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The Directory for Bishops stipulates that the diocesan pastor should make a pastoral visit of his parishes every five years. I made such a visit shortly after my arrival in Gatineau in 2011. I had intended to do a second one a few years ago, but our diocesan synodal process and the subsequent pandemic forced me to postpone that project. I believe the time has come to put my good intentions into action. I am therefore announcing an episcopal pastoral visit of the parishes of the archdiocese beginning this October.
I propose to proceed by zones. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • October - the Eastern Zone (MRC Papineau)
  • November - the Northern Zone (MRC Collines-de-l'Outaouais and MRC Vallée-de-la-Gatineau MRC)
  • January 15 to February 15 – the English Zone
  • February 15 to March 15 - the Central Zone (the city of Gatineau east of the Gatineau River)
  • April 15 to May 15 – the Western Zone (City of Gatineau west of the Gatineau River)

For each of these zones, I would like to form a team of priests and some lay leaders to prepare, animate and evaluate the visit. Among the proposed activities: a regional retreat, workshops on the priorities identified during the synodal consultation (living liturgies, welcoming parishes, sharing the Word), sessions on evangelization, etc.
Each parish will be invited to make an analysis of its vitality, based on guidelines that will be provided to them in preparation for the visit. This will allow us to look together at the future of Christian life in the area and the paths to follow to ensure the spread of the Gospel in the community.
I ask all the faithful of the diocese to hold this visit in their prayers starting today. Together, let us live this time as a moment of celebration, discernment and communion.
+ Paul-André Durocher

 Proposed schedule for the pastoral visit of the Central and Western Zones


  • 25-26 Saint-Luc et Saint-Grégoire-de-Nazianze 


  • 4-5 Sainte-Rose-de-Lima 
  • 11-12 Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue – L’Ange-Gardien 
  • 18-19 Sainte-Trinité 
  • 25-26 Saint-Richard 


  • 1-2 Saint-François-de-Sales 
  • 15-16 Notre-Dame-du-Saint-Rosaire 
  • 22-23 Santo Spirito (Portugais) / Mission catholique portugaise du Saint-Esprit 
  • 29-30 Cathédrale Saint-Joseph (Jubilé du 110e anniversaire) 


  • 6-7 Saint-Alexandre 
  • 13-14 Saint-Matthieu 
  • 20-21 ND Fatima / Mission portugaise Notre-Dame-de-Fatima 
  • 27-28 Jean XXIII


  • 3-4 Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix (Reprise d’octobre) 
  • 10-11 Saint-Paul et Saint-Médard 
  • 17-18 Notre-Dame de l’Eau Vive

Calendar of Pastoral Visitation - English Zone

Friday, January 13        

  • 10:00 a.m.    Parish Meeting        Martindale
  • 1:00 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Fieldville
  • 2:30 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Venosta

Saturday, January 14        

  • 2:00 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Farrelton
  • 4:00 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Martindale
  • 7:00 p.m.    Mass                Fieldville

Sunday, January 15        

  • 9:00 a.m.    Mass                Kazabazua
  • 11:00 a.m.    Mass                Farrelton
  • 12:30 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Kazabazua
  • 2:00 p.m.    Mass                Venosta

Saturday, January 21        

  • 3:30 p.m.    Mass                Cantley
  • 4:30 p.m.     Parish Meeting        Cantley
  • 6:00 p.m.    Parish Meeting        O.L. Annunciation

Sunday, January 22      

  • 9:00 a.m.    Mass                O.L. Annunciation
  • 11:00 a.m.    Mass                Chelsea
  • 12:00 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Chelsea

Saturday, January 28    

  • 11:00 a.m.    Parish Meeting        Buckingham
  • 3:00 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Mayo
  • 5:00 p.m.    Mass                Mayo

Sunday, January 29        

  • 9:00 a.m.    Mass                Buckingham
  • 11:00 a.m.    Mass                St. Aloysius
  • 12:00 p.m.    Lunch and Parish Meeting    St. Aloysius

Saturday, February 4    

  • 2:30 p.m.    Parish Meeting        Aylmer
  • 5:00 p.m.    Mass                Aylmer

Sunday, February 5        

  • 9:00 a.m.    Mass                Aylmer
  • 11:00 a.m.    Mass                Aylmer    

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