What in the world is all this talk about a synod?

“The purpose of the Synod is to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands, and inspire a vision of the future filled with the joy of the Gospel.” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has invited all of us throughout the world to share with him our experience of journeying together as Church and how that experience can be improved. To learn more about the synod, its activities, and how you can participate, visit Synod 2021-2023 on the website of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

Pope’s monthly intentions – 2022

December – Volunteer Not-for-profit Organisations
We pray that volunteer non-profit organisations committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation.

November – Children Who Suffer
We pray for children who are suffering, especially those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war; may they be guaranteed access to education and the opportunity to experience family affection.

October – A Church open to everyone
We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

September – The Abolition of the Death Penalty
We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.

August – The Church
Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

July – Social Friendship
We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.

June – The Beauty of Marriage
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.

May – The World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

April – Fundamental Rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

March – Sacrament of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

February – Violence against women
We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

January – Human Fraternity
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

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Visit the Pope’s monthly intentions on the website of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall to view all the intentions for this year.

 

Introducing the Archbishop and the new Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa-Cornwall

The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall welcomed Archbishop Marcel Damphousse on May 6, 2020,  as coadjutor archbishop.  He succeeded Archbishop Terrence Prendergast following the latter’s retirement on December 3, 2020.

Learn more about Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse by visiting the Archbishop web page on the website of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

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On March 17, 2022, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Fr. Yvan Mathieu, S.M., to the position of Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Read the statement by the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse regarding Fr. Yvan Mathieu’s appointment.

Learn more about Fr. Yvan Mathieu by visiting the Auxiliary Bishop web page on the website of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

 

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We are keeping both Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse and Fr. Yvan Mathieu in our prayers as they lead the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

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!