EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ FEBRUARY 26, 2017


STAR OF THE SEA, CANSO

ST. AGNES, LITTLE DOVER

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEENSPORT

ST. JOSEPH’S, PORT FELIX


PASTOR: FR. DAN MACDONALD, 366-2927

CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Cal Harnish, Sam Delorey,
Donna Jackson, Carla Armsworthy, Susan McKeough, Rene LeBlanc,
Flo Flemming, Jenny Keefe, Paul Smith, Marlaine Myatt, Susan DeLong,
Cynthia Creamer, Sr. Alma, Marie Parker, Fr. Dan MacDonald


The complete text of this bulletin is also available on the parish's website at www.cansoparishes.org



WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 4 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - Special Intention


Sunday, March 5 - 9:30 a.m. - St. Agnes Church - Verna Rhynold

- 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - - For Parishioners


PLEASE NOTE: MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THREE CHURCHES THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. March 4 & 5 will be the date for March.


WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE -

Wednesday, March 1 - 7:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea - Ash Wednesday - Bernie Sampson

Thursday, March 2 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - Doug Snow


LENT - Ash Wednesday is fast approaching! Lent begins on March 1. We are reminded of the meaning of Lent as a time of repentance, change of heart and prayer. Ashes that are used to mark the beginning of lent come from the branches that were blessed and distributed the previous Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.

Lenten Activities will be published in next week’s bulletin.

Lent is the yearly celebration by the Church of its corporate conversion in Jesus Christ. During Lent, the liturgy prepares catechumens to celebrate the Paschal Mystery by the various stages of Christian Initiation. It also prepares the faithful for Easter as they recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for the greatest Feast of the year. Lent has two major purposes: It recalls or prepares for baptism, an emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God’s Word and of more fervent prayer, believers are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. Lenten instructions stress these baptismal and penitential themes.


ASH WEDNESDAY MASS TIMES

Wednesday, March 1 - 2:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church - †Wayne Munroe

- 7:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea

Wednesday, March 1 - 3:30 - Distribution of Ashes at Seaside Manor


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. Fr. Dan will do Communions Calls when he is available and he will call prior to the visit.


A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (DIOCESE OF ANTIGONISH) - Heavenly Father, bless your Church with an abundance of holy and dedicated priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require. Form as all in the likeness of your Son as that in him, with him and through him, we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


EPIC: THE EARLY CHURCH - Session six will be held Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the glebe.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Group sessions for Primary, Year 2 and 6 resume Monday, February 27. The remaining youth’s parents are asked to contact the parish office to enroll in a Home Program. Completed Home program units should be submitted to the parish office each month. For more information please contact the parish office.


CONFIRMATION PROGRAM - Anyone interested in helping out with the Confirmation Program is asked to contact Fr. Dan or the parish office as soon as possible. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot take place without volunteers and/or parents assistance.


FIRST EUCHARIST - Sessions for the children continue Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fishermen’s Hall in Canso. Please remember the children and their families in your prayers: Taylor Boudreau, Dalton Keefe, Marlee Rhynold, Lola Sangster, Alexander (Lex) Watt and Brooklyn MacKinnon are preparing to celebrate First Eucharist.


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

Club 100 winners were Bernice Munroe, Claudette Richard, Howie Cashin, Anita Cashin, Zoe & Sydnie Creamer. Thank you to all who supported the Club 100 and the brunch on February 12. A special thank you to the workers and everyone who donated.

Picnic Meeting - after Mass on March 1

St Joseph's property/ finance/cemetery meeting March 15 after Mass

St Patrick’s Day Card Play - Port Felix Parish Hall, Sunday, March 19, 7:30 pm. 1st prize - Corn Beef dinner; 2nd prize; Ham Dinner; 3rd prize Complete Breakfast

Admission: $10.00 per person, 50/50 Tickets

Light refreshments will be served

Proceeds to St Joseph’s Building Fund


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ministries Schedule - March 5

Lectors: Carla Armsworthy/Donna Lewis

EMOHC: Janet Delorey

Presentation of Gifts: Gerry/Gelly Parker

Church Cleaning: Florence/Eddie Garcia

Ushers/Collectors: Paul Horne/Eddie Garcia

Hospitality: Betty Ann/Bruce Munroe

Sacristan: Rose Ann Delorey

Servers: Anthony, Damien & Cayden

Ways & Means - A committee meeting will be held Tuesday, March 14 at 7:15 p.m. All members and those interested in this committee are asked to attend. PARISHIONERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE COMPLETE THE VOLUNTEER SHEET AND RETURN IT TO THE PARISH OFFICE.

Property & Finance Committee - will meet Tuesday, March 7 at 7:15 p.m. in the glebe.

Prize Bingo - We are most happy to acknowledge proceeds of $1,181.00 from the recent bingo. This is due to an excellent turnout, donations and support from parishioners and the community. Thank you so very much!


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (57) 675.00

Loose 25.00

St. Agnes (7) 85.00

St. Joseph (21) 185.00

Loose 12.00


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The regular monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. in ST. JOSEPH PARISH


ANNUAL MEETING - will be held Sunday, February 26 at 12 noon in St. Agnes Parish Hall. The meeting will begin with a Pot Luck Dinner, all parishioners are encouraged to attend and invited to bring a dish of food to share. Committee Chairpersons are asked to have an annual report prepared and ready for presentation at this meeting.


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - will be held Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Glebe. All members are asked to attend.


LECTORS’ MEETING - A meeting of all the Lectors from the FOUR parishes will be held Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Star of the Sea Church, Canso.


WEDDING PLANNING? - As preparations begin for this year’s wedding season, couples are reminded that six months notice is requested in order to successfully complete the preparations. For more information, please contact Fr. Dan or the parish office.


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


NOTES:

Cursillo Weekends - Spring weekends, Women's weekend will be held June 8 to 11, 2017 at Camp Bretondean, still room for some candidates.

Men’s weekend is scheduled for May 19-22, 2017 (subject to change by one week) and will depend on the number of candidates/applicants whether this will happen. For more information please contact the parish office.

Steubenville Atlantic - Steubenville Atlantic (July 7-9) is the annual high school youth, aged 14 - 18, conference at Dalhousie University. This year’s conference theme is “Elevate.”. For more info, please email nolan@dioceseofantigonish.ca or call Nolan at 1-902-539-6188 Ext. 241.

Pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre with Fr. Patrick O’Neill - Come on pilgrimage June 15th -21st, 2017. We will stop at the Monastery on the way up and back for Mass. In addition to St. Anne de Beaupre, we will also visit St. Joseph Oratory, Montreal. Cost per person is $650.00 ($850.00 if you want a private room). Costs cover overnight stays in Fredericton on the way up and return at the Holiday Inn Express, accommodations at St. Anne de Beaupre and 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches. If you wish to join us, we ask for a $200.00 down payment by February 28th, 2017 and remaining $450.00 to be paid by May 15th, 2017. Call Estelle Penny at church office (902) 794-3951. Please leave your name, phone number and email address if you have one. Checks to be made out to St. Joseph Parish.

World Day of Prayer - March 3 - The World Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Friday in March. We are invite to pause and pray together ecumenically. This recalls our Christian responsibility to be sensitive to the signs of the times so that we might bring a more authentically Christian dimension to the concerns of our world, our country, our community. Sponsored by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada and its national counterparts around the world, it si celebrated in approximately 165 countries.


NOTE: FUNERAL MASSES - In Canada, a Funeral Mass may not be celebrated on Sundays, Holydays of Obligation, Holy Thursday, or during the Easter Triduum (from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper through Easter Sunday inclusively). On these days a Funeral Liturgy without Mass may be celebrated.



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