Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
25 March

The Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrates the coming of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce to her the special mission God had chosen for her in being the mother of His only son.


Mass Times:

7:00 am – St Therese Church – Fairfield West

9:15 am – St Benedict’s Shrine – Smithfield

7:00 pm – St Benedict’s Shrine – Smithfield

At the end of each Mass there will be the official commencement of the nine months of the Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn. As part of the Mass there will be an acceptance and commitment rite.


Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn Child: Celebrating the Miracle of Life
What is Spiritual Adoption
    It is a prayer for the child in the womb
    It is a prayer acknowledging the miracle and gift of life
    It is a prayer of encouragement for expectant parents
    It is a movement of life and fruitfulness inspired by the Holy Spirit

Everyone loves the beauty and innocence of a baby. As an expression of that love, St Gertrude’s Parish announces an adoption program for young and old alike. There are millions of unborn babies desperately in need of your prayers. Won’t you please “spiritually adopt” one and share the love for life that God have given you?
The Spiritual Adoption lasts for nine months. The prayer consists of praying one decade of the Rosary each day for nine months and a prayer for your adopted child. We will start this Spiritual Adoption on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.