The Tree Planted in 1732 still Grows


If you are seeking a church home, we gladly welcome you to join our faith families of St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Parishes. We are vibrant communities with a mission of living the Good News of Jesus Christ through reflection on the Word of God, administering the Sacraments and motivating our parishioners to the perfection of love through service to our neighbours.

The Catholic community has been an integral part of the Rainy River district since the first days that the voyageurs settled here in the 18th century. Since then until now, thousands of souls have been baptized, nourished by the Body and Blood of the Lord, empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and exchanged their marriage vows in our beautiful church buildings that have housed our communities over the years. In addition, we have strengthened families to support vocations to the priesthood, religious life and the permanent diaconate.

We have something for everyone in the family, especially our younger parishioners as they journey in faith by receiving the Sacraments of Initiation and grow to be the leaders of tomorrow. Our extensive youth ministry begins with Children’s Liturgy and as your children grow they are invited to participate in our Edge and Life Teen programs.

Our parishioners are active and generous with their time and talents to make present God’s Kingdom on earth. They do this by taking on leadership roles, enhancing the liturgies as musicians, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, greeters and altar servers, supporting the parish as members of the Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus, as well as organizing social and service opportunities. This is the secret behind our vitality and strong sense of community, and as a new parishioner you are encouraged to get involved in an area of parish life that interests you. You can be certain that you will find your efforts warmly welcomed.

Please visit or contact the Parish Office to register or download the registration form below and drop it into the collection basket. Offertory envelopes and pre-authorized debit are also available, as well as many opportunities to share your talents and gifts. If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact the Parish Office at your convenience.

Our Parish Communities of St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Lourdes welcome you and hope you will feel at home and among friends.

Registration Information

To register as a parishioner of St. Mary’s or of Our Lady of Lourdes, or to update your information, please download and complete the registration form and fax or return it to the Parish Office at St. Mary’s.