Nota Bene: December 17, 2023

by Dec 15, 2023Nota Bene

WORDS FROM OUR PASTOR:

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” is a Latin word, meaning “rejoice.” The Christian steward should be characterized by a spirit of rejoicing. When God Himself is the source of our joy, it cannot be taken away from us. There is still time, this Advent season, to clear away any “clutter” in our lives that may take our focus away from Him. Let us strive to detach from any of these things so that we can be free to truly rejoice in God on Christmas Day.

INTENTIONS:

Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:
Marie Aubin, Rodney Benton, Sacha Cardinal, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman,
Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Dolly Goodwin, Roger Giroux, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Henny Lacroix, Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux,
Barbara Macdonell, Madison McDermid, 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. 

MASS TIME CHANGE

Thursday’s Mass will be at 10 a.m. this week as we welcome the students from St. Finnan’s School.  Please join us!

DAILY MASSES ARE CANCELLED

Please note that daily masses are cancelled from December 26th to December 28th.

ADVENT RECONCILIATION TIME:

We are offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation on December 18:  7-9 pm:  St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria. 7 priests will be available. Here’s an example of an examination of conscience…start with a prayer….click here to continue…

ST. FINNAN’S T-SHIRTS & HOODIES SALE

K OF C:  T-shirts ($30) hoodies ($55) of St. Finnan’s Church make a great last-minute Christmas gift!  T-shirts are available in white and black. Hoodies are available in black. All sizes available pending inventory. Proceeds go to Knights of Columbus Council 10640 and will be used for food programs and Coats for Kids program over the winter. Contact Cameron at 613-678-0942 or by email at knights10640@gmail.com

PRAYER GROUP

St. James Prayer group is not meeting again until January 9th, 2024.

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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