FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT ~ MARCH 31, 2019
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
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Donna Jackson, Janet Delorey, Gerry Parker, Gelly Parker,
Cynthia Creamer, Calvin Harnish, Corrine Munroe,
Agnes Casey, 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 TIMES
Saturday, April 6 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - †Elizabeth Greencorn
Sunday, April 7 - 9:30 a.m. - St. Agnes - †Sandra Greencorn
- 11:00 a.m.- Star of the Sea - †Mary Jean Hanhams
WEEKDAY MASS TIMES - Stations of the Cross - before the weekday Masses during the Lenten Season.
Wednesday, April 3 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - †Charles Hughie Boudreau
Thursday, April 4 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - †Fred Hanhams
PLEASE NOTE - Mass will be held at St. Agnes Parish April 7, 2019. Weekly Masses will resume at both St. Agnes and St. Vincent De Paul the weekend of May 4/5.
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 RECONCILIATION SERVICE - will be held Sunday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Star of the Sea. All are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Easter.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Palm Sunday Mass - Saturday, April 13 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church
Palm Sunday Mass - Sunday, April 14- 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea Church
Mass of Chrism - 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, NS
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 18- 7:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea
Friday of the Passion of the Lord Service, April 19 - 3:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea
April 19 - 3:00 p.m. - St. Joseph- Lay Service
Easter Vigil, the Resurrection of the Lord, Saturday, April 20 - Star of the Sea- 8:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord, Sunday, April 21 -  9:30 a.m. - St. Agnes
- 11:00 a.m. - St. Joseph
REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS - The All-Forgiving and Merciful Father
The story of the Prodigal Son depicts two things: repentance and forgiveness. This parable is an encouraging reminder to us that the Good Lord can forgive us no matter how grave our sins, provided we have the courage and faith like the prodigal son to say, ‘I will go back to my father.’ To do this we must be able to distinguish between remorse and repentance. Remorse is self-pity for having committed the offence. Judas had remorse and so committed suicide. Repentance is sorrow for the sin committed. Peter had it and was forgiven. We are called upon to do the same regardless of the gravity of the offence, always remembering that saints are not those who never committed sins but sinners who repented. The second reading speaks of the reconciliation that God has wrought for us. In the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we see how far God has gone to take away our faults and give us a new beginning. Sin estranges us from God and makes us live apart from God who is the source and goal of our life. In Christ, God opens to us the door of reconciliation. Like the father in the Gospel parable, God’s heart of mercy is always open to take us back. The appeal is: “Be reconciled to God.” But there can be no reconciliation with God without reconciliation with our fellow human beings; beginning from the family, to our places of work or studies, to the market, and to everywhere we encounter people. Why harden Your heart to a brother or a sister or a neighbour or even a stranger who has offended you? As we seek forgiveness from God in
the Sacrament of Reconciliation, let us remember to extend the same forgiveness to those who have offended us.
PLEASE NOTE - The parish office will be closed April 1 - 9 and will reopen Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Diocese of Antigonish Anniversary 175 - Saint Ninian, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Antigonish, Pay for Us in our Anniversary Year.
Relocation! The Respect Life Centre has relocated to 27 St. Andrew’s St., Antigonish (next to Shur-Gain Feeds 'N Needs).
The Cursillo weekend schedule for the spring of 2019 are as follows
Men- May 23-26, 2019 , Women's -June 6-09, 2019 candidates are needed and if interested in attending please call Kevin or Karen McSween at ( 902) 862- 8517, Betty Lahey at (902)270-0891, Burt or Claudia Aucoin at (902) 578-1266 and Gary David (902)631-1734. Ultreya - last Thursday of each month.
Star of the Sea (56) 1,226.00
St. Agnes (19) 215.00
St. Joseph (16) 175.00
St. Vincent de Paul (1) 20.00
ST. AGNES NEWS
Prize/50/50 Bingo - continues on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. All are welcome.
STAR OF THE SEA NEWS
Ministries Schedule, April 7
Lectors - Chloe Parker/Ginny Boudreau
EMOHC - Ray White
Presentation of Gifts - Ray/Judy White
Church Cleaning - Theresa Casey/Eileen Cohoon
Ushers/Collectors - Janet Delorey/Paul Horne
Hospitality - Ray/Judy White
Sacristan - Janet Delorey
Servers - Anthony/Damien
Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, May 7 at 6:15 p.m. in the meeting room at the Glebe. We encourage new members.
Ways & Means - will meet Tuesday, April 9 at 7:15 p.m.
St. Pat’s Concert and Meal - Profit was $289.50. Special thanks for donations and support. It is much appreciated.
Fish Cake/Bean Supper - Thank you for your support, profit was $304.96.
Please note - The Star of the Sea Cemetery, Canso is open to foot traffic only due to Spring thaw conditions. The barricade will be lifted when conditions improve. Thank you for your understanding.
LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Glebe.
ST. JOSEPH NEWS
Weekly Card Plays - continue every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.