News & Notes: 2023.10.20

News & Notes: 2023.10.20


Behold begins again this October! All are invited to encounter Jesus in a special way through Eucharistic adoration with Praise & Worship, followed by confession.

Date/Time: Oct 25 at 7:30pm

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!

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The House (Juniors) is for grades 6-8 and runs every Friday night at Annunciation parish from 7-9pm. Each night dives deeper into the Catholic faith through games, talks, snacks, and more! Click here to register for the next House night on October 20!

FIRST PREP 2023-24

This is the last week to register for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion preparation sessions! Visit the First Prep page for exact dates and to register. 


Our parish food drive, organized by the Knights of Columbus, will run again this weekend. Grab a strip of paper from the entrance with a food item on it, or click here to see what is needed most. All donations will go to the local Gloucester Food Bank.


On Thursday, Oct 26, the Knights are hosting an Octoberfest social in the parish Hall at 7:15 pm. This is a special opportunity for the community to chat with members of the Knights, find out more about their mission, meet fellow parishioners, and enjoy a fun evening.

The night is open to all men, their spouses, and widows of the Parish / Community. You’re invited to bring a friend. 

To register and help us plan numbers, fill out the registration sheet (located at the Welcome Desk), or email


Last year, the Archdiocese held the first special collection to raise funds for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund as part of our continuing journey of seeking reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Our people and parishes were incredibly generous, helping to raise more than $650,000! Thanks to your donations the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund has been able to provide grants to five exciting projects in the Archdiocese, including:

  • A Children and Youth Pow Wow (Odawa Native Friendship Centre).
  • Six retreats to promote healing and reconciliation (Kateri Native Ministry).
  • A 12-month program to promote cultural healing and wellness for Indigenous women (Minwaashin Lodge).
  • An equine assisted learning program for Indigenous children and their families (Madahoki Farm).
  • A program using music to teach the Mohawk language through hymns and songs to Akwesasronon youth and adults. (St. Regis Mission)

This year we will be holding a special collection the weekend of November 4th and 5th. Mark your calendars!


Halloween is coming, and it brings with it a chance to reach out to our parish neighbourhood! On October 31, Annunciation will set up a tent on the front lawn and hand out candy, hot chocolate, and popcorn to kids and parents in our community.

Be a part of this outreach opportunity by dropping off candy donations at the Info Desk, or by joining us on Oct 31 to prep candy bags, make and serve treats, hand out candy, or set up/take down supplies. Remember the houses that gave the best candy at Halloween? Let’s be that place!

Click here to learn more or to sign-up as a volunteer.


On Wednesday, Oct 25th, our parish priests will be joining the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in praying for an end to abortion. Parishioners are invited to join them from 12-2pm at the city designated vigil site on the southwest corner of Queen Street, just off Bank Street. Fr. Rob will be present from 12-1pm, and Fr. Kevin will join from 1-2pm.

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.



Is the Lord calling you to serve him as a priest? Join other men discerning the priesthood for monthly formation, fellowship, and Eucharistic Adoration. Each night will be held at the new Café des Tours, located in the basement of Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa.

The next Quo Vadis evening will be held on October 26 from 7-9pm.

To join the Quo Vadis email list or for more information, contact Fr. Connor O’Hara, the Vocations Director for the diocese, at


In preparation for Jubilee 2025, the year 2023 is dedicated to Vatican II. The CCCB Office for Evangelization and Catechesis will host a webinar series, “The Four Constitutions of Vatican II”, inviting the faithful to reflect on the meaning of these documents for the life of the Church today.

Simultaneous interpretation (French/English) will be available for all four sessions of the webinar series:

  1. “Sacrosanctum Concillium” — Monsignor Murray Kroetsch, PH, VG
    Tuesday November 7 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST
  2. “Dei Verbum” — Bishop Yvan Mathieu, SM
    Tuesday November 14 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST
  3. “Gaudium et Spes” — Sr. Donna Geernaert, SC
    Tuesday November 21 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST
  4. “Lumen Gentium” — Dr. Catherine Clifford
    Tuesday November 28 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST

All webinar sessions will be recorded and packaged with a reflection guide for later release.

If you wish to attend any of the webinar sessions or to be notified when session recordings are made available, click here to register. 


Canadian Christian singer Steve Bell, whose music you might remember playing before our Sunday parking lot Masses, is playing a concert at St. Peter’s Church in Cornwall on Nov 17. All are invited to an evening of story and song, featuring music from Steve’s latest album, “Wouldn’t You Love to Know,” as well as Steve Bell classics and favourites. Tickets are $26/person.

Date/Time: Nov 17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Click here to learn more and get your tickets.