FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT ~ MARCH 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, March 11 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - For Parishioners

Sunday, March 12 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - Seward Armsworthy


PLEASE NOTE: MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THREE CHURCHES THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. April 1 & 2 will be the date for April.


LENTEN DEVOTIONS/WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 8 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Hall, Stations of the Cross/Mass - Special Intention

Thursday, March 9 - 6:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea Church, Stations of the Cross/Mass - Special Intention

Sundays - Communal gathering to pray the rosary for those who are ill in our communities and beyond -The rosary will be prayed every Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. in ST. ANTHONY’S CHAPEL. All are encouraged to attend or pray the Rosary wherever you are.

Wednesday, March 22 -7:00 p.m. - Reconciliation Service - Star of the Sea Church


LENT - Lent is the yearly celebration by the Church of its corporate conversion in Jesus Christ. During Lent, the liturgy prepares catechumens to celebrate the Paschal Mystery by the various stages of Christian Initiation. It also prepares the faithful for Easter as they recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for the greatest Feast of the year. Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for baptism, an emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God’s Word and of more fervent prayer, believers are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. Lenten instructions stress these baptismal and penitential themes.


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 six will be held Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the glebe.


PLEASE NOTE: The parish office will be closed March 6 - 13 and will reopen March 14 at 1:00 p.m. There will be no weekly bulletin for Sunday, March 12. Fr. Dan will be at the glebe as usual.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Group sessions for Year 2 and 6 continue Monday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. in FECCA. There will NO session for the primary group this week. 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 - Anyone interested in helping out with the Confirmation Program is asked to contact Fr. Dan or the parish office as soon as possible. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot take place without volunteers and/or parents assistance.


FIRST EUCHARIST - Sessions for the children continue Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fishermen’s Hall in Canso. Please remember the children and their families in your prayers: Taylor Boudreau, Dalton Keefe, Marlee Rhynold, Lola Sangster, Alexander (Lex) Watt and Brooklyn MacKinnon are preparing to celebrate First Eucharist.


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

St Joseph's property/ finance/cemetery meeting March 15 after Mass.

St Patrick’s Day Card Play - Port Felix Parish Hall, Sunday, March 19, 7:30 pm. 1st prize - Corn Beef dinner; 2nd prize; Ham Dinner; 3rd prize Complete Breakfast

Admission: $10.00 per person, 50/50 Tickets

Light refreshments will be served

Proceeds to St Joseph’s Building Fund


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ministries Schedule - March 12

Lectors: Emily/Barry Lumsden

EMOHC: Geraldine Parker

Presentation of Gifts: Melissa Richards/Deanna Nickerson

Church Cleaning: Marlene/Ernie Bond

Ushers/Collectors: Bill MacMillan/Janet Delorey

Hospitality: Paul/Lorna Horne

Sacristan: Janet Delorey

Servers: Anthony, Damien & Cayden

Ways & Means - A committee meeting will be held Tuesday, March 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.

Fish Cake & Bean Supper - We are most happy to acknowledge proceeds of $559.24 from the recent supper. Thank you so very much!

St. Pat’s Lunch & Concert - Sunday, March 19, Canso/Haze Hill Volunteer Fire Hall. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Concert - 6:30 p.m.


MINISTRIES WORKSHOPS

Lectors’ Meeting - A meeting of all the Lectors from the FOUR parishes will be held Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Star of the Sea Church, Canso.

Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - a workshop will be held Sunday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Star of the Sea Church. All are asked to attend, especially those taking Communion to the Sick.

Altar Servers - will meet Sunday, March 26 at 1:30 for training. All servers are asked to attend.


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (53) 836.00

Loose 12.00

Rel. Ed. (13) 115.00

St. Agnes (16) 155.00

Rel. Ed. (2) 15.00

St. Joseph (31) 341.00

Loose 5.00

Rel. Ed. (1) 5.00


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


ANNUAL MEETING - was held Sunday, February 26 in St. Agnes Hall. Special thanks is extended to parishioners of St. Agnes parish for hosting the meeting and meal. It was much appreciated!!


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - will be held Tuesday, February 28 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:

Spring Retreat for Catechists and those involved in any Parish Ministry - St. Joseph Renewal Centre, Mabou; Friday, Mar. 24, 7 pm - Sat. Mar. 25, 3 pm - An Introduction to First Spiritual Exercises: a collection of prayer exercises that can help us to explore our feelings about God and our relationships with others: help us to express our needs and desires to God and in doing so, help us grow in our spiritual lives and cultivate inner peace. These exercises are grounded in Ignatian Spirituality which encourages us to find God in everything and everything in God. Facilitators will be Julia Townsend, Patsy MacNeil and Joan McNeil. Cost is $65. Registration -Debbie at catecheticalconsultant@dioceseofantigonish.ca or ph 1-902-539-6188 or toll-free 1-800-656-5311 ext 226. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 10

Ad limina Visit - Bishop Dunn will be making an ad limina Visit to Rome during the month of March. The visit ‘ad limina Apostolorum’ is designed as an opportunity for each bishop to strengthen his own responsibility as a successor of the Apostles and to strengthen his bonds of being in communion with the Successor of Peter. The two basic purposes for the visit include: a) to venerate the tomb of the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul; b) to meet with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome. An important element of the visit involves a visit with the Holy Father and a discussion with him about questions concerning pastoral ministry within the Church today. This meeting with take place on Thursday, March 16. The ad limina visit usually takes place every five years; however, it has been much longer than five years since the Bishops of Canada have made a visit, due to special Jubilee Years when there are no ad limina visits. All the bishops of Atlantic Canada will be making their visit together from March 11 to March 22. Please pray for Bishop Dunn as he makes this ad limina visit to Rome.


NOTE: FUNERAL MASSES - In Canada, a Funeral Mass may not be celebrated on Sundays, Holydays of Obligation, Holy Thursday, or during the Easter Triduum (from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper through Easter Sunday inclusively). On these days a Funeral Liturgy without Mass may be celebrated. Funeral Masses are never celebrated on Sundays.



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