Nota Bene: October 1, 2023

by Sep 29, 2023Nota Bene


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, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman, Melanie Damphousse,
Robert Dupuis, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Logan Kubli, Juliette Lavigne,
Robert Lavigne, Gwen Leblanc, Diane Leroux, Nicole Leroux, Barbara Macdonell,
Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Patricia Sauve,
Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and
Andrea Willard.


**Please disregard the envelope, titled: “CWL PROJECTS” this weekend– DO NOT USE**


The last three years, especially this past year, we have discussed parish renewal, structural changes, and church closures. We are co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord. We are a family, united by faith in the Most Holy Eucharist. However, that doesn’t mean there will be no challenges. We, as a parish family, are experiencing multiple defining moments, choices that reveal, test, and shape us. Let us continue praying for each other. It is important for us to walk with our parishioners on this difficult journey. The main thing is that we don’t lose hope and don’t become discouraged. It’s still one faith, one church, one baptism. It may not be the same building, but we’re all a part of that one faith. Again, I cannot emphasize strongly enough that although our structures may change, the mission Christ gave us to go forth and make disciples remains. There is an invitation for all of us to recognize the need for sacrifice and generosity, while working and praying for unity. Please click here for more details, and to see the official decrees.


The Pastoral Year Kick Off BBQ for St. Anthony’s, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Finnan’s and St. James Parishioners was a huge success!  Thank you to all who attended!  A big shout-out to our musicians, singers & dancers!  Thank you to those who contributed with salads & sweets, monetary donations, to those who assisted in set up & clean up, to those who assisted with the children’s activities and last but not least ‘the men behind the grills’. Thanks again & see you next year!


We are in need of more lectors and Eucharistic Ministers at all Saturday and Sunday masses at St. Finnan’s. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact the parish office at 613-525-1340 ext. 2104 or by email: Thank you!


When:  Friday, September 29th, 2023, Where: Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Alexandria  Time:  4:30-7 pm. Adults: $15, Children aged 6-10: $5, Children 5 & under FREE. Menu: spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert, juice, coffee & tea.  Beverages will be available for purchase.  There will be music and a 50/50 draw.  All are welcome!


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2023: from 2-3 PM: Please show your support for our preborn children by joining us for this silent, peaceful family event. (Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can organize ourselves.)  Locations in Cornwall: Brookdale and Ninth (meet by the bank); Marleau and McConnell (meet at Little Caesar Pizza which is on the north-west corner). For further info, please contact: or


Please join us Saturday October 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00pm at the Agora Centre on McConnell Ave., Cornwall, for mass, confession, breakfast, a talk and the rosary. Our speaker is Msgr. Sean Harty. His talk is entitled “The Virtue of Gratitude in our Spiritual Journey”. For any inquiries, please contact
Heidi Krol 613-347-7561 or Marilynn Light 613-537-2021. A free will offering of $5 is appreciated.  


The 13th Autumn Annual Pilgrimage to St-Joseph’s Oratory and 13th Anniversary of the canonization of St-Brother André from the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall is taking place on Sunday, October 15, 2023.  Please contact Mike Budge at or by phone 613-224-8110.  Limited space.


Father Cyriaque Balla and the parishioners of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, in Moose Creek, invite you to their annual Turkey supper, on Sunday, October 15, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the new Community Hall on St. Polycarp Street in Moose Creek. Adults : $15.00; Children from 6 to 12: $7,50; Children under 6: Free. Take out meals available.


St. Finnan’s and Shalom House will be partnering with some members of our community to host a ping pong tournament at Shalom house on Monday October 16th.  (10am – 2pm.) Most of the participants will be retired individuals, but all are welcome. If you are interested, please call or email Lorne at
613-318-4320 or


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.


In the fall of 2021, Canada’s Bishops set up a $30 million Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. A Christ-Centred, Co-Journey Towards Healing is the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall’s campaign to raise the $1.2 million that we have pledged to the IRF. The money raised goes to support projects such as the 23rd Annual Ottawa Indigenous Children and Youth Pow Wow held March 25, 2023. Pow Wows are important Indigenous gatherings where multiple generations come together to enjoy food, honour traditions, forge a sense of community and practice spiritual healing. Learn more at:


Enjoy a meal, a short video and friendly conversation at Shalom House, Alexandria Thursday’s
6:30pm-8:15pm.  For additional information please see St. Finnan’s website: or please contact  Not too late to register or just drop by to come and see.  All are welcome, bring a friend! 


The sale of St. Finnan’s t-shirts ($30) and hoodies ($55) will be ongoing.  All sizes available.  Please contact Cameron McCormick at 613-678-0942 or


St. Julien’s Chapel offers a prayerful and peaceful environment with our Lord Jesus. Come for 10 minutes or an hour. Open 24 hours a day, visitors must be registered and use a fob entry device for their safety and that of other visitors. The Chapel is located at the back of St. Peter’s Parish, Second St. East with the entrance off Campbell St. To register and receive a fob, please leave a phone message at 613-938-8371. Someone will be in touch within a few days.


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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