The St. Mary’s Update | January 19, 2024

The St. Mary’s Update | January 19, 2024

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.

Night of Worship and Ministry

Friday, January 26th | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, January 26th from 7 to 9 PM for our Night of Worship and Ministry; an evening of worship, teaching, and healing. This month, Fr. Roger Vandenakker, the General Superior of the Companions of the Cross, will be speaking on the theme of “Spiritual Breakthrough”. The members of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry will be available to pray over you.

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.

News and Notes

It’s not too late to register for Alpha!

Monday Evenings | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Are you searching for meaning in your life? Do you ever wonder about life’s greatest questions? The Alpha Experience at St. Mary’s is an open and welcoming environment to explore faith and God. It’s not too late to join this winter’s Alpha course – it’s free and open to everyone! Register now at

2023 Tax Receipts

Tax Receipts are now available for pick-up at the back of the Church. They are organized in alphabetical order. Please pick them up as soon as you are able.

Donation Envelopes for 2024

This is the last weekend to pick up your collection envelopes at the back of the Church. Following the weekend, they will be kept at the Office for pick-up.

For Engaged Couples

Marriage Preparation

Thursdays beginning January 25th | 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Experience a fulfilling and Christ-centred marriage! St. Mary’s will have a marriage preparation course starting on January 25, 2023. There will be 7 weekly meetings from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM on Thursday evenings, with the final session at 7:15 pm on Thursday, March 21, 2023. To register, please visit or email

For MEn

Men’s Night Out

Wednesday, January 31st | 6:30 pm | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Chase away the winter blues. Join the men of the parish for a games night of ping pong, cards, and crokinole in the Parish Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served for a free-will offering. RSVP by January 28th by email to

For Young Adults

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, January 28th | 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm | Eggspectation

Join Bayswater & Young after Mass on January 28th for Sunday brunch! For young adults ages 20-35 – bring a friend!

For Families

Children’s Liturgy this Sunday

Sunday, January 21st | During the 9AM Mass

Children’s Liturgy is back this Sunday at the 9:00 AM Mass. Our trained instructors will teach the lessons from the readings and the Gospel using fun, age-appropriate activities for kids aged 4-7.

From the Servants of the Cross

Virtual Come and See

February 8th-10th | Zoom

Looking for some direction in your vocation? Join us for a three day experience as we launch into hearing God’s voice for our lives.

Praise and Worship | Talks | Accompaniment | Community

In the Community

February 1st | 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica

Join us for a free evening of networking and discussion between our 4 panel speakers. There will be plenty of appetizers and a cash bar by donation! Find Out More

February 1st-4th | Centre de L’Amour in Plantagenet

The Ottawa Cursillo Movement is holding a Men’s Weekend from February 1-4 at Centre de L’Amour in Plantagenet.  The weekend is called a Cursillo.  Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning “little” or “short” course.   The Cursillo begins on Thursday evening with a short introduction and orientation and then the retreat phase begins. The weekend also includes a daily celebration of the Mass and times of prayer.  A good part of each day is spent listening to talks given by a priest and Catholic lay men followed by group discussion. There are three meals provided each day. The weekend ends late Sunday afternoon. No one is too well informed or too spiritual to make a Cursillo.  Cursillo could be for you.  The Cursillo Movement is a powerful instrument of renewal in the Catholic Church. Its aim is to concentrate closely on the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Cursillo gives those who attend it a living understanding of basic Christian truths and the desire to serve the Church.
If you feel such a weekend may be good for you, please contact or johnvsheridan@gmail.comFind Out More


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