News Update: 2022.02.25

News Update: 2022.02.25

“…for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” 

Luke 6:45

Eighth 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!

St. Mary’s Ash Wednesday Mass 

Wednesday March 2nd, 2022

  • 9:00 AM
  • 12:15 PM
  • 7:30 PM

Registration is not required.

Russian Invasion of Ukraine

On Thursday, February 24 Russia invaded the Ukraine, plunging both countries into war. Pope Francis has asked that we observe Ash Wednesday, March 2, as a day of prayer and fasting for peace: “I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.” Caritas Ukraine is gathering resources to respond to the potential humanitarian crisis. The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has a relationship with Caritas Ukraine: to donate to support relief efforts in this time of crisis go to https://cnewa.org/ca/campaigns/ukraine/. Let us join in praying for an end to the conflict and a peaceful, just resolution. 

Adoration in St. Mary’s Church 

Tuesdays through Friday from 9:45AM to 12:00PM

Funeral Mass for Larry Scherr

The Funeral Mass for Larry Scherr will be this Saturday at 11am starting at 10am, there will be an open casket for anyone who’d like to pay their respects or pray quietly

For out of town guests and those who are unable to be there physically, please join us virtually at:

(Feel free to ‘share’ this information with those who may have known him)

Night of Worship and Ministry

As we worship, see the Lord minister to His people in power! Come join us on February 25, 2022 (7-9 pm) for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, and healing. 

Theme: Overwhelmed with Joy
Speaker: Fr. Rob Arsenault, CC Pastor of The Annunciation of the Lord Parish

Do Something Amazing Retreat

Giving young adults a chance to encounter God, encouragement and inspiration to share their faith, and an opportunity to experience parts of the NET lifestyle. The retreat will be held at St. Mary’s Parish, Ottawa, Sat., Feb. 26, 11am-5pm

Register: www.netcanada.ca/apply. Info: recruit@netcanada.ca. 

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: companionscross.org by March 16th

LENT FOR FAMILIES 

Again this year we are producing a series of weekly bulletins for our families. Each PDF bulletin contains links to a variety of videos, articles, crafts, etc. You are welcome to distribute them as you see fit. We hope you and your families find them helpful.

Statement of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Thursday, February 24, 2022
https://www.cccb.ca/announcement/statement-of-the-executive-committee-of-the-canadian-conference-of-catholic-bishops-on-the-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/

Palliative Care and MAiD Lecture

March Lecture Series (via Zoom) presented by The deVeber Institute. 8:00 pm, Mon., Mar. 1 (Three Perspectives), Thurs., Mar. 10 (Doctors’ Roundtable) and Wed., Mar. 16 (Mental Health and MAiD). Info & registration for each session at www.deveber.org. 

Mary’s Way of the Cross:

Every Friday during Lent starting March 4, 2022. Hosted by Sylvie Rollin, Alexandre Grenier and Mike Budge. Starts with meditation/hymns at 6:40pm. ZOOM: link. March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1, 8, 15.