Nota Bene: November 26, 2023

by Nov 24, 2023Nota Bene


We continue our Preaching Series on Stewardship, part three, this weekend with the focus on our treasure, and our finances. How is God asking us to serve? Money is a powerful force in our lives. Jesus says that what we do with our money has the ability to take our heart with it (Luke 12:34). God cares about what we do with 100 percent of our money. How do we steward all of our money and make sure that the ways we use money aligns with our values? God has called us to serve our neighbors, both near and far. How is God calling us, as individuals and as a parish community, to use the resources that God has entrusted to our care to love God and our neighbors both locally and globally? As we prepare for a new Liturgical Season with Advent next weekend, let’s also prepare for our Commitment Sunday (December 2/3). Let’s pray and discern how we can spend more time with God in prayer, how we can use our talents in parish ministries, and how we can continue making a consistent gift to our parish family and community.  Please click here to continue.

Do you want to Serve Like Jesus? Our current preaching series is all about service, there are many ways you can start to serve at the parish, from ministries at Mass to outreach in our community.  Click here to continue.


The seasons of Advent and Christmas are a wonderful time to invite family and friends to
St. Finnan’s Parish to prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Who will you invite to journey with you this Advent, beginning Dec. 2nd/3rd? Let’s share the warmth of our St. Finnan’s Parish community, as we prepare to embrace radical hospitality.


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:
Marie Aubin, Rodney Benton, Sacha Cardinal, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman,
Melanie Damphousse, Robert Dupuis, Roger Giroux, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Henny Lacroix,
Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell,
Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Marcel Robinson, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan,
Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


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


This week’s special collection will be for The Knights of Columbus:  Christmas fundsA reminder of the special collection next weekend is for :  Christmas flowers.
Thank you for your financial contributions and your continued support!


A book of Remembrance is on display in the Basilica. All are welcome to record the names of loved ones who have died. November is dedicated to praying for those who have gone before us.


An invitation to participate in a survey on possible Sunday Mass Time changes is now open. Click here to participate. Let’s continue praying for all our parishioners.


St James CWL will be selling at $15 each.  Please contact Sandy Murray-MacDonell at 613-360-2409. Proceeds going to CWL outreach program, the Children’s Christmas fund.


The annual Jell-O drive for Christmas food baskets is underway! The Catholic Women’s League appreciates your donations of Jell-O jelly powder at weekend Masses throughout November. Jell-O makes an inexpensive-to-prepare, tasty treat for less fortunate families. Thank you for your generosity.

St. Finnan’s CWL will host its annual Christmas Bake Sale after all Masses at the Basilica THIS weekend: November 25th & 26th. Proceeds help fund our Christmas outreach to seniors in local care homes in the community. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Please join your Ottawa-Cornwall Diocesan sisters of The CWL and the Women’s Morning of Reflection group for an Advent Retreat at St. Andrew’s Parish, St. Andrew’s West, on
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, from 9am- 2pm. Theme: “Living Well to Change Lives”. Speakers: His Grace Archbishop Emeritus O’Brien (am) and Mary’s Meals Changing Lives (after lunch). A light breakfast will be served after Mass.  Lunch is potluck. A free will offering ($5 suggested) would be appreciated. To register, please contact Jean Anderson at or Heidi Krol at by 
November 27th.

The Catholic Women’s League Councils of St. James and St. Finnan’s will come together for their 2nd annual Christmas Dinner at Shalom House on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023. Cocktails at 5:30pm and turkey dinner at 6pm:  $30 per person. Your paid reservation must be received by December 6th. Space is limited; don’t delay! Contact Hazel at 613-525-3561 or Nancy at 613-527-3293.


St. Columban’s CWL is hosting a Christmas Tea on Saturday, November 25th from 12-2 pm in Room 201, Agape Center: 40 Fifth St. W., Cornwall. Admission: $10. Let’s have some TEA together!


The Knights of Columbus Council 755, 205 Amelia St, will be celebrating their 120th anniversary with a dinner and dance on Saturday, November 25th in the upstairs hall. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are available at the downstairs bar. Cocktails at 6:00pm followed by supper and dancing at 7:00 pm. Music by Plan B.


When: Sunday, November 26th, 2023, from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Parish Hall
Cost: Adults $8.50, children under 12 years old $4.00. Everyone welcome! 


Join Msgr. Kevin Maloney at St. Finnan’s Basilica on Wednesday, November 29th
at 11:30 a.m. as he talks about how to prepare for the upcoming Advent season.


Join us as we prepare for Advent at St. Columban’s Parish, Cornwall with Fr. Marc Gaudet on
Wednesday, November 29th from 6:30-8pm in the church. All are welcome.


All are invited to attend an evening of Adoration, talk and music followed by a social on 
Thursday, November 30th from 6-7 pm at St. Finnan’s Basilica.  Please mark your calendars.


The St-Martin-de-Tours parish holds a large Christmas bazaar in the basement of the church (parish hall).  This bazaar will be open to everyone on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. N.B: a light snack will be served…… for any information, please contact Gilles or Gisele Decoste at
613-930- 5045 or 613-525-1223 – Welcome everyone!


All are invited to attend the Christmas Tea & Bazaar on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, 
from 12-2 pm at St. Anthony’s Church Hall, 3737 Old Orchard St., Apple Hill. Admission: Free will offering. Bring the family! There will be bake sales, games, various booths, draws, door prizes and more! Proceeds in support of St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.


O Come, All Ye Faithful to our annual Candlelight Christmas Concert at St. Finnan’s Basilica on 
Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 pm. As Pope Francis noted, ‘light candles of hope in the midst of darkness’ so come join us for a magical evening. And let’s light out candles in support of our parishioners who will be sharing their musical talents and treasures! All are welcome so mark your calendars!
Free will offering. 
If interested in participating and sharing your gifts, please reach out to Elizabeth Caddell at and/or Amy Bourbonnais at


Christmas lands on a Monday this year. This means on Sunday Dec. 24th, the morning masses will be for the 4th Sunday of Advent and the evening masses that same day will be Christmas Eve Masses. Please click here for more details.


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, 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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