Pastoral appointments 2023

In June, Archbishop Marcel Damphousse announced the following pastoral appointments which became effective on August 1, 2023, unless otherwise indicated.

We are delighted that Fr. Pinbo (Jeremiah) Arguelles, OFM Conv., has been appointed and will continue to serve as Pastor of our parish.

We are keeping all those beginning new ministries in our prayers.

Pastoral appointments – June 6, 2023

Pastoral appointments – Second round – June 28, 2023

The Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions – 2023

Please join us in praying for the specific intention as recommended by the Pope each month.

November – For the Pope
We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfills his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

October – For the Synod
We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level, and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.

September – For people living on the margins
We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.

August – For World Youth Day
We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.

July – For a Eucharistic Life
We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters.

June – For the abolition of torture
We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.

May – For church movements and groups
We pray that Church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelisation each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world.

April – For a culture of peace and non violence
We pray for the spread of peace and non violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.

March – For victims of abuse
We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.

February – For parishes
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.

January – For educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.

Meet our interim pastor, Fr. Allan MacDonald, CC

A photo of Fr. Allan MacDonald, CC

In January, 1996 I was asked by my diocesan bishop to spend some time in Ottawa with the Companions of the Cross (CC’s) – to see how they lived and ministered together. At the time, I was experiencing some disillusionment and frustration in my priestly life. I was searching for a spiritually healthier way to serve as a priest. When I came to my first CC brothers meeting and came to know the brothers over time, I liked what I saw and how it satisfied the spiritual & human needs I have as a priest. In 2001, I applied for (and received) a leave of absence from my home diocese to discern a call to formally join the CC’s.

I have been a member of this Community’s Formation Team, Chaplain at York University in Toronto, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Halifax, Vocations & Admissions Director for the Companions, and General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. I currently serve in Itinerant Ministry.


Visit Fr. Allan on YouTube and join in on his weekly Sunday homilies series, Sipping on the Sabbath, or check out his other videos and series.  To subscribe and for more information on Fr. Allan, visit

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Welcome back! COVID-19 measures at our parish (March 2022)

We are very happy to welcome parishioners back to the church!  Check out the schedule for mass times.  There are 350 spots available at each mass (each spot holds up to three people from the same household).

Attendance at mass is on a first come, first seated, basis. Doors open 45 minutes before mass time. Pre-registration is not required, and parishioners no longer need to sign in on arrival.

The wearing of a face mask covering mouth, nose and chin is optional.

We have paused live-streaming and recording masses. Past recordings are available on the Virtual mass page. Thank you for your understanding.

For funerals and weddings, please contact the parish for further details or to discuss your particular situation.

The parish office is open by appointment only.  Please contact the parish.

The following measures have been put in place for the health and safety of our community.  These requirements MUST be followed: 

Attending mass in person

  • Entrance is not permitted to those who have:
    • Fever and / or chills
    • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
    • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
    • Headache
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Muscle aches or joint pain
    • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • If you have traveled outside Canada within the past 14 days, you are not to enter the church until you have completed the period of self-isolation.

If you are sick, you are kindly asked to stay home.  Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed, should stay home until their symptoms are improving for 24 hours and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

Isolation requirements are based on age, vaccination status and immune health.  See the links under For more information below for guidance.

You may consult and follow the COVID-19 screening tool in place in schools for more information and guidance:

Public health measures to follow

  • Wearing a mask is optional.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided upon entry to the church before and after mass.
  • Maintain a two-metre (six foot) distance at all times in the church and on church property.

During the celebration of mass

  • The entrance procession will be simplified.
  • There will be no hymnals in the pews; singing will be led by an instrumentalist and a cantor only.
  • Only one lector will proclaim the readings before the Gospel, and the petitions.
  • There will be no collection and presentation of bread and wine at the usual time. You will be invited to deposit your offering in the baskets in the main area of the church as you arrive or leave .
  • Communion can be received in the hand or on the tongue. Carefully extend your hands, placing one upon the other to receive the Body of Christ. Maintain physical distancing row by row.
  • Following the dismissal, you will be directed to leave the church, row by row, in order to maintain physical distancing. Using the back and side entrance of the church. No printed bulletins will be available.
  • You are asked to refrain from socializing with others following mass

Thank you for your prayers and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you soon.

For more information

Visit the following websites for more information on the current public health measures and guidelines:

Donate to the parish

We appreciate donations to help with church operations and maintenance, and to assist in achieving our mission of promoting the love and compassion that Jesus Christ showed to all people. Thank you for your support in keeping our church operating and beautiful!

You may select one of the following options to make a donation to the church:

  • You can donate online through the donation form. If you have a parish envelope number, please include it in the “Message for St. Peter’s Parish (optional)” field, to help with tracking of donations.
  • Call the parish office to make a donation and drop a cheque (or post-dated cheques if you are on vacation) off in the parish mailbox in the main entrance area of the church building.
  • Send a cheque (or post-dated cheques if you are on vacation) in the mail, payable to ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, to 1640 Heatherington Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 9P5.
  • Enroll in pre-authorized debit.
  • Register to use a weekly donation envelope box set (for the year).

Thank you for your support in keeping our church operating and beautiful!