STAR OF THE SEA, CANSO
ST. AGNES, LITTLE DOVER
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEENSPORT
ST. JOSEPH’S, PORT FELIX
FR. DAN MACDONALD, 366-2927
631-1872 for emergencies only)
CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS Janet
Susan Bouchie, Cal Harnish, Gerry Parker, Harry Delorey, Bet Munroe,
Mandi Millar, Joan Tibbo, Dorothy Bennett, Corrine Munroe, Sr. Alma,
Carla Armsworthy, Susan McKeough, Marie Parker, Fr. Dan MacDonald
The complete text of this bulletin is also available on the parish's website at www.cansoparishes.org
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT ~ DECEMBER 21, 2014
SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, December 27- 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - ♥For Parishioners
Sunday, December 28 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - †Mary MacDonald
CONFESSIONS/RECONCILIATION: 20 minutes before Mass.
COMMUNION CALLS - will take place the first full week of each month. Notification will be placed in the parish bulletin.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES:
Monday, December 22 - 1:00 p.m.- Seaside Manor -For Residents, Christmas Mass;
The Sacrament of the Sick will be available to anyone who wishes to receive it.
Wednesday, December 24 Mass - 4:00 p.m. - St. Vincent de Paul - †Raymond George
6:00 p.m.- St. Joseph - †Karen Rhynold
8:00 p.m.- Star of the Sea -†Bertha Murphy
10:00 p.m. - St. Agnes - †Jean Horne
NEW YEAR’S MASS TIME – Wed., December 31 - 7:00 p.m.. - Star of the Sea - †Mary Watson
COLLECTION ENVELOPES - please note that during the winter closures of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Agnes ALL MONIES will be deposited to the parish account for which they were intended. Your envelope will continue to be credited to your parish no matter where you attend Mass.
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION IN CANADA - The Code of Canon Law provides the following general norm for the Latin Rite of the universal Church: Canon 1246
1. Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.
In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of Canada, in conformity with canon 1246 §2 of the Code of Canon Law, are as follows:
January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God;
25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The bishops of Canada have transferred all other holy days to the nearest Sunday.
SEASON OF ADVENT - started Sunday, November 30. Advent is a time for prayer, for eagerly awaiting the greatest of all gifts, Jesus the Lord. He is the light who shines in the darkness of our world. Advent wreaths are lighted. We pray to Mary, and with her proclaim the great wonders God has worked among us. The Church considers how marvelously the Father has blessed us in Jesus’ first coming, and calls for his return in fullest glory: Come, Lord Jesus.
Sunday Missals - are available in the entrance of the churches, cost is $4.00, please place money in the envelope provided. The new missal starts the First Sunday of Advent, November 30.
Christmas flowers Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of a loved one to help with the cost of Christmas flowers and decorations can do so by dropping the information in any parish collection basket in an envelope marked Flowers. Christmas flowers can be placed in the vestry of Star of the Sea after December 21.
Come to Bethlehem and See! Sunday, December 21 - 6:00 p.m. - Star of the Church - Children/Youth present “Come to Bethlehem and See”. What is so important that is drawing the attention of the whole world to the little town of Bethlehem? We will travel to that tiny town as we read devotions and create the manger scene. Come and enjoy the children’s enthusiasm and their spirit of Christmas! Free of charge!
COME TO THE TABLE - We will host Come to the Table on Thursday, January 8 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Glebe. Liturgy of the Eucharist is the topic of our next conversation. Conversations will be held every second Thursday and people can drop in as they wish. There will be a $2.00 fee to cover the cost of materials.
ST. JOSEPH NEWS
Regular Weekly Card Play - will continue on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Your support would be greatly appreciated
Women’s Night - will be held Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. in the Convent at Port Felix. All are welcome.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - will meet Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m in St. Joseph Church Vestry. All members are requested to attend.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Group sessions for Religious Ed will be resume Monday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.
ST. AGNES NEWS:
50/50 Bingo - Bingo continues Sundays at 7:00 p.m. All are most welcome.
Star of the Sea (63) 754.00
St. Agnes (12) 87.00
St. Joseph (31) 253.00
STAR OF THE SEA NEWS
Volunteers needed - to ring the church bell prior to Mass on Sunday morning. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
Property & Finance - A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6 at 7:15 p.m.
Ways & Means - Regular meeting will be Tuesday, January 13, 6:30 p.m. We are always looking for committee members, all are welcome.
Ticket Sale - Winner of the Grocery Gift Card from the Canso Coop was Shary Meade. We realized a profit of $850.40. Thank you to all who supported this event in any way.
Christmas Bazaar - well done! A truly great job! We realized a profit of 2,619.51, thank you all so much. Without your and the community’s support this would not be possible.
Fuel Oil Donation - we want to extend a thank you to an anonymous donor for their donation of $1,500.00 to help with the fuel costs over the winter. It is much appreciated.
Christmas Dinner - Thank you to all who supported this event. Proceeds will be announced when all bills are received.
Ministries Schedule for December 28
Lectors: Marie Parker/Ginny Boudreau
EMOHC: Jennie Greencorn/Clarice Avery
Hospitality: Mary Alice Taylor/Donna Lewis
Ushers/collectors: Percy Bond/Carla Armsworthy
Sacristan: Janet Delorey
Presentation of Gifts: Brain/Melinda Fougere
Church Cleaning: Irene MacDonald/Brenda Garrity
Food Bank -Donations of non-perishable items are greatly appreciated. They can be placed in the Food Bank box in the entrance of our churches. Thank you for your support.
Introduction to the Year of Consecrated Life - On Jan. 31, 2014, Pope Francis announced a Year of Consecrated Life which began the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, 2014 and will close on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, 2016. It will take place in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.The year has three objectives: 1) to make a grateful remembrance of the past; 2) to embrace the future with hope, and 3) to live the present with passion. The Year of Consecrated Life will have an evangelical focus, helping people to realize “the beauty of following Christ” in the various types of religious vocations. During the year, the Vocations Awareness and Appreciation Committee of the Diocese of Antigonish will be providing historical information on the women religious communities present in our Diocese. Watch for the Did you know? each week.
Did you know that there are five communities of women religious in the Diocese of Antigonish – Congregation of Notre Dame, Les Filles de Jésus, Sisters of St. Augustine, Sisters of Charity and Sisters of St. Martha?
INSURANCE BILLS FOR 2015 - for your information - St. Agnes - $2,004.30 St. Joseph - $2,395.98 Star of the Sea - $4,357.44 St Vincent de Pau - $449.82
WINTER PROGRAMS AT BETHANY CENTER
Centering Prayer: The Centering Prayer Community meets to listen to the word of God in Scripture through the practice of Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) which leads them into contemplative prayer. Fridays from 10:00 - 12:00: January 9 and 23, February 6 and 20
Oasis Days: Come and enjoy a time to be, a time to pray, a time to rest! Tuesdays 9:45 to 4:00: January 20 - New Year - God's Invisible Mystery February 17 - Preparing for Our Lenten Journey Cost: $25/day Pre-registration required by the preceding Monday.