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Latest News

The St. Mary’s Update | February 3, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update The St. Mary’s Update is our weekly newsletter featuring news and stories from St. Mary’s Parish! Subscribe now to receive The St. Mary’s Update in your inbox every Friday. Subscribe What’s Next for St. Mary’s? In a recent homily, Fr. Mark shared a new step for St. Mary’s Parish, encouraging parishioners to take up a forty-day prayer challenge this Lent. In case you missed it, you can watch his homily to find out more about this…

The St. Mary’s Update | January 27, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update The St. Mary’s Update is our weekly newsletter featuring news and stories from St. Mary’s Parish! Subscribe now to receive The St. Mary’s Update in your inbox every Friday. Subscribe What’s Next for St. Mary’s? Last Sunday, Fr. Mark shared a new step for St. Mary’s Parish, encouraging parishioners to take up a forty-day prayer challenge this Lent. In case you missed it, you can watch his homily to find out more about this exciting new…

Homilies

What’s My Next Step?

In the Guardian Angel prayer, it states that our Guardian Angels light, guard, rule, and guide. Where is our Guardian Angel meant to guide us? Maybe you’re wondering where the Lord is leading you. Often, he only reveals the next right step, illuminating the path one phase at a time. When Jesus called his Apostles, he simply told them to follow him; he didn’t tell them exactly what the next three years would look like, but gave them a simple…

The Humanity of Jesus

Little is known about Jesus’ childhood, as the Gospels skip from Jesus’ birth to his public ministry. We can imagine that he had an upbringing that was similar to ours, and that is because Jesus is fully man and fully God. Fr. Ken explains that the humanity of Jesus should be a source of hope for us. Jesus truly understands the human experience; he was tempted like us, felt sadness like us, and suffered like us. He had to become…

To Light, to Guard, to Rule, to Guide

Our Guardian Angels play a special role in our lives. As is outlined in the Guardian Angel prayer, they light, guard, rule, and guide. Ultimately, they reiterate God’s unique love for each of us. God provides a Guardian Angel to all of us, which speaks to the inherent dignity of each human being. As Fr. Mark explains, many Saints have had direct experiences with their Guardian Angels, and as Catholics, we are invited to do the same.

Bridge to the New Year

Fr. Ken shares how Mary was a bridge in his life; a bridge that delivered him from his struggles with mental health. We know that God is our Father, but sometimes we forget that Mary is our mother. As we begin this new year, let us not forget that Mary holds our hand while we cross the bridge from 2022 to 2023.

Our Pastors

Fr. Mark Goring, CC

When I was first ordained, I was the associate pastor at St. Mary’s for 4 years. It’s nice to be back! I’ve also worked as the Companions of the Cross Vocations Direction, Chaplain at York University in Toronto and Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas

Fr. Ken Lao, CC

On August 15, 2008, I joined the Companions of the Cross in Ottawa. I was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 2015 and I spent my first two years as Associate Pastor at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Toronto. I was then assigned to be the Pastoral Administrator at Holy Trinity Pastoral Unity in Halifax, NS in 2017, before receiving my present assignment as Associate Pastor here at St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa.