This week we started a new fund raising initiative called Fundscrip. In essence Fundscrip is a system for buying gift cards for your favourite retailers and the parish gets a rebate. Just like any other gift card you get exactly what you pay for, it is the retailer who pays the rebate, so if you buy a $100 card you get $100 AND the parish gets between 2% and 10%.
So How Does It Work?
Every month we will hand out forms at the back of church (please see attached).
You take the form home and figure out how many cards you want.
Add up the total and write a cheque payable to Our Lady of the Annunciation.
Give us back the completed sheet and the cheque and we will will give you your cards the next week after mass.
After that put your cards in your wallet and use them just like you would any other gift card.
By using this system we will be able to raise essential funds for our church without it costing you a cent, so please support this initiative. We will be accepting completed forms and cheques after mass this coming Sunday. If you have any questions just reply to this email.
Universal: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.
Pope Francis’ visit to the USA was awesome! Everywhere he went, he brought people closer to Christ and it was very touching to see how much they longed for all that. His speeches were full of love and mercy. His speech at the Festival of Families, speaking off the cuff, was especially inspiring.
All of the Holy Father’s homilies and speeches have been collected here. It is well worth the time to read and reflect upon his message.
“The Archdiocese of Montreal has been running a sponsorship program for several years, but now, with the crises in Syria and Africa, we have been receiving many more requests,” she said. The Archdiocese helps families here to successfully bring over their families that are in refugee camps in Lebanon, and also in Africa, where war has been raging in several regions; it is the families here, however, that become the refugees’ sponsors.
For more information, please see the full article here.
Next weekend at both Masses, Father Robert will bless students and their backpacks or school bags. Students of all ages are encouraged to bring their backpacks to Mass and place them in the Sanctuary when they arrive.
Pope Francis appeared in a satellite video link-up on ABC’s 20/20 last Friday night. He appeared before three audiences and answered questions. It was very touching and heartwarming.
Fortunately, the entire episode is available on You Tube and it is well worth watching.
Click here for more.
It seems odd to say goodbye to summer in the midst of sweltering heat, but here we are. We have shifted modes and the office is now a hub of activity after two months of quiet. The rest has been good for us and Father Robert, Regina and Mary are enthusiastic about their plans for the upcoming pastoral year.
We are always happy to hear from parishioners about what kinds of activities they would like us to offer, whether liturgical, educational, or social.
The bulletin returns this weekend — new and improved — with information on several “happenings” that are coming up. Please make sure to pick up a copy or check it out online.
Vatican City, 1 September 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for September is:
“That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people”.
His intention for evangelisation is:
“That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim”.
Pope Francis announces World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.
Pope urges prayers for creation Sept. 1
ŁBy Catholic News Service
8.26.2015 10:01 AM ET
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation should be a time for individuals to examine their lifestyles and the way they impact the environment, Pope Francis said.
At the end of his weekly general audience Aug. 26, the pope asked Catholics and “all people of goodwill” to join members of the Orthodox Church in the special day of prayer Sept. 1.
“We want to make our contribution to overcoming the ecological crisis that humanity is experiencing,” the pope said, explaining why he decided the Catholic Church should mark the annual day of prayer begun by the Orthodox Church in 1989.
Around the world, the pope said, church groups are planning prayer and reflection initiatives in order to make the day of prayer a key moment for “assuming coherent lifestyles” that have less negative impact on nature.
Pope Francis invited everyone to join him and Vatican officials for an evening prayer service Sept. 1 in St. Peter’s Basilica.