St. Columban Parish – since 1829

Our Parish Mission is to Love God, Love thy Neighbour and Leave Peace

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Mass Times
Saturday Vigil – 5:30 PM
Sunday – 7:30, 9:30 & 11:00 AM
Tuesday – 7:30 AM
Wednesday – 12:10pm
Thursday & Friday – 7:30 AM

Regular Devotions
First Friday of the month:
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 7:00 p.m.

First Saturday of the month:
Marian Mass at 8:00am with Rosary at 7:30am

Reconciliation, Saturdays, 3-4 PM, or by appointment
Baptism, Please notify one month in advance
Marriages, Please notify 6 months in advance

Love God

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, we will be building this section for the many facets of our Catholic Faith.

– Mass & Sacraments
– Faith Formation
– Vocations

Love thy Neighbour

We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, we will be building this section for the Social justice initiatives and assisting those in need.

Leave Peace

Our Parish is a gift, that was given to us by the generations before and is extended to the generations to come. We will be building this section for stewardship initiatives.

Upcoming Events
    The Patrons of St. Columban Foundation presents a fundraising Celtic concert on Sunday, September 25, at 2p.m. in St. Columban’s Church. The musical entertainment will feature the Brigadoons. Funds raised at the concert will be directed to pay for the capital repair work on the church. Admission is freewill donation. Cheques are payable to Patrons of St. Columban Foundation. Everyone is welcome.
Liturgical Season

Why Is Ordinary Time Called Ordinary?

Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time, in fact, represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.

It’s appropriate, therefore, that the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (which is actually the first Sunday celebrated in Ordinary Time) always features either John the Baptist’s acknowledgment of Christ as the Lamb of God or Christ’s first miracle—the transformation of water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There’s nothing “ordinary” about that!

Why Is Green the Color of Ordinary Time?

Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time—for those days when there is no special feast—is green. Green vestments and altar cloths have traditionally been associated with the time after Pentecost, the period in which the Church founded by the risen Christ and enlivened by the Holy Spirit began to grow and to spread the Gospel to all nations.
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Founded in 1829, St. Columban’s Church was the first Roman Catholic Church to be established in Cornwall. Formed originally to meet the spiritual need of a few, mainly Scottish families in Cornwall, the parish grew with the arrival of Irish Canal workers in the 1830s and then again with the influx of French-Canadians who came to work in the textile industries in the 1880s.The cultural composition of the parish therefore reflected the changes occurring in the town during the 19th century and until 1887 when the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was opened on Montreal Road.

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Fr. Thomas Riopelle
Parochial Administrator

Rev. Mr. Guy Cote

Get In Touch
(613) 932 9616

Mrs. Kelly Poitras
Office Administrator

Drop By

36 Fourth St. West
Cornwall, ON, K6J 2R6

Office Hours: 9am – 3pm
Monday to Thursday

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