This first Sunday of Lent, four people will be inscribed in the Book of the Elect: Carrie Quinn, Bloomfield; Julia McIntyre, Summerside; Binghui Xiu, Charlottetown and Dan Su, Charlottetown. This means they commit themselves to God and will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil on March 31. The Church welcomes them and invites Catholics across the Diocese to pray for them.
Diocesan Receptionist and Administrative Assistant is Retiring: Liz MacDonald is retiring from her position at the Diocesan Catholic Centre at the end of May, 2018. This brings to a close a rewarding career of fifteen years in which Liz was the friendly face greeting visitors, liaising with priests, and representatives of parishes and service organizations such as the CWL, Knights of Columbus and Development and Peace. Over these years Liz has also provided administrative support service to the many staff that work in the Diocesan Centre.
LENTEN SUNDAY MASS AT 7:00 PM: Having in mind that some people work during the weekends and would like an opportunity to go to Sunday Mass, we will be celebrating the Holy Eucharist on Sunday’s at 7:00 PM (during the Season of Lent ONLY) at St Francis of Assisi Parish in Cornwall.
Martha Spirituality Centre (902-367-3103 or firstname.lastname@example.org) presents a 4-part series on Contemplating the Sacred in Everyday Life on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Feb. 28, March 14 and 28 and April 11. This is a time to reflect on what is sacred, where God is in my life and how do I pray in my busy everyday life. Need to register by Feb. 26. Cost $25. Coodinated by Leah Michaud and Sr. Regina McQuaid.
Lenten Formation at the Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit’s St Clair School of Faith (To be held at St Francis of Assisi Church in Cornwall.)
1) “Exploring Franciscan Spirituality” A Series Presented by the St Francis of Assisi Fraternity. Four Tuesday evening presentations (Feb 27, March 6, 13 & 20 at 7:00 PM), exploring the life and charisma of St Francis and St Clair of Assisi and how it challenges us today. (open to everyone)
2) “A Reading of the Letter of Paul to the Galatians” A Seminar directed by Fr. John Molina. Four Wednesday evening Sessions (Feb 28, March 7, 14 & 21 at 7:00 PM), studying, analyzing and exploring the history and theology of the document. (10 participants only)
PEI Pilgrimage Ltd. will lead a tour to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine at Cap de Madeleine, QC and St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, the weekend of May 18-21, 2018. To register please call Gary Clow at 902-569-3945, Ken Campbell at 902-566-2914 or Joe Drane at 902-940-5871.
Promoting Mental Health in Seniors: Challenges and Strategies, An interactive community symposium; will be held at the Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond St., Charlottetown on Saturday, February 24, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. (Storm date: March 17). There is no fee for the event. Snacks will be provided. Travel and child/elder care subsidies are available on request. To help with seating plans, pre-registration is advised. To pre-register, call Sylvie at 902-368-7337 or email email@example.com . (NOTE: Registration deadline is February 20) The purpose of the symposium is to engage ordinary people of the wider community in developing effective ways to promote seniors’ mental health. This especially involves seniors and others adopting practices for themselves, and speaking out to demand programs based on prevention. It also involves pressuring policy makers for access to appropriate mental health care services for seniors. Contact: Marie Burge 902-894-4573
Father O’Shea still has some of his books relating to various aspects of Church history in the Diocese of Charlottetown. Those interested in our diocesan history who would like a free copy of one or other of these books, phone 902-566-1930.
The-Heart-of-the-Matter: A Marriage Preparation Course for Modern Couples in the Catholic Church: Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church? Got questions? Could you answer why getting married in the Catholic Church will make a difference in your life? Don’t settle for uncertainty. Learn why this choice is one of the best you will ever make! Ask YOUR questions, find answers and learn the truth. Get to The-Heart-of-the-Matter! We will meet individually to learn about and discuss the meaning of the Catholic Sacrament of Matrimony. Contact Pat Wiedemer by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 902-393-6047.
Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy: Join Fr. Andrew Handrahan on a guided pilgrimage to some of Italy’s holy sites. From November 6-16th, 2018, the pilgrimage will travel to Italy and visit such places as Rome, Vatican City, Assisi, San Giovanni Rotunda, and Montecassino. See the relics of St. Benedict, and the place where St. Michael the Archangel appeared; walk through the Catacombs of Rome, and breath in the air of the picturesque town of St. Francis; experience St. Peter’s basilica in Vatican City, and be present for the Holy Father’s Wednesday audience. An information session will be held at the CAA travel agency location in Charlottetown on February 20th at 6:30PM. Contact Krisanne Butler at CAA Travel for more information:email@example.com or at 902-892-0296.