FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT ~ March 14, 2021
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: Sam
Donna Jackson, 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 SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 20 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - †William David
Sunday, March 21 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - †Frank Richard
PLEASE NOTE: The churches of St. Agnes and St. Vincent de Paul are closed for the winter months. MASS will resume the first weekend in May, 2021.
WEEKDAY MASSES -
March 17 - 2:00 p.m. Port Felix -
Stations of the Cross and Mass during the season of Lent in Port Felix every Wednesday by 2:00 pm.
Thursday, March 18 - 6:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s Chapel, Canso - †Fred Rhynold
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.
REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS God’s Love for us and the world
The theme of today’s liturgy is God’s love for sinful humanity manifested in sending His Son, through whom we are saved from sin and death. John 3:16-17 are among the most famous verses in the New Testament. It is rightly regarded as the summary of the Christian Theology of Salvation. When John declares that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”, he makes two assertions about God’s love. He emphasizes how God chose to express his love i.e., by sending His own Son. Secondly, he speaks of the degree to which God loved the world, i.e., He gave His own Son. The theme of God sending Jesus is central to John’s theology, occurring over fifty times. The fact that God sent His Son not to judge the world but to save it should fill us with joy and hope. For we do not have a God who is distant and unconcerned about the world, but who cares for the world. He is always concerned about our salvation and would hold back nothing to realize it. What sort of world did God love? In the fourth Gospel, the word “world” is used with negative meaning to mean those opposed to God. The object of God’s love is a world with sins and failures and rebellion and disobedience. The fact that God loved a world that is inimical to Him serves as a model of genuine Christian love. True Christian love is not reciprocal; it is not based on other’s character or conduct. It is the imitation of God’s infinite love. One is reminded of Jesus’ most famous teaching, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (Mt 5:44-45).
STAR OF THE SEA NEWS
Butterfly Memory Tree - will be placed in Star of the Sea Church for Easter Sunday, April 4 and will remain until Pentecost Sunday, May 23 . If you wish to remember a loved one in this manner please fill out a Memorial Card (available in the entrance of the church) and place it in the Collection Basket. A minimum donation of $5.00 is requested per Butterfly. Donations will be deposited to the parish of your choice.
Game of Chance - will take place March 25. Numbers are available from Committee members. We are requesting donations of merchandise prizes, we do have some prizes but not enough.
Ministries Schedule, March 14
Lectors -Juanita Dort
Ushers/Collectors - Rene LeBlanc
The present schedule runs until March 28, we are working on the new schedule. Please notify the parish office or Mary LeBlanc before March 18 if you wish to have your name added or deleted. We are in need of a Sacristan to assist with preparation for Sunday Mass, training will be provided.
Property and Finance Committee - required immediately - three new members, if this interests you in any way, please contact a committee member or the parish office as soon as possible.
ST. AGNES PARISH NEWS
Straw Draw - We are asking for donations of prizes for a Straw Draw. Prizes can be dropped off to Charlene, Colleen or brought to the Hall. All donations are greatly appreciated
SUNDAY MISSALS - are available in the entrance of our churches, cost is $8.00
Parish Council Meeting - 23rd March; Time: 6:30 pm Venue: St. Agnes Parish Hall. All members are encouraged to attend.
Liturgy Meeting - will be held Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Star of the Sea Vestry. All members are requested to attend. Planning for Easter Triduum will be the main topic.
Development and Peace Collection Sunday, March 21 - Share Love/Share Lent - "Share Love, Share Lent is an opportunity for you to be a part of a Lenten journey that can bring you closer to Christ and to those who suffer throughout the world and so contribute to the culture of encounter." Read the letter from Archbishop Richard Gagnon, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, on Our Blog: https://www.antigonishdiocese.com/share-love-share-lent/
Centering Prayer Workshop - Mar. 15, 10 am - 4 pm, Bethany Resource Centre, Antigonish
Offered by the Martha Ministry of Spirituality, for those who may wish to learn about Centering Prayer or deepen in the practice. Cost: $20/day, please bring your own lunch. Registration: Call Sr. Claire MacNeil at 902-863-4726 or 902-863-4822. We will be observing Covid-19 health protocols.
PRE-MARRIAGE PROGRAM - will be held on May 29, 2021. Please register by calling (902) 849-4772. Family Service of Eastern NS. 9 Minto Street, Glace Bay, NS, B1A 5G5
Star of the Sea (26) 1045.00
St. Agnes (2) 30.00
St. Vincent de Paul (1) 40.00