Nota Bene: October 2022

by Sep 30, 2022Nota Bene

Parish Renewal: please see the schedule for our upcoming Town Hall Meetings.


All the money raised during “A Christ-Centred, Co-Journey Towards Healing” will stay in our local communities. Indigenous Groups and Organizations such as Kateri Native Ministry located in Ottawa and the North American Travelling College located in Akwesasne will be able to apply for grants for such things as culture and language revitalization, education and community building. Projects may include programs that offer training and leadership formation to Indigenous communities, curation of oral histories and a curriculum for school-aged children to teach language and share their Indigenous culture. Your generosity in prayer and through your sacrificial gift, will make this possible. Please prayerfully consider giving to this campaign.


Last weekend the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall began the official Fundraising Campaign, “A Christ-Centered, Co-Journey Towards Healing“, that was setup by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). On November 5th and 6th, the Archdiocese will hold a special collection. All monies raised will be used to support initiatives by local Indigenous groups and organizations. For more frequently asked questions, please see this document (PDF). Also, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation has produced a documentary on Canada’s residential schools. Please stay tuned for more details. Let us continue praying for one another. Prayer cards will also be made available.

Saint Kateri, known as “the Lily of the Mohawks”, was born in 1656 in what is now New York State. Persecuted for the Catholic faith she held so tenaciously, she moved to a Christian Mohawk village in what is now Kahnawake, within the current diocese of Saint-Jean Longueil, where she died at the age of 24.

All Canadians, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous, celebrated when Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on October 21, 2012.

In a 1980 address to North American Indigenous Peoples, Pope John Paul II, as he then was, had this to say about Saint Kateri:

“We are all edified by her complete trust in the providence of God, and we are encouraged by her joyful fidelity to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“The Church has declared to the world that Kateri Tekakwitha is blessed, that she lived a life on earth of exemplary holiness and that she is now a member in heaven of the Communion of Saints who continually intercede with the merciful Father on our behalf.”

“May you be inspired and encouraged by the life of Saint Kateri. Look to her for an example of fidelity; see in her a model of purity and love; turn to her in prayer for assistance.”

For all of us here, that like Saint Kateri we learn to trust completely in the providence of God and be encouraged by her joyful fidelity to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We pray to the Lord.


The Ottawa-Cornwall archdiocesan Development & Peace Council is presenting its 2022 fall campaign workshop in person at St. Basil’s parish hall, 940 Rex Avenue, with simultaneous virtual access. This workshop, while primarily intended for parish D&P representatives & contact people, would also serve as an introduction to the
ministry for those interested in the principles of Catholic Social Teachings. Sat., Oct. 29, 9:00am – 1pm. Info: 613-738- 9644×224;


Join us for Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, down the Glengarry Trail on October 30th, after the 11:00 mass. This fun event will walk your child through Hell, Purgatory, and finally Heaven, where candy, hotdogs, birthday parties, piñata’s and bouncy castles live. In Purgatory, you will learn about the saints, who will pray with you, in hopes of getting enough prayers to make it to the final reward. Hell is a dangerous place to traverse, filled with demons hiding in bushes, and a random witch who had nothing better to do. Trail starts at Lochiel St. West Street, Alexandria, where parking is also provided. 


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


This fall, St. Francis will be showing the first season of the TV series, The Chosen, which gives an amazing view of Jesus as He begins his ministry during the Roman occupation of Israel. The Chosen will be shown at 9 AM on Wednesday mornings from October 12 to November 23. Coffee will be available by 8:45, and after the show, so that we can enjoy discussing our responses to the events shown in the video. Our Bible Study is open to anyone in the area, so please spread the news to your friends who might want to join us in discovering more about Jesus.


With less than 100 days until Christmas, it is time to start planning!
You are cordially invited to attend our 2nd annual Candlelit Christmas Concert at St. Finnan’s Basilica on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00PM.
All are welcomed to attend this magical evening and more information to come!


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:

Marie Aubin, Susan Brown, Susan and John Clark, Christopher Coleman, Mike Craig, Melanie Damphousse, Patrick Kealty, Krista Kirkwood, Susan Lajoie, Guy Lauzon, Juliette Lavigne, Robert Lavigne, Diane Leroux, Madison McDermid, Brad McMillan, Lorna Picher, Joe Rolland, Theresa Ryan, Marc Sauve, Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Mel Watt, Marie Wilding, and Andrea Willard.


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


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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