Bulletin November 23, 2014 - St Agnes Parish St John the Baptist

Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth
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The current format of the bulletin will cease with the
January 25, 2015 edition. The immediate effect of this
change on the parishes will provide the opportunity for
each parish to develop its own communication
instrument, less dependent on the Archdiocese and
more in keeping with its own needs.
The Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth has existed for
three years, yet the creation of this union has had little
practical impact on our ways of communicating within
the Archdiocese. With these new communications
methods we hope to better reflect our unity and
Further information on this change will be shared in
the coming weeks and months. As we end our liturgical
year on this Feast of Christ the King may we open up
space in our minds, and more importantly in our hearts,
for God to make all things new!
men with intellectual disabilities to live with him in the
small town of Trosly-Breuil, north of Paris, France.
Worldwide, there are now 146 L’ARCHE communities in
35 countries, spanning the globe—from Trosly to
Toronto, from Edinburgh to Erie, from Cairo to
Canberra, from Buenos Aires to Bangalore, and beyond.
In Canada, L’ARCHE communities have been established
in 29 cities and towns across the country, with new
projects currently under development in Fredericton,
NB, and in St. John’s, NL. Together, these communities
operate hundreds of homes and programs that make a
difference in the lives of thousands of people with
intellectual disabilities, their families, and supporters.
contact: John O’Donnell,
Senior Marketing & Public
Relations Advisor, L’ARCHE
Canada, (902) 664-7536,
[email protected]
Come celebrate Mass with Archbishop Mancini, at
Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Saturday, November
29, 12:15 pm for Archbishop Mancini’s 7th Anniversary
of Installation, and Monday, December 8, 12:15pm for
the 3rd anniversary of the Archdiocese of HalifaxYarmouth.
Ottawa, ON, Nov 6. Members and supporters of
L’ARCHE from across Canada will gather to celebrate
the 50th Anniversary of the founding of L’ARCHE, the
worldwide network of homes and programs centred
around people with intellectual disabilities.
L’ARCHE was founded in 1964 when Jean Vanier, son of
former Governor General Georges P. Vanier, invited two
May 1-3, 2015. Weekend of Grace for Women - The 9th
annual Weekend of Grace for Women, with keynote
speaker Dr. Mary Healy, will be held May 1, 2 and 3 at
the Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. Dr. Healy was recently
appointed as a member of the Pontifical Biblical
Commission, a group of biblical scholars who serve as
consultants to the pope on biblical matters. She speaks
nationally and internationally on topics related to
Scripture, the theology of the body, and the spiritual
life. Attendance through pre-registration only and
registration is now open. Early-bird registration of $155
before December 31, 2014. Visit
www.weekendofgrace.com for more information.
Nov 26, 7:00pm. Saint Paul Parish, 199 Windmill Rd,
Dartmouth will hold their monthly “Loonie-Toonie
Music & Social Night” in the parish hall. Come out and
enjoy great musical entertainment by The Sham-Rocks
and the I-Chicks, and some light refreshments.
Admission is $2.00, and $1.00 for coffee/tea, (including
free refills) or baked treats. Everyone is welcome!
Nov 28. St. Joseph CWL Annual Auction will take place
at St. Joseph Parish Center, Kentville. Doors open at
6:00pm with auction beginning at 7:00pm. Pre-Auction
bidding 12:30pm-3:00pm.
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Vol. 49, No. 44
The Son of Man wills it on the throne of his glory, and he will separate people one from another. Matthew 25:31-46
Our vision and mission of a
transformed Church requires significant effort. We must
consider Christ’s call to each of us, and work together to
opportunities for becoming missionary disciples of
Christ to our world. Such ongoing formation in
discipleship will help us grow as followers of Christ.
Formation and support for leadership was one of the
most important themes raised in our 2014 Assembly.
Leadership is not primarily about exercising power – it is
also “leadership” when each person does what is
uniquely that person’s role to do. We are all called to
collaborative leadership and co-responsibility. We must
not only make disciples, but also transform a disciple
into becoming an apostle of Jesus Christ. In this fashion,
we are formed to better engage in the leadership needs
of our communities and to take responsibility for our
community. This means identifying our community
leaders, as well as recognizing and activating the gifts of
every member of the Body of Christ.
Those called to the specific ministries of service within
our Christian community – our priests, deacons,
catechists, and others – must also be supported with
the on-going formation they need and the necessary
tools and supports for their ministry. Empowering
disciples for service is essential for the growth of our
local Church, and must be built into our planning in an
intentional way.
Importantly, we need to provide formation for those
directly involved in sacramental preparation, especially
parents, as well as those receiving the sacraments. How
do we ensure that those seeking sacraments are
properly formed and disposed to receive them? There is
no “one-size-fits-all” approach for training Catechists
but some standards and guidelines are useful and
necessary. We also need some skills to determine
someone’s suitability for the sacraments. If we intend
the sacraments to be personal encounters with Christ
we must present and treat them as such, rather than as
mere rites of passage.
To read the complete Pastoral Letter and Pastoral
Planning tools please visit: www.halifaxyarmouth.org/
“It is the Risen Christ who tells us,
with a power that fills us with confidence and
unshakable hope: ‘Behold, I make all things new’ (Rev
5.21)” (EG#288)
Pope Francis concludes the Joy of the Gospel
(Evangelii Gaudium) with the above words. He invites us
to trust and have faith in the power of the Risen Christ.
That power will not only transform us but help us to
transform our world. If the Spirit of God is to make
things new, we must discern what must change, what
to retain and what to let go.
At the launching of the Archbishop’s Pastoral
Letter this past October, the elements of a pastoral plan
were presented. The plan asks parishes to assess their
current reality in the light of the mission that Christ calls
us to and to prayerfully consider what should be
reformed and what we must let go to follow him. The
archdiocesan offices must also at this time review our
services and determine how best to serve the needs of
our parishes. We are on this journey of transformation
together! One area that we are planning to change is
the area of archdiocesan communications.
This new approach will include:
 a weekly electronic information service, offering more
relevant and timely information shared on a more
frequent basis
 a monthly journal, providing a means to deepen our faith
understanding and support the catechetical and
formational needs of our people
St. Agnes & St. John The Baptist
St. Agnes Parish—6903 Mumford Rd,
Halifax N.S. B3L 2H4
Phone: 902-454-8200 fax: 902-455-3831
Website: http://www.stagnesrcparish.ca
[email protected]
Weekday Masses: Wed. & Fri . 12:10 pm
Tue & Thu
4:00pm (anticipated)
8:30am & 10:30am
Confessions: Saturdays 3pm – 3:30pm.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Wednesdays 912
Pastor: Fr. Paul Morris
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Priest: Fr. Larry Pitcher 902-471-5458
Email: [email protected]
Pastoral Associate: Annie Kulczycki
email : [email protected]
Religious Ed. Dir: Tanya Thomson
Direct ph # (454-8281) or [email protected]
Office Administrator: Marlene Turpin
Parish Office Hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Pastoral Council Chair: Valerie Bobyk
Email: [email protected]
Finance Council Chair: Andrew Miller
Music Coordinator: Gregory Doyle 902-488-0794
St Agnes Church has a designated Scent Free area
on the front right hand side of the church by the
tabernacle in the first 6 rows. Signage is visible.
St. John the Baptist—26 Purcell’s Cove Road,
Halifax N.S. B3N 1R4
Phone: 902-477-3110 fax: 902-455-3831
Website: http://www.stjohnbaptist.ca
Weekday Mass: Wed 7pm , - Mon, Tue ,Thu at
4:00pm (anticipated)
9:00 & 11:00am
Confessions: Sat 3– 3:45pm & by appointment
Religious Education Tish Sachetti [email protected]
Financial—Susan Hann (477-3362)
Email; [email protected]
Pastoral Council Chair: Brett Woodbury - 477-9358
Email: [email protected]
Finance Council Chair: Al Driscoll - 477-3318
Email: [email protected]
Marriages: by appointment only. 1 year notice must
be given. Please contact the office.
Baptisms: Take place on the last Sunday of every
month. Please Contact the office.
RCIA: Please contact Fr. Paul Morris 454-8200.
23rd November 2014
Religious Education News:
Saint Agnes Advent Wreath Making
& Potluck – Sunday Nov. 23rd 4:00pm
– 6:00pm in the Auditorium. Everyone
is invited to bring a favourite dish to
share and build an Advent Wreath to
take home. It doesn’t matter what
you bring to share, that’s the beauty
of a Potluck, however please refrain from recipes using nuts of any
kind. There’s still lots of room and supplies so please feel free to
drop in to share in faith, fun and food ! We’ll begin Wreath building at 4:00pm, planning to eat at 5:00pm.
Come to us Emmanuel The Advent Show is running here at Saint
Agnes Thursday Nov. 27th to Sunday November 30th at 7:30pm
each night (doors open at 6:50pm). Tickets can be purchased
online via TicketPro, through our Parish Office or by contacting
Tanya Thomson. The show supports our poor and less fortunate
brothers and sisters through the outreach programs of ARK, St.
Mary’s Basilica Daily Bread and Grace Street Mission. The Advent
Show is an experience not be missed! For more information kindly
visit the website theadventshow.com
Annual Adult New Year’s Eve Dance is on to ring in 2015! Dance
will be from 9:00pm – 1:00am (Doors open at 8:00pm).Tickets are
$25.00 each and this gets you an evening of great music, food,
prizes and a free drink from the cash bar. Patrons must be 19
years of age and over. Tickets can be purchased from the Parish
Office or Tanya Thomson. Get your tickets soon and let me know if
you want to reserve a table for your group
ARK Sunday Suppers for the homeless – We are scheduled to provide a warm meal Sunday DEC.7th for our underprivileged and hungry brothers and sisters. We require 16 Shepherd’s Pie casseroles.
If you are able to donate a casserole please let Tanya know - 902454-8281 or [email protected] Casseroles may be dropped
off Dec.7th at St. Agnes church at 3:30pm and Tanya will transport
them or you may take them directly to the Sunday Suppers for
4:00pm. We are so blessed to have food where many walk in hunger, thank you for being Christ-like and feeding His sheep.
Steeped Tea Steubenville Fundraiser a Success!! Thank you to
everyone who supported this fundraiser by purchasing or donating. Your support is always so overwhelming, we are so
Are you thinking about becoming Catholic? Do you know anyone who is considering becoming a Catholic? If you have any
questions please contact Fr. Paul at [email protected]
or 454-8200.
Christ the King
Friday, December 5, 7pm St Agnes will welcome Rachel MacLean once again to their stage in the Msgr Leo Day Auditorium. Rachel is from the Annapolis Valley and has been penning
songs for 25 years; her sound is extraordinary taking her inspiration from life, her beautiful maritime home and her own spiritual journey. Treat yourself and a loved one as you kick off Advent and prepare for Christmas. Tickets are $15 and available
through the office. Rachel's newest Christmas CD will be available for purchase - light fare will be served and wine, beer, water
and pop will be available at our cash bar.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12-2pm. ** Free Admission** St Agnes Parish will be having a St Nicholas Fair in the
Msgr. Leo Day Auditorium. There is fun for everyone... games
and prizes, knitted items, bake table, and much more!! Get
your picture taken with St Nicholas or become part of the Nativity. Just stop by to have lunch at our wonderful café, good food
at reasonable prices. We are looking forward to seeing you
there at our first St Nicholas Fair.
St John the Baptist Catholic Women’s League will be collecting
pledges this weekend for their “Walk for Life” in support of
Quality of Life issues.
St. John The Baptist -The season of Advent is fast approaching
and so now is the time to prepare ourselves for this Holy Season. Starting on the 26th of November we will begin Lectio
Devina, a process of looking at the upcoming gospels for Advent. These sessions will be led by Fr. Larry and will be held on
the Wednesdays after the 7pm mass. The dates are November
26th and December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. All those interested in
breaking open the scriptures in preparation for the great season
of Christmas are welcomed to join him in the parish center
starting on the 26th.
Monday, November 24th, 7pm-9pm SJB has booked the
Chebucto Big Band Symphony for a great time. Tickets $10.00
ea or $15 at the door. Tickets are available from Bruce Marriott at 902 -233-7154 following all masses or from Sheila
Broussard at 477 1496
Our 4th Annual Women Walking with Christ Weekend Experience was awesome!! Many Thanks to the team, Dianne West,
Liz Hendsbee, Anne Boudreau, Jill Cumby, Shirley Carson and
Karen Howard… for their generosity and dedication Thanks to
our God Squad who served the ladies this weekend… Greg
Doyle, Tony Howard, Harold Murphy and Mel Neily. We also
thank Greg Doyle & John Fitzgerald for their wonderful soup &
chili. Thank you** Thank you ** Thank you !!
All Souls
St. Agnes & St. John the Baptist
Upcoming Events.
Sunday November 23
SA—Advent Wreath Making pot luck –Leo Day
Auditorium 4-6pm
Monday November 24
SJB—Big Band Era Dance—Parish Hall 7pm
Tuesday November 25
SJB—Alpha 5:30pm
SA—Meditation—Campbell Centre 1:30pm
Wednesday November 26
SA-Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10—12pm
SA— RCIA -7pm
Mom’s Morning Out—Leo Day Auditorium 10:30am
Thursday November 27
SA— Meditation—Campbell Centre 1:30pm
SA—Prayer Shawl —Campbell Centre 2:30pm
SA—Advent Show 7pm
Friday November 28
Sa—Sacrament of the Sick 12:10pm
SA—Advent Show 7pm
Saturday November 29
SA—Advent Show 7pm
Sunday November 30
SA—Advent Show 7pm
PLEASE NOTE: Our Knitting Ladies will be at the
Scotia Square mall on Dec 5th selling their items as
they have done in previous years.
and Conversation: Prepare the Way of the
Lord: Journey through Advent 2014 (Year B) We
will begin this Sunday. This weekly program is
prayer based on the Sunday Readings. Sessions
begin at 9:30AM - 10:10am the Leo Day Auditorium. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and come and
share with your peers as your children share with
theirs. No Children?? Please feel free to join in the
sessions too!
St John the Baptist —2015 Donation Envelopes are
out in the foyer of the church. Please take a moment and pick yours up