News and Notes: 2021.12.22

News and Notes: 2021.12.22

Christmas Update

If the changing news on the COVID-19 front has you rethinking your plans to attend one of the Christmas Masses, please contact the parish office if you decide not to attend.   

If you registered to attend Mass, please be advised that you will receive a confirmation email from the office. 

Just a gentle reminder that upon entering the Church, you will need to sanitize your hands, wear a mask and be socially distant while waiting to check-in.  Plan to arrive around 15 minutes before the start of Mass so that there is sufficient time to check you in and get you seated.  We will also be following public health guidance requesting that the congregation refrain from singing during Mass.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Drive-By Communion – Christmas Day

For parishioners who will be watching the Mass online, you may receive Holy Communion on December 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Christmas Mass Online

The 4:00 p.m. Mass will be live-streamed on the parish’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.   

Christmas Senior Luncheon

On December 15th after the senior noon Mass, we hosted our 1st Christmas Senior Luncheon, and what a feast it was, we welcomed about 90 people, (12 people were bussed from Beacon Heights) into the hall to feast on a most delicious turkey dinner, prepared by Chef Ric & his crew from the Ottawa Mission, the Knights of Columbus donated some fruit cakes which were cut up & served with ice cream,. We also had some pumpkin tarts that came from the Mission. 

Margaret Egan & Connie O’Connor Duff took turns playing Christmas music on the piano while we dined! 

Also at the luncheon, the big reveal was announced – the Ministry for Seniors will be known as “KeenAgers”! 

SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE – Volunteer Opportunity

Were you aware that Annunciation of the Lord & St Gabriel’s parishes have been serving lunch to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, at the Shepherds of Good Hope for 35 plus years, on Sundays in January & September?  The current pandemic has certainly presented its challenges for the Shepherds as needs within the community grow, however they have continued to meet those challenges, while keeping everyone safe in adhering to provincial requirements/protocols.  And, in order to meet the increased needs within the community, the Shepherds continue to look to us, their much-valued volunteers, now more than ever.   

If this is something that is speaking to your heart, or you would like additional information, please email Christine at, as we are still in need of volunteers for this very rewarding work, this January.   

Thank you – A Very Merry Christmas to You & Yours!  

Bob Rapley & Christine Demers