Welcome to

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

 112 North Foord St., New Glasgow, NS  B2H 5G7  ph 902-752-4822

Pastor:  Fr. Barrett Clare-Johnson

                  Fr Barrett's office:  Office is located on the side at the Glebe

                             Contact information:   902-755-3688

                                            Call or text 1-902-304-2140 or


 OLOL Parish Office:

                                           Phone: 902-752-4822

                                           Fax:  902-752-4826               

Office Hours:   Monday: 12 pm - 3 pm      Wednesday:  10:30 am - 4 pm
                                                   Thursday:  10:30 am - 4 pm


 **Bulletin Notices** must be submitted to the parish office

by Wednesday at 4:00 pm

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November 4, 2018
  Thirty-First Sunday
     in Ordinary Time
Celebration of the Eucharist
    Pastor: Fr. Barrett Clare-Johnson
    ph 902-755-3688 (glebe)  1-902-304-2140 (cell)
             Sat     Nov     3     5:30 pm   Doreen Holiday (deceased                                         
             Sun     Nov     4      9:00 am    Parishioners
                                               11:15 am   Mr & Mrs George Cameron (deceased)
            Mon      Nov   5      9:00 am     Randy Doucette (deceased)
            Tues     Nov    6    10:00 am  @  Valley View Villa                                     
              Wed    Nov    7    9:00 am   Kay Vienneau (deceased)

           Thurs   Nov    8     5:30 pm  Sacrament of Reconciliation
                Mass 6:30 pm   Wilfred Cameron (deceased)                                            

              Fri      Nov     9     9:00 am   Kevin Gerrior (deceased)
          Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica                                

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting: Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. 


          Divine Mercy Prayer Group
From the diary of a Polish nun (St Faustina), a special devotion to the Mercy of God is spreading throughout the world.  This devotion calls people to a deeper understanding that God's love is unlimited and available to all.  The main elements of this devotion are trust and deeds of mercy.  Anyone wishing to join a Divine Mercy Prayer Group in our parish, please call Sharon at 902-752-5608 or 902-755-6081 for more details



 Saint Spotlight:                                                               

Saint Spotlight:   

 The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica honours the anniversary of the  dedication of the cathedral church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in 324.  Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour, this church is called St. John Lateran because it was built on property owned by the Laterani family and given to the Church.  It was served by monks from the monastery of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Divine.  This church is the  cathedra (chair) of the bishop of Rome.
A Latin inscription reads “omnium ecclesiarum Urbis et Orbis mater et  caput” (The Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World). Accordingly, the whole Church celebrates its dedication (November 2018 Living with Christ, p. 159).
The bishop of Rome is the Pope.

From the Pastor’s Desk:

The Sacrament of Marriage and the Kingdom of God –

At first glance, Ephesians 5:21-33 may seem complicated and confusing.  The jarring words: My brothers and sisters, be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. 
     Hearing the words in the context of where we live…in a 21st Century North American independent, individualistic society, makes us feel uncomfortable, and, honestly, it seems like a recipe for a disastrous relationship.  Should not husbands and wives be equals in their vows and commitment to each other and to the sacrament of marriage?  Did Paul really need to use the word “subject”? 
     Among our friends, relatives and acquaintances, we do not see models of healthy, life-giving Christian marriages where one of the partners is inferior or in a position of power, but, with some deeper reflection and understanding, there is much more to this passage that is inviting, attractive and relevant to those of us who are called to love, and certainly those of us who are married.  Paul is inviting husbands and wives to be self-giving, using Christ’s example of servant leadership, as our model.  A servant leader leads by counter-cultural example, offering effort for the well-being of those whom they lead.  Service is the key in this attitude, as one is always concerned first and foremost about the encouragement of the one with whom he or she is in relationship.
     In Luke 13:18-21, Jesus shares with us what the Kingdom of God is like.  It is like a mustard seed that becomes a tree; it is like yeast that leavens the dough.  By self-giving, we co-operate with God to grow something so astonishing and beyond our ability.  When we truly put God as our focus, we make room for God to come in and transform and change an unlikely situation into an opportunity for grace to shine.  Amazing Grace! 
     I invite us to reflect on a few questions:

  • How do I model Christ’s self-giving love in my day-to-day interactions?
  • How do I love those in my life – perhaps a husband or wife, friend, relative or colleague – in a servant leadership sense; always acting on their behalf?
  • Where am I called to be leaven, mixed with other ingredients and being the activator that helps everyone rise to one’s true potential?
  • Who are the mustard seeds in my life…unassuming, unlikely people or situations, where I can help imagine and nurture amazing growth?





2018-19 Religious Ed Program

Classes for grades 1 to 7 are held in the S.C.S.C. 

Sundays,   from 10 am to 11:00 am

Classes for grade 8 & up are held in the S.C.S.C

from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday evening classes  Mass at 6:30 pm.

Grade 8 and up includes Confirmation

Religious Education Coordinator

Laurena Greencorn

phone 902-921-1972    email


Children’s Liturgy:
Plans are being made to provide Children’s Liturgy at the 9am Mass for Advent.  If you are interested in assisting in this ministry please contact Paula Cassidy @ 902-923-2588 or the parish office @ 902.752-4822.  A meeting will be held in November for a training session during Sunday School Classes. 
We are hoping to prepare several teams so the schedule is light for all. 
You will be providing a wonderful opportunity for our young people to reflect and interact with God’s Word.  Material will be provided for leaders, readers and hospitality ministers. 
Please consider sharing your time with our youth. 



Children’s Liturgy - Practical Guidelines Continued

+ As part of reflecting on the Word, it is appropriate to observe silence and to re-read portions of the biblical texts to aid the children’s reflection on God’s Word. Such periods of silence surrounding the readings heighten the children’s sense of God’s presence in the proclamation of the Word.
+ If the local parish leaders have reason to believe a reading of a particular Sunday is unsuitable, they may use other readings from the Lectionary or the Bible as long as the selection is in keeping with the Liturgical season.          (DMC #43)
+ The use of a Lectionary prepared for celebrations with children is highly recommended. (DMC #43, 44, 45)
+ Psalms and biblical chants in keeping with the liturgical season should be sung between readings as well as an acclamation before the Gospel. (CMC #46)
+ The Liturgy of the Word should include the Prayer of the Faithful drawn appropriately from the children. A simple Profession of Faith may also be prayed. Its focus may reflect the content of the Sunday readings.

Antigonish Youth Rally:    You Can Change the World
When: Sunday,   November 25th     Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Where:    St. Ninian Place,  Antigonish
Register by e-mailing
We all have dreams, we want good things for ourselves, and we are called to make the world a better place.  This gathering is about learning practical ways to make our influence felt.
Come find out how you can make a difference!


Prayer Corner:    Please pray for Cecilia Greencorn,
Jaime Legresley, Ashley Legresley, Myla MacDonald,
 Patricia Jerrett, Vickie MacLeod, Mary Dyer, Herbert Henderson, Stephen Henderson Marjorie Humphrey (Boudreau), Sarah Jane Boudreau and for all the sick

If there is someone sick who would like his/her name added to the prayer corner, or if someone who is listed in the prayer corner recovers or dies, please contact Fr. Barrett at 902-755-3688 or 1-902-304-2140
or e-mail
Thank You



Parish News and Notes

Weekend Collection:  for October 28th, 2018

               Weekend  Collection Envelopes        $ 2,153.00
                                   E-transfers                     195.00
                                  Loose  Offerings              255.76
                                                   Other Receipts                 136.57          
                     Total  Collection  Income     $ 2,740.33
# of envelopes used:  118

Other Receipts
   World Mission Sunday      $       5.00
                                 US deposit            $     25.62                  
   Votives & Literature        $    105.95
           Total  Other  Receipts       $ 136.57       
Cemetery Maintenance:   $40
Finance Committees: Membership
  • Catholics presently registered in the parish who have a sense of faith and who are aware of their responsibility of providing financially for the needs of the Church.
  • Well acquainted, or willing to be acquainted, with the civil, canonical and diocesan regulations relating to the temporal administration of the parishes.
  • Thoroughly acquainted, or willing to be acquainted, with business, financial, and administrative procedures. 
  • Selected for a three-year term, renewal once
Parish Census:    As part of our future plan,  Our Lady of Lourdes is conducting a Parish - wide census. The committee ask that you pick up your census form either at the front of the church or in the grotto area on Saturday, Nov.3rd or Sunday, Nov 4th. The committee requests that you complete the forms and return them to a committee  member on  either Saturday, Nov 10th or Sunday, Nov 11th at church. If you require assistance completing the census form committee members will be available to assist you on Saturday, Nov 10th and Sunday, Nov 11th.
IMPORTANT : The information that you provide will be for church use only.

Census Committee Members:    Robert Cullen
                                                Brenda Duffy
                                                 Alex MacInnis
                                              Fr. Barrett


Special  Furnace  Collections

W/E  October 7th     $1,162.35
W/E  October 14th    $1,042.95
W/E  October 21st    $   805.00
W/E  October 28th   $     50.00

Total  to  Date:   $3,060.30
Many,  Many,  Thanks!!

Capital Projects Funds as of October 28th,2018   
 Total: $187,518.10
  Debits: -$94,088.58
  True Bank Balance: $94,429.52

Office of the Bishop
Diocese of Antigonish
168 Hawthorne Street, P.O. Box 1330
Antigonish, NS B2G 2L7
Chancery 902-863-3335 / Fax 902-863-0037
Residence 902-863-1557
September 16, 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We are approaching the fifth anniversary of our Diocesan Renewal Congress. You will recall that the Renewal Congress took place from October 6-9, 2013, when almost three hundred delegates from all organizations, parishes and areas of the Diocese, came together to develop a pastoral plan for the Diocese for a five year period. That pastoral plan has provided guidance for the Diocese and our parishes for the past five years.

Before I continue with this reflection on the Congress, I first want to acknowledge the pain, anger and frustration that many are feeling concerning the recent events in the United States. The Pennsylvania Report of the Grand Jury and the resignation of leaders of our Church remind us that we need to continue to be alert about the horrific issue of child sexual abuse. As well, we need to seek and ensure that our leaders follow the example of the Good Shepherd. These are difficult times for all of us.  These experiences have triggered memories of our own Diocesan experience with child sexual abuse.
As we know, our Diocese made a commitment to victims and their families in an attempt to acknowledge the abuse by some of our clergy. Moreover we have tightened our policies on misconduct so that any complaints are immediately referred to the local police for investigation. Our emphasis on Responsible Ministry contributes to an environment of care for all in our parishes.

Our Renewal Congress has not only led to the updating of our polices on misconduct, but we have seen the formation of a Diocesan Pastoral Council which considers pastoral issues connected with ministry in the Diocese. The Office of Social Justice has been revitalized and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission has provided several initiatives to support the liturgical life of parishes, especially through annual video conferences on the four parts of the Eucharist. Youth Ministry has developed extensively with full time employees and three part time ministers for the coming year. A new Diaconate Formation Program is offering formation for eight candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and a new Faith Formation Program is offering formation to six lay people. The Ministry of Communications has developed extensively under the guidance of our Communications Coordinator and our Diocesan Webmaster. The Ministry of Catechesis continues through the work of the Emmaus Centre with our catechetical consultant as well as through our new catechetical program, Finding God. 

For the past several months many people and organizations have been reflecting on whether we should organize another Congress. We shared the sense of being deeply touched by the awareness of the fidelity of God to this Diocese and we felt the need to continue to discern how God is being faithful to us today. While there is much uncertainly in our family, society, parish and church, God continues to be faithful to us. We need to affirm and celebrate this fidelity. In the midst of this reflection, we realized that we will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese in September 2019. We remembered the many events that were organized for the 150th anniversary and were inspired by those celebrations.  As a result, we decided to spend the coming year preparing for the 175th anniversary by organizing events at the regional, parish and diocesan levels. These would contribute to our renewal as a people of faith. These events will help us hear the story of God’s faithfulness to us. As well, we need to allow God to continue this same faithfulness in us. 

For this year of renewal, the first events will be organized as three regional events. The first gathering
will be at St. Ninian Cathedral (for all mainland parishes) on Saturday, October 13th; the second on  October 20th at St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury (for all parishes in Inverness and Richmond Deaneries) and the third on November 3rd at Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney (for all parishes of the Northside,
Sydney and Glace Bay Deaneries). At each gathering, we will gather for hospitality at 8:30 am and for prayer at 9:30 am, enjoy video presentations of our Diocesan history since 1844, and share our stories.  The videos promise to bring back memories of years gone by and should be enjoyable for all.  Each day will end at 2 pm. There is no cost for these days.

These regional gatherings will be wonderful opportunities to reflect on who we are as people of faith, living in various rural and urban areas, facing the challenges of our days, and living in the hope that sustained our ancestors. The Diocesan community of faith, to which we all belong, is strengthened by our stories of faith, of God’s faithfulness and by how the story continues in us today.
People might choose to come to one gathering; others may wish to come to all the gatherings. The format for each day will be the same, but the people involved will bring their own richness and gifts to the discussions. These days are designed to assist parishioners to feel the strength and witness of the community to which we are called, nourished, and sent forth to serve in love, hope and charity. For purposes of providing lunch, you are asked to register with your parish priest one week before these celebrations so we can have a headcount for meal preparation.

During the Lenten Season, each parish will be invited to organize a parish mission with resources that will be available to everyone. As well, we will provide resources for a day camp during the March break. Furthermore, our Youth Ministry is planning to offer a pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupré or to Montreal during March break 2019 as well as offering faith formation gatherings in the different deaneries. We will close this year of renewal with a Diocesan Gathering on September 15, 2019, with a special speaker, a diocesan Mass and intercession to our diocesan patron, St. Ninian.

As I look toward this year of renewal, I am deeply inspired by the fidelity of parishioners who remain committed to their journey of faith. I continue to pray for our Diocesan renewal and realize that each one of us must take personal responsibility for our own individual renewal. Every person must consider what he or she might do for the renewal of the parish and the church.  As well, each parish must take corporate responsibility for the renewal of its community of faith and so I urge all parishes to consider how they need to be renewed during the coming year, especially as missionary disciples.

I thank you for your prayers and kind support as we continue to face both challenges and opportunities within our Diocese. May this year of renewal prepare us to celebrate with deep faith the 175th anniversary of the establishment of this Diocese. May we be inspired to be renewed in God’s love and fidelity as we respond as missionary disciples in our daily lives.

Sincerely in Christ,
^ Brian Joseph Dunn
Bishop of Antigonish


Parish Pastoral Council Chair:   Alex MacInnis  902-752-3198
Religious Education: Laurena Greencorn  902-921-1972
Liturgy: Teresa McKay  902-755-1542
CWL:  Bernadette Kellock  902-755-3817
Fund-raising:   See   "Capital Projects Fund announcement"
Cemetery: Paul Sutherland   902-396-8002
St Vincent de Paul Help Line:    Our Lady of Lourdes Area  902-7591389
                                                     St John the Baptist Area  902-771-2766


Parish Ministries Schedule: Nov 10th  and  Nov 11th 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: 
Scheduling: Brenda Duffy  ph 902-755-1312
Readers:                                     Servers:
Scheduling: Julie Rodgers                               Scheduling: Angela Stroud
ph 902-752-2443                                                 Ph 902-752-1832
Saturday Nov  10th
Sunday  Nov  11th
Saturday  5:30 pm Sunday  9:00 am  Sunday  11:15 am

Extraordinary Ministers of

Holy Communion:

  Carole Dunbar
    Murray Dunbar
    Alex MacInnis

      Bill Reid 
         Peggy Lamey
        Barb MacLeod           

Maricel Day
Cathy Murphy
Jeanette McChesney



Paula Cassidy


Julie Rodgers

Frances Campbell



  Bernie McCarron

Stephanie Lowe




75 shoe boxes have arrived and they can be picked up this weekend in the church.  

They need to be returned to OLOL church by   November 17th

Shoe Boxes can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army Church

in WESTVILLE on November 16th  between 7pm and 9pm--
                             November 17th between 9am and 5pm
                             November 18th between 2pm and 5pm

CWL monthly meeting will be on  
November 5th  at 7pm

                               New members are most welcome                    





The CWL are still collecting stamps for
Development and Peace.
Stamps may be placed in the small basket at the back of the church.


Capital  Projects  Fund

The Capital Projects Committee is looking for two replacements to fill the seats for Financial member and Fund Raiser member...

For more information please contact
Fr. Barrett (755-3688) or Russ Oehmen  (752-3045) about taking on this vital role.


"Country Music Jam"          
Tuesday nights are  Country Music Jams in the 
Sr Catherine Steele Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Enjoy an evening of classic country, Nfld and old time music
from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm with a light lunch to follow
Admittance $5.00 (musicians are free)               

For more information,
please contact
  Bernie McCarron
at 902-928-0426


Big Brothers Big Sisters
has many different programs to fit any schedule, something for everyone!
We have many children waiting for a Mentor
If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more, please contact:
or call 752-6260
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First Presbyterian Church
    93rd Anniversary Song Service
    Sunday    November 4th     7 pm
    featuring Chris Jackson---Amanda MacIntosh and some of her students
    Jim Wasson (tuba)----Ray Stewart----Sam Graham
    Fellowship and refreshments to follow in Church Hall
    Everyone welcome!


The congregation of First United Church, Trenton,
under the leadership of Rev. Wade Reppert,
will celebrate 128 years of Christian Witness, Study, Fellowship and Service

Sunday     November 4th      at 3:00 PM
The Guest Speaker for the Anniversary Service will be the

Rev. Dr. Doug MacEachern
Moncton, New Brunswick.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be serviced
  Special Music will be the Carrilon Singers
Fellowship will follow the Anniversary Service –
Eastlink Cable will be taping the service and it will be aired the following Sunday, November 11th.

“12th Annual Great Trivia Challenge”

The Kinette Club of New Glasgow invites you to a fun-filled evening on November 9th    at Summer Street Industries
 The Kinettes, along with Gene Mills and Anne MacGregor from
94.1 East Coast FM will host the “12th Annual Great Trivia Challenge”
This is an event where teams of 8 people----co-workers, friends, or family---will come together to play rounds of trivia.  We are anticipating having
40 teams competing against each other and testing their knowledge in sports, music, entertainment, history and more!  There will be lots of food, music, a cash bar, and fantastic prizes throughout the night.
Proceeds will go to “The St. Vincent de Paul Society”
and other community projects
St Vincent de Paul is an international organization active in our community for over 40 years.  It is rooted in the spirit of charity and provides emergency assistance to the poor and those in need.  We can be reached through the Nova Scotia Help Line 211.  Help is made possible through generous donations from our community.
Last year's event was sold out, so don't miss out!
Get your teams registered early, support a great cause,
and enjoy "The Great Trivia Challenge!"


St Andrews Church, Pictou
Annual Christmas tea and  sale

Saturday     November 10th  

2 pm - 4 pm

Admission $7.00

There will be a  "bake table"   "jewelry table"
"Christmas items"  "New to You" and "Mystery Bags"
Gather your friends, come for tea and add to your Christmas shopping


Merigomish United Church 
1587 Shore Road, Merigomish
The UCW will be providing a Pot Luck Supper
Saturday    Nov 10th      4pm - 6pm
Adults $10.00  Children under 12 $5.00
Pantry table with goods for sale available


Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale
is coming to Pictou United Church!
Pictou United Church is, once again, hosting a sale of beautiful, fairly-traded gifts benefiting artisans from 30 Third World countries

Friday     November 9th       
6 pm  -  8 pm

Saturday    November 10th    
10 am - 4 pm
Pictou United Church – 47 James St.
Remember----The gifts you buy at the Ten Thousand Villages Sales
will give the blessings of steady work, fair wages, and a better life
for struggling families around the world.
Your purchase invests in your world!
Ten Thousand Villages is a project of Mennonite Central Committee,
and is an outreach project of Pictou United Church.


Holy Name CWL

Tea and Sale

at the Holy Name Hall

November 10th

5 pm to 7 pm

                       Admission:   $6.00                           

Pantry & Craft tables,
Grocery Basket,
Quilt Draw,
Board Game
New to You
Lunch provided



Immediate Release – 09/20/2018


Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua

Messenger of Saint Anthony


North America Contact: Tom Muscatello


The Saint of Hope visits the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish 

    November 10th


“Relics are parts of the body of a saint who was the
Temple of the Holy Spirit.”

Pope Francis


Saint Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis have an important friend in common – he is Saint Anthony of Padua, the much loved 13th century friar who was one of the earliest members of the Franciscan Order which was founded in 1209.

When Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, he led a prominent procession through the streets of the Argentinian capital in the year 2000, carrying in his hands a reliquary containing a precious relic of Saint Anthony of Padua – a piece of his floating rib. This occurred during the year of the Great Jubilee.

On Saturday, November 10, two first-class relics of the Portuguese-born Saint Anthony of Padua will travel to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish. His Grace, Bishop Brian T. Dunn, has asked Friar Alessandro Ratti to bring the relics to the Vigil Mass at Saint Ninian Cathedral. The Cathedral is located at 121 St. Ninian Street in Antigonish.
The Holy Mass will be at 4 PM
Veneration will be from 1 PM to 6:30 PM

The Rector of the Cathedral is Reverend Donald MacGillivray.

Prayer petitions with holy cards will be distributed to allow parishioners to write their prayer petition to the saint. The writing of a prayer petition/intention is a worldwide tradition when venerating a relic of a saint. Father Alessandro will bring the petitions back to the Pontifical Basilica in Padua and place them at the tomb of Saint Anthony. The tour officially ends back at the Tomb of Saint Anthony where the Friars will gather to pray for the saint’s intercession upon our intentions and petitions.

The two relics will be accompanied by Father Alessandro Ratti, one of fifty-two Conventual Franciscan Friars from Padua, Italy, where the Saint is buried. One relic is a fragment of his floating rib while the second relic is skin of the saint’s cheek. Sister Lucy, one of the three seers of Fatima, venerated the relics in 1995 in her convent in Coimbra, Portugal on the 800th anniversary of the saint’s birth.

According to Franciscan Friar Mario Conte, the Editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, “There is nothing superstitious about relics. The real meaning of a relic is love – they are a link of love between the person who venerates and the saint. In recognizing that only God performs miracles, it is through the communion of saints that we are brought closer to Our Lord.” As Saint John Paul II tells us, “The most beautiful and stirring adventure that can happen to you is the personal meeting with Jesus, who is the only one who gives real meaning to our lives.” Pope Francis shares “The saints give us a message. They tell us: be faithful to the Lord, because the Lord does not disappoint! He does not disappoint ever, and he is a good friend always at our side.”

In an address in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, August 18, 2005, Pope Benedict Emeritus said of relics “By inviting us to venerate the mortal remains of the martyrs and saints, the Church does not forget that, in the end, these are indeed just human bones, but they are bones that belonged to individuals touched by the living power of God. The relics of the saints are traces of that invisible but real presence which sheds light upon the shadows of the world and reveals the Kingdom of Heaven in our midst.”

Notes for Pastors and Bulletin Editors:

St Anthony of Padua: Born 15 August 1195 Lisbon, Portugal

Died 13 June 1231 (aged 35) Padua, Italy

Anthony of Padua was a Portuguese Catholic friar belonging to the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon. He died in 1231 and was canonized within a year after his death, the shortest time in the history of the Church. His remains are kept in the Basilica in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his preaching and expert knowledge of Scripture, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

St. Anthony died on June 13 in 1231. He was buried in a little church outside the walls of the town of Padua. According to the Gregorian calendar, June 13, 1231, was a Friday. Saint Anthony was buried the following Tuesday, June 17, 1231, at Santa Maria Mater Domini. It is for this reason why the nine (9) day and thirteen (13) day Saint Anthony novenas are always recited on a Tuesday.

In 1263, his remains were transferred to the newly constructed Basilica which is part of the present-day Basilica. Because of miracle activity for thirty-two years around the saint’s tomb, the Minister General of the Order of Franciscan Friars Minor, Giovanni Di Fidanza, made the decision to open the saint’s coffin. Friar Di Fidanza later became Saint Bonaventure. When St. Anthony’s coffin was opened in St. Bonaventure’s presence, bones and ashes were found. However, the saint’s vocal apparatus was found to be intact and his tongue was still red and soft. At the sight of the miracle, St. Bonaventure exclaimed in awe: “Oh blessed tongue, that ever praised the Lord, and led others to praise Him! Now it is clear how great are your merits before God!”

Saint Anthony of Padua is known to millions of Catholics for lost items. Saint Anthony’s reputation as a finder of lost things dates to an incident in the saint’s life. As the legend goes, a novice who had grown tired of religious life decided to leave the Franciscan community. But before leaving, the novice took Saint Anthony’s psalter. The book was very important to Anthony, especially since it was before the printing press had been invented. The psalter had notes and comments he made in teaching his students in the Franciscan order. Anthony prayed that the psalter would be found and returned to him. Anthony’s prayers were answered: The novice returned the psalter and returned to the order. We invite you to come and ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession for more than the loss of material things, but also for loss of faith, family harmony, health, hope, peace of mind and trust in others.


November  11th    1918 - 2018

"Ringing the Bells of Peace"

If we are to remember those that fought, we need to drive home the message of the horror of war and its effect on the society that wages it.  That included the families that had to live with the unknown and after the war with the after-effects related to those who returned with injuries both visible and invisible. 
Remembrance Event 1 – Ringing of Bells

Bells call us to wake, to pray, to work, to arms, to feast and, in times of crisis, to come together. 

“On November 11, 1918, the ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously across the country,
as an outpouring of relief that four years of war had come to an end.
  (BBC news”
The Bells of Peace initiative is designed to emulate that moment of remembrance in honor of our veterans
who served in WW1.



  • Engage all communities, the military, relevant historical sites and churches (equipped with bells) in this endeavor.
  • The bell(s) would be tolled 100 times with 5 seconds between tolls.
  • Each community/bell would start the ringing at the going down of the sun on 11 Nov as per the sunset timing in their area.
  • Several communities will be asked to enhance this remembrance activity to highlight a significant historical event within the context of WW1 (see coordinating instructions).
  • All communities are encouraged to add their own community tradition or WW1 experience in addition to the ringing of the bells.

Parish  Workshop

Please note that the Diocese of Antigonish will host a workshop for Parishes on
November 14th    at  St Joseph Parish, Port Hawkesbury at 10 am
This workshop is for  pastors, parish staff and those who volunteer by  helping out with financial issues.  Also welcomed are members of pastoral and finance councils.
The workshop will be two hours long,
coffee tea and water will be available.
Frank Howell, Responsible Ministry Coordinator, will update parishes on the Responsible Ministry Protocol
The Business Office Staff will also be available to discuss various issues:
Insurance – 2018-19 Renewal & Inventory of Items in Buildings--Financial Reporting to Diocese--Levy--review calculation and receivable and Diocesan Budget--Special Collections--Other Receivables--Payroll--Other Issues   We hope to see you there
Cathy Farrow, CPA, CMA
Managing Director/Financial Administrator

Join Us For our Christmas Tea & Sale
Pictou United Church
47 James St

Saturday   November 17th    2 - 4pm
Baked Goods ~ Fudge ~ Books ~ Preserves ~Handcrafted Items~ New to You
…. and much, much more
and after your browsing and shopping enjoy our
lovely Afternoon Tea - sandwiches & sweets

The Parish of Saint Leonard
will be hosting it's first ever   "Fall Into Winter"  Fair
on the grounds of the Pastoral Centre (5310 Union Hwy, River Ryan, NS)

Saturday, November 17th     10am  -  3pm
Sunday,  November 18th          12 pm - 5 pm

   We will kick off our event with a Free "Touch A Truck" where kids are invited to explore large service vehicles, ask questions, take photos, etc.  Soulvaria VR, Cape Breton's first virtual reality gaming center will also be on-site offering free demo's of VR games for kids. You will be able to purchase tickets for our Carnival Games which will be held inside!
Some of our featured games are: Fortnite, inspired Boogie Bomb Game, Skyrim, inspired Archery Game, Muggle Quidditch, Deal or No Deal, our Paw Patrol inspired "Give a dog a bone" game, Peppa's Pig Pen, The Great Canadian Gold Rush, and more!!!
We have some amazing prizes lined up!
We will end Saturday with a Community Dance at the Gaul Centre with Gaye Desveaux as DJ. Tickets for the dance are available at the Pastoral Centre for $5.00

Sunday,  there will be a Christmas Flea Market & Craft Sale and Bake Sale from
12 pm  -  5 pm    at the Gaul Centre.
Everyone is welcome to come on down and enjoy our "Fall Into Winter" Community Fair!






Saturday      November 17th

  Roast Beef Dinner plus Dessert Table

St. George’s Anglican Church
199 Temperance St., New Glasgow

Adults: $12:00       Children (Under 12) $6:00
Eat-in or Take-out.
Tickets:   Church Office: 902 752 -4551
Gerry at 902 752-1297 or At the Door.


Salem Presbyterian Church
Salem--Pictou County   (West River Charge)
will be

Celebrating  their 169th  Anniversary

  Sunday     November 18th      10:30 am
Friends of the congregation are invited to attend
Cake and fellowship to follow the service 


St. John the Baptist CWL

Christmas Tea and Sale

Monday    November 19th

from   7 - 9 pm

                               in St. John the Baptist Church hall                                   

Admission $5.00      Children  $2.00



        Friday              November 23rd         11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Christmas Soup & Dessert Luncheon
First Presbyterian Church, New Glasgow. 
Please use James St. entrance (behind JR Rahey’s). 

Your choice of soup (some are gluten free)
and dessert with biscuits/rolls and tea/coffee. 

Bake table and Christmas Basket tickets available.


Saturday      Nov 24th
- Christmas Coffee/ Tea party and Sale
10AM -12 noon             
 Sharon St. John Church hall----Stellarton
Take a break from shopping or drop in with friends for coffee, tea, hot apple cider or hot chocolate, along with muffins, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake and much more.
There will be a bake table Christmas items-- Book sale and Christmas basket raffle too
Admission:   $6          Children 12 & under:   $2


Diocese of Antigonish

Video conference: Fr. Bill Burke                
Why are Funeral Liturgies Good?
                         A Pastoral Approach in Our Time.                                                

November 24th       10 am – 1 pm   

NSCC Campuses: in Port Hawkesbury, Stellarton & Sydney
 $20 per Person –  Registration required
  by calling 902-539-6188, ext. 237.                                   
Tea & coffee  provided
Please bring your own brown bag lunch.                                    
Blessed are those who mourn
for they shall be comforted…(Matthew 5).



Family Retreat --    Saturday       November  24th
St. Andrew Tri-Parish, St. Andrews, NS

A Retreat day of faith sharing (and fun) is being offered by NET Ministries at the St. Andrew’s District Community Centre. Advance registration is required.  Please contact Fr. Andrew Gillies, or the parish office 902-386-2810 for more details.


Ann Holton


CD Release Concert – “A Merry Little Christmas” –

 Sharon St. John United Church in Stellarton

November 24th     at 7:00 pm

Special guests will include Ardyth, Jennifer & Darren McMullen, Heather Cameron, Jeff Torbert and Karen Crowley.

Tickets:      adults  $20       students  $10

Available at the church office (902-752-4943), at and at the door.


You’re Invited
To our 16th Annual Christmas Craft Show & Sale
St. Anne Church, Alder Point
 St. Anne Church is pleased to help you get a jump
on your Christmas shopping while
supporting local crafters and your local church.
Lunch is available, soup, tea biscuit, squares, tea or coffee for $5.00.

Saturday      November 24th
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
 Bras d’Or Hall    (24 Villa Drive)
 Admission:   $2.00 per person 
 Lots of door prizes!!!
Hope to see you there!


Antigonish Youth Rally:
                                                                                                                                                                 You Can Change the World
                                                                                                                                                                        When: Sunday,
November 25th

                                                                                                                                                               Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.   Where: St. Ninian Place,  Antigonish.    Register by e-mailing  We all have dreams, we want good things for ourselves, and we are called to make the world a better place.  This gathering is about learning practical ways to make our influence felt.  Come find out how you can make a difference!



Sunday         December 2nd       3:00 pm
Annual  “Sing Joy”  program for the Christmas Season
Voicetime Studio Singers

Sharon St. John United Church, Stellarton
Adults: $15      Seniors: $12       Students: $7
Tickets from:  Choir Members------H&R Music------Pictou Pharmasave
call:  902-752-1297---or----at the door

Sunday,     December 2nd       at 7:00pm.

Lights of Love Campaign 2018

Join this year’s holiday celebrations by helping the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home light its Christmas tree with bulbs dedicated to love. This is the 21st year for our annual Lights of Love fundraising campaign. Your generosity has helped to improve the quality of life for the R.K.’s residents over the past two decades. You can dedicate a bulb in memory of a deceased loved one or honour someone presently in your life. Monies raised this year will support the purchase and installation of a therapeutic bath system, completing an upgrade of this vital personal care service for residents.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of a loved one and are not currently on our mailing list, please call the R.K. Foundation Office at 902-863-2578, Ext. 223 and leave your mailing address. Donations can also be made online by clicking the Lights of Love link at Please join us in the R.K. Chapel for the tree lighting and dedication on



I would like to invite all the Youth and Young Adults in the Diocese for a “Teaching Youth Mass” at
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Sydney.  It will take place on the 1st Sunday of Advent;

December 9th,2018  at 6pm   and we will focus on this as being a new beginning for our Youth in the Diocese.  Fr. Bill Burke will preside at Mass and there will be a videographer on hand to tape it as this will be used as a teaching tool for the Diocese.  We encourage all Confirmation Candidates to attend and especially the young adults.  There will be Pizza and refreshments served afterwards and a time for some social bonding and getting to know each other.  If you are interested in participating in the Mass or in the choir please email myself Anne Stubbert, Youth Minister CBRM at and leave a message.  There will be practice sessions to be announced at a later date.  Please mark it on your Calendars and hope to see you there. 

"Men of the Deeps"  and  "Burke Family"

Christmas concert

Saturday     December 15th      7 pm

at Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River

Come enjoy an evening of Christmas music and memories with the "Men of the Deeps"
and New Waterford’s own "Burke Family"
Tickets are $25 on sale at Fatima parish office, Pastoral Center at
Membertou and also at Arlie’s.
This concert will sell out get your tickets soon.


Dates:  Jan 18th - 29th  2019

12-day  Colombia Mission to

Home for children who've been abandoned

Ages:  Young Adults  18 & up

Flights from Halifax to Toronto:
$1198.00  (Due Sept 17th)
PLUS ground fees: $600         

Contact:  Fr. Andrew Gillies  902-863-4846

Diocese of Antigonish Anniversary 175:
Three Regional Gatherings this autumn will open our year of events, which will also include Lenten parish missions and a diocesan-wide event for the Feast of
Oct. 20th  St. Joseph 's Church, Port Hawkesbury
Nov. 3rd   Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River

All celebrations are 9:30 am-2 pm. Lunch will be provided.
Join us at one, two or all three events to learn more of our history, discuss parish life and consider:  How is God speaking to us now?
What are we being called to?
Watch for more details in our newsletters and on our website.
‘Saint Ninian, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Antigonish,
Pray for Us in our Anniversary Year’


Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with Father Patrick O’Neill (Our Lady of Fatima Parish) and Father Paul Murphy (Holy Redeemer Parish)
             This upcoming pilgrimage has a tentative date set for

 May 13th until May 23rd, 2019. 

The COST has not been established as of yet.  This should be figured out in the next week or so.  This pilgrimage is open to all ages.  Full details will be finalized very soon. If you feel the call to join us let either of us know.  Once details are finalized there will be a contact person you can call to register your name and send payments.  


Society of St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Lourdes asks  you to support the work of our conference with your gift of prayer.  Please  consider  keeping  the  needs of  the poor in your daily  prayer  and  join with us in  praying  the  following:   “Father, we ask that those whom we assist find your gift of confidence, courage and peace by our  concern for their needs.  Lord, hear our prayer.      Most Rev. William E. Power


Thinking about donating to Our Lady of Lourdes?: The Parish has three accounts: operating, cemetery, and Capital Projects. Cheques intended for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish operating account can be made out to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Cheques intended for the cemetery account can be made out to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Cemetery, and cheques intended for Capital Projects can be made out to Our Lady of Lourdes Capital Projects. Thank you for your support

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Starting on Monday  November 5th   each Sunday Mass will be uploaded on the Diocese of Antigonish Utube Channel. 
Each Monday we will upload the Sunday Mass the day before for anyone to access.  As Producer of CTV Mass for Shut-Ins I think it is important to give people as much access as possible to join us each weekend for the Holy Mass. 

The air time for Mass For Shut-Ins
        November 11th will be @ 10 am 


Mass time  at 11:30 am

New Donations Cards Available
in  Support of

Mass for Shut Ins

It remains the longest running television program on CTV in Canada.  The Diocesan Pastoral Centre Office now offers donations cards to be given as gifts in celebration of  birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, promotions, retirements, weddings .....and so on. Cards are  available for purchase at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 200 Churchill Drive, Suite 103 in Membertou, Sydney.  All proceeds will go toward the productions costs of Mass for Shut Ins. Receipts will be provided.


Dear brother priests, deacons and laity,
I would like to invite you and your parish (or group such as CWL, KOC, etc, also retired priests) to come celebrate the Mass.
We broadcast live on Sundays.  If that day is not possible for your parish or group we can pre-tape the Tuesday before at 6:30pm at the CTV Studio on George Street, Sydney.
Thank you for the support you give to Mass for Shut-Ins.  I look forward to working with you and your parish or parish group in the near future.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
My Glebe House number is 902-562-9810
For bookings please email or phone (902-539-6188 extension 222) Mae Rowe at the Pastoral Center

Father Patrick O’Neill
Producer CTV Mass for Shut-Ins

In Our Deanery:         

St. John the Baptist: 
Not  Available

Stella Maris:

Tues & Thurs @ 6:30 pm

Holy Name:

     Wed & Fri @ 9 am


Please check Mass times on the Diocesan Website or call their parish office



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Words for the Week:      
Health is not a consumer good, but a universal right: let us unite our efforts so that health services are available to all.  Hope is not an idea, it is an encounter; like the woman waiting to meet the child who will be born from her womb.  It would be wonderful if, every day, at some moment, we could say: "Lord, let me know you and let me know myself".

Liturgical Commission Newsletter
FALL 2018
Diocese of Antigonish
Diocesan Pastoral Centre

200 Churchill Drive, Suite 103. Membertou, NS
P.O. Box 100 Sydney, NS B1P 6G9
Phone 902 539 6188 ext 237 Email
Sacrament of the Sick: United with Christ, Witnesses of Hope and Healing 
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is both a liturgical and
communal celebration. This liturgical moment of prayer
may occur in the family home, hospital or church as members
of the Body of Christ gather for the sacramental rite led by a
Priest. The Penitential Rite followed by the Liturgy of the
Word a n d sacramental anointing of the sick can inspire and comfort both those who are ill and their family and friends who are gathered (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 1517-18). Many parishes have communal celebrations when many persons receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. These sacramental celebrations are a “source of strength amid pain and weakness, hope amid despair and a joyful encounter for the entire community. (Christifideles Laici, no.54).
Anointing with the sacred Oil of the Sick is a sign of blessing by the Holy Spirit for the one who is sick. The Oil of the Sick, blessed by the Bishop at the annual Mass of Chrism, recall s the community’s sharing of the Holy Spirit and the sick person’s deep bond and membership in the entire Body of Christ and Communion of Saints. Through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church carries out Jesus’ mission of compassion and healing for the sick. The one who is ill can also be a
minister to others. Their sharing in, and uniting their suffering to the suffering of Christ, can be signs of faith and witness t o Christ ’s
Resurrection for the entire community. We do not walk alone through life. As members of the Body of Christ, we are joined in heart and spirit to all those who have loved us and walked before us in love and faith.
The Catholic Church teaching on the consistent ethic of life teaches that “All life from the womb to the tomb is sacred and deserves to be respected and supported.” This teaching reminds us of the need to
provide life supports throughout the seasons of life.
As one Indigenous elder responded when asked what our life purpose is: “We are here on this earth to walk each other home”.
As a community of believers in the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we are called to celebrate the many moments of dying and rising to new life in our individual lives and in the life of our Christian Community. Our Christian Faith calls us to be attentive to the many moments of
encounter with God from the womb to the tomb. In anointing and marking these moment s of life: Birth, Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist
and Confirmation) we are marked, nourished and sealed as God’s people and family.  Through the gift of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick, we are renewed and healed and given strength and hope for our journeys with each other. St. Paul reminds us of our identity as God’s family: “The life and death of each of us has an influence on others. If we live, we live for the Lord, if we die, we belong to the Lord. So that alive or dead we belong to God and to each other.” (Romans 14:7-9)  ——Margie Gillis, Diocesan Liturgy Office
Come to me all you who are laboured and
overburdened and I will give you rest.
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me for I am gentle and
humble of heart. And you will find rest for
your souls for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28
Key Symbols used in the Order of Christian Funerals
Many of the symbols used during the funeral liturgy reflect the sacrament of Baptism – it is through Baptism that our loved one has already shared Christ’s death and resurrection. In celebrating the Order of Christian, Funerals, we offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God; we are strengthened by our belief in the Resurrection and find strength and consolation through our faith in God. The Reception of the Deceased at the entrance to the church is a reminder that the church is the community, the home of all Christians. In Baptism, we were received into the family of God. The sprinkling of holy water at this time reminds us of the person's Baptism and initiation into the community of faith. Moreover, this ritual action of gathering at a funeral for the reception of the body or cremated remains has great significance as - members of community acknowledge the person as one of their own. We welcome the deceased, without regard for status or social standing, as a guest of honor to be washed and clothed in a white garment. This sign of radical gospel hospitality, so needed in our present age. This ritual action also
is a clear invitation to the family and those grieving and sign of the Church's welcome to all. The Placing of the Pall on the casket and/or urn for cremated remains, serves to remind us of the white garment received at Baptism. We are again clothed in garments of belonging. As was said to us when we received the white garment at our baptism, “See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. And with your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity
unstained into the everlasting life of heaven”. The Paschal Candle reminds us of Christ, the Light of the World, His victory over sin and death and of our share in that victory by virtue of our baptism. The Paschal candle reminds us of the Easter vigil, the night when we await the Lord's resurrection and when new light for the living and the dead is
kindled. Incense is used during the final commendation at the Funeral
Mass as a sign of honor and reverence for the body of the deceased, which through baptism became the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is also a sign of our prayers for the deceased rising, like incense to our God. Fr. Paul Turner, a well-published liturgist who spoke to the priests of the
Diocese of Antigonish a few years ago, also commented on the use
of incense during funerals, reminding us that we deliberately surround ourselves with a “cloud”. That our funeral liturgy rites help us to articulate our hope in the face of death, but we also must walk, not by sight, but by faith. This “cloud” is a concrete reminder of this.
White Vestments, the color used through the Easter season of the Church, are worn by the presiding priest or deacon as an expression
of Resurrection, Christian hope and joy. Scriptures proclaim to us the
promise of eternal life, convey the hope of being gathered together
again in God's kingdom and support the witness of Christian
life. Sacred Scripture provides us with sure hope that we do not
walk alone, that the life and death of each of us has a profound influence on others. We are given new hope that in death, life is changed, but not ended.

Liturgical Commission
Most Reverend Brian J.Dunn,
Bishop of Antigonish
Fr. Conrad Edwards,Liturgy Director
Margie Gillis Liturgy Office
Debbie Aker, Faith Formation Office
Fr. Bill Burke Liturgy Consultant
Patricia (Pat) Gillis Pictou Deanery
Regina Tate, Antigonish/Guysborough
Fr. Jim Oliver, Diocesan MC
Sr. Sandra Cooke, CSM, Religious Communities
Rev. Mr. Berkley Guthro Inverness Deanery
Rosemary McLean Richmond Deanery
Cathy MacInnis Glace Bay/New Waterford
Cathy Walsh, Youth Office
Diocesan Liturgy Office
902 539 6188 ext 237

Youth Ministry and Liturgy!
“There are no youth in our Church!”  I don’t see any youth at Mass”.
“Once they are Confirmed, they disappear!”
These may be the words we hear when we talk about Youth and the
Church. Yes, it is true there are fewer youth that attend Sunday
Liturgy. But does that mean our youth do not have faith?
What if we changed our words? What if we talked about “Faith”
and not “Church”. If you ask youth if they believe in God, many
will say yes. I think of the parable of the Mustard Seed. If you ask
youth if they think they have to go to Church, many will say no.
Herein lies the gap in connecting our faith with liturgy, especially
Eucharistic liturgy. As Youth Ministers, in our Diocese, we are learning how to connect with youth. We see how Youth Rallies help youth see that being a kid with faith is ok!  Offering Alpha for Youth helps
youth build a personal relationship with our Lord. Having dinner with
our Bishop, encourages young adults, especially young married couples, to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding issues facing young people and faith. We are not alone in our efforts to connect with Youth. During
October 2018, Bishops from around the world are meeting with
Pope Francis at the Synod entitled: Young People: Faith and
Vocational Discernment. We are anxious to hear the learnings from
this Synod. Our Diocese has a young man discerning a vocation to the Priesthood. I had the pleasure of his company while he was studying at St.FX and I was the Associate Chaplain. Together with
Fr. Danny MacLennan, University Chaplain, we enjoyed accompanying him and watching him grow. He was always funny and was so very nice to everyone. Knowing that this young man has responded positively to the nudge of the Holy Spirit gives me courage to continue to reach out to
young people. We have faith that our youth will open their minds and hearts to our Lord. We believe in the power of the Eucharist, in our Eucharistic Liturgies, and in communal prayer.  We know it will once again be valued in the lives of our youth.

— Cathy Walsh, Youth Ministry Office
Key Symbols  Continued from page 3. . .
The pastor and or pastoral team help family members in choosing the Scripture readings (Old Testament and New Testament) from a selection of Scriptures prescribed for funeral liturgies. They will also help in preparing the intercessions for the Universal Prayer for the funeral liturgy. Family or friends of the deceased who are strong readers can be
invited to proclaim the First and Second Readings, but the parish
should provide readers if the family has a challenge finding readers
who are comfortable proclaiming the Word in this emotionally trying
time for the family and community. The Final Commendation at the
end of the funeral liturgy expresses our farewell and shows honour to one of its members, a temple of the Holy Spirit, before the body is
buried. At this time the celebrant incenses the deceased, as together
we entrust our loved one to our Lord and profess the hope that we
will share the resurrection with our loved one on the last day. The Rite of Committal is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased members. It marks the physical separation of the deceased from the mourners. It may be celebrated at the grave, at a cemetery chapel, or a crematorium. Through this simple rite the Church assists us as we complete our care of the deceased and lay the body to rest.  This rite also expresses our continued link as the                           Community of Saints.

Why Funeral Liturgies Are
Good?: A Pastoral
Approach for Our Time.
Fr. Bill Burke
November 24, 2018
10am - 1pm
NSCC Campuses
Port Hawkesbury

Please register at
902-539-6188 ext 237
Tea & Coffee Provided
Please bring your own brown
bag lunch.

-------Not Just a Spectator Sport!
We have all heard the terms “couch potato” and “spectator sports”, and perhaps occasionally have chosen these roles rather than being part of the action. We let the action simply entertain us. We can be far from the “Just Do It” mantra!!  What does the phrase “I’m going to Mass” conjure up for you? It may be tempting in an era when we seem to be so active (busy!) and in many cases overwhelmed with life’s hustle, bustle and
commitments, to see the mass as something that’s happening “out there” and allow the actions, words, gestures simply wash over us. Yet our Eucharistic Liturgy invites us to something deeper. We are invited to come “just as we are” — with all our worries, burdens, cares, joys and hopes — to see in this assembly gathered for worship the call to be the Body of Christ. We recognize our true identity as God’s sons and daughters united with Christ to express and live out this identity as church — the Body of Christ. As Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS says   (The Ministry of the Assembly, Liturgical Press 2016), “What we do is important: we sit, stand, and kneel; we sing and pray; we give and receive; we interact with others and encounter God. All this doing, however, is empty—is going through mere motions—if we are not also being. Our being the assembly requires other-centeredness, surrendering to God’s transforming action during Mass, accepting diversity, recognizing each member’s place and role in this diversity, focusing on our common identity under Jesus Christ, committing ourselves to celebrating Mass wholeheartedly, hearing the dismissal at the end of Mass as a command from Christ to live what we have celebrated.  While we gather together on many occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, weddings, sports event, parties, etc.) our participation in the Eucharistic assembly is ultimately not of our own choosing.  As the hymn says, “God’s grace did invite us and love shall unite us” (Sent Forth by God’s Blessing, CBWIII #533). Our gathering becomes a ritual action, and expresses who we are as God’s people. In
this “inviting” we see gathered before us the image of Church — a  Church that expresses itself in how, for example, we extended welcome to one another. We express God’s desire to “come to me all you
are weary and carrying heavy burdens” — we offer hospitality —- just “come”!! We witness this in so many simple and profound ways. To cite one small example we are aware of grandparents whose only
“face to face” contact with their grandchildren may be through the modern technologies of Skype or FaceTime as their families live far away. We may forget that simply bringing our children to mass offers
a gift of hope and vitality. The question “what am I going to get out of Mass?” is becomes a realization of God’s invitation and that each of us brings gifts to the other and in the giving, of the often simplest
things, we become open to God manifesting transformation in our lives!!
Together, united in Christ, we form a sign — sign that it is God who gathers and now he will act. This assembly, each with its own part to play in ministry and presided over by a bishop or priest, a visible sign that Christ himself “presides invisibly over every Eucharistic celebration” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1348). —-
Fr. Conrad Edwards St. Joseph Parish, Port Hawkesbury
Mass for Shut-ins April 2018

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