News Update – 2021.07.16

News Update – 2021.07.16

Dear Parishioners,

As you may know, we recently changed the seating arrangement at Church, opening every two pews rather than every three. Previously, we were well below the capacity guidelines; with this change, we are slightly below the maximum allowed. Mass attendees are asked to follow the instructions on the video “Staggering Announcement” found on the  COVID-19 Update page on the St. Mary’s Website 

Blessings in the Lord,

Fr. Mark Goring

Sunday Masses will be as follows:

  • Saturday 5 p.m. – Outdoor, no registration required.
  • Sunday 9 a.m., & 11 a.m., – Indoor, registration required. A “registration open” email will be sent out at 12:00pm Wednesday.

9 & 11 a.m. Mass will be broadcast through the radio frequency 88.3 and can be heard within 300m anywhere around the church. Participants will be able to receive the Holy Eucharist during communion. 

Please note:

The elevator is being repaired. It is not available to gain access to the church or bathroom.

The Parish office will be closed to the public and working on a curbside model of service at least until the province of Ontario enters Step 3. Please call ahead to make an appointment.

Outdoor Confessions

Every Saturday from 4:00 pm tp 4:45 pm in the church parking lot. If it is raining, indoor Confessions in the Hall. 

New to St. Mary’s Website 

Join us LIVE at St. Mary’s. Visit to stay connected with daily Mass and many live events.

The Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus 

The Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus is now accepting registration for Fall 2021. The school offers a dynamic 2-year, once-a-week training program designed to teach, equip and activate you in the full supernatural lifestyle of Jesus so that you can walk with God in intimacy and demonstrate His love and power to the world around you!

For inquiries: 
To register:

Encounter School of Ministry (Ottawa Campus) 

You’re invited to our remote and/or in person Summer Intensive (July 26-29, 6:30-9:30 pm each night). The content covered includes Identity and Transformation, Power & Healing, Hearing God & the Prophetic Gifts, Inner Healing & Freedom. Presenters: Sr. Anna Chan, Fr. Francis Donnelly, Natalia Lacar, Sr. Melinda Schenher, and Chris Keyes, with Worship leader Chris Zettel.

Standard Admission: $40 (CAD)
To register:…
For inquiries:

A senior has requested that someone accompany her once a week on short walks 

(no longer than 20 to 30 minutes) up and down her street (she lives one block from Carling and Pinecrest in the west end).  She has not had much exercise since the pandemic began and feels this would greatly benefit her physical and mental health.  Please let the office know if you are interested in providing this help.

Also looking for volunteer drivers to bring the same Lady to Sunday Mass. Registration Guaranteed.

The Innercity Arts Program Is Looking For Volunteers

The Innercity Arts Program at Ottawa Innercity Ministries is looking for volunteers to contribute to our meal train. These readily prepared meals are to be dropped off for Wednesday and Thursday youth programs. If you are interested in donating meals, please register and find more information via the meal train link below.

Innercity Arts provides a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment for at-risk and street-involved youth aged 16-32. This program provides an opportunity for these youth to engage and create visual and musical arts while developing a sense of community and personal-growth.  This program allows these youth to express themselves through art while obtaining social resources and mentorships. At the end of each art group we hand out hot meals for the youth to take home. These meals are donated and prepared by our generous volunteers.

CARDUS – Communio (Christian Young Professional Forum)

Communio is a forum for Christian young professionals aged 25-40 in Ottawa. At Cardus, we believe that as we emerge from this time of pandemic the need for Christian community is even greater, not only for ourselves but so that we may be present to those who are searching for Christ and His gospel in the world.

Are you a young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 that would benefit from being a member of Communio?

Communio is a forum for Christian young professionals aged 25-40 in Ottawa. It builds upon our earlier initiative of Cardus Public Theology which ran from 2017-2019. At Cardus, we believe that as we emerge from this time of pandemic the need for Christian community is even greater, not only for ourselves but so that we may be present to those who are searching for Christ and His gospel in the world. As many of you know, Cardus is Canada’s faith-based think-tank. We are explicitly Christian and our networks extend across Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed, Anglican, Anabaptist, and various Evangelical Protestant traditions.

Communio seeks the following: 

  • To bring together young Christian professionals to engage with the Christian tradition both ancient and modern. 
  • To encourage young professionals to be confident in living out a public faith. 
  • To learn from those who have gone before us, and those who are living today. 
  • To build and nurture an ecumenical Christian community through convivial events and opportunities to grow in friendship and love of Christ. 

Communio will: 

  • Host monthly presentations and discussions and times of Christian friendship. These will be typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. 
  • Offer Christian young professionals mentorship in how to live a confident public Christian faith.
  • Organize joint events with Cardus NextGen Fellows and our new Cardus Coffeehouse prograrmme of informal public discussions.
  • Sponsor an annual weekend retreat in the late spring focused on an extended series of presentations on a theme pertinent to living a public Christian faith.

Prayers of Healing For Pope Francis 

On the afternoon on July 4, Pope Francis underwent a scheduled surgery. The Holy Father reacted well to the surgery and is recovering normally. 

God, we ask that you keep your humble servant. our blessed Pope Francis, in your divine care as he recovers from surgery. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Liturgical Music Re-Start

This Autumn 2021 Chorus Ecclesiae and the Canadian Symposium on Music in Liturgy are sponsoring a series of free-admission music sessions for cantors, members of parish choirs, and all who are interested in music for the liturgy. A great opportunity to get re-energized after COVID! Info: email Lawrence Harris at

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