Nota Bene: April 9th, 2023

by Mar 31, 2023Nota Bene, Pastor's Blog



God is good. God is real. Jesus died for you. He rose for you. And sends you the Holy Spirit for new life!

Families grow stronger through the support and fellowship of other families with shared desires, dreams, and values. Find connection with other families seeking to live out our Christian faith boldly during this Easter season, in an Easter family small group. Learn more and find out where these small groups are available. And if you don’t find one near you, consider leading one yourself!

At our Alpha Reunion on Thursday, March 30, we launched a new program – The Rescue Project – hoping that many of you would be interested. The Rescue Project ( ) is for anyone and everyone! It appeals to those who have been walking with Jesus for years, as well as those for whom Jesus is only a figure in ancient history.  

We passionately believe that the most urgent task is the compelling proclamation of the gospel, one that not only shares it in an attractive – and concentrated – way, but that also offers people a way of seeing reality, and of making sense of the world, history, and life that is vastly different from the story our modern culture tells.

Until this happens, the Christian faith is often experienced as a mere set of rules and disciplines, and simply going to Church isn’t likely to lead a person to embark on the great adventure that is following Jesus and continuing His mission of the rescuing of this world. We don’t think most people have ever heard the gospel.

Our Parish Office is hoping to offer multiple days/times to begin this program with a small group. Please reach out to us if you are interested. The Rescue Project is an experience of the gospel surrounded by food, conversation and prayer.

The Rescue Project seeks to proclaim the gospel in a compelling and attractive way over eight weeks in a small group format. This experience is imbued with beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment.

Happy Easter! Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen! Alleluia! Saying those words is like drinking a tall glass of cold water after being out in the desert all day. Lent is over and it is now time to celebrate the great joy of Easter!
From your parish office: Fr. Jon, Fr. Gilles, Deacon John, Kayla, Ann, Lorne


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,
Nicole Leroux, John Maguire, Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan,
Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


April 6, 7pm, Holy Thursday (St. Finnan’s Basilica)

April 7, 3pm, Good Friday (St. Finnan’s Basilica)

April 8, 8pm, Easter Vigil (St. Finnan’s Basilica)

April 9Easter Sunday (regular Sunday Mass times, in each parish)


Please note the office will be closed for the Easter Holidays from Thursday, April 6th until Monday, April 10th.  Reopening Tuesday, April 11th, 2023.   Wishing you a happy Easter celebration!


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


Official opening: Monday, April 3rd, 10-4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at new location Unit 1 – 812 Pitt Street, Cornwall (in Plaza near Sharyn’s Pantry) Open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. 613-933-5099


The Ecumenical Way of the Cross with the three Churches in Maxville will be held on Friday, April 7th, 2023, starting at 1:00pm at St. James. Everyone is welcome!


Please consider attending our next meeting to discuss future options. Our next key meetings with all parishioners, at our four churches will take place after Easter:

April 11: 6:30pm, St. Catherine of Sienna, Greenfield
April 13: 6:30pm, St. Anthony, Apple Hill
April 17: 6:30pm, St. James, Maxville
April 18: 6:30pm, St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria
All parishioners are encouraged to participate. Let’s continue praying for each other. Come Holy Spirit. For further details click here.


The Cornwall Quilters Guild is holding their Quilt Show on April 14th, from 10am – 5pm and on April 15th9am-4pm, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 28 Second St. East, Cornwall.  Quilt exhibits, merchant mall, sale boutique, bed turning and tea room.  Admission $8. Everyone welcome.


Women of Laughter and Faith is hosting a women’s retreat: His Mercy on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 9am-4pm (doors open at 8:30am) at St. Bernard’s Church in Finch, Ontario.  Guest Speaker is Fr. Allan MacDonald, CC.  Free will offering. Please bring your lunch and water bottle.  Coffee and tea provided.  Registration:  Melina at 613-984-2983 or


St. Finnan’s Basilica will be celebrating the Feast of God’s Mercy April 16th from 2:00 to 4:00pm.  Please join our North Glengarry Parishes on Divine Mercy Sunday for Praise and Worship with Adoration, Benediction, Confessions, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Hymns.  All are welcome!  This celebration will also be live-streamed. 


We are moving our 12:00 weekly potluck from the Bishop McDonnell Room to Shalom House on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 16th). Everyone is welcome to stay and socialize until the Divine Mercy Service, which will be held at St. Finnan’s at 2 pm. If anyone has any questions feel free to email Angie at


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


Click here to make a donation to the parish.


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


St. Raphaels Friends of the Ruins are hiring a summer student as curator/tourist guide. Full job description is posted on the St. Raphael’s Facebook page. This is a 40 hour a week position. Please forward resumes to

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