Synod 2021-2023

“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

To learn more about the synod and its activities, visit Synod 2021-2023 on the website of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

Pastoral appointments 2021

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

We are very happy to welcome parishioners back to the church!  Check out the schedule for mass times.  We can welcome parishioners up to 50% of the church’s capacity. There are 110 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, and parishioners must sign in on arrival. Pre-registration is not required.

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

Funerals, weddings, and parish receptions are limited to a maximum of 50% of the capacity of the particular room.  Please contact the parish for further details or to discuss your particular situation.

The parish office is open for meetings by appointment only.  Please contact the parish should you wish to make an appointment.

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 mandatory upon entering the church, from age 3 and up.
  • 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 only in the hand at this time. 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

St. Peter’s parish appreciates donations to help with church operations and maintenance, and to assist in achieving its mission of promoting the love and compassion that Jesus Christ showed to all people.

As we are living in these challenging times and even though the church is open, the parish still experiences ongoing expenses. We are therefore asking that you consider making your regular Sunday financial support by selecting 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 off in the parish mailbox in the main entrance area of the church building.
  • Send a cheque in the mail, payable to ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, to 1640 Heatherington Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 9P5.
  • Register to use a weekly donation envelope box set (for the year).

Thank you for your support!