“Music gives wings to words”
The Saturday and Sunday choirs are both looking for new members.
Please let us know if you would like to join your voice with theirs.
There will be two masses for Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10. Our first mass will be our regularly-scheduled 11:30 a.m. mass. The second mass will be at 7:30 pm.
Just a reminder that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast (people 18-59, unless prevented by poor health – one full meal is allowed; and abstinence (no meat – 14 and up). In the Archdiocese the consumption of meat is not allowed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays in Lent.
Also, to help you with your Lenten journey, on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the parish, Fr. Normand Bonneau, OMI will be speaking on the origins of Lent and the theme of Lent according to Vatican 11. His presentation will also include discussing the Lenten readings in the Sunday Lectionary. He will focus on why these readings are selected and why they are placed where they are in the lectionary. All are welcome to attend.
As a part of a yearlong renewal process engaged in by the Oblate Community, I have been called to serve at the Kateri Mission Centre in Winnipeg. A team of four Oblates will be ministering to urban Aboriginals mostly Cree, Ojibway, and Metis. I will start my new ministry on October 1, 2015. I take this opportunity to thank you for the constant support that I have received from you during my two years of ministry at Canadian Martyrs. I will be your pastor until the end of August. On September 1, Fr. Jim Fiori will be joining you as your new pastor. He is already fully engaged with our Pastoral Plan. As I enter into this transition process I ask for your prayers and support.
Thank you for helping the children of our parish collect stamps to raise funds for Development and Peace. We chose this activity as a type of almsgiving in which the children could participate as part of their Lenten journey. Your response was tremendous. Even though our stamp drive has come to an end, please keep saving your stamps and we will do another collection in the future.
CARTY HOUSE RAFFLE – May 31
Carty House, a home for refugee women, founded by Sr. Maureen Killoran, is holding its annual raffle. Tickets are $20. Prizes include: Via Rail voucher for 4 round trip tickets, Ottawa-Windsor corridor or points in between the ever popular international dinner for six; theatre vouchers to the NAC and Ottawa Little Theatre, two wrist bands for the Gatineau Balloon Festival, baseball tickets, plus gift certificates. Tickets are available in the office, or from Jane or Kaye after Mass. A number of Canadian Martyrs parishioners won last year.