News Update – 2021.07.23

News Update – 2021.07.23

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.

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 Parish office will be closed to the public and working on a curbside model of service. Please call 613 728 9811 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. 

Masonry-Siding Reconstruction Work Begins!

Please note that work is about to begin to repair masonry siding of the church that is most in need. As of July 26, the elevator entrance door and the main front door will be fenced off to facilitate these repairs. Parishioners will enter the vestibule and nave of the church from the north side entrance closest to the front stairs. 

Many thanks to all of our Wider Reach Campaign donors for making these repairs possible. This project is expected to be completed by the end of November 2021.

The elevator is available this weekend. The elevator will not be available as of Monday July 26th.

“One in the Spirit” – Fellowship & Faith for Single 35+

Introducing the 1IS PEACE ROOM 24/7. Meet with others anytime on Zoom.

We invite the Holy Spirit and profess our love for God in a safe and loving environment. In unity, we praise the Lord and give thanks for each other. 

The Zoom Peace Room is an open online meeting space where you may encounter others and the Lord 24/7. To learn more about the Zoom Peace Room, and to obtain the summer schedule for “One in the Spirit” (July-September 2021), please follow the link to our Parish News Page:

1IS schedule from July to September 2021

  1. Saturday July 24 OUTDOOR. 2:00pm Ordinary Time – Patio Gathering or picnic in the park.
  2. Month of August – 24/7 Peace room drop in on zoom. A safe place to hang out with friends.
  3. September 12, 2021. Feast  of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Gathering at 93 Young Street

Pray the blessed Rosary live, any time with others around the world online:

1IS PEACE ROOM 24/7 – Meet with others any time on Zoom…

Who is it for? The 1IS zoom room is open to anyone who wants to meet online with others – any time they like.

What does it mean? You can invite others to join you on zoom when you want and chat as long as you like without the 40 minute interruption.

What is the 24/7 Zoom Peace Room? It is an open online meeting space where you may encounter others and The Lord 24/7

Requirement: You must respect each other while in the room and follow proper conduct – take turns talking, be polite and caring. Love one another as you love the Lord our God. 

Peace Room 24/7 Guidance for use: 1 Corinthians 13 1 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

LINK to Peace Room 24/7 on 1IS Zoom …

Meeting ID: 858 0504 1076
Passcode: 172176

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)
Click here to register.
For inquiries:

CARDUS – 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.

Heart of Worship Adoration Night

This month’s adoration evening is an in-person event, and will be live-streamed on Tuesday, July 27rd, 7pm. Come & spend time with Jesus in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship music, and a short spiritual talk.

Our guest speaker, Kirsten Eckert, will give a short talk on “Prayer and your relationship with God.”

 Kirsten and her husband Jeremy are active parishioners at Holy Redeemer Parish in Kanata. She is a member of the Heart of Worship core team and serves as the head of the Welcoming Ministry at Holy Redeemer. Kirsten is passionate about God and walking with Him in her spiritual Journey, as well as encouraging others in their faith. She enjoys public speaking on topics of faith and has given a number of spiritual talks to Catholic communities around Ottawa.

Register to Attend In-Person:

Call parish office at (613) 836-1764
Or visit

Streaming Live Online:

First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Pope Francis has instituted the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, to take place each year on the fourth Sunday in July, close to the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Jesus’s grandparents. In Canada and around the world, we are invited never to forget our grandparents and elderly persons, cherishing them as essential members of the Church and society.

For more information about this event, please follow the link to our Parish News Page:

More about this special day

Amid the global pandemic, on 31 January 2021, Pope Francis instituted the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place each year on the fourth Sunday in July, close to the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, Jesus’ grandparents. In Canada and around the world, we are invited never to forget our grandparents and elderly persons, cherishing them as essential members of the Church and society.

On Sunday, 25 July 2021, this first World Day resonates well within Pope Francis’ broader initiative of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year (19 March 2021 – June 2022). Pastoral care of the elderly is an urgent responsibility of the Christian community, calling us to spend time with one another relating and sharing in intergenerational conversations. Young people are especially encouraged to enter into dialogue with older generations and find time to dream together about our hopes for a better world.

Learn more about World Grandparents Day from the CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life at

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