PASTOR: FR. DAN MACDONALD, 366-2927 (631-1872 for emergencies only)


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS Janet Delorey, President, 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

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Saturday, Oct 4 - 4:30 p.m. - St. Vincent de Paul - Raymond George

- 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - For Parishioners

Sunday, Oct 5 - 9:30 a.m. - St. Agnes - Beattie Haines

- 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - Dolly Taylor


Tuesday, Sept 30 - St. Joseph - 6:00 p.m. - Special Intention

Thursday, Oct 2 - Star of the Sea - 6:00 p.m. - Bertha Munroe


COMMUNION CALLS - will take place the first full week of each month. Notification will be placed in the parish bulletin.

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.


When John the Baptist preached, the outcasts of society listened to his Message and repented. Now Jesus is peaching, and these same unrespectable people respond to the Good News. The religious leaders object: Aren’t they the ones to determine who are the chosen? Is God’s mercy to be held out to everyone? After all they know all the right words to address to God. The parable of the two sons challenges these assumptions, which can be temptations for any religious person. Actions speak to God more loudly than words, Jesus insists. What counts is doing God’s will, not empty promises. The first reading makes clear that God’s mercy is always available, but we have to accept it. Just as we can never count ourselves as justified in God’s eyes, it is never too late to be converted. It is in worshipping together that we become especially aware of God’s mercy. Since Christ is our life, we should be united in love and purpose, St. Paul tells us, sharing instead of competing for God’s bountiful mercy.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - we need a CATECHIST FOR YEAR 5 GROUP, if you interested please contact the parish office. We also need a HELPER FOR THE YEAR 6 GROUP. Thank you! Group sessions continue for youth in grades Primary - 8 on Mondays, at Fanning School from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. YEAR 5 DO NOT HAVE A CATECHIST AND WILL NOT HAVE SESSIONS YET. The Confirmation group (grades 9 & 10) continues sessions Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern Counties Regional Library, Main St. Canso. Youth MUST be registered before sessions start to ensure workbooks are available for each child.

Confirmation Workshop - special thanks to those who attended the workshop in Port Hawkesbury. The information will be a great help in preparing the youth for celebrating the Sacrament in the spring.


Regular Weekly Bingo - continues on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until late fall.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL NEWS - A HUGE thank you to those who organized the Roast Pork Dinner! Such a wonderful job. A profit of $755.00 was realized, it make such a difference over the winter. Thanks so much.

Thank you  - to District 4 Councillor Blair George for obtaining a grant/donation of $1,000.00 from the MODG to assist with expenses. It is much appreciated.


Star of the Sea (43) 597.00

Loose 31.00

St. Agnes (20) 170.00

Loose 2.00

St. Vincent de Paul (6) 65.00

Loose 20.00

St. Joseph (29) 333.00

Loose 136.40

LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - will be held Tuesday, September 30 at 7:15 p.m. in the Glebe. All members are requested to attend. New members are always welcome encouraged.


Property and Finance Committee - We are in the process of setting up a committee to serve the property and financial needs of the parish. All parishioners who are interested in maintaining the parish church and hall are asked to contact the parish office and a meeting will be set up.

Church Cleaning - Charlene/Colleen Boudreau

50/50 Bingo - will resume as soon as the doors are replaced. A notice will be placed in the bulletin as to when they will start.


Property & Finance - next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4 at 7:15 p.m.

Ways & Means - The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 14 at 7:15 p.m. We always are looking for committee members, all are welcome. Prize Bingo - will be held Saturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. in the Canso/Hazel Hill Fire Hall. Donations would be greatly appreciated. We do have some prizes, but not enough for a bingo.

Christmas Dinner - Very exciting news here! We have two parishioners who volunteered to CO-Chair this event, Susan McKeough and Juanita Dort. Thank you so much! A meeting will be organized early in October. The date will be Saturday, November 29.

Christmas Bazaar - is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, please start working on crafts.

Parish Walk-a-thon - a big thank you to all who walked, sponsored or helped out in any way.

Ministries Schedule for October 5

Lectors: Ginny Boudreau/Jennie Greencorn

EMOHC: Janet Delorey/Gelly Parker

Hospitality: Betty Ann/Bruce Munroe

Ushers/collectors: Percy Bond/Gerald Lumsden

Sacristan: Janet Delorey

Presentation of Gifts: Janet/Sam Delorey

Church Cleaning: Theresa Casey/Eileen Cohoon

Please note a new Ministries Schedule will be available in the entrance of the church.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - the next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21 at 6:20 p.m in St. Agnes parish hall. All members are requested to attend.

Retreat for Members of Parish Pastoral Council - will be held in St. Joseph Parish Hall, Port Felix, Saturday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All parish council members are requested to attend. Please contact the parish office to confirm your attendance.


Food Bank - all shelves are getting low, any and all donations of non-perishable goods would be greatly appreciated. Donation box is in the entrance of the church.

Pre-Marriage Program offered by Family Service of Eastern NS: November 1st & 2nd, 2014; February 7th & 8th, 2015; April 18th & 19th, 2015; June 13th & 14th, 2015. All sessions will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall in Sydney River. The times for the program are 1). Saturdays from 12:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and 2). Sundays from 1 am to 4:45 p.m.. Please contact 902 849-4772 to pre-registration (required). The cost of the program is $75 per couple.

Come and See Vocation Discernment Day -October 5, 2014 1-6pm Supper included, Our Lady of Grace Monastery, RSVP to Fr Martin MacDougall @

Is God is Calling You to Priestly life? Do you ever wonder if God might be calling you to become a priest? Are you interested in learning more about the Priestly life? Even if you are not sure if priesthood life is for you, but have wondered about the possibility, this Come and See Day may be beneficial for you. This day is an opportunity to explore the call to priestly life. It is also a chance to talk to other men who have faced these same choices in their life.

Bethany Center Events

12-Step Weekend - Come join us for a weekend of 12-Step Spirituality for Women in Recovery.

Dates: Oct. 17-19, 2014; May 1-3, 2015 Registration: Nancy 863-6269 Cost: Single Occupancy $130.00 Double $100.00 per person.

12-Step AA Retreat - We are a group of recovering alcoholics who have recognized the need for help in connection with a power greater than ourselves. All faiths are welcome. The Matt Talbot Retreats are not religious retreats, they are ecumenical, spiritual. and non-denominational.

Weekend Dates: Oct. 24-26, 2014; March 6-8, 2015, Contact: Liz 469-1435,Cost: Single Occupancy $130.00; Double $100.00 per person

Centering Prayer Fridays,10:00-12:00; October 3, 17, 31

Oasis Days Come and enjoy a time to be, a time to pray, a time to rest! Tuesdays: October 21 - Co-Creators: Faithful Time: 9:45 am to 4:00 pm. Cost: $25/day Pre-registration required by the preceding Monday.

Email to: or contact us at: 902-863-4726 .

Come to the Table

This is small group faith formation for adults and young adults. It is a way to welcome and re-engage parishioners with their faith, their friends & neighbours, and their parish.

Participants in Come to the Table are able to speak about their faith with confidence. They receive a solid foundation of knowledge, and an experience of conversion to Christ. These two – knowledge and conversion – grow together throughout their lives. Come to the Table draws its inspiration and spirit from the RCIA. We will host a Come to the Table conversation this year starting on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Glebe. Some of the topics we will cover are Catholic Liturgy and Ritual; The Amazing Gift of Prayer and How We Become the People of God. Conversations (15) 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. Please contact the parish office for more information.

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