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Mi’kmaw Parishes

“Kepmite’lmanej ta’n teluisit Wekwisit Niskam, aqq Ewujit Niskam, aqq Weji-wliNiskam.
Sa’q me’j tel-kepmite’lmus nantm wa’so’k tl-kepmite’lmanej.”
Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Mi’kmaq are the original inhabitants of our region and a vibrant part of our diocese.

The Mi’kma’ki territory of the M’ikmaw Nation includes the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and part of the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec.

 

Mi’kmaw Parishes and Missions in our diocese:

Holy Family
Eskasoni

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Pictou Landing

St. Anne
Membertou

St. Anne
Paqtnkek

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Chapel
Potlotek

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish
Mary Queen of the World, Wagmatcook
Holy Trinity, Waycobah

 

“In Nova Scotia, the connection between the Mi’kmaq and the Catholic Church is unique and distinct from relationships between other Indigenous peoples and the Church. We recognize and acknowledge that from the very beginning European Catholics were welcomed by the Mi’kmaq and the fact that we continue to live on unceded Mi’kmaq territory.”
From the joint statement of Bishop Brian Dunn and Archbishop Anthony Mancini of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth on Reconciliation with the Mi’kmaw Nation. 

 

Our Diocesan History
begins with the meeting of French missionaries to the ‘New World’ and the Mi’kmaq who had lived here for generations.

In 1610, Grand Chief Membertou along with 21 Mi’kmaq were baptized in Port Royal, on Nova Scotia’s southwestern mainland. A year later, in 1611, French missionaries began arriving in northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.

Many place names in our diocese originated from the Mi’kmaw language, including:
Pictou – Piktik (explosion of gas from the ground)
Baddeck – Abitakwik – a place near an island
Canso – Qamso’q – opposite loft cliffs

 

Saint Anne
is the Patron Saint of the Mi’kmaq.
She is the Mother of Mary and Grandmother of Jesus, valued as an elder for her wisdom and strength.

Each year St. Anne is venerated in an annual mission.
The Mission in 2020 will not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be the first time since 1742, when Fr. Pierre Maillard offered the first Mass from a boulder on the tiny island of Mniku, (a few minutes by boat from Potlotek) that the annual mission will not take place. The Chapel Island Mission was the longest continuous mission in Canada, possibly in North America. The island of Mniku was declared a National Historic Site in 2005.

 

“Nutjinen wa’so’k epin jiptuk teluisin mekite’tmek

wa’so’k ntlita’nen, jiptuk iknmuiek ula nemulek wle’tesnen,
na’te’l wa’so’k eykik.
Teli-sqataskik jiptuk elp ninen teli-sqatulek
maqamikek eymek.
Telamu’kipnikl esmie’kl apj nike’j kiskuk tlamu’ktij pneknmuin nilu’nal, teli-apiksiktaqitjik wekaywinamitipnik elp ki’l Niskam tli apiksiktuin. Elue’wultiek, mlknin me’j winsuti’l mukt ika’lin, kesnukwamkl winjikl koqoe’l jikla’tuin.  Na Tliaj.”

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

Kuleyin Ma’li, sape’wuti’l waju’pinl,
Kji-saqamaw tekweyask, e’pijik pajiji-wuleynik aq wele’k ta’n ktlamiluk weji-manit Se’sus.
Pejili Sape’win Ma’li, wekwisin Westawu’lkw, nike’j alasutmelsewin, ejeleyek sa’q elue’wultiek aqq api’s wikwia’tiek alasutmelsewitesnen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

O’ Se’sus apiksiktmuin ntlue’wutinal, wkji-wsitawi’in puktew mntua’kik. Msit mjijaqamijk lawti’kmu wa’so’q, pjiliw ta’nik netulkwi’tij ewlite’lman.

O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially, those in most need of your mercy. Amen.