2022 St. John the Apostle Purdy Chocolates Christmas Fundraiser

     We’re teaming up with Purdys Chocolatier this Christmas season to fundraise for Morrison Gardens Food Bank and to St. John the Apostle Church in hopes of raising $500.

     Stock up on your favourite Purdys treats (did someone say Hedgehogs?) AND support a great cause at the same time—it’s the best of both worlds. All fundraising profit raised will directly support the SJA Catholic Woman’s League and the local charities (as above), so every order makes a great difference to us.

From now until NOVEMBER 26, 2022, you can order Purdys treats from our fundraiser by joining our campaign and browsing the tastiest selection of chocolates online. Shop for gifts for family, friends, neighbours AND yourself in one convenient place. After all orders are submitted, we’ll sort, distribute, and let you know when you can collect your goodies.

What you’ll need to order:

1.      Our campaign number: 65848

2.      Go to our fundraising website: 

3.      Click “Join Campaign”

4.      Click on "Shop online" at the top of the screen and Shop, shop, shop away!

Thank you EVERYONE for your support. Even if you can’t buy chocolates from us, it would mean the world if you could share this fundraiser link to everyone you know!

Happy chocolating!

God Bless,

St. John the Apostle Church

Catholic Woman’s League


    On the weekend of December  3rd/4th  

Christmas Fruit Cakes and Gift Baskets full of goodies, made by the Monks of Val Notre-Dame Abbey, will be available for sale in the Glass house before and after all masses.  

Loaf Cakes (600 g) - $22;  Gift Baskets: Sweet Box $30 and Savory Box $35 and more.  Taxes extra.


All proceeds go to help Pro-life work in Ottawa on behalf of Campaign Life Coalition.


Sunday, December 4th


Crafts, music, snacks and more!

Save the date!  More details will follows.


     The Knights of Columbus are holding their annual

Christmas Turkey Dinner on Saturday November 26


Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.

     Dinner: 6:30 p.m. 

    Tickets: Adults, $20

                  Children 5-12 years of age, $10

                  Family of 5, $55


     Tickets are limited to 150 guests and will be available after all masses on the weekends of November 5, 12 and 19th. Tickets will also be made available from the Parish office or by contacting Scott Cornell, (613-601-9350 or


    This is a major fundraiser for the parish and your support is appreciated.  Be sure to purchase early as this event sells out each year!


     While this event is typically an in-person community event for everyone, some parishioners are unable to attend due to the elevator being out of service or other health concerns. We truly understand. For these parishioners we will offer a take-out option – please let us know when you purchase your tickets.


                              This Annual Christmas program has evolved over the years, but the goal has always been the same, to assist those in our community who are in need during the Christmas season. 

       We will be soliciting donations through our Sharing our Christmas envelopes.  The envelopes will be available at the table at the back of the church starting  Nov. 20th until Dec. 4th.

Donations can also be made by:

1.     etransfer at: 

2.     by mail with cheques made out to St. John the Apostle Parish

3.     through Canada Helps


      We, at St. John the Apostle, have a history of giving generously at Christmas time.  The needs are ongoing; so should be our concern and love for our neighbours.


Thank you for your generosity and continued support of this program.

First Communion and Confirmation Registration

To all parents and guardians of children/youth eligible for sacraments this spring,

First Communion/First Reconciliation, for children in Grade 2 or above, and

Confirmation, for children in Grade 6 or above.

Please complete the appropriate registration form below and forward it to the Parish office.

First Communion Registration Form, click here

Confirmation Registration Form, click here

For more information contact the parish office 613-829-1760, or





   Dioceses across Canada, in their continuing journey of seeking reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, have committed to contributing $30 million over five years in new funding to facilitate further reconciliation efforts. The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall has pledged to raise $1.2 million. The name of our campaign is “A Christ-Centred, Co-Journey Towards Healing.”

  Please read Archbishop Marcel’s Pastoral Letter (click here or pick up a copy at the Church) which speaks about the reasons for our involvement in this important work.  We will be providing additional information over the coming weeks in the lead-up to a special collection on November 5th and 6th.



Calling all children and youth!!!


We are organizing a

Children’s Choir and

Christmas Pageant (Gospel reenactment)

For the Christmas Eve 5pm Family Mass


We welcome all children and youth Grades 1 to 12!

Rehearsals start Sunday, Oct. 16th after the 10:30am Mass.  It's not too late to join!!


If you would like to be included or have any other questions, please contact Lisa-Marie Flynn at

Click here for message from Lisa-Marie!



     Kindergarten aged children through grade 6 are welcome to join us for a child friendly liturgy.  Parents are welcome to accompany their children and are encouraged to do so for the younger children, who may not be able to focus or stay downstairs for the whole time.









Click on the links below for descriptions of various ministries in our church, or pick up at copy at the church.  Without them our church could not function.  All these ministries are served by volunteers.  Please consider bringing your gifts, talents and presence to St. John the Apostle in an effort to build-up our parish together, after a very challenging few years.  The time commitment for many ministries is minimal, but invaluable to our parish life. If you want more information, please contact the parish office, 613-829-1760. 

Click here for descriptions of various ministries.

Click here for volunteer sign up sheet.


Your talent is God’s Gift to you.

What you do with it is your gift to God.















Come sing, come lift your voice, come “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”! 

High school students: get your volunteer hours singing with us!

We welcome all who are interested…Grade 9 to age 89 and beyond! 

Feel free to contact the Parish Office or Lisa-Marie directly for any questions and inquiries:

Click here to meet our Choir director Lisa-Marie.


Every First Friday of the month, we will have Adoration following the 9am Mass, until 10:30am.  This will replace the Adoration previously at 8am on First Saturdays.  Moving Adoration to this time will allow more of us to come and spend time with our Lord.

Papal Visit to Canada

Archbishop's letter to all parishioners, click here

How to Support the Papal Visit,  click here

Canada’s Catholic Bishops Welcome Pope Francis’ Apology to Indigenous Peoples

click here to read press release

Archdiocese project to support indigenous people as we work together towards healing and reconciliation.

click here









Catholic Women's League Initiative


Human Trafficking, is the luring of innocent men, women, boys, and girls away from their lives by sweet promises and then imprisoning them in brothels or slavery from which there is no escape and breaks parents’ hearts. It has reared its ugly head again, even in the Ottawa area but A New Day is fighting the scourge and the Catholic Womens’ League of St. John the Apostle is supporting their cause. If you can, please send a donation by:

  1. electronically or  Interac to:

  2. using their donation form at:

  3. by cheque to: A New Day at: 2055 Meadowbrook Road, Gloucester, Ontario (K1B 4W7)

Would you reference it  CWL-SJtA.

Warmest thanks!

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has released an official letter of apology to the Indigenous Peoples for the role of the Church in the Indian Residential Schools. Click here to read the letter of apology and view more related news from the Archdiocese.

CWL Charity Fundraiser with Fundscrip 

Our parish CWL has joined with Fundscrip to raise funds for our community.  All funds raised will be shared with our church, local schools, food banks and others in need. There are over 250 retailers participating in this program (incl. Walmart, Loblaws, Food Basics, Metro, etc.).  All you have to do is purchase gift cards for your everyday groceries, gas, or entertainment such as books!  For more information go to:



Campaign for Conscience Rights Legislation in Ontario

Archbishop Damphousse encourages all the faithful to engage in a new communications campaign launched by the Bishops of Ontario in support of establishing conscience rights legislation to protect physicians, nurses and other health care workers in Ontario. Here is a link for sending automated letters to your local MPPs:

(Note: to access the automated letter, scroll down the page on that site where you will find the letter info boxes just below the Youtube information message video for Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience).

Patient with Healthcare Nurse

No one should be forced to participate in ending a patient's life.


  Hospice forced to close. 

Click here to read article