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Pastoral ministry


Diocean Pastoral Staff

Un blogue sur la vie pastorale à l'Archidiocèse de Gatineau.

André Inkel, Pastoral Agent - ext. 300

Nicole Lecompte-Myre, Pastoral Agent - ext. 311

Mario Béland, s.m., Pastoral social agent - poste 311

Marie-Christine Emmanuela Adjobi, Project Manager - ext. 305

Pastoral service

Spiritual training

« Continuous education of the faith is directed not only to each Christian it accompanies on his or her march towards holiness, but also to the Christian community that matures in its intimate life of loving God and each other, and in its missionary openness towards the world. » (General directory of catechism, no. 70) 


I'd like to have have my child baptized…

What must I do to get married in the Church…

Why do I need to be confirmed to become a godparent…


In the daily lives of many Catholics, such hopes and questions  have a special place. Christian communities are called to accompany their members as they journey towards and celebrate these sacraments. 

Experience teaches us, however, that such rituals create deep and rich meaning when they are integrated in a broader life perspective.  Rather than being single, detached events, they become part of a life journey.  This is why, in Quebec, we prefer talking about a Christian life training, rather than preparing for the sacraments. The expression evokes a richer, more dynamic, more inclusive process.

Our key reference on this subject was published in 2004 by the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops.  It is entitled, Jesus Christ, Road to Humanisation. Guidelines for Training for a Christian Life.

This document reminds us that many partners need to collaborate to help their fellow believers grow in their Christian life. It speaks of the the role of:

  • the Christian community
  • the family
  • religious movements
  • places of engagement
  • public areas of learning and deliberation
  • community meeting and action groups

All these partners work together in fostering a relationship with Christ as part of an integral path of humnaization for the individual, the community and the whole world.

Many parishes in our diocese offer activities or training programs in the Christian life, such as the discovery of the Gospel, a beginner’s course on catechism, or long-term pastoral accompaniment.  We invite you to browse our website section called "Growing in the Christian Faith" to discover the many possibilities that exist to help you journey in your Christian life.

For more information, please contact Nicole Lecompte Myre, Pastoral Agent at the Diocesan Center.


« This full and active participation by all the people is what we must strive for with all our might, in order to restore and develop the liturgy.  It is indeed the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful must derive a true Christian spirit; and therefore, it must be sought eagerly by shepherds of souls, in all things ministerial, with the necessary education. » (Sacrosanctum concilium, no 14)


In the life of the Christian community, liturgy occupies a primordial spot, along with training towards a Christian life, and commitment towards fraternity and solidarity.

Liturgy, of course, comprises the Sunday Mass: the Sunday Eucharist.  But it also includes the prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, the celebration of the sacraments, the blessings and other celebrations of popular piety.

In order to support the parishes in their liturgical life, in order to ensure beautiful celebrations on a diocesan scale, a Diocesan Table on Liturgy meets regularly to exchange, plan, and evaluate diverse projects.

Diocesan Committee on Liturgy


Established by the Diocesan Coordination for Pastoral Affairs, following a request by the Archbishop, the Diocesan Committee on Liturgy has as objective to offer to Christian communities means of liturgical education in the context of the « celebration » dimension of the diocesan catechism project.

To do so, with the collaboration of the parishes and the pastoral units, the committee will take stock of the state of our liturgical celebrations, with the aim of offering, as required, training and tools that will ensure, in all its dimensions, more vibrant and significant celebrations.


Ministry to Families


What’s good for the family is crucial for the future of the world and the Church.

This pithy aphorism by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia explains why the Church is particularly interested in the reality of families today and wishes to accompany them on their journeys.

The holding of two Synod assemblies in Rome on the theme of the family in 2014 and 2015, and the publication of Amoris Laetitia have given new momentum to the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus.

Missionary Work

« Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations: baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.  And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. » (Mt 28, 19-20)


These final words from Jesus in the Gospel according to Matthew reminds the Church of its fundamental mission to share the Good News with all the people of the world.  In response to this mission, the Catholic Church has put together a particular service dedicated to the propagation of the faith throughout the world, a service now known as the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.  Among the important organizations of this Congregation, there are the Pontifical mission societies, whose national director for French Canada is Father Yoland Ouellet, o.m.i.


The co-directors of the PMS in the Archdiocese of Gatineau are Francine and Jean-Jacques Allaire.


Their main responsibility is to represent our archdiocese among the PMS of French Canada, and to co-ordinate the annual education and fundraising campaign culminating in the celebration of the Sunday for Missions in October in all the parishes of the diocese.

However, we must not forget that the vast regions of Canada’s north are in themselves a mission for which we are all responsible.  In Quebec, the Mission Chez Nous organisation contributes to finance numerous projects in these isolated Christian communities.  An annual collection in November is given to this organization in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of northern Canada.

Archidiocèse de Gatineau
180, boulevard du Mont-Bleu,
Gatineau (Québec) J8Z 3J5
Téléphone: 819 771-8391
Télécopieur: 819 778-8969

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