Nota Bene: February 18, 2024

by Feb 16, 2024Nota Bene


Today’s readings remind us why we partake in this 40-day Lenten journey- to prepare our hearts for the resurrection of Christ on Easter. We should strive to fully participate in this Lenten season by mirroring Jesus, the model steward by Whom we are called to imitate. Through our time in the desert, we will confront evil by weeding out the roots of sin in our lives through fasting. And we will be sustained and nourished in the desert by prayer. Let us strive to purify our hearts so that we might be ready to receive the glorious gift of Christ and partake in the riches that pour forth from this Gift.


A reminder that effective 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.


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. 

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.


A reminder of this week’s special collection will be for:  Diocesan & Missionary Works. Thank you for your continued generosity.


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.


The office will be closed on Monday, February 19th, 2024, for Family Day.  We will reopen on
Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, at 9am.


The Archdiocese has entered into a firm agreement to sell St. Catherine of Sienna to an individual for $50,000. The closing will take place on or before March 20, 2024.  The transactions contain limitations on the future use of the building against uses contrary to Catholic teachings. The buyer has not indicated his future intentions. For more information, please contact Fr. Blake.

LENT 2024

Please join us for the Stations of the Cross each Monday evening at 5:30 pm, followed by Mass at
St. Finnan’s Basilica. 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.


Next weekend:  February 24th/25th:  Just one item please!


Thanks to all for the continued support of our annual St. Finnan’s Parish Curling Bonspiel!  Thank you to all who baked and worked so hard at the Bonspiel!  The curling, entertainment and dinner was fantastic!  As a fundraiser, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholics Women’s League will share the income:  $1350.00 each!    St. Vincent de Paul, St. Finnan’s School (Catholic Education Week projects), CWL Charitable projects and Senior Outreach programs will benefit from these funds!  Thank you once again!


You are invited to St. Francis de Sales Parish, Cornwall, on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, to attend the
K of C 11531 Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the Parish Hall. Adults $8.50, under 12 years $4.00. Everyone is welcome!

  • Parish Pastoral Council, February 21
  • Parish Finance Council, February 27
  • Stewardship Conference, February 27
  • Liturgy Committee meeting, February 28
  • Ministry of Lector Reflection and Formation Session, March 20

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! if you have any questions, please contact Lorne:


Please join us Saturday March 2nd from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Agora Catholic Centre on McConnell Avenue, Cornwall, for Mass, confession, breakfast, a talk and the rosary. Nancy Steele’s talk is “Discover God’s Love for You Through Sacred Reading”, based on her new book, “Love Defined”.  For any inquiries, please contact Heidi Krol 613 347 7561 or Marilynn Light 613 537 2021.  A free will offering of $5 is appreciated.

  • Youth Group meets every Thursday night. For more information call Lorne:  613.525.1340
  • 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 20th: Seniors Event with Msgr. Kevin Maloney
  • March 24th – 30th:  Holy Week
  • March 31st:  Easter Sunday
LENTEN RETREAT:  MARCH 10-13, 2024, with Fr. Denis Lemieux

We live in a time of great change and instability, from the global scale of nations and societies down to the most personal level of lives – our parishes, communities, families. Finding and maintaining inner peace in uncertain times requires us to go deeper in faith with the Lord whose providence holds the whole world in His love. Come join Fr Denis Lemieux this Lent to journey with Christ into the deep waters of faith and hope He calls us to persevere in the Church’s mission of compassionate love and service in our troubled world.
Fr Denis Lemieux is a native son of St Finnan’s Basilica, growing up in Alexandria and having deep family roots in the area. He has been a member of the Madonna House community since 1991 and a priest since 2004. He is the author of several books and has preached parish missions and retreats across North America. He currently resides at the Madonna House in Salem Missouri.


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, 2024 and Senior Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2024.


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