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: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Greetings to Everyone,
I hope the Lord is giving you a restful summer. Thank you for all your love and prayers while I was away. I will be back this Tuesday and look forward to being with you again. Thank you for welcoming Fr. Joseph and Br. Pio - they really enjoyed their time with our community, and Fr. Joseph will be helping us for the rest of this year. Keep praying for our little community of St. Anthony’s as we continue to listen to God’s voice. We are in a time where so many of our sisters and brothers are in great need of experiencing love - God’s love, and our little family here is being called to respond to this cry for love. The Lord asks that we deeply encounter all who He brings into our path. Many are in need of hope and we can bring this to them. Let us never become tired of doing the good works of God, so that through us others may come to know His Love for them and thus begin to fall in love with Him.
May the Lord give you His peace.
— Br. Nathanael

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $565; Loose $112.10; Renovations $105
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $345


Sacrament of the Sick: At the Masses next weekend (August 16th &17th), Fr. Joseph will be offering the Sacrament of the Sick to anyone who needs it. The Sacrament of the Sick was formerly known as 'The Last Rites'. Today the Sacrament or Anointing of the Sick is celebrated with the following persons: 1) Those close to death 2) Those about to undergo a surgical operation 3) Those who have recently had a serious turn in their health - mental or physical - that presents a threat to the integrity of their life and 4) Persons of an advanced age (generally today 75 or older) where age itself becomes a real threat to the integrity of one’s health and life. The Sacrament of the Sick is not celebrated with those suffering from a persistent or on-going health concern, ex. arthritis, hypertension etc. Someone may be anointed several times or even regularly (if terminally ill for example). The grace given in this sacrament has three effects: 1) The forgiveness of sins, 2) easing anxiety and calming fears, and 3) actual mental or physical healing as the Lord desires to grant this to a person, for the glory of His name.

Growing in Faith and the call to Holiness: This fall Br. Nathanael will be leading a ‘Growing in Faith’ prayer community. We will follow Biblical and Spiritual writings, in a set liturgical format, meeting 2 or 3 times a month. More info will be provided as we move into late August early September. Please seriously discern this call to holiness and journey together, deepening our Love for God and our neighbour. If you have any questions, please see Br. Nathanael.

St. Mary’s Basilica: On the upcoming Feast of the Assumption, Friday, August 15th , a special bilingual Mass will take place at St. Mary’s Basilica at 12:15pm. At the Mass, Bill Withers will receive the Archdiocese Medal of Merit from Archbishop Mancini. A barbeque will be held following Mass.

Rosary Group: Sunday, September 7th is the next date to change the Mystery.

Country Time Show: The next Country Time Show is Sunday, September 21st at 7:00pm. Come out and enjoy the show! Admission is only $6.

Flea Market: We will be holding a flea market this Fall and our Annual Fall Draw will start at the end of August. For information, see Gordon.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for August is Kraft Dinner. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!

Readers: We are still looking for readers, especially for the Sunday 9:00am Mass. If you are interested in reading, please see Br. Nathanael.

Franciscan Ordination July 18

On July 18 at 7:00 PM, Archbishop Anthony Mancini will ordain Br. Grant MacLean of the Franciscans of Halifax to the permanent diaconate at St. Catherine of Sienna Church. Dcn. Nathanael invites everyone to attend.

Bulletin: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

May the lord give you His peace, 

My dear friends of St. Anthony’s family, I would like to thank you so much for your support in prayer, hard work and monetary gifts throughout this year of transition for all of us. I am always joyful when with you all where we shared in praising and blessing our God who always knows the real good we need for our journey.

I want to encourage you all to continue building a strong fraternal life inside our parish. Remember that “pearl of Faith” that has been passed on to you from family and friends for generations. Do not get tired of doing the true good and spreading the good seed, the seed of the Gospel which grows in hiding while the farmer sleeps. We never know what God is doing in the hearts of others who we have encountered. 

As St. Paul says “cloth yourself with Christ at all times”, let us make a sanctuary for Him in our hearts. A place where we will experience His presence continually even when we cannot see the road we journey on. He is constantly uniting us to Himself and others and He sends us out to those who are in the most need of His loving presences.

We are Christ’s body and we are the ones He sends to bring His presences to the world we live in. In this time and place we are the ones He calls, there are no others. We cannot allow the fear of our limitations stop us from acting on our Faith, the Lord worked with Saints Peter, Paul, and Mary Madeline, He will work with us too. Let us surrender to Him in everything.

Please never hesitate to be involved in our Parish Community, all of you have so much to offer from the foundation of your faith to the talents that God has gifted you with, they are to be shared generously. Our brothers and sisters need to see fidelity in these times, fidelity to Christ, our Community and the Church, the body of Christ. 

The Lord asks us to be a beacon of light to our neighborhood and bring His Kingdom to the world. For our little part we must be conscious and ask ourselves “Am I building up the Kingdom of God or am I tearing it down”. We always should examine the growth of God Kingdom in all the areas of our lives. And especially in our everyday encounters with my brothers and sisters. Let us bring Christ into all we do, not just inside the walls of our Church building. 

Have a great summer with Christ at the helm of your life. And now I will leave you with something that is close to my heart. St. Paul writes “greet each other with a holy kiss” knowing deeply that we are brothers and sisters of the same family.  
God’s family.

May the Lord give you peace.
— Br. Nathanael

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $639; Loose $74.50; Flea Marek; $150; Donation $500; Spring Draw $50
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $905; Loose $79.75; Hall Rental $200 Corpus Christi Luncheon $325


Rosary Group: Sunday, July 6th, we move on to the next decade of the Rosary. August 3rd and September 7th are the next dates to change during the summer.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item for July is canned meat or fish and for August is Kraft Dinner. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!

Franciscans of Halifax: The Community is facilitating their spiritual excercises this coming week. If anyone is interested, please call Br. Paul at 446-5228.

Spring Draw: Our ‘Great Spring Draw’ brought in a total of $1,289. Thank you to everyone who supported our draw. The following are the list of winners from the Spring Draw: 1. Cecille Sepidoza, 2. Antoni Drozdowaski, 3. Joanne Nelson, 4. Sheila Brousard, 5.  Ralph Hawley, 6. Lucy Chrzaszcz, 7. Giarcionto Mantolino, 8. Edith Marin, 9. Jean Gomes, 10. Michael Supple, 11. Barb Brawn,  12. Veronica Fitzgerald, 13. Jacqueline Chu, 14. Helen MacCormac, 15. Raymond Murphy, 16. Judy Jewers, 17. Ivan MacPhee, 18. George Owens, 19. Joanne Hennigar, 20. Linda Young    

Readers: We are still looking for readers, especially for the Sunday 9:00am Mass. If you are interested in reading, please see Br. Nathanael.

Bulletin: Corpus Christi

I would like to thank you all so much for your generous donations towards the roof repair fund. We have completed the work and our total cost for the project was $7,475. Your generous donations have enable us to fully pay for our roof repairs and we are grateful for your response to God’s Providence.
— Br. Nathanael

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $484; Loose $70.60; Books & Candles $39.15 Renovations $10; St. Anthony’s Feast Day $345.55; Pickles $5; Flea Market $20; Spring Draw $ 135
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $325; Loose $23


Corpus Christi Procession: This Sunday (June 22nd), we will celebrate Corpus Christi with the Mass starting at 1:00pm and procession following. We will have four altars – two for English speakers and two for Polish speakers. There will be a meal in the hall after the Mass - $10 per plate. All are welcomed!

Volunteers for the Corpus Christi Altars: The altars will be set up approximately one hour before the Mass. Anyone available to help, please come to the church to give your helping hand.

Spring Draw Tickets: You must get your tickets back to Gordon before this Sunday’s Country Time Show! See Gordon Jewers after Mass or call him at 469-5698 to purchase or return tickets that helped sell.

Franciscans of Halifax: The Community is facilitating three theology courses as well as spiritual exercises throughout the summer. If anyone is interested, please see Br. Nathanael or pick up a copy of the program on the table near the entrance.

COUNTRY TIME SHOW! This Sunday (June 22nd) 7:00pm will be the last show before the summer break. Admission is only $6. Our Fall season will start on Sunday, September 21st. Admission is only $6. Come and enjoy show with your friends! Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country: Hayden Stover, Charlie Bourque, Vic Ivany, Tiah Taylor, Ray Richards, Hayward Strickland.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item for July is canned meat or fish and for August is Kraft Dinner. The donation box is located near the entrance. Thank you!

Outreach Program: Please continue to give your recyclables to Rupert Lewis before or afer Mass. All money received will go to our Outreach Program. Any questions, please call Rupert at 466-6788.

Bulletin: Trinity Sunday

Happy Father’s Day!
May the Lord bless you for your generous love for your family, friends and those in need of your guidance.
May He keep your heart focused on the paternal care of St. Joseph for Mary and Our Lord.
May the Lord bless you and keep you in His love all the days of your life.

You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 for a
‘Day of Reflection’ from 9:30am to 4:30pm
The Contemplative Sisters ~ Franciscans of Halifax
214 Bayers Mill Road, Musquodoboit Harbour
To register and for more information, please call 889-2017

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $717; Loose $99; Renovations $40 Spring Draw $815; Flea Market $356.60; Outreach $50; Hall Rental $200
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $340; Loose $35; Roof $300


Corpus Christi Procession: Next Sunday (June 22nd), we will celebrate 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 four altars – two for English speakers and two for Polish speakers. If anyone would like to help set up the altars for English speakers, please see John LeBlanc or Jennie Martell.
Country Time Show: Next Sunday (June 22nd), at 7:00pm will be the last show before the summer break. Our Fall season will start on Sunday, September 21st. Admission is only $6. Come and enjoy show with your friends!

Rhubarb & Strawberries: If anyone has any rhubarb that they are willing to donate, John LeBlanc will pick it up from from you. The rhubarb will be used for making jam for our Fall Fundraiser. Also, if you have any strawberry (u-pick) containers to loan or donate, please see John or call him at 469-4366.

Spring Draw Tickets: There is only one week left to get your tickets! $2 each or 3 for $5. A book of 10 tickets sell for $15. See Gordon Jewers after Mass to get your tickets and see the list of prizes. The draw will take place at the Country Time Show on NEXT Sunday, June 22nd.

Franciscans of Halifax: The Community is facilitating three theology courses throughout the summer season. If anyone is interested, please see Br. Nathanael or pick up a copy of the program on the table near the entrance.

Bulletin: Pentecost Sunday

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Celebrate this special feast day with us to honor our Patron Saint of the Poor. We will have Blessing of the Bread & Veneration of a First Class Relic. There will be a monetary collection for our outreach program.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $650; Loose $54.87; Books & Candles $32.50; Renovations $138 Flea Market $1,318.90 (to date); Chowder Luncheon $414.50
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $475; Loose $45; Roof $100


Corpus Christi Procession: Sunday, June 22nd, we will celebrate 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. If anyone would like to help set up the English Altars, please see John LeBlanc or Jennie Martell.

Country Time Show: Sunday, June 22nd at 7:00pm will be the last show before the summer break. Our fall season show will start up again on Sunday, September 21st. Admission is only $6. Come and enjoy show with your friends!

Flea Market: The final figures are not in yet for our flea market but the total will be higher than our previous flea markets. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and support. Over the next two weeks we can concentrate on selling tickets for our spring draw.

Thank You: to Bill Withers for coming in last Saturday to sell his books and for donating $500 toward our roof repairs.

Spring Draw Tickets: $2 each or 3 for $5. A book of 10 tickets sell for $15. See Gordon Jewers after Mass to get your tickets and see the list of prizes. The draw will take place at the Country Time Show on Sunday, June 22nd. Thank you for your support.

Bingo Equipment: The Bingo night was one of the biggest fundraisers for St. Anthony’s Parish in the past; however, the need for many volunteers was always a challenge to fulfill. We are leaning towards selling the equipment unless someone comes forward to coordinate this fundraiser for St. Anthony’s once again. If you are interested see Br. Nathanael.

Bulletin: The Ascension of the Lord

Spring Flea Market – This Weekend!
Saturday, May 31st after Mass 5:00pm – 6:30pm.
Sunday from 10:00am-2:30pm.
Fish or Corn Chowder dinner with a roll, coffee/tea or dessert for $7 per plate – Served on Saturday

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $552; Loose $102.90; Books & Candles $84.80; Fuel $10; Popes Pastoral Works $97; Outreach Donation $500
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $425; Loose $31


Rosary Group: This Sunday, June 1st, we move on to the next decade of the Rosary.

Feast of St. Anthony: We will celebrate Mass for the Feast of St. Anthony, Friday, June 13th at 7:00pm with Fr. Christopher. There will be ‘Blessing of Bread’ and Veneration of a First Class Relic of St. Anthony. We will have a monetary collection for our outreach to the poor. Celebrate this special feast day with us to honour our Patron Saint of the Poor.

Pastoral Council: Thanks to John LeBlanc who will be starting his second term as well as the new members: Lorraine Provender, Kelvin Lloyd, Carol Holland and Basil Cruikshank for coming on board this Fall. Also, thank you to Urszula Rudz, JoAnne Nelson, and Paula MacLellan for agreeing to continue to serve on the Council in the coming year. The new Council takes office in September.

Country Time Show: Sunday, June 22nd (7:00pm) will be the last show before the summer break. Our fall season show will start up again on Sunday, September 21st. Admission is only $6. Come and enjoy the live entertainment!

Spring Draw Tickets: $2 each or 3 for $5. A book of 10 tickets sell for $15. See Gordon Jewers after Mass to get your tickets and see the list of prizes. The draw will take place at the Country Time Show on Sunday, June 22nd. Thanks for your support.

Second Collection: This weekend May 31st and June 1st: The Diocesan Mission for New Evangelization. The funds will help support the annual Assembly of the People of God.

Bingo Equipment: The Bingo night was one of the biggest fundraisers for St. Anthony’s Parish in the past; however, the need for many volunteers was always a challenge to fulfill. We are leaning towards selling the equipment unless someone comes forward to coordinate this fundraiser for St. Anthony’s once again. If you are interested see Br. Nathanael.

Bulletin: 6th Sunday of Easter

Spring Flea Market – Next Weekend!
Saturday, May 31st from 9:00am-3:00pm and 5:00pm – 6:30pm.
Sunday from 10:00am- 2:30pm.
Fish or Corn Chowder dinner with a roll, coffee/tea or dessert for $7 per plate – Served on Saturday

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s ~ Regular $676; Loose $60.85
St. Faustina’s ~ Regular $424; Loose $30; Luncheon $240; Cafeteria $510
Country Time Show: $549.85


Fr. Lloyd O’Neill: Let us thank our Lord for the time He gave us with Fr. Lloyd, a friend of God and a great friend of our community. The Lord gave us a true witness and gift of our Faith in Jesus Christ. Fr. Lloyd truly showed us the heart of Christ and the Face of the Father every moment he was with us. This is a great opportunity to motivate our heart to be more united with Christ and each other, and may Fr. Lloyd aid us with his prayers in the Heavenly Kingdom. May the Lord be praised! Your brother in Faith, Br. Nathanael.

Pastoral Council: Nominations for Pastoral Council is now closed. All members have been elected by acclamation. John LeBlanc will be starting his second term and the new members are: Lorraine Provender, Kelvin Lloyd, Carol Holland and Basil Cruikshank. Urszula Rudz, JoAnne Nelson, and Paula MacLellan have a year to serve on their first term. The new council takes office in September.

Spring Flea Market Set Up: We will be setting up for the flea market next Thursday, May 29th starting at 10:00am. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Gordon will also be there on Friday evening, May 30th at 6:00pm (please contact Gordon if you are able to help set up). If you have any items to give away, please see Gordon or call him at 469-5698.

Country Time Show: Thank you to everyone who is part of the entertainment and to those who help coordinate the Country Time Show. Also, thank you to everyone who comes out to support the show. You are a great contribution to our parish. Sunday, June 22nd will be the last show before the summer break and our fall season show will start up again on Sunday, September 21st.

Feast of St. Anthony: We will celebrate Mass for the Feast of St. Anthony, Friday, June 13th at 7:00pm with Fr. Christopher. There will be ‘Blessing of Bread’ and Veneration of a First Class Relic of St. Anthony. We will have a basket for monetary donations for our outreach to the poor. Celebrate with us this special feast day honoring our Patron Saint of the Poor.

Second Collection: Next weekend May 31st and June 1st ~ The Diocesan Mission for New Evangelization. The funds will help assist in costs needed for the annual Assembly of the People of God, as well as resources (such as Beyond the Pews Survey).