News & Notes: 2023.11.03

News & Notes: 2023.11.03



The collection for the Archdiocesan Indigenous Reconciliation Fund is this weekend! Bring your specially marked envelopes to leave in the basket, or grab one of the booklets and use the QR code to donate online. This collection is part of the Archdiocese’s continuing journey of seeking reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Last year, our people and parishes were incredibly generous, helping to raise more than $650,000! Thanks to your donations, the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund has been able to provide grants to five exciting projects in the Archdiocese, including:

  • A Children and Youth Pow Wow (Odawa Native Friendship Centre).
  • Six retreats to promote healing and reconciliation (Kateri Native Ministry).
  • A 12-month program to promote cultural healing and wellness for Indigenous women (Minwaashin Lodge).
  • An equine assisted learning program for Indigenous children and their families (Madahoki Farm).
  • A program using music to teach the Mohawk language through hymns and songs to Akwesasronon youth and adults. (St. Regis Mission)

On September 30, we celebrated the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. This weekend, we have a chance to actually live it out and put our words and prayers into action. We can support local initiatives that are actively working to assist Indigenous communities in their process of growth and healing.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Halloween Outreach! On October 31, we set up tables on the front lawn and handed out popcorn, hot chocolate, and 400 bags over the course of the night, which is almost double the amount from last year. It was a beautiful opportunity to connect with our local community.


All seniors are invited to join us monthly for Mass, fellowship, and good food. There is no cost to attend (though a free-will offering is appreciated), so invite a friend! Our November speakers are Tom Kelly and his associate Bonnie Schroeder.

Date/Time: Nov 15, 12pm

Registration closes at 12am on Nov 9 in order to give enough time to calculate meal numbers.


A Memorial Rosary will be held at 7:00pm on November 15 for all deceased members of our parish Knights of Columbus. This is an opportunity for parishioners to honour our Blessed Mother Mary and pray for those who have passed.  

Following the rosary, a small reception will be held in the Church Hall, allowing time for those in attendance to share memories.

The next General Meeting of the Catholic Women’s League will be in person on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 pm. This will be our annual Memorial Service for all our deceased members, followed by refreshments and a short meeting. We look forward to seeing you.


This year’s CWL Christmas Bazaar will be Nov. 18, 2023 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. We will be raffling a large lap quilt with a Christmas theme and another pen and pencil set by Fr. John. The CWL are also making Tourtieres, which will be available for sale, along with advent candles, crafts, baking, and a silent auction. There will be a free Tearoom provided once again. Come and enjoy, and invite your friends!

Raffle tickets can be purchased after weekend masses:

  • Pen Set made by Fr. John Likozar CC – Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10
  • Beautiful hand-made Floral Panel Quilt (Queen size) – Tickets are $10 each or 3/$20


The Special Gift of Walking Two Paths: Indigenous and Catholic by Elder Rosella Kinoshameg

This Sunday, Nov 5, at 2:30pm EST, St. Basil’s parish is hosting a free Zoom session titled “The Special Gift of Walking Two Paths: Indigenous and Catholic”, with guest speaker Elder Rosella Kinoshameg who will speak on being both Christian and Catholic in the age of reconciliation.

Rosella is a deeply respected Odawa/Ojibway Elder from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. In addition to being an active leader in her parish, she has been involved with the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, and has received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Pope Francis.

Visit the event page to learn more and register.


On Saturday, November 18th, you are invited to a free 1-day event at the Agora Catholic Centre (301 McConnell Ave, Cornwall). There will be music, workshops and a free pizza lunch. Our guest speaker is Laura O’Reilly, the director of Faith and Mission at Annunciation Parish in Ottawa. For more information about the workshops and to register go to Join others who want our Church to come alive because we have come alive!

Registration closes November 9th.

From November 18-19, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish (Vanier) will host the public exposition of the relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and St. John Paul II. All are invited to come learn more about these saints and ask for their intercession. Visit the event page for details.


Nov. 10 – Scripture and Eucharistic Liturgy by His Excellency Yvan Mathieu, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa-Cornwall Archdiocese.

Nov 17  – Symbolism in the Eucharistic Celebration followed by Teaching Mass:  Presented by: Fr. Rob Arsenault, CC

Nov 24 – Healing power of the Eucharist: Presented by Fr. Pierre Champoux

Venue: Holy Rosary Parish, Ottawa from 7pm-9pm

For more details and registration, visit or call Dcn. Mathew at 613-355-6023