“Do not be afraid! Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure. He alone can give full meaning to life.”
-St. John Paul II

We aspire to a living faith – knowing who Jesus is, growing in our relationship with him, and leading others.

Welcome to St. Finnan’s Parish. We’re glad you’re here. 

We aspire to a living faith, one in which we know Jesus as our friend, saviour, and comforter.

Don’t be afraid to invite him into your heart. If you want to invite Jesus into your life and into your heart get in touch with us at We’re here to journey with you and help you start a great adventure.

Did you know this about our liturgy?  What is active participation in Mass? Our liturgy is community prayer and worship, the center of Christian life for the Church. Liturgy is for God – we give him praise for our salvation and thanksgiving for all he has done for us. Since he has done everything for us, we should give him the very best in return! How do we do that? By reason of our Baptism, we are all called to full, conscious and active participation in our Eucharistic celebrations. Indeed, this is every baptized person’s right and duty. So, what does this mean? Simply speaking, Mass is not a spectator sport; each of us needs to be a participant. We can join in voicing and singing the appropriate prayers and responses of the liturgy. The assembly – all of us gathered at Mass – is the primary minister of music; therefore, we can pick up the hymnal and join the choir in singing the songs and Mass settings, as well. Finally, we might consider helping out with one of the many liturgical ministries (lector, welcoming and hospitality, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, choir, usher, etc.)

DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT OUR LITURGY?:  What’s The Purpose of Silence during Mass: Silence is sacred. No words can adequately express the mystery of God. In quiet, we can sense God’s presence even more deeply than in sound. At certain times during the Mass, we fall silent to offer prayers, to reflect on the Scripture or to thank God for the Eucharist.  * A time of silence before Mass begins helps everyone enter the Mass devoutly. In silent prayer, we think about the role we are to play, the songs we will sing, the prayers we will offer, the Scriptures we will hear, the presence of Jesus Christ, who comes to us in sacrament to nourish us at this Mass and throughout the week. His holiness renders us speechless.  * The Liturgy of the Word is to be celebrated in such a way as to favour meditation, and so any kind of haste is clearly to be avoided. In the silence after each reading, we reflect on what this text means in our life, what God is asking of us at this moment. *In the silence following the Homily, we take time to meditate on what we have heard. * Once all have received Communion, the entire assembly observes a period of silence for private prayer of thanksgiving and praise. The sacrament of Communion deserves a word of thanks to God.


The Gift of Worship: Each Sunday when the Christian assembly gathers for liturgy, many gifts are clearly given to God: the gift of time and talent shown in the various ministries; the gift of money and food goods for those in need and the upkeep of the parish; the gift of ourselves to each other by our presence and our full, conscious, and active participation. All of this is good. At the same time, we must never forget that we gather on Sunday in response to God’s prior gifts to us summed up in the Son and our share in divine life. Thus, our Sunday celebration most of all should be characterized by thankfulness for all God has given us, and praise (homage) for this God who chooses to be so intimately present to us. It is all too easy for our Sunday celebrations to be subtly focused on ourselves. Although we can never be passive at Sunday mass, we must never forget that we are there first and foremost to give God praise and thanksgiving. The purpose for Sunday worship is just that: worship. Threaded through the speaking and singing, gestures and postures, relating and responding, must be an attitude of awe, reverence, and deep-felt gratitude for God’s lavish generosity to us in so many ways. In the end, the only lasting gift we can really give God is ourselves in worship and openhanded service to others.

Try Alpha?

We aspire to a living faith and believe a life with Christ is the ultimate adventure.

Why not give it a try? But, where do you start? Try, ALPHA!

Alpha is for anyone and everyone. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves. People from every walk of life explore the life’s big questions in a friendly, open and non-judgmental environment.

For more information contact,

Inez Franklin  613-347-7666,
Elizabeth McDonell 613-527-3209,

Join us for Mass

We invite you to join us for mass in one of our three Churches!

You can find our mass schedule on our events page.

St. James Church

Maxville, ON

St. Finnan Basilica

Alexandria, ON

St. Anthony Church

Apple Hill, ON

The Sacraments

We want to know Jesus as our friend, our saviour, and our comforter. We want to know about him; we want to experience him!

One way we know Jesus is by encountering him in the sacraments.

We invite you to know Jesus and grow in your faith by celebrating the sacraments at St. Finnan's Parish.

To get more information, or to express interest in receiving the sacraments, please fill in the short form. A member of our team will be in touch with you.

*Please contact for funerals.

**Please see our events calendar for confession/reconciliation times. If you are unavailable at those times, please contact our office at

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