Nota Bene – 1st Sunday of Lent: Feb. 26/23

by Feb 24, 2023Nota Bene

LENT 2023

Next week we begin the Holy Season of Lent. Let us continue praying for each other. As we prepare to discern which sacrifice to make, it is always helpful to realize that we do this in the context of the Two Greatest Commandments. How will what we do, what we give up, help us grow in our love for God, and love for neighbour? Click here for the full schedule.


Please click here to read the press release from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in support of an emergency campaign for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. This emergency campaign will be headed by Aid to Church in Need (ACN), Canadian Jesuits International (CJI), Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) Canada, and Development and Peace-Caritas Canada (DPCC).


Each Wednesday during Lent, Stations of the Cross will be at 6 pm, followed by Mass at 6:30 pm at St. Finnan’s Basilica. 
In addition, you are invited to join St. James Parish for the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 10 am.


Tax receipts for donations made to the parish in 2022 are available for pickup in the church foyer after our Masses. If you are unable to make it to the church for pickup, or you happen to notice an incorrect address on your receipt please contact the office for any changes. A special note to anyone who made a 2022 donation to the parish via credit card with Canada Helps (on our website): when donations are made to the parish through Canada Helps, a tax receipt is issued right away via email. So please check your email for any donations made that way. For more information, or concerns, please contact Kayla at the Parish Office: 613-525-1340, ext. 2101. Thanks to all who contributed to the mission and vision of St. Finnan’s Basilica and our North Glengarry Parishes in 2022!


As you are retrieving your 2022 Tax Receipt – please update/add your contact information on the sheets/lists provided.  The Parish Office is looking to renew our parish lists. Thank you in advance!


Permanent Deacons play an important role in the life of the church, serving the poor, assisting at Mass, and taking part in many important aspects of parish life. If you are a Catholic man and are interested in learning more about the permanent diaconate, contact Fr. Blake,


St. James Parish Maxville will be hosting the World Day of Prayer this year on Friday March 3rd, with rain date Saturday March 4th.


A warm invitation is extended to the members of the Alexandria-Cornwall Diocesan to be CWL sister guests at the CWL Ottawa Diocesan Council 2023 Lenten Morning of Reflection on March 11, 2023.  The morning will begin at 8:30 am with coffee & snacks, followed by 9 am Mass, and Stations of the Cross at 9:30 am.  Light refreshments will be served after Stations of the Cross.  Celebrant:  Fr. Gerard Plant, Ottawa Diocesan Spiritual Advisor.  Facilitator:  Giovanna Mingarelli, an awarded speaker named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network.  There is no fee to attend this event, but we ask that you register in advance.    Please register with Angela Gaudet at or 613-448-3126.  Deadline to register is March 3, 2023.


Back by popular demand, the St Raphael’s Cooking Club is preparing takeout dinners (Irish stew, mashed potatoes, salad, bun and dessert) to celebrate St Patrick’s Day: March 17th, 2023! Takeout only. $15.00 per plate. Pickup from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Deadline to order is March 4th. Call Monique to reserve @ 613-347-7539. This is a fundraiser for the St. Raphael’s Parish Hall.


On Saturday March 11th, St. Francis de Sales CWL is hosting a retreat for ALL women in the parish, and any ladies in local parishes who might like to join us. We will begin at 9 AM and close with a light lunch at 12:30 PM. The theme will be “The Grace-filled Armour of God”. Registration is required in order to plan for food and materials, but the retreat is free. To register you can contact the parish office by email or call between 9 and 12 on weekdays. You can also call Sally at 613-933-3831 or send an email to


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults: We have a few people participating in weekly RCIA gatherings right now. Please pray for all involved! For more info., please contact Fr. Blake at the parish office.


All are Welcome to Come and See!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 30th, 6:30pm at Shalom House, Alexandria.  Reconnect with friends, or if you have never been to Alpha, come check out what happens.  There is no commitment and no cost.  More information will follow.


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:

Marie Aubin, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman, Mike Craig, Melanie Damphousse, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Logan Kubli, Guy Lauzon, Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Diane Leroux, Msgr. Kevin Maloney, Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Michael Trepanier, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


Click here for this week’s mass intentions and please keep our parishioners in your prayers. 


Registrations are open for Baptisms, First Communion and Confirmation.  For more information, please call Lorne at the office or email directly:


To stay up to date on the events (i.e. CWL meetings, K of C meetings, etc.) at the North Glengarry Parishes, click here


This is a reminder of the upcoming collection of your Diocesan & Missionary Works offering:  February 26, 2023. Thank you for your financial contribution.


Click here to make a donation to the parish.

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