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
631-1872 for emergencies only)


CONGREGATION OF NOTRE DAME 358-2346


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


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



FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT ~ MARCH 22, 2015


SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday ,March 28 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph - For Parishioners

Sunday, March 29 - 11:00 a.m. - Star of the Sea - Lawrence Dort


WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 24 - 6:00 p.m.- St. Joseph Convent- Blaise MacInnis

Wednesday, March 25 - 6:00 p.m. - St Agnes Parish Hall - Beatrice Haines

Thursday, March 26 - no Mass due to the Reconciliation Service


CONFESSIONS/RECONCILIATION: 20 minutes before Mass.


COMMUNION CALLS - will take place when Fr. Dan is available


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.


LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE - will be held Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Star of the Sea Church. All are encouraged to attend and prepare for the Celebration of Easter.


LENT - Weekdays of Lent are a time of penance for the Church around the world. Lent is sometimes compared to a desert, a time Christians have traditionally given over to 40 days in a combination of prayer, serving the needy and fasting in order to draw closer to God. Mass Times are posted above. Easter will be celebrated Sunday, April 5, hopefully it will be much warmer and Spring like!


HOLY WEEK MASS SCHEDULE

Monday, March 30 - Mass of Chrism - 4:00 p.m. - St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, all parishioners are encouraged to attend

Holy Thursday, April 2 - 7:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea

Good Friday Service - April 3 - 3:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea

Good Friday Service - April 3 - St. Joseph

Easter Vigil - April 4 - 8:00 p.m. - Star of the Sea

Easter Sunday - April 5 - 9:00 a.m. - St. Vincent de Paul; 10:00 a.m. - St Joseph; 11:15 a.m. - St. Agnes


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 entrance/back of church after March 30. Heat will not be on in the vestry until Holy Thursday.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - Group sessions resume for all groups this week.

Confirmation - Please remember the Confirmation candidates in your prayers: Mackenzie Casey, Janelle Delorey, Trevor Delorey, Erica Hanhams, Alexander Kavanaugh, Emerald Newell, Ryan O’Handley, Brody Oliver and Sydney Oliver. Confirmation will be celebrated Sunday, May 24.

First Eucharist /First Reconciliation - materials have arrived, please contact the parish office to pick up your materials and send in your registration form if have not already done so. Parishioners are asked to remember youth and their families preparing to celebrate First Eucharist and First Reconciliation in their prayers.


COME TO THE TABLE - We will host Come to the Table on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Glebe. People of God for the World is the topic of our next conversation. Conversations will be held every second Thursday and people can drop in as they wish.


SUNDAY COLLECTIONS

No Sunday collections due to stormy weather last Sunday.

St. Joseph (28) 300.00

Loose 14.75


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.


LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING - will be held Monday, March 23 at 7:15 p.m. All members are requested to attend as we prepare for Holy Week.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 at 7:15 p.m. in St. Agnes parish hall. All members are requested to attend.


ST. JOSEPH NEWS

Regular Weekly Card Play - will continue on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Your support would be greatly appreciated

Women’s Night - will be held Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. in the Convent at Port Felix. All are welcome.

Annuall Parish Picnic - plans are undeway to the picnic to be held May 15 -17, 2015. If at all possible we would like to have prizes by the end of April or the first of May. More details to follow.


ST. AGNES NEWS:

50/50 Bingo - Bingo continues Sundays at 7:00 p.m. All are most welcome.

Bottle Drive - what a wonderful event, the parish realized $1,100.00! Just fantastic. A huge thank you to all involved.

Prize Bingo - will be held Wednesday, March 25 at 7:15 p.m. We will be accepting donations of household and Easter items. All donations will be greatly appreciated

Club 100 Tickets - are available from parish members. Draw date is Sunday, April 12 in the parish hall.


STAR OF THE SEA NEWS

Property & Finance - A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.

Ways & Means - Regular meeting will be Tuesday, April 14, 7:15 p.m at the glebe. PLEASE RETURN THE VOLUNTEER SHEET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, thank you.

Upcoming fund-Raising Events

Tickets on a $300.00 heating gift certificate. Winner was David Murray and the profit was $1,102.00, great job and thank you to all involved.

Seafood Chowder/St. Patrick’s Concert - realized profit of $503.22, a bit higher than last year, special thanks to all who helped in any way.

Prize Bingo will be held Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Canso/Hazel Hill Fire Hall. Prizes are needed and would be greatly appreciated.

Ministries Schedule for March 29

Lectors: Mary/Edmund LeBlanc

EMOHC: Dorothy Bennett

Ushers/collectors: Percy Bond/Gerald Lumsden

Hospitality: Betty Ann/Bruce Munroe

Sacristan: Rose Ann Delorey

Presentation of Gifts: Percy Bond/Brenda Garrity

Church Cleaning: Irene MacDonald/Brenda Garrity


NOTES

Food Bank - Donations of non-perishable items are greatly appreciated. They can be placed in the Food Bank box in the entrance of our churches. Thank you for your support.

Challenge Weekends -There will be two Challenge Retreat weekends for young adults between the ages of 15 to 20 held this spring. The 117th Young Women's Challenge weekend will be April 17, 18 and 19. The 76th Young Men's Challenge will be the weekend of May 1, 2, and 3. These weekends will be taking place at Camp Breton Dean in Hillside Mira. Anyone wishing to attend or work these weekends can contact Elaine MacLeod, Challenge Lay Director, at 902 794-2596 or email fmacleod@ns.sympatico.ca These action packed weekends are at time of personal and spiritual growth which have seen hundreds of young people attend through the years.

The 5th Regional Catholic Men’s “Weekend of Grace for Men” Retreat will take place from April 24-26th 2015 at Bayside Camp at 1503 Ketch Harbour Road, Sambro Head, NS. Guest speaker will be Deacon Ralph Poyo, REGISTRATION: $175.00. Registration fee includes 2 night’s accommodation and 5 delicious meals. Come and join us for an enjoyable weekend of prayer, great teaching, music and fellowship. For further information or a registration form, please visit http://www.weekendofgrace.com or call Marcel at 902-449-7613 or Tony at (902) 435-1568.

An Invitation June 22nd of this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Scarboro Missionary Father Arthur MacKinnon in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic. This true Canadian Martyr was born and raised in the New Waterford area. A mass in celebration of Father Art will be held on Sunday, June 21, at the Parish Church of Saint Leonard in New Waterford. To prepare for this celebration, a Planning Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 12, at 1 PM at St. Leonard Pastoral Centre, 5310 Union Highway, River Ryan. Interested persons are invited to attend to help plan this event. Thank you!

Strong at the Broken Places – Lessons Learned in L’Arche – April 10-12, 2015 at Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche, led by Ron Kelly (PRG) and featuring members of L’Arche, with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing the stories of vulnerability, transformation and mutual relationships that they have experienced in these communities of possibility. Cost $380 (incl. meals & accommodations). Phone 1-800-218-220 or email info@tatacentre.ca for info or registration.



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