Catholic Bishop Paul-André Durocher ordains two new permanent deacons for the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese. Richard Jarvis and Kenneth Lalonde at St. Finnan’s Cathedral in Alexandria Ontario by Don Smith

Alexandria ON – On Saturday, June 5, 2010, Catholic Bishop Paul-André Durocher ordained two new permanent deacons for the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese. Richard Jarvis and Kenneth Lalonde received the Sacrament of Holy Orders at 10:00 a.m. at St. Finnan’s Cathedral in Alexandria.

Both are married men, actively serving in area parishes. Lalonde, originally from Cornwall and living in Lancaster, will continue his ministry to the people of St. Raphael’s Parish where he assists the pastor, Reverend Father Sean Shallow.  The pair also serve the people of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in North Lancaster.  Jarvis continues to serve at St. Joseph’s Parish in Lancaster, aiding the pastor, Reverend Father Jacques Labelle.

At the ordination ceremony, their pastors spoke highly of the men and their service to the Church, recommending them for diaconal ministry, which includes practical service as well as liturgical ministry.  Deacons proclaim the Gospel at Mass, distribute Communion and may preside at Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals without a Mass.  Their primary work is to serve the poor, provide catechetical instruction and to lead the laity as they grow in holiness.

During the ceremony, Lalonde’s wife Joyce and Jarvis’ wife Cathie, had the honours of vesting their husbands in their liturgical garb.  Several priests and deacons from the local diocese and from the arch-diocese of Ottawa, where the two undertook their formal studies, participated in the ordination.  Choirs from St. Finnan’s Cathedral Parish and from Nativity Co-cathedral Parish joined forces for the ceremony, providing organ, guitar and saxophone accompaniment as well as their voices.  Hundreds of laity joined in the celebration and the reception that followed at nearby Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  On Sunday, in their respective parishes, the men received congratulations and affirmation from members of their own congregations at parish receptions after morning Mass.

Story and photo courtesy of Don Smith.

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  1. Interesting that the Cornwall Free News would report anything about the Roman Catholic Church – pro Roman Catholic – pro religion. Jamie? Can’t be!

  2. Maybe Jamie you could start up a religious page, like all the other local news papers – conformity is good! Wouldn’t you say?

  3. Sounds like a good idea Jamie, just don’t let that asinine Pastor Tom on.

  4. Hi Tom,

    If we had sponsorship for such a page I would consider it. The “Free” in the Cornwall Free News is that we feel there is room for all voices in our community; not only ones we agree with.

    Personally I don’t feel a need for such a page as we generally are issue centric. When someone submits a story we always consider running it especially when it’s productive and positive to our community or part of our community.

  5. My god you’re such an idiot pastor. Jamie posting this story doesn’t necessarily make him pro or con to any religion, not just Roman Catholic ideology. Just because people don’t follow the word of the book to the teeth like you do, doesn’t mean they don’t care or have their own beliefs. Just most people’s beliefs are more practical and not filled with the fire and brimstone version that you preach to scare the crap out of everyone and to slowly push people away from religious beliefs in the first place.

    If you want to write in, I can almost guarantee Jamie will post it, you just need to find that out for yourself. Of course I’ll probably jump all over what you need to say but thats just because you invite it with the stupidity that flows from your trap. You cannot back up any of your logic with YOUR OWN THINKING! Good thing though because I already see right through you and know you are just using the bible not only as a weapon, but also to hide your prejudices/bias’ towards others.

    Otherwise Jamie is just reporting news from the area. Smell the Cornwall Coffee! Otherwise enjoy your day, I suggest go for a walk and enjoy what the earth has to offer instead of sitting there with your nose stuck in the book all day.

  6. Actually, for the first time, I have to admit that the pastor might have a good idea. A separate forum where all the religious folks can discuss their stuff might be a good thing. They could quote their bible (or whatever) passages, and keep themselves busy trying to convert each other. Sort of like their own little sand-box where they can only throw sand into each others eyes.

  7. That’s funny (strange), Tom. I could have sworn this was a news item rather than a so-called Bible-thumping, bash-anyone-who-doesn’t-agree-with-me piece. Some folks do consider such news items to be signs of hope for our community. I’m sure that I don’t share the perspective of every contributor of every article, but I defend their ability to present a respectful contribution. Kudos Jamie and grimalot for sharing the road.

  8. manyinterests writes: “Some folks do consider such news items to be signs of hope for our community”.What is your definition of hope? When “Project Truth” was going on, did you have any hope that there would be any real truth and justice revealed about the immoral goings on in the Roman Catholic Church? These immoral perverts got away with everything! And look who ended up in the slammer! Then the government reduced or eliminated the aid to the surviving victims. Tell me manyinterests, who really controls the purse strings of our government? Hope you say?

    Psalm 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

  9. Yeah, the book is going to help us with that though right pastor tom? Thats going to make everything ok. Suddenly if we start following your ideology, then things will go back to normal right? I mean come on, we all see the issues going on in the churches, in government, in everyday life. What is not posting a story, going to do about any of it? You like your crap posted don’t you? If there were some big inauguration of more of your kind it would please you to see it printed wouldn’t it? What makes you or your congregation so special? Do you think you are better than the Roman Catholics?

    Again, stop burying your nose in a book and start to enjoy life as you see fit, instead of letting a book control your life.

    manyinterests – Thanks! 😀

  10. Grimalot says:”Again, stop burying your nose in a book and start to enjoy life as you see fit, instead of letting a book control your life”. We should follow the words of the Apostle Peter – “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69).

    The Lord Jesus confirms this to be true also – “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10). As some say to me -“get a life”, I say unto you Grimalot and others: “Get the LIFE”!

    And just for the record, I do not have anything against Roman Catholics, nor do I think I am better then they are. We are all sinners in need of the the saving work of Christ. But I do hate Roman Catholicism. There is no life, nor truth in the Roman Catholic church, but there is life and truth in a personal relationship with Risen, Exalted Lord Jesus, and that by faith alone. The Lord Jesus gives life and forgiveness freely at His expense, the Roman Catholic church sells grace to the highest bidder. It is not really saving grace that they sell, it is a corrupt version of “Christian grace” that saves no one.

  11. See, still that nose buried in the book. You’re quoting scripture at me instead of talking your own mind. Why can’t you speak for yourself without basing what you say on some quote from the bible? You’re spewing gibberish at me every time you do that. My mind is free from control from any book. I make up my own mind. I say what I say, and I don’t go and quote crap from any bible at you.

    I very much have a life. I enjoy it daily. I don’t believe in letting it pass me by with yet again, my nose stuck in a book.

    And so you have nothing against Roman Catholics but you hate Roman Catholicism? Keep in mind that the very book you read, was put out by the first “Christian” emperor, Constantine 1st. Its the same book. I also don’t believe we are all sinners. We are all trying to lead as best the lives as we can. Most of us anyways.

    The Roman Catholics have their issues, granted. You say there is no life or truth in the Roman Catholic church. I guess they could say the same about you. I in fact say the same about your church. Its a totally whacked out version to me of what religion was meant to be. Guidelines on leading a better life and respect towards those around you. You fail in the category of learning those simple guidelines. You hate gays, you hate sinners, you hate pot smokers, you hate horoscope readers, and you keep using what is supposed to be a “Good Book” against them all.

    So I return to you, GET A LIFE. The world is the way it is. No book is going to help it as everyone has their free minds. Most people just want to do the most they can in life and enjoy it along the way.

  12. Roman Catholics, Roman Catholicism, or whatever religion your parents choose for you should not include hate. It is such a terrible word used by most religions to sway followers to fight against mankind. All for power and money. Pastor Tom, It saddens me to read your words of hate against Roman Catholicism. It’s preachers like you who have shown me the way,………… without religion.

  13. Willie 191 – The Lord Jesus (God himself) said this – “And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple”( Luke 14:25-27).

    God hates your sin enough to send you to hell fire, but He loves sinners enough to send His Son to die in their place and stead. Figure that one out if you can.

  14. pastor tom said – “God hates your sin enough to send you to hell fire, but He loves sinners enough to send His Son to die in their place and stead. Figure that one out if you can.”

    There’s nothing to figure out, its all a load of crap. You just take it literally. Everyone else see’s it practically.

  15. If God loves sinners so much that He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross, in the place and stead of sinners, THEN WE ARE ALL SAVED! Figure that one out preacher.

  16. haha, good comeback Antipasta! 😀

  17. Antipasta – No you got it wrong. The Lord Jesus died for the elect of God only. Those given to Him by the Father to save in the Covenant of Grace – the New Testament. The modern love gospel teaches that Christ died for all, but the Holy Scriptures do not teach that. There are those in hell right now that Christ did not die for. No atonement was made on their behalf. That is why they are in hell today. Having said that..

    Since we are all sinners, lawbreakers, criminals in God’s eyes. And since in Adam all died – meaning separated from God, spiritual death. Remember Adam was kicked out of the garden! And so were we! All come into this world spiritually dead and in rebellion to God’s word and authority. Physical death is the judicial sentence passed upon all.

    The Lord Jesus did not come into the world to condemned the world, for it was already under condemnation – held guilty before God, liable to eternal death. The picture is like this: We are all on death row, all of us have committed capital crimes against the High King of Heaven. All that is left is for us to be lead out to the gallows – the cross! In the eternal plan of God, God only pardons whom He wills. This is called unconditional election for all you Bible scholars out there. There is nothing good (foreseen or otherwise) in us to warrant God electing us. As sinners we can only sin. In order to be accepted back into God’s favor and blessing we must be sinless, and perfect, even as perfect as His Son. And as we can clearly see, if we are honest with ourselves, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Therefore our damnation is just!

    But God in His great love purposed to save His chosen ones (not for any reason found in themselves – as mentioned above), therefore God sent His Son to secure their salvation from start to finish. God not only saves His elect from the penalty of their sins, but also from the power of their sins!

    Consider the following verses – Romans 9:15-16 ” For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”. God only extends saving mercy to His elect. Why would God do this? The Scriptures tells us only this – it is all according to His good pleasure. Salvation is offered to all, but all will rejected it. But in the elect of God, God does the work of regeneration – “being born from above, born of the Spirit” whereby the elect sinner is made willing in the day of His power, thus the awakened one willingly embraces the Lord Jesus in faith and repentance. Salvation is by grace. God gives out His redeeming grace only to those for whom Christ has died. That is why salvation, true biblical salvation is of the LORD.

  18. The pastor has sucked you (us) in once again. Arguing with a nut-case is futile and is a complete waste of time and energy. It just goes on in endless circles, going nowhere.

  19. Well Tom, you’ve put forth a Calvinist teaching (one of the 5 points of Calvinism or doctrines of grace a.k.a TULIP) that the majority of Christians cannot accept. I really don’t care to enter a never-ending debate with you about that, but I can’t help but wonder if your efforts to win souls (that is your aim, right?) might bear more fruit and actually gain some credibility if, just in public forums, you were to stick to tactfully presenting the kerygma – what Christians do have in common, as expressed in our shared creed. It’s foundational. I don’t see the masses flooding to your church, so perhaps your in-people’s-face, oppositional approach might merit some refining?? Some food for thought.

    In case you might actually take the time to check it out, Tom, there is an interesting article on that topic at: .

  20. manyinterests: 150 years ago or so many Christians accepted the truth of God’s eternal election. It shows the extent of the apostasy that has occurred in Christendom. Men like Finney, Moody and Billy Graham have lead the way in establishing the man centered works salvation. Another name for it is the democracy gospel – the gospel of free will. Even at the heart of the doctrine of salvation of the R.C. church is free will + sacraments. Christ plus works how ever you combine it is still another gospel, and is by the declaration of Holy Scriptures under the curse of God. The end time social church is described thus – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”( 2 Timothy 4:3-4).

    What do Christians have in common? If it is not based solely on the authority of Scripture, it is nothing but the traditions of men, the doctrines of the commandments of men, and as our Lord rejected them, so should we. M. Luther once said -“unity if possible, but truth at any cost”. Turning to the unscriptural common factors of Christendom in order to be the ground of unity is building the one world apostate church that the Scriptures so clearly teaches would happen before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul commands us to come out, not join in. You would do well to obey his admonishment and instruction to the saving of your eternal soul.

  21. pastor tom said “Another name for it is the democracy gospel – the gospel of free will.”
    Obviously its not a gospel of free will in your case. There’s no democracy there. It’s see it as your way or everyone is going to hell. Yeah, I agree with you Furtz, debating with the pastor is futile, you cannot fix stupid!

  22. “you cannot fix stupid”! – But God can, and He did. Praise the Lord!

  23. If god intended on fixing stupid, he would have done it first before putting it on this planet. Obviously you missed out on the lord’s line.

    Arrrmen to the Flying Spaghetti Monster!!! May you be touched by his noodly appendage! 😉

  24. Resistance is futile… will be assimilated!

  25. Tom, Catholics do believe in election; it’s just that we have the key needed to understand what the term realy means. What came first, Church or Bible? It seems to me that God inspired His chosen people (the Church). I think we both know that there was a long history of oral Tradition, out of which emerged the written Word. Sola Scriptura is so easily shot full of holes that it’s sad. BTW – wasn’t Luther a mere mortal like the rest of us? Speaking of the thoughts of men (some of them just might be divine inspirations), not everything in Christianity can be “proven” with a narrow fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible. The term “Trinity” is but one which comes to mind. “Bible” is another. “Omniscient”, “omnipresent”, “omnipotent” are more. One could go on. Did you check out my earlier reference? I suspect not.

  26. manyinterests: Sorry I have no time for a good liberal Catholic. Even the Lord Jesus warns of such – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you”(Matthew 7:6).

  27. Pastor Tom you say “you cannot fix stupid – but God can and He did. Praise the Lord”. How come He didn’t fix you then?

  28. The pastor says “Sorry I have no time for a good liberal Catholic.” I think most people, with functioning brains, don’t have time for a fire-breathing nut-bar Baptist bigot.

  29. The “pastor” sure gave up easily this time. I guess that manyinterests can’t be baffled by his b.s. and wouldn’t stoop to use his usual mudslinging tactics. Alright!

  30. Truth, logic, and respect for others, are to the pastor as garlic is to a vampire.
    I’m sure he’ll be happily preaching his vile BS to his faithful flock this morning.

  31. Yes his “faithful flock” of sheep. I wonder what else he does with the sheep?

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