St. Anthony's Church

St. Anthony of Padua Parish & St. Faustina Kowlaska 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: 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

When we come to Mass, we come with an openness to be transformed by what we encounter. The Eucharist must not stay static. This Eucharist we receive must be translated into concrete acts of love. If not, it becomes a distorted Eucharist. So let us allow our hearts to enter into this communicative Sacrament of God’s love so we may bring this love and unity to our neighbor.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $588; Loose $53.15; Books & Candles $17.50; Fuel $5; Initial Offering $5; Pickles & Jams $370; Hall Rental $300
St. Faustina’s – Regular $470; Loose $14


Country Time Show: Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the show. Proceeds for our parish were $504.05. The next show will be Sunday, February 15th at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Prayer Community: This Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00pm in the boardroom. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Painting of the Hall Basement: This Wednesday, January 28th at 9:30am we will be painting the basement of the hall. If anyone is able to help with painting, come out and join us. Thank you for your help!

Rosary Group: We are still looking for more people to join the Rosary Group. If you are interested, please see Joanne Nelson or call her at 464-1981.

2015 Church Envelopes: If you still have not picked up your box of 2015 envelopes, they are located near the main entrance. Anyone who is not registered with the parish, please call the office and leave your name, phone number, and address and we will ensure you receive a box for 2015.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for January is canned milk. The donation box is located near the entrance of the church. Thank you!

Recylables: Please continue to drop off your recyclables before or after Mass. All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program. Please see Rupert Lewis. Thanks!

Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From
 the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything…

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Litany of Humility

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $452; Loose $54.90; Fuel $125; New Year’s $30; Initial Offering $5
St. Faustina’s – Regular $505; Loose $27.25; Fuel $5; New Year’s $5


Country Time Show: This Sunday, January 18th at 7:00pm. Admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country, featuring: Audrey Murray, Lucy Fleming, Jim Tynes, Ray Hill, Allister McDonald and Bob McDonald. Please come out and enjoy the entertainment with your friends!

Clearance Sale – This Weekend: Pickles, Jams & Soup Mix will be on sale this weekend, January 17th & 18th after Mass. Stock up while you can!

Pastoral Council: There will be a Pastoral Council meeting this Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm.

Prayer Community: There will be no prayer community this week. The next prayer community will be Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00pm in the boardroom.

Rosary Group: We are looking for more people to join the Rosary Group. If you are interested, please see Joanne Nelson or call her at 464-1981.

2015 Church Envelopes: If you still have not picked up your box of 2015 envelopes, they are located near the main entrance. Anyone who is not registered with the parish, please call the office and leave your name, phone number, and address and we will ensure you receive a box for 2015.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for January is canned milk. The donation box is located near the entrance of the church. Thank you!

Recylables: Please continue to drop off your recyclables before or after Mass. All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program. Please see Rupert Lewis. Thanks!

 

Bulletin: Baptism of the Lord

Collections

Christmas Eve - St. Anthony’s - Envelopes $980; Loose $323.51; Advent $230.75
St. Faustina’s Christmas Eve -  Envelopes $190; Loose $194.25
Christmas Day - $755; St. Stephen’s Day $235; Advent $10; Polish Cake Sales $225

December 28th
St. Anthony’s - $713 Regular; Loose $78.75; Books & Candles $97.70; Fuel; Christmas Cards $18; Funeral Donation $150
St. Faustina’s - $435 Regular; Loose $25; Fuel $20

January 1st
St. Anthony’s – Regular $20; New Year’s $290; Loose $82; Donations $275; Initial Offering $130; Outreach $120
St. Faustina’s – New Year’s $340; Loose $82; Initial Offering $27

January 4th
St. Anthony’s – Regular $520; Loose $71.15; Books & Candles $51; Renovations $120; Fuel $60; Initial Offering $65; New Year’s $80
St. Faustina’s – Regular $190; Loose $15; Renovations $5; Fuel $20; Initial Offering $20; Canteen $420

Bingo Equipment Sold (so far) for $800


Prayer Community: This Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00pm.  All are welcome!

Rosary Group:  We are looking for more people to join the Rosary Group.  If you are interested, please see Joanne Nelson or call her at 464-1981.

Clearance Sale:  Pickles, Jams & Soup Mix will be on sale next weekend, January 17th & 18th after Mass.  We have limited supplies, so be sure to get yours next weekend!

2015 Church Envelopes:  If you still have not picked up your box of 2015 envelopes, they are located near the main entrance.  Anyone who is not registered with the parish, please call the office and leave your name, phone number and address and we will ensure you receive a box for 2015.

Country Time Show:  Next Sunday, January 18th at 7:00pm.  Admission is $6.  Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country, featuring:  Audrey Murray, Lucy Fleming, Jim Tynes, Ray Hill, Allister McDonald and Bob McDonald.  Please come out and enjoy the entertainment with your friends!

St. Vincent de Paul Society:  Item of the month for January is canned milk.  
The donation box is located near the entrance.  Thank you!

Recylables:  Please continue to drop off your recyclables before or after Mass.  All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program.  Please see Rupert Lewis.  Thanks!

Circle of Care Furniture Bank:  Wishes to thank all those who cared enough to donate furniture items and encourage any others to know that their previously loved furniture will help to support those in our community who are in need.

Christmas 2014 Letter

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

May the Lord Bless you and your families:

I am writing to you, that we may praise God in all He accomplishes through our little family and our open hearts. The Lord is very good and He has a perfect plan and purpose for each of us. In our little community of faith, He is always present and so generous to us, especially when He finds open hearts willing to surrender to His good will.

I want to thank you all for your generosity and love. In this Christmas season when our Lord is present to us once more clothed in flesh and wrapped in poverty, I must remember all of you more often in my prayers. I present our little family before our Patron Saints - Anthony and Faustina to help us along the way of communion with God and with each other. Let us also call on Mary, our Blessed Mother, who in saying “Yes” set in motion the Father's plan of salvation. He sent His Son, who we may approach at all times in the little manger in Bethlehem.

Willing to become poor for us, Jesus Christ is Emanuel, “God with us”. We can be confident that Christ knows our humanity because He surrendered and emptied Himself and became like us – except in sin - for our salvation and for the love of all creation. Moreover, He invites us into the fullness of life in the spirit and opened the gates to Paradise to us.

Lastly, I want to exhort you to pray. When we look at the situations throughout the world, or just in our country, city, neighborhood and families, we see many places devoid of God. In order to do our little part, we must pray, pray and pray. Prayer molds us into the likeness of Christ and opens us to His wisdom and grace. Our communion with Him makes us seeds of Faith for the world.

Nothing moves without prayer. If we do not pray, our hearts stay closed to His loving plan and most of all, if we do not take time to pray, we cease to hear His voice and recognize our sisters and brothers. A deep prayer life brings us to the awareness of the Spirit moving before all our encounters and projects. Our little efforts go nowhere without the Lord being present.

This Christmas, let us not be anxious or scattered. Bring all our treasures before the Manger, not holding anything back. There is no better time than now to be open to the guidance and direction of the Spirit of God - the Spirit of the One who became flesh.

I wish you a peaceful Christmas.

May the Lord bless you and give you His peace.

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Bulletin: Feast of the Holy Familt

The first time Jesus enters the Temple of the Lord is 40 days after his birth, when his parents offers “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” on his behalf, which is the sacrifice of the poor.
Luke, whose Gospel is filled with a whole theology of the poor and poverty, makes it clear ... that Jesus’ family was counted among the poor of Israel; he helps us to understand that it was there among them where the fulfillment of God’s promise matured.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $525; Loose $101.90; Books & Candles $44; Fuel $150; End of Lottery Sales $301; Donation$300
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $945; Loose $140


Thank You: To everyone who helped prepare the Christmas dinner. Also thank you to those who made donations, and to those who came out to support the parish community.

2015 Church Envelopes: Are now available for you to pick up, near the main entrance. Anyone who is not registered with the parish, please call the office and leave your name, phone number and address and we will ensure you receive a box for 2015.

Rosary Group: Next Sunday, January 4th, please switch to the next Mystery.

Adoration: There will be no Adoration this week. Adoration will resume Thursday, January 8th at 7:00pm.

Pickles & Jams: If anyone would still like to purchase jars of pickles or jams, please call John LeBlanc at 469-4366.

Country Time Show: The next show will be Sunday, January 18th at 7:00pm.

Prayer Community: Will resume Tuesday, January 6th at 7:00pm. All are welcome to join us.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for January is canned milk. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!

Have a wonderful New Year!

Bulletin: 4th Sunday of Advent

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $690; Loose $68.70; Renovations $33; Fuel $115; Pickles & Jams $150; Flea Market $100; Annual Draw $400
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $290; Loose $30.50; Fuel $25; Need of the Canadian Church $20; Luncheon $200; Donation $50


Adoration: There will be no Adoration for the next two weeks. Adoration will resume Thursday, January 8th at 7:00pm.

Pickles & Jams: Are still available if anyone would like to stock up for Christmas. Call John LeBlanc at 469-4366.

Country Time Show: Thank you to everyone who came out to the show. Proceeds for the parish were $465. The next show will be Sunday, January 18th at 7:00pm.

Prayer Community: We resume Tuesday, January 6th at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome!

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for December is pasta sauce. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!

The prize winners for our annual draw are:
First Prize – Quilt: Teri Pastorius
Second Prize – Picture of Nathan Mackinnon: Gloria LeBlanc
Third Prize – Car Detail Certificate: Juliette Duffy
Fourth Prize – Blue Ray Player – Barry Como
Fifth Prize – Lewis Billard Picture – Andrea Thorburn
Gloria LeBlanc was kind enough to return her prize to us and we will use it next year. We wish to thank everyone who helped make this a success. The total amount raised was $1,501.

 

Bulletin: 3rd Sunday of Advent

If you are able to help out with the preparation of the Parish Community Christmas Dinner, please show up this week on any of the dates below:
Wednesday, December 17
th at 1:00pm – Decorating the Hall
Thursday, December 18
th at 9:30am – Food Preparation
Friday, December 19
th at 9:30am – Turkey & Gravy Preparation
Thank you for helping!

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $672; Loose $48.40; Books & Candles $40; Renovations $75; Fuel $5; All Souls $10
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $450; Loose $82.35; Fuel $30


St. Anthony’s Reconciliation Service: There will be confession during Adoration this Thursday, December 18th between 7:00pm-8:00pm. St. Vincent de Paul Church: Thursday, December 18th at 7:00pm

Country Time Show: This Sunday, December 14th at 7:00pm. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country, featuring: Yvonne MacDonald, Darlene, Melanie & Art MacNeil, Francis Sampson, Joanne Spicer & Floyd Spicer. The lottery draw will take place during the show if you would still like to purchase tickets ~ see Gordon Jewers.

Pastoral Council: This Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00pm.

Parish Community Christmas Dinner: Please join us for a turkey dinner next Saturday, December 20th at 5:00pm (after Mass). Everyone is welcome. There will be no charge for the dinner, however, we will be accepting donations. At the main entrance there are two sign-up sheets; one with a list of items that we require for donations. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please see John LeBlanc or Br. Nathanael. The second sign-up sheet is for anyone who is planning to attend - so we have an estimate of the amount of food to prepare.

Christmas Cakes & Items for Sale: After all Masses this weekend, Maria Dabczak will be at the main entrance if you would like to purchase anything. All proceeds go towards the parish.

Pickles & Jams: Are still available if anyone would like to stock up for Christmas. Call John LeBlanc at 469-4366.

Advent Backpack Project: Please deliver the gift bags back to the church on or before Thursday, December 18th. Please see Jennie Martell. Thanks for your support!

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for December is pasta sauce. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!

Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Advent

If you are able to help out with the preparation of the Parish Community Christmas Dinner, please show up on any of the dates below:
Tuesday, December 9
th at 9:30am – Counting Dishes & Silverware
Wednesday, December 17
th at 1:00pm – Decorating the Hall
Thursday, December 18
th at 9:30am – Food Preparation
Friday, December 19
th at 9:30am – Turkey & Gravy Preparation
Thank you for helping out!

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $773; Loose $99.55; Books & Candles $60; Renovations $110; Fuel $15; Lottery Ticket Sales $200; All Souls $120
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $325; Loose $20; Fuel $45; All Souls $120


St. Anthony’s Reconciliation Service: There will be confession during Adoration on Thursday, December 11th and 18th between 7:00pm-8:00pm. St. Faustina’s Reconciliation Service: Friday, December 12th at 7:00pm (Confession in English available)
St. Peter’s Church: Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00pm
St. Vincent de Paul Church: Thursday, December 18th at 7:00pm

Prayer Community: This Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome!

Keep Christ in Christmas: Starting at St. Anthony’s Parish at 3:00pm this Sunday, December 7th; continuing to Bethel United Baptist Church, and on to St. Paul’s Church. Reception to follow at St. Paul’s. Everyone is welcome.

Country Time Show: The next Country Time Show will be next Sunday, December 14th at 7:00pm. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country, featuring: Yvonne MacDonald, Darlene, Melanie & Art MacNeil, Francis Sampson, Joanne Spicer & Floyd Spicer.

Parish Community Christmas Dinner: Please join us for a turkey dinner on Saturday, December 20th at 5:00pm (after Mass). Everyone is welcome. There will be no charge for the dinner, however, we will be accepting donations. At the main entrance there are two sign-up sheets; one with a list of items that we require for donations. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please see John LeBlanc or Br. Nathanael. The second sign-up sheet is for anyone who is planning to attend - so we have an estimate of the amount of food to prepare.

Advent Backpack Project: There are still gift bags to be filled. You can find them near both entrances of the church, with a list of suggested items inside each bag. Please deliver it back to the church on or before Thursday, December 18th. Thanks for your support!

Lottery Tickets: The draw will take place on December 14th at the Country Time Show. If anyone has ticket stubs and money to turn in, it should be back to Gordon Jewers (469.5698) as soon as possible.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for December is pasta sauce. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!