News & Notes: 2022.02.02

News & Notes: 2022.02.02

Lent 2022 

Our journey begins.  Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving over the next 40 days we will grow closer to Christ and be renewed by the spirit of God’s love and mercy.   

Ash Wednesday, March 2  

The distribution of ashes will take place at the 9:00 a.m. Mass and 7:00 p.m. Mass.  For those folks who will be watching online, drive-by distribution of ashes as well as Holy Communion will follow each Mass.  

Stations of the Cross 

Join us as we pray the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent at 7:00 p.m. Please note the Station of the Cross will not be held on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation and on April 8 as the parish will offer a “Holy Week Adventure for Families” that evening. 

Cross Canada Pilgrimage  

This Lent, we call our parishioners to pray together for our parish, our friends, our neighbours, our community, our country.  

  • What: A challenge to walk and pray during Lent.  
  • Who: Everyone in the parish.  
  • Where: Around your neighbourhood, your place of work, or nature trails.  
  • When: From Ash Wednesday (March 2nd ) to the Wednesday before Holy Thursday (April 13)  
  • Why: These last two years have brought many hardships and division to our community. Both on an individual and corporate level. As a parish we are working towards reopening and restoring. Both tasks will require the help of the Holy Spirit. We ask all parishioners to take some time each day or week and go for a walk around their neighbourhood and pray: Say a decade of the rosary or a whole rosary! Pray for God’s will to be done in the lives of the people you meet or who live in your building or on your street. We need the Holy Spirit. We have all collectively lived through trying times these past few years.   
  • How: Record your mileage each week and report it to the parish. We will be keeping track of mileage each week from Wednesday to Wednesday. The Annunciation staff will track our collective progress on a map of Canada. Let’s see if we can walk across the country during lent. Here’s how to record your kilometers:
    • Write down your distance on the pledge sheet in the narthex
    • Email your mileage to the parish at
    • Fill out the fillable form on Facebook or parish website ->
    • Call the parish and let us know how far you have walked this week.

The goal for this week will be to walk the equivalent of 1,700 KM. The distance from St. John’s NL to Quebec City, QC! 

Save the Date 

On March 25 at 7:00 p.m. come celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation.  
On April 8 Holy Week Adventure for Families.  More information to follow. 

Emerging From the Pandemic 

As the parish begins to emerge from the pandemic restrictions, ministries and groups within the parish will slowly begin again.  Two initiatives of the CWL are visible signs of returning to a more active and vibrant life as a parish community. 

Used Stamps For The Miriam Centre 

One of the objects of the Catholic Women’s League is to protect the sanctity of life and in this regard an organization we support is the Miriam Centre in Orleans.  

The Miriam Centre offers emotional and spiritual support to anyone facing a difficult pregnancy and they offer practical assistance, for example: equipment, maternity clothes, clothes for infants to size 4, and emergency assistance with diapers, baby food and formula.  In addition, they offer support for those suffering from the loss of a child through miscarriage, abortion or infant death.  Check their website at  

One of the ways the Miriam Centre fundraises is through their stamp sales.  The next sale will be in May.  For this they collect used stamps.  

Our CWL Council will have a grey stamp box in the narthex throughout Lent and into the Easter season for collecting your used stamps for the Miriam Centre.  Be sure to cut used stamps from your incoming mail and save them, being careful to leave a good border around them.  Bring them to the Church and put them into our box.   Thank you for supporting the Miriam Centre in this way.  

CWL Shamrock Cookie Fundraiser 

To be able support the good works of so many Catholic organizations in Canada, the CWL relies on fundraising activities like the upcoming Shamrock Cookie Fundraiser.  

Looking for a bit of the luck of the Irish?  Why not purchase some shamrock cookies.  These handmade cookies, almost 4 inches large, are made with butter, and the best ingredients, no preservatives are used, and they are made to order, They are hand decorated and packaged with environmentally friendly  paper. Although we cannot guarantee that they have not come in contact with certain allergens like nuts, milk or soya, we can guarantee they are delicious. 

The cost for these melt in your mouth cookies are : 6 Shamrock cookies for $15 or  12 Shamrock cookies for $25 

Orders can be made online at and paid for by e-transfer until Wednesday, March 9th at 5pm.  In the Message section please put your name and the amount you would like to order.   

Orders will be ready for pick up at the Church on Sunday, March 12th and 13th after/before Masses.  

COVID-19 Update

Starting on Tuesday, March 1st:

  • All capacity limits on religious services will be lifted.
  • All capacity limits on social gatherings will be lifted.
  • Physical distancing between households will no longer be required.
  • Pre-registration for Mass will no longer be required.
  • Congregational singing will be permitted.

However, please note that, even after March 1:

  • All masking requirements will remain in place.