WORDS FROM OUR PASTOR
Today’s readings prepare us for the penitential season of Lent. Lent is a time to offer acts of reparation through Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving so that we might be purified in all areas of our life and walk with the Gracious Healer, Who sacrificed His life for our sake. This holy and blessed season of Lent is an opportunity to be healed and cleansed on our journey as disciples of Christ. Let us consider what we can do to offer acts of reparation so that we might be purified and one day partake in the resurrection of Christ.
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, Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell,
Sharon Martin, Madison McDermid, Marcel Robinson, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Michael Scott,
Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Joanna VanderWielen, John Van Nooten, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.
Click here for this week’s mass intentions and please keep our parishioners in your prayers.
FEAST DAY OF ST. FINNAN
For our parish, in thanksgiving for St. Finnan’s intercession, whose Feast Day we celebrate February 9th, that we may cultivate welcome, extend hospitality, and encourage the participation of people of all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, let us pray to the Lord.
PASTOR’S MONTHLY PRAYER INTENTION: During this month of February, the month in which the Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick, that the terminally ill “will always receive the necessary medical and human care and assistance.”, and for families caring for loved ones through illness, loneliness, and old age, may relationships be nurtured, and that leaning on others to share their burden is made more possible, let us pray to the Lord.
JOIN THE SISTERS OF THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY IN WILLIAMSTOWN
You are cordially invited to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch and/or Supper on
Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 at Shalom House. You have two sittings/times to choose from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm OR from 4:30pm to 6:30pm or come to both! Cost is $5 for a small plate (2 pancakes, 1 sausage)
$10 for a large plate (4 pancakes, 2 sausages). All served with homemade baked beans, juice, coffee or tea! Children 5 years of age & under: FREE! Mark your calendar! Please bring your family and friends! Extend the invitation to an old friend or family member – or extend the invitation to a new acquaintance!
Registration is appreciated; however NOT necessary – you can pay at the door! For more information please visit the website/613-525-1340 ext. 0 / email email@example.com
This year Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 14th, the date annually celebrated as Valentine’s Day. Some may be wondering if a dispensation from the standard laws of fast and abstinence will be granted. “Out of respect for the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of so many — including our non-Catholic brothers and sisters, and the way this custom underlines the importance of the Lenten season at its outset, a dispensation will not be given.” Mass: 8am, 10am (with St. Finnan’s Catholic School), and 7pm all at the Basilica. Also, please join us for our Shrove Tuesday parish gathering!
Please note the following from the Office of Sacred Liturgy: “Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. A blessed Lenten season to all.”
MASS TIME CHANGES
A reminder that effective next Sunday, February 18th, we will modify our Sunday Mass schedule for
St. Finnan’s Parish: St. Anthony’s church: Sunday at 10:30am, St. Finnan’s Basilica: Sunday at 8am and 10:30am, St. James church: Sunday at 9am.
You are invited to stay immediately following Tuesday morning Mass to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet during Lent for the conversion of hearts. Also during Lent, on Friday mornings, you are invited to
St. James Church in Maxville for 10 am to attend Mary’s Way of the Cross.
A reminder of the special collection next weekend is for: Diocesan & Missionary Works.
STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE FOR ALL PARISH LEADERS
You are invited to attend on February 27th, 2024 at 6:30pm at Shalom House: A Vision-Driven, Mission-Centered Stewardship for Parish Leadership by Lindsay Charland, Director of Philanthropic Development, Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. We hope to see you there! https://stfinnan.ca/stewardship-foundations/ if you have any questions, please contact Lorne: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATES
- Youth Group meets every Thursday night. For more information call Lorne: 613.525.1340
- February 14th: Ash Wednesday
- March 2nd: Lift Jesus Higher Rally (Toronto)
- March 10th to 13th: Lenten Retreat with Fr. Denis Lemieux, a member of Madonna House since 1991, and was ordained a priest in 2004. He has a licentiate in sacred theology and has written two books on Marian spirituality and theology. He currently resides in Missouri, where he divides his time between teaching, writing, and spiritual direction.
- March 24th – 30th: Holy Week
- March 31st: Easter Sunday
FAMILY BASKET DRAW
Tickets may be purchased at St. Anthony’s Church and St. James Church for a great prize basket of games, puzzles, board games gift cards, popcorn, & gift cards! $5/ticket. The basket will be drawn on
February 18th, 2024. A great prize to win and celebrate with family on Family Day weekend! For more information, please contact Nancy Marleau.
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 email@example.com 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 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.
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