Nota Bene: July 2, 2023

by Jun 30, 2023Nota Bene


There will be a Canada Day Mass on Saturday, July 1st at 9am at St. Finnan’s Basilica. All are welcome!


Canada Day is this weekend! How can we celebrate this day with Christ in mind?  

  • Attend Sunday/Saturday Mass and celebrate together as a parish family. 
  • Take a few moments to thank God for all the blessings we have received from this land. 
  • Remember those who have suffered in this country or been mistreated. Offer something up for them this weekend.
  • Pray specially for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, that the Lord would bless and protect them.
  • Invite a neighbour to Mass!
  • Serve your neighbourhood and/or family by offering to do a chore for them.
  • Donate to a food bank or shelter.

We are often caught up by politics and arguments. It’s easy to rail against those in public office, especially if we don’t agree with their leadership, and to forget they are also our brothers and sisters in Christ. 
This Canada Day, take a moment to pray for those in public office. We ask not that their minds be changed to suit us, but that they would genuinely encounter the love of God and His joy. May God give them wisdom, courage, and good health.


As we prepare for our vacation time, we all start thinking about what clothes to bring. We start by getting all the clothes out we think we’ll need. Then after sifting through everything we make a decision and hope the clothes, shoes, and all will fit. The same thing happens in ministry. This past year we have been on a similar journey regarding parish renewal – looking at what has worked and not worked in parish ministry, and deciding what we need now, and what will have to wait. This is what our parish leadership has been working on, discerning our next steps. Though there will be less meetings this summer, the church is still open, the parish is still alive. I hope to have an update next week regarding my meeting with the Archbishop and his leadership team on July 4. Click here to continue reading….


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, Sr. Sue Burns, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman,
Mike Craig, Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Logan Kubli,
Guy Lauzon, Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell,
Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Michael Scott,
Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


Stay tuned for summer changes as we roll into July and August. For example, there will be no Children’s Liturgy at our 11am Sunday Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica during the summer. However, our Travelling Chalice Program continues each week. Let’s continue praying for vocations to the priesthood.


St. James, Maxville on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. hosted by Mary Ellen (613-527-5737), and Thursdays at Shalom House at 2 p.m. hosted by Maureen (613-525-1921). Everyone is welcome! And don’t forget our Youth Group ministry on Thursday & Friday nights.  Seniors Mass will continue in Sept.


Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 21505 Butternut Lane, North Lancaster on Sunday, July 9, 2023. Lunch after Mass: $10.00. Social grounds open at 12:30 p.m.: $5.00 entrance fee.
Entertainment and activities galore: Yard sale, Silent Auction, Petting zoo, Beer garden, pie booth, Reptile Show, Face painting, Tug-of-War, Car show, 50/50 draw and so much more! Volleyball: to sign up your team call 613-347-1299.
Live band: En C Music Z & local entertainment! Everyone welcome!


This retreat will be taking place on July 14-16 for all the youth and young adults of the area between the ages of 13 and 26 years old. The retreat will be $40 which includes a two night stay at Shalom House and four catered meals provided. There will be a series of talks, opportunities for fellowship, a Saturday night adoration and worship night, and Sunday mass all-encompassing the theme of Rediscovering Our Identity in Him. For more information or to register manually please contact
Nathan Van Putten Registration deadline is July 5th and can be completed at the following link Youth and Young Adult Retreat Weekend!!! (


The Alexandria-Cornwall Diocesan CWL will host the Ontario Provincial Convention in Cornwall from 
July 8 – 12, 2023. For information or to register, visit This convention will be the culminating event in our 97-year- history as a Diocesan CWL. We want to offer our guests our most hospitable welcome. To help defray expenses, all CWL Councils, including St. Finnan and St. James, are selling tickets on a beautiful quilt. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. They are available from members, at the church at weekend Masses, or contact Maureen McGuire at 613-525-1921 or Nancy Marleau at 613-527-3293. There is a photo of the quilt at the back of the church. Your usual generous support would be appreciated!


The Glengarry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is always looking for volunteers.  If you are interested, please leave your name at the gift shop or visit their website to complete on-line. Thank you.


St. Joseph’s Oratory are organizing an evening Retreat of Anointing and Healing on 
Monday, July 17, 2023, from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Basilica (6th floor) at St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal. This is a rare opportunity to meet this amazing Catholic priest, Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, PDM, who has gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is a world-renowned preacher. During the Retreat, we will be exposing the Major Reliquary of Saint André Bessette for veneration. We will also have anointing and blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph. The cost for registration is only $10/person and the link for registration is:


Save the date of Wednesday, July 19, 2023!  Everyone is invited to attend a Family Prayer Night at St. Catherine of Sienna, Greenfield.  6:30-8:30 pm.  Hope to see you there!


This year St. Finnan’s will be hosting a four day summer sports camp between August 8 and 11. The camp will consist of a variety of sports for ages 10 to 16 years old including basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, tennis, and general fitness. This camp will offer teaching of the sport, practice, and games in a fun and interactive way for all skill levels while simultaneously integrating faith in a practical way. For more information contact Nathan Van Putten at


After a long 3 years of Pandemic the 149th Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré and Our Lady of the Cape is resuming with buses that will depart from the Dioceses of Ottawa-Cornwall, Gatineau, Pembroke, St-Jérôme/Mont-Laurier and Kingston August 12-13, 2023.  Our Weekend Celebrant is Bishop Guy Desrochers, Diocese of Pembroke.


This years Vacation Bible School (VBS) features a Cathletics theme! This will blend faith and sports in a fun and interactive way for children to learn the fundamentals of sport and how those qualities and lessons can help us in our journey of faith. The camp is run for ages 5 to 12 years old and will be half days during the week of August 14 to 18. Spots fill up quickly so register today by contacting Nathan Van Putten or at the link provided Vacation Bible School Registration 2023 (


When:  Friday, August 18, 2023, Tee times begin at 12:30 pm  Where:  Glengarry Golf & Country Club Golf:  Best ball format.  Prizes to be won! Cost:  $80/person ($320 per foursome).  Cart included.  Register with Cameron McCormick at 613-678-0942, or by email at Payment:  Please e-transfer to the above email address when registering.  Tee times to be confirmed.  Unofficial dinner to follow at the North Glengarry Restaurant.  Register your foursome today!


As a follow up to the recent study day on April 22nd, working together with Kateri Native Ministry we have coordinated a multi-day retreat based on the Kateri Native Ministry’s new Kendaasawin Learning program helps both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous participants develop wisdom practices that promote life, love, and respect for all Creation:
The Retreat will take place on August 18th,19th, and 20th, 2023 and will be hosted at Galilee Centre in Arnprior for the meals and accommodations, as well as some sessions.
There will also be a visit to the Land where Kateri Native Ministry are working to erect the John Corston Healing & Training Lodge. We are also responsible to keep vigil of the sacred fire for the duration of the retreat.
The Cost of this Retreat would be $300 per person which covers accommodations, meals and facilities as well as the Retreat activities from the elders and Kateri Native Ministries. When registering, please advise if you have any dietary concerns, in addition there are some accessibility restrictions at the Galilee Centre and an outdoor nature hike to
the Land. For further information, please contact: Deacon Guy Cote at 343-585-4009.


Registrations are open for Baptisms, First Communion and Confirmation.  For more information, please call Lorne at the office or email directly:


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 the North Glengarry Parishes, click here


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