The St. Mary’s Update | September 22, 2023

The St. Mary’s Update | September 22, 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.


The Alpha Experience at St. Mary’s

Starts Monday, September 25th | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | St. Mary’s Parish Hall

Are you ready to take the next step in discovering your faith? The Alpha experience at St. Mary’s is an open and welcoming environment to explore life’s greatest questions through a Christian lens. Alpha starts on September 25th in the parish hall from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

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.


For Families

Children’s Liturgy is Back!

Sunday, September 24th | 9:00 AM Mass

St. Mary’s Kids is bringing back Children’s Liturgy! Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for kids aged 4-7 and presents the Gospel message in an age-appropriate way. Children’s Liturgy will be held once a month at the 9:00 AM Mass for now.

Children’s Liturgy Teachers Needed!

We need your help to get our Children’s Liturgy program going! If you’d like to help with teaching, sign up below.


Pro-Life

40 Days for Life

September 27 – November 5

40 Days for Life, a campaign of silent public prayer for an end to abortion, begins on September 17th. There will be an opening rally on Sunday, September 24th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the vigil site. St. Mary’s Parish will be having a special day of prayer on Saturday, October 28th.


Get Involved

Spend an Hour with Jesus

Beloved Disciples Community, “The happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face; it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist.” (Pope Benedict XVI) Spend time with Jesus in our Adoration Chapel. Contact Agnes at adoration.chapel@stmarysottawa.ca to sign up for a designated hour or to substitute.

Do You Have Carpentry Skills?

The Decorating Ministry is looking for help building a stable for the parish’s nativity scene in time for Christmas. Contact Leah if you would like to help with this special project at decorating@stmarysottawa.ca.


Be Inspired

Douglas’ Story: Alpha helped me return to my faith

Alpha helped Douglas rekindle the faith he had lost. Now it’s your turn.

🙏 Register now for the Alpha Experience at St. Mary’s: stmarysottawa.ca/alpha


St. Mary’s Youth

St. Mary’s Youth is Back!

Fridays | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

St. Mary’s Youth is back this week! St. Mary’s Youth Group welcomes youth grades 6-12 to join us for our meetings on Friday evenings. This Friday, Fr. Mark will begin a series called “Positive Warfare”. Sign up now to join St. Mary’s Youth!


In the Community

St. Patrick’s Basilica Book Sale

Saturday, September 30t | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, October 1st |  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | St. Patrick’s Basilica

St. Patrick’s Basilica is having a book sale to support the church featuring over 1,500 Catholic books in various genres.

Servants of the Cross: Renewal of Promises for Sr. Meagan Gruninger

Sunday, October 1st | 10:00 AM | Hope Cemetery

You are cordially invited to the ceremony of the Renewal of Promises of Sr. Meagan Gruninger, SC to be received by Fr. Marc Syrenne, CC as the delegate of Archbishop Marcel Damphousse, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Bring lawn chairs. There will be brunch at Stack’s (Going ‘Dutch’) afterwards. Limited space is available; RSVP for brunch by September 26th by emailing  programs@servantsofthecross.ca. Find out More


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