News and Notes: 2021.10.06

News and Notes: 2021.10.06

40 Days for Life 

40 Days for Life is an annual campaign of prayer and fasting for the end of abortion. Since its inception in 2007, thousands of mothers have chosen life for their babies, and over a hundred abortion clinics have closed worldwide. This year’s campaign runs from September 22nd-October 31st.  
On Sunday, October 17th, four east-end parishes will cover the hours from 7am-7pm, praying at the southwest corner of Bank and Queen Streets (by the CIBC), a short distance from the Morgentaler Clinic. At present, there is a particular need for the hours of 4pm-7pm to be covered.  Please contact the parish office by phone or email if you would like to participate.  

Please keep this year’s campaign in your prayers, as we pray for the end of abortion in Canada.  

If you feel moved to do more to protect the sanctity of life, we are looking to recruit a Pro Life Coordinator for the parish.  To learn more, please contact the Director of Volunteers at  

Adult Faith Formation (AFF) 

The Adult Faith Formation team is gearing up to provide you with quality programming that will help you explore the Catholic faith and deepen your spiritual life.  This fall, why not consider one of the following programs: 

THE CREED (6-part Film Series by Bishop Barron)  

Offered via Zoom (2 options):  

Monday mornings at 10am, October 18th to November 29th or Tuesday evenings at 7pm, October 19th to November 30th   

In The Creed, a new film series blending both documentary footage and dynamic talks, Bishop Robert Barron guides viewers into the depths of the Nicene Creed, a fourth-century statement of faith that has profoundly influenced both Eastern and Western spirituality, theology and liturgy.

The Creed will help you discover the great intellectual and spiritual depths of Christian doctrine and reclaim the unity, clarity, and conviction of the Christian faith.   

Recent decades have witnessed a surge of the religiously unaffiliated, especially among young people. Many former believers have simply turned their backs on Christianity and no longer accept its teachings. But what are those teachings? And are they the same as what so many people reject?

  • Explore the meaning of “belief” and whether it contradicts reason;  
  • the creative love of God the Father; the shocking mystery of his Son’s Incarnation and the great drama of his Crucifixion and Resurrection;  
  • the life-giving power of the Spiritus Sanctus, or “Holy Breath”, shared between them, and;   
  • the mystical reality of the Church, which calls all of humanity out of the world of sin to receive forgiveness and participate in Christ’s divinity – not only in the next world but here and now.  
WILD GOOSE (14-part Film Series by Fr Dave Pivonka)  

Offered (2 options):  

Wednesday mornings at 10am Oct 27th to Dec 15th & Jan 5th to Feb 9th in the parish hall by the Ministry for Seniors or Thursday evenings at 7pm, Oct 21st to Dec 16th & Jan 6th to Feb 3rd via Zoom.

The Wild Goose series is truly a work of the Holy Spirit. “Wild Goose” was a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. It is a 14-part series featuring Fr Dave Pivonka and various interviews. Shot in various locations from Niagara Falls to California desert, The Wild Goose invites viewers to an encounter, or renewed encounter, with the Holy Spirit. 

Ponder the richness and beauty of the Holy Spirit as:  

  • “God’s Love”, and as the “Breath” of God.   
  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Fruits & Gifts
  • Spirit of Our Lady, of the Eucharist, and of the Sacraments  
  • Spirit of Adoption, Spirit of the Desert  
  • Spirit who Convicts, and Spirit of Freedom  

To register or to get more information, please contact 

The Noon Mass on Sundays Returns 

Beginning October 17, Annunciation of the Lord will offer a Mass at Noon.  Pre-registration is required.   

If you would like to volunteer at the registration desk, to serve as an usher or greeter, or to be part of the cleaning team, please contact 

Quick Reminders 

Don’t forget to pre-register for weekend liturgies by visiting our website, and clicking on “Register for Mass”.  Registration closes each Wednesday at midnight.   

As it is beginning to get chilly outside, we would like to encourage people attending the weekend  Mass in person to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before Mass so we have time to check you in and get you comfortably seated in time for Mass. 

The first session to prepare the children for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion begins on October 17 via Zoom.  Please keep the First Prep Team, the children and their families in your prayers.  If you would like to register your child or know of a family who may wish to participate in this important formation programme for our children, please do not hesitate to contact the team at ASAP.