Nota Bene: June 18, 2023:

by Jun 16, 2023Nota Bene


Thank you very much to all who joined us for our Eucharistic Procession last weekend, including the end of the Pastoral Year BBQ at Shalom House. Almost 100 people were in the procession led by our parishioners who celebrated their First Holy Communion in May. also, more people joined us for food and games afterwards. Last weekend’s celebration and Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood reminds us that it is the Eucharist that will renew our parishes. Click here for a summary of our Pastoral Council meeting with leaders from all four parishes.


Click here for a summary of the minutes from the informal Q&A session held at St. Finnan’s Basilica, June 1, following the Liturgy of the Word.


Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a day dedicated to the sanctification of all priests. Please pray for your priests as we gather together in Ottawa for fraternity and community. All are welcome to attend the ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Mr. Michael Chris El-Nachef, at 7pm, at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ottawa. Fr. Michael will also join us on June 25, to preside and preach our June 25, 11am Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica.


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, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.  Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.  We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.  This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways–both big and small–they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach. So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.  In Your Holy name, O God, we pray.  Amen.
Rev. Chuck Currie


Last weekend, we celebrated Kate Campbell’s baptism at St. Finnan’s Basilica.  North Glengarry Parishes are rejoicing with parents:  Céline & Douglas Campbell! Warmest wishes on your baptism Kate and welcome to our community of faith!


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, St. Andrews West. For more details and other stop locations visit


Prayer groups starting at St. James, Maxville on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. hosted by Mary Ellen Villeneuve and Thursdays at Shalom House at 2 p.m. hosted by Maureen McGuire.  These prayer groups will have weekly themes allowing people to pray for the parish as a whole community.  Everyone is welcome.


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.


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. 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.


A new season at Calvary is just around the corner. We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 29th, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, two giants of the Church. An outdoor Mass, surrounded by our beautiful Way of the Cross, is a lovely way to spend a summer evening. Calvary is one of the jewels of the Archdiocese and is definitely worth exploring. The bilingual Mass is at 7 pm with Bishop Ernest Léger as our celebrant. Following Mass, you are invited to stay for cupcakes and lemonade. We will also pray the Way of the Cross. Calvary is located behind the parish of Ste-Marie-de-l’Assomption in Green Valley – just 30 minutes from Cornwall and only 8 minutes from Alexandria. (


This retreat will be taking place on July 14-16 for all the youth and young adults of the area between the ages of 12 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 Lorne Stang at or 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!


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:


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 (


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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