News & Notes: 2023.09.15

News & Notes: 2023.09.15



We are once again starting up our Fellowship following Sunday morning Masses, and everyone is welcome! 

Please join us in the parish Hall after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. Come for the cookies. Come for the coffee and tea. But most importantly, come to share fellowship with other parishioners at Annunciation! We can’t wait to see you. You bring your smile – we will supply everything else!

We are also looking for volunteers to help out with our Fellowship Ministry. You would be working as part of a team (not alone), and would be needed no more than once a month. If you are interested in helping to set up, clean up, or be a greeter, then we would love to hear from you! Please send an email with your contact information to the parish at


The “Horizons of Hope” course on palliative care was brought forward by the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to address the need for a better understanding of palliative care. Comprised of 4 modules, it explores the Catholic teaching on palliative care and the end of life, medical & ethical approaches, as well as the Compassionate Community model.

Participants can engage in meaningful reflection and conversation on faith, the experience of dying, and palliative care. HOH is a toolkit designed to help each of us—caregivers, family members, the sick and the dying—find support and concrete assistance.

The course will run at Annunciation over four Mondays in October from 10:00am to 12:00pm, beginning October 2. Refreshments will be provided. Binders with course descriptions and reference materials will be available for the cost of $10.

To register, please contact Rob and Shirley Hayes at


Annunciation’s Seniors Ministry has organized a free event to provide fellowship and a gentle exercise opportunity to our seniors. The group will begin with 9am morning Mass and then gather for a walk on the Ottawa River Trail.

No registration is needed—just be in Church foyer for 9:30am with your walking shoes on! The walk will be one hour maximum and you can walk at your own speed.

Dates: Sept 13, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 25

Hope to see you there!

FIRST PREP 2023-24

Our First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion preparation sessions will begin this Fall 2023. Visit the First Prep page for exact dates or to register. There will also be a chance to meet the First Prep team in person on Sunday, October 1 after the 11am Mass. They can answer any questions and help with registration.


On September 23, the Archdiocese is hosting an art show in the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basement celebrating creation and how we encounter God through it. If you’re a local artist and would like to feature your work, visit the event page for submission details.


You are invited to step away from the everyday and encounter Jesus, the Living Water. In this one-day retreat experience, we will dive into scripture, meet him in the Eucharist and be renewed through creating something beautiful with Anna from The Flower Pantry. The retreat will include Mass, talks, time for Adoration and Confession, fellowship, and more.  

The retreat will be held at St. Maurice Parish on Saturday, October 14th from 8:30am- 4:00pm. Cost is $60 (includes lunch and floral arrangement). Registration is open to women 19 years and older through the Google Form. The registration deadline is October 6, 2023.  

Questions can be sent to


The Spiritual Motherhood of Priests (Ottawa) is hosting a conference with Professor Daniel O’Connor on “Seeing the Significance of Our Lady’s Warnings on Our Lives Today.”
The conference will take place on Saturday, September 30th, from 8am – 6pm at Holy Redeemer Church, Kanata. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required. Registration and more information are available at


Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage, Encounter School of Ministry seeks to teach, equip and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their sphere of influence.

Encounter School of Ministry is a 2 year program held on Tuesday evenings from September to May, at St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St, 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Participants have found the program to be transformative, empowering them to more fully embrace their baptismal identity as beloved sons and daughters of God and as disciples of Jesus. Throughout the course, participants learn how to activate spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit, how to hear the voice of God for themselves and others, how to pray for healing, how to share the gospel with others, and much more.

If you would like to learn more, feel free to attend the Orientation evening (Tuesday Sept 5, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm) and the first three (free) classes (Tuesdays Sept 12, 19 and 26, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm) at St. Mary’s . Let God speak to your heart through your experience.The application process closes on Monday, Oct 2!

More information at

Info:; (613)729-8710


This year’s Life Chain is October 1, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Life Chain is an opportunity to witness quietly to the truth of the sanctity of life. Participants will gather at the SE corner of Montreal Rd. & St Laurent Blvd and signs will be available to hold. Participants will then be invited to spread out on all four corners and pray in silence for an end to abortion.