Children’s Liturgy March 29, 2020

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Mass Intentions

Masses were offered this week for:

Cathy O’Reilly, Andrew Carb, James Niefer, Bonnie Potvin and Mile Pavlovic.

Intentions for Mass on Sunday March 29 at 10:00 a.m. are:

Denis Robillard and Gary Mousseau






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Sunday March 29th, 10am Mass Live Stream

This Sunday, March 29th at 10am, Father Cosmas will live stream Mass from St. Mary’s.

To join, visit St. Mary’s Facebook page just before 10am EDT and you should see a post you can click on to start viewing the live stream.

We hope you will join us.

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Impact of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 on our Parish

RE: Impact of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 on our Parish

 Dear Parishioners:

In the context of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, we are mostly preoccupied with the health and well-being of the parishioners of St Mary Church Carleton Place and I pray that the Lord protects us all and very particularly those of us who are vulnerable or who care for the sick.

I want to assure you that our parish is carefully following the Liturgical Protocol put into effect by the Archdiocese of Kingston to minimize the risk of infection through our liturgical practices. The Archdiocese remains vigilant—to that effect, it obtains information daily from the local, provincial and federal health authorities.

As the situation evolves, the Archdiocese of Kingston, in consultation with other dioceses, reviews its protocol. For information on the measures the Archdiocese has taken and to find inspiration in the spiritual guidance resources it suggests to us, we invite you to regularly visit its website at and to subscribe to its electronic Newsletter “Weekly News Bulletin” by sending a request to Elisabeth Santos, at

At the parish level, we would also like to stay in close communication with you by sending you necessary information and updates through our parish Website, parish group email and our parish Facebook page amongst other things. I know that before now, some of us had no interest on social media and the like. But we live in desperate times that calls for a change in technological attitudes. As it stands now, it is about the only way we can stay connected.

Some of you have reached out to me asking about how they can continue to support our church financially during this time of isolation and suspension of Sunday Liturgies. I have the delicate task of addressing the question of the financial impact of the pandemic on our church operation. As you well know, our parish relies enormously on the Sunday collection to pay its expenses.

I understand that we are living in a time of crisis and we are all touched in one way or another by COVID-19. In prayer, we invite you to evaluate how you can continue to financially support our parish to ensure that it can carry on—maybe some of you will be able to do a little bit more while others need to scale back.

For now, you can continue to give by mailing in your cheques to the following address:  28 Hawthorne Ave, Carleton Place, ON. K7C 3A9. You can decide to mail it in weekly and do a combined weekly donation. If you do not use cheques, in the near future, you will be able to donate electronically as we are currently looking into other electronic means of giving to the parish. We will update you on that.

Dear Parishioners, let us continue to practice solidarity during these trying times and participate in our own way in the healing ministry of Christ.

Sincere thanks for your attention in this matter and please know that my prayers are with you.

Yours in Christ at this time and always

Fr. Cosmas Ajawara




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Special Indulgence

Special indulgence

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Dear Friends,
It is my hope and prayer that everyone is doing great. The saying “One day at a time ” cannot be more appropriate any other time than now. I believe that God has his plan for us all. Please not the following:


  1. The Holy Father Pope Francis has invited all members of the faithful and other Christians to participate in a special prayer of the Holy Father taking place in St. Peter’s Square this Friday, March 27, 2020. 

This prayer will be streamed from

at 6 p.m. in Rome (1 p.m. ET). During the prayer, the Holy Father will grant to all participants a Plenary Indulgence before imparting his Urbi et Orbi blessing. Please see the attached document from Archbishop Mulhall regarding this.

  1. I have attached to this email a letter regarding the question of on-going support for our parish during this time of pandemic and Church closure.

    3. We have created another Facebook page for use as a virtual platform for spiritual, social, and psychological support for our community members in need during these trying times. Adrienne Witol of our parish is running this virtual community for us. Please follow and forward this Facebook link-


  1. Please, if we do not have your email address on file or if you know anyone who is not on our email list, please send us the information so that they will receive our updates and information.

Thank you and have a blessed day. God loves you and so do I

Fr. Cosmas

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One of St. Mary’s Nightingales

Well done, Susan!

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Children’s Liturgy Online from March 22, 2020

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“Be not afraid, only believe.” Mark 5:36


Dear Friends,

I hope everyone is doing great? I have some good news for you, today the 25th of March (Feast of Annunciation) is exactly 9 months to Christmas, so cheer up!

Anyway, as we continue to live our lives moment by moment, I will encourage you to embrace each day with faith and grace. Remember, “though the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust, yet the love of the Lord will stand as a shelter for all who will call on his name. Sing the praise and glory of God”

Please Note the following:

  1. For those who requested masses to be celebrated during the week,  rest assured that I am offering the masses for your intentions at my private masses. Anyone who needs masses to be said for his or her intentions can contact Rita, our secretary, and arrangements will be made in that regard.
  2. Please continue to intensify your prayers in your homes during this time. This may not be the Lent we asked for, but it is the Lent we have. Please continue with the Lenten practices of fasting, prayer, scripture reading and alms giving. Discover the spiritual opportunities that this period offers you. Those of us who are technologically inclined can find different APPS they can use. These include: rosary army app, the divine Mercy Chaplet app, Stations of the cross and other devotions. The voice of prayer can never be silent.
  3. The Holy Father, Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to join him in praying the Our Father today (March 25th– Feast of Annunciation) at noon. This noon prayer is occasioned by the need for prayer during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  4. Please follow this link  The Solemnity of the Annunciation: the Moment of Incarnation in Our Lives to read more about today’s feast. It gives you an understanding of the Solemnity of Annunciation.
  5. Finally, it is especially important to keep in close contact with one another during these times of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. If any parish group is able to communicate and function via online means, I would encourage you to do so as much as possible. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need some pastoral assistance.

Thanks, and God bless everybody. God loves you, and so do I.

In union of prayers

Fr. Cosmas

“O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us”


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Children’s Liturgy Video on this Week’s Gospel

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