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NEWSLETTER (Issue 6) - 2016

This Month in the Diocese, is an eNewsletter published for the information of all in the Diocese. To read the latest issue ........ go here

Saturday – To be announced for 2016

St. Ninian Place, 121 St. Ninian Street, Antigonish
The cost is $70/couple
To register contact: Brian Barkhouse, 902-863-5987 or email
For more info visit


Below are the dates for the 2016 Pre Marriage Programs, which are held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall, and offered by Family Service.

February 20st & 21nd, 2016,
April 30th & May 1st, 2016, and
June 25th, & 26th, 2016

The fee this year is $100 per couple. Pre-registration is required by contacting Tasia Boucher at (902) 849-4772.

Tasia Boucher
EAP Coordinator/Pre-Marriage Programming
Family Service of Eastern NS
(902) 849-4772 (Telephone)
(902) 849-0213 (Facsimile)


Sunday, January 31st – Bishop Brian Dunn with Vocation Committee
Sunday, February 7th - Fr. Jim Oliver and Confirmation Candidates of Holy Family Sydney Mines with Parish Choir
Sunday, February 14th – Fr. Patrick O'Neill and Cursillo Group with Choir
Sunday, February 21st - Fr. Bill Burke and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish and Choir
Sunday, February 28th – Fr. Bedford Doucette and Deacons with Choir

All bookings require tapings on the Tuesday before except February 28th with is LIVE

Mass for Shut-Ins has provided faithful service for 52 years to those unable to attend local parish masses. Mass for Shut-Ins is able to reach out to the Atlantic Provinces, across Canada and beyond for those with satellite television access. Many Shut-Ins rely on this weekend Mass for their spiritual growth and it allows people to feel included and connected to the Body of Christ, the Church.

Recently Bishop Brian Dunn has appointed me to be the Producer of TV Mass for Shut-Ins. I take this appointment with great honor. Mass for Shut-Ins has been blessed for years with wonderful volunteers who make sure all is organized and each Sunday the faithful receive a wonderful celebration of the Holy Mass. I look forward to assisting in leadership to ensure we continue as a group to offer the faithful the best celebration of the Eucharist as the Church directs us.

At this time I want to thank all the pastors and parishes who have volunteered to offer the Mass. I hope you will continue to sign up with your parishes this upcoming year. I would also like to encourage church groups (ie: Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women's League, Saint Vincent de Paul, etc) to continue to volunteer with your Chaplain being the main celebrant.

In the absence of a Priest Producer Mass for Shut-Ins was well served by Darlene Stephenson and the laity who faithfully organized the weekly celebration of the Mass. Without these committed individuals and CTV staff it would not be possible to successfully produce weekly Mass. I look forward to working with them.

There are other groups that ask to be part of Mass for Shut-Ins from time to time. These groups are not parish based groups but community organizations. I hope you will continue to come forward to be part of Mass for Shut-Ins. For these groups I ask you to contact me directly and I will provide you with a presider for the Celebration of the Eucharist.

Thank you as well to our retired priests who volunteer to help out. Also I must thank the many laity who come and attend on the weekends and also provide music ministry.

We record Mass for Shut-Ins live on Sundays. However, if you would find it more helpful we do pre-tape on Tuesday evenings prior to that Sunday. This allows more flexibility and hopefully more priests and their parishes can come. It is very important that the Celebration of the Eucharist be offered well and faithfully as the Liturgy directs us. In closing I look forward to this upcoming year at Mass for Shut Ins. If you have any questions please contact me directly.

Father Patrick J. O'Neill

Producer for TV Mass for Shut Ins
(902) 794-8431 (Glebe House phone)

The masses will resume in the fall on ATV/CTC on Sunday, October 18th, 2015. We are grateful to each parish priest, or group that booked a Sunday during the 2014/2015 year and continue to do so in 2015/2016 year.

Please email: Diocesan Pastoral Center or phone (902) 539-6188 Extension 222 to select a date.

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 todays 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

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 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
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