Thanksgiving Nota Bene: October 8, 2023

by Oct 6, 2023Nota Bene


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


Daily Masses next week are cancelled. Please pray for all English-speaking priests of the Archdiocese as they are on their annual retreat, led by Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Thomas Collins. Also, to note:
8:00 am (St. Finnan) – Liturgy of the Word with Deacon John; however, Adoration will be from 12 to 4pm.


Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!


Please keep our parishioners in your prayers:
Marie Aubin, Sacha Cardinal, 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,
Michael Scott, Patrick and Sue Shannon, Braydon Topping, Marie Wilding, and
Andrea Willard.


On this 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are reminded that we have been given so many gifts and blessings by our Heavenly Father. Yet, in our fallen state it is all too easy to take them for granted. Our readings today teach us that we must live with an intentional awareness of our many blessings and use them gratefully to glorify God. Click here to continue.


On Thursday, September 14th a congregation from our parish youth group made a mini pilgrimage  to Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary of Rigaud.  This beautiful sanctuary celebrates outdoor daily and weekend masses from the end of May until October 1st.   Next year Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary will be commemorating its 150th anniversary.
It was an amazing experience to celebrate that mass with a few of the local people.  After mass we enjoyed a picnic together and prayed the rosary in the sanctuary.   We finished the evening off with a hike up the little mountain.  Many of the youth choose a rock to carry up the hill to offer as a little sacrifice for their own intention.   One particular youth chose a 70 pound sacrifice!  The whole youth group worked together to carry this sacrifice to the top of the hill….and down again!
Thank you to all the families who joined us on this beautiful little pilgrimage and supporting the parish in getting the youth there. 
Pictured below is the youth in front of the sanctuary, then Charles Grant holding the 70-pound sacrifice at the top of the mountain, then the youth at the top of the mountain.


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.


There are two opportunities to attend a Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 14th, 2023.  Join us to pray a public Rosary for Canada at the Alexandria Grotto at 11:30 a.m. or at St. James, Maxville at noon in front of the Grotto.  The Rosary Rally, hosted by The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, is one of many thousands taking place across North America and around the world on that day. Everyone is welcome! In case of rain, the Rosary will take place inside St. James Church or St. Finnan’s Basilica.


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


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!


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.


This weekend our families gather to give thanks to the Father for our many blessings. One of the ways that we can show our appreciation is by sharing with others. We are asking you to support the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund on Nov. 4&5th. All monies raised will be used to support initiatives by local Indigenous groups and organizations. One project that has received funding, thanks to your generosity, is a series of six retreats organized by Kateri Native Ministry to promote healing and reconciliation. Learn more at:


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.


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