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+ 2013 - 2014 Liturgical Calendar
Sundays - Year A
Weekdays - Cycle II

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Join us at St. Ninian Cathedral on Good Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. for At the Foot of the Cross, a reflection on Our Lord's Passion in words, silence and music.

Good Friday Presentation at St. Joseph Church, Little Bras d'Or
For the 7th year we will present "The Prophet" which
follows the life of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Resurrection.
This year we have a few new scenes and some new music as well.
The presentation begins at 8:00 P.M. on Good Friday, (April 18th) at St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Not to be missed performance!

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission is sponsoring a teleconference on Saturday, May 24th, 10:00am — 1:00pm. We ask participants to gather by 9:30 for introductions (an overview of the workshop, overview of the day). The teleconference will be offered at three sites: Marconi Campus NSCC, Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Strait Area Campus NSCC, 226 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury and Stellarton Campus NSCC, 39 Birch Street, Stellarton.
The topic is HOSPITALITY and will include the biblical roots, pastoral and practical implications for parishes and ministries and Q & A sessions.
Facilitators for this event will be:
  • Bishop Brian Dunn,
  • Fr. Bill Burke,
  • Sr. Jovita MacPherson, csm and
  • Fr. Conrad Edwards.
Registration is required by May 16th.
Register at the Liturgy Office 902-539-6188, ext. 237 or pat@dioceseofantigonish.ca.
Cost is $10.00 per person. Tea, coffee & snack will be provided. There will be one short break over the noon hour.
This teleconference is of interest to all ministers including the assembly. Everyone is welcome!
For more information: Click here

Spaghetti and Meatball Supper: St. Stephen Community Hall — Friday, May 2, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Eat in or take out. Price $8.00. Sweets included for all orders - Tea available in the hall only. Proceeds to go to St. Stephen Cemetery. For tickets please contact Iris 544-0745 or Brian 736-3217.

Good Friday Presentation: For the 7th year we will present "The Prophet" which follows the life of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Resurrection. This year we have a few new scenes and some new music as well. The presentation begins at 8:00 P.M. on Good Friday, (April 18th) at St. Joseph Church, Bras d'Or. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Not to be missed performance!

FIRE OF LOVE PRAYER COMMUNITY presents Life in the Spirit Seminars, beginning April 7 at St. Joseph Parish, Little Bras d'Or, at 7 PM. Contact John (902-578-4594) for further info. If you have been longing for a deeper relationship with God and a supportive community, then the Life in the Spirit Seminars will help you know yourself, your faith, and Jesus in a richer and more meaningful way. There is no cost to this and everyone is welcome. We have people of all ages-from teenagers to middle-aged to seniors.

Thursday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. Schwartz Auditorium, St. FX - An evening of storytelling and music featuring authors Len “P.D.” MacDonald, Frank MacDonald and Phil Milner. Tickets are $20.00 available at Brendan’s Fairways, Brosha’s Short Stoppe and Tall and Small Café. All Proceeds go to the community hot meal program of St. James United Church.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the hot meal program you can do so by contacting St. James United Church at 863-2001.Cst. Michael McKenna Community Policing Officer Antigonish District Detachment RCMP P: (902) 863-6500 F: (902) 863-5570

Marriage Preparation Courses for the Antigonish area are scheduled for March 22 and October 18, 2014. Pre-registration is required.
These are one day courses (full course)
Approximate times: Saturday: 8:45 am to 4 pm,
Registration: $70.00 per couple (due on the morning of the course)
Pre register by calling 863 5987 (ask for Brian) or email barkhouse@eastlink.ca

HISTORIC SCOTLAND  King Robert the Bruce 700 2014 tour. Celebrations  1314 Saint Mary Mac Killop  Homeland
Bonnie Prince Charlie 1745; Glen Finnan Gathering: All Inclusive - $3000.00 Plus Tax. August 9-23/2014. For more Information contact:
Mary Campbell, Co-ordinator 1-902-945-2522 or 1-902-258-7088

MAY 23 TO MAY 25
See Poster

The Holy Redeemer CWL invites you all to join their facebook page www.facebook.com/holyredeemercwl
Melanie Sampson

Vatican Unveils Year for Consecrated Life Plans

Mark your Calendars Now

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Confirmation Workshop

St. Joseph Church Hall, Port Hawkesbury

For More Details on the Workshop see: "Poster"

Are you hungry for delectable desserts or spiritual growth? Why not have both? The Alpha Course is spreading around the world and it is coming to Margaree. Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than this? Click here to find out more about the Alpha Course!

Grief Support
An 8 week grief support program is being offered to help people walk through the grief process as they encounter a most difficult and painful yet normal experience.
NEXT GROUP: BEGINNING Monday, March 17th to Monday May 12th,2014
7:00 to 9:00pm. ST. NINIAN PLACE No Fee
To Register contact facilitators:
Gladys MacDougall ph: 863-1375
or Florance Landry 863-1347
All are warmly welcome

Our Lady of Fatima CWL Annual Tulip Luncheon & Card Party
Our Lady of Fatima CWL Ladies are busy making plans for their Annual Tulip Luncheon & Card Party which will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person. It will be a wonderful day to see friends, enjoy a lovely lunch and play cards (came of your choice) and win great prizes. Anyone wishing to reserve a table please contact Carmel MacDonald at 562-4762 or Casey Parago at 562-1936.


The Women of Peace and Hope would like to thank everyone who supported us in our recent fundraiser in December, 2013. A donation of $4,000.00 was given to Hospice Palliative Care

St. Marys Polish Parish is hosting six Saturday-afternoon sessions (2-4 p.m.) beginning on March 29. Edyta Baczyk, experienced language instructor, will lead the sessions. The sessions will be at the church in the downstairs hall (Wesley St. at Victoria Rd., Whitney Pier). The total cost to register is $30. Everyone is welcome, but enrollment is limited. No capacity with the Polish language is required.
The registration form can also be found on the parish website (www.stmaryspolishparish.ca). The completed form can be sent to the address indicated or given to Shauna McKay (samckay@ns.sympatico.ca). If you wish to discuss the program, please call (902) 563-1226.

March 22nd & 23rd, 2014,
May 3rd & 4th, 2014,
and June 14th & 15th, 2014.
All Programs are held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney River. Pre-registration is required. Please phone (9021 849-4772 to register. Cost of the program is $75 per couple.

Follow-up Letter From Most Rev. Brian Dunn concerning the Diocesan Renewal Congress



is available on-line in various formats:
In Word Doc format: Click here
In pdf format: click here
Posted: Sept. 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The Emmaus Centre  Diocesan Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
The Emmaus Centre staff provides resources and support to all those working in faith formation with young people as well as adults. Our DVD collection and resource materials can be taken out on loan; many of the titles can be of support to parents as they help their young people learn about their faith. We also have a gift shop where you can purchase religious items, gifts, books, cards and DVDs.
We are located in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 47 Convent Street, Sydney Mines. You can reach us at 539-6188 ext 224 or 226 or on line at www.emmauscentre.ca

  ATV Marriage Preparation in Margaree
Come to the ATV 4x4 Marriage Preparation Course ? RAIN or SHINE
Sat. May 24th, 2014? 9 am - 7 pm - St Michael's, 1181 East Margaree Rd, Margaree, CB.
Only for couples with an ATV, must bring your ATV with you, ATV`s are not provided. Couples without ATV`s are invited to take part in the marriage courses in Sydney & Antigonish.
Fee - $70. per couple (includes lunch & supper) = Cheques are made out to St. Michael`s Parish. To register, please call Audrey LeBlanc 235-2744 or youth@mfocc.ca
To view complete schedule: click here
  St. Francis Xavier University offers distance education courses for adults seeking faith formation for personal and professional development: Diploma in Ministry; Certificate in Lay Ministry; Certificate in Spirituality; and the award-winning Diploma in Intellectual Disability Studies. For information please contact Continuing & Distance Education, StFX University, toll free 1-877-867-5562, diplomainministry@stfx.ca;

The Antigonish Diocesan Society financially supports Seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Antigonish. The Antigonish Diocesan Society was started in Sydney on February 12, 1942 by the clergy and Catholic laymen from Cape Breton with a $50.00 contribution from the Board members and a $26.00 first donation from St. Andrews Parish, Antigonish County.
By 1960, financial assistance to 150 young men amounted to over $180,000.00 and 97 of them have been ordained up to that time. At present, the Diocese has three seminarians studying for the priesthood. Jordan MacKinnon is in his first year at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario; and Joseph MacKenzie is in his first year at Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
Bishop William E. Power Trust Foundation
The late Bishop William E. Power of the Diocese of Antigonish recognized the importance of the laity in strengthening Christian faith in today’s modern world. Inspired by the goals of Vatican II, Bishop Power saw the need to prepare the laity to bring their Christian faith to their homes, workplaces and cultural lives. After his death in 2003, his work to support and develop the laity is continuing through the Bishop William E. Power family charitable foundation.
The ministry of laity and the related support for lay education and formation are major signs of change in our Church. In response, a small group of Catholics came together to form the St. Thomas More Society to assist in funding lay Catholics in the diocese with formation and education programs, events and projects. We now welcome applications from lay Catholics of the diocese who wish to pursue pastoral, theological and ministerial formation and education programs or events. Application forms or any further information can be obtained by emailing liturgy@dioceseofantigonish.ca.

We also appeal to interested Catholics for donations to help us achieve our goal. We are an independent and free standing Society incorporated by the Province of Nova Scotia and approved with charitable status by Revenue Canada. We issue tax receipts for donations which can be sent to Leonarda MacNeil, 36 MacIsaac Road, Antigonish, NS B2G 2J9
For More Information: Click here


The Community Homeless Shelter at 32 Margaret St. Sydney, provides safe emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness. A referral service for females requiring emergency shelter is also provided. We Offer Emergency shelter, light meals, shower and laundry facilities, in-house support services, addictions counseling and referral services. There is also an outreach department for those who need help with community integration.
Hours of Operation: Winter Months (Oct.-Apr.) 6:00 pm to 10:00 am Summer Months (May to Sept) 8:00 pm to 8:00 am Phone: (902)- 564-9487 or (902) 565-9187 Other: (902) 539-0025 Cape Breton Community Housing Association Outreach Worker, Curtis Sampson 564-9487

Community Homeless Shelter
32 Margaret Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 2W8
Phone: (902) 564-9487
Other: (902) 539-0025

The Community Homeless Shelter provides safe emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness. A referral service for females requiring emergency shelter is also provided.

Services Offered:
• Emergency shelter
• Light meals
• Shower and laundry facilities
• In-house support services
• Addictions counseling
• Referral services


Hours of Operation:

Winter Months (October-April)
6:00 pm to 10:00 am

Summer Months (May-September)
8:00 pm to 8:00 am


AL-ANON. If your life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking, AL-ANON may be able to help. Contact phone number is 564-5188 or contact freewebs.com/alanonmaritimes. 

Marian Pilgrimage
11 May to 25 May 2014
Fatima Italy Dubrovnik and Medjugore
$4500.00 all inclusive
For info please contact tom lamey 830-5010 or tlamey@gmail.com

(Apr 26-May 5) Pilgrimage to MEDJUGORJE: Cost is $2720 and includes return airfare from Moncton/Halifax, airport taxes, security, fuel surcharges, transfers, accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, and the services of a professional local guide. Info: Hector & Cicile Caissie (506) 857-2295 or hectorcaissie@hotmail.ca


(26 avr-5 mai) Phlerinage ` MEDJUGORJE: Le prix de 2720$ comprend le billet aller-retour ` partir de Moncton ou Halifax, les taxes d'airoports, la sicuriti, les surcharges de carburant, les transferts, l'hibergement, le petit dijeuner et dnner chaque jour, et les services d'un guide professionnel local. Info: Hector & Cicile Caissie (506) 857-2295 ou hectorcaissie@hotmail.ca 

Pilgrimage to Knock, Ireland-Fatima, Portugal May 15-26th, 2014
Marion Carroll, who was cured at Knock will be traveling with the group.
Contact Robert Campbell at (902) 566-5904 or email him at campy.2849@gmail.com

Apr 24-May 3 ($3665): Pilgrimage to Shrines of ITALY & ROME for the Canonization of Blessed John Paul II. Cost includes return airfare from Maritimes, airport taxes, security, fuel surcharges, travel by deluxe motor coach, superior hotel accommodation, two meals/day, professional guides, all entrance fees. Info: Marie Desjardins (207) 868-5027 or bubblepink49@hotmail.com

24 avr-3 mai (3665$): Phlerinage ` ROME pour la canonisation du bienheureux Jean-Paul II et les sanctuaires de l'ITALIE. Le co{t comprend les billets aller-retour ` partir des Maritimes, les taxes d'airoports, la sicuriti, les surcharges de carburant, voyage en autocar de luxe, hibergement en httel de catigorie supirieure, deux repas/jour, guides professionnels, les frais d'entrie. Info: Marie Desjardins au (207) 868-5027 ou bubblepink49@hotmail.com


Witnessing the Canonization of Saint Kateri by Erica Stevens, a 19 year old St. Mary University Student from Eskasoni, NS.

Also from Salt and Light:

8pm & 12am ET / 5pm & 9pm PT
Our Lady of Fatima Parish has an ongoing project in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to provide an education for girls who are at a disadvantage . The school welcomes young girls and provides for them a safe environment and an ongoing education to provide an opportunity for employment and protect them from exploitation. The project has now entered a new phase building houses for homeless families in Tegucigalpa allowing them to raise their children in a home and making it possible for them to find employment and educate the children. Anyone wishing to contribute to this project can contact the committee through the Office at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

LIVING WITH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: for those who have had a diagnosis of cancer, their families and caregivers meets at the Canadian Cancer society Office at 329 George St. For more information call the office at 562-8463.
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PALLIATIVE CARE VOLUNTEERS: are needed in the Sydney, Glace Bay, North Sydney and New Waterford areas. If you are kind, compassionate, empathetic and have some extra time on your hands please phone Lisa Hynes, Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator for the Cape Breton Healthcare Complex at 567-8160 for more information. Back to Top 


HAVE A FEW HOURS TO SPARE? Volunteers are needed for the Meal Assistance/Feeder Programs at the CB Regional Hospital & Northside General Hospital. Volunteers will assist with or feed meals to patients daily. For more info on this program, contact Volunteer Services at the hospital. Back to Top


ARE YOU A SENIOR LIVING ALONE ? Would you enjoy a regular telephone chat from a friendly, safe VON Volunteer? Do you know a senior who lives alone and would benefit from a regular call? If you said yes to either of these questions, VON Cape Breton has the answer, our new telephone-visiting program. Our volunteers are compassionate, well trained and police record screened. Signing up is easy, just phone Cheryl MacQuarrie at 564-0736. Back to Top

Industrial Cape Breton Area"Pre-Marriage Programs"

From the Office of the Bishop

  • Most Rev. Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, has issued a series of measures to insure responsible ministry procedures are followed throughout our Diocese:

Protocol for Responsible Ministry

Un protocole pour un Ministčre responsable

 Information for those concerned about sexual abuse by clergy or employees of the Diocese


 New Parishes for Our Diocese: On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 Bishop Dunn announced the names for the two new parishes being created next month. The new parish in Sydney (created from the present parishes of Immaculate Heart, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony Daniel and St. Joseph) will become Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish. In Sydney Mines the new parish will be named Holy Family Parish (bringing together the former parishes of Immaculate Conception, St. Pius X and St. Stephen).
Creating these new parishes is the result of the ongoing Diocesan Pastoral Planning process, the submission of proposed parish names by parishioners in the affected parishes, and consultation by with the Council of Priests. These new parishes will be formally named this coming June.
Bishop Dunn also announced that Fr. Bill Burke, who is returning to the diocese after his work with the National Office for Liturgy at the CCCB in Ottawa, will become the first pastor of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Sydney.

Web Site For The Sale of Diocesan Properties:
The Diocese of Antigonish is in the process of selling properties throughout the Diocese.
This process is being undertaken as part of the Diocese commitment under the Class Action Legal Settlement Agreement.
The properties that have been approved for sale, to date, are diverse in both location and property type. In some instances the properties include buildings and in other situations it is land only.
The properties are being listed with local realtors in different areas and a web site has been developed which will direct you to a realtor who has listed the property/properties in which you may be interested:

Church Property Sales

Catholic Church Takes Important Steps For The Future
Bishop Dunn Creates Two New Parishes


From the Office of the Bishop:

Appointments for the Diocese of Antigonish

Most Reverend Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, announces the changes in pastoral appointments, which will become effective on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, unless otherwise specified. (Posted Sunday, June 09, 2013)

From the Office of the Bishop:
Pastoral Plans Announced for


Our Story: From Brokenness to Wholeness (A response to clergy sex abuse): We welcome you to an evening of presentation and discussion on this important topic. In an atmosphere of courageous and respectful listening we will explore our story, humbly seeking truth and transparency. This is open to all who have been abused in our church and all who have been affected in any way by these traumatic events.
The following sessions were held:
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
+ New Waterford/Glace Bay Deanery: Monday, Dec 9 Basement of former St. Leos Church, Glace Bay
+ Sydney Deanery; Tuesday, Dec. 10, Sydney, Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River
+ Northside/Victoria Deanery: Wednesday, Dec 11, St. Josephs Church basement hall, Pierce St., North Sydney
+ Pictou Deanery: Monday, Nov. 25, Sr. Catherine Steele Centre, Stellarton (12 St. Bernard Street)
+ Antigonish/Guysborough Deanery: Tuesday, Nov. 26, St. Ninian Place, Antigonish
+ Richmond Deanery: Wednesday, Nov. 27, Riverdale Community Centre, Lower River Inhabitants (Ground Floor/Front-Side Entrance)
+ Inverness Deanery: Thursday, Nov. 28, St. Joseph Renewal Center, Mabou


Latest Update from the Financial and Legal Advisory Committee in English and French (Jan. 2012):

Financial and Legal Advisory Committee Update


Financial and Legal Advisory Committee (FLAC) Update - Posted: Jan 24, 2011

Financial and Legal Advisory Committee (FLAC) Update (en français) - Posted: Feb. 02, 2011

Previous Updates:

- Update of the Financial and Legal Advisory Committee (FLAC) (posted Dec. 11, 2010)

- Update of the Financial and Legal Advisory Committee dated: Aug. 16,