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June 4 ~ Edna Tierney
June 11 ~ Celestino Navaja
June 18 ~ Mary MacCormac
June 19 ~ Joe Hébert
Last Sunday Collections: (CC – Capital Campaign)
St. Anthony’s – Regular $830; Loose $128.85; Books & Candles $54.35; Pro-Life $20; Flea Market (CC) $1,275; Renovations $5; Fuel $20; Chowder - Roof (CC) $488; Ukrainian Donation $75; Roof (CC) $195; Outreach $30; Other Donation $20
St. Faustina’s – Regular $481; Loose $51.30
The Franciscans of Halifax invite you to our Spiritual Excercises July 18th – July 22nd, 2016 Conformed to the Image of His Son Romans 8:29 St. Catherine of Siena Parish See Bulletin Boards for Details
Rosary Group: This Sunday we switch to the next Rosary.
Mission Collection: This weekend, June 4th&5th, there will be a second collection to contribute to the Archdiocesan collection specifically for our Mission efforts. Please find the envelopes on the tables near the entrances.
Feast of St. Anthony: Mass will be at 7:00pm next Monday, June 13th with veneration of first class relic of St. Anthony and blessing of St. Anthony’s Bread. We will have a collection with all proceeds to our Outreach Program for those less fortunate.
Classic Country Show: The next show is Sunday, June 19th at 7:00pm.
Pastoral Council: The next meeting is Tuesday, June 21st at 6:30pm.
St. Vincent de Paul: Item of the month for June is pasta.
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
Christmas & New Year’s Mass Schedule
December 24 ~ Christmas Eve              6:00pm                11:00pm
December 25 ~ Christmas Day              9:00am                 1:00pm
December 26 ~ Saturday - St. Stephen     4:00pm                 1:00pm
December 27 ~ Sunday -Holy Family        9:00am                 1:00pm
December 31 ~ New Year’s Eve             4:00pm
January 1 ~ The Solemnity of Mary       10:00am                 1:00pm
January 2 ~ Saturday - Epiphany Vigil    4:00pm
January 3 ~ Sunday - Epiphany            9:00am                 1:00pm
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.
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.
- Starting the first week in September, the Brothers will be having Morning Prayer from Monday to Thursday each week starting at 7:30am in the Church Chapel/Board room. We will be following the Liturgy of the Hour with our recently donated prayer books. Please do not be afraid to join us, everyone is welcome.
- Catechism for children and youth starts this fall, please see Peter Dean or Br. Nathanael if you would like to register your child.
- We will be having RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults this coming year. Please let Br. Nathanael know if you have anyone interested in attending. Dates and times to follow.
- Thanks to George the next Country Time Show will be Sunday, September 15th at 7:00pm. Admission is $6. Come out and bring your friends.
- There will be a flea market on Saturday, September 28th from 9:00am – 3:00pm and after the 4:00pm Mass from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. It will also be held after the 9:00am Mass on Sunday until approximately 2:30pm. Donations are greatly appreciated, please see Gordon Jewers.
- If you have any refundable bottles to donate, please drop them off in the boardroom before or after Mass. All proceeds go towards our Outreach Program. We would like to thank you so much for those who have donate so much already.
- We have started to buildup our Sunday morning Choir (9am Mass). Do not be afraid to share your voice to Praise our Lord. If you are interested please see Carol Holland or Joanne Nelson or come out on Tuesday night practices @ 7pm in the Church.