Nota Bene: 2022.03.05

by Mar 4, 2022News, Nota Bene

We’re in Lent!

This weekend marks the first Sunday of Lent. We are looking forward to journeying with you to Easter. 

We have some very exciting opportunities this Lent. Check out for some great Lenten content. AND, we’ve attached a Lenten Calendar with suggestions for each day of the Lenten season.  

We are also very excited to announce our first Lenten Mission. Fr. Allan MacDonald, CC, a priest of the Companions of the Cross, will be joining us from April 3-6 for the Lenten Mission Ground & Found. 

The Schedule for the mission is as follows:

Sunday, April 3: 11:00 am Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica

Monday, April 4: 6:00 pm Confession
7:00 pm Mass with extended Homily

Tuesday, April 5: 6:00 pm Confession
7:00 pm Mass with extended Homily

Wednesday, April 6: 6:00 pm Confession
7:00 pm Mass with extended Homily

COVID Restrictions Ending 

We are excited to announce that, as of March 1, most COVID restrictions will be lifted.

Beginning Tuesday, March 1:

  • All capacity limits on religious services will be lifted
  • All physical distancing requirements will be lifted
  • All capacity limits on social gatherings will be lifted
  • Congregational singing will be permitted. 

Please note:

  • All masking requirements will remain in place.

Transition and change can be difficult. While we are excited these restrictions are lifting, we recognize that some may find this difficult. We ask all parishioners to be conscious of each other as these restrictions are lifted. 

Pastor’s Blog – Blew a Tire

Finally, the holy season of Lent has begun.  Just as hockey is a team sport, so is the parish family!  I look forward to walking this 40-day pilgrimage with all of you, indeed I cannot do it alone.

Quick to Listen – Pastor’s Chat with Fr. Jon and Fr. Rob

We were both excited, and overwhelmed by joy to see the number of parishioners coming Home, back to Church, for the Ash Wednesday celebrations.

Click here to watch.

Synod – But Who do You Say That I Am?

You are invited to join us at our first Synod Conversation 8:30am Tuesday, March 8th after Mass in the Bishop MacDonell Room.  A light breakfast will be served.  We look forward to welcoming you, listening to each other and journeying together.

How can we, the faithful and our Christian communities, be more open to evangelization? In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be having different dates and options for you to share in-person. These questions could help our conversations. I know not everyone will have time to meet in-person. I invite you to share your comments online

Book Study

Our Life is Messy Book Study is finished! 

If  you weren’t able to participate but would still like to read Life is Messy by Matthew Kelly, books are available at our Parish Office and here is our Reading and Reflection Plan.

A  big thank you to our team for making this possible. We are looking for more team members! If you enjoyed participating in the Book Study we invite you to join the leadership team. 

Should you have any questions, or if you’d like to volunteer, please reach out to Amy Bourbonnais at

Archbishop’s Lenten Message – A Lent of Great Importance

How will we live the next few weeks leading up to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and his glorious victory over death and evil?

We will accomplish this only if we keep our focus on the Lord who will guide us.

Garage Sale

We need your help to make our garage sale a success! Maison Shalom House is preparing to open up once again, with different groups already looking for over night retreats, and many day events already getting booked.


Our March recommendations are out and it’s all about Lent! Check out for our monthly recommendations!

This Week at the NGP
  • St. James CWL Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at St. James Church from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Baptismal Preparation Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at Shalom House from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • St. Finnan CWL Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, at St. Finnan’s Basilica from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Adoration and Prayer at St. Finnan Basilica on Friday, March 11 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Daily Mass from Tuesday to Friday at St. Finnan’s Basilica at 8:00 am
  • Confession – Saturday, March 12 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. 


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Prayer Intentions

Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:

Bill Akkermans, Shea Archer, Marie Aubin, Marc Becker, Joey Benton, Susan Brown, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Juliette Lavigne, Guy Lauzon, Diane Leroux, Madison McDermid, Milton McIntosh, Brad McMillan, Richard Mincoff, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Marc Sauve, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Mel Watt, Andrea Willard.

Please contact Mary Ellen for updates or changes to this list at

Mass Intentions 

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

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