Nota Bene: January 21, 2024

by Jan 19, 2024Nota Bene


Today’s readings call us to be decisive in our faith. Simon, Andrew, James, and John demonstrate this decision for us in their response to Christ’s calling, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” In both instances, the men immediately abandoned what was before them and followed Christ. These men became members of Jesus’ 12 apostles. They surrendered their entire lives to follow Christ. We, too, are called to surrender our lives to the Lord so that He may work through us. We might think, “God isn’t calling me.” But indeed, He is. Just as He called four ordinary fishermen, He is calling each one of us. Renewing and reevaluating what God might be asking of us throughout our lives is a key component of our stewardship journey. As we settle into this New Year, let us ponder the ways we can renew our commitment to God. Let us ask ourselves: what are we casting our nets for? And are we willing to leave it behind for something much greater? And if not now, when?


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, 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.


The Funeral Mass for Fr. Gérald Poirier will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Nativité de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie in Cornwall.  Please keep Fr. Gérald and his family in your prayers.  


This weekend’s special collection will be for Heating.  Thank you for your support!


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.


Last weekend, we celebrated Emmett Leclair’s baptism at St. Finnan’s.  Our parish is rejoicing with parents:  Keith & Angela Warmest wishes on your baptism Emmett and welcome to our community of faith!


THIS Thursday, January 25th, 2024, from 7-8 pm at St. James Church in Maxville.  
Join us for a spiritually enriching evening featuring adoration, music, and a talk by Fr. Mark Gaudet. Following the session, we’ll have a social. All families and friends are welcome!


The St. Finnan’s Catholic Women’s League & and St. Finnan’s Knights of Columbus invites one and all to the St. Finnan’s Bonspiel on Saturday, February 3, 2024.  Curling:  8am to 8pm (guaranteed 2 games).  There will be a roast beef supper and entertainment (5-8pm) Door prizes:  8:15 pm.  Cost is $50/person (curling AND supper), $25/person (supper only).  Tickets sold in advance only!  Contact Don McDougald for curling tickets:  613-678-8445 and contact Melanie Sonnel for supper tickets:  613-525-1494.  Payment must be received to reserve your spot!  Only 24 teams are possible!  Deadline for tickets: 
February 2, 2024.  Proceeds will be distributed to the various groups supported by both organizations!  Thank you all!

  • Reminder our Youth Group meets every Thursday night. For more information call Lorne:  613.525.1340
  • February 13th:  Shrove Tuesday
  • 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

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.


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