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(Events publicized well in advance are more likely to be included in the listing below.  For late additions visit facebook.com/AnnunciationDayMarch25 just before the day.

 

Help us build our listings below by submitting info on upcoming March Day of the Unborn Child or Feast of the Annunciation events.  Contact us with as many details as possible:  the name of the event, date, place, time, phone or website (if applicable). 

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Please note that this list is not comprehensive.  If there are no listings below for your area, look at the past events archive to see if there is a church/organization in your area you can contact that has had a previous event (a website or phone number may be included in the listing)--oftentimes they will have something annually that you can attend.  You can also use a search engine to find events near you by entering your city name (or the nearest large city) and state abbreviation plus terms like "Day of the Unborn" or "Feast of the Annunciation" or "Annunciation of the Lord" followed by the year--for example, type in the search box: "Peoria, IL" "Day of the Unborn" 2017 (or whatever the current year is) -- most search engines allow exact phrases or character strings to be put in quotes for more accuracy.  Otherwise, inquire about Annunciation or "Day of the Unborn" events by contacting your diocese/parish (visit the website for your diocese and find the page for respect life or pro-life office/ministry -- they will often have events and contact info -- for Catholic diocesan sites click here); also contact churches/organizations with "Annunciation" in their names (which may have special feast day events each year), a local pro-life organization, or the local Knights of Columbus councils as they often sponsor "Day of the Unborn Child" masses on the Annunciation feast.  (Even if they don't have anything on their calendar, just expressing interest may encourage events in the future.)  If nothing is planned consult our ideas page, and/or suggest an event (if possible offer to help organize it), or have a private celebration at home-- and consider the following alternatives.

Alternate Activities -- if no DOTUC/Annunciation event is listed below in the state/city listings for your area, consider these options:

*  EWTN's Annunciation Novena:  (EWTN's suggested Annunciation prayer to be said each of nine consecutive days can be found here or at https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/Novena/annovena.htm).  Begin or end the Novena on March 25 

EWTN's Planned Broadcast Includes the Following (last minute additions may be made) -- if you don't receive EWTN on TV click this link to Watch OnLine and check the updated schedule (click on their program names to get re-air times) -- times given in ET:

Thu. 03/23/17, 06:30 pm (1 hr., 30 min.) -- Opening Mass of 24 Hours for the Lord

Fri., 03/24/17, 12:00 am -- (Replay of program above) -- EWTN

Sat., 03/25/17, 8:00 am -- MASS OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD WITH MFVA (1:30 min.)

Sat., 03/25/17, 12:00 pm -- (Replay of program above)

Sat., 03/25/17, 03:30 pm -- Rosary for Life

Sat., 03/25/17, 06:00 pm (2 hrs.) -- Closing Mass of 24 Hours for the Lord

Sat., 03.25/17, 10:00 pm (2 hrs.) -- From NAZARETH in the Holy Land: Solemn Mass of the Annunciation

Sat., 03/26/17, 12:00 am (2 hrs.) -- (Replay of Closing Mass of 24 Hours for the Lord)

*  Attend regular church services on the day (or the day to which it is moved in years in which it is transferred).  Look up phone numbers and websites of local churches named after the Annunciation you may be able to attend as a mini-pilgrimage -- they may have special events planned -- use an on-line yellow pages and enter your location, and in the search box type: Annunciation 

*  There may be ongoing pro-life activities in which you can take part on March 25th -- for example, the day usually falls within or near the end of the annual spring campaign of 40 Days For Life which has prayer vigils all across the U.S. and in other countries as well (click here for more info and locations). 

 

If you would like to attend a Day of the Unborn Child mass but are unable or cannot find one locally, March 25th is a perfect time to sign up to be counted among participants in the Priests For Life "Celebrate the Annunciation!" prayer campaign -- visit the webpage here to read the "Redeemer in the Womb" prayer (there is also a contact link to let PFL know you will pray it regularly).  Also, as the feast draws near the American Life League home page often invites prayer intentions for their pro-life Annunciation mass -- they also offer an overview of the Biblical account of the Annunciation and ideas for home, school and parish based celebrations -- for the latest on ALL's Annunciation Mass prayer intentions enter Annunciation in their website search box or click here for ALL Annunciation articles.

 

 

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2017  (Click here to skip to International Events & others outside the U.S.)

 

NOTE:  For liturgical and other reasons, events may take place several days before or after March 25.  If the date is other than the 25th, it will be noted in the listings.  Since information comes from a variety of sources, you may want to call the church/venue to confirm.  If a location is listed with no event, it means one was held there in recent years -- see the past events archive to find the church or organization to contact for any current events.

 

Please note that the list below includes both Day of the Unborn Child events and those that celebrate the Annunciation only, as well as those that combine the two.  Not all Annunciation themed events are explicitly pro-life -- note the name of the event and description.  The event listing is a free service for those seeking events to attend--inclusion does not imply affiliation or endorsement in either direction and print materials offered via this site may not be available at the events listed below (for a complimentary prayer card, contact the webmaster directly).

 

Alabama

 

HANCEVILLE

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  The beautiful and impressive shrine regularly seen on the EWTN network offers two Annunciation masses on Mar. 25.  It is located at 3222 County Rd. 548, Hanceville, AL 35077. Phone: 205-795-5717

Click here for the shrine's events page, or here to go directly to their Annunciation event page.

 

California

SACRAMENTO

Sat. Mar. 25, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -- St. George Greek-Melkite Catholic Church  -- pro-life Mass for Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child.  Knights of Columbus Council 953 invites community to this Byzantine Rite mass at St. George Greek-Melkite Catholic Church, 1620 Bell St., Sacramento, CA 95864.  Fish lunch will follow.  Find more info at http://sacramento.kofc953.org/day-unborn-child-approaching-fast.

 

Florida

AVE MARIA

"Feast of The Annunciation -- the patronal Feast Day for the town and university -- is always a big event in Ave Maria."  For more details see their Annunciation event listing and the general events at the aveherald.com home page as well as the Ave Maria University website events listing. Also click on the bulletin link for the week of the Annunciation at the Oratory/Quasi-Parish at this link..

JENSEN BEACH 

Mar. 25, 2017, St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 2555 NE Savanna Rd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957 -- Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will speak at 6 p.m. in the San Mart' Inn for the International Day of the Unborn Child -- a fundraiser with international desserts, silent auction, to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center -- Free Admission, Adults Only, must RSVP at pccevent2017@gmail.com

VENICE (and surrounding area)

For info on the Novena Masses for Life from Annunciation to Christmas click here -- includes graphic ads, flier, schedule, registration form, and suggested prayers of the faithful for each month.  Info may also be found at the website for more on the schedule of Novena Masses for the nine months from the Annunciation to Christmas at the diocesan website here for news and updates and check the calendar here for events/masses in March and the following months on or near the 25th.

Georgia

 

SANDY SPRINGS

Sat. Mar. 25, 2017, After 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass by the Tabernacle: St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 7171 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Find more info at https://judeatl.com/rosary-for-the-day-of-the-unborn-child.

Illinois

 

AURORA

Mar. 25, 2017 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Rosary for the Unborn and recitation of meditations on the unborn -- All are welcome to pray the Rosary at the Holy Angels Church Cry Room, 180 S. Russell Ave., Aurora IL 60506 -- Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #4849 and presented by The Family of Peace Society

 

PEORIA

Contact the Family Resources Center for info on annual Annunciation events:  The center is located at 415 N.E. Monroe St., Peoria, IL 61603.  Phone: 309-637-1713.  You can also visit the Peoria diocese Respect Life website here and check the calendar here -- additional information may be posted at their blog site and categorized in its Upcoming Events, Update, and Respect Life Celebration links, or at its Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Click here for more on the FRC

Kansas

 

[Note that Kansans For Life recommends the 9 month "In The Beginning" Church project which starts March 25th.  Click here for more on the In The Beginning project.  Also see the KFL website here.]

 

Nebraska

LINCOLN

For details visit the church website -- click here and see their bulletin for the week of the Annunciation feast date (late Mar./early Apr.). 

 

New Jersey

BLAIRSTOWN

Mar. 25, 2017, Church of St. Jude, Blairstown, NJ -- 9 a.m. -- Mass for The Annunciation -- Day of the Unborn Child

 

TOMS RIVER

Mar. 25, 2017 -- St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish launches its first annual Spiritual Adoption program running from the March 25 Annunciation to Christmas Day -- sponsored by the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Respect Life Ministry in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes Council 10899.  Parishioners willing to pray for an unborn child will receive a packet with instruction card, Holy Family prayer card, small baby model, and fabric swatch to use as a blanket or made into "swaddling clothes" -- participants can choose a name for the baby and post it on a Spiritual Adoption prayer board.

New York

BROOKLYN

(See NYC below)

BUFFALO (Cheektowaga)

Wed., March 22, 2017 -- MASS FOR THE UNBORN, 6:30 pm Rosary for the Unborn, 7:00 pm Mass, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. (716) 833-1715. 

 

BUFFALO--(9 Month Event Series, from March to December)--St. Rose of Lima Church

3/25/17 -- The first of 9 consecutive monthly pro-life masses begins in late March (for 2017 the first will be Sat. March 25th -- it usually begins the last Saturday of the month, with exceptions noted on the Catholic diocesan website linked below).  The masses (8 am at St. Rose of Lima Church in Buffalo) continue each month through November.  Sponsored by the Diocesan Pro-Life Office, each mass of the “Rosary Novena for Life” is followed by silent praying of the rosary in (optional) procession to a local abortion clinic.  The church is located at 500 Parker Avenue at Parkside in Buffalo.  For updates and current info, including a promotional flier, click here.

NEW YORK, NY (NYC and surrounding area):

Sat. Mar.25, 2017 -- 11:00 a.m. Day of Prayer for the Unborn Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church, 607 Humboldt St. at Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 -- Bi-Lingual English/Polish -- Rosary to follow -- Guest Speaker Rick Kenney former KofC NYS Pro-Life Chairman -- Sponsored by 30th NY district of the Knights of Columbus. For more info including a flier at the end of the webpage, visit http://kingscountykofc.com/calendar--future-events.html

 

Also for NYC:

Roman Catholic: 

For info visit http://www.innocents.com/ and see the bulletin for late March and early April.

 

Greek Orthodox:

Visit http://goarch.org/news for a link to the Archbishop's schedule and events.

VESTAL

For Orthodox events see http://www.annunciationvestal.ny.goarch.org/.

Ohio

BRUNSWICK

Mar. 25, 2017, Rosary Service at Resurrection Cemetery -- International Day of the Unborn Child -- Knights of Columbus Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child.  Contact St. Ambrose church for details.  Also visit: https://stambrose.us/pro-life

Pennsylvania

ALIQUIPPA

Also visit: http://knightsofcolumbuslatinmass.blogspot.com

COLLEGEVILLE

For info see www.steleanor.com and view the late March and early April bulletins.

SCHWENKSVILLE

For info visit the website http://www.somerscom.net/koc15456

 

South Carolina

GREENVILLE

Sat., Mar. 25, 4 p.m -- Rosary Service for the Day of the Unborn Child on the Solemnity of the Annunciation -- at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3710 Augusta Rd., Greenville, SC 29605 -- Sponsored by Our Lady of the Rosary Respect Life Committee and Knights of Columbus Council 1668, as part of their 40 Days for Life campaign.  For info see http://www.stpaultheapostlespartanburg.org/

Virginia

ANNANDALE

Thu. Mar. 23, 7 p.m. -- Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5121 Woodland Way, Annandale,  VA 22003 -- Join the Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus in praying the Rosary in commemoration of the Day of the Unborn Child.  For info see https://holyspiritchurch.us/2017/03/rosary-life-day-unborn-child-2017

WILLIAMSBURG

Sat. Mar. 25, 2017 -- Rosary for the Solemnity of the Annunciation (The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, 520 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA).  Join the Legion of Mary to pray the Rosary for the Feast of the Annunciation following 9 a.m. Mass at the Shrine.

West Virginia

MORGANTOWN

For more info click here and view the bulletin for late March and early April.

 

WISCONSIN

GREEN BAY

Mar.25, 2017, 9:30 Rosary & 10 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 South Monroe Ave. Green Bay, WI 54301: Trilingual Respect Life Mass ~ Bishop Ricken will celebrate trilingual English/Spanish/Deaf Respect Life Mass observing the pro-life Holy Day: The Feast of the Annunciation.  It is also the international Day of the Unborn Child.  For more info click http://www.gbdioc.org/living-justice/dignity-human-life.html?#rlm

 

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International Events (& others outside the U.S.):

 

Note:  Spanish speaking countries often have multiple large-scale nationwide pro-life events centered on the March 25th feast -- as the day approaches visit http://veladas25.org and http://sialavida25m.org for more information.  (The Google search engine site's language tools link can be used to produce an English translation of websites in other languages).  Also, the internationally known Annunciation shrines/churches of Walsingham England, Loreto Italy, and the actual site of the Annunciation/Incarnation at Nazareth's Annunciation basilica offer the ultimate opportunity to make your own event with an actual pilgrimage (and for those who cannot visit in person, virtual tours, and armchair pilgrimages can also be made via home video and at various sites on-line -- for live webcam virtual pilgrimage to Annunciation basilica see Nazareth section under Israel/Holy Land below.)

Argentina

 

For Info on events in Argentina, where the Day of the Unborn Child originated, please visit click here

Australia

 

For a cradio.org.au interview on the importance of this day in Australia click here

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Click here for info.

 

PERTH

Click here for info.

 

SYDNEY

 

Sunday, Mar.26, 2017, 10:30 am-2 pm.  10:30 Day of the Unborn Child mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, then Angelus at 12:00 before procession, then 1:30 benediction at cathedral.  Click here for info

 

Click here for info including media and a poster graphic or the following link to a YouTube video.

 

Contact St. Mary's Cathedral and/or visit their website here for more info on their Annunciation Day of the Unborn Child mass and/or procession and benediction.

 

Click here for info from fli.org.au or go directly to their events page for the Day of the Unborn Child.

Canada

British Columbia

VANCOUVER

Click here for info

Manitoba

WINNIPEG

March 2017 (all month) -- For International Day of the Unborn Child, Living Waters Columbarium offers a special opportunity during the month of March to memorialize infants lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. Visit http://www.livingwaterswpg.ca for more info

 

Ontario

OTTAWA

March 25, 2017: 10:30 a.m. Notre Dame Cathedral -- Bilingual White Mass in support of Catholic Health Care practitioners. "On the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, Archbishop Prendergast invites everyone to join Catholic health care practitioners at a special Mass honouring their work in health care and praying for their freedom of conscience."  Archbishop Prendergast will be joined by Archbishop Lépine of Montreal.  Coffee will follow.  "All are encouraged to attend this celebration and to pray with and for our Catholic health care practitioners." 

Quebec

MONTRÉAL

Click here for info on Annunciation masses/worship.

Cuba

 

Click the following link for the Day of the Unborn Child spiritual adoption program -- Adopcion Espiritual -- Spiritual Adoption.  Read about the international movement in favor of life promoting "a day without abortion" each 25th of March, and more about the "day without abortion" initiative here.

 

Ecuador


The March 25 pro-life/Incarnation mass takes place at the Cathedral of Quito, and several cities in the Episcopal Conference--a Mass for the unborn child and Thanksgiving for the Incarnation of Christ in the womb of Mary. 

(El 25 de marzo se realiza en la Catedral de Quito y de varias ciudades de la Conferencia Episcopal una Eucaristía por los niños no nacidos y en Acción de Gracias por la Encarnación de Cristo en el Vientre de Marìa Santísima).


(9 Month Event Series)--Every 25th of the month in 5 parishes of the Archdiocese of Quito there is a Mass for the unborn child and the blessing of pregnant mothers.
  

(En 5 Parroquias de la Arquidiócesis de Quito se realiza cada 25 de mes una Santa Misa por los niños no nacidos y la bendiciòn de vientres a las mamitas que están embarazadas.)

 

England (see U.K. below)

Israel/The Holy Land (Including Virtual Internet Pilgrimage)

NAZARETH -- (Actual & Virtual Live Webcam Pilgrimage)

 

The ultimate special event to celebrate the feast day is a pilgrimage to the Annunciation church/basilica in Nazareth, where an inscription inside states "The Word was made flesh here."  Virtual pilgrimages can be made via the live feed from the site of the Annunciation in Nazareth at the grotto -- it creates a lovely visual background for prayer and/or contemplation on Christ's conception -- to be able to see in real time the place where the Word became flesh, and pilgrims coming to visit this hallowed Holy Land site at the Church of the Annunciation.  (For group prayer use a device with a large screen).  The live feed is viewable 15 hours a day at http://www.cmc-terrasanta.com/en/live/live-from-the-grotto-of-the-annunciation-in-nazareth-16.html -- in EST the times are 11 pm through 2 pm the next day (please note the live feed is often on 24/7 but light levels may be too low to see anything but candlelight).  If you are interested in traveling to the Holy Land, click here for information on in-person pilgrimages to Nazareth's Annunciation church.  Click here to visit the official site of the basilica, and here for the webpage featuring a video on the new pilgrim's tour that combines the basilica with the archaeological site (click the four-arrows box in the lower right YouTube screen for full size image).  A mini photo slide show from the archaeological museum can be viewed here.  There is also an informative ChristianNewsToday article on how the Annunciation feast is celebrated in Nazareth ("Nazareth During the Feast of the Annunciation" by Nicole Jansezian for travelujah.com) available here -- events include a special Mass, a traditional parade, and guided tours by the Nazareth Cultural and Tourism Association highlight Mary's Well Square, the Greek Orthodox Annunciation Church, Pilgrims' Route, the House of Culture and Art, Alleys of the Old City, and the Basilica of the Annunciation.  For a site that includes one pilgrim's insights on the import of the March 25th feast inspired simply from driving by the Annunciation basilica, click here.

 

Italy

LORETO

 

Consider a pilgrimage to The Holy House of Loreto in Loreto Italy, also known as the Santa Casa di Loreto, long visited as an Annunciation pilgrimage site.  According to tradition, the actual house in Nazareth where the Annunciation/Incarnation took place was moved to Loreto.  A basilica was built at the site--Basilica of the Holy House (Basilica della Santa Casa)--click here for the official website.  A pictorial tour of the Holy House can be found here.  Click here for more information on pilgrimages to Loreto, including the "armchair" pilgrimage video that aired on EWTN hosted by Bob and Penny Lord available here.  Other video pilgrimages available include two from EWTN's Religious Catalogue--"Loreto: The Mystery of the Holy House" (click here for info on this item # 20445) and also "Forgotten Heritage: Europe and Our Lady" (click here for item # HDFH2) which is a combined set that features Loreto among other important locations including the Annunciation-themed pilgrimage site of Walsingham in England.  Videos such as these can be shown for church groups, family gatherings, and individuals if an actual pilgrimage isn't possible.  You can also take virtual on-line tours and view website pictorials of Loreto.

Nairobi, Westlands

Mar. 25 (Saturday), 2017 -- Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord -- Our Lady of Consolata Shrine -- Rosary procession after evening Mass and blessing of expectant moms.

Poland

 

For information on events click the following link and contact the organization.  The bottom of their English translation page notes that in 1999 "The Polish Association for Human Life Protection was registered on the 25th March" -- 25 marzec. 

Spain

 

For the most current info visit http://blog.sanandresarrixaca.es/ that includes an an entry on the day's significance as well as links to the materials below -- and also check the websites at and http://veladas25.org/ for and http://sialavida25m.org/ for more information.

 

Cartel -- Posters ("Blessed be the fruit of thy womb" is the title):  Right-click to save:  cartel.pdf

Rosario y oraciones por la vida -- Rosary and Prayers for Life:  Right-click to save:  rosario-y-oraciones-por-la-vida.pdf

Oracion por la vida en los lugares de culto -- Prayers for the Churches:  Right-click to save:  oracion-por-la-vida-en-los-lugares-de-culto.pdf

En la eucaristia y la liturgia de las horas -- Liturgy of the Hours:  Right-click to save:  en-la-eucaristia-y-la-liturgia-de-las-horas.pdf

Estampa -- Prayer Card:  Right-click to save:  estampa.pdf  

 

U.K./England

EXETER

 

Visit the website here for more information.  The site also includes this interesting quote on the history of the day in England where it is often called "Lady Day":  "Lady Day is the first of the four traditional English quarter days, and was effectively a “New Year’s Day” in England until 1752. A vestige of this remains in the start of the UK Financial Year moving from 25th March in 1752 to 6th April in 1753, after 12 days had been deleted from September 1752 to bring Britain in  line with the Gregorian Calendar of most of the rest of Western Europe which had shifted 11 days in October 1582."

LONDON

 

Westminster Abbey

Click here for the Westminster Abbey website and view their schedule

WALSINGHAM

 

Given the nearly one-thousand year history of Walsingham as an Annunciation pilgrimage center, consider honoring the day with a visit to one of its shrines--click here for more info on both the Anglican and Catholic shrines of "Walsingham--England's Nazareth".  Consult the shrines’ events and calendar pages for current schedules.  If an actual pilgrimage isn't possible, consider an armchair pilgrimage via virtual on-line tours and pictorials.  Click here for travel/tour information including a map.  More info on visiting Walsingham including photos can be found here--(pause cursor over picture to get a caption).  Click here for additional tour/pilgrimage information and then scroll down for a mini photo tour.  An informative article on Walsingham ("Walsingham: England's Holiest Shrine" by John P. Seely) with pictures can be found here.  EWTN Religious Catalogue (1-800-854-6316) offers a video pilgrimage that combines Walsingham with other significant locations including the Annunciation-themed site of Loreto--"Forgotten Heritage: Europe and Our Lady" (click here for the combined set item # HDFH2).  Also available from EWTN on DVD is a beautiful historical and visual tour of "Walsingham: England's Nazareth" (alternately titled "Walsingham: England's National Shrine Of Our Lady" or simply "The Story of Walsingham") hosted by Joanna Bogle (click here for info):  In this special Fr. Noel Wynn (director of the Catholic shrine) is interviewed at the Slipper Chapel.  Asked by the host if Walsingham is indeed finding its place once again in the 21st century, he replies:  "I think perhaps more so than ever.  The message of Walsingham is the message of the Incarnation."  Another distributor offers an equally lovely video that can serve as a virtual pilgrimage for church groups, family gatherings and individuals that includes more details on the history of Walsingham as dedicated to The Annunciation -- Part 3 of the 4 part series The White Dove of Peace (click here for availability) which aired on EWTN in 2008:  Part 3 of the documentary begins with modern-day pilgrims gathered to pray the Angelus near Walsingham on the millennium Feast of the Incarnation, with the following voiceover:  "March the 25th 2000, was the two-thousandth anniversary of the Incarnation--the miracle of God coming down from Heaven and making his home with human beings.  The simple house at Nazareth and the room where Mary heard the angel's message and where her son was conceived, have long since vanished from Palestine, but in the Middle Ages a replica of it, which was built near here, brought innumerable pilgrims to this place to venerate Mary and to ponder the mystery of the Incarnation."  Later on in the program the narration continues:  "The message of Walsingham therefore--is the Annunciation"--"By divine providence, Walsingham was destined to become a reminder of Nazareth, in the heart of the English countryside.  It is evidence that England had a unique part to play in the purposes of God."  For a website featuring an article that addresses the pro-life import of the Annunciation and Walsingham ("The Virgin of Walsingham" by Father James T. Moore, Pastor, Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, & Past President, Texas Catholic Historical Society) click here.  A book entitled "Walsingham: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage" by Michael Rear is published by St Paul Publishing, London 2011.

 

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Tips on Transfer Years~How to Utilize the Interval Between the Traditional & Rescheduled Dates:

[Feel free to use the sample posting below in years when the Annunciation is transferred]

 

What To Do In "Transfer" Years When Annunciation Celebrations Are Moved? -- Treat The Interval As A Mini Season:  When Holy Week conflicts result in Annunciation and Day of the Unborn Child events being transferred from the usual feast date of March 25th (nine months before Christmas) to another day in March or even early April, it is easy to view the rescheduling as an unfortunate compromise.  Yes, it is easier to point out the feast as marking Christ's conception when it's a neat nine months before Christmas, but even if delayed till the second week of April it's still an approximate pregnancy-length interval, and the best thing we can do in such years is to use the time in a positive way that promotes the celebration of the feast.  Treat the interval between the traditional and transferred date as a mini season -- a time to prepare.  Christmas and Easter have long preparatory seasons of Advent and Lent for prayer and preparation, as well as multi-day activities associated with them.  But Annunciation as a one-day event often catches us unaware with no cultural cues to help us prepare.  We can use the interval between the traditional Annunciation date and its celebration date in "transfer" years as an extended time to prepare, pray, meditate, and have multi-day activities to maximize the impact of this central holy day.  For example: Individuals might say an opening prayer of gratitude for the Incarnation on March 25th and use the days before a delayed celebration to pray and reflect on Christ's prenatal life from the moment of conception.  Families can gather the materials to make Annunciation cards or cut-out-cookies on March 25, and use the days before the celebration to make, decorate, and send them.  Churches, schools, and organizations can have multi-day drives to collect baby items, or fill baby bottles with spare change to donate to local pregnancy-centers -- initiatives that are more effective with a longer period to drop off items and have the added benefit of focusing attention on the feast.  For example, prominently displaying a large decorated collection box throughout the interval with a large-print sign noting the drive's start/end dates and their significance gives people more opportunity to donate and to learn about the Annunciation.  Perhaps the simplest way for churches to use the time is to publish daily reminders of Annunciation events and reflections in-print or on-line -- the church bulletin on or before March 25 can note the two days and ask parishioners to pray for a specific intention each day of the interval -- blogs and social media can reinforce the feast's Incarnational and pro-life import with a posting for each day.  Whether we like the practice of transferring the Annunciation, or would prefer the Greek Orthodox approach of combined feast days that keep it on March 25, if we focus on the positive we'll see a wider window -- instead of having one day to raise awareness, you have several, and in some years as much as two weeks.  Just use these preparatory days to pray, meditate, and educate. 

 

[page updated 3/18/17]