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


Saturday, January 20 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - †Gloria Barry

Sunday, January 21 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - ♥For parishioners

WEEKDAY MASSES: There will be NO WEEKDAY MASSES for the coming few weeks, Fr. Jonathan will be away until January 20.

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

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: This is to inform all the Parishioners that I will be away until January 20. I will be visiting my parents and family, and celebrate the New Year with them. - Fr. Jonathan

The parish office will be closed this week. Please contact Deacon Michael Doyle for emergencies at 902-533-2980.

REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS - What do I want? Why am I seeking the Lord? Is it by an accident of birth that I am called Christian, or do I, like John the Baptist’s two disciples, want to remain for ever with the one who redeems the world? Today’s gospel shows the importance of human witnesses to lead us to Christ. But it is not enough to hear about him; we must also see him with the eyes of faith and learn to know him intimately. Then we too will confess Jesus to be the one anointed by God. The first reading tells about God’s calling Samuel and the boy’s eager answer; he learns to treasure God’s word. The psalm teaches us to pray the prayer of God’s servants throughout history. Jesus made this prayer his own as he lived perfectly the vocation given him by the Father. To do God’s will is our vocation too; but what is its moral implication? St. Paul’s insight, that we as members of Christ’s body are spiritually united with him and are temples of the Holy Spirit, means that we must respect our bodies and live in purity. Otherwise we cannot authentically give God glory. - CCC Sunday Mass Book

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. You must contact the parish office so we will know how many will be involved so we can make the necessary preparations and order materials.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. in the St. Agnes parish hall.


Star of the Sea (57) 929.00

Christmas (total) 1,625.00

St. Joseph (19) 190.00

Loose 15.00

New Years(9) 80.00

Initial offering(7) 45.00

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


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


Liturgy Committee - will meet Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Glebe.

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 - Thank you so much for your support, all proceeds go to “Paint the Church Interior Project”.

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 - 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!!

Ministries Schedule - January 21 - 11:00 a.m.

Lectors: Paul Smith/Ginny Boudreau

EMOHC: Gelly Parker

Presentation of Gifts: Tom Kavanaugh & family

Church Cleaning: Theresa Casey/Eileen Cohoon

Ushers/Collectors: Paul Horne/Bill MacMillan

Hospitality: Ray/Judy White

Sacristans: Janet Delorey

Servers: Katlin

The present ministries schedule runs until January 28. Please consider volunteering, some of us need a bit of a break and our church needs active members. Please contact Mary LeBlanc or the parish office by Sunday, January 20. if you wish to have your name added or deleted. Thank you for your past service, it is much appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE Collection envelopes for 2018 are available in the entrance of the churches. Please check that you have the correct box. Some of the numbers have changed and you may have a different number. There are several boxes without names and you are free to take a box for your use. Please ensure your name is on your envelopes and your donations will be credited to you.


Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18 - 25 - This universal week of prayer encourages Christians of all denominations to meet, to participate in various liturgical and other community activities, and to pray together that all may be one, as Christ desires. The importance of unity among Christians and the responsibility of the people of each parish to work for this unity should be emphasized throughout the week. All members of the parish should seek to have a deeper understanding of ecumenism.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees - Sunday, January 14 - This day is observed in many places in solidarity with the World Refugee Day promoted by the United Nations and observed since 2001. “The phenomenon of migration today is a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world. Men and women from various regions of the earth who have not yet encountered Jesus Christ or know him partially, ask to be received in countries with an ancient Christian tradition. It is necessary to find adequate ways for them to meet and to become acquainted with Jesus Christ and to experience the invaluable gift of salvation.” Pope Benedict XVI, 2012. Please include them in your prayers.

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