News & Notes: Dec 1, 2023

News & Notes: Dec 1, 2023

PARISH NEWS


Dive deeper into Advent 2023! Check out our Advent 2023 page to learn more about our Advent Series, check our Christmas Mass times, or explore some seasonal resources.


ADVENT RECONCILIATION

Come encounter the mercy of God in the confessional and prepare your heart for the arrival of Jesus this Christmas! Our Advent Reconciliation will run from 12pm-3pm on Saturday, Dec 9.

To learn more about Confession, click here.


This Advent, Annunciation is sponsoring 40 families, as well as children in need at local schools! Our goal is to share the love of Christ with each and give generously of our own blessings. Check out the Advent Outreach page to learn how you can sponsor a hamper or donate gift cards!

Please pray for the 40 families we’re sponsoring, and all those in need this Christmas. The Ottawa Food Bank network reported a large increase in visits, totalling over 493,000, and shared in their 2023 Hunger Report that nearly 150,000 people in our city are food insecure. These aren’t just numbers, but our neighbours; these are people Christ asks us to love.

In a season so focused on buying and giving gifts, we, as a parish, want to answer His call to use the gifts He’s given us to help those who go hungry and unnoticed in our city. Like the widow in scripture who gave away her two coins, we give what we have, knowing that it is God who gave it to us first!


When God came in history, in the person of Jesus Christ, he came quietly. Most of the world did not even notice. But God revealed this mystery to a very small circle of unlikely people: Mary, Joseph, the Wisemen, the shepherds. God chose to reveal his plan to them quietly, and with great splendor. In the tiny town of Bethlehem, he whispered his love to the world.

That same God has good and beautiful secrets to share with anyone willing to pause and listen for his voice. This Advent, journey with our Advent Reflection Series: Waiting on the Lord. Click on the button below to sign up for brief daily reflections, and join the parish as we learn how to listen for the voice of God and hear what secrets he has for us. The first reflection goes out this Sunday!


SUNDAY MASS WORSHIP

Our 11am choir has created a playlist of the worship we’ll be singing during the Advent Masses. Singing can be a beautiful way to pray, and it’s even better when we know the songs well enough to close our eyes and worship. Take a listen to the playlist and get to know the songs in preparation for Sunday Mass!


FINANCIAL REPORT

Dear parishioners: Attached is a look at our finances as of September 30th, 2023.  I would like to explain some of the differences from 2022 to 2023.

Assets: You will see a difference of $147K.  This is primarily due to the $100K government grant that was in our account in 2022. As we mentioned in our last report, the $100K was used to make our parish more accessible to all.

Income: Sunday collections are almost the same as 2022. In 2022, we had CEW subsides and higher GST/HST refunds.

Expenses:  Salaries are a bit higher with the addition of a third priest and youth minister (previously we paid NET for our youth minister). Pastoral work is higher with the payout of music stipends. Diocesan tax is down $59K because due to office issues at the diocesan center , we just received our bill. Parish organizations is down $15K because we no longer pay NET for the youth minister. Maintenance is up $26K  We had to pay $10,800. in overage for snow removal last year. The first payment of $5000. for the sanctuary and many small jobs throughout the year. 

We thank you for your continued generosity.

Maureen Tonon (on behalf of Finance Council)


SENIORS MASS & LUNCHEON

Our December Mass & Luncheon is a special one! On Dec 20, come celebrate the season with a noon Mass followed by a sumptuous turkey dinner (with all the trimmings), provided by the Queenship of Mary for the cost of a good-will offering. All proceeds from the event will go towards helping the Queenship sisters with the construction costs of their Convent/ Mother House.

Our December speaker is our own Archbishop Marcel Damphousse. Archbishop Damphousse was ordained a priest in 1991 and became bishop of our diocese in 2020. His motto “UT VITAM HABEANT”, “That they may have life”, shows how he has adopted Christ’s mission in sharing life in abundance with all those he meets. He will concelebrate the noon Mass before sharing his talk with us.

Registration closes at 12am on December 14 in order to give enough time to calculate meal numbers. Click here to register.


CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

The next meeting of the Catholic Women’s League will be our Christmas Potluck celebration on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 PM. You are invited to bring a dish of hors d’oeuvres to share. Please bring your own plates and cutlery to minimize clean-up. Dessert is being provided. And please lug a mug.

As our Christmas project we are again collecting personal care products and other items for the women who are served by Minwaashin Lodge. If you have a gently used housecoat or PJ’s or slippers that you are no longer using, bring them along for a basket of used items. We look forward to seeing you. We invite you to bring a friend.

CWL also continues to collect used stamps for the Miriam Centre. Please cut the stamps from your envelopes. Bring them in and put them in the grey box located beside the lost & found to the right of the welcome desk.

Thank you to all who came out to support our Bazaar on Saturday, November 18th. It was a great success! Thank you to Margaret Egan who provided our music. The Pen & Pencil set raffle was won by Suzanne Langlois. The Large Christmas Lap Quilt raffle was won by Carmelle Adams. And thank you to all the CWL members who contributed their talents in so many ways to make this a truly festive event.