Nota Bene: April 21, 2024

by Apr 19, 2024Nota Bene

PARISH VISION

To rekindle the Catholic faith in Glengarry, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and build the Kingdom of God.

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we hear that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. Our readings today call us to reflect inward — do we allow Jesus to shepherd our lives? Let us look inward this week and ask ourselves, ‘who is my Shepherd?’ and ‘have I gone astray?’ Name the areas in your life that you have neglected. Ask Jesus to bring you home. Pray for His mercy, seek His forgiveness in the sacraments and begin again.
4th Sunday of Easter (Year B), is also known as GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY with a special collection. We are stewards of our vocation. Jesus calls us, as his disciples, to a new way of life—the Christian way of life—of which stewardship is part. But Jesus does not call us as nameless people in a faceless crowd. He calls us individually, by name. Each one of us—clergy, religious, lay person; married, single; adult, child—has a personal vocation. God intends each one of us to play a unique role in carrying out the divine plan. The challenge, then, is to understand our role—our vocation—and to respond generously to this call from God. Christian vocation entails the practice of stewardship. In addition, Christ calls each of us to be stewards of our personal vocations, which we receive from God. Please continue to pray for your clergy:
This year, Deacon John & Sue celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary and Deacon John his 29th anniversary (June 9) of ordained ministry; Fr. Gilles (June 12, 1966) celebrates his 58th anniversary of the priesthood, and Fr. Jon (May 2) celebrates his 15th anniversary of the priesthood. Please continue to pray for vocations.

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.

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 THIS week’s special collection:  Vocations Works. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.  

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.

SAVE THE DATES

April 25: ALPHA Reunion
April 28:   Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul
May 4:      First Confessions
May 5:      15th Anniversary of Fr. Jon’s Ordination – Reception after 10:30 am Mass at St. Anthony’s Church
May 8:      Seniors Keynote Speaker Event:  Mother Mary Bernadette; foundress of Queenship of Mary
May 8:      Parish Pastoral Council meeting
May 9:      Pro Life Rally downtown Ottawa
May 10:    Encounter Adoration Night  
May 26:    First Communion
June 2:  Corpus Christi & end of pastoral year Parish BBQ

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) at 7pm. We will have a testimonial shared, light refreshments/snacks. 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

SPRING CONCERT

Spring to Life is the title for the Spring concert by the Centennial Choir of Cornwall.
Join us April 26, 2024, at 7pm at Aultsville Theatre for great entertainment. Adults $25, children 12 and under $10. Tickets available from any choir member, Home Hardware in Cornwall or Melody Music, Cornwall.

SPRING RETREAT

The CWL of St. Francis de Sales invites you to attend on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Our focus is on Christ Our Light. It runs from 9am-noon.  Our retreat is open to all women in our parish & to members/friends of CWL Councils in the local area. Please register ASAP to help us plan for food. Please call: 613-932-0756 or sfrancischurch@cogeco.ca or Sally Grant, at 613-933-3831 or snowshoe65@gmail.com

KING’S DAY: (DUTCH EVENT)

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2024 WHERE: Lochiel Centre, 20863 Lochiel Road, County Road 21, Alexandria, ON TIME: Starting at 4 pm COST: $10.00 each and free for kids under 12 Dutch food and products, travel, games and more! For further information, please call Henriette at 613-525-0462

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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