Nota Bene: February 4, 2024

by Feb 2, 2024Nota Bene


Our readings today remind us that Christ came to serve. Jesus’ entire life was focused on others. He came to fulfill His Father’s mission – the salvation of mankind. He labored for this mission by becoming the humblest of servants. As Christian stewards, we are also called to be humble servants who labor for our Father’s mission. We should strive to imitate the Perfect Steward, Who was constantly aware of the needs of those around Him and put His gifts to good use. For us, this begins right here in our home, parish, and community. We are called to live each moment in awareness of our Father’s mission and in gratitude for all He has given us. Jesus tells us that the way to be attentive is through prayer. Before Jesus made the decision to go to the nearby villages to preach, He first went off to pray. It is through prayer that Jesus could hear what His Father was asking of Him. We, too, are called to spend time in daily prayer – we will then become aware of the opportunities to serve the Lord.


World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2024, and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2024. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life and be sure to thank them on their special day.

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.


This weekend’s special collection is for “St. Finnan’s Basilica” (Feast Day of St. Finnan). Thank you for your continued generosity!


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.”

LENT 2024

You are invited to stay immediately following Tuesday morning Mass to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet during Lent for the conversion of hearts.


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:


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


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, 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.


In partnership, St. Vincent de Paul, our Parish will have a food drive twice per month: on the 2nd and 4th weekends of each month, which will be next weekend:  February 11th  and the weekend of 25th.  We are asking for each parishioner to bring just one item of shelf stable food.  If everyone in our parish does so; St. Vincent de Paul will be a good supply of food each month for our community.  For more information, please contact Annemarie Collard at 613-525-3652 or by email at


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! You can pay at the door the day of our event; however please call or email the office to register your # of guests that will be attending:  613-525-1340 ext. 0 or email  

  • 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

For pastoral reasons, and aiming to have welcoming Mass times for all parishioners, effective the start of Lent 2024 (February 18, 2024), 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 click here for more information.


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: 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 St. Finnan’s Parish, click here


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