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



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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 DVD's.
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

 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. Peters 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 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
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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 Diploma in Intellectual Disability Studies.
For information please contact Continuing & Distance Education, StFX University, toll free 1-877-867-5562, or or visit our website:;


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

Website: Community Homeless Shelter


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 


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"

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

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


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)

Most Rev. Brian Dunn, Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish, has announced the Pastoral Plans for:
From the Office of the Bishop:
Pastoral Plans Announced for


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 frangais) - 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,