News & Notes – May 3, 2024

News & Notes – May 3, 2024

PARISH NEWS


Tis the season for spring cleaning! Like any home, we need to keep our parish clean and decluttered. To help us with this process, we ask that you would refrain from dropping off items you no longer need. As much as we appreciate your generosity, this makes it a challenge given our limited storage. If the parish is in need of items, we will make sure to let you know!


During the Week for Life, join us at the Archdiocesan Night of Grace to encounter the mercy and grace of the Lord. Regardless of your beliefs on difficult topics like abortion and euthanasia, you’re invited to light a candle at Annunciation of the Lord Parish from 7-8pm. There’s no set program; come and pray for as long as you’d like. Quiet instrumental music will accompany prayer, and Prayer Teams of women will be available for prayer support, with priests on hand for conversation or confession.

The Lord’s mercy and love for us never runs out. He waits to heal our broken hearts, to comfort us in grief, and to navigate with us through these challenging issues. Come as you are and encounter his grace.


To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the creation of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall, we’re giving away three 1-year Hallow subscriptions! Hallow is a Catholic app created to share the beauty and richness of prayer. It offers a large variety of reflections, novenas, sacred music, prayers for children, and other faith resources in multiple languages (English, Polish, Tagalog, Portuguese, and Spanish).

To enter, click here to see the original post and tag a friend in the comments. To qualify, you must live within the boundaries of Ottawa-Cornwall. The winners will be announced on the anniversary on May 6th, 2024.

If you speak French, there are always giveaways for subscriptions to a French daily prayer booklet, and a prayer magazine for kids. Check out the diocesan page to learn more and enter!


WE’VE MOVED!

The main office has officially moved locations. You can find our wonderful Administrative Assistant, Margo, in Fr. Kevin’s old office (in the back entrance near the sliding doors). Pop by during office hours (9am-12pm on weekdays) and say hi!


SPONSOR OUR PARISH YOUTH!

Our Parish is sending 19 high school students to the Steubenville Atlantic Conference! Steubenville Atlantic is a dynamic Catholic youth conference dedicated to nurturing the faith of young people and empowering them to live out their beliefs with conviction and joy. 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

Our youth are currently fundraising the costs of flights in order to attend. This is a great opportunity to support our parish youth as they grow deeper in their faith! If you are interested in making a donation towards their trip, click here and select “Steubenville” from the dropdown menu. The youth will also be speaking during weekend Masses on May 25 and 26, and will be available following Mass to take donations and share more about this amazing trip.


LIFE GROUPS

Connect with other people in the parish and grow in your faith together! Online and in-person options are available. Find your preferred small group time below and then click here to sign up.

  • FULL – Monday evenings @ 7:30 pm – Mixed Ages
  • Thursday morning @ 10am to 11:30 am – Mixed Ages
    • Wild Goose – Video Series on the Holy Spirit
    • Start Date: May 9
    • In-person at the church
  • Thursday evening @ 7pm to 8:00 pm – Mixed Ages
    • Wild Goose – Video Series on the Holy Spirit
    • Start Date: May 9
    • ONLINE
  • Thursday evening @ 7pm to 8:30 pm – Women’s Group (ages 30 – 50)
    • 4-week Blessed Is She study
    • Start Date: May 9
    • In-person at the church
  • NEWThursday evening @ 7pm to 8:30 pm – Women’s Group (Ages 50+)
    • 4-week Blessed Is She study
    • Start Date: May 9
    • In-person at the church

HIKE FOR LIFE 

Our Youth Minister Pia and some of our parish youth participated in last week’s Hike for Life, the annual fundraiser for Action Life Ottawa. You can sponsor our parish representatives and support the fundraiser by filling out the forms on the Info Desk.


FILL THE ARK

Annunciation Parish is being invited to participate in the historic procession of Canada’s National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of the Cape to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. There, 80,000 Catholics will celebrate the Source and Summit of our faith at the National Eucharistic Congress from July 17 – 21, 2024.

This is part of a 3-year revival by the USCCB in the belief by Catholics in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The organizers of the congress have invited the Marian Devotional Movement and the World Apostolate of Fatima to process the pilgrim statues of Our Lady of the Cape and Our Lady of Fatima across Canada. One will come from Eastern Canada, the other from Western Canada, and the two will meet in Indianapolis simultaneously.

Our Lady of the Cape will be carried on an ‘Ark’ filled with our consecrations and prayer intentions and brought to the congress. We can participate in this endeavour by:

  • Finding blank forms at the Welcome Desk in the narthex.
  • Praying the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • Signing the Consecration.
  • Writing our prayer intentions on the reverse side of the Consecration.
  • Putting the completed forms into the wooden box (our ‘Ark’) at the welcome desk.

Our parish will ensure that these completed forms are delivered to Angelina and Dennis Girard of the Marian Devotional Movement. These forms will be placed into the Ark when it arrives in Ottawa. The Pilgrim Statue will arrive at St. Patrick’s Basilica on Saturday, July 6th at 4:00 PM.


SENIORS MASS & LUNCHEON

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, we will have a special recitation of the Rosary prior to Mass.

Our May speaker is parishioner Joan Wills. Joan is the lead person for our Holy Spirit prayer group and has been an active member in both the Charismatic Renewal and in our parish for many years.

Date/Time: May 15, 12pm

Registration closes at 12am on May 9 in order to give enough time to purchase meal supplies.



CWL SPECIAL MASS

If you are interested in attending, please email Connie at conduff@sympatico.ca


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES


SETTING YOURSELF APART: LEANING INTO YOUR STRENGTHS

Do you sometimes feel like it’s tough to stand out in the workplace? Are you looking for simple ways to get ahead in your professional career?

On Friday, May 3rd, the Ottawa Catholic Young Professionals (OCYP) will be hosting our last event of the summer called, “Setting Yourself Apart: Leaning Into Your Strengths.” This event will help you realize your unique God-given strengths… and how to lean into them so you can authenticity stand out in the workplace and achieve your goals!

  • Doors open at 7:00pm sharp for the event at The Royal Oak (upstairs): 1 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, ON K1M 1M2
  • The evening begins with some fun networking, followed by talks from 2 guest speakers.
  • A complimentary drink ticket and free appetizers are included!

Tickets are just $20. Click here to purchase yours now while they’re still available. 

Come learn and grow deeper in your faith while meeting some new, like-minded friends!



theCode Book and Bake Sale

theCode Book and Bake Sale at OneWay Ministries from May 9th to 11th is a great opportunity to stock up on faith literature (fiction and non-fiction) while connecting with other brothers and sisters in Christ. There are special hours for specific groups (Moms, youth, etc), so check out the schedule to learn more.


Join Our Lady of the Visitation Parish on Sunday, May 5th, from 2 to 4 pm at 5338 Bank Street for an old-fashioned Afternoon Tea styled after English Teas. Enjoy delicately filled sandwiches, dainty desserts, scones with jam and cream and a choice of specialty teas. Prizes for best Fascinators!

Prepaid tickets $25, children $10 at 613-822-2007 or office@olvottawa.ca. This is an ideal event for grandparents to share with grandchildren. The event supports Dress For Success, Harmony House, and Our Lady of the Visitation church building restoration.


ROAD TO PENTECOST

Join the Servants of the Cross as we prepare for the feast of Pentecost with a virtual Pentecost Novena and a book reading of the inspiring book: The Cross and the Switchblade. The Cross and the Switchblade is the story of a country preacher who, step by step, answered a call to do greater things than Jesus did. If you have a hard time “crossing that chicken line” and believing his call on your life, join us for this transformational weekend.

FUN FACT: Did you know that this book was read during that infamous retreat weekend in Duquesne University, that the experience propelled renewal in the Catholic Church back in 1967? Come Holy Spirit!

Let’s meet over a weekend and read this amazing book together! We don’t need to be chickens anymore; let’s share the Gospel with all those we meet.

Saturday, May 11th – 10:00am -3:45pm (Lunch included)
Sunday May 12th – 12:00pm – 4:45pm

Venue: St. Augustine’s Parish
Cost: Free

Register on our website: https://servantsofthecross.ca/empower/road-to-pentecost/


PENTECOST RETREAT

Let’s come together for the birthday of our Church – Pentecost! Archbishop Marcel Damphousse will celebrate the Servants of the Cross Vigil Mass. Among the many speakers, Bishop Yvan Matthieu will bless us with a talk on the scriptural basis for evangelization. Filled afresh with the Spirit, we will go out on mission from the retreat.

Friday, May 17th (6:30 – 9:00pm)

Saturday, May 18th, (9:45am – 9:30pm)

Meals: Lunch and Supper are provided.

Venue: Blessed Sacrament Parish
Cost: $35 dollars per person OR $60 per couple
Registration: https://servantsofthecross.regfox.com/pentecost-retre