SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT ~ DECEMBER 4, 2016


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



SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 10 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - ♥For parishioners


Sunday, December 11 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - †Thelma Avery


PLEASE NOTE: The churches of St. Agnes and St. Vincent de Paul will be closed effective November 12/13 for the winter months. MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THE FOUR CHURCHES THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. DECEMBER 31/January 1, 2017 will be the date for January month.


WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Thursday, December 8 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Anthony’s Chapel - †Bruce & †Bernie Jackson


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.


ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance.

We do many things to get ourselves ready for our celebration of Christmas: purchase gifts, prepare Christmas cards, decorate our homes. John's call of repentance in preparation for Jesus reminds us that our repentance is another way in which we can prepare for the Lord's coming and our celebration of Christmas. You are invited to a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on WEDNESDAY, December 7 - 7:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church. Please come.


ADVENT EVENTS

Wednesday, December 7 - Reconciliation Service - 7:00 p.m. in St Joseph Church, Port Felix

Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Chapel- Holy Rosary

Women’s Afternoon of Reflection - Sunday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. followed by a Pot Luck Supper.

Sunday, December 11 - Movie Showing, The Greater Glory at 6:30 p.m. in the Glebe, popcorn welcome.


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 the collection basket in an envelope marked Flowers. Christmas flowers can be placed in the vestry of Star of the Sea after December 18.


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.


CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

Saturday, December 24 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph 8:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea

Sunday, December 25 9:30 a.m. - St Agnes 11:00 - St. Vincent de Paul


MEMORY TREES - have been placed in Star of the Sea, St. Joseph Churches and St. Agnes Parish Hall and will continue until Sunday, January 8. Balls for the tree will be $5.00 each and a loved one’s name will be written on a ball. Parishioners have the option of bringing in their own ornament to place on the tree and making a donation in memory of their loved one. Parishioners who opt to bring in their own ornament would be responsible to remove the ornament when the tree is taken down in January. Donations will be deposited to the parish of your choice. Please fill out a memorial card with your loved ones name. For more information contact the parish office.


EPIC: THE EARLY CHURCH by Steve Weidenkopf; - A 10 part (one hour each) DVD series will be presented by our parishes starting in Advent and continuing in 2017. Fr. Dan will facilitate this series. Please let the office know if you are interested, we can accommodate 10 people and would like to know which night is more favorable. Discover the amazing story of the first 500 years of Church history—a time filled with courageous saints, brilliant philosophers, eloquent theologians, ruthless emperors, and heroic martyrs. Blessed John Paul II said, “Christ is the foundation and center of history, he is its meaning and ultimate goal.” This exciting study program encourages people to grow closer to Christ through a deeper understanding of His Church. PROGRAM WILL BEGIN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6;30 p.m. in the GLEBE.

Discover the major people, places, and events of the first 500 years of Church history.

Gain a greater understanding of the teachings and dogmas of the Catholic faith—and meet those who gave their lives to define and defend them.

Discover that many of the challenges facing the Church today are the very same ones boldly confronted by the Early Church Fathers.

Learn how the heroic stories of the saints can challenge and affirm their own walk of faith.

Recognize the Early Christian Church as the Catholic Church.

Cost of this program is $30.00 (this covers the cost of the study guide)


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Group sessions continue for Primary, Year 2 & 6 on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m in Canso Academy/Fanning Elementary. Parents of other groups are asked to contact the parish office to make arrangements for the Home Program. Please keep the Religious Education program in your prayers.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Agnes Parish Hall.


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea (38) 394.00

Loose 22.00

St. Agnes (19) 153.00

St. Vincent de Paul (5) 70.00

St. Joseph (33) 312.00

Loose 32.00


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - next meeting will be announced.


ST. AGNES NEWS

50/50 Bingo - continues on Sundays, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Helpers would be appreciated.

Chase the Ace - has begun and will be held Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Proceeds will be split between Little Dover Community Development and St. Agnes parish. Thanking you once again for your past support.

Christmas Prize Bingo - Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. All are invited to attend.


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

Card Plays - continue on Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Christmas Prize Bingo and Bake Sale - special thanks for your support.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ways & Means - meeting will be announced

Christmas Bazaar - Everything you have done is much appreciated, the donations of food, crafts, fudge/candy, bingo and card play prizes, parcel post, door swags, baked goods and your precious time. Thank you for your support.

Ticket Sales - are taking place on a Grocery Gift Card from the Canso Coop, value $300.00. Draw date is Tuesday, December 20. To sell or purchase tickets, please contact Flo Flemming.

Property & Finance - The regular meeting will be held Tuesday, January 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the glebe.

Ministries Schedule - December 11

Lectors: Ginny Boudreau/Juanita Dort

EMOHC: Flo Flemming/Ray White

Presentation of Gifts: Sam/Janet Delorey

Church Cleaning: Florence/Eddie Garcia

Ushers/Collectors: Gerald Lumsden/Eddie Garcia

Hospitality: Florence/Eddie Garcia

Sacristan: Flo Flemming


NOTES

Breakfast with Santa - Students, parents and friend’s and their younger brothers and sisters are invited to a Free Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 17th at the Canso Lions Club from 9 AM until 11 AM. Santa’s helper’s members of the Canso Lions Club will be cooking pancakes, sausages. You are encouraged to bring your camera for a picture with Santa.

Advent Retreat, Bethany Center - December 4, As we enter into the season of waiting, expectation and longing we will pause a while in order to prepare our hearts for the journey of Advent. Through input, prayer, silence and sharing we will together listen to the movement of the Spirit of God among us. Facilitator: Sr. Claire Mac Neil Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $25.00 includes supper and snack break.



WOMEN’S ADVENT REFLECTION AFTERNOON

Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. followed by a Pot Luck Supper at CND residence, Port Felix. Please contact Sr. Alma or Marie to confirm attendance.



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