FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.      HOW DO I GET INFORMATION ON BECOMING CATHOLIC?

·         Please know that you are most welcome to attend Mass here at Our Lady of Fatima Parish at any time.

·          “Becoming Catholic” involves two things:

1)      Being prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation)

2)      Learning to live the faith in our daily life

·         Our Parish RCIA Team will journey with you towards those goals. RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults”. Weekly sessions from October to May provide an opportunity for learning about our faith and growing in relationship to God in a small group setting. You will be prepared to receive the Sacraments which will be celebrated during the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night service before Easter). Click here for the RCIA information pamphlet.

·         Feel free to introduce yourself to the priest after Mass, or call the Parish Office at 613-722-7661 to make an appointment to meet the Pastor. If you wish to speak with the RCIA Coordinator call Sr. Marie McArdle at 613-421-0391.

 

2.      IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE I’VE BEEN TO CHURCH. CAN I COME NOW?

·         Yes! Please feel free to attend any of our Masses. Perhaps you have questions about your situation, or you are not sure if you are able to participate fully. If you would like to speak with the Pastor call the Parish Office at 613-722-7661.

·         Our Lady of Fatima Parish welcomes everyone to share in our worship.

 

3.      I AM NEW TO THIS PARISH. WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?

·         First, let us welcome you! We hope you have a happy home here at Our Lady of Fatima.

·         To register, print the new parishioner form here and drop it in the collection basket on the weekend, or bring it into the Parish Office Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.

·         You can expect a member of our Welcoming Team to call you to officially welcome you to the parish. They will be able to answer any questions you may have.

·         The best way to meet new people is to get involved in one of our many ministries or groups. Contact our Coordinator of Ministries, Irene Desjardins at 613-722-7661 to have a chat about your interests and goals.

 ·        You can also e-mail the completed form to info@fatimaparish.ca

 

 

4.      HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR CHILDREN’S LITURGY?

·         Children’s Liturgy takes place during the 11:30am Mass on Sunday morning.

·         The children are called forward at the beginning of Mass. They go with the Children’s Liturgy Team to the Parish Hall where they hear the Gospel and have discussions, games and activities geared towards their age level (age 4-9).

·         There is no need to register, simply come forward with your child at the beginning of Mass. (If you prefer, you can drop into the Parish Hall between 11am and 11:30am to introduce yourself to the team).

·         Parents are always welcome to attend/assist.

 

5.      I AM HOUSEBOUND AND CAN’T MAKE IT TO MASS. CAN SOMEONE BRING ME COMMUNION?

·         Our Pastoral Care Team would be happy to set up a weekly visit with you. In addition to bringing you communion, the pastoral care team can bring you the bulletin and arrange for the priest to visit you if you wish. Call the Parish Office at 613-722-7661.

 

6.      WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE PRIEST FOR THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK?

·         The Sacrament of the Sick can be administered by the priest at any time. If you are scheduled for surgery or feel the need for healing please call the Parish Office at 613-722-7661 to set up an appointment.

·         The Sacrament of the Sick is not the same thing as “Last Rites” which is actually the reception of the eucharist for the last time (known as “Viaticum”).

·         There is no need to wait until death is imminent to ask for the priest to visit you or your loved one. In fact, it is preferable to ask for the Sacrament of the Sick beforehand, so that you and your loved one may benefit from the healing touch of God’s presence in the sacrament.

 

7.      WHAT DO I DO IF MY LOVED ONE DIES?

·         Most families use the services of a funeral home. They will explain the procedures and will handle the arrangements for you.

·         When you meet with the funeral home you can discuss where and when you would like the funeral to be held.

·         The funeral home will then contact us to confirm the date and time.

·         Our Parish Funeral Team will meet with you to discuss the readings and hymns which would best honour your loved one.

·         You are not alone. Our Parish community keeps you and your loved ones in our prayers.

 

8.      HOW CAN I GET HELP WITH FOOD OR MONEY?

·         For assistance with food, visit the Britannia Food Pantry at 115 Ritchie St., Unit 9. It is located in the basement of the Britannia Woods Community House.

The Food Pantry is open Tuesday 6:30pm-9:30pm and Friday 9:30am-11:30am

Their telephone # is 613-829-3696.

·         Call the City of Ottawa at 2-1-1 for information on programs and agencies for financial assistance.