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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December 2nd, 2018
  First Sunday of Advent
Celebration of the Eucharist
    Pastor: Fr. Barrett Clare-Johnson
    ph 902-755-3688 (glebe)  1-902-304-2140 (cell)

                                                      ADVENT  MASS  SCHEDULE                      

Sat      Dec  1     5:30 pm  Members of the Morgan Family (deceased)                                            
Sun     Dec   2    9:00 am   Parishioners
                         11:15 am  John Cullen  (deceased)
Mon    Dec   3    9:00 am  Eleanor Cameron (deceased) 
(Memorial of St Francis Xavier)
Tues   Dec   4    6:00 pm   (Mass will be held in the church)                                                                              
Wed    Dec   5    9:00 am  Gena Dwyer (living)  followed by   Eucharistic Adoration until 10 am (each week)
Thurs  Dec   6    5:30 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation and 6:30 pm Mass
                                Fred Momberquette (deceased)                                                                          
 Fri      Dec   7    9:00 am  Alex & Betty Skoke (living)      
(Memorial of St Ambrose)                                                                            followed by First Friday Communion calls  
Sat     Dec   8  9:00 am  Rosary for Vocations to the Priesthood
                          Mass at 9:30 am  Theresa (Fitzgerald) Aoss (deceased)

                    (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 

                Please Note:  In the event of a funeral, weekday Mass will still be held
at its regular scheduled time



                   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


          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:                                                               

   :             Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8th) – A feast dedicated to Mary’s conception first appeared in the 7th century and by the 12th century, it was firmly established in England. In the 13th century, great thinkers such as St. Bernard and St. Thomas Aquinas debated whether Mary could have been born without original sin if, as St. Paul says, all persons are born in sin (Romans 5:12). By the 19th century, the theological debate was resolved and in 1854 Pius IX defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of faith. In 1846, the Catholic Church of the United States declared this to be its patronal feast (December 2018, Living with Christ, VOL. 24 NO 12, p. 164).


From the Pastor’s Desk:           Prayers for Advent

Preparing for Visitors to my Home –  They are coming!  Oh, dear Lord, like the Wise men wandering toward the stable, visitors are heading to my house.  I am so excited about this visit.  But I can get so side-tracked about how my house looks, or the food that I serve.  I can only keep this prayerful with your help.
Help me to stay humble this Advent and Christmas season.  You invite us into the humility of the stable where you were born.  Help me to remember that humbleness and the simple joy of your birth.  Let me stay focused on my guests, not on myself and my worries about my house.     Guide me in rejoicing in who these people are and in loving them freely.   Amen.

Praying Over my To-Do List –    I sit here with my list, Lord, and I know I need help finding a balance.  I am so looking forward to Christmas Day, with the family here, the company, the wonderful celebration.  But, Lord, there is  SO much to do!  When will it all get done?  How will I maintain my semblance of inner peace in this “peaceful” season?  I think, Lord, that I need some balance in my life.  I feel so torn between wanting to cook and fill my house with wonderful welcoming smells and wanting to finish decorating the house.  I have shopping to do, the house to clean and cards to write and mail and email.  When?  How?  Help me, guide me, Lord.  Help me to set priorities around doing those things that will bring me closer to you.  Maybe my house really is clean enough, or maybe I can ask my family for help.  Can the cards wait until a quiet afternoon after Christmas?  After all, the Church’s Christmas season does not end until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13th!  Can my house decorations be simpler?  Is there more than a little ego involved when I want so desperately to have my house “magazine perfect” for the holidays?  Help me rediscover the joy of simplicity, Lord.  Help me to remember what I am celebrating.  Help me to find it in my heart to call out, “Come, Lord Jesus.”    Amen.

“Taken from Praying Advent, on Creighton University's Online Ministries web site:







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:

Beginning the First Sunday of Advent (Dec. 2, 2018) and continuing through out the Advent Season we are happy to announce Children’s Liturgy will be happening here at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish at our 9 a.m. celebration of Eucharist.  This is an opportunity for our young people to engage in God’s Word, to reflect and explore the scriptures in an age appropriate manner.   Children will gather in the Church for the Introductory rites and the welcome then proceed to the glebe house with a Catechist to pray with the Scriptures.  They will be warmly welcomed back to the assembly during the offertory.  Please spread the word to parishioners with young children and invite them to attend.  We ask for your continued prayers for our catechists and the children for an openness to God’s Word to be lived out in our lives.

Coldest Night of the Year 2019
will be taking place on     Feb. 23rd 2019    in support of
Pictou County Roots for Youth
Please consider registering a team, joining a team, volunteering, or donating financially to support Roots' work among homeless youth in Pictou County. For more info visit or call Stacey Dlamini at (902) 695 3241.




Prayer Corner:    Please pray for Cecilia Greencorn,
Jaime Legresley, Ashley Legresley, Myla MacDonald,
 Patricia Jerrett, Vickie MacLeod, Mary Dyer, Herbert Henderson, Stephen Henderson Marjorie (Boudreau) Humphrey, Sarah Jane Boudreau, Ian McKeen, Alvera Pettipas, Joe MacLellan, Gilles Akuskas, Jacques Cormier, Wilhelmine Hasler and for all the sick

Sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Eddie MacArthur
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  25th, 2018

               Weekend  Collection Envelopes        $ 2,533.00
                                   E-transfers                     125.00
                                  Loose  Offerings               363.55
                                                   Other Receipts             563.25          
                     Total  Collection  Income     $  3,584.80
# of envelopes used:  118

Other Receipts
   Missals                      $    95.00
Hall Rental                    $  250.00

Xmas Flowers                 $    95.00
Votives & Literature        $     88.25
           Total  Other  Receipts       $ 563.25       
Cemetery Maintenance:   $5


Hospitality Office Team
New Job Title:

Hospitality Office Team members act as receptionists
for  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish supporting the Church’s mission to serve one another.
He or she will represent our parish to fellow members and to the public who visit our office Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.   This is a volunteer position.     

The Hospitality Office Team works in the parish office area of  the
                              Sister Catherine Steele Center

Overall Commitment:
The Hospitality Team member serves one day per week and works in conjunction
with three other Hospitality Team members.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Time Commitment:
One day per week (T, W, T or F)
     for four hours (10 am until 2 pm).  

                   Communication, some computer skills,
                    problem-solving ability,
dependability, patience
                     pleasant manner.                                                                                                                                                   
Diocesan protocol and training for this position will be provided.
                         If interested, please contact Fr. Barrett


Finance Committee: Membership

For more information please contact
The Finance Committee is looking for two replacements to fill the seats for Financial member and Fund Raiser member...
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 Parish Census Committee wishes to thank the Parish families who have completed their registration forms.  The committee would also like to thank the volunteers who assisted with the census forms prior to and after each Mass.
The Census Committee was established, by the Parish Pastoral Council, in September of this year and given a mandate of comprising a current, accurate and up to date parish registration list.  Phase 1 of this process was to develop a census form for our parish and to distribute the form to our parishioners.   On November 4th and 5th census forms were provided to our parish families who attended our Saturday and Sunday Masses.  The committee have collected most of the forms that were distributed and will follow up with those not yet returned to a committee member.  Phase 1 of the process is in the final stage of completion.
Phase 2 of the parish wide census is presently underway by the committee members. The committee is reviewing archived parish registration lists and parish boundaries.  The committee expect this phase will be completed in the Spring of 2019.
The committee then expects to transition into Phase 3 of the process which will be going into our church community and providing and completing census forms with our Catholic families who haven’t completed the form and would like to have their family added to our parish registry. This part of the process is expected to be labour intensive and a request will be asked of our parishioners to assist the committee members with these community visits.  Once the committee reaches this point in the process, a request for volunteers will be published in the church bulletin.  

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

Capital Projects Funds as of November 25th,2018   
 Total: $193,264.60
  Debits: -$93,088.58
  True Bank Balance: $100,176.02

Our parish is now offering - "In Memory Plates"-
to be attached to the church pews.
With a minimum donation of $300,
an engraved plate will be installed with a prayer intention,
the name of the person remembered and the donor's name (see samples
   below).   Details and order forms are available at the parish office.

sample:                                                        sample:
Donated In Memory of                                 Dedicated to Prayer for World Peace
Jane Smith by her loving family                         Catholic Women's League      
 For the prayer intention of                             of  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish




Chalice (Catholic Charity)
invites you to share the blessings of Christmas with
children in the developing world.
Our Christmas Gift Catalogue allows you to purchase a gift for someone in need in honor of a friend or a loved one.
A beautiful handwritten card will be sent to the recipient, telling them of the gift that is given. Please find the gift catalogues at the back of your church. 
 Any gift purchased through the catalogue will receive an official tax receipt.   
For more information, please call 1-800-776-6855 or visit


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: Dec 8th  and  Dec 9th 

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   Dec  8th
Sunday    Dec  9th
Saturday  5:30 pm Sunday  9:00 am  Sunday  11:15 am

Extraordinary Ministers of

Holy Communion:

   Bev White
Brian White
Barb Jerrett

         Betsy Keay
         Richard Keay
         Russell Oehmen    

    Maricel Day
    Darlene Taylor
    Jeanette McChesney



   Jim Bryden



     Pat Holly

       Frances Campbell



 Brett & Brady

   Stephanie Lowe

 Kyle / Jarid / Lexter


  The regular monthly meeting of the CWL will be held on Monday, December 10th,

at 6:30pm at the Plymouth Fire Hall. 

There will be a Turkey dinner,

cost  $15.00  and can be paid ahead by

dropping it in the collection

in an envelope marked  "CWL DINNER"

If anyone would like a drive, please call Bernadette at 902-755-3817


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


Advent and Christmas Gift Ideas
The Season of Advent begins on Sunday December 2, 2018
The Emmaus Book Store
invites you to stop by and view  our selection of Advent and Christmas items:

Advent Wreath Rings and Candles
Foam Advent Wreaths for children
Advent and Christmas devotional books
for adults, young people and families
Christmas Gift ideas and cards
Christmas books for children
and much more…
Drop by early for the best selection.

Diocesan Pastoral Centre
200 Churchill Drive,  Suite 103,  Membertou, NS
902-539-6188 ext 224 or 1-800-656-5311 ext 224


Viola's Place Society had a board meeting on Tuesday, Nov 20th, and we would like to inform PCCC that "Coats for Kids" will now be run out of a space in our shelter at 189 Marsh St. New Glasgow. We have coats and scarfs, mitts, socks for adult men and women also. If anyone is in need they can call the shelter 752-0550 And leave a message, email: or in an emergency tel. Tammy MacLaren 902-759-0005 and she I'll be happy to assist.


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


Two positions available -
Part-time contract Diocesan Youth Minister, Inverness Deanery;
Part-time contract Diocesan Youth Minister, Antigonish / Guysborough / StFX Deanery and Pictou Deanery
We are looking to hire Diocesan Youth Ministers to build youth ministry. Ideally, you are available to start a six month contract in January 2019. Email your resume to Contact Cathy Walsh, Youth Ministry Coordinator, for more information.
Cathy Walsh
Youth Ministry Coordinator


This is to remind all you folks that enjoyed the
Christmas Puddings
the First United Church Men’s Club made last year, they will be available again this year in December.  The cost of the puddings are the same as last year $10 each.  If you wish to order a pudding or puddings just call Len Eaton at 902-752-1154.  He will be more than pleased to take your order.  Just a head’s up – some folks have already placed their order for this year – so don’t miss out.  Just phone 902-752-1154

Join Us As CAiRN -Communities Assisting Refugees Now and
Pictou United Church Welcome our Newest Syrian Families.
All are invited to join together in a Vegetarian Potluck as
we celebrate the recent arrival of the Aldnaefat &  Abu Kharoub Families.

Sunday     December 2nd        @ 4pm
Pictou United Church Hall
47 James St- Pictou

Let us extend our welcome and our friendship.
If you are able please bring a vegetarian food item to share.
Rev. Mary-Beth Moriarity
Pictou United Church
47 James Street, PO Box 995, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Office 902 485-8081 Fax 902-485-8081

Eat, Drink and Share:
An Advent Bible Study for the Hungry Heart

For the next three (3) Wednesdays –
Dec 5th     Dec 12th      &      Dec 19th
you are invited to gather at The Thistle Bar and Grill, New Glasgow for a time to socialize and share your thoughts on the gospel readings for the four Sundays of Advent.
         Come for Food at 6 pm with Bible Study at
7 pm
         Come for just the Bible Study at 7 pm
         Come –  the Anglican Parish of St. George,
New Glasgow
welcomes you to join us.
All are welcome.
Rev Falen McNulty

‘Songs For the Season of Love’ – A CD Release Concert
December 9th     at 3:00pm
Pictou United Church
47 James St. Pictou
Join Rose Johnston and Friends for an afternoon of uplifting music.
Tickets $15 at the door or pay as you are able

Candlelight Service

Sunday      December 9th        7 pm

St Johns Presbyterian Church
McLennans Mountain

The Mountain Men Choir, and favorite carols by local artists.

Enjoy the candles and the old church decorated as it was in the 1800,s for Christmas

Refreshments to follow

"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.

Christmas  Concert 

Come and gather as we prepare and
anticipate the Christmas Season

Sunday   December 16th     at  2 pm

in  Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Enjoy performances by:   Sarah English--Hayly MacGregor--

Ray Stewart--Jeannie Cameron-- Leah and Robert MacPherson--Sheila Aucoin----
            and more                                                                 
Cider & Sweets hosted by
CWL immediately
following the Concert
at the Sister Catherine Steele Center

Admission  $10 per person    $20 per family

Advanced tickets available after the weekend Masses----at Medical Hall Pharmacy and Skoke Hair Stylist
(both on Foord St, Stellarton)



      WHEN:            December 17, 2018 - December 20, 2018
  Second United Baptist Church
                                                    330 Washington Street
                                                                     New Glasgow, NS
12.10 pm - 12.30 pm

              MONDAY:                  " Inner Voice"
TUESDAY:                    "The Alcorns"
WEDNESDAY:            "Lloyd MacLean & Friends"
THURSDAY:                   "Second United Baptist Choir"
Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome, come bring a friend to enjoy the music, relaxation and fellowship during this special season.


You are invited to join together at
St. Paul United Church,Westville
on for a Longest Night Service---

 Friday        December 21st     at 7 pm
a worship service for those who have heaviness in their heart
this Christmas.
Christmas is a time of joy and celebration and for many Christmas also carries undertones of grief, loss, and sorrow.
The Longest Night service recognizes those voices as well.
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may also be a time that has continued to be difficult.
Come and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone regardless of church background (or lack thereof) is welcome.     
Rev. Dr. Mary Taylor


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   

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)


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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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.


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:         

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Holy Name:

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Thank you to our Sponsors!
             Their annual contributions make this bulletin and other essential parish work possible  

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Benefits and HR Consulting
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To contact us: 902-752-4822
Words for the Week:      
Let us ask the Lord for the grace of being generous, so that our hearts may be opened and we may become kinder. This week the Church invites us to ask ourselves: what state do I want the Lord to find me in when He calls? We cannot truly follow Jesus when we are weighed down by things, because if the heart is crowded with other goods, there will be no room for the Lord, who will become just one thing among others. Faced with the tragedies of life, we are called to look to the horizon, because we have been redeemed and the Lord will come to save us.
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.

-------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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