Nota Bene: December 10, 2023

by Dec 8, 2023Nota Bene

WORDS FROM OUR PASTOR:

On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, we have seen the Lord’s kindness. Thank you to everyone who participated in last weekend’s Commitment Sunday where we were all invited to renew and review our commitment to our parish. We asked parishioners to share their time, talents, and treasure. Over two hundred cards were collected! Now, we as a parish family must also discern our next steps together. Last week I had a great meeting with the leadership from St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria who serve all of Glengarry. As a parish we want to help during this beautiful and holy season of Advent, a season of giving. The collections from our Christmas Tea at St. Antony’s church will also be donated to St. Vincent de Paul this weekend. The food drive campaign is now open. Please click here for details.

POLL FOR POSSIBLE MASS TIME CHANGE(S):

Thank you to all who have already participated in the survey (almost 100 so far).  If you have not done so, please click here to take part in the survey on-line, or you may pick up a yellow sheet and return to church this weekend.  

INTENTIONS:

Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:
Marie Aubin, Rodney Benton, Sacha Cardinal, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman,
Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Roger Giroux, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Henny Lacroix,
Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell,
Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Marcel Robinson, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan,
Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.

MASS INTENTIONS

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

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT

O Come, All Ye Faithful to our annual Candlelight Christmas Concert at St. Finnan’s Basilica on 
Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 pm. As Pope Francis noted, ‘light candles of hope in the midst of darkness’ so come join us for a magical evening. And let’s light out candles in support of our parishioners who will be sharing their musical talents and treasures! All are welcome so mark your calendars!
Free will offering. 

PENITENTIAL SERVICES

December 12:  7-9 pm:  Blessed Sacrament Parish, Cornwall
December 13:  1-3 pm:  St. Columban’s Parish, Cornwall
December 18:  7-9 pm:  St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT ST. FINNAN’S SCHOOL

We are looking for 4 volunteers to wrap our gifts that students buy at the Santa Sale.  The shifts would be 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023.  If you can assist, please contact Candace Seguin at 613-525-4274 or by email at candace.seguin@cdsbeo.on.ca
Thank you for helping us at St. Finnan’s Catholic School.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Maxville invites you to their Carols by Candlelight service on
Sunday, December 17th @ 7 PM. Come and join the Maxville Community Choir and guest musicians Paddy Kelly and the Morris Family as we celebrate the birth of Jesus in Scripture and song. Following the service plan to stay for hot mulled cider and Christmas goodies. A free-will offering will be received with the proceeds directed to the Maxville Manor Redevelopment Project.

OCIA

If you are thinking about becoming Catholic, OCIA (the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults) is where you will learn more about the Catholic faith and take steps to formally join the church. Sessions will begin in January 2024. For more information, please contact the parish office to register.

PROMOTION:

Special promotion 2-1 coffee at Tom’s Diner until the end of the year! Keyword: “St. Finnan’s Parish”

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas lands on a Monday this year. This means on Sunday Dec. 24th, the morning masses will be for the 4th Sunday of Advent and the evening masses that same day will be Christmas Eve Masses. Please click here for more details.

CATHOLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

Are you or your family in need of a nativity set for Christmas?  Come by and see our latest selection.  We have Christmas books for children and gift books for adults, Christmas cards and more.  Reminder of our new location at 812 Pitt St. Unit 1, Cornwall. (613-933-5099).

LAWN SIGNS/CAR MAGNETS

Keep Christ in Christmas lawn signs($20) and car magnets($10) are available for sale.  For those interested please contact: Mike Morrissette at 613-362-7280.

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.

CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS

Our office will be closed from Friday, December 22nd, until January 2nd. Reopening Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

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, 2023 and Senior Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2023.

EVENTS AT NGP

To stay up to date on the events (i.e. CWL meetings, K of C meetings, etc.) at the North Glengarry Parishes, click here

DONATIONS

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