Events, sacramental celebrations, Holy Days and other happenings are listed here by month.

Do you have an event to be included?
Please email updates or corrections to our Communications Officer. 


January 2019

18th - 25th

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Parishes/pastoral units throughout the diocese


Canadian Council of Churches


Jan. 22
7 pm

A Gift of the Other: lecture at CBU, Royal Bank Lecture Hall

Each person is a gift. Meeting and learning more about another person is a gift to ourselves and our communities.

The Gift of the Other: Radical Hospitality, Spiritual Practice and Community Transformation explores how meeting new people and embracing diversity offers new pathways for personal and professional knowledge. 

The lecture is takes place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Hosted by the Newman Society and CBU Chaplaincy, the lecture will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp, Rector of the Anglican Parish of Neil’s Harbour with Ingonish. 

All are welcome to attend this free event. Refreshments provided.


Fr. Doug MacDonald, Chaplain, CBU


Jan. 22
7:30 pm

Trouble and Complaint: lecture at St. FX, Schwartz 156

Trouble and Complaint: The Catholic Church and the
Mi’kmaq of eastern Nova Scotia

lecture by Dr. Peter Ludlow 

Dr. Ludlow is the president of the Canadian Catholic Historical
Association and an Adjunct Professor at St. FX. A reception will follow.

February 2019

Feb. 2

World Day for Consecrated Life

Please remember the religious in your parishes on this day.  

 Feb. 10, 2 pm

Come and See Weekend

Wellspring, St. FX

 For those interested in exploring the priesthood


Fr. Dan J.MacDonald, Director of Vocations


Feb. 11

World Day of the Sick

Theme for this year:

"You receive without payment; give without payment" (Mt 10:8)

See the message from Pope Francis, in English and French


March 2019

March 1

World Day of Prayer


6th - Wednesday 
Ash Wednesday

Lent begins


March 7

Day of Recollection

St. Joseph's, Port Hawklesbury

with Sheila O'Handley, Diocesan Hermit  

March 18-22

Anniversary 175 Youth Pilgrimage to Montreal

For High School Students, Grades 10-12

See Saint Joseph Oratory, Mount Royal Park, McGill University, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more


Youth Ministry

April 2019

April 4-6

He Thirsts for You


2019 National Conference on Evangelization and Catechesis

Hosted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel - Ottawa Airport.

Highlights include an opening play, He Thirsts for You, written and performed byCatholic playwright Elisa Lollino, as well as the following keynote speakers: the Most Reverend William McGrattan, Father Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., and Dr. Josephine Lombardi.

Registration and details: _form.pdf

Palm Sunday




Mass of Chrism

19th - 21st

Easter Triduum

19th - Good Friday
20th - Easter Vigil
21st Easter Sunday


May 2019

May 4th

New Evangelization Summit

to St. Theresa's,

This conference will motivate and inspire you to be bolder in your mission to evangelize.
Speakers include Cardinal Lacroix, Fr. James Mallon, and more

Register for your free tickets here:

or contact: Anne Stubbert

ph/text 1-902-574-4385



World Communications Day


May 19-24


Annual Priests Retreat with Rev. Bill Brennan, a priest from the Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick.  

May 30

Relic of Padre Pio 

St. Theresa's, Sydney

Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968), was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, and is venerated as a saint. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Pio) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Padre Pio became famous for the way he celebrated Mass, for his commitment to the Sacrament of Penance and for exhibiting stigmata, thereby sharing in the Passion of Christ. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1999 and canonized him in 2002.  
June 2019

5th - 7th

General Assembly of Priests

July 2019




August 2019


Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Divine Mercy Conference

Our Lady of Grace Monastery


Opening celebrant Bishop Brian Dunn

and Guest Speakers

Fr. Seraphim Michalenko
Divine Mercy Centre, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Fr. Wade Meneze
Fathers of Mercy Auburn, Kentucky

Fr. Tom Sullivan
Fathers of Mercy Auburn, Kentucky


 Our Lady of Grace Monastery

September 2019

Sept. 1-12

175th Anniversary Holy Land Pilgrimage

escorted by
Bishop Brian Dunn

 Experience 'the fifth Gospel' : see Nazareth and Jerusalem, sail the Sea of Galilee, and more.

See Anniversary175

or contact the Chancery Office:


Sept. 15

Closing Celebration for Anniversary 175

St. Ninian Cathedral


 Sept. 16

Feast Day of St. Ninian

Patron Saint of our Diocese  

 Sept. 20

Diaconate Ordination

 Please pray for our eight candidates as they complete their fourth year of study and discern their call to the Permanent Diaconate


October 2019








November 2019






December 2019

Dec. 1st
Advent begins

Dec. 1  First Sunday
Dec. 8 Second Sunday
Dec. 15 Third Sunday
Dec. 22 Fourth Sunday






Dec. 25th
The Birth of Our Lord