Sat : 5:00 pm Sun : 9:00 am and 11:00 am Mon  :  no Mass Tue : 9:30 am Wed : 9:30 am Thu : 9:30 am Fri : 9:30 am
I wanted to provide an update to all of you on the great work our parish is doing to support a local family in need. We are one of a few churches that have been providing meals to a family of 6 living in a motel. The family has been in the motel for almost 9 months after fleeing an unsafe environment and has been struggling to find housing. With only a microwave, crockpot and bar size fridge, the hot meals our parish prepares for them on Fridays and Saturdays are extremely helpful. I wanted to share this grateful communication from the family with you.
If you are interested in providing a meal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put your name on my list and contact you as needed with the appropriate information.
Thank you, all of you that have already assisted, as you can see from their note below, your efforts are having a profound effect on the members of this family.
Please keep them in your prayers.
Note from the family.
“I wanted to take a few moments to thank everyone for all the help we have received from each and every one who has made our situation much more tolerable in every way. From hot home meals, gift cards, kind notes of encouragement and more.
Never in my life did I imagine myself or my children without a home yet we find ourselves grateful to be where we are and with so much support. We are trying to patiently await safe and affordable housing. We had to leave our home because we were not safe, leaving us with nowhere to go and with very little tangibles from our past life. Victim Services and Lanark County housing are working to get us a safe home however due to COVID shut downs and a housing crisis we have been in a hotel (myself and my 5 children) almost 9 months.
Here we are safe and that is our first priority. It has been a huge adjustment but with all the help we have received to date it has been tolerable and we are both humbled by your kindness as well as so appreciative.
As a single mother paying for a hotel is a financial burden to say the least making it a massive struggle to move ahead or find affordable lodging. We know that in time with love and patience that good things are ahead but would greatly appreciate any help finding affordable and safe living accommodations. If anyone is aware of any rental units in Almonte, Beckwith, Carleton Place area (It’s imperative for my children to be in their school district for stability and more importantly the schools are very aware of the situation my children have been through as well as having safety measures in place) we are in need of a 3 bedroom + and can afford 1500 or so a month in rent. We have 2 dogs whom are in foster care awaiting coming home and my children miss them.”
June 13, 2021 at 11 a.m.
St. Mary’s Parish, in a show of solidarity with our Indigenous brethren, will celebrate a Memorial Mass in remembrance of the Indigenous children who died in the residential schools. We ask that if you cannot join us at the church to pray for the souls of these innocent children, that you please join us online. This Mass will be streamed. See the link below.
June 13, 2021 at 11 a.m.
St. Mary’s Parish, in a show of solidarity with our Indigenous brethren, will celebrate a Memorial Mass in remembrance of the Indigenous children who died in the residential schools. We ask that if you cannot join us at the church to pray for the souls of these innocent children, that you please join us online. This Mass will be streamed at this link. https://www.facebook.com/stmaryscp/
Beginning Friday June 11th, 2021 the province of Ontario is going into Step 1 of the reopening plan. This means we will be allowed to have a total of 65 people for Mass at St. Mary’s Church at one time. Therefore there will be no need to register for Masses that take place after Thursday June 10th, 2021.
Since we will have room for 65 in the church at each of the Masses, we will suspend the Sunday parking lot Masses at 9 am and resume the Sunday Masses in the church at 9 am.
The 11 am Sunday Mass will continue to be streamed on our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/stmaryscp/ however we will discontinue the distribution of Communion on Sundays at noon.
When coming to Mass, we ask that you continue to wear a mask, follow the instructions of the ushers, sanitize, your hands and remain socially distanced.
If you know of someone who does not have email or internet, please pass this message along to them.
If you have any questions please call the office (613-257-1284) during office hours-Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 am till 2 pm.
Thank you and pleases continue to stay safe.