News Update: 2021.10.29

News Update: 2021.10.29

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

If you, or someone you know is interested in possibly joining the Catholic Church, then RCIA is for you. For more information, please e-mail Dan Gutoskie at  

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes 

If you would like to help a child in need, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be available to pick up after Mass on the weekends of October 23/24 and October 30/31. Your boxes must be filled and returned to the church by Sunday, Nov. 7th. God bless you for your generosity, and may He bless all the dear children who will be receiving these gifts. Come, Holy Spirit.This year’s shoeboxes are going to: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone

You are called to belong to Jesus Christ… (Romans 1:1, 6)

The Community Servants of theCross ( is hosting a VIRTUAL Come and See for young single women who are discerning the consecrated life. It will be a time to discover your vocation and a time to connect with our Community. From Thursday night to Saturday night, November 11 – 13, 2021. Registration by Friday November 5th, 2021. Please contact Sr. Michael Penelope Nguyen, SC at 613.729.8710 or“Come and See”, and let the Lord speak to your heart. 

Magnificat Ministries invites you to SEEK HIS FACE

EVENT: Magnificat Ministries invites you to SEEK HIS FACE. This two-part event will be launched on the first Friday and first Saturday of November at Holy Cross parish. Friday evening (Nov 5th – 7:14 pm to 9:00 pm) features Eucharistic praise and worship, while Saturday morning (Nov 6th – 9:30 to noon) features formation and ministry on discipleship and spiritual growth. Both events will be live-streamed. Those who desire to attend in person are required to register.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College

Committed to an authentically Catholic education, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College offers a uniquely affordable Bachelor’s degree in just 3 years! With small class sizes, a vibrant student life, and an academically rigorous education, SWC is committed to the formation of the whole human person. Apply before the Early Action Deadline on January 4, 2022, and have your application fee waived and receive a $400 dollar tuition discount! Note our regular application deadline on March 18, 2022. 

For more information see our website: If you have any questions about our academics, student life, or application process, please contact

40 Days for Life

St. Mary’s parish 40 Days public prayer vigil day is planned for Saturday, Oct 30th, 7 am to 7 pm, on the southwest corner of Queen Street, just off Bank Street.  To sign-up for an hour of prayer at the vigil site, or for more information, please email: or leave a message for Helena at 613-728-9811 X 728.  Additional campaign-related information is also found at  Former abortion workers say it was the peaceful prayer presence outside their facilities that turned them away from abortion. 

Canadian Bishops to Welcome Pope Francis to Canada on Historic Pilgrimage of Healing and Reconciliation:

October 27, 2021 – The Catholic Bishops of Canada are grateful that Pope Francis has accepted their invitation to visit Canada on a pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation. The Holy Father’s full statement on the matter can be found here. In anticipation of this visit, the planned delegation of Indigenous survivors, Elders, knowledge keepers and youth will travel to the Holy See, where they will have the opportunity to speak to Pope Francis about the timing, focus, and themes in preparation for his future pilgrimage to Canada. Media release. 

New Webinar Series Explores Synodality in the Church

Saint Paul University’s Research Centre: Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism is launching a new webinar series titled For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission — Reflections.

This series was created in response to Pope Francis’ call for a two-year process of dialogue and discernment regarding the role of the Synod in the Church. Throughout the series, invited speakers will share reflections on the meaning of synodality of the church, its practice in Christian tradition, and the importance of recovering a culture of encounter and communal discernment in our day.

The first webinar, titled What is “Synodality”?, will take place Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. (EST). The webinar is free and open to the public.

For information regarding all future webinars in the series, please click here.