Nota Bene: June 11, 2023

by Jun 9, 2023Nota Bene


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


We don’t go to church. We are Church. It is the Eucharist that unites us together.

On Sunday, June 11, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. One major tradition for this feast is to process with the Eucharist. Following the 11am Sunday Mass on June 11, we will process outside with the Eucharist as a visible sign to our community!
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. When the priest prays the words of consecration during Mass, the bread and wine are miraculously transformed into Jesus’ body and blood. But this is a teaching that many wrestle with. How can something truly be Jesus’ body and blood when it seems unchanged?  When Jesus first tells the disciples about the Eucharist, scripture records them as saying, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” (John 6:60).
The feast of Corpus Christi gives us an opportunity to wrestle with this teaching once more and ask ourselves, “Do I truly believe? ”  If you have doubts or questions, know you are in good company with the disciples themselves! Check out this video from Fr. Mike Schmitz to dive deeper into those questions and understand why we believe in the True Presence
Also, as we approach the end of our Pastoral Year, our Corpus Christi procession will guide us through the streets of Alexandria and finish at Shalom House for a BBQ. All are welcome. Please join us for a BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, cotton candy, and maybe a slip and slide for fun and games.


St. Finnan’s CWL Council invites all members to its end-of-year celebration at Shalom House on 
Tuesday, June 13th. We will have a light supper, presentation of anniversary pins, special recognition of two 70-year members. Please join us at 5p.m. We will eat at 5:30. We hope to see you there!


James Barry & Emma Morris were married at St. Finnan’s Basilica on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023! May your marriage always bring glory to God, joy to one another and blessings to your family for many generations to come. May love and laughter fill your hearts and your home for all at the days of your lives. May you face every challenge hand-in-hand and side-by-side knowing that with God’s grace, you’ll conquer all obstacles together. In Jesus’ name, Amen.              Dave Willis


Pastoral Council & Ministry Leaders’ meeting:  June 14, 2023, at 6:30pm, at St. Finnan’s BasilicaWe are inviting ministry leaders & volunteers from the 4 churches to attend.


The CWL Baby Bottles for Pro-Life are due back to the Basilica as of Father’s Day, June 18th. Your donations cash or a cheque will help in providing assistance and information where it’s most needed, in accordance with our Catholic Pro-Life stance on the dignity of life from
conception to natural death. Your generous response is appreciated.


St. Finnan’s Basilica and Shalom House have purchased defibrillators for their buildings. There will be a certified instructor on site to train us how to use the life-saving defibrillators on Monday, June 19th,
9:30 am at Shalom House.  We would like to have a couple representatives from each of the mass times to be trained.  Please consider receiving this free instruction. Please register by emailing or calling the parish office:  613-525-1340.  Thank you for your consideration!


Every day in Canada, nearly 300 children are killed by abortion – faceless and nameless. To bring an end to the killing and spare parents the trauma of abortion, we need to bring the culture face to face with the victims of abortion, to rehumanize those who have been dehumanized. This summer, CCBR is going on a national tour across the country. At each stop, there will be educational street outreach during the day and an evening presentation on The Faces of Abortion and how to take action to End the Killing. Local stop: Mon June 19 @ 7pm – St. Andrew Catholic Church, Parish Hall (17298 County Rd 18, St. Andrews West). For more details and other stop locations visit


An evening of prayer for families:  music, adoration, and talk – followed by a social.  Guest speaker:  Deacon Guy.  Please join us on June 22, 2023.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Event is from 6:45-8pm and is being held at St. Anthony of Padoua, Apple Hill.


St. Francis de Sales K of C 11531 invite you to K of C Annual BBQ, Car Wash & Yard Sale on Saturday, June24, 2023 in the church parking lot from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. *Get your car washed * have a bite to eat * pick up a treasure *


Father Paul and the parishioners of Ste-Thérèse, Cornwall invite you to their garage sale on Saturday June 24th from 8am until 3pm in their parish hall. If you have items you would like to get rid of ex: clothes, dishes, tools, furniture, etc., we will be at the hall on Friday, June 23rd from 8am until 4pm to receive your items. For more info: you can call Hélène at (613) 933-0664. Thank you for your support!


The New Church of St Raphael’s officially opened fifty years ago on Sunday, July 8,1973.
Fr Elvis Odoegbulem and the St Raphael’s Parishioners invite all to share in our celebration on
Sunday, June 25, 2023. Join us for Mass at 3:00 pm followed by reception/supper across the road in the Parish Hall. Please contact Monique Keeler at 613-347-7539 if you are planning on attending the dinner. The supper is by free will offering.


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!


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:


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.


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.


Please join us at Shalom House every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.   Simply put, an experience of the gospel surrounded by food, conversation and prayer.  The Rescue Project seeks to proclaim the gospel in a compelling and attractive way over eight weeks in a small group format. This experience is imbued with beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment. For more information, please contact Lorne.


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.


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