Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish is a welcoming Christian community reaching out to all who seek God.

Our Pastor

We welcomed Fr. Tim Coonen, omi, as our new pastor on January 1, 2018.  Below is his article that he wrote for the February 2018 edition of our parish’s newsletter, The Epistle.
For the last 12 years, as I served as Treasurer for OMI Lacombe Canada Province of the Oblates, I’ve been a Sunday morning regular in the 10th pew from the front, choir side. I’ve often described this parish to friends as being like ‘a small Northern church in the middle of the city.’ Long before I was widely known as an undercover priest, I felt the warm welcome that many others have experienced here. The friendships I’ve formed (in spite of my atrocious memory for names and faces) have kept me coming back.
On a spiritual level I’ve also been nourished by the Eucharist, and by those of my Oblate brothers who have broken open the Word of God within this community. I arrived in Father Carl Kelly’s time, and quickly discovered that listening carefully was well rewarded—Carl always had something wise and illuminating to say. The parish library recently acquired three large binders of Carl’s homilies. Did you know that Carl had a list of priests who waited every Tuesday for an email with his homily for the upcoming weekend? They knew that his thoughts, the product of his prayer life, would always be well prepared and would assist them in their own preparation.
I remember the vibrancy and energy that Father Robert Smith brought to every celebration during his tenure. Father Nicanor Sarmiento Tupayupanqui brought his brilliant intellect to the table, but became especially engaging when his notes fell to his side and he spoke from the heart about his aboriginal roots in his native Peru. And Father Jim Fiori, with his deeply personal reflections and stories, brought the scriptures to life in his own unique manner.
In a manner of speaking I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants (well, Robert and Nicanor are hardly ‘giants,’ but you know what I mean!). I’m grateful to them, and also to all of you who have welcomed me here; I look forward to our journey together….
Father Tim Coonen, omi

Our Parish

Canadian Martyrs is a caring and soulful group of individuals from all walks of life, in all stages of life and with great respect for life.
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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.

Mass Times

Tuesday-Friday: 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is a half hour before masses or by appointment


Lenten Evening Prayer

During Lent, join parishioners from Holy Canadian Martyrs and Saint Margaret Mary parishes every Thursday evening from 6:30-7pm at 100 Main St. for the celebration of this deeply traditional and biblically rooted time of prayer.  “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances” (Ps 119:164).

RSS <span class='widget_first'>Daily</span> Readings

  • Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to […]
  • Monday of the First Week of Lent
    Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy."You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your […]

The above readings are provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. To access readings from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, click here.