the St. Mary’s Update | November 3, 2023

the St. Mary’s Update | November 3, 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.

Journey of Discovery: Spiritual Gifts Workshop

Friday, November 17th – Saturday, November 18th

Discover how God has gifted you for service! This hands-on workshop will help you discern your spiritual gifts and equip you to use them. You’ll leave with a fuller understanding of your role in God’s plan and a greater understanding of your vocation and purpose.

Night of Worship and Ministry: The Way of the Lord

Friday, November 24th | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for an evening of worship, teaching, and healing. This month, Pierre O’Reilly, the Executive Director of NET Canada, will be speaking on the theme of “The Way of the Lord”. The members of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry will be available to pray over you.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is back! Join our Heart of Mercy Ministry in helping kids from developing countries around the world experience the love of God this Christmas. Don’t forget to bring your shoebox back this Sunday! Thank you for your generosity!

Bioethics Symposium

Saturday, November 25th | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Do you find our secular Canadian culture confusing?  Learn to be a Catholic voice for our contemporary society at the Bioethics Symposium. The speakers are: Paul Coates educator/moral theologian B.Ed M.Div, Kelly Tousignant, Ret’d Prof of Nursing, Ottawa U, RN, B. Sc., M. Nursing, Nick Lusito educator/speaker B.Ed, M.Ed., Theology Diploma. Refreshments will be served for a free will offering. RSVP to


40 Days for Life

Saturday, October 28th | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Southwest Corner of Queen Street at Bank Street

A call to action of prayer, fasting and public vigil for an end to abortion in our community, continues until November 5th every day from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. To commit to one hour of public prayer on our parish vigil day, Saturday, October 28th, contact Helena at Be part of these powerful campaigns: Watch the Video

For Families

Coats for Kids

Are you in need of a coat for your child this winter? The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. Here at St. Mary’s, The Knights of Columbus have ordered one box of Girls Youth Coats, Grades 2-7 for families in need. Contact if you are in need and the Knights of Columbus will arrange for delivery.

News And Notes

Time Change

Reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour.

Special Collection this Weekend

This weekend, the Archdiocese will be collecting donations for the Archdiocesan Fundraising Campaign in Support of Reconciliation. To donate, use the special envelope in your pew or click on the link below.

Get Involved

Spend an Hour with Jesus

Beloved Disciples Community,
“Jesus awaits you in the Eucharist. Come into the silence and let Him change your life.” – Matthew Kelly
Spend time (10 minutes or more) with Jesus in our Adoration Chapel. After a few visits, ask Jesus if he wants you to spend more time with Him. If the answer is “yes”. Contact Agnes at to sign up for a designated hour or to substitute.

In the Community

Servants of the Cross: I Am More

Friday’s of Advent | Beginning on Friday, November 24th | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Do you want to train your brain and get rid of the lies you believe about yourself and replace it with God’s amazing truth? Let’s declare our God-given identity together. Let’s set some time aside to prepare for Christmas by gathering over Zoom. We will share what we have discovered through the book, I AM _____ REWRITE your name – REROUTE your life by Chris Stefanik. Community | Praise and Worship | Testimonies. Register

Renewed in Liturgy Series

November 10th, 17th, and 24th | Most Holy Rosary Parish | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Established in 2020, Renewed in Liturgy Ministry is an annual event spread over three evenings in November. It helps Catholics of Ottawa-Cornwall Archdiocese to gain an in-depth understanding of celebration of Eucharistic Liturgy. This year’s speakers are Most Reverend Yvan Mathieu, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall (November 10th), Rev Fr. Rob Arsenault, CC (November 17th), and Rev. Fr. Pierre Champoux (November 24th). More Information


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