Nota Bene: March 17, 2024

by Mar 15, 2024Nota Bene


As we are nearing the end of our Lenten journey, our readings today remind us of the goodness that our God has to offer us. This was also the invitation from Fr. Denis in our Lenten Retreat, to go deeper with Christ. Jesus in our Gospel today invites us, “whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” God should have our entire heart, not just a portion of it. When we regularly practice the discipline of detachment by offering small, daily sacrifices to the Lord, we are also better preparing our hearts for the ultimate happiness in eternal life. As our Lenten journey soon concludes, let us strive to more faithfully live out our covenant with God by actively living as disciples of Christ. And may we consider the ways in which we might continue the practice of self-denial by offering small, daily sacrifices to the Lord.


Please welcome Carmen and Roger at all our Sunday Masses this weekend for more details on our special collection, Share Lent. By giving, you help create hope for millions of people in the Global South who are sowing justice to reap their rights and dignityOur Canadian Bishops are encouraging our communities to give generously to Share Lent this weekend. Development and Peace-Caritas Canada places human dignity at the heart of its mission. We support communities in the Global South in taking charge of their own development through projects that address the root causes of poverty. For more information, please contact: Carmen and Roger Hurtubise, Cornwall Communication Representatives, Development and Peace Ottawa-Cornwall Diocesan Council, Phone 905 410 1545,


It was wonderful to host Fr. Denis Lemieux last week! He invited us to go deeper in Christ during this beautiful and blessed Lenten season. He encouraged us to find and maintain our inner peace in uncertain times which requires us to go deeper in faith with the Lord whose providence holds the whole world in His love. If you were not able to attend or would like to review his talks, please see the livestream recordings. Let’s continue praying for Fr. Denis and his Madonna House community as he returns to Salem, Missouri.


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:
Marie Aubin, Rodney Benton, Richard Burns, Sacha Cardinal, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman,
Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Dolly Goodwin, Loretta Fernandez, Roger Giroux, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Henny Lacroix, Lillian Lacroix, Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux,
Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell, Sharon Martin, Madison McDermid, Marcel Robinson, Joe Rolland, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Michael Shannon, Braydon Topping, Joanna VanderWielen,
John Van Nooten, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


Thursday’s Mass will be at 10 a.m. this week.


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


Join Msgr. Kevin Maloney at St. Finnan’s Basilica on Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. as he talks about our journey of Lent together.
Following Msgr. Kevin’s talk, we will celebrate Mass then enjoy a soup and sandwich luncheon at Shalom House. Free-will offering.  It’s not too late to register! Please call 613-525-1340 or email


A formation seminar for Ministers of the Word will be held at Shalom House on
Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, beginning at 6:30pm. This session will provide an overview of the ministry of Lector, offer insight into the Reader’s role and responsibilities in the Liturgy, focus on its technical aspects, and address any questions, in general, that a person may have about the Ministry of Lector. An invitation is extended to current and new lectors as well as anyone who might be contemplating becoming a Reader at Mass. Do feel welcome to join us. Please contact the parish office if you are planning to attend or 613-525-1340.


Wednesday March 20th, 2024, at St. Peter’s Parish, Cornwall from 2-8 pm. Come experience the Lord’s Mercy!

PASTOR’S MONTHLY PRAYER INTENTION:  During the month of March, let us pray for these elect whom the Church has confidently chosen. May they successfully complete their long preparation and at the Paschal Feast find Christ in his Sacraments. That they may ponder the word of God in their hearts and savor its meaning more fully day by day, let us pray to the Lord: R. Lord, hear our prayer.


A friendly reminder of our partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, for our food drive twice per month: which will be next weekend:  March 24th.  For more information, please contact Annemarie Collard at 613-525-3652 or by email at


On Sunday, April 7, a Tartan Day Mass will be held at the 10:30 am mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica to celebrate Tartan Day.  Tartan Day is an annual celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Scottish music will be performed during the service and 30 minutes before and after the mass. Everyone is invited to wear plaid to celebrate Tartan Day.


You are invited to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria on April 7th from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Please join our combined Choirs from St. Anthony’s, St. Finnan’s and St. James for Praise and Worship, with a short Reflection, Adoration, Benediction, Confessions, Divine Mercy Chaplet sung, Prayer Ministry, and Consecration and Veneration of the Blessed Image. This event will also be live streamed. Novena pamphlets will be available at the back of our churches. The Novena begins Good Friday and ends April 6th. For more information, please call or email Elizabeth McDonell at 613-527-3209 or


Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and community support as we welcome Deantha Edmunds, recent Order of Canada recipient who has performed for both Pope Francis and King Charles. ( The April 19th concert (7:30 pm) will be held at our beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. The proceeds of the concert are to benefit the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. ( Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting 613-933-1138, ext. 22. Tickets are $50, $35* and $25. Purchase today to benefit from *early bird pricing.  Your attendance at this concert helps support reconciliation efforts, fostering understanding and unity.


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, 2024 and Senior Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2024.


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