The St. Mary’s Update
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New Life Retreat
We will be offering the New Life Retreat from March 17th to 19th in the parish hall. The New Life Retreat weekend is an excellent way to prepare for Easter as you deepen your personal relationship with the Lord and learn more about the Holy Spirit. For more information, pick up a brochure at the back or side entrance of the church or visit us at stmarysottawa.ca/new-life-retreat.
Lenten Prayer Challenge
Thank you to all those who have signed up for the Lenten Prayer Challenge! Over 300 people have made the pledge to pray 10 minutes a day for 40 days. It’s not too late to join! Sign up now to download the Treasure in Heaven prayer booklet, or pick your copy up in the Divine Mercy Library after Mass this weekend. Find out more at stmarysottawa.ca/lent.
St. Patrick’s Day Pilgrimage
How are you spending St. Patrick’s Day? Do you like the outdoors? Do you like a physical challenge? Join pilgrims from the Companions of the Cross, Servants of the Cross, Queenship of Mary and parishioners from parishes along the 28 km route between St. Patrick’s Fallowfield to St. Patrick’s Basilica for fellowship and prayerful refection on Friday, March 17th.
Lent at St. Mary’s
We will be offering a special opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be multiple priests available and the church will be open for private prayer.
This Week on FORMED
Return: Lent with Fr. John Burns
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Fr. John Burns explains the significance of the temptation of Jesus in the desert and how we can learn from Jesus’s example of confronting the devil. In each of the three temptations of Christ, we see the confidence Jesus has in his father—a confidence that we can tap into to overcome temptation in our own lives. How will you overcome temptation and lean into the graces God offers you this Lent?
In the Community
Holy Redeemer Parish Mission with Fr. Ken Lao, CC
Holy Redeemer is hosting a Lenten Parish Mission from March 6th to 8th at Holy Redeemer Parish. Fr. Ken Lao, CC will be teaching on healing Monday and Tuesday evening from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM and will be offering a healing service on Wednesday evening from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Find Out More
Ottawa Catholic Young Professionals Lent Retreat
Join us Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at St. Maurice Parish for a half day retreat including talks, confession, Mass, fellowship and more! Come learn and grow deeper in your faith while meeting like-minded friends! Go to www.OCYP.ca or look us up on Facebook to register! Find Out More