THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER ~ APRIL 15, 2018


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


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Sam Delorey, Donna Jackson,
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 www.cansoparishes.org



WEEKEND MASS TIMES

Saturday, April 21 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - Stanley Cashin


Sunday, April 22 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - Harry McCormick


Weekend Masses will resume in St. Agnes and St. Vincent de Paul on May 5 & 6.


WEEKDAY MASS TIMES -

Wednesday, April 18 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph, Port Felix- Joe Richard

Thursday, April 19 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - Sylvester Parker


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.


REFLECTION ON TODAY’S READINGS The Eucharistic Presence of Jesus - Today’s liturgy invites us to appreciate lovingly the riches of the Paschal mystery which is the sum total of the work of creation and redemption, of all the reality of man and of all the revelation of God. For the believer, every Eucharistic celebration renews the presence of Christ who died and rose again. Jesus comes into the midst of the Christians assembled for the Eucharistic celebration and through the Eucharist he makes them touch his body, his real presence. Christ is also present and communicates through the Scriptures and through his witnesses who are sent to proclaim the forgiveness of sins. The Apostles, who would witness to the Risen Lord and would call the people to conversion, are themselves now full of fear, doubt and diffidence. But the Lord appears to them and clears away their doubt, inspires and enlightens them and leads them to understand the Scriptures where everything was foretold. The Lord eats with them and proclaims that in his name will be preached to all nations the message of conversion and forgiveness of sins. The Apostles would soon begin this task very faithfully. Wherever people accept the call to conversion and wherever pardon from God and interpersonal pardon among people take place, there the Paschal victory of Jesus bears fruit and is understood.


FIRST EUCHARIST - Session 4 will be held Monday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the vestry. Please pray for the children and their families.


FIRST RECONCILIATION - Parents interested in having their children prepare to celebrate First Reconciliation are asked to contact the parish office as soon as possible.


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Glebe. All members are requested to attend.


ST. AGNES NEWS

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

Prize Bingo- will be held Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Agnes parish hall. Donations are needed and will be much appreciated.


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

Card Play every Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Loonie jar is $1,000.00, meat prizes and 50/50

Parish Picnic - Plans are underway for the annual parish picnic. We need prizes and would appreciate having them as soon as possible as we need to sort and number them. Thanks for your support. The Picnic will be held May 18 - 20 in St. Joseph Hall.


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL NEWS

Ticket Draw - Tickets on a load of gravel donated by Derek George are available from Donna Jackson. The monies raised will help cover the cost of a replacing the furnace. All support is much appreciated. Draw date May 5, 2018.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ministries Schedule, Sunday, April 22

Lectors: Paul Smith/Edmund LeBlanc

EMOHC - Mary LeBlanc/Flo Flemming

Presentation of Gifts - Percy Bond/Gelly Parker

Church Cleaning - Irene MacDonald/Brenda Garrity

Ushers/Collectors - Percy Bond/Bill MacMillan

Hospitality - Louise Lumsden/Tish Murphy

Sacristan - Flo Flemming

Servers: Anthony/Damien

PARISHIONERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING AS A SACRISTAN OR A EUCHARISTIC MINISTER. We do not have enough volunteers at the present time and often those involved in ministry are serving more than once a month. Training will be provided. Please give this some thought.

Cemetery News - We wish to acknowledge a donation of $1,484.62 to the Cemetery Fund from the Late James Austin Fitzgerald. It is much appreciated.

Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, May 1 at 7:15 p.m. in the Meeting Room. New members are welcome.

Ways & Means - Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 7:15 p.m. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!!

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. Draw Date September 18!!

Club 100 - Draw date Tuesday, April 24

Trivia Night - Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 - 10:30 P.m. in Canso/Hazel Hill Fire Hall. This is so much fun!! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!! Door opens at @ 6:30 p.m. 4 to a team- $10.00 per person - Maximum 15 teams. Questions are answered as a team. Cash Bar

Butterfly Memory Trees - have been placed in Star of the Sea Church and will remain until Pentecost Sunday, May 20. 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 donation of $5.00 is requested per Butterfly. Donations will be deposited to the parish of your choice. For more information contact the parish office.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - meeting will be held Tuesday, April 20 at Star of the Sea Vestry.


PLEASE NOTE - Gluten Free Hosts are now available, please let Fr. Jonathan know BEFORE MASS BEGINS if you wish to receive Gluten Free Hosts.


Diocesan Spring Retreat - 'Accompaniment: Discovering the Christian Story'. Retreat Facilitator: Sheila O'Handley, Diocesan Hermit

May 18-19. Cost $65.00 (includes accommodations and meals) which can be funded by your parish. ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN PARISH MINISTRY ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. The Retreat begins 7:00 p.m Friday and ends 3:00 p.m. Saturday. St. Joseph Retreat Centre, Mabou. To register or for further information please contact Debbie at 902-539-6188 ext. 226/1-800-656-5311 or catecheticalconsultant@dioceseofantigonish.ca


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (53) 662.00

Loose 31.00

Other Envelopes (6) 110.00

St. Agnes (15) 120.00

St. Vincent de Paul (21) 330.00

Other Envelopes (5) 83.00

St. Joseph (26) 242.00

Loose 8.00

Easter (2) 20.00

Good Friday (2) 20.00


BAPTISMS - Parents wishing to have their child baptized should phone Fr. Jonathan or the parish office to make arrangements.


WEDDING PLANNING? - Couples are reminded that six months notice is requested in order to successfully complete the preparations. For more information, please contact Fr. Jonathan or the parish office.


NOTES

Marriage Preparation Program: April 28 – 29 & June 23 – 24; 9 Minto St. Glace Bay, NS
Sponsored by Family Services. For further information call: 902-849- 4772 or 902-539- 6868

Join us for a Conversation on Collaborative Family Practice Teams - As Nova Scotians, it is important to stay healthy and well. When we have a health concern, we visit our family practice. Our health needs are changing and family practice is changing too. We would like to share more about collaborative family practice teams, hear your thoughts, and learn what will help make these teams a success in Nova Scotia. Please join us for a conversation about collaborative family practice teams on: April 18, Chedabucto Fire Hall, Queensport, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Register today: 1-833-682-5988 or email register@nshealth.ca Space is limited. Call soon to reserve your spot. Visit www.talkaboutfamilypracticeteams.ca for more information.

Cursillo Weekends - The Cursillo weekend schedule for the Spring of 2018 is as follows: Women's - May 3-6 and Men- May 24-27, if interested in attending please call Kevin or Karen McSween at 902- 862- 8517, Betty Lahey at 902-270-0891, Burt or Claudia Aucoin 902578-1266, Marie Burke 902-549-3748 o r contact the parish office.

Flea Market - A flea market, sponsored by the Respect Life Centre in Antigonish, will be held Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. at the Claymore Inn and Suites (rear entrance), admission $1. Items will include household goods and decor, toys, books and used jewelry. Drop off donated items at the Claymore after 6 p.m. the evening before. To arrange pick up of items call the Respect Life Centre at (902)863-6636 or Clare at (902)863-3873.

With Gratitude & Thanksgiving: Time with David Haas - Concert June 1, 7 pm; Workshop for Music Ministers June 2, 9 am-2 pm. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5 Fatima Dr., Riverview, NB. The Archdiocese of Moncton is pleased to host David Haas, well known composer of contemporary liturgical music (including: You are Mine, Blest Are They, and We Have Been Told). Admission: $20 (cash only). Doors open at 6:30 pm. Please note: a collection will be taken up for Music Ministry Alive (MMA) Scholarship Fund for youth and adult music ministry formation. On Saturday, June 2nd, David will facilitate a workshop and retreat for Music Ministers. Registration fee is: $35. Advance registration only (Deadline is May 25th). Lunch will be provided. Visit www.diomoncton.ca/en for registration and other information.



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