Nota Bene: March 19th, 2023

by Mar 17, 2023Nota Bene


You are invited to attend a Soup & Sandwich luncheon sponsored by CWL St. James Council on Sunday, March 19th from 11am-1pm at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall.  Cost:  Free will offering.  
In addition hospitality as well after the 11 AM Mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica.
All are welcome!

Link to this week’s St. Finnan Basilica’s Hospitality chart!


Please join us in welcoming Fr. Rob Arsenault, Pastor of Annunciation of the Lord, and Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Services.  Retreat evenings:  March 19, 6:30pm: Start of Parish Mission.  March 20, 6:30pm: Mass with extended homily. Father Gilles will be available for confessions starting at 5:30 pm.  March 21, 6:30pm: Talk, followed by adoration and confessions and praise and worship.  Available for confessions:  Fathers Gilles, Louis, Marc, Jonathan, and Rob.  
Here is an examination of conscience to help you prepare ahead of time.


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:

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


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


Father Jonathan will be at St. Finnan’s for the next 2 weekends for special prayers for our 3 catechumens. This weekend we celebrate the 2nd Scrutiny.  Let’s please continue praying for Bradley, Edgar & Erin.  Let us pray:  Almighty, ever-living God, give to your Church an increase in spiritual joy, so that those once born of earth may be reborn as citizens of heaven.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


This is a reminder note of the upcoming collection of your Share Lent offering next weekend: March 26, 2023. Thank you for your financial contribution.


Good works require funding. Thank you again to all of you who generously donate your time, talents and treasure with our parish family. It is true that the impact of COVID19 affected all our churches, but God continues to call us to holiness and mission. There are many beautiful things happening in our North Glengarry Parishes. We are overwhelmed by the Gospel and continue to surrender to Jesus. Come Holy Spirit. This weekend at all our Sunday Masses, we will be presenting the following Annual Report 2022.  If you have any questions, please email Kayla at Our pastoral vision and mission, along with our financial statements are also available on our website and printed copies will also be available at the back.


The Parish Renewal Committee members met on March 2nd. Our discussions were about doubling down on our efforts to go from a Maintenance Church to a Mission Church in North Glengarry. To be effective as a Mission Church, there are a lot of Maintenance traditions which need to change, for example larger masses and liturgies as opposed to more frequent masses for less people, more active presence by Pastor and Evangelization team in schools, retirement homes and faith growth programs, a proactive approach to outreach. Our North Glengarry’s Catholic population will not support the financial needs of four aging buildings much longer. Please consider attending our next meeting to discuss future options. Our next key meetings with all parishioners, at our four churches will take place after Easter:
April 11: 6:30pm, St. Catherine of Sienna, Greenfield
April 13: 6:30pm, St. Anthony, Apple Hill
April 17: 6:30pm, St. James, Maxville
April 18: 6:30pm, St. Finnan’s Basilica, Alexandria
All parishioners are encouraged to participate. Let’s continue praying for each other. Come Holy Spirit.
For further details click here.


The Knights of Columbus Council 755, 205 Amelia St, Cornwall, will be holding a St. Patty’s Day Irish Stew on Friday, March 17th in their Downstairs Hall. A delicious stew will be served from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and will feature live entertainment. Tickets are $12.00 per person and are available at the bar or calling (613) 932-7600.


Lord, Come to My Aid! (PS40)
You are invited to this journey with the Lord and to deepen your relationship with Him in this Lenten Retreat: Precious Blood Parish, Glen Walter: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 7 pm / St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Glen Nevis: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7 pm.
Presented by F. Hasina Rakotoarisoa, Pastor
Program: Opening Prayer – Praise & Worship Instruction: Teaching / Sharing
Guided Reflections: Moment of personal prayers Closing Prayers: Hymns
Social: Coffee/Tea
Looking forward to seeing you there! All are welcome!


Catholic Information Centre – We are downsizing some books and articles. Look for the yellow sticker! 75% off! The store will be closed from March 24th until early April. Take advantage of some wonderful Catholic books!


On March 26, 2023, the Alexandria-Cornwall Catholic Diocese will be hosting a bowling fundraiser in support of Catholic cemeteries located in Glengarry, (St. James, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Anthony & St. Finnan) which are in need of springtime care and maintenance. WHERE: Quilles Nativité Bowl in Cornwall from 2-5 pm. COST: $20/person (includes 2 games, shoes, popcorn & drink). Contact Bev Lapointe to register: or by calling 613-933-1138, ext. 28.
All ages! All abilities! Join us for an afternoon of fun, while helping raise funds for springtime clean up and maintenance in our local cemeteries.


St. Francis de Sales – K of C 11531, invite you to attend their Family Breakfast on Sunday, March 26, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, in their parish hall. Cost: Adults $8.50, Children under 12 years old $4.00. Everyone welcome!


During lent St. Francis de Sales Parish will be pondering the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we watch, and discuss, the Wild Goose videos. On Wednesday mornings (beginning on March 1st), coffee will be served in the hall following morning Mass. The videos will begin at 9 AM. EVERYONE WELCOME!


All are Welcome to Come and See!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 30th, 6:30pm at Shalom House, Alexandria.  Reconnect with friends or make new friends and come check out an Alpha gathering.  Refreshments will be served.  There is no commitment and no cost.  For more information, please contact Inez at 613-347-7666, or Elizabeth at 613-527-3209,


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


To stay up to date on the events (i.e. CWL meetings, K of C meetings, etc.) at the North Glengarry Parishes, click here


Please update/add your contact information on the sheets/lists provided.  The Parish Office is looking to renew our parish lists. Thank you in advance!


Click here to make a donation to the parish.


St. Finnan Catholic School is now 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.


St. Raphaels Friends of the Ruins are hiring a summer student as curator/tourist guide. Full job description is posted on the St. Raphael’s Facebook page. This is a 40 hour a week position. Please forward resumes to


It is time to plan your participation in the Salesian Summer Camp from July 3rd to July 28th. Yes, we will have four weeks full of activities, outings, sports, arts and crafts and music for children ages 7 to 15 directed by the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. Thanks to funding from the Canadian government, we hire Youth Leaders for 6 weeks to direct the summer activities. See the requirements and application form here: or scan the QR code below. Please apply before March 31, 2023.

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