News & Notes: 2023.05.24

News & Notes: 2023.05.24



On May 30, a number of young people in our parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation! Let’s pray for them to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to live their faith with courage and joy.

On the day of Pentecost, Jesus’s disciples gathered in a simple room. Though they had witnessed all of Jesus’ miracles, and even his resurrection, they kept the news to themselves. How could they “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” as Jesus had commanded them? They weren’t priests or scholars. They were ordinary. They weren’t important enough. They were afraid.

Then the Holy Spirit came. In an instant, their hearts were transformed. They poured out of the upper room and began telling others immediately about Jesus. Scripture tells us about three thousand were baptized that day, so moved by what they heard. Because of the words of these ordinary men and women, they encountered Jesus.

Pentecost is this weekend! Join us for a Pentecost Vigil on May 27 from 7-9pm and experience the Holy Spirit in a new way. We will have a talk from Fr. Ken Lao C.C., with music provided by parishioner Jeff Lavery. Prayer teams will be available to pray with you and ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life. There will be light refreshments and fellowship to follow. Prayer teams will also be available after the 9am and 11am Sunday Masses.

We are ordinary. We have our own weaknesses and fears. We may not be good at public speaking, and yet we, like the disciples, are called by Jesus to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” But Jesus doesn’t send us out alone! He promised his Holy Spirit to help us. The Holy Spirit stirs up in us a love of God and others, and the courage to love like Jesus loves. Where there is fear, anxiety, and grief in us, he can bring peace and hope.

As we head into Pentecost, take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit into your life with this simple, ancient prayer:

Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit
and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.


The Annunciation Prayer Group is resuming in-person meetings beginning Monday, May 29th from 7-8:30pm in the Annunciation church hall. Anyone interested in prayer and worship is welcome.


We are extremely grateful to all of you for your generosity and support of our fundraiser for the Miriam Centre. You filled the bassinet to over-flowing and gave generously to our pink pig. You have raised over $3,000 for the Miriam Centre. Thank you! 

The quilt raffle was won by parishioner, Lori Angelo.  Lori is pictured here being presented with the quilt by Janet Warren, President of the CWL Council.

Congratulations, Lori!

Come encounter Jesus in the Eucharist

Join us on June 1 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.

Our June speaker is Stephanie Dresch, with a testimony from Stan McLaurin.

Are you interested in helping people find freedom in Christ? Are you interest in learning about the 5 Keys to freedom that Unbound Prayer Ministry offers?

If so, you are invited to attend the upcoming Unbound Info Training Session held at Annunciation on June 3d from 9:40am-12:30pm.

To register please send an email to


June 21 is the last Seniors Mass & Luncheon before we break for the summer. Join us at 12pm for Mass, followed by a special roast beef luncheon. There is no cost to attend, so invite a friend! Click here to register.

Our June speaker is Peggy Doucette.

Peggy and her husband Keith run the St. John Paul II centre for Divine Mercy in Alfred, ON. They and their 9 kids have been active in our parish and throughout the Diocese for many years.


NET Thanksgiving Mass & Banquet

You’re invited to join NET Canada in celebrating the end of the 2022-2023 mission year at their Thanksgiving Mass and Banquet! If you are unable to join the Mass in person, it will also be live-streamed on the NET Canada Facebook page and YouTube channel. See below for details.

Thanksgiving Mass
When: June 3rd, 10:30 am (Doors open at 10:15 am & Livestream begins)
Where: St. Mary’s Parish (100 Young Street)

Thanksgiving Banquet
Where: The Ukrainian Banquet and Convention Hall (1000 Byron Avenue)
Time: 12:00 pm (Immediately following the Thanksgiving Mass)

Tickets for the banquet are available for purchase at or by calling their office at (613) 841-4141. For more information, please contact


Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., on May 27th, Saturday (7-9:30 pm) for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, healing, and Eucharistic adoration. Theme: Become Fire! Speaker: Fr. Mark Goring, CC, Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish 

ONLINE @ St. Mary’s Youtube Channel or Facebook

For more info: Natalia Lacar at