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We’re a vibrant parish located near uptown Waterloo, Ontario. You’ll find our community is warm, inclusive, and always thrilled to welcome newcomers and visitors.

LENT 2024

Bishop Crosby’s Lenten Message

Ash Wednesday (February 14) – Day of fasting and abstinence 

Masses with imposition  of ashes at 9 AM, 12:10 PM and 7 PM.

Stations of the Cross – every Friday at 7 PM from Feb. 16th to March 22nd.

Fast & Abstinence – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

Fasting is obligatory for persons from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honour the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection.

 Regular Mass schedule:

Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:30 am

Office open Mon.- Thu. 9 AM – NOON and  1 PM – 4 PM
Pickleball open Monday, Wednesday and Friday  from 9 AM till noon in St. Louis Gym. Max. capacity 30.

Faith Enrichment at St. Louis this Winter (contact parish office for more information):

Continuing  – Study of the Mystery of Jesus’ Passover from the Gospel of John on Thursdays at 1 PM. Frances Hogan (lay missionary and experienced educator) leads a series of meditations on the Passion Narrative of the Gospel of St. John. She presents the Gospel in lay language for a contemporary audience. Eight one hour sessions.

Continuing The Great Adventure Bible Timeline with Jeff Cavins – This Bible Study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Jeff Cavins will show you how 14 books of the Bible tell the biblical story from beginning to the end and gives you keys to understanding  the amazing story woven through Scripture. Using a unique colour-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our Faith. (The presentations have been updated since we last studied it in 2015.)

Offered either on Monday nights at 7:30 PM, OR on Sundays at 12:30 PM (till 1:40 PM with substantial snacks provided.)  (No sessions on long weekends etc.) 12 sessions between January and May 2024  & 12 sessions  later during the Fall of 2024. Register by contacting the office. See winter schedule here.

Ongoing – Book Group and discussion (Tuesdays after morning Mass 9:30 – 10:30 AM)

After finishing “My Sisters The Saints – A Spiritual Memoir” by Colleen Carroll Campbell we will take three Tuesdays (Feb. 20, 27 and Mar. 5) to watch and discuss docudrama “Love and Mercy: Faustyna”.

On March 12th will start a new book by Colleen Carroll Campbell : The Heart of Perfection – How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s”. In The Heart of Perfection, Colleen weaves the stories and wisdom of seven ex-perfectionist saints (and one heretic) with Scripture and beautifully crafted tales of her own trial-and-error experiments in applying that wisdom to her life.

The book is read together during each session and discussed. No homework. Come when you can. If you wish to order this book prior to by the end of February – please contact the office.

Ongoing – Lectio Divina – based on the readings for the following Sunday once per month – 2nd Thursday at 7 PM – Next dates: Feb. 15 (exception – 3rd Thursday) and March 14. The goal of Lectio Divina is an expanding capacity to listen with the heart to the word of God in all of life’s situations, leading to a more constant awareness of God’s presence. It is a listening that leads to a new way of seeing and an integration of prayer, work and relationship with others. The 5 stages of Lectio Divina include reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation and action.

(Waterloo Knights of Columbus) Friday Knight Fish Fry Dine in: please contact Martin at 519-884-2060 to reserve your place. To order take-out, call Derek at 226-748-8378 by 4 PM on Friday. PICK UP TIMES: 4:30 – 6 PM; 1 PC $15, 2 PC $18 – Tax incl.
Links to Masses, Readings and Reflections:

Here is the link to the Diocese of Hamilton website with latest updates and special prayers.

Here is the link to Lenten reflections on Sunday readings from CCCB

Here is the link to Daily Mass Readings (using New American Bible translation).

Here is the link to Daily Office (Liturgy of the Hours) and also to Daily Mass Readings

Here is the link to Reflections on the Daily Readings from Creighton University (Jesuit) and here for the Daily Reflections from USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

Here is the link to the Passionists’ daily reflections and the link to the Irish Carmelites’ daily reflections.

Here is the link to the Catholic Mom’s daily Gospel reading reflection.

Here are two links: link #1 and link #2 to Ignatian spirituality Examen.

When travelling here is a link to find Mass times and locations when on the road.

Meet our pastoral team!

Time for Eucharist and sacraments are listed on the right side of the home page. Links to our main topics of information are provided at the top menu. You can also browse recent parish bulletins for more information about what is going on in our parish.

The news link will provide you with major parish news and events. For a quick overview, have a look at our calendar. We try very hard to keep this information updated on a weekly basis. Eucharist intentions and schedules for Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, etc. are not available at this moment; you must pick up your schedules at the back of the Church.

Take time to explore our site. We have many opportunities for you to get involved, either as a provider or recipient of sacraments. Check the parish enrichment for an overview of our current programs. Each will list specific committees, activities, and contact persons (in case you have questions, feedback, or a desire to volunteer).

The resources, as well as the get faith formation, will continue to grow throughout the lifetime of this site — so keep your eye on the changing contents. The resources will have links pointing to valuable sources of Catholic information and news, including the Diocese, Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, and the Vatican. There are also links to specialized sites, Catholic newspapers, and selected Universities.

Faith formation focuses on numerous opportunities for you to grow in your spiritual life.

Because we have such a diverse community, we also focus heavy on outreach.

Feel free to direct any questions to the parish office.

Travelling? Click here to go to a Canada Mass Times website.