St. Columban Parish – since 1829

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

Welcome to our Parish website.

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.
(Currently on hold for the months of July and August)

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, the foundation of the many facets of our Catholic Faith.

Love thy Neighbour

We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, we do this by taking on 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.

Liturgical Season

Why is Ordinary time called “ordinary”?

Although it might come as a surprise, Ordinary Time is not called “ordinary” based on its level of importance. The origin of the name Ordinary Time comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which means “numbered.” Ordinary Time, which occurs between Christmas and Lent then again between Easter and Advent, signifies a numbered (or ordered) list of Sundays that anchor our daily lives in the Catholic Church.

Ordinary Time is a period when average people like you and strive to become extraordinary messagers of the Gospel that we have been commissioned to be through our baptism.

In fact, Ordinary Time is not ordinary at all. Rightly understood it is a time not only to rest from what has passed but also to prepare for what is to come.


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. Fr. Marc Gaudet
Associate Pastor

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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