The St. Mary’s Update | September 1, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update | September 1, 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.

Bayswater & Young Fall BBQ

Sunday, September 3rd | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Come out and support our young adults ministry Bayswater & Young at the fall BBQ! Join us for burgers, hot dogs, snacks, drinks and a prize draw. Funds raised will go to support Bayswater & Young (cash only).

Night of Worship and Ministry: I Believe in the Holy Spirit

Friday, September 22nd | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for our Night of Worship and Ministry; an evening of worship, teaching, and healing. This month, Sr. Melinda Schenher, SC, Associate Director of Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus, will be speaking on the theme of “I Believe in the Holy Spirit”.  The members of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry will be available to pray over you.

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Sundays beginning September 10th | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the place for you to discover the Catholic faith. If you have never been baptized, have been baptized outside the Catholic Church, have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but never confirmed, or are curious about the Catholic Church, RCIA is for you! Register now for our course beginning on September 10th.

Exaltation of the Cross Pilgrimage

Thursday, September 14 | 9:00 AM | St. Patrick’s Parish – Fallowfield to St. Mary’s Parish

Walk with us! Celebrate the 9:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick’s – Fallowfield and pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Parish. Fellow pilgrims join Fr. Mark Goring and others from the Companions of the Cross and the Queenship of Mary Community. The 24 km walk will take approximately 7 hours, concluding with a potluck reception at St. Mary’s. Check out the pilgrimage details including route, shuttle need or volunteer, optional start/finish points, potluck dish/volunteer cleanup.

Get Inspired

I Googled, “I don’t believe in Christianity, what do I do?” (Debbie’s Story)

Watch Debbie’s inspiring testimony of her journey from doubt and anxiety to healing and conversion in the Catholic Church through the RCIA program at St. Mary’s. Share this video to inspire others!

Find out more about RCIA at

For Families

Homeschoolers Back-to-School Mass and Picnic

Friday, September 8th | 9:00 AM | St. Mary’s Parish and Princess Margriet Park

St. Mary’s Kids is hosting a back-to-school event for homeschooling families! Join us for a special Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary’s Parish followed by a picnic at Princess Margriet Park down the street. Get the year started off right by meeting other homeschooling families in our community!

Family Adoration and Confession

Saturday, September 16th | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

St. Mary’s Kids is excited to host regular Eucharistic Adoration and Confession for families. Join us for a family-friendly opportunity to adore Jesus and receive the graces of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

From the Companions of the Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast Day Mass

Thursday, September 14th | 7:00 PM | St. Mary’s Parish

Come celebrate Mass on our feast day, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. To mark the occasion, Fr. Roger Vandenakker, the Companions of the Cross’ General Superior, will celebrate Holy Mass here at St. Mary’s.

In the Community

Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus Come and See!

Tuesdays | September 5, 12, 19, and 26 | St. Mary’s Parish

If you haven’t applied yet to the Encounter School of Ministry – Ottawa Campus, there’s an opportunity for you to practically discern – live at St. Mary’s Parish. Join us for our Orientation evening (Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM) and for our first three classes (Tuesdays September 12, 19, and 26; 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM). Let God speak to your heart through your experience. The application process closes on Monday, October 2! Contact us at or (613)729-8710.  Find out More

Servants of the Cross – Sister Shower

Saturday, September 9th | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Servants of the Cross Home (33 Aurora Cres.)

The Servants of the Cross would like to invite you to a Sister Shower for our newest Applicants: Anna Lise Painchaud & Cathy Murigu. Games, Testimonies, and Treats! Find their wish lists here: To RSVP: please email OR 613-729-8710. Find out More

Children of Paraguay Walkathon

September 16th | 10:00 AM | St. Mary’s Parish

Raising funds for dental and medical supplies for the clinic in Limpio, Paraguay, walk with Rosa and friends! Donate to one of our walkers by sending an e-transfer to Meet in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Parish for a 5K or 10K walk. It’s a beautiful walk along the Canal – come have fun with us! Contact Rosa Frías at (613) 728-4465 or Find out More


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