News Update: 2022.03.18

News Update: 2022.03.18

Third Sunday of Lent

Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!

John 4:29

Religious services changes to COVID Safety Guidelines taking effect on Monday, March 21, 2022

On March 9, 2022, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health announced effective Monday, March 21, 2022, the end of public masking requirements except in select settings such as public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings. As such, our churches, halls and offices will also no longer require masking starting on March 21, 2022. You may however choose to continue wearing a mask in churches and other locations.

Dispensation from attending Mass in person on Sunday is extended until the vigil Mass for Palm Sunday, April 09th Beginning on Palm Sunday, parishioners are invited once again to attend Mass in person unless for reasons of health they cannot do so at this time. I remind all Catholics that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply if for health reasons you cannot attend Mass in person.

Religious services changes to COVID Safety Guidelines taking effect on Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Indoor mask use no longer required
  • Parishioners are encouraged to continue self-screening for Covid-19  symptoms  and stay home if they have any symptoms.
  • The use of hand sanitizer upon entry and exit of the church remains a best practice and is encouraged.
  • The Greeting of Peace can be restored.
  • Choirs and cantors and all who assist at Mass can return without restrictions.
  • Confessionals and confession rooms can reopen without restrictions

Do you know your story?

Are you willing to testify to others so that they may come to know Christ? We are inviting you to share your 3-minute testimony as part of Stories of Hope.

For more information, and for an easy-to-follow guide for writing your testimony, visit 

Men of God!

Men of the parish.  Secular forces are trying to breach the foundations of faith such as family values and the availability of the sacraments. Take your place in this spiritual battle line and step into the breach with the men of the parish on the last Tuesday night of each month 7:00-8:30 pm starting 29 March 2022. INTO THE BREACH is an inspiring video series with discussion groups developed by the Knights of Columbus.  Wives will you pray for your man? His brothers in the parish need him. Register by contacting

Is the Lord calling you to the Permanent Diaconate?

Come and discover what the Diaconate is all about. 

Information sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Sheng Shen Parish Hall, Ottawa – Tuesday, March 29th from 7-9 pm, 
  • The upper room of St. Columban Parish, Cornwall – Thursday, March 31st from 7:00-9pm,
  • St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Ottawa – Saturday, April 2nd from 10-Noon. 

Contact Deacon Charles (Chuck) Fink for more information and to register at

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

Night of Worship and Ministry

Online and in-person

Come join us on March 25th 2022 (7-9 pm) for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, and healing.  

Theme: The Crown is Won
Speaker: Marcel Dion

Co-founder of Magnificat Ministries

ONLINE @ St. Mary’s Youtube Channel ( Mary’s Parish – Ottawannel/UCtV6m7ZoNkrK4HJOSU6jQFA

or Facebook (

For more information, please contact Natalia Lacar (

Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop for Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

On March 17 it was announced at the Vatican that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Yvan Mathieu, S.M, to the position of Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Bishop Mathieu is not a stranger to Ottawa. Even though he is originally from Québec City, he has spent many years here for studies and now, currently, as a professor at Saint Paul’s University. Many permanent deacons and priests had the pleasure of hearing him on pastoral days, formation in Holy Scripture and retreats. I truly believe Bishop Mathieu will settle in quickly and familiarize himself with his new responsibilities. He will be a welcomed addition to our pastoral team as we continue our journey in becoming a missionary Church. Fluent in many languages, he will gladly share the joy of the Gospel to all those he will meet and serve (Archbishop Damphousse). Welcome Bishop-Elect Mathieu. Further info:

March 25th Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, at 5 pm in Rome at a special penance service. In 2013, Pope Francis renewed the consecration of the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and dedicated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, underlining the powerful intercessory role of our Blessed Mother Mary. 

On March 25, Archbishop Damphousse will celebrate the 12:15 pm Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral when he will celebrate this consecration. All are welcome. He is asking pastors in their parishes to join in consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Fri., Mar. 25 in their daily Mass. Let us entrust Ukraine and Russia to the maternal care of our Blessed Mother, asking for her powerful intercession to end the war and to ease the suffering of all the afflicted. Immaculate Heart of Mary – Pray for us.