A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

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Maybe you’re returning to your Catholic roots. Or maybe, like me, you’re fairly new to the Church. Either way, some resources for your faith journey might be welcome right about now. So here are some ideas from this recent convert.

Your Local Catholic Church
Wondering why no one says, “And also with you,” anymore? Not sure when to sit, stand or kneel? For the first few weeks at my church, I spent a lot of time watching other people to figure these things out. You learn what to do and when by going to Mass so you can participate and not just observe. Having a copy of the Sunday missal helps you understand the service and lets you look over the readings ahead of time.

When you attend Mass regularly, you get to know your parish priest and find out what ministries are available that could help you—or that you could help with. And if you struggle with shyness, as I do, attending a coffee hour or joining a parish group like the Catholic Women’s League or the Knights of Columbus is a great way to meet other parishioners and get involved.

If you’re still looking for a church home, the Archdiocese of Ottawa’s website features a directory of parishes. Read the rest of this entry »


Okay, not funny. More like life-changing.

As the site name tells you, I haven’t always been a Catholic. Baptized, confirmed and married Anglican, I attended an Anglican church for years, some of that time with my husband. Then we joined a non-denominational congregation for a couple of years. Returning to Ottawa from southern Ontario meant finding a new place to worship. Lent 2011 found us at a local Catholic church.

We knew many of the prayers and hymns. But the congregation actively participated in the service by sitting, standing, kneeling, making the sign of the cross, praying and singing. Candles on the altar, votives in the chapel, icons, statues and stained-glass windows added to the atmosphere. Worshipping in this church involved all the senses. We enjoyed the service and decided to return.

Catholic edition of the Bible

Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

Yet I also wanted to learn more about the Church. I had questions about the Virgin Mary, the saints, the Pope, purgatory, confession, and so on.  Read the rest of this entry »

Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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