St. Columban Parish – since 1829

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

Welcome to our Parish website.
Check out the ‘What’s Happening’ page.

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

We have reached out to the people at St. Vincent de Paul to
see what items they have an immediate need of: Canned Soup,
Mr. Noodles, and Lunch Snacks
Donation bins are located at the Fourth street entrance and the
front east door.
You can also assist St. Vincent de Paul with monetary
donations. Envelopes and the donation box are located at the
Fourth Street entrance. (Tax receipts will be given)
St. Vincent de Paul is currently located at St. Francis de Sales
Parish. They provide assistance to those in need by distributing
food items donated by the public on Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m.
to 11 a.m.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a registered charitable
organization that is recognized by the Archdiocese of OttawaCornwall. They are run entirely by volunteers, if you wish to
volunteer, call 613-932-9345.

Liturgical Season

What Is Advent?

Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which many Christians make themselves ready for the coming, or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting, and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope, and joy.

Many Christians celebrate Advent not only by thanking God for Christ’s first coming to Earth as a baby, but also for his presence among us today through the Holy Spirit, and in preparation and anticipation of his final coming at the end of the age.

What does the advent Color Purple mean?

The traditions of Advent include the color of dark “royal” purple or Sarum blue (from the Medieval Sarum rite ). Both symbolize preparation, penitence and royalty to welcome the new King. The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week.


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
Assisting Priest

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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