Have small children? You are welcome here! We love our youngest parish members and want them to learn about in a Jesus in a fun, age-appropriate way.

Every Sunday, during the 9 am and 11 am masses, there is a weekly half-hour program for kids. All children between the ages of 4-8 are welcome and children 3 and under are asked to bring an adult with them.

“Once Mass has started, our priest will call up all the children to the front where they are then led downstairs to their school room by the leaders. They will spend some time learning about that Sunday’s reading in various ways (videos, crafts, skits, hands-on activities and lessons) – the same message their parents and guardians will be hearing upstairs! The children will then come back upstairs and join the rest of the congregation before mass ends.”

We also host some children’s programs outside of mass – Advent, Lenten and Summer retreat days with lots of fun faith-based activities. This not only encourages the kids in their faith but provides opportunities for them to get to know other kids in the parish.

Another resource we have available is a book basket with French and English books for kids so they can follow along with the parts of the Mass.

Children’s liturgy is led by experienced teachers and uses a curriculum designed for early childhood education. All volunteers are vetted and have submitted vulnerable sector background checks.

If you have any questions about children’s liturgy, please contact Jolene Scherr at or at 613-839-9387. You can also find our kids ministry on instagram at @st.marysottawa_kids_ministry

Where do I go if I need to step outside with my child for a bit?

First of all, we love children at mass. A crying baby or a babbling child is a sign of young life and we like the sounds of life! It’s beautiful to see many generations join us for Mass. However, if you would like to step outside for a moment, you can go to the vestibule at the back of the church. There is a speaker in the vestibule and glass panels in the doors so that you can still participate in Mass.