Nota Bene: March 31, 2024

by Mar 28, 2024Nota Bene


Easter Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ! Our readings today reveal how we can live out the joy of Easter all year long in our day-to-day lives. This event is the greatest event in our Catholic faith. It is through the resurrection that Christ defeated sin and death and opened for us the gates to eternal life. All of God’s promises are fulfilled through this glorious event. We have been preparing for 40 long days, through prayer and penance, so that we might be better prepared to receive Christ this day, and to better prepare our hearts to one day rise with Christ in eternal life. Today, we do not fast, but rather, celebrate and rejoice because of our great and merciful God!

For our parish community, that the Holy Spirit would move us to live Eucharistic lives in worship and in service, let us pray to the Lord.


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. 


Please note there will be no Mass this Monday evening (April 1) at 6pm.


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.


Canada has one of the highest rates of euthanasia in the world! And the government wants to make it more accessible. These two sentences should shock you to your core. Even the secular media has been raising alarm bells at the speed that assisted suicide is expanding in Canda. To counteract this tsunami, Pro-Life Cornwall is hosting Hope & Dignity: A Catholic Response to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Join us at the Agora Catholic Centre on Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 am to 3 pm to hear a group of leading experts in the area. The event, including lunch, is free but we would appreciate you registering in advance by contacting Ruth at 613-933-1138, ext. 22 or


The Patrons of St. Columban Foundation invites you to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the restoration of the historic St. Columban’s Church at the Knights of Columbus Council 755, 205 Amelia St., Cornwall on Sunday April 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets $15 are available at St. Columban’s parish office during office hours, from Foundation members, by calling Brian Lynch at 613-933-8353 and at the Knight of Columbus.   Everyone is welcome. 


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.


Location: Centre de I’Amour 220 Route 21, Plantagenet, Ontario, K0B-1L0 Come join like-minded Women for a short course in Christianity. To register go to Ottawa Cursillo Weekend Application Ottawa Catholic Cursillo Movement:
A testimonial from our community that have attended a weekend: “Being a cradle Catholic, I didn’t think I had much to learn about our faith and was living it well. Attending my Cursillo weekend lit a fire within me, bringing a conversion in me to not only want to have faith but to be alive in my faith. I continue to grow in my relationship with Jesus every day and am so thankful for my ‘yes’ to the weekend that started it all.” For more information please contact: Maureen Miller 613-363-4063.


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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