News & Notes: Dec 29, 2023

News & Notes: Dec 29, 2023


Please note: The parish office will be closed until Jan 1.


In the Church, there are certain holy days of obligation, which are days when we, as Catholics, are required to attend Mass. In Canada, the bishops have declared the following as holy days of obligation: all Sundays of the year, Christmas Day and the Feast of Mary, Mother of God (aka Jan 1).

This year, January 1st falls on Monday. Our parish offers three options you can attend: New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) at 6pm, or Jan 1st at 9am and 11am.

Like Christmas, these Masses are separate from the weekend celebration, which means we’re called to attend one weekend Mass and another Mass for New Year’s. It’s definitely a busy way to end the year! But what better way is there to greet 2024 than with our eyes set on Christ and our hands open in worship? We celebrate as a parish the good God did in 2023, remembering also any struggles and pain, and we look with hope to the new year.

May God’s will be done at Annunciation of the Lord Parish in 2024!


There are currently nearly 600 university students, priests, religious, and young professionals at this year’s CCO Rise Up conference in Ottawa, including our own staff members Fr. Kevin and Ruth O’Reilly. This year’s theme is “Rise Up”, reflecting on Ephesians 5:14 which says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Over the last day, participants have been challenged to awaken in their faith and encounter Jesus in a new and personal way—many for the first time. Tonight, the conference offers a time of Eucharistic Adoration with confession offered (Fr. Kevin will be helping hear those confessions). This is often a powerful night for participants and is often the first time they truly encounter the love of God.

Please pray for them! The Holy Spirit is doing great things in our city and young people, and we have an opportunity as a parish family to surround them in prayer! We know that God is the only thing that satisfies the restlessness of our hearts; he alone brings true joy. Pray that these young people would encounter God tonight and be open to him.


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.