FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT ~ MARCH 27, 2022
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 Delorey, Donna Jackson, Janet Delorey,
Cynthia Creamer, Calvin Harnish, Agnes Casey,
Corrine Munroe, Gerry Parker, Gelly Parker,
Paul Horne, 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 2 - St. Joseph, Port Felix - 6:00 p.m. - †Howie Cashin
Sunday, April 3 - Star of the Sea, Canso - 11:00 a.m. - †Ronnie Cashin, Sr & †Ronnie Cashin, Jr
Wednesday, March 30 - Port Felix - 6:00 pm - Stations of the Cross - ♥For the Faithful
Thursday, March 31 - Canso (St. Anthony’s Chapel) - 6:00 pm - ♥For the Faithful
N/B: There will be Stations of the Cross before the weekday Masses at Port Felix and Canso during the Lenten Season.
PLEASE NOTE: The churches of St. Agnes and St. Vincent de Paul will reopen May 7 & 8, 2022.
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.
LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE - will be Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 pm in Star of the Sea Church. Everyone is encouraged to attend in preparation for the Celebration of Easter
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Monday, April 11- Mass of Chrism - 4:00 p.m. - St. NInian’s Cathedral, Antigonish
Holy Thursday, April 14 - 7:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church, Port Felix
Good Friday, April 15 - 3:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church, Port Felix
Easter Vigil, April 16 - 9:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church, Port Felix
Easter Sunday, April 17 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea Church, Canso
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 are, 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 offense. 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 offense, always remembering that the saints are not those who never committed sins but sinners who repented.
The second reading speaks of the reconciliation that Cod 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.
STAR OF THE SEA NEWS
Property and Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, April 5 at 6:15 p.m. in the meeting room at the Glebe.
Ministries Schedule, April 3
Lector -Donna Lewis
Usher - Carla Armsworthy
Sacristan - Carla Armsworthy
Cleaners - March 20 - 26 - Juanita Dort/Irene MacDonald
Butterfly Memory Tree - will be placed in Star of the Sea Church for Easter Sunday, April 17 and will remain until Pentecost Sunday, June 5. 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 during the months of March, draw date April 5. Donations would be greatly appreciated.
Trivia Night - Saturday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. at Canso Hazel Hill Fire Hall. Please pre-register, $40.00 per team of 4, maximum 15 teams.
ST. AGNES PARISH NEWS
Club 100 - Congratulations to Annette Haines, Anna Haines, Don Bouchie, Richard Fanning and Sheila Harnish. Thank you for your support.
Straw Draw - we are requesting donations for a Straw Draw, donations may be dropped off at the hall or given to Charlene or Colleen.
ST. JOSEPH NEWS - We are planning some activities for the May long weekend and we are in need of prizes for prize bingo or straw booth.
We appreciate your support. More details to follow.
of the Sea
Envelopes (24) 695.00
Envelopes (2) 40.00
Envelopes (18) 265.00
wish to acknowledge grants from the Municipality of the District of
District 5 Councillor Janet Peitzsche - $500.00 to Star of the Sea and $500.00 to St. Agnes
District 8 Councillor Fin Armsworthy - $1,000.00 to Star of the Sea.
Thank you for your generous support.