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 11, 2018
  Thirty-Second 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    10     5:30 pm   D.J. MacLellan (living)                                        
             Sun     Nov    11      9:00 am    Parishioners
                                               11:15 am   Cpl. Kevin Megeney (deceased)
            Mon      Nov    12      9:00 am     George Cameron (deceased)
                                                                          Memorial of St Josaphat
            Tues     Nov    13    10:00 am  @  Valley View Villa Margaret Martin Sr. (deceased)                                    
              Wed    Nov    14    9:00 am   Eleanor Cameron (deceased)

           Thurs   Nov    15     5:30 pm  Sacrament of Reconciliation
                Mass 6:30 pm   Special Intention (living)                                            

              Fri      Nov     16     9:00 am   Special Intention (living)
          Memorial of St Margaret of Scotland

                   NEW ----PLEASE NOTE:
                The (2018-2019)  Sunday Missal
                Sunday Missal for Young Catholics
are now available at both entrances of the church.
The cost for each edition is $ 5.00

Liturgy Committee Meeting:
November 13th at 6:30 p.m.
in the church
Finance Committee Meeting:
November 14th at 6 p.m.
in the SCSC


          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:                                                               

St. Margaret of Scotland – Margaret, born in Hungary about 1045, was the daughter of Eadward Atheling, heir apparent to the English throne, and Princess Agatha of Hungary. At about the age of 10, she returned to England with her family, but was forced back into exile after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Her widowed mother was taking her children to safety when a North Sea storm wrecked their ship onto the Scottish coast. In 1070, Margaret married Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland. Of their eight children, three sons ruled Scotland in succession and their daughter Maud married Henry I of England. Margaret greatly influenced King Malcolm III. To her husband and his country she brought the best of European culture and encouraged many by her life of Christian virtue. She worked for justice and improved conditions for the poor, guided the Celtic church toward strong ties with Rome, rebuilt churches, and brought the Benedictines to Scotland. In 1093 her husband and one son were killed in battle. Already on her deathbed, she died four days later. Margaret was a model of motherhood; one of the few canonized saints to have reared a large family. She was canonized in 1251 and in 1673 was named a patron saint of Scotland (November 2018, Living with Christ, Vol. 24 No. 11, p. 162).

From the Pastor’s Desk:


Imagine we were in a group of disciples when Jesus said the words in Luke 14:25-33 (New Revised Standard Version of the Bible or N.R.S.V.). How confused would we have been? Imagine we turn to a companion and have this dialogue (dialogue provided by Tom Purcell, Professor of Accounting at Heider College of Business in Omaha, Nebraska):


  • Jesus has always told us to love one another; that by our love people will know we are his disciples. Now, he says we must hate our family? How can we do that and still say we are his followers?

  • True, and he said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with our whole heart and soul and to love our neighbours as ourselves. So how can we love and hate at the same time?

  • Although he said hate, maybe he does not mean hate – maybe he means something else. At the end of his story, he tells us to give-up our possessions. Maybe that is a clue to help us understand what he means.

  • Can’t he ever just say what he means!?

  • Well, thinking and praying over and talking like this about what he said might help make the true meaning clearer for us.

  • Agreed, but what does he mean here today? He did say before that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Do you think that is part of what he means now? [The term “Eye of a Needle” is used as a metaphor for a very narrow opening].

  • I think so. I do not think he wants us to hate our families, nor give up all we own. If we give up everything, how are we to live?

  • Didn’t he say that if we had true faith, we would be able to give up all and still God will provide what we need.

  • True, but we do have to eat today…

  • Maybe he is reminding us how hard it is for us to be his followers.

  • It is hard. It would be hard to turn my back on my family. They depend on me, and they are all I have in the world. I am not rich, and I do not own any property other than a few tools to do my work, and a few sheep and goats.

  • Jesus knows that and yet he still says we must “give up” all our possessions. What does give up mean?

  • I think it means that we must let go; to give up our ownership.

  • Why would Jesus want us to let go; to give up our claims against our few insignificant possessions?

  • It seems that rich people seem pre-occupied with things and wealth and power. It is hard for them to let go of their privileges and powers even if they desire to do the things Jesus calls us to do. So perhaps for us family is the same as the rich people’s possessions. We “possess” our family members when we are pre-occupied with family concerns the same the rich are with their possessions.

  • So maybe he means we should learn to let go of our daily concerns; our concerns for family and friends, and be detached and disconnected from all those worries so we can care for others and love as he does?

  • Sure, but if we are loving others as he does, are we not loving our family and friends, also?

  • Can’t he ever just say what he means!?

  • [Recite the Lord’s Prayer]. I think he does in his prayer to the Father “give us this day” what we need. I think we just are not always able to understand because we are too cluttered with our daily lives to see the bigger reality he lives. [We are too preoccupied with our daily lives to see the big picture].

  • It looks like the crowd is breaking up. We will have to talk more of these things in a few days after we have had a chance to think some more.


As the conversation ends, we are perhaps more aware but still have uncertainty about what Jesus is calling us to do. So, our prayer is one of gratitude for being aware of the power that detachment provides in generously serving our unloved sisters and brothers, and for the grace to balance fairness with our call to be a loving person for our family and friends. Love is inclusive. “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8).





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:

You are invited to an information session for Children's Liturgy on Sunday morning, November 18th at 10 am in the kitchen of the SCSC.
If you would like to help with our sessions throughout Advent, please make every effort to attend..  For more information please contact Paula Cassidy @ 902-923-2588.
Please consider sharing your time with our youth."



Sunday    November 11th


  Our Lady of Lourdes Church

will be joining the communities across Canada to mark the

100th anniversary of the end of the First World War

At the going down of the sun, Ansel Campbell will begin with the ringing of 100 bells

The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end. @CanadianLegion #BellsOfPeace #100BELLS



The family of Helen MacRae (past CWL President) is celebrating her 90th birthday   
November 25th
  Location:      Sister Catherine Steele Centre
  Time:      2 to 4 pm 
Refreshments served
Best wishes only 

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
Sympathies and condolences are offered to the families and friends of Marie Lambert, Jeffrey Davis, Earl Shakness, Theresa (Fitzgerald) Aoss, and Edna Boucher

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 November  4th, 2018

               Weekend  Collection Envelopes        $ 3.102.00
                                   E-transfers                     195.00
                                  Loose  Offerings              318.10
                                                   Other Receipts                 532.15          
                     Total  Collection  Income     $ 4,147.25
# of envelopes used:  128

Other Receipts
                                 Hall rental            $   400.00                 
   Votives & Literature        $    132.15
           Total  Other  Receipts       $ 532.15       
Cemetery Maintenance:   $1,343

Finance Committee: Membership

The Finance 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.

  • 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:    
   The committee asks that completed forms for Our Lady of Lourdes census be returned to a committee member on either Saturday, Nov 10th or Sunday,   Nov 11th at church.    Members will be available to assist anyone who needs help.  If you, or another parishioner you know, are unable to attend Mass, please call Brenda Duffy (902-755-1312) and she will record your Census information over the phone.              
Parish Census meeting:
Nov 12th @ 6:30 pm
            in the Rectory

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

W/E  November 4th   $    50.00
Total  to  Date:   $3,110.30
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


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 17th  and  Nov 18th 

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  17th
Sunday  Nov  18th
Saturday  5:30 pm Sunday  9:00 am  Sunday  11:15 am

Extraordinary Ministers of

Holy Communion:

    Bev White
    Brian White
    Barb Jerrett

      Jack Fraser
         Marjorie Fraser
          Van MacLeod                 

Brenda Duffy
Neniette Fontaine
Kathleen Campbell



Roxanne Miner


Betsy Keay

Peggy Lamey



  Brett Stroud

John Gillis

Lisa Turner



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




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

  "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
Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter


Hunters Breakfasts
at Springville Church Hall
Each Saturday until December 8th, from 6:30-10:00.




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.



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


This is to remind and invite you to the Kick Off for our annual Christmas Kettle and Toy Drive Campaign on
November 16th   at 7:00 pm.

This event will be held at Highland Square Mall just inside the main entrance (by Tim Horton's).

We will have Christmas Carols performed by the Salvation Army - Westville Corps' brass band and special guest speakers in attendance.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us!

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)

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 


 Trinity United Church
Sunday       November 18th       3:00 pm
Flights of Fantasy organ recital:        “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks”
It will feature organist Dr. Sharon Pond of Fredericton playing our refurbished pipe organ
with our own , Karen Crowley, Director of Music
Freewill offering with the proceeds going to our Organ Fund.


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

    Winner of the Respect Life Calendar draw for November is
                         Shirley VanRyswyk                    




        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
Saturday    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!


Christ Anglican Church
Stellarton Fundraising Raffle
Win a 6 month Family Membership to the Pictou County YMCA        Tickets are $5/each
Draw Date:    Saturday    
December 15th
Tickets can be purchased at the

Christ Church Tea and Sale
November 24th         2-4pm
50 Bridge Ave. Stellarton 
or by contacting the ACPC office at 902-752-6422 or
The ideal Christmas Gift for that special family on your list!!


Christmas Carols at the Kirk
St. Andrew's Presbyterian, 105 Coleraine St., Pictou
Sunday    November 25th      @ 7:00 pm
This will be an evening of Scripture and music provided by all 5 Pictou Town Churches. The combined choirs will sing together for the finale. A reception will follow in the church hall. All are welcome.
A free will offering will be accepted to support the Pictou Co. Fuel Fund

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. 

 “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
      A Christmas Concert will be held in Our Lady of Fatima Church on Sunday   Dec. 9th  at 2 pm
The concert will feature the Regional Hospital Choir, Sacred Heart Choir, Gaelic Choir and Knights of Columbus Choir. Special performances by Fr. Patrick O’Neil, Cathy Butler, Mike Finigan, Mary Isabel MacDonald, and Jule Martell. The concert is under the direction of Shauna Dolan. There will also be an audience sing along. Tickets are $15.00 each and children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased from any of the choir members, the parish office, or by calling Linda - 902-562-2957.

"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


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

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is present in 130 countries around the world, and has approximately 1 million members.  The society aims to see Christ in anyone who suffers, to come together as a family, to have personal contact with the poor and to help in all possible ways.  Our Lady of Lourdes Society of St. Vincent de Paul services the Westside, New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville and surrounding county.  If you or anyone you know is in need of assistance,
please contact 902-759-1389 (Our Lady of Lourdes)
or 902-771-2766 (St John the Baptist)


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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

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Stella Maris:

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Words for the Week:      
Jesus invites us to celebrate with Him, to be close to Him, to change our lives. Let us pray together that the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.  We all want peace.     It is desired above all by those who suffer its absence. We can speak with splendid words, but if there is no peace in our heart, there will be no peace in the world
May the Lord help us understand the logic of the Gospel, that of mercy with bearing witness.
Liturgical Commission Newsletter
FALL 2018
Diocese of Antigonish
Diocesan Pastoral Centre

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P.O. Box 100 Sydney, NS B1P 6G9
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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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