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Parish News

INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR DECEMBER:  That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

ARCHBISHOP PRENDERGAST'S LETTER FOR ADVENT:  Now available on our website at

CARLTON TAVERN CHRISTMAS DINNER DONATIONS:  Holy Rosary will be collecting Donations of Small Gift Items (not wrapped) & Baked Goods for this Christmas Dinner.  We will be accepting gifts until Friday, December 21st; baked goods will be accepted until Sunday, December 23rd.  Thank you for helping us support others again this Christmas!

**There will be No Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday, December 26th.**

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TOONIE & LOONIE BOXES:  Getting close… You can bring your Toonie and Loonie boxes for our Capital Campaign that you took home to fill with change.  Complete the label on the bottom of the box and return it to help support our much-needed church and rectory renovations.  Tax receipts for 2018 will be issued.  100% of all donations to the Capital Campaign are exempt from the 13% Diocesan Admin.  Tax until December 31st.

PRAYER MINISTRY: .Prayer Teams will be here to serve you on the following Sundays.  January 13, February 10, March 10 and April 14.  You are most welcome to come and receive prayer for your personal needs.

2019 JOURNEY OF HOPE - A PROGRAM FOR SEPARATED AND DIVOCED CATHOLICS:  The program, led from a Catholic faith exploration perspective, is designed to help participants find reconciliation, peace and healing by taking positive steps in their daily spiritual life.  Women’s session begins Tues., March 19 and men’s session begins Thurs., March 21.  Sessions run 6 weeks, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary parish hall, 20 Grant St. (near Parkdale & Wellington).  The cost is $25.  Info & registration:; Mary Jane Manley (613-294-1308).

NO BALL TOO SMALL:  Looking for scraps of yarn to use for joining crocheted and knitted squares to create blankets for the homeless and lap afghans for residents in seniors’ homes who have no family.  Place the scraps or small balls of yarn in one of the baskets on the bottom shelf of the Lending Library Bookshelf.  Thanks in advance!

STAMPS FOR THE POOR:  Please save the stamps from your Christmas cards and drop them in the jar at the back of the church.  We donate these stamps to the Redemptorist Fathers and they are used to provide meals for the poor.  We collect all year but this is the season when people receive the most mail.  Thanks for your support.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS Thinking of a special gift?  You can ask a family member for a gift to the Capital Campaign in your name.  Or maybe you would like to give a donation for someone or as a remembrance of someone special?  100% of all donations go to Holy Rosary.  Please pick up Capital Campaign envelopes at the back of the church.

A CALL TO SERVE THE LORD QUIETLY?Maybe the Lord is nudging you to help him in a quiet “behind the scenes” manner.  We are looking for people who are willing to be sacristans who set up the altar on Saturdays and Sundays.  This is a small time commitment to serve our Lord.  Talk with Father Rick or Deacon Mathew to learn more.

HOLY ROSARY PRAYER GROUP:  September to June.  Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

COFFEE SUNDAY:  October to June.  3rd Sunday of each month after Mass.

PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE:  Please bring your non-perishable food items for the Parkdale Food Centre.  Another way to help consider a personal monthly donation through their website -  Our neighbours are in need!

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

RECRUITING FOR THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL CHILDREN'S CHOIR:  Come join the Notre Dame Cathedral Children’s Choir; youth, elementary to high school; no audition; no fees.  Rehearsals every Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  The Choir sings at the 9:00 am Mass, 2 Sundays per month.  For many the idea of singing at the Cathedral is intimidating; please be assured that no experience is necessary.  Info: 613-241-7496.

CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN:  From November 22 to December 24 The Salvation Army are looking for volunteers to assist them with "ringing the bells at the kettles".  They are dedicated to serving those in need across our country and could not do it without the countless volunteers who assist them.  Funds raised go to help the most vulnerable right here in our own community of Ottawa.  Anyone interested can contact Brady Lacroix, Kettle Project Coordinator at (613) 241-1573 ext 503.  Link.

ST. ISISDORE PARISH, KANATA IS LOOKING TO HIRE A FULL-TIME OFFICE MANAGER:  Complete details of the position, and how to apply, can be found on the parish website:  Deadline for application s is: December 15 2018.

ARICHDIOCESE OF OTTAWA ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN - DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATION:  Full-time, permanent position (37½ hrs. /wk.).  A recent Canadian Criminal Records check is a requirement.  Full job description available here:  Send C.V. with three professional references to Hélène Le Dorze, Human Resources Officer (  Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17.  No phone calls please.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

MIRIAM CENTRE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - FULL-TIME POSITION:  Fluently bilingual, compassionate, pro-life person.  Must have management skills, experience and computer skills. $15.00 per hour.  Send C.V. to Sr Rita Lacelle, 030 - 2742 St. Joseph Blvd., Orleans, ON K1C 1G5 or  Job posting:  Info: 613-830-8623.

FULL-TIME MANAGER OF ST. JOE'S SUPPER TABLE:  The St. Joe’s Supper Table, the community meal program of St. Joseph’s Parish, is hiring a full-time Manager.  Involves volunteer coordination, meal planning and budget management skills.  Remuneration: $40,000 per year plus benefits.  Info: Christopher Adam (; (613-233-4095 x223).

ARCHDIOCESE OF OTTAWA - FAMILY & YOUTH MINISTRY OFFICER - ENGLISH PASTORAL SERVICES:  To assist in the strategic planning and ongoing operations of the Family and Youth Ministry Office.  Full-time position (37½ hrs/week).  A recent Canadian Criminal Records check is required.  Send C.V. with 3 professional references to Ms. Hélène Le Dorze, Human Resources Officer (  Deadline to apply: 5:00 p.m., Jan. 4.  No phone calls.  We thank all applicants for their interest; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ST. BASIL'S PARISH LOOKING FOR A MUSIC DIRECTOR:  Starting in January, 2019.  Part-time, paid assignment.  Responsibilities include: conduct choir for Sunday 11:00 a.m.  Mass; weekly rehearsals; choose the music for both Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m Masses.  Knowledge of the Roman Catholic liturgy, willingness to develop that knowledge as needed, and experience with choral conducting required.  Send résumé to: St. Basil's Parish, 940 Rex Ave., Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7.  Info: office 613-729-5149;

Diocesan and Community Events

SINGING FROM THE HEART OF ADVENT:  Join in the singing of some favorite hymns along with solo performances led by musician Joanne Parenteau on Sat., Dec. 15, 7:00-8:30 pm at Holy Spirit Parish, 1489 Shea Rd., Stittsville.  A free will offering is welcomed in support of Holy Spirit Parish Youth Ministry.  Info:

SIMBANG GABI:  A series of evening Masses (Christmas Novena) in anticipation of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; a tradition in the Philippines.  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 320 Olmstead St., Dec. 15- 23, 7:00 pm (except Dec. 16 & 23 at 12:00 Noon).  Info:; 613-746-8503.

ADVENT HOLY HOUR:  Adoration, praise & worship and Advent reflection by Fr. Rob Arsenault.  Light refreshments to follow in the parish hall.  All are welcome.  Annunciation of the Lord parish, Sun., Dec. 16, 7:30-9:00pm.  Info:

VESPERS - WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? AN EVEING ADVENT SERVICE :  With Sisters of Queenship of Mary, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Dec. 16, 7:00 pm at St. Augustine Church, 1060 Baseline Rd at Merivale.  Advent is the time for beautiful evening liturgies, light, waiting, anticipation, expectation (note: incense will be used).  Info: 613-225-7388.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  The Ottawa Police Choir will present a Christmas Concert on Sun., Dec. 16, 2:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish, 685 Walkley Rd.  Enjoy classic religious music both traditional and contemporary.  All are welcome.  A reception will follow.  Free will offering.  Info: 613-731-7834 or

ST. PETER'S PARISH CHRISTMAS NOVENA - SIMBANG GABI:  A Catholic tradition celebrated across the world and a source of spiritual nourishment to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  9 days of Masses, Dec. 16 - 24, 6:00 p.m. with Holy Hour Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Confessions, Rosary and followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m.  St. Peter Church, 1640 Heatherington Rd.  All are invited.  Info. 613-733-1553 or

ADVENT SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS  Enter more deeply into the Advent season with an evening of Advent Lessons & Carols.  This service of scripture and music will feature the choirs of Coram Deo, St. George's School and Chesterton Academy.  St. George's Church, 415 Piccadilly Ave. North, Sun., Dec. 16, 6:30 pm Followed by desserts and refreshments in the Hall.  All are welcome.  Info:;

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  The choirs of Notre Dame Cathedral will present a Choral Celebration on Sun., Dec. 16, 2:30 pm.  Young and old, friends and family, all come together to sing our joy at welcoming Jesus into our world. Free will offering.  Followed by a reception in the parish hall.  Info: 613-241-7496.

OTTAWA CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  The OCSB Children's, Boys' and Chamber Choirs and guests, present their annual Christmas Concert, "Rejoice" on Mon., Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m. at St. Basil's Church, (north of Maitland off the 417).  Free parking. Refreshments.  Tickets: $15, available at the door.  Info:

VIGIL OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  All night vigil of Eucharistic Adoration (including 33 rosaries).  St. Patrick's Basilica, Fri., Dec. 21, 8:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.  Info: Naomi Visser 613-421-3023.

REFUGE NIGHT:  Praise and worship, shared silence, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a spiritual talk.  Monthly, every third Friday at St. Augustine Parish, 1060 Baseline Rd (at Merivale), Fri., Dec. 21, 7:00 pm.  Priests will be available for confessions, preparing for Christmas.  Info: 613-225-7388.

NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE AT ST. PATRICK'S FALLOWFIELD:  Hosted by the Knights of Columbus on Dec. 31 at 15 Steeple Hill Crescent.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers and cash bar; cold cuts and cheese at 7:30 p.m.; light hot buffet at 10:00 p.m. DJ from Quality Entertainment.  Cost: $35 per person.  Tickets: Parish Office (613-591-1135); Pierre Chartier (613-599-6589); (

NAVTIVITY SCENE EXHIBIT AT THE PARISH OF SAINT FRANÇOIS D'ASSISE Nativity scenes from around the world, from a private collection owned by Mr. Jean Cloutier, a member of the parish, in the church’s museum until Sun., Jan. 6. Open during Mass hours, Tues. - Sat., 11:00 a.m. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m., at 20 Fairmont Ave.  Info: Gilles Leclerc (, 613-798-0264) or the parish office (613-728-1983).

OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY: Classes open to all. Registration for winter term, Mon., Jan. 7, 7:00 p.m. at Dominican University College, 96 Empress Ave.  Once weekly classes on topics such as our current spiritual crisis, Christian art, world Christianity, and more.  Info:

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE - THEOLOGY COURSESE: Interest courses in Theology, January 7 - April 17, 2019.  Fundamental Moral Theology, Mon., 1:30-4:20pm, Professor: Didier Caenepeel, O.P. Theological Anthropology, Tues., 8:30-11:20am, Professor: Aurélie Caldwell.  An Introduction to the Study of the Pentateuch, Wed., 8:30-11:20am, Professor: Gilbert Munana, O.P.  The Mystery of God II, Thurs., 8:30-11:20am, Professor: Aurélie Caldwell. Info:;

“MY MOTHER'S CRY”: A THREE HALF-DAY MARIAN RETREAT:  Mass, Adoration, holy rosary, reconciliation, spiritual talks, praise and worship.  Speakers: Fr. Matthew Chojna, Fr. Hezuk Shroff and Angelina & Dennis Gerard.  Music provided by Queenship of Mary.  Cost: $15. St Peter Celestine Parish, 139 Renfrew St., Pakenham, Wed., Jan. 9, 10 &11, at 8:00 am.  Info: Shannon McGruer (613-623-9289); (

ALPHA AT ST. MONICA PARISH:  In the Parish Hall, 2080 Merivale Rd., Thurs., Jan 17 - Mar 28, 6:30 - 8:45 pm.  Info:; 613-727-1067 (221).

WOMEN OF GRACE:  Discussion and prayer based on Johnnette Benkovic's (EWTN) Foundational Course on what it means to be a Catholic woman today.  Video presentations, Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Church documents, saints and scholars and small group discussion.  12-week course. St Patrick's Basilica, Conference Rm., Scavi.  Info meeting: Thurs., Jan. 10, 9:30am.  Group begins: Thurs., Jan. 17, 9:30-11:30am.  Cost: $60 for materials; financial assistance available. Facilitator: Mimi Wilson.  All women welcome.  Info:

DON BOSCO GALA 2019:  Celebrate Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Ottawa! On Sat., Jan. 19, join Bob Rice, Catholic speaker, musician, and author at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.  Choose from the following events. Missionary Approach to Youth Ministry training, 1:00-4:30 pm for high school and adult volunteers.  Don Bosco Supper, 5:30-7:00 pm, open to all.  Don Bosco Award Gala and Dance, 7:00-11:00pm, open to all.  Tickets range from $20 - $50.  Tickets and info at  Contact: Sophia (; (613-738-5025 ext. 222).

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019: Are you between the ages of 16-35 and would like to learn more about your faith while on an international pilgrimage? Consider coming to World Youth Day 2019 with the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Panama, Jan 19 - 29, 2019.  Cost: approx. $3400.  Info:

ST. MARY PARISH MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE 2019:  On Tuesday evenings, 7:15-9:15 pm, starting January 22, 2019 (7 weekly meetings, finishing on March 26).  St. Mary's Parish, 100 Young St., Ottawa.  Cost: $125.  For more information and registration, please contact Howie and Véronique Fohr (613-523-5188).

ALPHA TUESDAYS WITH DINNER:  Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.  Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation.  There's no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it's just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life's big questions together.  Downstairs Parish Hall, 100 Young St, 6:28 pm each Tuesday, beginning Jan. 22.  Free.  Come & See info session: 7:15 pm, Jan 15.  Refreshments.  Info:;

PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND CENTRAL ITALY With Fr. Bernard Messier, CC. May 5-17, 2019.  13 days/11 nights with a 2-day optional extension.  Price: $4599/person (double occ.).  Info meeting, Sun., Jan. 27, 2019 at St. Mary Parish, 100 Young St.  Info: Laurie Courchesne-Dooley (613-732-5739); (

"CALLED AND GIFTED" SPRITUAL GIFTS INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS:  At St. Mary's Parish, 100 Young St.  Presented by Catherine of Siena Institute.  Sat., Feb. 23, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Cost: $50 for member of St. Mary’s Parish; $60 for non-member.  Info and registration: or 613-728-9811 x734.  Come and discover the charisms the Lord has given you.

PILGRIMAGE OT MEXICO: Travel and discover the historic and holy sites of Mexico. Feb. 27 - Mar. 5 2019. Cost: $2,399.00. With Rev. Fr. Podlasz, SDS of Divine Infant Parish.  Info: 1-877-999-8868,  Travel arrangements by International Heritage Tours.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND:  The Official Pilgrimage of the Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada, March 17-30, 2019 with Spiritual Leader, Father Guylain Prince, OFM.  Cost: $4,700 per person for double occupancy.  Info:; 613-737-6972;

MEDJUGORJE & IRELAND PILGRMAGE:  Accompanied by Fr. Dominic Lim, OFM Conv.  Fully escorted, with return flights from Ottawa. Medjugorje, Zadar, Galway, Limerick & Dublin, April 22 - May 5, 2019.  Cost: $4,395/pp double occupancy.  Info: 613-686-6143;

PILGRIMAGE TO PRAGUE, KRAKOW, VIENNA, MEDJUGORJE:  Fr. Tim Nelligan of Blessed Sacrament Parish is participating in this pilgrimage as Priest Confessor and invites you to consider joining him. , April 30-May 12, 2019.  Cost: $3,735 (dbl occ). Hosted by Violette Doummar with Fr. Tim Nelligan as Priest/Confessor.  Info:; 1-800-836-6836.

NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT 2019 IN OTTAWA:  On May 4, join Catholics from around the world participating via webcast.  Learn to evangelize our parishes, families, and communities.  Info:

PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND CENTRAL ITALY With Fr. Bernard Messier, CC. May 5-17, 2019. 13 days/11 nights with a 2-day optional extension.  Price: $4599/person (double occ.).  Info meeting, Sun., Jan. 27, 2019 at St. Mary Parish, 100 Young St.  Info: Laurie Courchesne-Dooley (613-732-5739); (

NOVENA MASSES - 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN:  40 Days for Life campaign is Mar. 6 - Apr. 14.  Novena of Masses at Holy Redeemer Parish, 44 Rothesay Dr., Kanata.  First nine Wednesdays of 2019 at 9:00 am, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27.  Info:; 613-299-2515;

PILGRIMAGE TO VIETNAM:  May 15 to May 28, 2019.  Discover the natural beauty, culture, and faith of exotic Vietnam with Spiritual Director: Fr. John Vandenakker.  A country of 93 Million. Land of Martyrs, saints, and shrines!  Prices are per person (based on double occupancy).  More info;

THE BIG GIVE 2019 - A NATIONAL MOVEMENT OF GENEROSITY A group of volunteers who passionately believe that kindness and generosity are an integral part of the Christian faith. Every year, churches mobilize across the country to bless their neighbourhoods through a unified day of giving extravagantly.  Churches and ministries welcome to join The Big Give on June 1, 2019.  More info:

PILGRMAGE TO GERMANY & THE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAYMay 28 - June 9, 2020. 13 Days.  Focus on the Key Shrines of Germany and the Passion of Christ.  Spiritual Director: Fr. John Vandenakker.  Cost: To be finalized in June 2019 (Double Occ.).  Info -

PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU 9-day journey to experience the Oberammergau Passion Play and Catholic Central Europe.  Cost: $4189/person + airfare from Ottawa June 12 2020 - June 20 2020.  CAD $4,189, plus airfare.  Info

†Updated by James Colynuck dated December 14, 2018