Nota Bene – 2021.11.27

by Nov 27, 2021News, Nota Bene

Candlelight Christmas Concert

The North Glengarry Parishes invite you to join us for a magical performance of holiday favourites by local friends and family! 

When: Saturday December 11 at 7:00 pm

Where: St. Finnan Basilica

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, masks and social distancing will be in effect.

Registration is required. 

Pastor’s Blog – Stand Up

We celebrate Advent each year in preparation for the birth of Jesus, His first coming, as we await His second coming.  What will you do differently this Advent season to grow in friendship and love with Jesus?  How will you inspire others to do the same?  Start by sharing your God story with others, especially those closest to you.

New Office Hours! 

Fr. Jonathan has new office hours! Please call the parish office, or use this link, to make an appointment with Fr. Jon.

Volunteer Needed

St. Finnan’s Basilica and Maison Shalom House are looking for a volunteer bookkeeper. If you are interested please get in touch with Fr. Jonathan!


CWL at St. Finnan

St. Finnan’s CWL is deeply, sincerely grateful for your generous response to our November “In Lieu of Bake Sale Collection”. We have received over $1,700 in donations from members and parishioners. THANK YOU so much! We will use the funds wisely in service to the parish and community. We appreciate your financial support. Be assured of our prayers.

Thank you, too, for your donations of Jell-O this month. Parishes across Glengarry have joined St. Finnan’s in contributing boxes of the desert, which will be donated to the diocesan Christmas Food Basket campaign.

St. Finnan’s CWL Executive Committee invites all League members to join them for a Mass and Christmas gathering at the Basilica on Wednesday, December 8th. Our Spiritual Advisor Fr. Jonathan Blake will celebrate Mass at 3:00p.m. A short program will follow, until about 4:30. If you wish, bring along a pair of Thinsulate mittens or gloves (any size), which we will donate to the children at St. Finnan’s School. We’d love to see you! Please join us.


The Diocesan CWL Advent Retreat hosted at St. Andrew’s Church is slated for Thursday, December 9th, 2021. The Rosary at 6p.m. will be followed by Mass at 6:30. The guest speaker for the evening will be Fr. Steven Gaudet. All members are welcome. There is no admission, but Covid restrictions require advance registration. If you plan to attend the Diocesan Retreat at St. Andrew’s, please contact Inez at or 613-347-7666 by December 3rd.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus will be collecting donations on December 12 for the needy in our community. Donations will be collected via special Knights of Columbus envelopes left in the pews on the weekend of December 12. Donations will be given to St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria.

Please put your envelope number on the Knights of Columbus envelope if you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donations. We are grateful to our parishioners for helping the needy in our community.

This Week at the NGP
  • It’s Advent!
  • Daily Mass from Tuesday to Friday at St. Finnan’s Basilica at 8:00 am
  • Pastoral Council Meeting – Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Confession – Saturday, December 4 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Be sure to stay on top of all our events by checking out our events calendar on our website. 

Coming up!

Starting in January 2022, we’ll be hosting our next BOOK STUDY! This round we’ll be studying the book Life is Messy!

“Can someone who has been devastatingly broken, be healed, and become more beautiful and more lovable than ever before?  Life is messy. It isn’t a colour-within-the-lines exercise. It’s a wild and outrageous invitation full of uncertain outcomes. The mess of life is both inevitable and unexpected. It is filled with delightful mysteries and frustrating predicaments.”

More details will follow. Please consider joining us! 


Click here to make a donation to the parish.

Prayer Intentions

Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:

Diane Leroux, Krista Kirkwood, Susan and John Clark, Mary Whitman, Marc Becker, Brad McMillan, Joe Rolland, Braydon Topping, Michael Scott, Myles Lynch, Madison McDermid, Marc Sauve, Christopher Coleman, Theresa Ryan, Juliette Lavigne, Ann MacPhee, Richard Mincoff, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Mel Watt, Toni Boos, and Shea Archer.

Please contact Mary Ellen at to update or include new prayer intentions.

Mass Intentions 

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

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