News & Notes – March 15, 2024

News & Notes – March 15, 2024

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"God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." -Pope Francis

Tomorrow, March 16, from 9:30am – 12:30pm is our Lenten reconciliation service. Come receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and experience the beautiful mercy of God!

We are all in need of the mercy of God. Sin is a conscious decision to stray from God’s will and it harms our relationship with him. But there is no sin so great that it would cause God to cease in his love for us. Think of Jesus bending to meet the eyes of the woman caught in adultery, saying, “Neither do I condemn you.” (John 8:11). In such a way, God comes to meet us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, bending to meet our eyes and saying, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

Confession helps restore our relationship with God. By confessing to a priest, we bring our sins to light; we can’t hide them away in our hearts. We can also know with certainty that we are forgiven, and we receive sacramental graces that will help us fight against future temptation. Don’t worry about being judged or shocking the priest. He is there in the person of Christ, who is overjoyed you’ve come to receive his mercy! It takes a great deal of courage to come to confession, and anything you share in confession can never be revealed outside of it.

Most people get nervous about confession, even if they attend regularly. For some of us, it’s been a while since we went to confession. Annunciation has an online guide to help prepare you and physical guides available at the parish for both Adults & Teens, and one for children. View the online guides by clicking here.


At the Holy Week Adventure, you’ll step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection. Along the path, you’ll encounter people who’ve met Jesus and become part of an incredible experience. Draw closer with your family to Jesus at this memorable event!

Wednesday, March 20 at Annunciation Parish

Cost: $5/person or $20/family (2 and under are free)

Tours are an hour long and run every 15 min, beginning at 5pm. The last tour starts at 5:45pm.

*Please note: Certain schools are participating in our HWA. If your child attends Br. Andre or TD Mcgee, they will get to experience this adventure during school hours.

How can you be a part of the adventure?

This year, our Holy Week Adventure will reach over 350 kids, teachers and families. How can you be a part of this amazing experience?

  1. Pray! Please keep this outreach to our elementary schools and young families in your prayers.
  2. Invite! Do you know young families that are outside of our school boundaries? Do you have grandchildren you would like to invite? Recommended age is 4 – 10 years of age accompanied by an adult. Head to our parish website for more information on how to register!
  3. Serve! We need your help to transform our hall into the city of Jerusalem to make our Holy Week Adventure amazing. We have all the ideas and supplies, we just need your help to make it happen!
    • Monday, March 18 from 7 – 9 pm  (adults and high school youth only)
    • Tuesday, March 19 from 7 – 9 pm (adults and high school youth only)
    • Thursday, March 21, 1 – 2 pm Come help us set down the Holy Week Adventure in preparation for Alpha that evening!

Contact Laura to help at faithandmission@annunciation-ottawa.com


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE


PERU LENTEN DONATIONS


Once again, we are offering Lenten donations to Brother Blaise and his mission in Peru. Brother Blaise is an Oblate Brother who grew up in Cape Breton and has spent his life working in Peru. He and his workers continue to build houses for the destitute, as well as supply blankets for the homeless and those in overcrowded prisons. 

Annunciation’s Lenten donations began 36 years ago and have continued to this day. Donations helped purchase a gravel pit where Brother Blaise and his crew of workers make cement blocks, each imprinted with a cross, to build houses for those in need. The gravel pit site has a grotto to Mary, and their working days begin with the Rosary. 

Special donation envelopes can be returned this weekend to be placed in the collection baskets. Cheques should be made payable to Annunciation of the Lord Parish and the final tally will be sent to Bro Blaise via the Oblates’ office in Saskatoon. This is a wonderful way to practice almsgiving during Lent, and to support our brothers and sisters in Peru!


Spring Baptism Session

During our sessions, you’ll dive deeper into the beauty of the Sacrament of Baptism and learn how to raise your children in the Catholic faith!

  • Session dates: Wednesday, April 10, 17, 24 from 7-8:30 pm
  • Intro at mass: Sunday, April 14, 11 am
  • Baptism date: April 27, 1 pm

Click here to register.


Holy Spirit Prayer Group

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meets every Monday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm (except on holidays), in the Parish Hall. Join us for praise, worship and teaching. All are welcome. Become part of a group that supports and prays for each other and their intentions.


Registration is now open! Our Scuba Summer Camp will run from July 22-26, 2024. Each day, kids will dive deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God through skits, science experiments, bible adventures, games and snacks, and more!

July 22 – 26 from 9am – 12pm

Ages 4 – 10 | $45 per child

Youth going into grades 6+ can join our SCUBA team as volunteers! Register using the link above.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES


Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and community support as we welcome Deantha Edmunds, recent Order of Canada recipient who has performed for both Pope Francis and King Charles. The April 19th concert (7:30 pm) will be held at our beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. The proceeds of the concert are to benefit the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

Tickets can be purchased online at IRFconcert.eventbrite.com or by contacting 613-933-1138, ext. 22. Tickets are $50, $35*(early bird price) and $25. Purchase today to benefit from *early bird pricing. Your attendance at this concert helps support reconciliation efforts, fostering understanding and unity.


An invitation to individual prayer ministry with trained prayer ministers. All are welcome!

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

7:00 – 8:00pm ET Online via ZOOM. To register, click here.


ACADEMIA STELLA MARIS GALA

Join an exciting event taking place on April 27, 2024 at 5pm for Academia Stella Maris who is hosting an “International Dinner Gala” to raise funds. The gala will feature an enticing 4-course dinner, entertainment ranging from talents to impersonators, and a captivating performance by the award-winning Mexican ballet “Atzlan”.  There will be a cash bar, a skilled DJ to keep the music lively, a silent auction, and various surprises in store for the guests.

Each table can accommodate 8 to 10 people, so it’s a perfect opportunity to gather some friends, reserve a table, enjoy the evening, and support a worthy cause. If you are unable to attend, but want to support the event, you may donate your ticket to cover attendance for priests or other religious attendees. Tickets are priced at $90 per person, with a $40 tax receipt included per ticket. You can find more information by clicking here.

In addition, or alternatively, the gala is accepting company sponsors for the event who will be recognized through various advertisements associated with the event and with the school. For  more information, please contact events.academiastellamaris@gmail.com .