The St. Mary’s Update | May 19, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update | May 19, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update

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Night of Worship and Ministry: Pentecost Vigil

Saturday, May 27 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come Holy Spirit! Join us for a powerful evening of worship, prophecy, teaching, healing, and Eucharistic adoration. Our pastor, Fr. Mark, will be speaking on the theme of “Become Fire!” The members of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry will be available to pray over you.

Pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory

Saturday, June 3 | 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Journey with us to Montreal to visit the beautiful St. Joseph’s Oratory! This one day bus pilgrimage is sponsored by our Knights of Columbus Council. There are only 48 seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $60 per person. Reserve your spot before May 24th by sending an e-transfer to For more information please contact Nick Lusito at

From the Companions of the Cross

Priestly Ordinations and Reception

Saturday, June 17
Ordinations: 10:00 AM | Notre Dame Cathedral-Basilica
Reception: 5:00 PM | Ottawa Conference and Events Centre

Celebrate the priestly ordinations of Dcns. Daniel, Isaac, and Kevin with the Companions of the Cross community. Join us for the ordination and the reception! Flying in from our foundations in Canada and the USA, the Companions of the Cross Brothers will gather in Ottawa for this joyous event. Our keynote speaker at the reception will be Bp. Christian Riesbeck, CC. Purchase your tickets before May 30th, costing $100 per person. For more information, contact Kim at

This Week on FORMED

The Fantasy Makers: Tolkien, Lewis, and MacDonald

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J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald were the pioneers of the fantasy genre and their impact is unmistakable. Their works— exploring Middle-earth, Narnia, and other tales of redemption, sacrifice, and the battle of good and evil—have become best-selling books and blockbuster movies. Contemporary fantasy writers such as J.K. Rowling grew up inspired by their works. Watch Now

In the Community

Pentecost Retreat

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28 | Blessed Sacrament Parish

Let’s join together on the weekend of the birthday of our Church – Pentecost! Inspired by great talks on identity, intimacy with God, and the power of the Gospel, we will go out together on mission using the tools and skills gained from our retreat. Retreat includes special guest Bryan O’Donnell from Urban Encounter Ministries in Columbus, Ohio. Saturday, Pentecost Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Damphousse and we conclude our retreat with a Healing Service with Fr. Ken Lao, CC. Register


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