News Update: 2022.02.04

News Update: 2022.02.04

Man does not live by bread alone.

Luke 4:13

Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time

We joyfully announce that more COVID-19 restrictions at St. Mary’s will end on Tuesday, March 1st!

Starting on Tuesday, March 1st:

  • All capacity limits on religious services will be lifted.
  • All capacity limits on social gatherings will be lifted.
  • Physical distancing between households will no longer be required.
  • Recording names for contact tracing will no longer be required.
  • Pre-registration for Mass will no longer be required.
  • Congregational singing will be permitted.

However, please note that, even after March 1:

  • All masking requirements will remain in place.
  • Hand hygiene measures will remain in place.

St. Mary’s continues to comply with the advice, recommendations, and instructions of public health officials, and we request that you continue to do the same.

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe!

Join Father Mark on a St. Patrick’s Day Walking Pilgrimage 

Fr. Mark Goring will be joining a group of men on a 28 km (approximately 6 hours) walking pilgrimage on St. Patrick’s Day. The pilgrimage begins at St. Patrick’s Fallowfield and ends at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Downtown Ottawa. All are welcome to join. This will be a semi-independent event (ie. there is no formal support or organizational team for this walk – be prepared to call an uber if you get tired) All are welcome to join. Departure time is 10AM from St. Patrick’s Fallowfield parking lot. For more information contact Bryne Egan:  613-986-7236

Lift Jesus Higher Rally

Renewal Ministries will be presenting the 2022 Lift Jesus Higher Rally, a free online event, on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm ET.   The day will be filled with uplifting praise and worship, compelling talks from Fr. Simon Lobo, Ralph Martin, Heather Khym and Fr. Adam Maher and Eucharistic Adoration.

To register for this event or obtain further information, please go to the first link below.  After the event has been held, the event talks will be available for later viewing at the Renewal Ministries website and YouTube channel (see second and third links below).

Online School of Evangelization

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
Description: Empowered to Share the Gospel

This is a virtual retreat put on by the Seminarians of the Companions of the Cross, which is open to anyone who wants to be empowered on how to share their Christian faith with others. The talks will teach you what the Gospel is and give you effective ways to share it, all while being coupled with fostering an openness to the Holy Spirit who is able to make all this happen. You will leave with a new awareness of the urgency of evangelization, and be equipped to actually carry it out within your spheres of influence!

Register: by March 16th

Volunteers Needed 

Seniors Ministry is looking for a volunteer to pick up an elderly woman for Sunday Mass, The elderly woman lives at Carling & Woodroffe.

The Seniors Ministry is also looking for a Volunteer to lead the Seniors Ministry. 

If you are available to volunteer, please email the office at office@web

Saint Patrick’s Home Shamrock Fundraiser

Please consider making a good will offering for Saint Patrick’s Residence. Shamrocks will be available in a donation box at the back table of the parish. Funds raised are used to directly impact the lives of the residents in a positive way”

In Memory of Larry Scherr

Archbishop’s Letter for Lent

The Church will begin the forty holy days of Lent on March 2nd, a day when we will not only be marked with ashes but invited to seriously enter into an attitude of conversion. How will we live the next few weeks leading up to Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and his glorious victory over death and evil? Full text of the letter is available at

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity (kairós), let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).

Virtual Lenten Retreat at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

An act of faith requires three actions: to believe, to know, and to trust. Theologian, author and presenter Dr. Josephine Lombardi is the retreat guest speaker on “Developing a Personal Relationship with Christ ̶How do I know that I have One?” Wed., Mar. 9, 7-9pm via Zoom. Register at https://HolyRosaryLentenRetreat. 

Info: or 613-728-4935. 

Key Synodal Principles for the Archdiocese

We are now in the heart of our synodal process and have learned some things along the way. We’ve put together a small summary of 5 key principles for our diocesan synodal process which outline what matters most to us and what’s been happening so far. You can find this document on our website and at this link.