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"When we celebrate the Eucharist,

we not only attend an event but we are drawn into the great mystery of love

that Jesus revealed when he died for us because of his love.

To draw us more deeply into this mystery, this Year of the Eucharist

invites each of us to a deeper experience of encounter with Christ."


Read the letter from Archbishop Brian Dunn:




*** Postponed ***
Diocesan Eucharistic Congress
scheduled for June 12-14, 2020
has been postponed due to Covid-19 protocols
Further information will be available soon.

New on our YouTube Channel:

Creating a Prayer Space

A prayer space in our home is an oasis for mind and body, reminding us of the presence of the Lord.
This video shows how prayer spaces can be created in a variety of ways in even the smallest and busiest of homes.
An ideal project as we celebrate Holy Week in our hearts and homes this year.




Now Available!


Holy Hour for Lent (Click to download)


Download the resource package 

A 90-minute discussion and reflection 
Featuring the video:



Holy Hour for Ordinary Time (Click to download)



A 90-minute discussion and reflection 

Download the resource package 




Add this to your next movie night! 

Now available for loan at the Emmaus Bookstores:

Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast (1987) is popularly regarded as a "food movie." After seeing the movie for the first time, viewers flocked to restaurants around the country to experience first-hand the delicious feast they had watched being devoured on screen. Today, viewers will probably have to prepare their own feasts, but the recipes are still readily available. The film, however, is about a great deal more than the pleasures of eating. It is about the discovery of meaning.

The story is a simple one: In a village on the remote Jutland peninsula in late nineteenth-century Denmark, two maiden sisters, Martine and Philippa, preside over a small Lutheran pious sect that their father had founded as a young man. Although the minister has long been dead, a dwindling number of disciples continue to meet at his house to read and interpret the Word. Martine and Philippa now want to celebrate what would have been their long-deceased father's hundredth birthday at a simple supper for his remaining disciples. However, their servant, Babette Hersant, a refugee from the French Civil War, asks to prepare a real French dinner for the celebration, and to pay for it herself from the ten thousand francs she has recently won in a lottery. The sisters reluctantly agree, and Babette prepares a feast that brings about a transformation in the chef and feasters alike. 
Summary by Wanda Avila
 Commentary on Babette's Feast by Bishop Robert Barron

Available from the lending libraries of the Emmaus Bookstores:
Diocesan Pastoral Centre
200 Churchill Drive, Suite 103, Membertou, NS 
902-539-6188 ext 224 or 1-800-656-5311 ext 224

Sr. Catherine Steele Centre
112 North Foord Street, Stellarton, NS 902-752-4822



Our Cross is on the Move!
A beautiful wooden cross made for our Eucharistic celebrations was blessed Nov. 30
at St. Joseph, Port Hawkesbury, and is touring the diocese with the 175th Anniversary quilt.
Inverness/Richmond Deanery:
Dec. 6 - 13 - Cheticamp / Margaree
Dec. 13 - 20 Inverness / Mabou
Dec. 20 - 27 Port Hood
Dec. 27 - Jan. 3 - Louisdale
Jan. 3 - Jan. 10 - Saint Peters
Jan. 10 - Jan. 17 – Port Hawkesbury/ Waycobah

Pictou Deanery:
Jan. 17-24 - Our Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton
Jan. 24 - 31 - Holy Name, Westville
Jan. 31 - Feb. 7 - Stella Maris, Pictou
(Feb. 2-3 - St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish)
Feb. 7-14 - St. John the Baptist, New Glasgow
Feb. 14-21 - Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pictou Landing
Antigonish/Guysborough/St. FX Deanery:
Feb. 21-Apr. 3

Feb. 21 - R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home
Feb. 22-23 - St. Margaret of Scotland, Arisaig
Feb. 24-25 - St. FX Chapel
Feb. 26-28 - St. Ninian Cathedral
Feb. 29 - St. Peter, Larry's River
Mar. 1 - St. Ann, Guysborough
Mar. 2 - St. Peter, Larry's River
Mar. 3 - St. Patrick, Lochaber
Mar. 5 - St. Thomas, Salmon River
Mar. 6 - Star of the Sea, Canso 
March 13-14 - St. Peter, Tracadie
March 14-15  - St. Paul, Havre Boucher
March 15 - St. Francis, St. Francis Harbour and St. Lawrence, Mulgrave
March 16-18 – Our Lady of Grace Monastery
March 21 – Ste Croix, Pomquet
March 22 – St. Andrew, St. Andrews and Immaculate Conception, Heatherton
March 23 - Paqtnkek First Nation
Mar. 28-29 - St Joseph, Antigonish County
Mar. 30 - St Martha's Hospital, Antigonish
Mar. 31-Apr. 1 - Shannex for the Sisters of St Martha                        

Glace Bay/New Waterford, Northside/Victoria, and Sydney deaneries:
Apr 3 - June 14

For scheduling inquiries:
contact Deacon Berkley Guthro 




















Prayer Cards
are now available from the Emmaus Centres and Chancery Office. 


Holy Hour for Advent resource booklet
Get your copy here.

2020 Calendars 
Featuring scenes of the Holy Land and reflections on Eucharist
Calendars are available through the Emmaus Centres and Chancery Office.


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A 90-minute discussion and reflection for parish, ministry and small group use:
"wherever two or three are gathered ..."

Featuring the video:
“Bishop Robert Barron on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist”  

Download the resource package and YouTube video link,
or contact the Emmaus Centres in Sydney or Pictou deanery,
or email Jennifer Hatt for a DVD and print package. 

Watch for our PAUSE for Ordinary Time in January 2020
and PAUSE for Lent in February 2020


Watch now:
“Bishop Robert Barron on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist” 




Mount of Temptations, 175th Anniversary Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

(Matthew 4:1-4)




"Lent can be seen as a somber and serious season but Lent can also be associated with joy.
What a refreshing Lent it would be if we would give up our early morning or nighttime grumpiness,
our irritability and make Lent a journey of joy."

Read Bishop Kirkpatrick's Lenten Letter:




Lenten Litany: messages every second day on our Facebook page and MyParish App.
Download the Lenten Litany text.


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This year, Development and Peace — Caritas Canada is encouraging us to
support all those in the Amazon and the Global South who are caring for
God’s creation. Learn more, and download resources for your family and parish:



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Holy Hour for Lent (download here)


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A 90-minute reflection and discussion for parish or small group use,
in preparation for our diocesan Eucharistic Congress on June 12-14, 2020
In Membertou NS

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For Families:



Stations of the Cross for Children

Adult Faith








Diocese of Antigonish
Confirmation Schedule for 2020
(as of March 9th, 2020

Please review the Date, Time and selected Church location for your celeberation.
For changes or requests, please contact Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick at chancery.ant@ns.sympatico.ca 

New:   Bishop Kirkpatrick is not expecting letters from those being confirmed.   If the Pastor wishes to send letters to Bishop Kirkpatrick they will be reviewed; it is not an expectation

Scripture proclamations at Confirmation celebrations are to be Penecost readings; unless the celebration occurs at a Sunday Litury where the scripture passages of the Sunday mass are to be proclaimed.

APRIL 2020
Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 pm     St. Leonard Parish, New Waterford   Rev. Ray Huntley
MAY 2020
Monday, May 4th, 7:00 pm     Pictou Deanery
(to be held at St. John the Baptist)

  Rev. Peter MacDonald
Rev. Tom MacNeil
Rev Barret Clare-Johnson

Tuesday, May 12th, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 13th, 7:00 pm


Holy Family
Sydney Mines

Our Lady of Fatima
St. Marguarite of Bourgeoys
St. Anne, Membertou
(to be held at Our Lady of Fatima)


Rev. Jim Oliver

Rev. Patrick O'Neil
Rev. Bill Burke

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 20th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 31st, 11:00 am
    Glace Bay Grouping
(to be held at St. Joseph)

St. Peter
Port Hood

Stella Maris
  Rev. Daniel Boudreau
Rev. Norman MacPhee
Rev. Duaine Devereaux

Rev. Vincent Van Zutphen

Rev. Evo Dipierro
JUNE 2020
Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 9th, 7:00 pm


St. Mary
East Bay

Immaculate Conception, Heatherton
St. Andrew, St. Andrews
Ste. Croix, Pomquet
(to be held at Immaculate Conception,

               OCTOBER 2020

Mary Queen of the World

Rev. Anthony O'Connor

Rev. Andrew Gillies

Rev, Vargheese
Sunday, November 22nd, 10:00 am

Sunday, November 29th, 10:30 am
    St. Joseph
Port Hawkesbury

St. Ninian Cathedral
  Rev. Conrad Edwards

Rev. Donald MacGillivray





Confirmation candidates from Holy Family, Sydney Mines, pack orders for the local food bank. 


Looking to build your resume and scholarship applications?  Need some volunteer experiences?
Contact Diocese of Antigonish Youth  and see how you can get involved.



March Break Day Camps 2019!

Thank you to our Youth Ministry Team, youth leaders and participants
who shared in the Parable of the Lost Sheep and found their way to a faith-filled experience.









































You Give Them Something to Eat is a 70-page text that can be used by dioceses, eparchies, parishes, youth groups and organizations to assist in reflections on youth ministry, to identify strengths and weaknesses in current approaches, and to build an outreach ministry that meets the needs of young people. The publication is available for free download from CCCB publications and includes a preface by Bishop Brian Dunn.
Click on the image for details and the link to download.



Get caught up with what’s going on in our diocese, and awesome Catholic content, Photos, Videos, Articles and more:

us on Facebook at Diocese of Antigonish Youth 
us on Instagram @DioceseofAntigonishyouth


Stay tuned for photos, and announcements of upcoming activities. 

Cathy Walsh
Youth Ministry Coordinator
ph (902) 863-3335



Marriage Preparation

The Marriage Preparation course was suspended
due to CONVID-19 Watch this space for future courses.
Jeff & Jacqueline De LeeBeeck at:  marriageprep@antigonishdiocese.com
For Registration for the next Course: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/marriage-preparation-course-diocese-of-antigonish-tickets-90509270665

Pre-Marriage Programs: Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia
Family Service Office in Glace Bay
9 Minto Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, B1A 5B2

Participants must call (902) 849-4772 to pre-register