Nota Bene: April 14, 2024

by Apr 12, 2024Nota Bene

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

In addition to celebrating all Christ did for us this Easter season, we also are reminded of how His sacrifice impacts our lives. Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus should be the center of our lives. This passage begins with two disciples realizing Jesus had just appeared to them. As we are still in the midst of this Easter season, take time to think about what Christ did for us and the changes we should make in our daily lives to help us grow closer to Him.

For our parish community, that the Holy Spirit would move us to live Eucharistic lives in worship and in service, let us pray to the Lord.

ASM SCHOOL CHOIR

Please welcome students and choir from our Academia Stella Maris (ASM) school to our parish this weekend. ASM exists to assist parents in the education of their children by offering a rich bilingual curriculum infused with the beauty of our Catholic faith to both full-time and hybrid school families. The ASM school choir will be singing at our 10:30am Sunday Mass at the Basilica. 

INTENTIONS

Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:
Marie Aubin, Richard Burns, Sacha Cardinal, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman,
Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Dolly Goodwin, Loretta Fernandes, Roger Giroux, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Henny Lacroix, Lillian Lacroix, Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux,
Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell, Sharon Martin, Madison McDermid, Marcel Robinson, Joe Rolland, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Michael Shannon, Braydon Topping, Joanna VanderWielen,
John Van Nooten, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.

MASS INTENTIONS

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

SPECIAL COLLECTION

A reminder of NEXT week’s special collection:  Vocations Works. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.  

DID YOU KNOW?

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.) At present, there is a need for Adult Servers for certain Masses. Could this be a ministry you
would consider? If so, please contact the parish office at 613-525-1340 or office@stfinnan.ca 

CWL NEWS

St. Finnan’s CWL will host its Spring Bake Sale after all weekend Masses on April 13 and 14. Donations from parish bakers would be appreciated.

CHANGE IN MASS LOCATION:

Monday’s Mass this week will be in Apple Hill at 6 pm at St. Anthony’s Church.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION NIGHT

The week of April 14 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week:  Our parish would also like to join in, and I hope you can join us too! The theme this year is: Every Moment Matters. In the past few months we have been discussing taking our stewardship to the next level, and building the parish for the next generation. Thank you again to every parishioner who gives and serves the mission and ministry of the parish through their timetalent, and treasure. As we begin our Easter season overwhelmed by joy, please join our Parish Pastoral and Finance Council members, and many others on Monday, April 15th. Mass will begin at 6pm, followed by wine and cheese in St. Anthony’s Hall. Please RSVP (yes or no) to the Parish Office by phone: 613-525-1340, extension 2104, or by email: office@stfinnan.ca   We wanted to take an evening to acknowledge how grateful we are for every volunteer in our parish community.  Where would our parish be without the great sacrifices made by so many people?!  Hope to see you there!  Please see the website for further details: https://stfinnan.ca/every-moment-matters/

SAVE THE DATES
  • April 14 & 28:  Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul 
  • April 16:  Parish Finance Council Meeting:  https://stfinnan.ca/parish-finance-council/
  • May 4: First Confessions
  • May 8:  Seniors Keynote Speaker Event:  Mother Mary Bernadette; foundress of Queenship of Mary
  • May 26: First Communion
  • June 2: Corpus Christi & end of pastoral year Parish BBQ
BISHOP MACDONELL SCHOOL SPAGHETTI SUPPER FUNDRAISER

Please join us on Friday April 19, 2024, from 4-7pm at the Knights of Columbus Council 755 Downstairs Hall, 205 Amelia St., Cornwall. $10.00 per plate payable at the door. Fundraiser for the school’s new play structure.

AN EVENING OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and community support as we welcome Deantha Edmunds, recent Order of Canada recipient who has performed for both Pope Francis and King Charles. (www.deanta.ca) The April 19th concert (7:30 pm) will be held at our beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. The proceeds of the concert are to benefit the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. (www.journeyforhealing.ca) Tickets can be purchased online at IRFconcert.eventbrite.com or by contacting 613-933-1138, ext. 22. Tickets are $50, $35* and $25. Purchase today to benefit from *early bird pricing.  Your attendance at this concert helps support reconciliation efforts, fostering understanding and unity.

GARAGE SALE FOR OUR YOUTH

Please join us on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 8am to 2 pm at The Green Valley Community Hall.  For more information/pick up please call Ron/Susan Lajoie at 613-525-3481.

HOPE AND DIGNITY

Canada has one of the highest rates of euthanasia in the world! And the government wants to make it more accessible. These two sentences should shock you to your core. Even the secular media has been raising alarm bells at the speed that assisted suicide is expanding in Canda. To counteract this tsunami, Pro-Life Cornwall is hosting Hope & Dignity: A Catholic Response to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Join us at the Agora Catholic Centre on Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 am to 3 pm to hear a group of leading experts in the area. The event, including lunch, is free but we would appreciate you registering in advance by contacting Ruth at 613-933-1138, ext. 22 or ruth.tyolarose@ottawacornwall.ca

SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Patrons of St. Columban Foundation invites you to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the restoration of the historic St. Columban’s Church at the Knights of Columbus Council 755, 205 Amelia St., Cornwall on Sunday April 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets $15 are available at St. Columban’s parish office during office hours, from Foundation members, by calling Brian Lynch at 613-933-8353 and at the Knight of Columbus.   Everyone is welcome. 

PRO-LIFE HOUR OF PRAYER

Join us in prayer to protect human life on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 in the St. Francis de Sales Parish (434 Second St. W.) Cornwall, starting from 7pm. We will have a testimonial shared. There will be light refreshments and snacks served in the Parish Hall. Prayer is the foundation of everything we do in defense of human life.

SOLEMN VESPERS FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT GEORGE

All are welcome to an event on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 6:00 pm: Parish Pastor Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, will preside at Solemn Vespers for The Feast of Saint George at St. George Parish (415 Piccadilly Ave N, Ottawa).
The event is organized by Fr. Andrew Taylor (Apostolic Nunciature) with the Ottawa Chant group and hosted by St. George’s Parish.

ALPHA REUNION/COME AND SEE!!

After our seventh Alpha last fall, we are excited to welcome all to discover more about Alpha!  Renew friendships, meet new friends and bring friends
Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm Shalom House, Alexandria.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information please contact Inez at 613-347-7666, inez1989@hotmail.com or Elizabeth 613-527-3209, mcdonellbe@gmail.com

WOMEN’S CURSILLO WEEKENDAPRIL 25-28, 2024

Location: Centre de I’Amour 220 Route 21, Plantagenet, Ontario, K0B-1L0 Come join like-minded Women for a short course in Christianity. To register go to Ottawa Cursillo Weekend Application Ottawa Catholic Cursillo Movement: http://ottawacursillo.ca
A testimonial from our community that have attended a weekend: “Being a cradle Catholic, I didn’t think I had much to learn about our faith and was living it well. Attending my Cursillo weekend lit a fire within me, bringing a conversion in me to not only want to have faith but to be alive in my faith. I continue to grow in my relationship with Jesus every day and am so thankful for my ‘yes’ to the weekend that started it all.” For more information please contact: Maureen Miller 613-363-4063.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

First Communion formation centers on the Order of the Mass. Children gain an understanding of the Mass and the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Children must be in the second grade or higher and have prepared for and celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Registrations are open for Baptisms, First Communion and Confirmation.  Please see the website:  https://stfinnan.ca/sacraments/ for the 2023-24 preparation schedule and/or for more information, please email Lorne at director@stfinnan.ca or call him at 613-525-1340 extension 2103.

TRAVELLING CHALICE

Our Travelling Chalice Program continues each week. Let’s continue praying for vocations to the priesthood.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION

St. Finnan Catholic School is accepting new student registrations for September 2023! We invite parents/guardians to complete the online pre-registration by visiting http://bit.ly/CDSBEORegistration Junior Kindergarten students must be 4 years of age by December 31, 2024 and Senior Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2024.

EVENTS AT ST. FINNAN’S PARISH

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DONATIONS

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