Nota Bene: February 25, 2024

by Feb 23, 2024Nota Bene

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK

Our readings today are a powerful testimony to God’s profound love for each one of us. This is an important message that is conveyed during this holy season of Lent as we partake in the suffering, death, and resurrection of God’s only Son. It is also a reminder for us, as Christian stewards, to surrender all that we have to the Gracious Giver.

OCIA

Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA), formerly known as RCIA. Welcome to our three catechumens this weekend who will be received into the Catholic Church at Easter. A sign that parishes grow is the witness of adult baptisms! Let’s continue to pray for Yun (and her daughter), and Sam, along with their families. This Sunday we welcome them for the Rite of Acceptance, an ancient Rite that recognizes the catechumen’s decision to begin the process of becoming a member of the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This will take place at the 10:30am Mass at the Basilica. For more information on becoming Catholic, please contact Fr. Blake.

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, Loretta Fernandez, 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, Michael Scott,
Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Joanna VanderWielen, John Van Nooten, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.

MASS INTENTIONS

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.

REMINDER OF FEBRUARY FOOD DRIVE

THIS weekend:  February 24th/25th:   Please bring one item of shelf stable food for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank

SPECIAL COLLECTION

A reminder of next week’s special collection: Easter Flowers. Thank you for your continued generosity.

2023 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS

Please pick up your tax receipt at the back of the church after Mass this week. For more information, please contact Kayla at the parish office

ST. FINNAN’S CWL GENERAL MEETING

The meeting will be at 6:30 pm in the Bishop Macdonell Room, after the evening Mass on
Monday, February 26th at 6:30 pm.

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.

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS
  • February 27:  Parish Finance Council meeting
  • February 27:  Stewardship Conference
  • February 28:  Liturgy Committee
  • March 2:  Lift Jesus Higher Rally in Toronto (please pray for our Youth Group) https://www.ljhr.ca/
  • March 10-13:  Lenten Retreat ( https://stfinnan.ca/lent-2024/ )
  • March 20:  Seniors Event with Msgr. Kevin Maloney 
  • March 20:  Ministry of Lector Reflection and Formation Session
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: director@stfinnan.ca

WOMEN’S MORNING OF REFLECTION

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.

CONFESSION – THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Join us on Wednesday March 6th, 2024, from 7-8:30 pm at St. Columban Parish, Cornwall, as we continue our journey through the Season of Lent. Fr. Marc Gaudet will be speaking on the topic of Confession-the Sacrament of Penance. The theme of his talk is “The Father’s Mercy”. We will also hear a testimony from one of their parishioners. We will close the evening with Adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

LENTEN RETREAT

Journey to Freedom and Healing by Fr. Hasina Rakotoarisoa on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 2 pm: Precious Blood Parish, Glen Walter. Come, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Ps 34:8 All are welcome! Sacrament of Reconciliation available. Adoration to close the afternoon.

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.

MINISTRY OF LECTOR REFLECTION AND FORMATION SESSION

A formation seminar for Ministers of the Word will be held at Shalom House on
Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, beginning at 6:30pm. This session will provide an overview of the ministry of Lector, offer insight into the Reader’s role and responsibilities in the Liturgy, focus on its technical aspects, and address any questions, in general, that a person may have about the Ministry of Lector. An invitation is extended to current and new lectors as well as anyone who might be contemplating becoming a Reader at Mass. Do feel welcome to join us. Please contact the parish office if you are planning to attend office@stfinnan.ca or 613-525-1340.

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.

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

EVENTS AT ST. FINNAN’S PARISH

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DONATIONS

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