FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ FEBRUARY 5, 2017



STAR OF THE SEA, CANSO

ST. AGNES, LITTLE DOVER

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEENSPORT

ST. JOSEPH’S, PORT FELIX


PASTOR: FR. DAN MACDONALD, 366-2927

CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Cal Harnish, Sam Delorey,
Donna Jackson, Carla Armsworthy, Susan McKeough, Rene LeBlanc,
Flo Flemming, Jenny Keefe, Paul Smith, Marlaine Myatt, Susan DeLong,
Cynthia Creamer, Sr. Alma, Marie Parker, Fr. Dan MacDonald


The complete text of this bulletin is also available on the parish's website at www.cansoparishes.org



WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 11 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - For Parishioners


Sunday, February 12 - 11:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea - Bertha Munroe


PLEASE NOTE: MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THREE CHURCHES THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. March 4 & 5 will be the date for March.


WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE -

Wednesday, February 8 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Parish Hall - Rose Haines

Thursday, February 9 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - Bertha Murphy


FEAST OF ST. BLAISE WAS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 -- Throats will be blessed after Mass this weekend. “Through the intercession fo Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you form every disease of the throat and from every other illness. In the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”


COMMUNION CALLS - If you know of anyone who is unable to get out to Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the parish office to have their name added to the list. Fr. Dan will do Communions Calls when he is available and he will call prior to the visit.


A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (DIOCESE OF ANTIGONISH) - Heavenly Father, bless your Church with an abundance of holy and dedicated priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require. Form as all in the likeness of your Son as that in him, with him and through him, we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


EPIC: THE EARLY CHURCH - Session five will be held Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the glebe.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Sessions continue MONDAY, February 6 at Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy starting at 6:00 p.m. The remaining youth’s parents are asked to contact the parish office to enroll in a Home Program. Completed Home program units should be submitted to the parish office each month. For more information please contact the parish office.


CONFIRMATION PROGRAM - will be begin in early February, parents are asked to contact the parish office (if you have not already done so) to ensure enrollment in the sacramental program. All youth (year nine and up) are invited to register for the program.


FIRST EUCHARIST/RECONCILIATION Parents/guardians are invited to register their children to prepare to celebrate these Sacraments. Children should be in year two to celebrate First Eucharist and year 4 to celebrate First Reconciliation. Please contact the parish office.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ministries Schedule - February 12

Lectors: Emily/Buzz Lumsden

EMOHC: Ray White

Presentation of Gifts: Brian/Melinda Bouchie

Church Cleaning: Marlene/Ernie Bond

Ushers/Collectors: Gerry Parker/Janet Delorey

Hospitality: Deanna Nickerson/Gertie Snow

Sacristan: Janet Delorey

Servers: Katlin/Ocean

NOTE TO LECTORS: please place the Lectionary (after the second reading) on the table adjacent to the Lectern.

Ways & Means - A committee meeting will be held Tuesday, February 14 at 7:15 p.m. All members and those interested in this committee are asked to attend. PARISHIONERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE COMPLETE THE VOLUNTEER SHEET AND RETURN IT TO THE PARISH OFFICE.

Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, March 7 at 7:15 p.m. in the glebe.


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (65) 854.00

Loose 33.00

St. Agnes (14) 140.00

St. Joseph (29) 246.00

Loose 12.00

Initial 5.00

A donation of $2,500.00 to the Star of the Sea Building Fund has been received. We wish to thank Robert and Marta Anderson for their generosity, it is much appreciated. This has been earmarked for repairs to the church.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The regular monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. in ST. AGNES HALL.


ANNUAL MEETING - will be held Sunday, February 26 at 12 noon in St. Agnes Parish Hall. The meeting will begin with a Pot Luck Dinner, all parishioners are encouraged to attend and invited to bring a dish of food to share. Committee Chairpersons are asked to have an annual report prepared and ready for presentation for this meeting.


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - will be held Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Glebe. All members are asked to attend.


WEDDING PLANNING? - As preparations begin for this year’s wedding season, couples are reminded that six months notice is requested in order to successfully complete the preparations. For more information, please contact Fr. Dan or the parish office.


BAPTISMS - Parents wishing to have their child baptized should phone Fr. Dan or the parish office to make arrangements.


NOTES:

New Hermit for the Diocese - Please pray for Sheila O’Handley as she makes her commitment as a hermit in the Diocese of Antigonish on February 5 at 11 am at Holy Cross, Glace Bay.

Cursillo Weekends - Spring weekends, Women's weekend will be held June 8 to 11, 2017 at Camp Bretondean, still room for some candidates.

Men”s weekend is scheduled for May 19-22, 2017 (subject to change by one week) and will depend on the number of candidates/applicants whether this will happen. For more information please contact the parish office.

Steubenville Atlantic - Steubenville Atlantic (July 7-9) is the annual high school youth, aged 14 - 18, conference at Dalhousie University. This year’s conference theme is “Elevate.”. For more info, please email nolan@dioceseofantigonish.ca or call Nolan at 1-902-539-6188 Ext. 241.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre with Fr. Patrick O’Neill - Come on pilgrimage June 15th -21st, 2017. We will stop at the Monastery on the way up and back for Mass. In addition to St. Anne de Beaupre, we will also visit St. Joseph Oratory, Montreal. Cost per person is $650.00 ($850.00 if you want a private room). Costs cover overnight stays in Fredericton on the way up and return at the Holiday Inn Express, accommodations at St. Anne de Beaupre and 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches. If you wish to join us, we ask for a $200.00 down payment by February 28th, 2017 and remaining $450.00 to be paid by May 15th, 2017. Call Estelle Penny at church office (902) 794-3951. Please leave your name, phone number and email address if you have one. Checks to be made out to St. Joseph Parish.

Saturday, February 11 - World Day of the Sick, The ministry of Jesus to the sick is central to the life of the Church. February 11 highlights the healing ministry of the Church. It reminds us that service to the sick and suffering cannot be neglected. It recognizes the great efforts of doctors, nurses, health care institutions and pastoral care givers to restore health to those afflicted with illness and disease. Please remember the sick and suffering in your prayers.


DECLINING PRIESTS

Bishop Dunn invites us to reflect on just one dimension of the current situation of the 40 diocesan priests currently with pastoral appointments:

3 priests are under the age of 50

6 priests are between the ages of 50 and 55.

4 priests are between the ages of 56 and 60

8 priests are between the ages of 61 and 65

8 priests are between the ages of 66 and 70

5 priests are between the ages of 71 and 75

6 priests are over the age of 75 (1 in his 70s, 4 in their mid-80s and 1 in his 90s)

Clearly we can all see that approximately one half of the priests currently serving our parishes are over the age of 65.



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