News & Notes: Dec 15, 2023

News & Notes: Dec 15, 2023


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.

Join us for our final evening Mass next Wednesday at 7pm.

The new envelopes are ready! Pick yours up in the church entrance this weekend.

We need only 59 more gift cards to hit our goal! Check out the Advent Outreach page for more details.

This Advent, journey with almost 200 parishioners through our Advent Reflection Series: Waiting on the Lord. 


Christmas is a time when many people show up at our doors for the first time. Help us welcome them by joining our Christmas Mass Team! Training will be provided on December 17 @ 1 pm. Check out the roles below and see how you can serve this Christmas! To sign up, email

Decorating Team

  • Help decorate the church for Christmas on Dec 23, from 9:45 am – 2 p.m.
  • DONATION NEEDED: 11 black metal framed lanterns

Parking Lot Greeters (Christmas Eve 4 & 6 pm masses)

  • Arrive 45 minutes before mass begins.
  • Help direct cars to available parking spots.

Greeters (Christmas Eve 4, 6 pm and Christmas Day 9 & 11 am)

  • Arrive 45 minutes before mass begins.
  • Welcome people outside and in the entrance of the church.
  • Hand out invitation cards at mass.

Ushers (Christmas Eve 6 pm, Christmas Day 9 & 11 am)

  • Arrive 45 minutes before mass begins.
  • Help people find seats before and during mass.
  • Take up collection.

Info Desk (Christmas Eve 6 & 8 pm, Christmas Day 11 am)

  • Arrive 45 minutes before mass begins.
  • Assist guests with all enquiries before, during and after mass.
  • Smile!

Slide Projector (Christmas Eve 6 & 8 pm)

  • Arrive 30 minutes before mass begins.
  • Click through slides used during mass.

Cleaning Crew (Christmas Eve   5-5:30 pm, 7–7:30 pm, 9–9:30 pm)

  • After mass clean bathrooms & restock supplies.

Come encounter Jesus in the Eucharist

Join us on Dec 20 at 7:30pm for a night of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration with Praise & Worship. The evening begins with Adoration, with a talk midway through. The sacrament of confession will be available beginning at 8:30pm. All are welcome!


For over 35 years, Annunciation and St. Gabriel’s have volunteered at the Shepherds of Good Hope’s soup kitchen on Sundays, during January & September, serving Ottawa’s most vulnerable. Hunger is a very real need in our community. We think of the words of Jesus in scripture—“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”—and our hearts are moved to serve!

Shepherds of Good Hope is serving more and more in our community as needs grow, and is looking for more volunteers. To keep fulfilling our parish commitment to their ministry, we want to grow our volunteer base! We are hoping to send 15 volunteers every Sunday in January to serve alongside other volunteers from 8:15am – 1:00pm.

If this ministry speaks to your heart, and you feel it may be something to which God is calling you, please reach out to Christine at There are other times you can serve even if Sunday mornings don’t work for you.