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  • The Story of Death | Eternal Rest

    Where did death come from? What does death mean for the human person? Is it simply just part of life, or is it something else? In this first session, we discuss the story of death and God’s response to it: defeating death by dying and rising from the dead.

  • Whole 40: Making a Spiritual Plan for Lent

    Sit down with Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Elizabeth Klein to discuss the purpose of the season of Lent, how to prepare for it, and why it is such a fruitful season in our life of faith.

  • For Children: Drawing Closer to God – Ash Wednesday

    Join art teacher Ms. Kim for 10 exciting new Lenten episodes of Drawing Closer to God: A Catholic Art Show for Kids! Follow Christ from the desert to his Passion, death, and Resurrection, learning what it means to turn away from sin and back to God. This Lent, help your children or grandchildren learn to draw closer to God through the beauty of art.

  • Listen: Marriage and Family

    Strong relationships and marriages are of vital importance to individuals, the Church, and society overall, but real effort and wisdom are indispensable to making them last. In this focused presentation, Dr. Scott Hahn shares key principles that he has lived out in his own life. His advice is practical, challenging, and sometimes requires sacrifice, but it is sure to bear fruit and bring forth many blessings.

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    EMPOWERING VOICES: Hearing the Realities of Sex Trafficking and Celebrating Resilience

    Join us for an educational event that aims to shed light on the realities of human trafficking while celebrating the resilience of survivors.

    Event Details

    Feb 20, 10 am – 2:30 pm, St. Mary’s Refuge, 206 Barry Rd, Madoc.


    Mary-Ellen Francoeur (SOS): The Sacredness of a Woman’s Body,

    Ashley Skillen: Real Needs of Survivors – From a Survivor and Social Worker Perspective,

    Kendra MacKinnon: A National perspective Event Facilitator and MC: 

    Jeanette Romkema: Artist Educator and Senior Partner with Global Learning

    Some speakers will join us online. Participants and MC will be in-person. Lunch will be provided. Seats are limited, so RSVP now to secure your spot. Attendance is free of charge. If you would like to make a free will offering, we accept donations. Be part of this event and reserve your place today.

  • 2023 Donation Tax Receipts

    Tax Receipts for donations received by December 31st, 2023 are ready for you to collect from the entrance of the Church. Thanks for picking them up! Kindly contact Cindy in the parish office if you have any questions. Unclaimed receipts will be mailed out before the end of the month.

  • Development & Peace

    This Lent, let’s work toward Reaping our Rights

    This year, Development and Peace — Caritas Canada’s Create Hope: Reaping our Rights campaign calls you to stand with small-scale farmers and peasant communities who feed the world while caring for the Earth. Do this by:

    1. Donating online at or during the Solidarity Sunday collection on March 17, the fifth Sunday of Lent. Your generosity helps support over 73 projects in 36 countries around the world!
    2. Learning more by reading the Mini-magazine and other resources available at
    3. Meeting our solidarity visitors and participating in the campaign launch webinar on February 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

    For more information, contact Donna Modeste at

  • Not sure what to give up for Lent?

    Lent is a significant period in the Catholic liturgical calendar, representing a time of reflection, repentance, and spiritual renewal leading up to Easter. During Lent, Catholics engage in various practices such as prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as a way to deepen their relationship with God and prepare themselves to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    One common practice during Lent is making a Lenten sacrifice. The Lenten sacrifice is a personal commitment that varies from individual to individual. Some may voluntarily giving up something meaningful or enjoyable and others may take up a spiritual practice as a form of penance and spiritual discipline. The sacrifice is intended to mirror Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert, serves as a reminder of his sacrifice for humanity and can also serve as a means of solidarity with the poor and suffering.

    Of course, you can always choose to give up some screen time, sweets, alcohol, entertainment or your favourite food. Not sure what to give up? Looking for something different to take on as a Lenten Sacrifice? Here’s a few ideas:

  • Bring in your Palms

    Have blessed palms from Palm Sunday’s past? Place them in the basket at the entrance of the church before February 12th. Fr. Craig needs them to make ashes for Ash Wednesday.

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    Ash Wednesday

    Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14th. Ash Wednesday derives its name from a practice believers have of receiving ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. The act of receiving ashes and the accompanying words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” serve as a somber reminder of human mortality and the call to turn away from sin and embrace spiritual renewal during the Lenten season.

    Mass with The Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated in our church at 8am and 7pm on February 14th.