News & Notes: 2023.05.31

News & Notes: 2023.05.31


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.


At the end of June, Fr. Joshua is moving to his new parish in Toronto. We have been so blessed by his service and faithfulness this past year! Though we’re sad to see him go, we know the Lord is calling him to great things.

As a parting gift from Annunciation, we are collection affirmations, messages, and prayers from parishioners to form a spiritual bouquet for Fr. Joshua. All entries submitted using the online form will be collected and given to him before his departure.

Click here to add a message to the spiritual bouquet!

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


On Sunday, June 11, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. The feast day celebrates the True Presence of the Eucharist—which is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus. One major tradition for this feast is to process with the Eucharist. Following the 11am Sunday Mass on June 11, we will process outside with the Eucharist as a visible sign to our community, in the same way that our parking lot Masses were!

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. When the priest prays the words of consecration during Mass, the bread and wine are transformed miraculously into Jesus’ body and blood. It’s not a symbol or metaphor. It is truly Jesus, present with us. But this is a teaching that many wrestle with. How can something be Jesus’ body and blood when it seems unchanged? When Jesus first tells the disciples about the Eucharist, scripture records them as saying, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” (John 6:60).

The feast of Corpus Christi gives us an opportunity to wrestle with this teaching once more and ask ourselves, “Do I truly believe? ” If you have doubts or questions, know you are in good company with the disciples themselves! Check out this video from Fr. Mike Schmit to dive deeper into those questions and understand why we believe in the True Presence: “The Disciples Doubted the Eucharist. Do You?”


Deacon Kevin Darwent CC will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 17, 2023. He is one of our own—a parishioner of Annunciation! On Sunday, June 18th, the newly ordained Fr. Kevin will celebrate his first Mass at 11am at our parish, followed by a picnic to celebrate the occasion.

The Knights of Columbus will be barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers, the CWL will be setting up and coordinating the service, and we are asking parishioners to provide desserts and salads for this event.

Want to contribute a dessert or salad? You can sign up at the Info Desk anytime during the next two weeks!


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