St. Anthony's Church

St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church & St. Faustina Kowalska Polish Mission

Welcome to St. Anthony's Church.

The people of St. Anthony's Parish and St. Faustina Kowalska Polish Mission, part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax, are called to be "The People of God". Our faith in God's unconditional love for us, as evidenced in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and, as testified to by his church, gives us a firm hope in our salvation and the salvation of the world. We respond to God's love with adoration, thanksgiving, and petition through worship and prayer, and charity to our neighbour

We invite you to discover the richness of our parish. Newcomers and visitors are always welcome.

We also have our hall available to rent. Please contact the office for further information.

For information on events, please see our calendar.

Bulletin: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Intentions
Feb 6 ~
 Audie Pottie
Feb 7 ~  Marion MacLean
Feb 13 ~  Fred Pottie
Feb 14 ~  Audie Pottie
Feb 20 ~  Elva Cruikshank

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $562; Loose $101.05; Flea Market $20; In Memoriam $10; Annual Draw $170
St. Faustina’s – Regular $565; Loose $20.05; Fuel $20


Polish Luncheon: This Sunday, February 7th at 2:00pm (after Mass in Polish) in the hall. The cost is $10 per person. Cabbage rolls and tripe soup will be served, along with dessert and coffee/tea.

Capital Campaign: There will be a few fundraisers this year going towards capital campaign. A Capital campaign is designed to raise specific funds for maintenance projects such as the hall furnace, church front entry roof, and the backside of the hall roof. We will have fundraisers consisting of flea markets, dinners, etc.

Catechism: Continues next Saturday, February 13th at 3:00pm.

Ash Wednesday: This Wednesday, Mass will be at 7:00pm.

Pastoral Council: Meeting on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30pm.

Classic Country Time Show: The next show is Sunday, February 21th at 7:00pm.

Mass Intentions: We are accepting Mass intentions for both weekend Masses. Please see Br. Nathanael if you would like the Mass to be offered for a deceased loved-one or for a special intention.

Annual Draw: Please see Gordon Jewers if you can help out with the draw by purchasing or selling tickets. Gordon will be at the main of entrance of the church after Mass.

Flea Market: Our next flea market will be in May or June. If you have any used (or new) items you no longer use, and would like to donate, please contact Gordon at 902.469.5698.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for February is canned meat or fish.

Bulletin: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Intentions
Jan 30 ~
 Nora Jewers
Feb 6 ~  Audie Pottie
Feb 7 ~  Marion MacLean
Feb 13 ~  Fred Pottie
Feb 14 ~  Audie Pottie

Last TWO Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $950; Loose $110.85; Renovations $15; Fuel $5; Pickles & Jam $10
St. Faustina’s – Regular $785; Loose $114; Fuel $20


Br. Paul’s Ordination to Priesthood: Next Saturday, February 6th at 10:30am. Archbishop Anthony Mancini will ordain Br. Paul MacIntosh, FoH to the Priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Halifax. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please keep Br. Paul in your prayers.

Rupert’s 80th Birthday: Everyone is welcome to attend a drop-in birthday celebration for Rupert Lewis next Saturday, February 6th, in our parish hall, from 12:00pm and ending before the 4:00pm Mass. Please stop by to wish Rupert ‘Happy Birthday’.

Catechism: Continues next Saturday,February 6th at 3:00pm.

Polish Luncheon: Next Sunday, February 7th at 2:00pm (after Mass in Polish) in the hall. The cost is $10 per person.

Ash Wednesday: Mass will be at 7:00pm on February 10th.

Classic Country Time Show: The next show is Sunday, February 21th at 7:00pm.

Mass Intentions: We are accepting Mass intentions for both weekend Masses. Please see Br. Nathanael if you would like the Mass to be offered for a deceased loved-one or for a special intention.

Annual Draw: Please see Gordon Jewers (469.5698) if you can help out with the draw by purchasing or selling tickets. Gordon will be at the main of entrance of the church after Mass.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for February is canned meat or fish.

Recyclables: Please drop off your recyclables – before or after Mass. You can also drop them at Rupert Lewis’ house at anytime - 10 Lahey Road, or call him at902. 466.6788.

Bulletin: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Intentions
Jan 23 ~  Mary & Joseph Haggett
Jan 24 ~  Eliza & John Keeping
Jan 30 ~  Nora Jewers
Feb 6 ~  Audie Pottie
Jan 7 ~  Marion MacLean


Mass of Remembrance ~ January 30th:The special intentions, for the living and for those who have died, that you named in the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal will be remembered on Saturday, January 30 at 12:15pm Mass. Archbishop Anthony Mancini invites you and your family to join with him in the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. Reception to follow. All are welcome to this time of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Br. Paul’s Ordination to Priesthood: Saturday, February 6th at 10:30am. Archbishop Anthony Mancini will ordain Br. Paul MacIntosh, FoH to the Priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Halifax. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please keep Br. Pauls in your prayers.

Classic Country Time Show: Thank you to those who came out to last Sunday’s show. Proceeds for our parish were $375. The next show is Sunday, February 21th at 7:00pm.

Sunday Collections: From last weekend will be in the next bulletin.

Catechism: The next class will be Saturday, February 6th at 3:00pm.

Polish Luncheon: Sunday, February 7th at 2:00pm (after Mass in Polish) in the hall. The cost is $10 per person.

Ash Wednesday: Mass will be at 7:00pm on February 10th.

Annual Draw: Please see Gordon Jewers (469.5698) if you can help out with the draw by purchasing or selling tickets. Gordon will be at the main of entrance of the church after Mass.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for January is peanut butter.

Recyclables: Please drop off your recyclables – before or after Mass. You can also drop them at Rupert Lewis’ house at anytime - 10 Lahey Road, or call him at902. 466.6788.

Confessions in the Year of Mercy: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Franciscans of Halifax Priests will be available to hear Confessions at St. Catherine’s Church, 6476 Bayers Rd. Halifax. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this Sacrament between 5:00pm- 8:00pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bulletin: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Intentions
Jan 16 ~  Nellie Moore
Jan 17 ~  Nellie Moore
Jan 23 ~  Mary & Joseph Haggett
Jan 24 ~  Eliza & John Keeping

Last Weekend’s Collection
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $730; Loose $80.65; Initial Offering $5; Fuel $160
St. Faustina’s – Regular $396; Loose $24; Initial Offering $35; New Year’s $20; Fuel $47; Coffee Fund $655


Mass of Remembrance ~ January 30th: The special intentions, for the living and for those who have died, that you named in the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal will be remembered on Saturday, January 30 at 12:15pm Mass. Archbishop Anthony Mancini invites you and your family to join with him in the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. Reception to follow. All are welcome to this time of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Br. Paul’s Ordination to Priesthood: Please mark your calendar for Saturday, February 6th at 10:30am. Archbishop Anthony Mancini will ordain Br. Paul MacIntosh, FoH to the Priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Halifax. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please keep Br. Pauls in your prayers.

Classic Country Time Show: The next show is this Sunday, January 17th at 7:00pm. Admission is $7. Featured musicians are Darrin Lively, Wendy Manning, and Billy Bob Phillips. This will be the first night of our talent contest and the audience gets to vote for the person who will move on to the finals. 50/50 Draw and door prizes supplied by Scotiabank Bridge Branch and Chaters Meat Market, Wyse Rd. Come out for a fun night of entertainment!

Parish Council: The next meeting will be this Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30pm.

Mass Intentions: We are accepting Mass intentions for both weekend Masses. Please see Br. Nathanael if you would like the Mass to be offered for a deceased loved-one or for a special intention.

Annual Draw: Please see Gordon Jewers (469.5698) if you can help out with the draw by purchasing or selling tickets. Gordon will be at the main of entrance of the church after Mass.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for January is peanut butter.

Recyclables: Please drop off your recyclables – before or after Mass. You can also drop them at Rupert Lewis’ house at anytime - 10 Lahey Road, or call him at902. 466.6788.

Confessions in the Year of Mercy: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Franciscans of Halifax Priests will be available to hear Confessions at St. Catherine’s Church, 6476 Bayers Rd. Halifax. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this Sacrament between 5:00pm- 8:00pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bulletin: Baptism of the Lord

Mass Intentions
Jan 9 ~
Magdalen Bennett
Jan 10 ~
 Nellie Moore
Jan 16 ~  Nellie Moore
Jan 17 ~  Nellie Moore

Christmas & New Year’s Collections

St. Anthony’s:
Christmas $1,030; Loose $661.30;
Advent Folders $232; Holy Family $650; Loose $141.35;
Mother of God $710; Loose $89.55; Epiphany $597; Loose $142.15
Renovations $165; Candles & Books $192.75

St. Faustina’s:
Christmas $720; Loose $126.95
St. Stephen $300; Loose $61; Holy Family $420; Loose $25
Mother of God $430.65; Epiphany $266; Loose $63
Renovations $85
Parish Annual Draw $200


Classic Country Time Show: The next show is Sunday, January 17th at 7:00pm. Admission is $7. This will be the first night of our talent contest and the audience gets to vote for the person who will move on to the finals. Come out and enjoy the show!

Parish Council: The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30pm.

2016 Church Envelopes: Are now available for you to pick up, near the main entrance. Anyone who is not registered with the parish and would like a box of 2016 envelopes, please see Br. Nathanael or drop your name, phone number and address in the collection basket and we will ensure you receive a box.

Annual Draw: Please see Gordon Jewers (469.5698) if you can help out with the draw by purchasing or selling tickets. Gordon will be at the main of entrance of the church after Mass.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for January is peanut butter.

Recyclables: Please drop off your recyclables – before or after Mass. You can also drop them at Rupert Lewis’ house at anytime - 10 Lahey Road – 902. 466.6788.

Confessions in the Year of Mercy: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Franciscans of Halifax Priests will be available to hear Confessions at St. Catherine’s Church, 6476 Bayers Rd. Halifax. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this Sacrament between 5:00pm- 8:00pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Br. Paul’s Ordination to Priesthood: Please mark your calendar for Saturday, February 6th at 10:30am. Archbishop Anthony Mancini will ordain Br. Paul MacIntosh, FoH to the Priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Halifax. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please keep Br. Pauls in your prayers.

Friends of L’Arche Halifax: Monthly gathering will be held this Sunday, January 10th from 1:30pm-3:30pm in St. Agnes Hall, Mumford Road, Halifax. All are welcome, especially those with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends - to come for prayer, song, fun, and fellowship.

Bulletin: The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mass intentions
Dec 31st ~ Bill Skeffington

St. Anthony’s - Regular $452; Loose $134.75; Renovations $20; Fuel $145; Flea Market $100; Ukrainian Donation $4715; Outreach $50; Donation $100
St. Faustina’s - Regular $585; Loose $133; Luncheon $300; Fuel $20


Collections: Christmas & New Year collections will be posted in early January‘s bulletin.
Classic Country Time Show: Happy New Year! The following are the dates for the show until Spring: January l7th, February 21st, March 20th. April i7th, May l5th and
June 19th.

Mass Intentions: We are now accepting Mass intentions for both weekend Masses. Please see Br. Nathanael it you would like the Mass to be offered for a deceased loved one or for a special intention.

2016 Church Envelopes: Are now available for you to pick up, near the main entrance. Anyone who is not registered with the parish and would like a box of 20l 6 envelopes, please see Br. Nathanael or drop your name, phone number and address in the collection basket and we will ensure you receive a box.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for January is peanut butter.

Recyclables: Please drop off your recyclables before or after Mass. You can also drop them at Rupert Lewis’ house at anytime - 10 Lahey Road - 902.466.6788.

Confessions in the Year of Mercy: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Franciscans of Halifax-Priests will be available to hear Confessions at St. Catherine's Church, 6476 Bayers Rd. Halifax. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this Sacrament between 5:00pm - 8:00pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Br. Paul's Ordination to Priesthood: Please mark your calendar for Saturday, February 6th at l0:30am. Archbishop Anthony Mancini will ordain Br. Paul Macintosh, FoH to the Priesthood at St. Man/’s Cathedral Basilica, Halifax. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please keep Br. Paul in your prayers.

Bulletin: The Nativity of the Lord

Mass Intentions
Dec 31 ~
Bill Skeffington

Collections: Christmas & New Year collections will be posted in early January’s bulletin.

Classic Country Time Show: Thank you to everyone who came out to the show last Sunday. Proceeds for our parish were $931.25. The next show will be on January 17th.

2016 Church Envelopes: Are now available for you to pick up, near the main entrance. Anyone who is not registered with the parish and would like a box of 2016 envelopes, please see Br. Nathanael or drop your name, phone number and address in the collection basket and we will ensure you receive a box.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for January is peanut butter.

Recyclables: Please drop off your recyclables – before or after Mass. You can also drop them at Rupert Lewis’ house at anytime - 10 Lahey Road – 902. 466.6788.

Confessions in the Year of Mercy: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Franciscans of Halifax Priests will be available to hear Confessions at St. Catherine’s Church, 6476 Bayers Rd. Halifax. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this Sacrament between 5:00pm- 8:00pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

A Christmas Message from Br. Nathanael

A savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
— Luke 2:11

Dear friends, this Christmas letter that I bring to you has been mostly inspired by Jean vainer – Founder of L‘Arche, and it is certainly what resonates in my heart.

This is the joyous Christmas time which l most dearly love. God becomes flesh. He becomes small to teach us to love and to be open to those who are suffering and who are in difficulty. God is in our world, but he waits silently for us to turn to him and call him to our help. "God stands at the door and knocks and so let us invite Him in to eat with us”. Eating with someone means becoming their friend. God wants to make us his friends. But there can be no love or friendship without freedom. If we turn God away, he still waits for us to open the door to him, because He is a prisoner of our freedom. How humble is our God?

The God of compassion cannot exercise his compassion in the world without going through our intelligence, wisdom, capacities and heart. God is not a God of violence, He is a God who invites and who waits with love to give himself to everyone. Our God is tenderness who loves us, wants to reveal to each of us that we are important and precious. So often, we believe we are important because we do "great"and admirable things. We must then be strong, courageous, effective and show how capable we are. Our God of compassion loves us at a much deeper level, in our weaknesses, our vulnerability and our smallness. He welcomes us and says: "l love you as you are”. He raises us up so that we can all be instruments of His love, His Mercy and His peace.

I realize more and more that loving means welcoming other people as they are, with great respect because they are different; they are someone, they are children of God. When we welcome others, we free them so they can be themselves. We must try to Listen to each other with a deep respect, not to show superiority in any way, but rather to enter into communion with each other. Communion is not a manger in which one “eats” the other; rather it gives freedom and raises the other person up so that they can fully be themselves, as the Father in Heaven intended them to be. This is based on humility.

This Christmas season let us be true to ourselves, so we can start to see in the other person somebody important who has his/her own relationship difficulties. Acting with respect and love to help bring down the walls of protection in the other person, and trying to bring down our own walls. Seeing all the positive and beautiful things in the other person, before seeing the negative. That does not prevent us from being prophetic and from saying things which may upset others. What is important is that we live in truth with each other. We create a path of peace when we are loving and true. God became flesh so that we would not be afraid, nor would we need to show how we are good. God who became small calls us to be poor and small. God who comes to welcome us calls us to welcome those who are poor. Pride can never approach where the Lord walks in the clothes of the humble, among the poorest, in the company of the lonely, lowliest and lost. Loving others means welcoming them as they are, so that they can welcome others in the same That is Christmas! And Christmas is every day. We can show love through little gestures every day. One little gesture at a time done with great Love. Changing the world, one heart at a Welcoming God as a child, to become like a child. Yes, I still have much work to do on myself, I still very much need God's grace to become like a child. But the Lord is Good and leads us in the way of humility. And with His example, His words and each other we journey in this work of Christmas Peace.

Thank you for all your love and support,
Have a joyous Christmas and a Blessed New Year

Affectionately yours, Br. Nathanael