Christmas and New Year’s Masses

December 24- 5 p.m. Mass- Children’s Pageant

                           7 p.m. Mass

                           Midnight Mass

December 25- 10 a.m. Mass only

December 31- 5 p.m. only

January 1-       10 a.m.

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Parish directory: book your photo sitting online!

You can now book your photo sitting appointment online by clicking on the big button:

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Knights of Columbus


   Knights Helping Knights

Members of the Carleton Place/ Almonte Knights of Columbus got together to help with yard work for a fellow Knight recovering from major surgery. One of the basic principles of the Knights is to work together in unity to help out our neighbours and each other when in need. There were a ton of leaves to rake- but many hands made the work light. Afterwards the crew enjoyed coffee/ sandwiches and chatter in the warmth of their home.

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Christmas Bazaar

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Fall Bible studies

St. Mary’s parish will be running two bible studies this fall:

  • Tuesday 10am – starting Sept 11th – Lecto Divina using FORMED
  • Thursday 7:30pm, starting Sept 20th – Little Rock Study of REVELATION

The Thursday night study will be after mass.

The Thursday night study will not start until the 20th, as books have to be ordered from Little Rock in the U.S. and won’t be here until then.

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Father Cosmas celebrates the 20th anniversary of his ordination

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At Daily mass on Wednesday the 15th of August, 2018 Father Cosmas was joined by his many friends as he celebrated his 20th year as a priest.  A special thanks to St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s League for putting on a … Continue reading

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Message from Father Gus

Thank You Again and Again


My dear friends, in my previous message I had promised you that I would come back to you with the latest on my health situation. So many of you responded to that message that I could not acknowledge your kindness and love individually. Moreover, at the time I was not on Facebook. But Rita, our competent Secretary, copied each and every message of yours and passed them on to me. I sincerely thank you for your kindness. Very briefly this is the latest on the status of my cancer.  As you already know, on May 2nd I had the PET Scan which revealed the presence of cancer in the lymph nodes around my lungs and heart. In light of this finding, the Oncologist treating me decided to put me through the very complex test called Bronchoscopy, a very complicated test which could reveal the presence of the cancer in my lungs. I had this test on June 14th. On Friday, June 22nd, the Oncologist told me that there was no cancer in the lymph nodes in my lungs or around my heart. In other words, this meant I was healed of the remaining cancer. Although I know the story may not be complete yet, I feel comfortable in sharing with you the conclusions of experts. This may not be the end of the story, yet I wish to thank God with you for sharing these wonderful blessings with me throughout out the treatment process, which lasted well over a year. Please continue to pray for me. I promise to remember each one of you, especially the little ones, during my daily Mass and Rosary in particular. I will let you know what happens next. Again, I thank each one of you for loving me and caring for me. Together with our Blessed Mother Mary, I pray to God to bless you all.


Father Gus

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Companions on the Journey
Dear brothers and sisters, the Eucharist celebrates a wonderful event- the gift which Jesus made of his life on our behalf. In the Eucharist Jesus nourishes us with the bread of life. Having received from Jesus, we are expected to give something in return- not to him but to one another, for it is not meant to be one -way traffic. The Eucharist can never be separated from the washing of feet. Since we are remarkably dependent on one another, we need other people in our lives for support, affirmation, encouragement, and companionship. There is a lot of loneliness in today’s society that is neck-deep in individualism, and it is only through service, communion and companionship that we can conquer. The Eucharist offers us the gifts of service, communion, and companionship in a lonely world. The word ‘companion’ is a lovely word. It comes from two Latin words: ‘cum’ which means with, and ‘panis’ which means bread. So a companion literally means someone with whom I share bread. It is not everyone that you enjoy a meal with. Not everyone that you invite in for a cup of tea. There has to be a bond. And that bond is deepened by the sharing of food and drink.
In Christ Jesus we are bonded, in the Most Holy Eucharist we share the bread of life and drink the cup of salvation as companions on the journey.
Happy feast day
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Cosmas

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Thank you Carleton Place!

The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) members from St. Mary’s Church Carleton Place was this year’s host council for the 96th Annual Kingston Diocesan Convention on May 5th and 6th, 2018 held at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston. The theme of the convention was “Inspired By The Spirit Women Respond To God’s Call”. There was also a sub-theme supporting the CWL Provincial theme of helping the homeless. We were represented by our Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Cosmas Ajawara and 17 of our CWL members.

As the host council, we have the opportunity to promote our town and provide delegate (goody) bags for the 273 participants this year. We also had over 30 door prizes to offer the participants. We must say, we are so pleased and overwhelmed by the support we received from the Town of Carleton Place and many merchants and residents of Carleton Place. We are truly grateful of your support and donations. We received wonderful feedback from Diocesan Council and participants of the convention.

The host council is also given the benefit of choosing a charity or organization in the area to receive the offerings from the final mass held at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Kingston. As our sub-theme was to help the homeless, we chose Cornerstone Landing Youth Services Inc. as the recipient. They will receive over $1,300 from the CWL Kingston Diocese.

Thank you once again for your support!

Photo taken by Shelley M. Stepanuik

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St. Mary’s 1st annual golf tournament!

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52 Golfers from across Ontario enjoyed BBQ followed by 9 holes of rain-free golf at the Canadian Golf and Country Club Thanks to Brian Pelletier, Mike Lalonde and Kevin Hogan for putting it together.  Looking forward to next year!  

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