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ST. AGNES, LITTLE DOVER

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEENSPORT

ST. JOSEPH’S, PORT FELIX


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

CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS, Janet Delorey, President, Susan Bouchie, Colleen Boudreau, Pat Delorey, Harry Delorey, Betty Ann Munroe, Mandi Millar, Joan Tibbo, Dorothy Bennett, Corrine Munroe, 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




PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD ~ APRIL 13, 2014

* * * * * A LETTER FROM BISHOP DUNN IS ATTACHED TO THIS BULLETIN * * * * *

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

April 14 - 4:00 p.m. - Mass of Chrism - Our Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton


April 17 - 7:00 p.m. - Thursday of The Lord’s Supper - 7:00 p.m. - St. Agnes Church - †Walter & †Edna Sampson


April 18 - Friday of The Passion of The Lord - 3:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea

- Stations of the Cross and Adoration of the Cross - 3:00 p.m. - St. Joseph

- Stations of the Cross and Adoration of the Cross - 3:00 p.m. - St Vincent de Paul


April 19 - The Resurrection of The Lord - 9:00 p.m. - St. Joseph Church - Cecil Grover


April 20 - The Resurrection of the Lord - 9:00 a.m. - St. Vincent de Paul - †Wilfred & †Elizabeth Bouchie

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


Please note anyone who is interested in serving in a ministry during the Easter Vigil is asked to contact Sr. Alma MacLellan, CND at 358-2346 by MONDAY, APRIL 14.


PASCHAL FAST - Good Friday: Spirit of the day: The meaning of this day is clearly indicated by its name in English: it is“Good” Friday, the day when God did wonderful things for us by the suffering and death of his Son. Out of his death God has brought us light and life, making it possible for us to be saved. This is indeed a good day for the world. Paschal fast: Friday morning we begin our two-day fast in preparation for the Easter vigil. We eat less food than normal and cut out entertainments. We wait until the Easter vigil to wear our spring finery. These are days for prayer and meditation, not for shopping or driving or being entertained: Friday and Saturday form a sort of mini-Lent, and are actually the origin of that season. Good Friday is a universal day of fasting and abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence from meat binds those who are 14 and older; the law of fasting binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. Fridays remain days of abstinence from meat, but Catholics may substitute special acts of charity or piety on this day. Because of age, illness, or medical conditions - persons should not fast. God give us the wisdom to know whether we should fast or not.


WEEKDAY MASS

There will be no weekday Masses this week, please see the Holy Week Schedule


CONFESSIONS/RECONCILIATION: 20 minutes before Mass.


COMMUNION CALLS - regular Communion calls will not take place this month. Fr. Dan will call you when he is planning on coming. This is due to damages at the glebe from the storm.


EASTER FLOWERS/DECORATIONS: Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of a loved one to help with the Easter flowers and decorations can do so by dropping the information into the collection basket in an envelope marked Flowers/Decorations. Easter flowers can be placed in the vestry after April 16.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

General Meeting - for parishioners, parents and adults to discuss the Religious Education and Faith Development program. It is vital and the most important concern facing our parishes, for without education of youth and adults our parishes will struggle to exist. This meeting will be held MONDAY, APRIL 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the vestry of Star of the Sea Church. Please note: this meeting is for all parishioners, not only those who have youth in their families.


SACRAMENTS OF FIRST EUCHARIST AND FIRST RECONCILIATION - Since we have not had any volunteers come forward to assist with these programs, they will be CANCELLED for this year. Please contact the parish office if you have concerns regarding this decision.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 13 , 7:15 p.m. in the glebe. All members are encouraged to attend.


ST. AGNES NEWS:

Church Cleaning - Colleen/Charlene Boudreau

50/50 Bingo - Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Prize Bingo - Profit of $834.35, thank you so much for your support.


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

Parish Picnic - planning is underway for the annual parish picnic, please check with parishioners for more information or to volunteer to help out.


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL NEWS - Tickets are available from parishioners, the value of the gift basket is over $600.00. Thank you to all who donated gift cards.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Ministries Schedule for Holy Week - parishioners will be contacted for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Property & Finance - Next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 7:15 p.m. in the glebe. All members are encouraged to attend.

Ways & Means - the next meeting will be Tuesday, April 22 at 7:15 p.m. All those interested are asked to attend.

Prize Bingo - will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Canso/Hazel Hill Fire Hall. All are encouraged to attend and help out. We cancelled the bingo scheduled for April 12 due to another bingo in the area.

Cemetery Clean-up - will be held Saturday, May 3 starting at 9:00 a.m. Anyone who has family members buried in the cemetery is asked to come out and help clean up the cemetery. We really need a big turnout this year to cover the cemetery. Please bring any equipment that would be necessary.


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

Star of the Sea 1226.00

Loose 67.00

St. Agnes 372.00

Loose 2.00

St. Joseph 177.00

Loose 30.00

St. Vincent de Paul 95.00

Loose 15.00

Special thanks for your continued support of the parishes in our grouping, your donations keep our churches going.


NOTES

Annual Fundraising Telethon for the Canso and Area Arena is happening this Sunday, April 13th from 2pm – 5pm at the Canso Lions Club.

The arena must continue to embark on an annual fund-raising campaign to offset operational and capital expenses. A harsh winter and poor weather, along with some other contributing factors, resulted in lost rental hours and a lack of tournaments and games, of which is the arena’s main source of revenue during the winter season.

Please support if you can.

TO MAKE A DONATION

· ON April 13th, CALL 366-2965 OR 366-3113

· OR MAIL DONATION ANYTIME TO: CANSO & AREA ARENA, PO BOX 309, CANSO, NS B0H 1H0

· OR DONATE THROUGH AN INTERAC MONEY TRANSFER VIA ONLINE BANKING BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO cansoarena@ns.aliantzinc.ca

· OR DONATE AT THE BANK OF MONTREAL, CANSO BRANCH

For Charitable receipts: cheques must be issued to the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

Tribute to Our Veterans - a group of interested citizens in our area have formed a committee to honor our veterans. They are planning on hosting a concert and creating a multi-media presentation of our Veterans, on November 9, 2014. . They are asking parishioners to assist with submitting names of Veterans (active, retired, passed). There are forms available in the entrance of our churches. For more information please contact Gertie Grant, Audrey O’Leary, Jim Boudreau or Crystal Richards.

Marriage Preparation Course for the Antigonish area is scheduled for October 18. Pre-registration is required. This is a one day course (full course). Approximate times: Saturday: 8:45 am to 4 p.m., Registration: $70.00 per couple (due on the morning of the course). Pre register by calling 863 5987 (ask for Brian) or email barkhouse@eastlink.ca

Canso & Area Food Bank - Donations are always welcome and can be dropped off to the entrance of our churches! There is always a need for items such as can milk, can fruit, juice, etc.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - Oct 25-Nov 2 ($2795): Pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND, includes airfare from Moncton, Halifax or Fredericton, accommodations in superior tourist hotels, daily buffet breakfast & dinner, tours by deluxe motor coach, professional guides and all entrance fees. INFO: Marie Desjardins at (207) 868-5027 or Email: bubblepink49@hotmail.com


DIOCESAN WORKSHOP BY TELECONFERENCE - The Diocesan Liturgical Commission is sponsoring a teleconference on Saturday, May 24th, 10:00am – 1:00pm. We ask participants to gather by 9:30 for introductions (an overview of the workshop, overview of the day). The teleconference will be offered at three sites: Marconi Campus NSCC, Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Strait Area Campus NSCC, 226 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury and Stellarton Campus NSCC, 39 Birch Street, Stellarton. The topic is HOSPITALITY and will include the biblical roots, pastoral and practical implications for parishes and ministries and Q & A sessions. Facilitators for this event will be Bishop Brian Dunn, Fr. Bill Burke, Sr. Jovita MacPherson, csm and Fr. Conrad Edwards. Registration is required by May 16th. Register at the Liturgy Office 902-539-6188, ext. 237 or Email: pat@dioceseofantigonish.ca Cost is $10.00 per person. Tea, coffee & snack will be provided. There will be one short break over the noon hour. This teleconference is of interest to all ministers including the assembly. Everyone is welcome!




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