The St. Mary’s Update | April 21, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update | April 21, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update

The St. Mary’s Update is our weekly newsletter featuring news and stories from St. Mary’s Parish! Subscribe now to receive The St. Mary’s Update in your inbox every Friday.

Parish Feast Day

Wednesday, April 26 | 7:00 PM

Our Parish feast day is coming up! Join us for a special Mass celebrating Our Lady of Good Counsel. There will be a reception after Mass.

Night of Worship and Ministry: Trusting God in Your Wilderness

Friday, April 28 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for our Night of Worship and Ministry; an evening of worship, teaching, and healing. This month, Henri Lemay, founder of Training in Christian Healing, will be speaking on the theme of “Trusting God in Your Wilderness”.  The members of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry will be available to pray over you.

Journey of Discovery: Spiritual Gifts Workshop

Friday, May 12 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 13 | 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

This seminar provides an opportunity for committed Christians to discover their God-given charisms for ministry. It is a workshop approach which combines presentations, workbooks, and completion of an inventory to help the process of identification.

Get Inspired

Douglas’ Story: Alpha helped me return to my faith

Alpha helped Douglas rekindle the faith he had lost. Now it’s your turn. It’s not too late to register for Alpha! The course runs Monday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

🙏 Register now for the Alpha Experience at St. Mary’s:

For Young Adults

Bayswater & Young: Sunday Brunch

Sunday, May 7 | 1:30 PM | The Royal Oak

Bayswater & Young, St. Mary’s Parish’s young adults group, is back! We are excited to be starting consistent gatherings again to form connection and community! This first brunch will be at The Royal Oak on Bank Street. Come out for fellowship, bring a friend looking for community, and get connected with the team for future events.


Action Life: Hike for Life

Sunday, May 7 | 1:30 PM | The Royal Oak

Action Life’s 34th Annual Hike for Life – 5 km route along part of the Rideau Canal takes place Saturday, April 29th.  This is a major fundraiser for Ottawa’s pro-life educational group. Rain or shine, registration takes place from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AMApril 29th, in St. Patrick’s Basilica‘s Basement Hall, 281 Nepean Street. This is a fun event for the whole family featuring refreshments and prizes. Pledge forms are available at entrances to the church, and at the pro-life bulletin board in the church hall. If you are unable to participate, please consider supporting Helena Szakowski, our parish’s lead hiker. Pledges of $15.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. For more information, visit or email Helena at

This Week on FORMED

The Face of Mercy (Narrated by Jim Caviezel)

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Since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has inspired millions by urging us to embrace mercy, ultimately revealed in the face of Christ. Now comes an extraordinary new film on this powerful message that brings hope, healing, and forgiveness to a broken world.  Watch Now

Generosity Report

March 2023

Sunday Collection: $17,582
Online Donations: $6,934
Monthly Pre-Authorized Debit: $13,052

Total Giving: $37,568

Thank You!

Thank you for your generous support! When you give to St. Mary’s, you are supporting our mission and helping those who are most in need in our community.

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In the Community

Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Formation Weekend

An invitation to Catholic women interested in becoming a Spiritual Mother of Priests. Formation Weekend and Induction/Renewal Promises Mass—June 2nd to 4th, 2023 at Holy Redeemer Parish, 44 Rothesay Dr., Ottawa, Ontario. Details on events page  at www.spiritualmotherhoodofpriests.caPlease register by email to by Wednesday, May 24th. More info: 613-254-7220

Maryvale Academy Gala: Press On

Maryvale Academy is holding its biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, the annual gala! This year’s ‘Press On’ Gala takes place on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 at the St. Elias Centre. Join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration, and reconnect with the Catholic community over dinner! Early bird price of $65 until April 6; $75 after. To learn more, buy tickets and donate, please visit maryvalegala2023.caFind Out More


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