FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI
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?”
SPIRITUAL BOUQUET FOR FR. JOSHUA
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!
PARISH PICNIC – DESSERT AND SALADS NEEDED
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!
SENIORS MASS & LUNCHEON – JUNE
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.
DIOCESAN ORDINATION MASS
On June 16th, join the diocese in celebrating the ordinations to the priesthood of Michael El-Nachef and Polux Jean-Baptiste at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. The Mass begins at 7pm.
Are you or someone you know looking for Catholic jobs? Check out the Archdiocese’s Careers page. If you scroll down, you’ll find job posting for the Archdiocese, along with parish positions and other opportunities in Catholic Canadian ministries.