With a lifetime filled with travels, Fr. Jim Fiori, OMI has found his permanent home in his faith.
- Our Parish
Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish is a welcoming Christian community reaching out to all who seek God.
Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish is a missionary community of the Catholic faithful gathered together in the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit, and committed to ministry.
Sharing Word and Sacraments with one another, we are formed into one body by the love of Christ; we intend to share his love especially with those within and beyond the community who are in spiritual or temporal need, particularly the abandoned and marginalized and the poor.
Our parish fosters and supports renewal in its various forms, promotes lay leadership and its exercise, and strives to build up a strong faith community within the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
Under the spiritual leadership of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, trusting in the care of the Mother of God, and relying on the patronage of the Canadian Martyrs, we commit ourselves to lead each other to spiritual maturity in Christ through faith, hope and love.
It is hard to believe that we just finished celebrating Christmas and we are on the brink of Lent. For most of us this no doubt surfaces a lot of negativity. This is not a happy time. We associate Lent with doing penance, fasting, giving up little treasures like not eating candy, not dancing and countless other penances. The intent of all this is good but I’m not sure it adequately embraces the true purpose of Lent.
Lent has its beginnings in the early Church, as part of the immediate preparation for catechumens (people preparing for baptism), they would spend time on retreat. This included some concentrated time to reflect, pray and discern. This would normally have involved the catechumens and their sponsors, but as time went on, the entire community would join in the retreat to prepare themselves for Easter and to renew their baptismal commitment. This is the true meaning and purpose of Lent.