News & Notes: 2023.02.21

News & Notes: 2023.02.21

It’s Ash Wednesday! Come receive your ashes at one of our masses today: 9:00am or 7:30pm.

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. If you are 14 or older, you must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If you are between the ages of 18 and 59, you must also fast on those days.*

*There are exceptions for those with physical and mental health conditions. Check out our fasting guidelines to learn more!

Who can you offer up your Lent for?

This Lent, we want to try something new as a parish. We invite you to choose someone to offer up your Lenten sacrifices for. Lent is long; it’s easy to give up halfway through! Having a focus can help us persevere. And when we offer up our sacrifices for someone, avoiding chocolate or saying that extra morning prayer doesn’t seem as daunting.

Who could you offer up your Lent for? Don’t worry about a specific outcome or desire. Instead, we encourage you to entrust that person to God and give him permission to use your prayers as he sees fit.  He will take our prayers and transform them into something powerful.  

Take a few moments today and ask the Holy Spirit to bring a name to your heart. It could be a family member, a friend, or even a stranger you met. As a commitment to prayer, you can visit the Annunciation church entrance to write that person’s name on one of the provided cards and put it into a box. The names in the box will be anonymous, and won’t be opened or read. Instead, we we will bring the box to the front before each weekend mass and give it as an offering to God (and a reminder to pray for our person).

God wants to do great things in your heart and in the hearts of others. Who can you offer up your Lent for? 


Tax receipts have been mailed out. If you didn’t pick up your receipts this past weekend, you can expect them shortly in the mail. Keep an eye out! 👀

The 2023 Holy Week Adventure is open for registration! On March 31, step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection. Along the path, you’ll encounter people who’ve met Jesus and become part of an incredible Holy Week experience!

This family event is designed to help you re-experience the Easter story in a tangible and interactive way. Your tour experience will take about an hour in length, with tours beginning every 15 minutes starting at 6pm. The cost is $5/person, or $20/family (2 and under are free). Tickets are limitedclick here to get yours today!


Youth Night this Friday (Feb 24) will be at Divine Infant Parish. Grades 6-8 are invited to join us from 7-9pm!


All seniors are invited to join us monthly for mass, fellowship, and good food. There is no cost to attend, so invite a friend! Our March speaker is Richard O’Reilly. Registration closes March 8 so we can calculate numbers for the meal.

Click here to register!


The next General Meeting of the Catholic Women’s League will be Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 7:00 pm. At this meeting, we will conduct the voting on the Notices of Motion before us. We will also have a guest speaker. We have invited Teanna Bertin-McLeod, Indigenous Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison to come and speak to us about her work at Minwaashin Lodge ministering to vulnerable women on the streets. We look forward to seeing you. A link will be provided for those of you who prefer to attend online.

Special Invitation:

We have a special invitation to the women of the parish who are not CWL members. We invite you to join us at 8:00 pm in the parish hall for light refreshments and to listen to our speaker. Minwaashin Lodge is an Indigenous Women’s Support Centre and has an outreach in Vanier. At Christmas, our council collected personal care and hygiene products for their outreach program. Come and hear about Teanna’s work and the fruit that it bears.