Introduction to the Liturgy – The Era of Justice and Peace – The reading from Isaiah is drawn from that section of the book known as the book of Immanuel wherein the future messianic king is depicted as well as the era of peace which he inaugurates.  As he concludes his letter to the Romans, Paul stresses the importance of hope, drawn form the teaching of the scriptures, to be lived in a community spirit of harmony and charity.  In Matthew’s gospel, the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry presents the prophet as an ascetical forerunner whose call for conversion of life sets the stage for the One who is to come.

From the Saints From a commentary on Isaiah by Eusebius of Caesarea – It was in the wilderness that God’s saving presence was proclaimed by John the Baptist, and there that God’s salvation was seen. The words of this prophecy were fulfilled when Christ and his glory were made manifest to all: after his baptism the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove rested on him, and the Father’s voice was heard, bearing witness to the Son: This is my beloved Son, listen to him. (Matins, 2nd Sunday of Advent)

Announced Parish Masses
SUNDAY December 4th to SATURDAY December 10th
    Second Sunday of Advent
SUNDAY 10:30 AM Pauline Camille LeBlanc – Daughter Doris & Family
December 4 5:15 PM Missa Pro Popula (Mass for the People)
monday   Sunday Week of Advent – Ferial
DECEMBER 5 NO MASS Mass at Lourdes – 8:00 am, Mass at Holy Name – 7:00pm
Tuesday   Second Week of Advent – Ferial  
december 6 12:10 PM Gaitan Adam – Family
Wednesday   St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor
december 7 12:10 PM Dec. Blaskie Family – Blaskie Family
    (Ann) Thomas Brannen – Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Laflamme
  12:30 PM Exposition and Adoration
  6:30 PM Vespers and Benediction
Thursday   The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
december 8   7:00 PM Jacqueline Charron & Irene Fleury – Richard and Suzanne Fleury
Friday   Second Week of Advent – Ferial  
december 9 12:10 PM Adeline Herron – Barry & Brenda Hudson
Saturday   Third Sunday of Advent – Ferial
DECEMBER 10 6:45 AM Rorate Mass
  7:15 PM Special Intentions of Charlie & Sharon McNaughton – Daughter Shannon-Lee
     Third Sunday of Advent – Ferial
Sunday 10:30 AM Gaitan Adams – Albert & Elizabeth Kruschenske
DECEMBER 11 5:15 PM Souls in Purgatory – Parishioners

In your prayers kindly remember the sick and those who care for them, the lonely, the handicapped, those isolated, and those who have died, especially Maureen McCarty


Your total offering for last Sunday was $5830.00

Thank you for your generosity and support.

O people of Sion, behold,
the Lord will come to save the nations,
and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard
in the joy of your heart.

(Entrance Antiphon – 2nd Sunday of Advent)

Second Sunday of Advent
    Lector Commentator
Saturday, December 3rd   7:15 pm Paola Bertoia Tim Girard
Sunday, December 4th  10:30 am Lance Patriquin Les Scott
Sunday, December 4th 5:15 pm Bill or A-M. Fillmore Bill or A-M. Fillmore
Third Sunday of Advent
    Lector Commentator
Saturday, December 10th 7:15 pm Catherine Laflamme Paola Bertoia
Sunday, December 11th 10:30 am Les Scott Mike O’Grady
Sunday, December 11th 5:15 pm Suzanne Fleury Maria C. Doherty

MASS ATTENDANCE FOR NOVEMBER 27TH – Saturday 7:15 – 62, Sunday 10:30 – 138, Sunday 5:15 – 80


  Our Lady of Lourdes               Most Holy Name of Jesus                        Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste

Monday to Friday 8:00 AM          Monday to Thursday 7:00 PM                Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM

(Please visit the Parish websites to confirm Mass times)


The Advent Season is one of preparation for the coming festivities of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus.  We prepare for Christmas in the secular world through office gatherings, other Christmas gatherings, shopping for gifts, etc.  Spiritually, we should take the time to prepare for the real reason that this holiday exists – the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.  We can do this through Confession, repenting of those sins we have committed.  We can attend weekday Mass one or more times a year, offer up more prayer time, come to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – even if for only 15 minutes.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  A reminder that we are now having Exposition following the Wednesday Mass of 12:10 PM with the praying of the Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  It continues through the afternoon ending with Vesper and Benediction at 6:30.   All are invited to attend.

VIGIL CANDLES:  Please note that the Vigil Candles at the Cathedral have now turned from electric to burning candles.  Often times Insurance companies like to resist real candles citing concerns over fire.  Statistics show that it is almost never that a church burns down due to vigil candles.  In our own diocese, over its history, none of the fires that destroyed churches were ever the result of vigil candles.  Lightning strikes, arson and bad wiring are the major causes.  The candles today are plastic inserts.  If something goes wrong, the plastic melts and snuffs out the flame.  Unfortunately, it makes an awful smell but does not happen too often.


RORATE MASS:  The Rorate Mass is an Advent Mass held on Saturdays in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It begins before the sunrise in candlelight and, by the end of the Mass, the sun has risen.  This symbolizes the darkness being shattered by the Son of God when he is born into the world.  Second Mass being held on Saturday Dec. 10th beginning at 6:45 AM.

THE CATHOLIC REGISTER:  Please note that we will no longer be offering the Catholic Register at the Cathedral.  The cost of this Toronto diocesan newspaper is an unnecessary expense that we can no longer afford.  You are always able to order your own subscription that would be delivered to your home.

SUNDAY MISSALS 2023 – The new missals are now available at Mary’s Altar on left side of the church, cost is $5.00 each. Please place monies in the wooden box provided. Thank you.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES FOR 2023 – The 2023 collection envelopes are now available at the back table of the church.  If you are unable to find your envelopes or would like envelopes, please contact the parish office at 613-732-8513.

ADVENT BOOKLETS – You will find on the tables at the church entrances prayer booklets for Advent. You are encouraged to use this during this Holy season with family or individually as you prayerfully enter into this special time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas.

SUNDAY SOCIAL – Starting in the New Year, the Sunday social will be returning following the 10:30 am mass.  It’s been a long two years and we all look forward to it’s return.  If you would like to volunteer for this,  you will find the sign up sheet in the folder on either of the tables at the church entrance.  Thank you and we look forward

                                                                                    O Mary, ever blessed Virgin, Mother of God.

                                                                       Queen of angels and of saints,

                                                                                         we salute you with the most profound

                                                                   veneration and filial devotion as we contemplate

                                                                  your holy Immaculate Conception.

                                                                 We thank you for your maternal protection

                                                               and for the many blessings that we

                                                                 have received through your wondrous mercy

                                                                                              and most powerful intercession.