Nota Bene: December 31, 2023

by Dec 28, 2023Nota Bene


Today, we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Just as the Holy Family is holy, we are also called to be holy. This holiness is achievable by living as disciples of Christ. Today’s Gospel says a lot about trust and surrender to our Lord. When Simeon and Anna prophesized about what was to come, Jesus’ parents were “amazed at what was said about him.” We can imagine that two parents would be taken back by these words! Yet, the Holy Family surrendered their lives to God and had unwavering faith and trust in His plan. God’s plan will fulfill our hearts more than we could have ever imagined. Like the Holy Family, we just need to trust, surrender and be attentive to God’s voice. I also wanted to thank everyone who shared with me cards, gifts, and your prayers during this holy season of Christmas. I pray for all of you, daily. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Merry Christmas, and Happy Holy New Year. Peace.


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, John Van Nooten, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


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


Our office will be reopening on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.


Start the New Year 2024 by honouring Our Lady Mary Mother of God. Please join us on
Saturday, January 6th, 2024, from 9:00 am – 12:00 at the Agora Centre for Mass, confessions, a light breakfast and the rosary. Fr. Augustine will be blessing sacramentals; bring your water, salt, and candles. We will also have blessed chalk available. Our topic will be Mary, Mother of God. A freewill offering of $5 is appreciated. For more information contact Heidi at 613-347-7561,


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


A space to grow in your faith, in your understanding of God’s great love for you and so much more.  Evenings will include prayer, learning, sharing and practice.  We stay faithful to the Catholic Catechism. Each session will build on the previous ones.  The more often you come, the more you will learn.  “Come and See” January 11th & 25th, 2024 from 6:30-8 pm at the Agora Catholic Center, Cornwall, (downstairs:  an elevator is available from the outside. For more information go to The full group will be in English, but you are welcome to share it with each other in the language of your choice.


Will be at St. Francis De Sales Parish begins on Monday, January 15, 2024.  Come and join us for 10 weeks of Following The Messiah, a video series that explores sites in the Holy Land that were significant parts of Jesus’ life. On Monday mornings we will serve coffee after Mass and begin the videos at 8:45 am.  The videos are followed up with small group discussions that deepen our faith and strengthen our sense of community. Everyone is welcome!


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.


Supper with dance on Saturday February 10th, 2024 at 5:30 pm at Agora Catholic Centre, Cornwall (John Paul II Hall).  $30/person.  Tickets available from Armand 613-930-6238 or
Claude 613-932-4292.  All proceeds for the Council # 9695.


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: for the 2023-24 preparation schedule and/or for more information, please email Lorne at or call him at 613-525-1340 extension 2103.


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


St. Finnan Catholic School is 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.


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


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