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: Pentecost

We continue with our DVD series each Tuesday at 7:00pm Into the Heart of God

Next Tuesday the topic will be The New Temple: The Body of Jesus


Archdiocesan Information: Share the Mission: Special Collection June 6-7

In the Church when we speak of missionary work people often think this requires going to a foreign country to proclaim Christ. While this is part of our mission to spread the Good News of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, it is only part of the story. We are all missionaries and the mission field is right here, right now!

On the weekend of June 6 and 7 we are inviting you to take part in the annual diocesan collection, Share the Mission.

We are called to help each other as communities to become missionary disciples! We do this by supporting one another on all levels: in our actions, through our prayers, and in our financial giving.

This special collection supports missionary action on both a diocesan and parish level. Twenty percent of the total donations raised by your parish will be returned to the parish to be used for missionary work at the local level.

For more information contact Cathy Driscoll Cainen at (902) 429-9800 x308 or email: cdriscoll@halifaxyarmouth.org

 

We will be holding our annual Spring Flea Market and luncheon next weekend,May 30th and 31st ~ 9:00am to 4:00pm and at 5:00pm on Saturday; and 10:00am to 2:30pm on Sunday. On Saturday, from 11:00am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 6:00pm we will be serving fish or corn chowder with desert, tea or coffee for $8.

Flea Market Set-Up: We will be setting up for the flea market next Thursday, May 28th starting at 1:30pm. Any help you can give will be appreciated – please see Gordon Jewers.

Feast of Corpus Christi: Sunday, June 7th, we will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi with the procession starting at 1:00pm and Mass following at 1:30pm. Fr. Irek Bem will be the main celebrant. We will have two (English) Altars and two (Polish) Altars.

Feast of St. Anthony: We will be celebrating Mass for the Feast of St. Anthony on Saturday, June 13th at 11:00am ~ Fr. Francesco Pirisi, FoH will be presiding. There will be a light reception in the boardroom following Mass. If you would like to make a monetary donation for the poor, there will be a collection basket available.

Polish Festival: We will be having the Polish Festival this year on September 12 & 13. If you would like to make a monetary donation towards items needed for the festival, please use the envelope that is in your box of yearly envelopes, or put your envelope #, amount, name and address on a blank envelope and place in the Sunday collection basket. Thank you for your donations.

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers (to take one month at a time) to help with lawn care ~ mowing, raking, and the gardens. Please see Br. Nathanael or John LeBlanc if you are able to help.

Country Time Show: The next show will be Sunday, June 28th at 7:00pm. Admission is $6.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for May is canned milk.

Buletin: Ascension

We continue with our DVD series each Tuesday at 7:00pm Into the Heart of God
Next Tuesday the topic will be The Wedding Feast at Cana: The Key to Understanding this Gospel

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $510; Loose $132.55; Books & Candles $72.95; Pope’s Works $95; Renovations $10
St. Faustina’s – Regular $360; Loose $65; Floor $50


Archdiocesan Information:2015 Assembly of the People This year’s Assembly is June 5 & 6, 2015, and will focus on the first of our three diocesan pastoral themes, Mission.  This year’s Assembly will look a little different, and responds directly to participant feedback from our previous Assemblies and information received through phase one of our Pastoral Planning process: the event provides participants with workshops that are more practical and hands on, and with opportunities to customize your experience to meet your needs and particular charisms. The schedule includes three periods of workshops, each focusing on a different component of mission: Sharing Christ with Others; Ministry to Those in Need; and Reliance on the Spirit Participants will select their own workshops, choosing from 5-7 options in each periods. To increase our visibility and emphasize our desire to “go out” from our churches, the main sessions will be held at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Halifax, with the workshops held at various nearby locations in the downtown core (within a 10 minute walk).

Cost: $20.00  (This great price is thanks to the generosity of our benefactors!) If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Craig at ecraig@halifaxyarmouth.org or (902) 429-9800 ext 311 or register online at www.halifaxyarmouth.org

 

Country Time Show: This Sunday, May 17th at 7:00pm. Admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth and back-up band Grover Country featuring: Florence Axford, Hayden Stover, Charlie Bourque, Ronnie Masters, Wayne MacKellar and Cecil MacDougall. Come out for a night of fun and entertainment!

Pastoral Council: Next Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00pm.

Pastoral Council Elections: We will be having Pastoral Council elections next weekend - May 23rd and 24th. All nominations must be in by this weekend. Nomination forms are on the tables near both exits. Please place nomination forms in the collection baskets.

Mass for Consecrated Life: The Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and their Associates invite us to join them for a Mass of Thanksgiving for those of Consecrated life ~ June 1st, 2015 at 7:00pm at St. Michael’s Parish, 14 Saint Michael’s Avenue, Halifax. Archbishop Anthony Mancini will be presiding.

Eucharistic Ministers: We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital. If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for May is canned milk.  

We will be holding our annual Spring Flea Market and luncheon on May 30th and 31st ~ 9:00am to 4:00pm and at 5:00pm on Saturday; and 10:00am to 2:30pm on Sunday. On Saturday, we will be serving fish or corn chowder with desert, tea or coffee for $8. There will be something for everyone! For more information or to donate items, please call Gordon at 469.5698.

Bulletin: 6th Sunday of Easter

Happy Mother’s Day!

Loving Father, You chose Mary to be the Mother of Your Son, and the spiritual mother of all Your children.
Bless these women, that they may be strengthened 

as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. 
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, 
may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $703; Loose $96.85; Renovations $100; Donation $191.36
St. Faustina’s – Regular $440; Loose $70; Floor $100; Coffee Hour $510.50


 

We continue with our DVD series each Tuesday at 7:00pm Into the Heart of God
Next Tuesday the topic will be John the Baptist: Witness for Jesus

We start with a small meal together, then watch the video and have a short discussion with Q&A. I encourage you all to participate, if possible.

Rosary Group: The shedules for the Rosary Group ~ when to switch Myteries is now posted on the bulletin boards in the entry of the church.

Pastoral Council Elections: We will be having Pastoral Council elections on the weekend of May 23rd and 24th. All nominations must be in by the weekend of May 16th & 17th. Please discern whom you would like to nominate to be part of our Pastoral Council. Nomination forms are on the tables near both exits. Please place nomination forms in the collection baskets.

Country Time Show: The next show will be Sunday, May 17th at 7:00pm. Admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth and back-up band Grover Country featuring: Florence Axford, Hayden Stover, Charlie Bourque, Ronnie Masters, Wayne MacKellar and Cecil MacDougall.

Eucharistic Ministers: We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital. If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.

Flea Market: We are looking for donations of new and (in good condition) used items for our flea market which will be on May 30th and 31st. If you have any items you no longer need, please call Gordon Jewers at 902.469.5698.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for May is canned milk.

Recylables: Please continue to drop off your recyclables before or after Mass. All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program. Please see Rupert Lewis (902.466.6788) or for monetary donations, please see Joanne Nelson (902.464.1981).

 

Bulletin: 5th Sunday of Easter

Please join us for the Ordination of Br. Pio Libby, FoH
May 9th at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica

Archbishop of the Diocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Most Reverend Anthony Mancini by the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit will ordain our brother to Holy Priesthood. Grateful to the Lord for all His gifts of Grace we entrust Br. Pio to your prayers.

We thank you for your ongoing support and hope you will be able to join us for this joyful celebration. A reception will follow in the Church Hall where Fr. Pio will give his first blessings.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $495; Loose $135.45; Fuel $20
St. Faustina’s – Regular $440; Loose $30.25; Renovations $30; Fuel $20; Donation $400


Please Join us for a DVD Series starting this Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm
Into the Heart of God: Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land

This work is an exploration into the Gospel of John. By retracing the actual steps through the Holy Land of the events and accounts of this gospel, Vanier recreates a vivid and intimate portrait of what is often called the “mystical gospel.”
This series looks deep into the gospel, and in so doing brings viewers further into the heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life and times of Jesus.

We will watch the first seven series this Spring, and the following 7 series in the Fall. We will start with a small meal together, then watch the video and have a short discussion with Q&A. I encourage you all to participate, if possible.

Pastoral Council Elections: We will be having Pastoral Council elections on the weekend of May 23rd and 24th. All nominations must be in by the weekend of May 16th & 17th. Please discern whom you would like to nominate to be part of our Pastoral Council. Nomination forms are on the tables near both exits.

Country Time Show: The next show will be Sunday, May 17th at 7:00pm.

Eucharistic Ministers: We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital. If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.

Flea Market: We are looking for donations of new and (in good condition) used items for our flea market which will be on May 30th and 31st. If you have any items you no longer need, please call Gordon Jewers at 902.469.5698.

St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for May is canned milk.

Bulletin: 4th Sunday of Easter

Please join us for the Ordination of Br. Pio Libby, FoH May 9th at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica

Archbishop of the Diocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Most Reverend Anthony Mancini by the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit will ordain our brother to Holy Priesthood. Grateful to the Lord for all His gifts of Grace we entrust Br. Pio to your prayers.

We thank you for your ongoing support and hope you will be able to join us for this joyful celebration. A reception will follow in the Church Hall where Fr. Pio will give his first blessings.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $500; Loose $107.75; Books & Candles $92.05; Renovations $5; Fuel $10; Annual Appeal Rebate $83; Donation $200 Country Time Show - $512
St. Faustina’s – Regular $359; Loose $28; Easter $10; Renovations $20


Mark Your Calendar! The 2015 Assembly of the People of God is quickly approaching! This year’s Assembly is June 5 & 6, 2015, and will focus on the first of our three diocesan pastoral themes, Mission. Registration opens May 1!

This year’s Assembly will look a little different, and responds directly to participant feedback from our previous Assemblies and information received through phase one of our Pastoral Planning process: the event provides people with workshops that are more practical and hands on, and with opportunities to customize their experience to meet their needs and particular charisms.

This event is also a chance to celebrate the progress we have made so far in our pastoral planning throughout the diocese. Please save the date of June 5 &6 for our 2015 Assembly of the People of God. Cost to attend the conference is $20. Registration opens May 1!

Contact any member of the Office of Pastoral Life and New Evangelization (902.429.9800) for more information or if you have any questions.

 

Pastoral Council Elections: Heads-up! We will be having Pastoral Council elections in May. Please discern whom you would like to nominate to be part of our Pastoral Council. More information will follow soon.

Country Time Show: Thank you to everyone who came to the show last Sunday. Proceeds for our parish were $512. The next show will be Sunday, May 17th at 7:00pm.

Prayer Community: Will resume in the Fall, after the final DVD series - Into the Heart of God: Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land. For more information on this series, see lower section of this page.

Eucharistic Ministers: We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital. If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.

Flea Market: We are looking for donations of new and (in good condition) used items for our flea market which will be on May 30th and 31st. If you have any items you no longer need, please call Gordon Jewers at 902.469.5698.

Please Join us for a DVD Series starting Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm

Into the Heart of God: Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land

This work is an exploration into the Gospel of John. By retracing the actual steps through the Holy Land of the events and accounts of this gospel, Vanier recreates a vivid and intimate portrait of what is often called the “mystical gospel.”
This series looks deep into the gospel, and in so doing brings viewers further into the heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life and times of Jesus.

We will watch the first seven series this Spring, and the following 7 series in the Fall. We will start with a small meal together, then watch the video and have a short discussion with Q&A. I encourage you all to participate, if possible.

Bulletin: 3rd Sunday of Easter

Please Join us for a DVD Series starting Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm Into the Heart of God:
Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land
This work is an exploration into the Gospel of John. By retracing the actual steps through the Holy Land of the events and accounts of this gospel, Vanier recreates a vivid and intimate portrait of what is often called the “mystical gospel.”
This series looks deep into the gospel, and in so doing brings viewers further into the heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life and times of Jesus.
We will watch the first seven series this Spring, and the following 7 series in the Fall.   We will start with a small meal together, then watch the video and have a short discussion with Q&A.  I encourage you all to participate, if possible.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $677; Loose $263.40; Renovations $10; Fuel $110; Easter Flowers $25; Donations $400
St. Faustina’s – Regular $415; Loose $203.55; Easter $10; Fuel $35 Blessing of the Food from previous week $713.35


Death of His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte
His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal, died on April 8, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He was 78 years old. The late Cardinal was a priest for 56 years and Bishop for 33 years. He served as the ninth Archbishop of Montreal, from 1990 to 2012. He was made Cardinal by Saint John Paul II at the Consistory of November 26, 1994.


Upcoming Presbyteral Ordinations
Archbishop Mancini is pleased to announce the upcoming presbyteral ordinations in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica:
May 9, 2015 at 11:00am – Br. Pio Libby, FoH
August 15, 2015 at 10:30am – Rev. Mr. E. James O’Connor
All are welcome to attend the ordinations, and we ask that you keep both of these men in your prayers as they prepare for their ordinations.

 

Country Time Show:  This Sunday, April 19th  at 7:00pm.  Admission is $6.  Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country with back-up band featuring:  Audrey Murray, Mel MacLeod, Mitch Owen, Jim Tynes, and Gary, Mike & Angie.

Pastoral Council Meeting:   This Tuesday, April 21th at 7:00pm.  

Prayer Community:  Will resume in the Fall, after the final DVD series - Into the Heart of God: Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land.  For more information on this series, see lower section of this page.  
 
Eucharistic Ministers:  We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital.  If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.  

Flea Market:  The next flea market will be on May 30th and 31st.  If you have any good used (or new) items you no longer need, please call Gordon at 902.469.5698.

Bulletin: Divine Mercy Sunday

Please Join us for a DVD Series starting Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00pm Into the Heart of God:Jean Vanier Explores the Gospel of John in the Holy Land
This work is an exploration into the Gospel of John. By retracing the actual steps through the Holy Land of the events and accounts of this gospel, Vanier recreates a vivid and intimate portrait of what is often called the “mystical gospel.”
This series looks deep into the gospel, and in so doing brings viewers further into the heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life and times of Jesus.
We will watch the first seven series this Spring, and the following 7 series in the Fall.   We will start with a small meal together, then watch the video and have a short discussion with Q&A.  I encourage you all to participate, if possible.

 Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $665; Loose $150.75; Books & Candles $66.10; Holy Lands $285.55; Renovations $116; Fuel $40; Easter $922; Lenten Folders $251.50; Easter Flowers $10
St. Faustina’s – Regular $140; Good Friday $311.30; Easter $425.60; Lenten Folders $14.50; Blessing of the Food; Bazaar $260


Atlantic Episcopal Assembly Gathering this week in Halifax
This week bishops from the 10 dioceses in Atlantic Canada gather in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth for their annual spring meeting. They will discuss matters important to our Church nationally as well as locally for each of their dioceses.
Please keep the bishops in your prayers as they pray, reflect and discuss the leadership of the local church Atlantic Canada. May the Holy Spirit guide their work and make it fruitful!
For other diocesan information visit www.halifaxyarmouth.org

 

Country Time Show:  The next show will be Sunday, April 19th  at 7:00pm.  Admission is $6.  Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country with back-up band featuring:  Audrey Murray, Mel MacLeod, Mitch Owen, Jim Tynes, and Gary, Mike & Angie.

Prayer Community:  Resumes this Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm.  

Adoration:  Will be this Thursday, April 16th at 7:00pm.  

Eucharistic Ministers:  We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital.  If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.  

Flea Market:  The next flea market will be on May 30th and 31st.  If you have any good used (or new) items you no longer need, please call Gordon at 902.469.5698. 

Bulletin: Easter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I will never be able to thank you enough for all the support you have given me in the past year… Your prayers, your affection and support, have been essential to me. In them I find the Providence of God revealed, and in your love I have seen the Love of God. Now, let us go forward, knowing the Risen Lord is with us.
Easter morning brings us news that is from of old yet ever new: Christ is Risen!
This event echoes through time and continues to resound in the Church and in the lives, faith, and hearts of all. It is the same faith of Mary, Mother of Jesus, the faith of Mary Magdalene and the other women who first discovered the empty tomb, and the faith of Peter and the other Apostles. Our faith is based on that same news, on the testimony of those sisters and brothers who saw firstly the stone that had been rolled away from the empty tomb, and then the mysterious messengers who testified that Jesus, the Crucified, was risen.
The Resurrection of Christ, although surpasses history, nevertheless happens at a precise moment in history and leaves an indelible mark upon it. The light which dazzled the guards keeping watch over Jesus’ tomb has transcended time and space. It is a divine light, that has dispelled the darkness of death and has brought to the world the splendour of God, His infinite goodness to all His children.
Now is the time to share this Good News; now is the time for compassion! It is time to suffer along with those who are disoriented; it is time to share the efforts of those who seek the Lord; it is time to be aware of the fact that only by loving with the heart of Christ can we reach the heart of our brothers and sisters and bring them the hope-filled message of Christ’s Resurrection. Compassion is the humble message that knows how to be lost, so as to make others find the Lord.
Here, in this world of ours, our families and neighbourhoods, the Easter Alleluia still contrasts with the cries that arise from so many painful situations. Yet it was for this that Christ died and rose again! He died on account of sin, including ours today. He rose also for the redemption of history, including our own. So this message today is intended for everyone and especially for peoples and communities who are undergoing a time of suffering - that the Risen Christ may open up for them the path of freedom, justice and peace.
Dear brothers and sisters, the Risen Christ is journeying ahead of us towards the new heavens and the new earth where we shall all finally live as one family, of the same Father. He is with us until the end of time. Let us walk behind him, in this wounded world. In our hearts there is joy and sorrow, on our faces there are smiles and tears. Such is our earthly reality. But Christ is Risen, he is alive and he walks with us. For this reason we sing and we walk, faithfully carrying out our task in this world with our gaze fixed on Heaven.
Happy Easter to all of you!
— Br. Nathanael

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $410; Loose $73.65; Books & Candles $50.80; Development & Peace $35; Easter Flowers $65; Fuel $5; In-Memoriam $50
St. Faustina’s – Regular $315; Loose $57; Easter Flowers $10; Fuel $5


Archdiocesan Information:
Archbishop Emeritus James M. Hayes Celebrates His 50th Anniversary
On April 7th Archbishop Emeritus James Hayes becomes one of only four bishops in Canada to achieve 50 years as a bishop. Come and celebrate this great milestone of the Jubilee Anniversary of his Episcopacy! Archbishop Mancini will celebrate a special Mass in honor of Archbishop Hayes at 12:15pm at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.
Our Archbishop will be joined by a number of Atlantic bishops who will be gathering that same week for their annual spring meeting.
A reception will follow during which people will have the opportunity to offer their greetings and well wishes to Archbishop Hayes.

 

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 12th – Mass at 3:00pm Confession starts at 2:00pm with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2:30pm Join us in the hall for a meal after Mass ~ $10 per plate which includes dessert, coffee or tea.

Rosary Group: This Sunday, April 5th, please switch to the next Mystery.

Country Time Show: The next show will be April 19th at 7:00pm. Admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country with back-up band featuring: Audrey Murray, Mel MacLeod, Mitch Owen, Jim Tynes, and Gary, Mike & Angie.

Prayer Community: Resumes next Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm.

Adoration: There will be no Adoration this week but will continue on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00pm.

Eucharistic Ministers: We are looking for more Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to patients at Dartmouth General Hospital. If you are interested, see Br. Nathanael.

Easter Flowers: Thank you to everyone who made donations for the Easter flowers in our church! You’ve helped make the altar even more beautiful.