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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


ON THE FLY: Herons and egrets (photos)

Thanks to Jacinta Cillis-Asquith for sharing these photos, taken last week in our area.

“Stittsville…home to Herons everywhere,” she writes. “I could not fit enough trees into my picture. This must have been the general meeting of these birds. There were over 30 herons and egrets! A pretty amazing day.”

(We’ve had a few readers ask where these photos were taken. Cillis-Asquith says that wildlife photographers will typically not share exact locations in order to preserve the natural habitat of the wildlife.)

All photos ©Copyright Jacinta Cillis-Asquith/JacintaPICs 2017. (See more of her photos here…)

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“OTTER’S” KEY: Breakfast in the Jackson Trails pond

Jackson Trails may have a new mascot!

Foxes, deer, turtles, turkeys, coyotes, beavers and even bears are fairly common sights in Stittsville, but it’s not often you see an otter.

Photographer Jacinta Cillis-Asquith lives in Bryanston Gate, just east of Jackson Trails.  On Saturday morning around 8:40am, she was out for a walk near the stormwater management pond in Jackson Trails, and spotted this guy having breakfast.  It’s a river otter. Continue reading