Advent 2022

by Nov 20, 2022Pastor's Blog

Let there be light.

Does it ever feel like Advent and Christmas turn into a scramble of last-minute planning and coordination?

It doesn’t have to. As a parish staff we are learning to slow down. There are so many different activities that sometimes we are worried and distracted by many things.

Please note of the extra Confession Times available during the Season of Advent: every Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm. All are welcome. Let’s prepare ourselves to encounter God’s love and mercy.

Finally, here are some other activities in the coming weeks that will help us all to prepare our hearts, as we enter into this beautiful Advent Season, looking forward to the Mystery of the Incarnation, the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas. May God bless you, and Mary protect you. Peace.

“Those who sing pray twice.”

  • November 27, 2pm: Christmas Sing Along at St. Catherine of Sienna’s Parish, Greenfield (details)
  • December 4, 12pm: Christmas Tea following Mass at St. Anthony’s Parish, Apple Hill
  • December 10, 7pm: North Glengarry Parishes Candlelight Christmas Concert at St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria (details)
  • December 17, 8pm: Christmas Concert at St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria

Schedule of The Nativity of the Lord

  • (list of our Christmas Eve Masses, and Christmas Day Mass)
  • December 24, 5pm: St. Finnan’s Basilica
  • December 24, 7pm: St. Finnan’s Basilica
  • December 24, 7pm: St. Anthony
  • December 24, 9pm: St. Catherine of Sienna
  • December 24, 9pm: St. James
  • December 25, 10am: St. Finnan’s Basilica
St. Finnan’s BasilicaSt. Catherine of SiennaSt. AnthonySt. James
Dec. 24: 5pm
Dec. 24: 7pmDec. 24: 7pm
Dec. 24: 9pmDec. 24: 9pm
Dec. 25: 10am
* regular daily Masses will continue, December 27 – 30.

Schedule of Solemnity of Mary,

Holy Mother of God

  • December 31, 5pm: New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica
  • January 1, 10am: New Year’s Day Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica
St. Finnan’s Basilica
December 31, 5pm
January 1, 10am

Ongoing Activities

  • Children’s Liturgy during Sunday 11am Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica
  • Youth Group Ministry every Thursday, 7pm, at Shalom House
  • Ultimate Frisbee+, every Friday night, 7pm, at Tim Horton’s Dome (arrive early, 6:30pm, if you like to practice and warm up)
  • Parent & Tots drop in, every Thursday morning, 10am, at Shalom House
  • for more details on these, or other questions, please contact Lorne, or contact our parish office: 613.525.1340

Light is a necessary part of life. It provides clarity and direction so we can make our way. It provides safety and security. At this time of the year, we feel the absence of light. May this time of Advent invite us to look at our need for light and see how Jesus is the true light of the world.

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