Nota Bene: May 19, 2024

by May 17, 2024Nota Bene


To rekindle the Catholic faith in Glengarry, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and build the Kingdom of God.


Our Easter season culminates with the glorious feast of Pentecost. Pentecost, meaning “fifty,” is the day that the Holy Spirit descended on Mary and the apostles in the form of tongues of fire fifty days after Easter. We also celebrate this day as the birthday of the Church. On this Pentecost Sunday, let us give thanks to God for sending us His Holy Spirit. Let us strive to be in tune with the Holy Spirit by looking for the ways God has been working in our lives and let us ask for the grace to know our gifts and talents so that we can put them to good use.

Thank you to all of you who attended, and also prayed for our brothers and sisters in Ottawa last week for the March For Life. Thousands of pro-lifers packed onto Parliament Hill. The March’s theme this year was “I will never forget you”. It was great to have some of our youth group also attend the Youth Conference last Friday. Finally, thank you to Mikela Lemieiux, our parishioner, who also attended the Rose Supper Gala and for sharing with us her witness:
“Last Thursday, May 9, a few hours after the National March for Life, I got the great privilege to attend the Rose Dinner Gala. I met pro-lifers from coast to coast and heard how they fight for Life. I was so inspired by the courage and zeal with which they live out their faith. We heard stories and talks from amazing speakers such as Abby Johnon, founder of And Then There Were None, and Shawn Carney,co-founder of 40 Days for Life. They congratulated us, encouraged us and challenged us. I was convinced that I needed to let my personal relationship with Jesus move me to action to defend the lives of those who can’t defend themselves. I am so grateful that I got to experience this beautiful event where I was reminded that the battle is real but that God is also real and that it is only through the power of Jesus Christ that it can be fought.

That the leaders and members of the Church may fulfill with joy their calling to proclaim, celebrate, and serve the Gospel of Life, we pray to the Lord.


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


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


Please note the Parish office will be closed on Monday, May 20, 2024 and will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.  Happy Victoria Day weekend!


The significance of the Procession of the Gifts during Mass: The Procession with the Gifts symbolizes the assembly’s participation in the Eucharist and in the social mission of the Church. With the Offertory Procession, the faithful demonstrate their participation in the Eucharist by bringing bread and wine to the altar, together with gifts for the poor and the Church (the collection). Bread, wine, and money or other gifts for the poor are the primary symbols of the Eucharistic liturgy: the bread and wine will be transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ; the gifts for the Church and the poor are symbols of the sacrifice made by the entire assembly, who will also be transformed by sharing in the sacrament of Communion. The procession should not include token items that will be retrieved and returned to ordinary use after the celebration. These do not belong in the procession of the gifts; however, they could be part of the décor of the space before the liturgy begins. When other things are carried forth in procession, they draw attention away from the proper objects of the ritual, which are the collection, the bread and the wine.


Join Cornwall Pro Life and CCBR for a free day of pro-life training and outreach in Cornwall!
Friday, May 17: 7pm Pro-life strategy talk – no registration necessary.
Saturday, May 18: Free pro-life apologetics training and coached hands-on experience with pro-life outreach – registration required (FREE event). This will be held at the Agora Catholic Centre, 301 McConnell Ave., Cornwall, ON. To register and for more information, please click here.


Pro Life Cornwall is holding a Baby Bottle Drive in our churches as a fundraiser for the work of pro life initiatives in our community. It will be held between Mother’s Day, May 12th and Father’s Day,
June 16th. Labelled baby bottles will be given out in the parishes on Mother’s Day to be filled with loose change (they do not have to be filled – every cent counts) and returned to church on Father’s Day. Cheques given by donors for amounts over $20 can be issued a tax receipt.


The Discalced Carmelite Secular Order under the patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel offers a lay vocation to the faithful. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of Spirituality, teaches us how to pray. We meet once per month at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Ottawa. For more information contact Mary Ferguson at 613-360-1974.


Join us to celebrate National Fiddle Day on Saturday, May 18 at the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame in Williamstown from 2-4 pm. Goodies and drinks will keep you cool while tapping your toes to the fiddle tunes. Everyone Welcome!


As we worship, see the Lord minister to His people in power! Come join us for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing, and Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, from 7-9 pm at St. Mary’s Parish: 100 Young Street, Ottawa, ON.
Speaker:  Fr. Mark Goring, CC, Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish. The Prayer and Prophetic Ministry members will be available to pray for you in person.


May 21: “A Story to be Shared”:  Canadian Author:  Michael Jacques at St. Finnan’s Catholic School
May 26:   First Holy Communion for 13 of our parishioners / Chalice Program Promotion/
Annual Report 2023 presentation 
May 27:   Parish Pastoral Council meeting
May 28: Parish Finance Council meeting
June 2:   We are looking forward to Corpus Christi Sunday! We will have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the 10:30 am mass at St. Finnan’s Basilica. The procession will weave through town & end at Shalom House.  This beautiful event will also serve as our pastoral year end BBQ.  Please join us for the BBQ, even if you can’t attend the procession. We will have bouncy castles, games, music, face painting & cotton candy.


St. Finnan’s Catholic School is co-hosting with Community Living to invite Canadian author, Michael Jacques, to come to the school to share his experiences as a Catholic student and adult who lives with an intellectual disability and autism. Michael is a public speaker and activist, who wrote and self-published “Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book” using speech-to-text technology.  He later released a children’s book that he co-authored with Heather Gale titled, “I Belong:  Can I Play?”  He presents all over North America and his presentations have great reviews. His father travels with him and he is a retired Catholic School Principal. They have a deep love for Jesus and love sharing their faith. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear & witness the good news that even people who cannot read and write can author a book!!! They can share their talents in unique ways and they have God on their side! All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 6:30 pm, RSVP to:  St. Finnan’s School:  613-525-4274 or Community Living Glengarry: For more information about Michael, please visit


Liturgy of the Word will take place as usual at 8 am on Friday, May 24, 2024; however, Adoration will be in the afternoon only:  12-4pm.  Thank you.


St. Francis de Sales – K of C 11531, Cornwall invite you to attend their Parish Breakfast on
Sunday, May 26th, 2024, 8.30am-noon in the Parish Hall. Cost: Adults $8.50, children under 12 years old $4.00.


Please join us Saturday June 1st from 9:00 am – 12:00pm at the Agora Catholic Centre on McConnell Ave. in Cornwall for mass, confession, breakfast, a talk and the rosary. Fr. Sorenson is our guest speaker and since June is the month of the  Sacred Heart of Jesus his talk will focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A free will offering of $5 is appreciated.  For any inquiries please contact Heidi Krol 613 347 3561 or
Marilynn Light 613 537 2021.


You are invited to join Msgr. Damphousse and the clergy of our region for the bilingual ‘’Daisy’’ Mass which will be celebrated on Tuesday June 4th at 7 p.m. in St. Félix Church in Cornwall. Come and celebrate with the prayer- partners in Thanksgiving for our devoted clergy who faithfully administer the Sacraments and sustain us in our spiritual needs.


Are you in need of gifts or cards for First CommunionConfirmation, Baptism?  (English or French) If so, drop by to see us at Unit 1-812 Pitt St.   (same entrance as Income Tax office) Tel. 613-933-5099


Board of Directors – Volunteer:
The Governance Committee of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a Roman
Catholic facility sponsored by Catholic Health International, invites applications of
individuals from the community for a position on its Board of Directors.
For more information, please visit our website at
Individuals who wish to be considered as a candidate for the Board of Directors
are asked to forward their resume to or apply on the
SJCCC website through LinkedIn. Application deadline – open until filled.


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.


To stay up to date on the events (i.e. CWL meetings, K of C meetings, etc.) at St. Finnan’s Parish, click here


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