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Parish News

INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR MARCH:  That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

PRAYER MINISTRY:  Prayer teams will be available on ALL Sundays of Lent following the 10 a.m. Mass ( i.e. March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 and 14 -Palm Sunday).  These confidential prayers for your personal intentions remind us: “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. ” Psalm 55:22.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Held in the church and led by Deacon Matthew every Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.  Come console our Lord by meditating on his Sorrowful Passion in the company of Our Lady of Sorrows.

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!

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.

OUR MILK BAGS ARE BEING TRANSFORMED!:  The CWL sent a thank you note to the parish for our recent collection of milk bags (the printed ones that enclose the three 1L bags).  They are being woven into mattresses and shipped overseas to those in need.  Over 700 mattresses were made in Ottawa area last year.  Remember - we collect clean folded milk bags, eyeglasses, pop tabs and used postage stamps and place them in the boxes located in the church entrance hallway.

STAMPS FOR THE POORYou may have noticed a container at the entry to the church where we collect stamps for the Redemptorist Burse.  These stamps help provide meals for needy children and families.  We appreciate your donations all year.

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.

PARISH HEALTH AND WELLNESS COORDINATOR - ST. JOSEPH'S PARISH:  On a temporary contract basis ($25/hour) to coordinate workshops on healthy ageing, caregiver support and palliative care.  Deadline for applicants: March 26, 2019.  Start Date: April 3, 2019.  To apply, contact Christopher Adam, Parish Executive Director ( or visit: link.

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT AT WAUPOOS FAMILY FARM:  Seeking enthusiastic, hardworking youth looking for summer employment.  Positions include: Lifeguard, Program Supervisor, Counsellor & Volunteer Coordinator, Maintenance and Animal Care.  Submit resume & cover letter.  Application deadline: April 10.  Info: (; 613-822-2189;

Diocesan and Community Events

ARCHBISHOP'S LETTER FOR LENT 2019:  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This Lent, I invite you to focus on family prayer.  It will strengthen your home life, promote personal holiness, and advance world peace.  Read letter PDF here or

GOD OR NOTHING - PARISH MISSION IN LENT:  With Fr. Gerald E. Murray, JCD of Holy Family Parish, New York.,NY.  What it means to live the faith is neither obvious to say, nor easy to put into practice.  On the basis of Cardinal Robert Sarah's bestselling book "God or Nothing", Fr Murray will give four talks to help us understand better where we as believing Christians are today, and were we need to be.  St. George's Church, 415 Piccadilly Ave. N., Thurs., Mar. 21, 7:00 pm - Sun., Mar. 24, 2:00 pm.  Register:  Info: 613-728-0201.

NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND MINISTRY AT ST. MARY'S PARISH:  An evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing and fellowship on Mar. 22, 7 - 9 pm at 100 Young St.  Theme: “Slow ... Lent”. Speaker: Fr. Allan MacDonald, CC, General Superior.  Held every 4th Friday of the month.  Info: Natalia Lacar 613-728-9811x720;

MEN'S BREAKFAST AT ST' AUGUSTINE PARISH:  Speaker: Michael Dopp. Talk entitled "Responding to the Call to Evangelization. " 1060 Baseline(at Merivale), Sat., Mar. 23, 8:00 am.  Cost: $5. Enter through east door of the church.  Confirm by calling Denis (613-228-7646); (

CWL LENTEN MORNING OF REFLECTIONS Mass, Mary's Way of the Cross,  presentation by Deacon James Scheer, Spiritual Director of Our Lady of the Victory Presidium of the Legion of Mary, Saint Patrick Basilica, and a living rosary.  At Our Lady of the Visitation, 5338 Bank St., Sat., Mar. 23, 9:00am - 12:00pm.  All ladies are welcome to attend.  Free; registration requested (Nancy Grimshaw

PRO-LIFE MASS:  St. Elizabeth Parish, 1303 Leaside Ave., Sat., Mar. 23, 10:00 am.  Sponsored by Pro-life Doctors.  Preceding the Mass at 9:00 am, there will be Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary and Confession.  Info: 613-831-2515;

KID'S LENTEN RETREAT - A WILDERNESS ADVENTURE:  With games, crafts, songs, scavenger hunt, nut/dairy free snacks and more.  Each child receives a ‘survival’ back pack with Lenten activities to take home St. Mary’s Church Hall, 100 Young St., Mar. 23, 1:00 - 4:30 pm.  Freewill donation.  Info:

PARISH LENTEN MISSION AT BLESSED SACRAMENT:  Witness to Hope.  On ‘Hope in the Face of Adversity’, ‘Hope and Perseverance’, ‘Hope and Failure’, and ‘Hope and the Mystery of God’s Grace’.  Facilitated by Fr. Timothy P.V. Nelligan.  March 23 & 24, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Info:; 613-232-4891.

FORCED MIGRATION, THE “CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER,” AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING:  At Resurrection Parish, 1940 Saunderson Drive, Sun., Mar. 24, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Light lunch provided.  Register or plan a similar workshop in your parish: Tara (; (613-738-9644 x 224).

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE INFO MEETING:  Join Fr. John Likozar CC, in a ‘Journey through the Holy Land, in the Footsteps of Jesus and Mary’, Nov. 14-26, 2019.  Total cost/person sharing rooms: $4500.  Info meeting, Sun., Mar. 24, 1:00 pm, at Annunciation of the Lord Parish, 2414 Ogilvie Rd.  Info: Miki (1877-840-0855 x222,; Fr. John (

PASTORAL PERSPECTIVES ON END OF LIFE ISSUES Free seminar at Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville, Sun., Mar. 24, 1 - 4 pm. All are welcome.  Info: 613-836-8881;

FISH FRY AT ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE PARISH:  At St. John the Apostle Parish, 2340 Baseline Rd., Sun., Mar. 24, 5:00 pm.  Fish, fries, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and dessert.  Tickets: $18 for adults; $10 for children 12 and under.  Hosted by the Knights of Columbus.  Info: Jamie Burnett (613-224-8081); (

DIVINE LITURGY (HOLY EUCHARIST) FOR THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION:  In the Byzantine Rite, sung in English according to traditional melodies, and featuring selected works of Archangelsky, Stetsenko and Hurko.  All are welcome.  St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, Mar. 25, 7 pm.  Info:

40 DAYS FOR LIFE, NOVENA OF MASSES:  To pray for the closure of the Bank Street abortion facility and the conversion of the workers.  Divine Infant Parish, 6658 Billberry Drive, Orleans, Mon., Mar. 25, 7:00 pm; Tues., Mar. 26, 9:00 am; Wed., Mar. 27, 7:00 pm; Thurs., Mar. 28, 7:00 pm; Fri., Mar. 29, 6:30 pm; Sat., Mar. 30, 9:00 am; Sun., Mar. 31, 6:30 pm; Mon., Apr. 1, 9:00 am; Tues., Apr. 2, 9:00 am.  Info: 613-299-2515;

DIALOGUE CIRCLE FOR RENEWED RELATIONS:  Reconciliation and Healing Celebration.  Through prayer, meditation, music and symbolic action, we focus on reconciliation and healing what is broken in our relationships with one another and creation.  This celebration will flow from and build on what was experienced in the gathering on March 19.  St. Joseph Parish, 151 Laurier Ave. E., Ottawa, Mar. 26, 7 - 8:30 pm.  Info: 613-233-4095.

HEART OF WORSHIP AT HOLY REDEEMER:  Evening includes short spiritual talk by Fr. Lawrence Hyginus CC on "Finding Hope in the midst of challenges and crises in the Church", praise and worship music, silent adoration, confession, food and fellowship.  Tues., Mar. 26, 7 - 9 pm at Holy Redeemer Parish, 44 Rothesay Dr., Kanata.  Info: 613-836-1764.

LENTEN MISSION AT ST. ISIDORE PARISH:  With Fr. Lester Mendonsa, Chancellor to the Military Ordinariate of Canada, March 26, 27 & 28 at 7:00 pm.  Reflections, confessions, and Eucharistic Adoration.  Theme: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of eternal life.’ Saint Isidore Parish, 1135 March Rd., Kanata.  Info: 613-592-1961.

ACCESSING THE CHURCH - THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE DEAF:  A glimpse for both hearing and Deaf people on the experience of the Deaf person accessing the sacraments.  Holy Canadian Martyrs Church, 100 Main St., Thurs., Mar. 28, 7 pm.  Info: Maureen Cerroni cell/text 613-286-0353;  Free.

12 DAY COMPREHENSIVE NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR TOUR BEGINS SEPT. 9:  An immersion into the culture and daily life of this province at an easy pace.  Info meeting at Our Lady of the Visitation, 5338 Bank St., Thurs., Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.  Info: Fr. Bill Penney (613-822-2197).  20 spots available.

MARYVALE ACADEMY SCHOOL-DAY OPEN HOUSES:  Please call the principal to register for part or all of the day 613-321-2186, ext. 2.  Thurs., Mar. 28, and Tues., Apr. 9, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.  Maryvale Academy, 2191 Benjamin Avenue, 2nd Floor.  Info:

"AFTER THE STORM: BUILING THE POPE FRANCIS VILLAGE" DOCUMENTARY SCREENING:  A journey that follows poor coastal communities in the Philippines who lost everything to Typhoon Haiyan.  Find out how local organizations supported by Development and Peace worked 550 families to transform a piece of land into new homes, a new community, and new lives.  Assumption Parish Hall, 321 Cody Ave., Vanier, Fri., Mar. 29, 6:30 pm.  Info:

NEW LIFE RETREAT:  A life-changing, faith-building experience.  Are you looking for more meaning in your life?  Are you seeking a personal encounter with the living Jesus Christ?  Fri. - Mon., Mar. 29, 30, 31 & Apr. 1 at St. Mary's Parish,  100 Young St.  Free will offering.  Info & registration: 613-224-5723;

ONTARIO SPRING RETREAT FOR DEAF:  Sponsored by the ACBO, led by Sue Gundenkauf, Consecrated Virgin from Diocese of Madison, WI, on the theme "Our YES to God".  March 29 - 31.  Info: Maureen Cerroni

FOCCUS MARRIAGE PREPARATION FACILIATOR TRAINING:  For any individual or couple interested in becoming a marriage preparation FOCCUS facilitator in their parish.  Training is Sat., Mar. 30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at St. Basil Parish, 940 Rex Ave.  Cost: $125 per person (lunch and training manual included).  Registration closes Feb. 25.  To register:  Info: 613-738-5025.

2019 CONFERENCE: FAITH & FREEDOM IN AN AGE OF POLITICIAL CORRECTNESS:  Christian authors and journalists will present a variety of workshops aimed at helping those who want to improve their written communication skills, for their vision to share their faith.  Ottawa Cardus, 45 Rideau St., 7th Floor, April 6, 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.  Cost: $60, includes lunch.  Sponsored by Ottawa Christian Writers' Fellowship.  Info: Nicole Wegscheider,

EWTN MEDIA MISSIONARY GATHERING IN COLLABORATION WITH SISTERHOOD:  Adoration, Confession, Mass, lunch and an afternoon talk and fellowship at St. George parish, 415 Piccadilly Avenue N. on Sat., Apr. 6, 10 am.  No cost; free giveaways.  All  welcome.  Info/RSVP by Tues., Apr. 2: Sarah Escobar, Regional Marketing Manager of Canada (; 613-915-0972.

‘SHARE THE JOURNEY’ WALK IN SOLIDARITY WITH FORCED MIGRANTS:  A walk in solidarity with 68.5 million forced migrants around the world, organized by Development and Peace, ending with Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral with Archbishop Prendergast SJ and Archbishop Durocher.  Sat., April 6, 2019.  Info:; 613-738-9644 x224.

A LENTEN MUSICAL REFLECTION:  Featuring Pergolesi's Stabat Mater presented by Deo Gratias Ensemble and Choristers at St. Augustine Church, 1060 Baseline Rd., Sun., Apr. 7, 3:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Deo Gratias Ensemble and Choristers.  Info: Kevin at

MARYVALE ACADEMY SCHOOL-DAY OPEN HOUSE:  Please call the principal to register for part or all of the day (613-321-2186, ext. 2). Tues., Apr. 9, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.  Maryvale Academy, 2191 Benjamin Avenue, 2nd Floor.  Info:

SLOW LENT - LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION:  All women and men are invited. Led by Fr. Allan MacDonald, General Superior of the Companions of the Cross.  Sat., Apr. 13, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm.  Mass at 8:30 am; individual confessions; 3 talks; lunch provided.  Cost $15.  At The Good Shepherd, 3092 Innes Rd.  Info & tickets: Marilyn Olsen (

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;

PROLIFE CONFERENCE:  Rekindle the Gift of Life…Fulfill God's Plan...Thrive. Guest speaker: Sr. Helena Burns, FSP.  At Resurrection of Our Lord, 1940 Saunderson Dr., Sat., Apr. 27.  Mass at 8:00 am; conference ends at 4:00 pm.  Cost:  $15/person; family rate $12.50/person for 4 or more tickets.  Info: 613-720-5643;

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 to May 12, 2019.  Cost: $3,735 (dbl occ). Hosted by Violette Doummar with Fr. Tim Nelligan as Priest/Confessor.  Info:; 1-800-836-6836.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION WEEKEND RETREAT:  Step out of your daily life and focus on the spiritual journey.  Denis Paquette explores the meaning and need for faith.  "Fortify Your Life: Dive into Faith".  Register by Mar. 30.  Galilee Centre, Arnprior, May 3 - May 5. Cost: $250/$210.  Info:; 613-521-3234.

DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS OF THANKSGIVING:  For couples in the Archdiocese of Ottawa who are celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more years of marriage in 2019.  Deadline to register: Wednesday, April 24, 2019Info and online registration for the Mass on May 5 at Notre Dame Cathedral is available at

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); (

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; Link.

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 - link.

PIANO RECITAL WITH FRÉDÉRIC LACROIX:  Interpreting music from Beethoven, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. St. Joseph Parish, Orléans, 2757 Blvd. St-Joseph, May 31, 8:00 p.m.  Cost: $30; $15 youthAll proceeds to the parish fundraising campaign.  Sponsored by Le Choeur d'Orléans.  Info: St-Joseph Parish (613-824-2472); (

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:

STEUBENVILLE TORONTO:  Join the Archdiocese of Ottawa this July 12-14, 2019 at Steubenville Toronto.  Dive into the theme "Belong" at Canada's largest conference for Catholic high school students.  If you are 21 years+ consider applying as a chaperone. Visit to register and to learn more.  Deadline to register: April 2.  Info:

NAZARETH FAMILY SUMMER RETREATS:  Week-long family retreats with daily Mass, children's program and marriage enrichment conference, recreation and prayer. St. Gabriel de Brandon, Quebec (1½ hr north of Montreal), July 14 - July 20, July 21 - July 27, July 28 - August 3, 2019.  Cost: $500/family.  Info:

PILGRIMAGE “RETREAT TO HOLY LAND”:  To walk in the footsteps of Jesus cannot be described.  It can only be experienced.  See the very places where Jesus walked, taught and lived His earthly life.  Spiritual leader: Fr. Ben St. Croix, CC.  Info: Stan & Maria (613-792-4272); (  Holy Land, October 2 - 14, 2019.  CAD$ 4,500, double occupancy.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION:  Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville will host a marriage preparation course on October 18 - 19, 2019.  Info: parish office (

PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU INFO MEETINGOctober 28 at 1:00 pm at Annunciation of the Lord Parish, Ottawa.  Info

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

Updated by James Colynuck dated March 21, 2019