News & Notes: Nov 17, 2023

News & Notes: Nov 17, 2023


Come encounter Jesus in the Eucharist

Join us on Nov 22 for a night of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration with Praise & Worship. The evening begins with Adoration at 7:30pm, with a talk midway through. The sacrament of confession will be available beginning at 8:30pm.

Our November speaker is Crissy Lavin. Crissy currently serves as a CCO Missionary at Carleton University. She was born and raised in Ireland and was a primary school teacher before she was called to work as a missionary here in Canada. She loves cute coffee shops, reading, music, and, of course, Jesus.

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Past and new altar servers are invited to our next training session on Nov 18th, from 12-1:30pm in the Annex! There will be free pizza and pop for all participants. Altar servers must have received their First Communion in order to be trained.

Click here to register, or email questions to Fr. Kevin at

This year’s CWL Christmas Bazaar will be tomorrow, Nov. 18, 2023 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. We will be raffling a large lap quilt with a Christmas theme and another pen and pencil set by Fr. John. The CWL have made tourtières, which will be available for sale, along with advent candles, crafts, baking, and a silent auction. There will be a free Tearoom provided once again. Come and enjoy, and invite your friends!

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the bazaar:

  • Pen Set made by Fr. John Likozar CC – Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10
  • Beautiful hand-made Floral Panel Quilt (Queen size) – Tickets are $10 each or 3/$20


Do you love to meet new people? We are looking for 2 more volunteers to join our Info Desk team for the 9 & 11 am masses! Contact Laura if you are interested or would like more information:


Please pray for the 48 children who are preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion! As a special parish gift, we are collecting a spiritual bouquet. The names of everyone who signs up to pray will be added to a card for each child. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate and support the children in our parish as they grow in their faith!

I’m praying!


Tickets for the Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner are on sale for one last weekend! On Saturday Nov 25 after the 5pm Mass, come enjoy a spaghetti dinner with proceeds going to support the local Gloucester Food Bank.

Purchase or reserve tickets in advance after the weekend masses, or email Paul at Volunteers are also needed to help with the prep. Visit the event page for more details.

  • Adults – $15
  • Youth (10-17 yrs) – $10
  • Children (under 10 yrs) – free


Remember your loved ones in a special way this Christmas by donating money to purchase poinsettias for our Christmas decor. Your memorial poinsettias will be placed around the church for the Christmas season, and the names will be honoured on a special slide at the Christmas masses.

Each poinsettia costs $40.00. To reserve a poinsettia, fill out the form below or at the Info Desk. Payment can be left at the Info Desk or the parish office, with any cheques payable to AoTL Sanctuary Flower Ministry.

Have you noticed some changes in the sanctuary lately? As the renovation process begins its next phase, Adele Pierce, the talented artist and interior designer who is working on the project, wants to give you a peek behind the scenes at the paintings currently being created for our sanctuary! On Nov 30 from 7-8:30pm in the parish hall, come enjoy some wine and cheese as Adele shares the meaning and details in the paintings, with time for questions to follow.



Are you in grade 11-12 or between the ages of 18-30 and trying to figure out what’s next in your life? Come see if a year on mission is for you!

NET Canada invites you to our Mission Discernment Evening in Ottawa on November 25th from 7-9pm at St. Mary’s Parish! Join us for a night of fellowship, food, and praise and get a glimpse into what a year on mission with NET Canada would look like! Interested or know someone who would be? Register at! Have questions? Email or call/text 613-292-9991!


From December 28th to January 1st, join one of the country’s largest Catholic Young Adult conferences: RISE UP. Rise Up, hosted by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), is a transformative experience. At Rise Up, you will get the chance to encounter the Father’s love for you personally, all with hundreds of young adults who are looking to grow in their faith as well. 

Here is what you can expect at Rise Up:

  • Inspiring Talks: Be challenged and inspired to go deeper in your faith with our lineup of excellent Catholic speakers who will call you to live in a deeper relationship with Christ and his Church.
  • Dynamic Worship: Step away from the ordinary and join us as we worship and encounter God.
  • Fellowship: Meet others from across Canada who share your values and want to grow in their faith. Friendships at Rise Up last for a lifetime as they are based on a relationship with Jesus.

Visit the webpage for more details including the daily schedule, the speaker lineup, or to register. Student Passes are $345, and Non-Student Passes are $430. 

From November 18-19, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish (Vanier) will host the public exposition of the relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and St. John Paul II. All are invited to come learn more about these saints and ask for their intercession. Visit the event page for details.


Join St. Mary’s Parish, 100 Young St., for an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, and healing on November 24 (Friday, 7-9 pm). The theme is “The Way of the Lord,” and the guest speaker is Pierre O’Reilly, the Executive Director of NET Ministries and an Annunciation parishioner! The Prayer and Prophetic Ministry members will be available to pray for you in person. 

Info: Natalia Lacar (613-728-9811 x720;