The 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 13th, 2020

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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 Blaine Lavallie, Jacqueline Charron, Laydon Marion and Vincent Quast..

INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY:  Theme: Christian Joy – This mid-point Sunday of Advent has long been known as “Rejoice” Sunday (Gaudete). Since Advent is not penitential season but a season of hope and expectation, today’s celebration reminds us that we have ample reason to hope in view of our experience of God’s goodness. The passage from Third sage of liberation and lasting favor. In the midst of rather tense expectation, Paul urges the Thessalonians to rejoice in prayer, thanksgiving, and confidence. In today’s gospel, John the Baptist willingly acknowledges his subordinate status as the points to the one who is to come.

FROM THE RECTOR’S DESK:  Due to COVID virus, the protocol is to sanitize the pews after mass. In light of this, we are in need of volunteers to help with this task. Any help after mass would be appreciated.

From The Rectors desk: What do the Symbols of Christmas Mean?

  • Shepherds used crooks to bring lambs back into the fold. Candy Canes remind us we are all our brothers and sisters keeper.
  • Sheep wear bells so the Shepherd can easily locate them. Bells remind us to locate those in need, and to bring them into the fold. Also, for centuries bells have been used to announce special events.
  • Stars are the most familiar Christmas symbol, they represent the star of Bethlehem which guided the Wiseman to the Christ Child. They remind us that we should diligently seek Him every day.
  • For centuries, the evergreen tree has been a common symbol of eternal life. It reminds us that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we will all enjoy eternal life.
  • In many cultures the circle is a symbol of eternity, having no beginning and no end. The wreath combines evergreen boughs in a circle as a symbol of never ending love.
  • Candles are one of the most common symbols in the world. They represent different things to different cultures. At Christmas time, candles remind us of the light of Christ.


Your offering for Sunday, November 15th was $4,597.05.

A sincere thank you for your weekly donations during the COVID 19 pandemic. Your generosity is gratefully appreciated.


Those who are to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion are to obtain the appropriate form from the parish office should do so as soon as possible. Registration for sacraments of Reconciliation /First Communion must be submitted to the parish office by January 15th, 2021. Formation sessions will begin Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.  In the parish hall which parents must attend.  First Communion will be on Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Marianhill Lottery 2021 supports the ‘Building Care” Redevelopment Project

Marianhill 2021 Lottery tickets are now available through to January 31, 2021. Lottery funds go towards the purchase of furniture and equipment for the new building. Each $25 ticket provides you with 69 chances to win. Early Bird draw December 16, 2020. Call Marianhill to order 613 735-6838 ext. 4306 OR download ticket order form at Tickets will be mailed via Canada Post. Thank you for supporting the Marianhill Foundation!

Advent Prayer Booklets

You will find on the tables at the entrance prayer/meditation booklets for Advent which I encourage you to use during this holy season as families and individuals as you prayerfully enter into this special time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas.

Your 2021 Sunday Offering Envelopes

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 732-8513 and one will be prepared for you.

Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation – Leadership Program

Are you called to join other Canadian women learning how your leadership has the power to transform where you work, volunteer, and live? Application are now available for the 2021-2022 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The in-person and online program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spiritually at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) runs from April/21 to May/22. Visit Application deadline November 20, 2020

Sunday Missals 2020-2021

Are now available at Mary’s Altar on left side of the church, cost is $3.00 each please place monies in the wooden box provided. Thank you

Christmas Holiday Schedule

The Parish Office will be closed from Wednesday, December 23rd, to Friday, January 1st, inclusively. It will re-open on Monday, January 4th. The staff at the Parish Office takes this opportunity to offer you and your family a Christmas Season filled with peace and joy!

Holy Mass – Extraordinary Form

Holy Mass in the extraordinary form is offered at St Columbkille Cathedral on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. These Latin Masses are in the form of the Liturgy as it was celebrated at the time of the Second Vatican Council—the same form which nourished the faith of many of our ancestors. English translations of the entire Mass are provided. Next Mass – January 2, 2021.

Sunday Missals 2020-2021

Are now available at Mary’s Altar on left side of the church, cost is $3.00 each please place monies in the wooden box provided. Thank you.


We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to all couples who are celebrating their marriage anniversaries in December. May the Lord continue to bless them in their life together. The 10:30 Mass this Sunday is offered for their intentions.

Among those celebrating are: Gordon & Nancy Carriere (52 Years) and Rod & Joan Gervais (65 Years).

Obligation to Attend Mass Remains Suspended

Due to the issues surrounding COVID 19, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended for all Catholics in this diocese.

Announced Parish Masses

Monday 7:45 a.m.

Souls in Purgatory – Rose Docherty
Lois Gallager – Ann Heney


Tuesday 7:45 a.m.

Ann) Deacon Michael McFarlane – wife Brenda & Family
Raymond Gutoskie – Theresa Gutoskie


Wednesday 7:15 p.m.

Sandra Turcotte – Allan & Janice O’Dacre
Dec. Family Member – Lois Laidlaw


Thursday 7:45 a.m.

Frank & Mildred Murphy – Gene & Lorraine Murphy
Maurice & Marie Corriveau – Estate


Friday 7:45 a.m.

Frank Blaskie – Arthur Ladouceur
Vina Hearty – CWL


Saturday 7:45 a.m.



Saturday 7:15 p.m.

Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim


Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim


Sunday 5:15 p.m.

For the Sick – Fr. Jim

Christmas Mass Schedule

Solemnity of Christmas

Christmas Eve – Thursday, Dec. 24: 6:30 p.m. & 12:00 Midnight

Christmas Day – Friday, Dec 25: 10:30 a.m.


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Saturday, Dec. 26: 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, Dec.27: 10:30 a.m and 5:15 p.m.


Solemnity of Mary of God

New Year’s Eve – Thursday, Dec, 31: 5:15 p.m.

New Year’s Day – Friday, Jan. 1: 10:30 a.m.


Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 2: 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, January 3: 10:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.