Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – New Year’s Day Saturday, January 1st, 2021

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


INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY Mary in God’s PlanFrom the infancy narratives, which are written from a post-Easter theological perspective, it is impossible to determine how much Mary understood at the time of Jesus’ conception and birth. However Luke’s gospel comes back repeatedly to her reflection on what God was revealing in the message of the angel, the words of the shepherds, and the words of Jesus when as a boy he is found in the temple. She is a woman of faith and the church presents her life as an example for us on the first day of the New Year. Numbers, in today’s first reading, recounts the priestly blessing conferred upon the Israelites. It invokes an abundance of God’s kindness and goodness. Paul then tells us that Yahweh’s goodness became incarnate in Jesus who makes us all the children of the one Father through the gift of the Spirit. And the humanity of God was made possible through the cooperation of a woman, one of the few references to Mary outside of the gospels. In the gospel the shepherds recount for Mary and Joseph the message they had received: Jesus is the Messiah, Saviour and Lord. For Mary the mystery leads to prayer and reflection.

FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS – St. John Chrysostom – We greet you Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole world, inextinguishable lamp, crown of virginity, scepter of orthodoxy, indestructible temple… mother and virgin… We greet you, who held in your holy, virginal womb, the one who cannot be contained. Because of you, the Trinity is worshiped and adored. Because of you the cross is venerated and adored throughout the whole world. Because of you heaven rejoices, the angles and archangels delight and demons are put to flight. Because of you, the devil, the tempter, has fallen from heaven, and fallen creation is taken up to heaven… [Homily 4]

Announced Parish Masses
Monday, January 3rd, 2022 to Sunday, January 9th, 2022
Monday 7:45 a.m. Sp. Int. of Genevieve Yantha on her 100th Birthday – Barb & Ken Recoski
    Ellen McCool – Family
Tuesday 7:45 a.m. Special Intentions of Marc Arsenault – Monique Perry
    Margaret Beanish – Cathedral Staff
Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Agnes Fleury – Family
    Sp. Int. of Anna Mary & Don Gratton – Dcn. Adrien, Bernadette & Becky Chaput
Thursday 7:45 a.m. Doreen Bertrand – Gloria Plessah LaFrance
    Rita Leroux – Linda Caughey & Allan Tierney
Friday 7:45 a.m. Inez Beatrice Winter – Kathleen Gohr
First Friday   Frank Morris Family – Barnett Morris
Saturday 7:15 p.m. Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim
  5:15 p.m. For the Sick – Fr. Jim



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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (New year’s)
Friday, December 31st to Saturday, January 1st
Friday, Dec. 31st – New Year’s Eve 5:15pm Bill or Ann-Marie Fillmore
Saturday, Jan. 1st – New Year’s Day 10:30am Lance Patriquin
Solemnity of the Epiphany
Saturday, January 1st to Sunday, January 2nd
Saturday, Jan. 1st – New Year’s Day 7:15pm Lance Patriquin
Sunday, January 2nd    10:30am Les Scott
Sunday, January 2nd    5:15pm Maria C. Doherty
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 8th to Sunday, January 9th
Saturday, January 8th 7:15pm Timothy Girard
Sunday, January 9th 10:30am Richard or Suzanne Fleury
Sunday, January 9th 5:15pm Bill or Ann-Marie Fillmore


Your Sunday Offering Envelopes for 2022 are available at the main entrance of the Cathedral. If you want envelopes and cannot find a box with your name on it, please contact the parish secretary at (613)732-8513 and one will be prepared for you.


First Communion & Reconciliation – Registration has begun for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Classes begin in January and will be a mix of in person, and, at home sessions.

Any child that has reached the age of reason, regardless of school grade, can partake in these sessions. Please contact the Parish Office for a registration form. Forms will also be sent home with the children from Cathedral School. For further information please contact Lance Patriquin at 613-633-1108.


Please Note – The Parish Office will be closed until Tuesday, January 4th


Synod questions now online – Adsumus Sancte Spiritus is a Latin expression and prayer that mean “We stand before You, Holy Spirit”. It has been used for Church Synods for hundreds of years. With the questions of our Synod now available online at <>.  We invite all the baptized living in the diocese of Pembroke to respond to them and invoke the Holy Spirit with the following prayer:

“We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen”.