News & Notes – June 7, 2024

News & Notes – June 7, 2024



Our youth are currently fundraising to attend the Steubenville Atlantic conference. Held annually in the heart of Atlantic Canada, this transformative event brings together hundreds of enthusiastic young Catholics for a weekend of inspiration, fellowship, and spiritual growth. It will run this year from July 5-7 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“I’m going to Steubenville because I want to deepen my relationship with God and make new friendships. And it will be my first time on a plane!

Gr. 11 student

Getting high school students interested in the faith can be a challenge. Many parents watch their children walk away from Church and stop attending Mass. But we are so blessed to have 19 young people who are actively desiring to come closer to Christ (and who are leaders in our youth ministry)! These youth give up their Friday nights to help lead youth group for the younger grades, and are now dedicating a chunk of their summer to growing in their faith. As a parish, let’s support our young people and surround them with prayer and encouragement!

To make a donation towards their trip, click here and select “Steubenville” from the dropdown menu.

*Not all participants pictured

I’m excited to meet people of my (faith) community in other regions of Canada and see God’s impact in their lives. I want to take this once in a lifetime opportunity to bring positive changes in my physical and spiritual life.

Gr. 10 student


CWL extend their heartfelt thanks to all parish members who generously contributed to our ‘Fill the Bassinet’ Campaign for Miriam Centre this May. It was a huge success and Miriam Centre was most appreciative.  


Donations from the Spring Knights of Columbus food drive

The Knights of Columbus are hosting a food drive from June 12-19th. Non-perishable Food Donations can be left in the Hall.

Not sure what to donate? Check out the GEFC website!


The Knights of Columbus fraternal year-end Council BBQ will take place on June 15th after the 5 pm Mass. A full meal of steak or chicken (your choice) will be provided by the recent CWL convention caterer, assisted by member Knight volunteers.

  • $25/person if reserved and paid for by Sunday, June 9th
  • Ticket sales end on June 11.

To buy your tickets, email grandknight@kofc8008.


On the weekend of June 8-9, we will welcome our special guest Paul from Sebastien Cardinal’s team, representing “Handicraft Holy Land Christians”. After all the Masses, he will briefly address the issues and concerns regarding the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Christians in the Holy Land graciously ask your support through prayers and will have many unique hand-carved olive wood religious pieces made by these families in Bethlehem, which will be available for purchase after every Mass. Proceeds of the sales generate much needed employment for our Christian brothers and sisters in Bethlehem. Cash, debit, credit cards and cheque will be accepted.

You can visit and support at


All seniors are invited to join us monthly for Mass, fellowship, and good food. There is no cost to attend (though a free-will offering is appreciated), so invite a friend! This month will be our last event before the summer. To make it special, we’ll be serving a sumptuous roast beef dinner, provided by the Mission Catering staff.

Our June speaker is our very own Fr. Kevin Darwent! Celebrating his first anniversary of ordination on June 18th, we are blessed to have him speak.

Date/Time: June 19, 12pm

Registration closes at 12am on June 13th to help us plan for meal numbers.


Did you know that our parish crucifix is actually 110 years old and was found in an antique shop in Quebec?

The amazing family business that restored the crucifix filmed a video of the restoration process. The video is available online and gives beautiful insight into the skill and reverence that went into restoring our beautiful crucifix, including the little details you might not know about!


Do you like gardening? Annunciation has eight beautiful gardens which are tended to by volunteers with our Garden Ministry. Many in our local neighbourhood stop by to enjoy the beauty of nature and have shared how peaceful they feel by the gardens.

Our Garden Ministry is looking for able-bodied people of all ages to join the team and help keep our gardens in beautiful shape. Throughout spring and summer, we need volunteers to:

  • Plant
  • Water
  • Weed

If you have limitations in time or body but still want to get involved, let us know! There are ways to adjust the schedule so you can serve. Click here to sign up as a volunteer and join the Garden Ministry team!


The 2024 Pastoral Appointments have been published by the Archdiocese. Click here to visit their page to see the changes.

CCO has opened registration for their 2024 Rise Up Conference! Check out their page to learn more and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.

Jubilee 2025 – Save the Date – Final – ENG

Save the date! The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall is pleased to announce Jubilee 2025, a diocesan-wide celebratory dinner on the evening of Thursday, May 15, 2025. This special Archbishop’s celebration dinner will mark the double jubilee occurring next year: the Holy Year 2025, announced by Pope Francis (, and the fifth anniversary of the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall and the Archdiocese of Ottawa unifying into the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall under the pastoral leadership of Archbishop Damphousse. More information to come in the months ahead.