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: 1st Sunday of Lent

Saint Francis' Prayer Before the Crucifix
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me
true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out
Your holy and true command. Amen.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $372; Loose $67.40; Paper & Books $43; Renovations $5; In Memoriam $65
St. Faustina’s – No collections - cancellation of Mass due to weather.


Archdiocese Information:
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2015 has been released. His message is based on the theme: “Make firm your hearts.” (Jas 5:8) invites Catholics around the world to consider our “globalization of indifference” as he states in his opening paragraphs of his message: When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference.

Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.

God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves.

 

Country Time Show: Last Sunday’s show was cancelled due to the weather and rescheduled for this Sunday, February 22th at 7:00pm ~ admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country featuring: Brooklyn Blackmore, Diane Gould, Darrin Lively, Melanie MacNeil, Darlene MacNeil, and Art MacNeil. We hope to see you there!

Prayer Community: This Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00pm in the boardroom. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Way of the Cross: We will have Way of the Cross every Thursday (except March 12th) during Lent starting at 6:30pm followed by Adoration until 8:00pm.

Income Tax Receipts: Are available on the table near the main entrance (in a box in alphabetical order).

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for February is macaroni and cheese. 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 (902.466.6788) or for monetary donations, please see Joanne Nelson (902.464.1981). Thanks!

Bulletin: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Francis' Prayer Before the Crucifix

Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me
true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out
Your holy and true command. Amen.

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $540; Loose $79.46; Paper & Books; Fuel $75; Pro-Life $75; In-Memoriam $90
St. Faustina’s – Regular $445; Loose $60; Fuel $30; Initial Offering $5; Polish Luncheon $558


Archdiocese Information:

Invitation to Lenten Series from Archbishop Mancini: This Lent, Archbishop Mancini invites you to a three part study series to break open the content of his 2014 Pastoral Letter, “Lord, Where Are You Going?” and specifically consider our three key themes: Mission, Community, and Formation. Each session includes a short video with Archbishop Mancini and a local thought leader discussing the theme, a time of prayer and gospel reflection, guided small group discussion, and an individual discernment survey to help capture the fruits of the discussion and discernment that took place. As our Archdiocese moves forward in our year of pastoral discernment, this is a key way for all our lay faithful to have their voices heard in this discernment process and contribute to your parish’s pastoral plan. Please visit www.halifaxyarmouth.org to watch the video series.

Mass of Remembrance: The special intentions, for the living and for those who have died, that you named in the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal will be remembered on

February 21 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.

 

Prayer Community: This Tuesday, February 17th at 7:00pm in the boardroom. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Ash Wednesday: Mass will be at 7:00pm on February 18th.

Way of the Cross: We will have Way of the Cross every Thursday (except March 12th) during Lent starting at 6:30pm followed by Adoration until 8:00pm.

Income Tax Receipts: Are available on the table near the main entrance (in a box in alphabetical order).

Country Time Show: This Sunday, February 15th at 7:00pm ~ admission is $6. Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country featuring: Brooklyn Blackmore, Diane Gould, Darrin Lively, Melanie MacNeil, Darlene MacNeil, and Art MacNeil. We hope to see you there!

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Item of the month for February is macaroni and cheese. 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 (902.466.6788) or for monetary donations, please see Joanne Nelson (902.464.1981). Thanks!

Bulletin: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday Collections:
St. Anthony’s – Regular $824; Loose $61.70; Paper & Books $34.25; Renovations $95; Fuel $50; Donation $75; Outreach $20; Flea Market $25; Pickles & Jams $165
St. Faustina’s – Regular $320; Loose $90; Fuel $35


Archdiocese  Information:
Mass of Remembrance:
The special intentions, for the living and for those who have died, that you named in the Archdiocesan Annual Appeal will be remembered on
February 21 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.
Sharing the Care:
On the weekend of February 28 - March 1, we will have our Sharing the Care collection. Your contribution will make it possible for these priests to live their lives with the care and assistance they merit.  Please support these dedicated priests who worked hard to care for their parishioners in our diocese for many years.

 

Blessing of the Throats:  We will have blessing of the throats after both Masses this weekend.

Ash Wednesday:  Mass will be at 7:00pm on February 18th.   

Income Tax Receipts:  Are available on the table near the main entrance (in a box in alphabetical order).  

Polish Luncheon:  This Sunday, February 8th, our Polish group will be serving a luncheon after the 1:00pm Mass ~ $10 per plate which includes tea/coffee & cake.  All funds raised will be applied directly to our outstanding bills.  Everyone is welcome.

Prayer Community:  This Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the boardroom.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

Country Time Show:  Next Sunday, February 15th at 7:00pm ~ admission is $6.  Master of Ceremonies is Al Hollingsworth with back-up band Grover Country featuring: Brooklyn Blackmore, Diane Gould, Darrin Lively, Melanie MacNeil, Darlene MacNeil, and Art MacNeil.  We hope to see you there!

St. Vincent de Paul Society:  Item of the month for February is macaroni and cheese.  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 (902.466.6788) or for monetary donations, please see Joanne Nelson (902.464.1981).  Thanks!

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!