New Bulletin Announcements this Week:
Fr. Joe Brazel – 50th Anniversary Celebration – Plan to attend a celebration of thanks to Fr. Joe Brazel for 50 years of faithful service. On July 20th, a Mass will be celebrated in Fr. Joe’s home parish at St. Patrick’s Church, Fort Augustus at 7:00 pm. Reception immediately following Mass at the Fort Augustus Rec Centre. Any questions, call Edna Reid at 569-3095.
All men and women of the diocese are invited to join a Diocesan Choir which will provide music for the Opening (Aug 6, 5 pm) and Closing Masses (Aug 9, 5 pm), both at the Basilica for the National CWL Convention. Practice dates are at St. Dunstan’s on Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm and on Saturday, Aug 5, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm with Leo Marchildon, Director of Music for the Diocese.
Upcoming Events at St. Andrew’s Chapel:
There will be a presentation by diocesan archivist Fr. Art O’Shea on Bishop Bernard Donald MacDonald on Sunday, July 16 at 2:00. Bishop MacDonald was the first native Islander to join the priesthood and the second bishop of Charlottetown. St. Andrews Chapel is 2 miles east of Mt. Stewart on the St. Peter’s Highway, admission is free, lunch served.
On Sunday, July 23 at 2:00 pm there will be an ecumenical prayer service held in the Chapel to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The service will be held jointly by Fr. John Lacey and Rev. Gail Hopkirk. Lunch will be served and a free-will offering will be available.
The Basilica and Tignish Summer Organ Recital Series: The series kicks off with Melanie Barney, organist for the Cathedral of St. Jerome, Quebec. Concert times are 7 pm on Tuesday, July 18 at the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, Tignish and at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 19 at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Ch’town. Free-will offering.
CEMETERY SUNDAY: At the Roman Catholic Cemetery Charlottetown, on Sunday, July 30, 2017 with Mass beginning at 2 pm. The entrance from St. Peter’s Road will be blocked off. For the safety of all attending, there will be no parking on the Mass site. Parking will be at the Kensington Road entrance and St. Pius X Church. In case of rain the Mass will be held at St. Pius X Church.
Feast Day of St. Anne and St. Joachim Pilgrimage Walk: On Friday, July 28, St. Anne’s Parish will celebrate the Feast Day of our Blessed Virgin Mary’s parents and invites all pilgrims to celebrate Holy Mass at 10:30 following a pilgrimage walk to the church. The walk starts at Stella Maris Church, North Rustico and proceeds to St. Anne’s Church. There is a choice of a long or short walk as follows: the long walk is 9.5 km (2 hrs) departing Stella Maris church at 7:30 am; park at the Stella Maris church. The short walk is 2.0 km joining the long walk on the Toronto Rd. to arrive at the church as a group. For shorter walk, assemble in your vehicles at 8:45 am at Stella Maris Church to be led to park on the Toronto Rd. where you will join the long walk. Knights of Columbus will lead walks, provide maps, water, road crossing safety, return transportation to parked cars during the walk and following Mass. Rain will cancel walks only. For additional detail, call Vernon Buote at 902-963-2106 or 902-314-4065.
The Priests Benevolent Fund now has a new website to improve communication between the Fund, our supporters, and the public at: www.priestsbenevolentfund.ca Since the Priests Benevolent Fund is a separate organization from the Diocese and its parishes, contacting us directly is the best and fastest way to get the answers to your questions about receipts, donations, and anything else related to the fund. You will find our contact information on the new site. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our generous donors for your contributions to the care of the retired priests of the Diocese of Charlottetown.
For July and August the Catholic Centre will be closed on Fridays; office hours Monday to Thursday are 8:30 am – 12 noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
SDU VACATION BIBLE CAMP: Due to cancellations, there are two available weeks for the Vacation Bible Camps which are sponsored by the SDU Board of Governors. Available weeks are August 14-18 and August 21-25. Any parish or parishes that are interested in hosting a week of Vacation Bible Camp should call 393-3441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.