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Parish News

INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR DECEMBER:  That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS Third Sunday of Advent - December 17.  For men and women called by the Lord to be priests, deacons and consecrated religious, that the peace of Christ will guide their hearts and minds as they proclaim the good news of salvation to His people, we pray to the Lord.

HOLY ROSARY PRAYER GROUP:  Prayer Teams will be here to serve you on the following Sunday on December 17th.  You are most welcome to come and receive prayer for your personal  needs.

CARLETON CHRISTMAS DINNER:  Once again Holy Rosary Parish will be participating in the Carleton Tavern Annual Christmas Day Dinner.  For information see the posters on the bulletin boards.

JOURNEY OF HOPE - A PROGRAM FOR SEPARATED AND DIVORCED CATHOLICS: Six week sessions for women (Tuesdays, Mar. 20 – Apr. 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) and men (Thursdays, Mar. 22 – May 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.).  Cost: $25. At Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Hall, 20 Grant St.  Register by March 16:; Mary Jane Manley (613-294-1308).

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.

WINTER CLOTHING FOR THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH:  Donations of winter coats and boots are welcomed for the monthly Community Outreach Luncheons which resumed in October.  Please place any donations in the box outside of the parish hall downstairs.  Pray for the success of the luncheons and those in need spiritually and physically in our community.

REMEMBER THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR CHRISTMAS 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 a Capital Campaign envelopes at the back of the church.

CAPITAL BUILDING FUND DONATION CHALLENGE!  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 a Capital Campaign envelope at the back of the church.

HOLY ROSARY BOOK EXCHANGE:  Fill our minds with "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure " -- Phil. 4:8.  Lots of interesting books!  Come browse and take books home to read.  You may keep them, return them or pass them on.

PARKDALE FOOD CENTRE - YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK:  You can make a difference in the lives of low-income families, seniors and individuals threatened by hunger by donating non-perishable items.  Donations can be left at the front entrance of the Church.  Donated items will be delivered to the Parkdale Food Centre.

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

COORDINATOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES: Responsible for programs that enrich the spiritual, educational and social lives of parish youth. Description: Candidates to submit a letter of interest and resume to Salary commensurate with training & experience. Position open until filled.

COMMUNITY HELPERS TRAINING: 4 session programme; reach out to isolated seniors. Topics: ageism, mental/physical/spiritual health, elder abuse, loss and grief and diversity. St Isidore Parish Hall, 1135 March Rd., Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. Info: Megan Richards (613-591-3686x324;

Diocesan and Community Events

MOVIE NIGHT - RESTLESS HEART: St. Margaret Mary Parish with Friends of Madonna House will be showing Restless Heart, the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Popcorn and soft drinks available.  St. Margaret Mary Parish, 5 Fairbairn St., Fri., Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m. Free admission. Info:; 613-730-5265.

MOVIE – ‘ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE’: All proceeds to the Ottawa Catholic Education Foundation to help needy students. Ottawa Family Cinema, Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview, Fri., Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m. Cost: $6 advance; $8 at door. Info:

ST. ELIZABETH ADVENT RETREAT: Focuses on the Sunday Gospel readings of Advent. Presentations by Fr. Daryold Winkler.  Refreshments.  St. Elizabeth Church, Sat., Dec. 9, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.  Free will offering. Info:

PRO-LIFE MASS: Monthly pilgrimage of Masses to pray for the establishment of a Pro-life Centre in Ottawa.  Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Sussex Dr. & St. Patrick St., Sat., Dec. 9, 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by Pro-life Doctors. Info:; 613-831-2515.

STAIRWELL CAROLLERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT FUNDRAISER: Saint Joseph Church, Orleans, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. 40th anniversary Gala Concert and first time in Orleans, the Stairwell Carollers will be singing in many languages. Benefits to the financial campaign to renovate the Church, a historical landmark. Tickets at parish office or at concert, if space available.  Cost: $20; children under 12 free.  Info: 613-824-7983;; campaign

FAMILY ADVENT EVENT: Join Academia Stella Maris for a free family event to await the birth of our King! Adoration, activities for children and Pot Luck dinner. Chili will be provided by Academia Stella Maris. Register at: or 343-883-6600. At The Good Shepherd Parish, Sun., Dec. 10, 3:00 p.m. Free. Info:; 343-883-6600.

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY 26th CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 1758 Alta Vista Dr., Sun., Dec. 10, 3:00 p.m.  The Ottawa Catholic School Board Chamber choir, the Kanata Choral Society, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Choir accompanied by the Ottawa Wind Ensemble and joined by tenor soloist Dr. Fraser Rubens.  In support of the Heron Emergency Food Centre.  Freewill offering. Info: (613-791-9115).

MAY PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND INFO MEETING: Info evening in St. Patrick Basilica basement, Mon., Dec. 11, 7pm. Info: Fr. Kennedy 613-614-1632.

RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD ADVENT MISSION: Theme: The Beatitudes. Led by Fr. Roman Rystar. Starting at weekend Masses, Dec. 9 - 10 and continuing Mon. - Wed., Dec. 11 - 13, 7:00 p.m. 1940 Saunderson Dr.  Info:

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AT NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL: All are invited to take part in the Eucharistic Celebration presided by  Msgr. Terrence Prendergast, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Americas, and National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. Join members of Ottawa’s Hispanic community from Sagrada Familia parish in celebrating Mary, Queen of the Americas, and ask her to intercede for us, that she may grant peace and reconciliation to all peoples and nations.  Info: Cathedral Office (613-241-7496).

SISTER HOOD ANNOUNCE '40+ CHRISTIAN MINGLE': 40+ social group for single Christian men & women to meet, socialize, fellowship & perhaps find that special someone, in order to explore the larger plan that God has for their lives. Join at Meet & Greet at Malone's Restaurant, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Fri., Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.  $10/year membership + event costs.  Info:;; 613-806-0377.

VIGIL OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: All night prayer (33 rosaries) at St. Patrick Basilica, Fri., Dec. 15, 8:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.  Info: Naomi (613-825-9704).

SIMBANG GABI:  Filipino Novena Mass for Christmas, having its roots in antiquity with Rorate Coelo "Mass." Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 320 Olmstead St., Vanier, Dec. 15 – 23. Confessions at 6:45 p.m. followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m.  Info:;; 613-746-8503.

CHRISTMAS GIFT & BAKE SALE: St. Ignatius the Martyr Parish, 518 Donald St., in the Parish Hall.  Sat., Dec. 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Assortment of home-baked goods; new and gently used gift items.  Raffle on Festive Gift Basket.  Info: 613-744-4889.

MOVIE NIGHT AT BLESSED SACRAMENT: A public screening of the movie, Popieluszko: Freedom is Within Us, a movie about Blessed Jerzy Popieluzko, the Polish martyr, and inspiration for our times. Movie is in Polish with English subtitles. Drinks and snacks provided. Movie runs 3 hours; 30 min. intermission half way. Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 194 Fourth Ave.  Good will offering. Info:

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT PRECEDED BY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE DESIGNATION: The choirs of Notre Dame Cathedral will present a Choral Celebration on Sun., Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. Free will offering. The concert will be preceded by a ceremony for the unveiling of a historical plaque by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada at 2 pm. This plaque will confirm the designation of the Cathedral as a national historic site. Representatives of the federal government will be in attendance.   The Archbishop's Christmas reception will follow in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome. Info: 613-241-7496.

OTTAWA CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD CHOIRS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: "GLORIA!" Mon., Dec. 18, 7:00 p.m. at St. Basil Church, Maitland Ave. north of the 417 exit.  Featuring the OCSB Children's, Boys' and Chamber Choirs and guests.  Tickets: $15 at the door.  Refreshments.  Info: Lesley Cameron, Publicity Coordinator, OCSB Choirs,; (613-836-3271).

THE STAR CHRISTMAS MOVIE-PARTY: Stage show; free gift to all kids; Christmas treat plus the new animated movie THE STAR. Charity event to help families in need. Ottawa Family Cinema at Notre Dame Catholic HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Sat., Dec. 23, 2:00 p.m.  Tickets in advance $9; at the door $12. Hosted by Ottawa Family Cinema Foundation. Info:

RISE UP 2017 IN OTTAWA:  A national conference, Dec. 28 – Jan. 1 at The Westin Ottawa, for young adults hosted by CCO. Prices increase after Nov 15.  Info:

VIGIL OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, 31 December 2017 Sunday Evening: St. Maurice Church, 4 Perry St, Nepean, for a New Year's Eve Celebration of Prayer and Worship in the church. Dec 31, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Mass at 11:00 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosaries, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. Info:; 613-225-6529.

BEREAVEMENT LUNCHEON AT ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE PARISH: Speaker Ian Henderson, Bereavement and Support Ottawa is a grief educator and facilitator.  Speaking at the St John the Apostle monthly Bereavement Group Luncheon, 2340 Baseline Rd. on Jan. 9, 11:30 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room.  All are welcome.  Bring your own lunch. Info: Mary Ellen (613-224-0030).

INFO SESSION - MARIAN PILGRIMAGE: Join Fr. Matthew Keshwah on 11 day Marian Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City), Our Lady of Sorrows & Our Lady of Good Success (Quito, Ecuador), May 19-29, 2018.  St. John the Apostle, Sun., Jan. 14, 2:30 p.m.  Cost: $2,999/person double; $3,259/person single. Info: David Hnatiw 613-620-1196;

2018 WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS & REFUGEES:  The 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated Jan. 14, 2018. Theme of Pope Francis' message: "Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees".  Message.

HOMELAND'S MASS: At Notre Dame Cathedral, Sun., Jan. 14, 2:30 p.m. Flags will be in the Cathedral balconies as a visible sign of your participation.  Traditional dishes to share at the Reception in the Cathedral Hall following the Mass should be brought to the hall before 2:15 p.m.  Those in national dress are to be in the hall before 2:00 p.m. Please confirm group attendance and the name of the person responsible to Deacon Gilles Ouellette ( before Jan. 5. All welcome!

BIBLE STUDY: Sister+Hood, in collaboration with St. John the Apostle Church (2340 Baseline Rd), is pleased to offer Jeff Cavin's “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.” Open to men and women; runs for 8 weeks, every Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. starting Jan. 18. Cost: $25, includes student workbook. Registration: Karen 613-806-0377;; or at the parish office.

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:

FREE CINEMA FORUM NIGHT: Film viewing and discussion on the lives of the saints (one saint/evening). Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 320 Olmstead, Vanier. Last Friday of every month starting Jan. 26. Info:; 613-746-8503.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION: At Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, February 23, 24 & 25, 2018. Please call the parish office: 613-733-4661 before Dec. 15, 2017.  Cost: $100.  Info: 613-733-4661;

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT: Join Catholics from across North America at the premier conference on the New Evangelization April 27 - 28, 2018. At the Infinity Convention Centre, Ottawa and webcast to host sites across Canada and the US. World-class Catholic speakers: Michael Dopp, George Weigel, Patrick Madrid, Curtis Martin, Sr. Ann Shields, and more. Register online:  Cost: $95. Sponsored by Mission of the Redeemer Ministries.

MARIAN PILGRIMAGE:  Join Fr. Matthew Keshwah on 11 day Marian Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City), Our Lady of Sorrows & Our Lady of Good Success (Quito, Ecuador), May 19-29, 2018.  Cost: $2,999/person double; $3,259/person single. Info: David Hnatiw 613-620-1196;

DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE & THE BLACK MODONNA: Join Fr. Daryl Kennedy on 9 day pilgrimage to Poland, May 24 - June 1, 2018.  Visit places related to the Polish Saints: John Paul II, Faustina Kowaska and Maximilian Kolbe.  The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow and the Black Madonna at Jasna Gore Monastery.  Info: David (

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE/TOUR: St Isidore parish, co-led by Fr. Virgil Amirthakumar, Pastor and the Rev. Dr. Stanford Lucyk, United Church of Canada cleric and veteran tour leader, is sponsoring a study/pilgrimage tour to Israel Oct 11-22, 2018.  Cost: $3,595 plus $750 airline and airport taxes.  Info:

Updated by James Colynuck dated December 8, 2017