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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