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It is suggested the parishioners notify the Parish office prior to being admitted to hospital if you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick or be included in our Mass intentions.
For anyone who is not able to be part of the community due to illness, please contact the parish office so that we can arrange for a visit from the Pastor or pastoral care team to bring you Holy Communion.
PLEASE PRAY... for all the sick and shut-ins, especially our relatives, friends, and parishioners.
So, you're engaged to be married? How exciting!
But, do you fully understand the Sacrament of Marriage? Your wedding is one day. Marriage is for the rest of your lives! Please contact the parish office at least one year in advance of your anticipated wedding date.
A marriage preparation course provides an opportunity to identify your hopes and dreams and get into the habit of keeping the lines of communication open and effective. Not only does it give you the chance to uncover important issues that may be uncomfortable to discuss, it provides ways of addressing these issues effectively before they become a problem.
In addition, the marriage preparation course provides time for you to spend together to reflect on what you want, where you are going and how you see your future lives together.
Marriage Preparation Courses are available across the diocese and in our neighbouring dioceses.
Visit https://en.archoc.ca/marriage for more information on marriage preparation and upcoming courses.
Wedding Photo and Certificate of John and Irene Campbell - June 20, 1922
Death in the Christian Context: A beginning, not an end
Please contact the parish soon after a death has occurred. The decision regarding the date and time of a funeral Mass or prayer service is made collectively between the family, parish and funeral director.
Many Catholics request that a Mass be offered for the deceased. Masses for the deceased, announced or unannounced, can be requested from our parish office.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the meaning of life and answer some of the most common questions that people have about the Christian faith. Alpha is designed for adults, ages 18 and up.
Each session involves dessert and coffee, a 29-minute video, and a small group discussion time.
To learn more, please go to the Archdiocese of Ottawa website or simply go to https://en.archoc.ca/alpha
Watch for announcements about the next Alpha Program being offered at OLV.
Sometimes a person has been raised in a family environment that did not include religious practices - often they have not been baptized in any Christian faith tradition. Occasionally a person has been baptized into the Catholic tradition but has received no additional formation in their faith so that in many respects, they are completely uncatechized - that is, uninstructed about God and Jesus and the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic Church. More commonly, men and women who have been raised in another faith tradition have married a Catholic and have raised their children in the Catholic faith. Over the years they have attended Mass with their families, celebrated the sacraments with their children, and in many respects are Catholic in all but name.
Regardless of their backgrounds, people are choosing, through prayer and discernment, to become Catholic. For these people, the Church has a process of formation geared to answer their questions and meet their needs. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is based on the practices of the early Christian communities. RCIA is a process of education and spiritual formation for adults seeking to become members of the Catholic Church. The process is open to those who are unbaptized, those who were baptized into another faith tradition, and those who were baptized as Catholics but received no additional faith formation beyond baptism.
Any person interested in learning more about the RCIA formation process is encouraged to contact the office.