News Update: 2022.09.09

News Update: 2022.09.09

“Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours”

Luke 15:31

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Special Feast Day

The Companions of the Cross will be celebrating their feast day with a special Mass of The Exaltation of the Cross this Wednesday evening, September 14 at 7PM here at St. Mary’s Parish. Please join us as we celebrate the Triumph of the Cross. Meet the newest member of the Sister Servants of the Cross at a reception following the Mass.

Parking Under The Underpass

Praise be to God! The City of Ottawa has put up parking signs permitting along the underpass during Mass Times. This will protect people from being fined for parking there from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturday and from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday during Mass times.  

The Adoration Chapel Will Be Extending Its Hours

Hello Beloved Disciple Community, Praise be Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

The Adoration Chapel will be extending it opening hours to

6AM to 10PM Monday through Friday
8AM to 10PM on Saturday and Sunday

To do this we need to enlist the help of many committed adorers!

We need committed adorers for

Monday to Friday 6AM to 8AM and 12PM to 10PM
Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 10PM 

If you are available, please email

Thank you for your commitment!

St. Mary’s Southern Garden 

Now that the construction work is complete we are asking those parishioners who took the perennials for safekeeping to please return them to the Southern Wall next to the walkway, east of the Wheelchair access door. We will be accepting the plants over the next two weeks, as we restore the Garden on the south side of the entrance stairs.

If you have any spare annuals that you care to donate, we can use some to complement the perennials as the garden grows.

Lost & Found

2 Rings left in the Women’s bathroom 

1 Necklace with a crucifix

Please contact the office with a description of the items to ensure they are returned 613 728 9811

Right of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

Do you or someone you know want to enter the Catholic Church?
Or perhaps been baptized, but has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Or, would just like to learn more about what Catholics believe?

RCIA is the perfect place to begin! 

We begin September 11th

Reach out to us at

A Prayerful Pilgrimage on the Feast of the Archangels Sept 29, rain, or shine! 

It begins with Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish- Fallowfield, 15 Steeple Hill Crescent, Nepean at 9 am, concelebrated with Fr. Paul Shepherd and Fr. Mark Goring. Leaving from St. Patrick’s Fallowfield at 10 am, ending at 5 pm with a Potluck celebration at St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St. The Companions of the Cross, the Servants of the Cross and the Queenship of Mary will join the pilgrimage. This will be a semi-independent event with some carpooling and shuttle vehicles provided. For those not ready for the challenge of the whole distance, there will be various points to join or leave along this 7-hour walk. However, be prepared to call an Uber when need to stop earlier, or better, train up for it to stay with us for the whole distance of the pilgrimage! Bring your friends! All are welcome to join! Volunteers to help will be welcome and greatly appreciated! 

Sign Up here: 

OR here: 

Contact Bryne Egan for more information

Federation of North American Explorers – St. Padre Pio Ottawa 

I would like to invite you to the Opening Mass of the St. Padre Pio FNE Group. This is hosted by the Timberwolves of the Boys Section, 7pm on Tuesday Sept 13 in the gym of Maryvale Academy, 2191 Benjamin Ave, Ottawa.

The Otter Lodge Program (5-7yr) is ready to go and will begin its programming the following week, 6:30pm in the basement of The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the parish website with details of the location:

Wise Oak Eamon Duffy will be the Unit Chief for the children with Assistant Leaders Rebecca Trolly and Sophia Hyginus McConkey. Parental support is also welcome at the weekly meetings and other activities.

Please RSVP your family attending the Opening Mass and number of communicants so we have the hosts prepared for you.

FYI and need for prayer and discernment: Please pray with the Ottawa FNE family for Unit Leaders of the Timberwolves and Explorers, an Akela and Troop Chief, respectively. Women over the age of 18 years are welcome to apply as a Unit Leader or Assistant. Please consider helping young souls develop a relationship with Jesus and with their Creator in nature.  TimberWolves girls 8-12yrs, Explorers girls 12-16yrs, Wayfarers girls 17yrs and onwards. 

More information is available from Carole, Group Chief Attached is a registration form for your child and a leader’s application for consideration. Otter registration is $150. Etransfer, soft registration, and donations are also welcome at this email address. 

Is Alpha for everyone?

Alpha is intended for those who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus and for those who have never yet felt the amazing and ongoing deep warmth of God’s Love. It is also for believers who want to use their own experience, to help others draw closer to Jesus or experience Him for the first time.

Alpha covers the essentials which all Christian Churches agree on, so it’s a starting point, a beginning to build upon and an Experience which requires time and commitment to allow this to happen. The experience purposely starts slowly, ostensibly, and initially, without prayer.

For those who are hurting, Alpha provides the opportunity to meet and share with others who are ready to listen and share their experiences too. Most hurts arise from a misunderstanding between family members and friends, or of God’s Love.

For those who challenge, reject, or are confused by the Christian Faith, it is possible that misconceptions have arisen, perhaps by errors postulated by a believer. Others may agree or disagree, but together, by observing revealed truth (easily fact-checked), one’s understanding may be bolstered or mitigated.

For those who already know that God is Love, our needs and roles are different. We may know the truth, but can we express it?  If we have not ever, or recently, felt the tangible warmth of God’s Love, how can we encourage someone at the start of their journey? We want to be gentle in sharing why we believe, but don’t find it easy. That is why Alpha was created to be gentle and to encourage seekers to ask the questions they have.

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