Nota Bene: May 28, 2023

by May 25, 2023Nota Bene


Happy birthday to the Church, on this Pentecost Sunday. To receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit you must open your heart and invite Him in! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words and actions every day! Be grateful for all the gifts God has given you! Regardless of our individual circumstances, God has given all of us many blessings. What we do with those gifts is our gift back to God! By generously sharing everything we have and everything we are, we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered” and our lives truly reflect God’s light, love and mercy.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

I write to you today with great hope for our four parish communities. Our Parish Renewal Committee members’ mandate is to advance the mission of our parish family. Please read the announcement made last weekend and click here for more Frequently Asked Questions. Let us continue praying for each other.


There will be an informal gathering after 8:00 am Mass on Thursday, June 1, 2023. 
Come together for a ‘Q&A’ session.  All are welcome!


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


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:

Marie Aubin, Micheline Bougie, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman, Annemarie Collard,
Mike Craig, Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Logan Kubli,
Guy Lauzon, Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Margaret Lefebvre, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux,
Barbara Macdonell, Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Gilles St. Louis, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


St. Finnan’s Basilica will be hosting an event for Seniors. *This event is for everyone – whether you are ‘retired or not’ – EVERYONE is invited* The theme is “Not Retired”.  Please join us on
Wednesday, May 31st, 2023. An event to encourage and equip us to grow and share their faith. Come and experience an engaging talk and testimony! Keynote Speaker: Monsignor Kevin Maloney. Talk and Testimony at 11:30 am, Mass at 12 pm, followed by lunch at 12:45 pm at Shalom House (170 St. Paul Street, Alexandria). Please register by calling or emailing the parish office at
613-525-1340 by (new deadline date): Monday, May 29, 2023.


Last weekend, second grade students in our parish received the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time.
On our First Communion weekend, we spoke about how the children had been carefully instructed on how to properly receive communion either on the tongue or in the hand. When receiving on the hand we make a throne for Jesus our King. This practice dates back to around 400 AD, when St Cyril instructed his people: “Holy Communion is to be received standing, though individual members of the faithful may choose to receive Communion while kneeling. When standing before the minister to receive Holy Communion, the faithful should make a simple bow of the head. When receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, they reverently join their hands; when receiving Holy Communion in the hand, they reverently open their hands placing one beneath the other, and they consume the host immediately upon receiving it (GIRM, n. 160). All should respond “Amen” before they receive communion.” Congratulations again to Emelia, Ellecia, Dougald, Calla, and Myriam.


Please join us at Shalom House every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.   Simply put, an experience of the gospel surrounded by food, conversation and prayer.  The Rescue Project seeks to proclaim the gospel in a compelling and attractive way over eight weeks in a small group format. This experience is imbued with beauty, authentic humanity, and accompaniment. For more information, please contact Lorne.


Please join us Sat. June 3 from 9:00 am – 12:00  at the  Agora Centre on McConnell Ave.,Cornwall, for mass, confession, breakfast, a talk and the rosary. Our speaker is Nancy Steele who will give a very  personal insight into “Strategies to Overcome the Obstacles of Fear, Despair and Discouragement in Times of Difficulty“. For any inquiries please contact Heidi Krol 613 347 7561 or Marilynn Light 613 537 2021. A free will offering of $5 is appreciated. 


June 13, 2023, for the CWL Year End Celebration!


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, 220 Kent St. Ottawa, ON K1R 5G2.
For more information contact Mary Ferguson at 613-360-1974.


The Salesian Summer Camp for children ages 7 to 14 will take place from July 3 to 28, 2023.  The registrations will take place at the Salesian Youth Center (300 Montreal Road) The late registration day (with an additional $20) will be on June 6th from 7pm to 9pm. For more details (registrations fees, calendar and outings, registration form, financial aid, etc.) visit the
Youth volunteers at the Salesian Summer Camp: Do you want to volunteer in a youth
organization that is full of life this summer?  Will you be in high school in September
2023?  Give your name as soon as possible!  The registration form is on the web site:


St. Joseph’s Oratory are organizing an evening Retreat of Anointing and Healing on Monday, July 17, 2023, from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Basilica (6th floor) at St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal. This is a rare opportunity to meet this amazing Catholic priest, Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, PDM, who has gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is a world-renowned preacher. During the Retreat, we will be exposing the Major Reliquary of Saint André Bessette for veneration. We will also have anointing and blessing with the Oil of St. Joseph. The cost for registration is only $10/person and the link for registration is:


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


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, 2023 and Senior Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2023.


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


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