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Stittsville’s link to a religious procession celebrating Our Lady of Fatima

The statue on a visit with Monsignor Muldoon, Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville May 2017.
The statue on a visit with Monsignor Muldoon, Holy Spirit Parish, Stittsville May 2017.

(This article was submitted by Jacinta Cillis-Asquith. As you’ll read below, her family has an important connection to this Friday’s procession. Readers may also remember Cillis-Asquith’s nature photography that we’ve featured several times on this site.)

A Marian procession will be held on Friday, October 13 in downtown Ottawa to  mark the 100th year since the miracle of Fatima (miracle of the sun) occurred in Fatima, Portugal.

The festivities will begin with an outdoor, rosary and candle procession with a life-like statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the title given to the Virgin Mary who appeared to three little shepherd children, once a month for six months, in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Continue reading


LETTER: Our trip to Poland for World Youth Day

(PHOTO: A massive crowd of people attend World Youth Day in Karkow, Poland.)

The end of July this year saw with it the ending of what is called “World Youth Day”, a chance for Catholic youth from across the world to make a pilgrimage with Pope Francis. This year, millions of young people came from over 185 different countries and from six continents to meet in Krakow, Poland. I had the opportunity to attend with my sister Maire. We both live here in Stittsville. Continue reading


New school start times in 2015 for some Stittsville-area schools

The hours for several Stittsville schools will change in the fall of 2015. The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA), the agency that manages school bus service for the english public and catholic boards released the new times earlier this week.

The time changes are due to the amalgamation of Public and Catholic school buses to save money by reducing the number of buses on the road. Continue reading


CBC: Stittsville priest charged in 2008 sexual assault of teen

UPDATE / MAY 2, 2017: Ottawa priest found not guilty of sexually assaulting teen boy

CBC reports:

An Ottawa priest has been released on bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy inside a west end Catholic church in 2008.

Stephen Amesse, 56, was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference involving a child under 16.

Amesse was suspended from all ministry and his position as pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fallowfield after he was charged on Thursday, according to his archdiocese.

Ottawa police believe there could be other victims. None of the allegations has been proven in court.

Amesse was well-known in Stittsville’s Catholic community.  He had a nine-year tenure at Holy Spirit Catholic Church before his departure in 2009, and has been involved with Sacred Heart High School.

Reaction to the report has been mostly shock and disbelief.  Here’s some of the reaction from Facebook and Twitter.  Many appear to come from students so we’re keeping the identity of the posters anonymous.

  • “Just because someone said father Steve did this and he got charged doesn’t mean he actually did it… he’s a dope guy regardless.”
  • “Father Steve was charged, he is not yet convicted. Stop jumping to conclusions.”
  • “Father Steve man literally what’s your buzz… Thought you were the man, that’s messed.”
  • “Literally talked to father Steve 2 weeks ago…. Last thing I’d EVER expect.”
  • “Father Steve made mass bearable in elementary school… I’m so shocked.”
  • “Lets see how justice prevails….i just find it hard to believe knowing him personally for many years”
  • “He baptized me and my son and married my husband and I. In all my interactions with him he’s always seemed to be such a wonderful Christian man. It’s so hard to believe.”
  • “Father Steve was such a great priest in the community. I am shocked to hear this.”
  • “Woooooah Father Steve charged. NOOOOOO I thought he was an exception to the stereotype.”