The St. Mary’s UPdate | February 2, 2024

The St. Mary’s UPdate | February 2, 2024

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14th | 9:00 am, 12:15 pm, and 7:00 pm

Join us for Mass as we begin the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, we are challenged to repent of our sin and are marked with an ash cross on our forehead to remind us that we are dust, and to dust we will return.

Seeking His Treasures

Friday, February 16th | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 17th | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This two-day retreat will equip you to go out and evangelize in your community! We offer a deeper understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit, we provide teachings on God’s healing power and how much he is still alive today and, we train and equip God’s people to be ministers of the great commission.

Night of Worship and Ministry: God Fulfills His Promise

Friday, February 23rd | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us on for our Night of Worship and Ministry; an evening of worship, teaching, and healing. This month, Fr. Francis Donnelly, CC, Chaplain of the Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus, will be speaking on the theme of “God Fulfills His Promise”. The members of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry will be available to pray over you.

News and Notes

Permission – the Story of Fr. Bob Bedard in Final Crowdfunding Stage

A new film from Kevin Dunn explores the life and times of longtime St. Mary’s pastor Fr. Robert Bedard— known to thousands as simply ‘Fr. Bob’—and whose cause for canonization is now being petitioned. It delves into his humble upbringing in Ottawa, his private yet profound calling to priesthood, and includes interviews with past students, Companions priests, and close associates such as Dr. Ralph Martin, Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC and others who knew him best. Currently, funds are being raised for post-production, with the aim of releasing the film in October of this year. Donations, regardless of size, will play a pivotal role in making this cinematic endeavour a reality, preserving and celebrating a legacy that transcends borders and generations!

New Life Retreat Registration Now Open

March 15th-17th

Registration is now open for this winter’s New Life Retreat. Register now and get ready to experience the transforming love of God through His Holy Spirit.

For MEn

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday, February 10th | 7:00 am – 8:30 am | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

All men are invited to our monthly Men’s Breakfast presented by the Knights of Columbus! Join us for an inspiring morning with a delicious, continental breakfast – all while supporting a good cause. This month, Deacon Dave Mulcair will be speaking on the theme: “Rooted in the Word”. Tickets are $10 at the door supporting Chesterton Academy. RSVP by emailing

For Young Adults

Latin Night

Saturday, March 2nd | 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Get ready for an incredible start to the new year with Bayswater & Young’s first event of 2024 – Latin Night! Join us for a basic bachata class taught by award-winning dance instructors, followed by a social where you can put your new moves to the test! We have an amazing in-house DJ who will keep the energy going! But that’s not all! We’ve partnered with a local South American cuisine artisan to offer delicious in-house tapas for purchase. And of course, there will be a cash bar, so make sure to come hungry and get ready to indulge in a night of fun! Early bird tickets are available now for a limited time – buy your tickets now!

From the Servants of the Cross

I Am Hungry – Feasting-Fast

Thursdays in Lent | Zoom

Oftentimes fasting gets a bad rap. And the feelings associated include thoughts like,
“No way. Too hard. I don’t have it in me.” That’s what we thought too. We want to introduce to you over the season of Lent that we can feast on His Word and guarantee that our niblings, cravings, binges can be satisfied far more than those sugary treats or salty chips. Join us this February for the Feast!


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