FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ FEBRUARY 4, 2018


STAR OF THE SEA, CANSO

ST. AGNES, LITTLE DOVER

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEENSPORT

ST. JOSEPH’S, PORT FELIX


PASTOR: FR. JONATHAN NNAJIOFOR, 366-2927

CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Sam Delorey, Donna Jackson,
Rene LeBlanc, Flo Flemming, Jenny Keefe, Paul Smith, Marlaine Myatt,
Mary Jean Hanhams, Irene O'Leary, Janet Delorey, Cynthia Creamer,
Calvin Harnish, Corrine Munroe, Sr. Alma, Marie Parker, Fr. Jonathan


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



WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 10 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - †Frank Haines


Sunday, February 11 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - †Sylvester Parker


WEEKDAY MASSES:

Wednesday, February 7- 6:00 - St. Joseph - †Bertha Baker

Thursday, February 8 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - †Bertha Bond


ASH WEDNESDAY MASS TIMES - February 14th.

2:00 p.m. - St. Joseph;

3:30 p.m. - Canso Seaside Manor;

7:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea Church


PLEASE NOTE: St. Agnes Parish next Mass time will be March 4. St. Vincent de Paul Church is now closed for the winter months and will reopen in May, 2018.


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. Communion Calls will be the first Friday of the month.


LENTEN DEVOTIONS

Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph, Stations of the Cross & Mass

Thursdays, starting February 22 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - Stations of the Cross & Mass

Lenten program will be announced next week.


REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS - The Healing Power of Jesus


Jesus has begun the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. He taught with authority and his teaching was accomplished by signs and wonders. Demoniacs were being set free and the sick healed. And today’s Gospel recounts how Peter’s mother-in-law was healed of her fever. By merely lifting her up with his hand she became well again. Following this, people thronged his way and brought out their sick and possessed for him to cure. Imagine the dust of the desert forming a cloud in the air as people shuffled to reach out to Jesus. Most were not coming for the message, but to present the numerous problems besieging them. This outlook has not changed. Some Christians are miracle mongers. The central message which is a change of heart is often lost. Rather, miracles become ends in themselves. In our search for Christ, we should not allow problems to undermine our search for intimacy with Jesus. Jesus wants us to always be by his side just as the apostles were, so that wherever we go or wherever we are, we have Jesus as a companion. Let the worries of this world not be our only reason for God.


COUNTDOWN TO LENT - Ash Wednesday is approaching! Lent begins Wednesday, February 14. Lent is a time of repentance, change of heart and prayer. Ashes that are used to mark the beginning of Lent come from the branches that were blessed and distributed the previous Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. The season of Lent is a time in which we do penance and prepare ourselves for the wonder of Easter. We pray more. We make a greater effort to financially help those in need. (This is called almsgiving.) We make special efforts to make amends for our sinfulness (penance), and we curb our physical desires by restricting our intake of food. Fasting means that we eat only one full meatless meal and two smaller meals with no snacking between meals. This obligation is applied on Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent) and Good Friday. This law applies to Catholics aged 18-59. Abstinence means that we eat no meat (including poultry) or meat by-products. We observe abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. This regulation applies to all Catholics over the age of 14. People who are ill or have particular medical conditions, and women who are pregnant, are not obligated to observe these regulations. Of course, people in these circumstances are urged to pray, do penance, and help the less fortunate as a sign of their repentance and sorrow.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Families who are using the Home Program are asked to continue completing the sessions and to pass each unit in as they are completed. Any family who wishes to start a Home Program please contact Marie, it is not too late as sessions can be completed at any time.


FIRST EUCHARIST /FIRST RECONCILIATION - Parents interested in having their children prepare to celebrate either of these sacraments are asked to contact the parish office as soon as possible. We would like to set up sessions to prepare families to celebrate First Eucharist and First Reconciliation. Please contact the parish office so we will know how many will be involved and we can make the necessary preparations and order materials.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Church.


LITURGY COMMITTEE - will meet Wednesday, February 21at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Glebe. All members are asked to attend as we will consider a change to the Easter Schedule.


THANK YOU - A very special thank you is extended to Fr. Jonathan and all who expressed sympathy to me and my family on the loss of Ronnie. Thank you so very much for your kindness and prayers. God bless you. - Alice Cashin & family


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (58) 696.00

Loose 23.00

St. Agnes (15) 140.00

St. Joseph (23) 239.00

Loose 10.00


ST. JOSEPH NEWS - Breakfast/Brunch Sunday February 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00. All are welcome.


ST. AGNES NEWS

50/50 Bingo - continue Sundays, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Your support is greatly appreciated.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ministries Schedule - February 1 - 11:00 a.m.

Lectors: Emily/Buzz Lumsden

EMOHC: Paul Smith

Presentation of Gifts: Ray/Judy White

Church Cleaning: Irene MacDonald/Brenda Garrity

Ushers/Collectors: Janet Delorey/Bill MacMillan

Hospitality: Louise Lumsden/Tish Murphy

Sacristan: Janet Delorey

Servers: Ocean/Katlin

The new Ministries Schedule is available in the entrance of the church. Thank you for your past service, it is much appreciated

Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, March 6 at 7:15 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Ways & Means - Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 6 at 7:15 p.m. WE DESPERATELY NEED NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS!!

Trivia Night - Profit realized was $930.25! Great job everyone, thank you for your support.

50's & 60's Dance - will be held Saturday, February 10, 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. at the Canso/Hazel Hill Fire Hall. Costumes are encouraged, Cost is $10.00 if you are in costume and $12.00 if you are not wearing a costume. Proceeds to “Paint the Church Interior Project”.

Ticket Draw - we will be selling tickets on a $300.00 Fuel Oil Gift Card. Please contact a committee member to buy or sell tickets. All proceeds to Star of the Sea General Fund. Thank you for your past support.

Ticket Draw - on a Travel Gift Card from CM Travel Brokers, valued at $10,000.00, only 2500 tickets will be printed!! Tickets are $10.00 each. Even if you are not interested traveling, maybe you would still like to contribute to help paint the church. Please help out!!

Fish Cake & Bean Supper - will be held Friday, February 23 4:30 - 6:30, Shamrock Senior’s Club.


NOTES:

Information Session - A Citizen Specialist with Service Canada will give Present information on CPP, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement at the Canso Library, February 7th from 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more info contact Marcia at 902-863-8668.

Ignite...Your Faith Journey - Diocesan Youth Gathering - Saturday, April 14. Our Lady of Fatima is hosting a day of friendship and faith. Open to youth preparing for Confirmation and older. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with Mass at 4:15pm Register through your Parish Office or contact Allyson Langley 902-562-3934 or Cathy Walsh 902-870-9117

Women's Prayer Breakfast - How does faith inform my life? Guest speaker: Ms. Patricia Fricker Bates, LL.B.,LL.M., Auditor, Matrimonial Tribunal, Diocese of Antigonish 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 10. St. Ninian Place, Antigonish. Sponsored by St. Ninian's CWL. Tickets: $15.00 ($7.50 for students) available at St. Ninian Parish Office. (902-863-2338)

Canada's Longest Married Couple - Marriages CAN go the distance, and the annual recognition of Canada's Longest Married Couple proves it. Nominate your loved ones by submitting the names of husband & wife, wedding date, current home address and the contact information of the person submitting the nomination to: Ernesto and Analillian Ayala 113-7471 Blundel Rd, Richmond, BC, V6Y-1J6, or E-mail to: canada@wwme.org or 604-337-5845 Deadline Feb 28, 2018. All nominations will be recognized.


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. Jonathan or the parish office.


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



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