News & Notes: Dec 22, 2023

News & Notes: Dec 22, 2023


Please note: The parish office will be closed Dec 25-Jan 1.

Don’t forget to pick up your envelopes in the church entrance this weekend.


Did you know that the Christmas liturgy is different than the weekend liturgy? This means that because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, Catholics are required to attend one weekend liturgy in addition to any Christmas Mass. Whew! If it sounds like a packed weekend for us, think of the priests who celebrate multiple Masses each day!

So what are your options? You get to pick and choose! Consider attending a Saturday evening Mass paired with a Christmas Eve Mass, or a regular Sunday Mass with a Christmas Day Mass. You can see the time options below:

    • Saturday, Dec 23: 5pm
    • Sunday, Dec 24: 9am, 11am*
    • Christmas Eve – 4pm*, 6pm*, 8pm
    • Christmas Day – 9am, 11am

*Children’s Liturgy offered

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to make our Advent Outreach a success! Thanks to you, we delivered Christmas Hampers and gift cards to every family on our list, including some last-minute additions. It’s a beautiful privilege for our parish to support our local community and share the gifts with which God has blessed us. We encourage you to continue praying for these families throughout the Christmas season.


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.