds, just click the drop-down button to switch to CAD funds.

 

CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATION (CNEWA) CANADA:  CNEWA Canada typically holds back 10% of donated funds to administer the organization.  For the crisis in Ukraine, this fee has been lowered to 5% so 95% of your donation goes directly to Ukraine.

 

Let us continue to carry the people affected by this aggression in our prayers.

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God of infinite mercy and goodness, with grateful hearts we pray to you today for Peace. You offer us your peace continually and constantly remind us that peacemakers are blessed, “for they shall be called children of God” (Mt.5:9). May your voice resound in the hearts of all, as you call us to follow the path of reconciliation and peace, and to be merciful as you are merciful.

 

We pray to you for the people who are experiencing aggression, conflicts, injury, and deaths. We pray to you for those who have fled their homeland - surround them with your comfort and strength.  Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision, and perseverance needed to build together a world of justice and solidarity, and to break down walls of hostility and division.

To you, we entrust all families and pray that they may never yield to discouragement and despair, but become heralds of new hope to one another in this challenging time. May you continue to inspire all of us to the oneness of heart and mind, to work generously for the common good, to respect the dignity of every person and the fundamental rights which have their origin in the image and likeness of God impressed upon every human being.

 

Grant eternal rest to the dead and quick recovery to the wounded, we pray through Christ our Lord, Amen!

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Fr. Stephen DeCarlo

Parish Priest 

Welcome to our new parish priest, Fr. Stephen DeCarlo!  Fr. Stephen is originally from Peterborough and was baptized at Sacred Heart Parish. He went to Sacred Heart Elementary, King Edward Public School, and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. He attended university at the University of Toronto, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College in Barry's Bay, St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough. He also completed courses through the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, Illinois. He did his pastoral internship at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bowmanville and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25th, 2018. He served at St. Mary’s Parish in Lindsay in 2018-2020 and replaced
Fr. Bill Moloney at Immaculate
on July 29th, 2020.

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Fr. Peter Seabrooke

Retired Priest in Residence

Fr. Peter Seabrooke was baptized in Immaculate Conception  Parish but raised in Sacred Heart Parish, both in Peterborough and was ordained to the priesthood on May 6th, 1972. He served in parishes in Cobourg, Lindsay .Newcastle and Peterborough,in addition to serving as  Youth Director, Director of Christian Family Ministries and Chancellor of Temporal Affairs.  He officially retired in September 2019 and resides at the Immaculate rectory while continuing to serve  as chaplain of Mount St. Joseph.

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IMMACULATE IS A COMMUNITY
THAT FINDS JOY IN SERVICE TO GOD
AND OTHERS