News & Notes: Nov 24, 2023

News & Notes: Nov 24, 2023

PARISH NEWS


This Advent, Annunciation is sponsoring 40 families, as well as children in need at local schools! Our goal is to share the love of Christ with each and give generously of our own blessings.

There are three ways you can get involved!

Click the first two headers below to learn more:

Sponsor a Hamper

Select a family size (small, medium, large) and fill a hamper with everything needed for a wonderful Christmas Dinner. The best part? You get to personally deliver the hamper to your sponsored family!

Donate Gift Cards

Gift cards will be added to each hamper, as well as given to other families in need at local schools. Donating gift cards instead of gifts will let parents choose unique presents for each of their children!

Pray

Whether or not you can give financially, prayer is a huge part of our outreach! Over the month of December, commit to praying for a family in need.

Dive deeper into Advent 2023! Check out our Advent 2023 page to learn more about our Advent Series, check our Christmas Mass times, or explore some seasonal resources.


Christmas is a season of secrets. We buy gifts and hide them away, or wrap them up in gift wrapping. We plan playful surprises for family and friends. And no matter the age, we enjoy the wonderment of children when it comes to waiting and watching for St. Nick.

When God came in history, in the person of Jesus Christ, he came quietly. Most of the world did not even notice. But God revealed this mystery to a very small circle of unlikely people: Mary, Joseph, the Wisemen, the shepherds. God chose to reveal his plan to them quietly, and with great splendor. In the tiny town of Bethlehem, he whispered his love to the world.

That same God has good and beautiful secrets to share with anyone willing to pause and listen for his voice. This Advent, journey with our Advent Reflection Series: Waiting on the Lord. Click on the button below to sign up for brief daily reflections, and join the parish as we learn how to listen for the voice of God and hear what secrets he has for us.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPAGHETTI DINNER

There are 25 tickets left for the Knights Spaghetti dinner! 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 by texting/emailing Paul at 613-314-6264 or grandknight@kofc8008.ca. Volunteers are also needed to help with the prep. Visit the event page for more details.


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.


SENIORS MASS & LUNCHEON

Our December Mass & Luncheon is a special one! On Dec 20, come celebrate the season with a noon Mass followed by a sumptuous turkey dinner (with all the trimmings), provided by the Queenship of Mary for the cost of a good-will offering. All proceeds from the event will go towards helping the Queenship sisters with the construction costs of their Convent/ Mother House.

Our December speaker is our own Archbishop Marcel Damphousse. Archbishop Damphousse was ordained a priest in 1991 and became bishop of our diocese in 2020. His motto “UT VITAM HABEANT”, “That they may have life”, shows how he has adopted Christ’s mission in sharing life in abundance with all those he meets. He will concelebrate the noon Mass before sharing his talk with us.

Registration closes at 12am on December 14 in order to give enough time to calculate meal numbers. Click here to register.


SACRAMENT PREP SPIRITUAL BOUQUET

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!

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES


ALGONQUIN COLLEGE – SUPPORT AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FOR CHRISTMAS!

Algonquin College is home to an ever-increasing number of international students. Two particular needs have emerged, for which they’ve asked for help from parishes like ours:

  • Donations of small toiletries (tooth brushes, tooth paste, lip balm, sanitary items, shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, or hair ties) and winter mittens, scarves, hats and socks. These are being collected between now and December 1 to be given to students in need beginning December 4.
  • Hosting a student or students for dinner during Christmas. Many students will not be returning home for Christmas and would welcome not only a dinner but the social interaction with Canadian families.

For both initiatives, please contact Yuriy Derkach at Algonquin College at derkacy@algonquincollege.com


NET CANADA MISSION DISCERNMENT NIGHT

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 netcanada.ca/apply! Have questions? Email recruit@netcanada.ca or call/text 613-292-9991!


RISE UP – CCO’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE

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.