THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT, MARCH 19, 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 25 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - Frank Haines

Sunday, March 26 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - For Parishioners


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

NO WEEKDAY MASSES THIS WEEK, FR. DAN WILL BE AWAY

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 29 -7:00 P.M. - RECONCILIATION SERVICE - STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE


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 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the glebe.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Group sessions for Primary, Year 2 and 6 continue Monday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. in FECCA. 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 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 26

Lectors: Paul Smith/Susan Bouchie

EMOHC: Florence Flemming

Presentation of Gifts: Louise Lumsden/Tish Murphy

Church Cleaning: Melissa/Gayle Richards

Ushers/Collectors: Fin Armsworthy/Carla Armsworthy

Hospitality: Ray/Judy White

Sacristan: Margie Horne

Servers: Katlin & Ocean

Ways & Means - A committee meeting will be held Tuesday, April 11 at 7:15 p.m. All members and those interested in this committee are asked to attend. PARISHIONERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING OUT WITH THIS COMMITTEE, SOME MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ON THE COMMITTEE FOR YEARS. New members are needed!

Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, May 2 at 7:15 p.m. in the glebe.

St. Pat’s Lunch & Concert - Special thanks to all who helped in any way with this event, it is much appreciated!


MINISTRIES WORKSHOPS

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) 1,116.00

Loose 11.00

St. Agnes (7) 65.00

St. Joseph (25) 230.00

Loose 5.00


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The regular monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. in ST. JOSEPH PARISH


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - will be held Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Glebe. All members are asked to attend.


NOTES:

Thank you - special thanks is extended to District 5 Councillor Janet Peitzsche for her assistance in obtaining grants to St Agnes Building Fund ($1,000.00) and to Star of the Sea Building Fund ($500.00). It is much appreciated.

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. 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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