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.
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September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is also Orange Shirt Day which seeks to remember the children and families who died while in the school system or who were negatively affected by the Residential School System. On September 30th, parishes are invited to pray for the intentions of the Indigenous Peoples, those affected by the Residential School System and for healing and reconciliation.
An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.
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.
Our pastor Fr. Emeka Onyeogubalu is leaving St. Peter’s parish to become the new pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Nepean. Fr. Emeka has been at St. Peter’s since 2014. Thank you for sharing your talents, efforts, and stories with us over the past seven years, and wishing you all the best in your new role. We will miss you and keep you in our prayers.
Fr. Emeka’s last mass at St. Peter’s was Sunday, August 1, 2021. View the recording below or on the Virtual mass page.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, Archbishop Marcel Damphousse announced the following appointments:
Fr. Emeka Jude Onyeogubalu is appointed Pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Nepean effective Monday, August 2, 2021. He will continue in his role as Diocesan Representative for Interfaith Dialogue and Ottawa Christian – Muslim Dialogue for the Archdiocese of Ottawa – Cornwall.
Fr. Allan MacDonald, Companion of the Cross, is appointed Interim Parochial Administrator of St. Peter’s Parish in Ottawa, effective from Monday, August 2, 2021 to Friday, December 31, 2021.
Fr. Jeremiah Arguelles, Franciscains, Conv., is appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Peter’s Parish in Ottawa, effective Saturday, January 1, 2022.
We would like to thank Fr. Emeka who has been pastor at St. Peter’s parish since 2014, and wish him all the best as he begins in his new role at St. John the Apostle Parish. We look forward to welcoming Fr. Allan and Fr. Jeremiah in the coming months. We’re keeping you all in our prayers!
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).
*New – 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 so the crew may enjoy a vacation. Past recordings are available on the Virtual mass page. Thank you for your understanding.
For funerals, marriages, and parish receptions, a maximum of 25 attendees are permitted. 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:
Entrance is not permitted to those who have an elevated temperature, or who are suffering from cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, undue fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aching, runny nose, chills involving shakes, loss of sense of taste or smell. If you are sick, you are kindly asked to stay home.
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.
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 are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Heatherington Road is under construction for improvements and enhancements until the Fall. Please follow all road signs and guidelines when coming to the parish. For more information, see the Notice to residents, or visit ottawa.ca/heatheringtonroad.