News & Notes: 2023.09.29

News & Notes: 2023.09.29



September 30 is the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. The Archdiocese is holding a special 10am bilingual Mass to commemorate the day at St. Basil’s parish. 

It’s easy, and sometimes more comfortable, to let this day pass without note. But we mustn’t be afraid of truth. As Catholics, we have a responsibility to confront the painful legacy of residential schools in Canada. As Christ tells us in scripture, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

The diocese has encouraged us to dedicate September 30th to prayer and to spend time listening to the experiences of Indigenous peoples. You can visit the diocesan Journey for Healing website to explore the linked indigenous ministries, or check out the NCTR site’s archives, which hold testimonies from survivors of residential schools.

The diocese has shared a rendition of the “Ave Maria” sung in the Ojibwe language. Gisèle Mageau, the singer and a parishioner at St. Joseph’s in Orleans, has also shared her testimony of coming to know Jesus. We invite you to bring both into your prayer time this Saturday.

The House is back! The first Junior night (for grades 6-8) will be Friday, October 13 at 7 pm. We’re also setting up a seniors group for grades 9-12, so stay tuned.

To register for the Oct 13 Junior night, click here:

The House is also attending the JON musical festival, which features a number of fantastic Christian artists, including Maverick City’s Chandler Moore, and Lecrae. The cost is $26/participant, and there are only 10 spots available! To secure your spot, click here to register. It’s first come first serve, so don’t miss out!

Behold begins again this October! On October 25 at 7:30pm, all are invited to encounter Jesus in a special way through Eucharistic adoration with Praise & Worship, followed by confession.

The evening will kick off with a talk from parishioner Richard O’Reilly. Richard has been an Annunciation parishioner for over 25 years, involving himself in various ministries including altar serving, liturgy, marriage prep, and Alpha. He’s been married to Lorie for 36 years and has three children, four grandchildren, and two more grandchildren the way!


On Wednesday, Oct 25th, our parish priests will be joining 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in praying for an end to abortion. Parishioners are invited to join them throughout the day at the city designated vigil site on the southwest corner of Queen Street, just off Bank Street.

To learn more about the vigil day, including instructions on where to stand and how to prayerfully engage with the day, read the 40 Days for Life Guidelines provided to us.


Every Tuesday from 12:30 – 3:30, the church is open for anyone to come and sit with Jesus for a few hours of Eucharistic Adoration. Take time away from the business of life and let Jesus fill you up with his peace.

If you’re unable to attend but have a prayer intention, you can share it using our online form! All prayers remain confidential, and will be brought to prayer during each Tuesday Adoration.


All seniors are invited to join us on Oct 18 at 12pm for Mass, fellowship, and good food. There is no cost to attend, so invite a friend! Our October speaker is Pierre O’Reilly, the Executive Director of NET Ministries and an Annunciation parishioner.

Registration closes at 12am on October 12 in order to give enough time to calculate meal numbers. Click here to register.



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.


St. Mary’s parish invites young adults ages 21-39 for a night of mystery and enchantment at The Gold Masquerade! Get ready to dance the night away in your finest attire. This in-person event will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 100 Young Street, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3P7.

To learn more or to register, visit the event webpage.


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


Registration is now open for CALLED, A Catholic Women’s Retreat (A Sister Retreat of Women of Bethany) to be held on Nov. 3-5, 2023, under the theme: Walking in Joy. We are excited to offer a weekend of refreshment, spiritual renewal, and faithful inspiration; a retreat for women to encounter Jesus!  We are also thrilled to announce our speaker this year is Mrs. Bonnie Landry! 

Details are on our website:

For assistance with registration or any questions, please send an email to: or

Space is quite limited; please share with the women in your life who you know need a weekend away with the Lord!