News & Notes: 2023.04.19

News & Notes: 2023.04.19



This coming weekend, April 22 & 23, Annunciation will be celebrating First Holy Communion for a number of our parish children. Let’s pray for them as they prepare to receive Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist!


Did you know Easter lasts for 50 days? The celebration doesn’t end on Easter Sunday; it continues!

In celebration, check out two new testimonies from Annunciation parishioners! They’re sharing what God did in their lives during Lent 2023, and how he used their prayers to transform them.

You can share your story, too, anonymously or by name. Click here to read the testimonies and submit your own.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is hosting a joint “Discover CGS” night with Good Shepherd Parish on Thursday, April 20th from 6:45-8:30pm. The event will let you explore CGS materials and hear some of the presentations that are shared with the children. Join us for a prayerful evening at Annunciation and see what CGS is all about!

What exactly is CGS? This Montessori based program introduces children to biblical, liturgical, and sacramental themes in a way that embraces their youth, their joy, and their capacity for prayer. Child-sized, tangible materials are the heart of the program. CGS works with ages 3 to 13 and meets weekly from October to April.

Come encounter Jesus in the Eucharist

Join us on May 4 at 7pm for our next Behold! Behold is a night of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration with Praise & Worship, followed by a time of fellowship in the hall. There will be a talk at the beginning of the evening, and the Sacrament of Confession available throughout Adoration.

Behold is a beautiful and engaging way to sit with God in prayer. With no commitment or registration required, it’s also an easy event to invite someone to! You don’t need to understand theology or lead small group discussions. Simply come as you are and encounter God’s personal love for you.

Who might the Holy Spirit be prompting you to invite?

May speaker: Marc Moreau
Topic: Holy Spirit


Grieving with Great Hope is a five-week grief support workshop. It offers a prayerful, practical, and personal approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, a child (including pregnancy loss) a grandchild, a parent, another family member, or a friend, you are invited to join us.

Presenters will include Fr Bill Tindall, as well as John and Sandy O’Shaughnessy from Good Mourning Ministry (a Catholic bereavement apostolate).

The sessions will run from 7pm-9pm on Thursdays beginning May 11 and ending June 15. There is no cost to attend. To register, click here.


Are you looking to have your child baptized?

The Baptismal Preparation Team prepares parents of babies and toddlers for Baptism. During three sessions, you’ll dive deeper into the beauty of the sacrament of Baptism, and discuss how to raise children in the faith.

Our next sessions run from 7:00pm-8:30 pm on May 9, 16, and 23. To register your child for these sessions, click here.


Registration for our 2023 Stellar VBS is now open! This summer camp, designed for ages 4-10, launches your kids on a cosmic quest where they’ll have a blast shining Jesus’ light to the world.

Dates: July 17, 2023 — July 21, 2023

Time: 9:00am — 12:00pm daily

Cost: $45/child

Click here for more details and registration.


Annunciation’s Catholic Women’s League is running a fundraiser for the Miriam Centre. Our goal is to fill a bassinet with donations to support new mothers and their babies. Parenthood is challenging; let’s give generously and help them start this new chapter in their lives!

The bassinet will be located in the parish entrance from May 6-14th. Check out the list below and see what you can give:

  • Diaper cream
  • Nursing pads
  • Baby shampoo/Body wash
  • Hooded baby towels
  • Bibs
  • Baby no-scratch mittens
  • Pyjamas (0-9 months)
  • Clothes (0-9 months)
  • Socks (0-9 months)
  • Financial donation



Are you, or someone you know, looking to grow closer to God and to live your faith in community with others? A Cursillo is a short course in the form of a retreat where participants learn, share and have fun together! The next Cursillo for women will be held from Apr. 27-30 at the Centre de L’Amour in Plantagenet. The cost is $280.

For more info, contact Veronica Verner at 613-805-5078.

Register at


The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of Ontario (CCRSO) is hosting its annual Spring Conference on April 29! This one-day conference is a day of praise and worship, with wisdom being shared by Bishop Scott McCaig and Dr. Ralph Martin. Come be renewed and clothed with power from on high.

Click here to learn more or to register. The cost is $25/person.