The St. Mary’s Update | October 13, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update | October 13, 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.

Next Step Sunday

Sunday, October 15th | After Mass

It’s time to take your next step at St. Mary’s! Find out what’s next for you by exploring the many courses, ministries, and opportunities at St. Mary’s Parish after the 9AM and 11AM Masses in the parish hall.

New Life Retreat

October 20th-22nd

Experience new life! The New Life Retreat weekend is an invitation to a life-changing encounter with the living Jesus Christ and to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Are you looking for more meaning in your life? Are you seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Register now!

At Your Service: Preaching Series

September 24th – October 15th

Over the next four Sundays, Fr. Mark and Fr. Ken will be preaching about service. At St. Mary’s, we want to create a culture of serving – serving the poor, serving each other, and serving God.

40 Days for Life

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

40 Days for Life, call to action of prayer, fasting and public vigil for an end to abortion in our community, continues every day from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM until November 5th. The St. Mary’s Parish prayer vigil day is Saturday, October 28th. To obtain more information or to commit to one hour of prayer, please visit the pro-life table after Sunday Masses this weekend or contact Helena at Check out this inspirational video to learn more about the campaign: Watch the Video

For Families

All Saints’ Eve Party

Tuesday, October 31st | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Looking for a family-friendly alternative to Halloween? Look no further! Our faith-filled event is just what you need. Dress up as your favourite saint or biblical character and join us for a night of fun and games. We’ll have plenty of candy to give away, and hotdogs available for purchase. Plus, if you select the option when buying your ticket, your child will go home with a bag full of treats! Don’t forget, there will also be a prize for the best costume, so make sure to bring your A-game. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

For Young Adults

The Gold Masquerade

Saturday, October 28th | 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The highly anticipated Gold Masquerade is happening on October 28th! Get ready to dress to impress and put on your finest mask! International DJ, cash bar, raffle worth $400. Tickets are 70% sold. Get yours now for an unforgettable night!

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, October 22nd | 1:15 PM | Eggspectation (171 Bank Street)

Come out to our brunch October 22nd! Know someone new to the city, discovering their faith or looking to connect with other christians? We encourage you to invite them out!

Sacramental Preparation

First Communion and Reconciliation Preparation

Starts October 28th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Our First Communion ministry offers a dynamic, hands on approach to sacramental prep that focuses on discipleship. The orientation session for parents and candidates is on October 28th.

Confirmation Preparation

Register before October 23rd

Do you have a child in Grade 6 or older in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation? St. Mary’s Parish offers a fun and informative course to prepare them for this important moment in their faith life.

Get Involved

Spend an Hour with Jesus

“The Eucharist! That is your centre, your life, your death. It is God within us in person.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
Contact Agnes at to sign up for a specific hour each week to adore Jesus or to substitute in our Adoration Chapel. Come talk to us about a commitment to Jesus during Next Step Sunday on October 15th.

News and Notes

Office Closed October 19th

Please note that the office will be closed on Thursday, October 19th.

Journey of Discovery: Registration Open

November 17th & 18th

Discover Your God-Given Gifts!
Join us for the Journey of Discovery spiritual gifts workshop to uncover the unique gifts that God has given you. Through this process of discovery, you’ll learn to discern your strengths and how to use them to serve God. Registration for the fall session is now open!

In the Community

Ottawa Catholic Young Professionals: Fall Networking & Mentorship Launch

October 19, 2023 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Blessed Sacrament Parish

Our mission is to bring together and inspire young Catholics to excel in their professional vocation, supporting them as they live out their faith in the workplace. Join us for some fun networking and the launch of our brand-new mentorship program! More Information


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