News Update: 2022.04.01

News Update: 2022.04.01

Fifth Sunday of Lent

“All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them”

John 8:2

St. Mary’s Penance Service 

Join us for our penitential service on Saturday April 2nd from 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Changes to COVID Safety Guidelines as of Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Indoor mask use no longer required, however they may be worn if so desired.
  • 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

Solidarity Sunday: Special Collection

April 3rd, 2022

This is the day that Catholic churches across Canada take up a collection for the work of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada.  

Please read Archbishop Marcel Damphousse’s letter in support of Development and Peace.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Coffee Sunday’s

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if you are available to volunteer!

Committed Adorers Needed for the Adoration Chapel 

Please contact 

if you are available!

Adoration will not be available during the day on Thursday, April 14th or Friday, April 15th

Beginning on April 18th from 6AM to 6PM Adoration will resume in the Adoration Chapel

Easter Vigil Mass and Reception Saturday, April 16, 8:00 pm

Let us gather as a community on the night of Holy Saturday, April 16, at 8:00 pm, for our annual Easter Vigil Mass, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and to praise Him in all His glory. Registration is not required for this event.
Immediately following the Vigil, please join us in the Parish Hall for our Easter Vigil Reception, as we break our Lenten fast and celebrate the Risen Lord. Bring your favourite finger foods to share!

Holy Week / Easter Bags – Available Starting This Sunday 

This offer is for parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends. Share the gift of faith with a child in your life *While supplies last*

Reserve yours today ( and include how many bags you’d like reserved for pick up in the Hall between the 9 & 11am Masses.

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

Couples for Christ brings a Lenten reflection

with the theme, “MERCY, What God gives and What God Requires.” This talk will be given by Fr. Ken Lao, of the Companions of the Cross at Holy Redeemer Parish on Saturday April 9th , @ 7:30 PM. 

Two Job Opportunities at St. Maurice

We’re hiring a Manager and (coming soon) a Discipleship & Evangelization Team Leader

Visit for more details!

Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Through the streets of downtown Ottawa. Led by Archbishop Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Fri., Apr. 15. Departure at 9:30 a.m. from St Patrick’s Basilica, 220 Kent St. Arrival around 12 Noon at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. Hosted by Communion & Liberation, Ottawa. Info:

Archbishop’s Letter for Lent:

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

Audience with delegations of Canadian Indigenous Peoples Pope Francis – 01 April 2022

Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday

The Good Friday Collection on April 15th, 2022, is requested by the Holy See to help maintain the Christian sites of the Holy land and to support the Church in the pastoral, educational, social works that contribute  to a sustained Christian Presence in the Land where Jesus the Christ once walked.

This Pontifical Collection will be taken in the parishes during the Good Friday celebration. Those who are unable to attend the service are still able to contribute online by going going to and searching for “Commissariat of the Holy Land”, or by interact e-transfers to Receipts ill be issued. 

O behalf of the Custody of the Holy Land, I sincerely thank for your support,
Fr. Robert Mokry, OFM
Commissary the Holy Land in Canada

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