FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME~ FEBRUARY 11, 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 17 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - Lynn Jelleau


Sunday, February 18 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - Sylvester Parker


PLEASE NOTE: St. Agnes Parish next Mass time will be March 4.


ASH WEDNESDAY MASS TIMES - February 14 -

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

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

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

Note: Parishioners that still have the palms from the last Palm Sunday celebration are encouraged to return them to the Parish Office before the end of Tuesday for use on the Ash Wednesday Masses. Thanks


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: During this Holy Season of Lent, we are going to do the Alpha Video Series. This Alpha program is very inspiring and leaves us with so many things to think about and work upon during this Lenten season. This will be held every Thursday of Lent after the Mass at Star of the Sea, Canso.. What is Alpha? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question, and is designed to create conversation. No two Alphas look the same–they run in coffee shops, churches, bars, prisons, universities, schools and homes. There's no pressure, no follow up and no charge. What topics are covered?

Life: Is There More to Life Than This? Jesus: Who is Jesus?

Cross: Why Did Jesus Die? Faith: How Can We have Faith?

Prayer: Why and How Do I Pray? Word: Why and How Do I Read the Bible?

Follow: How Does God Guide Us? Spirit: Who Is the Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?

Fill: How Can I Be Filled With the Holy Spirit? Evil: How Can I Resist Evil?

Healing: Does God Heal Today? Church: What About the Church and Telling Others?

We are all encouraged to make out time for this wonderful program. Please check it out online


REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS - Jesus Healed The Leper

Jesus cures a man of his leprosy. Leprosy is a skin disease that attacks the limbs. The disease causes one’s fingers and toes to drop off, disfiguring and twisting the features to look disgusting. It is an infectious disease often contracted through bodily contacts or sharing of vessels. Right from the time of Moses leprous patients were known to be quarantined, that is, medically set apart from the rest to avoid contagion. The Book of Leviticus (13) specifies how leprous patients were to be handled. “As long as the disease lasts he will be unclean; therefore he must live away from others; he must live outside the camp” (Lev 13:46). Imagine how a

leper feels: frustrated and dejected. Jesus cured the leper, and directed him to see a priest, for reintegration into society, but insisted on no publicity. Jesus not only grants the man his request, but he demonstrates the personal love, compassion and tenderness of God in his physical touch. The man could not contain his joy, so he shared the news. Meanwhile, Jesus did not want to associate his messianic work with only miracles. For his mission would be won On the Cross. A search for miracles is not true religion. It is false. Also, no form of

discrimination, be it for reasons of faith, race, gender, health or whatever, honours God. What our fellow humans need is a helping hand. The Lord challenges us all to show mercy, forgiveness and compassion to untouchables and outcasts around you, especially those we find it difficult to love. Just as the Lord is always ready to show us his mercy and love, are we ready to do the same?


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.


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (49) 777.00

Loose 10.00

St. Agnes (17) 160.00

St. Joseph Envelopes (19) 157.00

Loose 19.75

New Years (1) 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 18 - 11:00 a.m.

Lectors: Edmund LeBlanc/Carla Armsworthy

EMOHC: Mary LeBlanc

Presentation of Gifts: Louise Lumsden/Tish Murphy

Church Cleaning: Melissa/Gayle Richards

Ushers/Collectors: Fin Armsworthy/Percy Bond

Hospitality: Deanna Nickerson/Mary Jean Hanhams

Sacristan: Florence Flemming

Servers: Katlin/Ocean

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

Ways & Means - Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 13 at 7:15 p.m. WE DESPERATELY NEED NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS!!

50's & 60's Dance - Thank you for your support, profit will be announced next weekend. 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 (Flo Flemming) 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. Parishioners are invited to donate Fish Cakes, Beans, Rolls/Biscuits or Dessert. SIGN UP SHEETS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH.


NOTES

New Beginnings Weekend - is a weekend of reflection and healing for those who are divorced, separated, or bereaved. Our next weekend will be April 20-22, 2018 at the St. Joseph Renewal Centre/Mabou Resource Centre. For information and to register, please contact Ron Curry: 902-564-0788

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

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 canada@wwme.org, or 604-337-5845 Deadline Feb 28, 2018. All nominations will be recognized.

NET Ministries - Family Retreat - March 24th, St. Andrews. A Lenten Retreat day of faith sharing (and fun) is being offered by NET Ministries on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at St. Andrew's Parish, St. Andrews. Advance registration is required. Please contact Cathy Walsh, Youth Ministry, for more details. cathywalsh@dioceseofantigonish.ca


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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