Nota Bene: March 24, 2024

by Mar 22, 2024Nota Bene


Today we celebrate Palm Sunday, the beginning of our Holy Week. As we read about the climax of Christ’s mission here on earth, we are reminded that He is the Perfect Steward, a model for us all on our stewardship journey. We see that throughout Christ’s life, His mission as a steward was to fulfill His Father’s mission. He became man for a reason, and He humbly and obediently submitted to that mission for each one of us. We, too, play a unique role in our Father’s mission by bringing souls to Christ. And it simply begins with the witness of our lives. Let all that we do, including the way we speak and act, reflect our mission in this life. As we embark on this Holy Week, let us take some time to reflect on the life of Christ as He is our model Steward, and may we strive to imitate Him daily.


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


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.


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


March 26th:  Chrism Mass: 5PM (Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa) 
Unity, Renewal of Vows and Promises the Chrism Mass reminds us of our oneness in Christ through Baptism and its holy anointing, made possible by the ministry of the archbishop and his priests. The Chrism Mass is also a key moment in which the unity of the archbishop with his priests (together, they form the presbyterate) is manifested and renewed. During the liturgy, the entire assembly is called to renew its baptismal promises; deacons and priests also renew their vow of obedience to the archbishop and their commitment to serve God’s people. At the end of the Chrism Mass, the Holy Oils are brought back to parishes of the archdiocese for use in the coming year.
March 28th:  Holy Thursday (St. Finnan’s Basilica):  7PM
Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, is a significant day observed during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It commemorates two key events: the Last Supper and the washing of the feet by Jesus Christ.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the Altar of Repose which is a temporary altar. Adoration will be possible until 10PM.
March 29th:  Good Friday (St. Finnan’s Basilica): 3PM
Good Friday is an important day observed during Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. It is a solemn day of reflection and mourning for Christians worldwide.
March 30th:  Easter Vigil (St. Finnan’s Basilica):  8PM
The Easter Vigil is rich in symbolism and is a powerful and profound liturgical experience, as it leads us from darkness to light, from death to new life in Christ. Please pray for our three catechumens – Sam, Yuan, Milliana, as they complete their OCIA formation and will be received into the Catholic Church.
March 31st:  Easter Sunday (St. Finnan’s Basilica):  All regular Sunday Masses
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Easter Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!


Knights of Columbus Council 755, 205 Amelia St., Cornwall invite you to their Good Friday Fish Fry. It will be held Friday, March 29, 2024, from 4:00 PM – 7:00PM. $15.00 per person. Take outs available.
Call 613-932-7600 for tickets.


Please note the Parish office will be closed on Thursday, March 28th and will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, April 2nd.  Happy Easter!


Please join us Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am – 12:00pm at the Agora Catholic Centre on McConnell Avenue, Cornwall, for mass, confession, breakfast, a talk and the rosary. The topic for the morning is “Meeting Jesus in the Eucharist” with Diane Lalonde. For any inquiries, please contact Heidi Krol 613 347 7561 or Marilynn Light 613 537 2021. A free will offering of $5 is appreciated. 


Where: St. Martin of Tours Parish, Glen Robertson, ON When: Saturday, April 6, 2024
Supper: 4-7pm Music: 4-11pm by Three Generations with local musicians
Spaghetti Dinner includes bread, dessert & coffee/tea:
Adults: $20, Children (6-12 years): $10, Children under 6: FREE
Admission without meal: $10 Cash bar available.
Everyone welcome!


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


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.


Act Now! Registration deadline April 2nd, 2024! All CWL members are invited to attend the historic first-ever Ottawa-Cornwall Diocesan Convention of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada at Annunciation of the Lord Parish, 2414 Ogilvie Road, Gloucester, on Saturday, May 4th, 2024. Theme: “Standing with My Sister”. Registration forms with payment must be submitted to your Parish President as soon as poss. Space is limited. To register, or for information, contact: St. Finnan – Inez Franklin 613-227-2772 or
St. James – Ann Malloy
Pay with cash or by cheque payable to your parish council by April 2nd. Each CWL Council must forward a single cheque with all registration forms to the convention organizers by April 4th
Convention Schedule & Cost: Registration 8 – 9am
Business segment 9am – 4pm ($25 + $10 for lunch & snacks)
Mass (Abp. Damphousse) 5pm
Banquet 6:30pm ($60; choice of beef or chicken)
Highlights: meet Archbishop Damphousse and Ontario Provincial President Linda Squarzolo; Fr. Connor’s update on vocations; presentation on the Daisy Prayer Program for clergy; and much more. We hope you will join us!


For those celebrating 60 (or more), 50, 40, 30, 25 and 20 years of marriage. At Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, April 14, 2:30 pm.  The registration form is available at  Please register before Easter to ensure your spot (note the earlier date).


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.


We are excited to announce our upcoming Alpha Reunion Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 6:30pm.  All are welcome!  Please mark your calendars.  More information will follow.

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.


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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