Bulletin Announcements May 15 to 25

May 15, 2019

FROM BISHOP GRECCO: Attached to this communiqué, are the English and French texts of the message from the Conference for the 2019 National March for Life that took place last Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Ottawa.  These are provided to you in both PDF format.


Annual Provincial March for Life on Sunday May 26, 2-4 pm. We gather at St Pius X Church parking lot, St Peter’s Road, Charlottetown and walk as a group to the Coles Building to witness the value and dignity of all human life from fertilization until natural death. Our theme this year is: Love Saves Lives. For more information: Pat Wiedemer, life.sacntuary@pei.aibn.com or call 902-894-5473. See also: MarchforLifePEI.ca  


Sisters of St Martha Centennial Scholarship: Available to a third or fourth year Prince Edward Island female student in a post- secondary institution who is pursuing studies in the field of ecology, ethics, theology, education, health care or social work. Deadline to apply is May 30, 2019.  Application forms are on the Saint Dunstan’s University website.   For further information call 393-3441.

Steubenville Atlantic Youth Conference is happening July 5-7, 2019: This is the last call for registrations AND PAYMENTS. Join hundreds of youth from across Atlantic Canada for a weekend of friendship, fun, and faith. Please contact Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator Lauren van Vliet at youth@dioceseofcharlottetown.com

There will be a Men’s Retreat on Sunday, May 26 from 9am-4pm at the Martha Spirituality Centre at SDU Place on Great George St. in Charlottetown (use the entry door at back of the building). Retreat leader is Fr. Trevor Scott, a Jesuit priest from Montreal, speaking on Male Spirituality. Cost is $30 and men need to register by calling 902-367-3103 or messaging srgemma@eastlink.ca . Space is limited so register early. Bring a brown bag lunch and refreshments are provided.

“Supporting Families through Separation and Divorce” Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm at the Martha Spirituality Centre at SDU Place in Charlottetown. Guest Lecturer Jacinta Gallant is a collaborative lawyer and family mediator. This is a public lecture but space is limited so interested persons are asked to call 902-367-3103 or message srgemma@eastlink.ca  to reserve a seat. Donations accepted at the door

The Latin American Mission Program (LAMP) invites PEI residents to an interactive community forum entitled, Climate Change: Climate Justice “From Words to Action”. It will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall, 151 Stratford Road, Stratford, PEI, on Sunday, May 26, 1:30-4:00 PM. There is no charge for the forum. Pre-registration is preferred in order to facilitate planning. Please pre-register before May 21 by calling Marie at 902-894-4573 or by e-mail burgemarie@gmail.com.  The goal of the forum is to inspire more people to make deeper and wider commitments to organized action to stop climate change at its roots. The guest speaker is Ann Wheatley, environmentalist and member of Cooper Institute. Her topic is The Current Economic System: Generating and Denying Global Warming. All are welcome.  For further information please contact Fr. Phil Callaghan @ philcallaghan33@gmail.com .

100 Years Old

A special concert marking the centenary of St. Dunstan’s Basilica will take place Saturday, May 25 at 7 pm in the church (Note date change from previously announced.) This concert will include an overview of St. Dunstan’s life, as well as a sketch of the Basilica’s hundred-year history. Throughout, led by the Basilica Choir and director, Leo Marchildon, will be heard a sampling of liturgical music and hymnody from 1919 to the present. Featured will be the premiere of Leo’s setting of “Ave Dunstane,” a hymn honouring St. Dunstan, whose Latin text dates back to the 10th century. Also performed will be his “St. Dunstan’s Dream,” composed in 2013. All are welcome to help celebrate the Basilica’s 100 years. Free will offering to be shared among Refugee Committee, St. Vincent de Paul and parish needs.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Want to experience something of the life of Jesus? Do you want to experience the places that our Lord walked and where He spoke to the people? Join Fr. Andrew Handrahan on a guided pilgrimage to some of Israel’s holy sites. From October 21st-29th, 2020, the pilgrimage will travel to the Holy Land and visit such places as Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Transfiguration, Jerusalem, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Step into the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized, and stand on the hill where Jesus gave his sermon on the mount; walk through the places that our Lord himself walked, and experience the city of Jerusalem as you make the way of the cross which Jesus suffered. Contact Krisanne Butler at CAA Travel for more information: kbutler@atlantic.ca  or at 902-892-0296. Seats are limited, call now for more information.


The next Teen Encounter Weekend, for young people ages 16-21, will be held from May 31 – June 2 at the Kolbe Retreat Centre (www.hfmpei.com) in Bayside.  A weekend of prayer, talks, and fellowship as we encounter Jesus and one another.  Register at http://dioceseofcharlottetown.com/teen-encounter-registration/

Clinical Pastoral Education at the QEH (September 24, 2019 – April 15, 2020): The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Spiritual Care Department has received program approval from the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) to offer a fall/winter of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).  CPE is an intensive, experience-based approach to learning regarding providing quality spiritual care.  Students will attend a 28-week (400 hours) course that offers two-day-per-week training which includes classroom time and practicum time.   The program is open to clergy, theology students, and lay persons with theology training who want to improve their pastoral skills in a health care setting. For more information and application material, contact Mary Bungay, Spiritual Care Administrative assistant @ (902) 894-2053 or mkbungay@ihis.org. Application deadline is July 25th, 2019.