Bulletin Announcements May 8 to 19

May 9, 2018





Liturgical Conference: From the Table of Christ Jesus to the Table of the World: Praying and Living the Eucharist. Reserve SaturdayMay 12, 10 am to 3 pm. St. Francis of Assisi church, Cornwall. The presenter is Simone Brosig, Director of Liturgy for the Diocese of Calgary. No cost. Participants are asked to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, etc. provided. Register, please, with Liz MacDonald at the Diocese, by Tuesday, May 8: 902-368-8005 or rc@dioceseofcharlottetown.com Sponsored by the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Charlottetown. All are welcome!

Praying the Rosary with scripture, song and icons – 7 pm, Wednesday, May 16th, St. Francis of Assisi.  Sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Women’s League.  May is the month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady and it is the occasion for a moving tribute of faith and love.  A wonderful way to celebrate Mary!

Diocesan Information Sessions re Refugee Sponsorship:  Two information sessions will highlight responsibilities and rewards of refugee sponsorship:

  • Tuesday, May 15th – Jack Blanchard Family Centre, Holy Redeemer Parish, Charlottetown – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17th – St. Paul’s Parish Centre, Summerside, 7:00 p.m. Guest speakers (Dan Doran, Melissa Coffin) will share information regarding services available in the support of refugee sponsorship. Former refugee (Parshu Giri)  and community support group member (David Theuerkauf) will share their experiences.  Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Youth and Young Adult Alpha:  We will be running Alpha for youth and young adults, aged 14-35. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explores big questions about faith and the meaning of life. Each session looks at a different topic and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space for anyone, of any faith background or beliefs, who’s curious about Christianity. Each session includes food, short videos, and discussion where you can share your thoughts and ask questions.

The first session will be held on Sunday evenings starting this week, May 13, at 7:00pm in the hall of the St. Paul’s Parish Center in Summerside. New participants are welcome at any time to come join any of the sessions, even if you can’t make it to all of them. Consider inviting a friend to join you in trying Alpha! If you have any questions, contact Melanie Mahar at melanie.mahar@gmail.com or by phone/text at 613-784-9288

The PEI Right to Life (RTL) Association will be holding its annual March for LIFE on Sunday May 27th from 2-4pm. Join us at St Pius X Church on St Peter’s Road, Charlottetown, as we walk to the Coles Building on Richmond St. This year’s national theme is “All IN”. In light of the many changes our country has undergone which threaten the life of all, we ask that you come and be ALL IN for a culture of life!  As a kick-off to the March for Life you are invited to the Knights of Columbus Fundraiser Brunch after the 10:30 Mass (12pm) downstairs at St Dunstan’s Basilica in support of the PEI RTL. For more information see our webpage, FB event or contact: life.sanctuary@pei.aibn.com or our Executive Director, Pat Wiedemer at 902-894-5473.

From Broadway to Hollywood

PEI Pops! From Broadway to Hollywood:  Sunday June 3, 3 pm at St. Paul’s Church, Prince Street, Charlottetown.  Conductor Leo Marchildon transports audiences on a magical carpet ride throughout America with the PEI Pops! as they visit “Oklahoma”, “Chicago” and New York (“West Side Story”). Later in the program they visit the outer limits of the universe with music from Star Trek, Star Wars, E.T., Superman, and much more! Add to this a Salute to the Big Bands, and themes from such Hollywood classics as Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and the Magnificent Seven, and you have one spectacular afternoon of entertainment!  Admission by free-will offering.

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. Contact Krisanne Butler at CAA Travel for more information: kbutler@atlantic.caa.ca or at 902-892-0296. Remaining seats are limited, call now for more information.

Cardinal McGuigan native of Rustico Parish

You are cordially invited to attend a special mass on Sunday, May 27th – 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Church in South Rustico in honor of James Cardinal McGuigan’s 100th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.  Food and fellowship to follow at the Cymbria Lions Club, next to the Church (both wheelchair accessible).  Thank you!



Martha Spirituality Centre

Martha Spirituality Centre New May programs (at 367-3103 or srgemma@eastlink.ca)

  1. Men’s Retreat on Sat. May 26 from 10am-3pm with Gilles Michaud on the theme of Discovering John of the Cross: the Path of a Contemplative Man. Cost $20.

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The Island wide Youth Group “The Crew” is now accepting youth going into grade 9 next year. The Crew meets every Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 in the basement of St Dunstan’s Basilica.  Come and join other Catholic youth from all over the Island – from Souris through to Summerside and beyond. All are welcome grade 9 -12. Our kick-off event is a 20-foot banana split May 10th. Contact jessica@w-i.ca for inquiries.

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Celtic Ceilidh in support of Glenaladale Estate, Friday May 18th, 7:30 -9:30 pm, Tracadie Community Centre, featuring Joe MacMaster, fiddler and piper, nephew of Natalie MacMaster and rising star in Cape Breton, Sheila MacKenzie, Ward MacDonald, Tiber Falzett and others. Admission $15.00.



The Ottawa Children’s Choir under the direction of Jamie Loback, will perform an hour-long concert at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Sunday May 20 at 2:30 pm. Admission is by free-will offering and proceeds will support St. Dunstan’s Refugee Committee Fundraising project, Kakuma to Canada. The Choir is celebrating its 60th anniversary with this tour throughout Eastern Canada.




SDU Scholarship deadlines: The deadline to apply for the St. Dunstan’s Board of Governors Award and the St. Dunstan’s Post Graduate scholarship is May 15th.  The Board of Governors award is a $1,000 award to a June, 2018 graduating high school student. A minimum of one award is available to each high school on PEI.  The Post Graduate scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship to a full time student entering the first year of a Masters or Phd. program. Application form and criteria are available at  www.saintdunstansuniversity or call 393-3441.


Family Retreats are a great chance to spend quality time with your own and to meet other Catholic families.  The Thursday evening thru Sunday Retreats are held at Kolbe Retreat Center in Grand River PEI.  The $250 registration fee covers all food and lodging for your whole family.  Retreat schedule for this summer: July 12 -15, July 26-29, Aug 9-12 and Aug 23 -26.

Space is limited so please register early. For more information see: www.hfmpei.com / e-mail info@hfmpei.com / call 902-854-2719 / text 902-432-9595.


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. Space still available at $390.00 per person for double occupancy.


Stress Relief Workshops: 2 pm, Sundays in May, Kent Rm, Charlottetown Hotel –

May 20th – Getting a Handle on Stress – provides valuable information on the fight-or-flight response and talks about the effects of long-term stress on our bodies. It also uses the surprising laws of quantum physics to help us see things differently.

May 13 & 27th – Getting Along with Others and Ourselves – since relationships, both at home and in the workplace, are often our biggest source of stress, this workshop offers common sense ways to shift how we deal with people and ourselves.

Presenter Louise Carota shares her knowledge on a wide range of subjects including the workings of the human brain and quantum mechanics. The information is based on the course “Meditation and the Brain” given last winter at the Spirituality Centre.  Each session ends with a 15 minute guided meditation.  Cost – donation/pay as you can


Holy Land Pilgrimage This is your opportunity to see the Holyland. Father Gerard Chaisson, St. Mary’s Parish, Montague and Father Simon Lobo, Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, are the spiritual leaders on this prayerful Pilgrimage. The itinerary has been carefully arranged with full consideration to the ministry of Christ as opposed to merely a tour of the Holyland. Dates for this Pilgrimage are Oct. 7 – 18, 2018. To learn more, visit www.privatelabeltravel.ca and sign up for more information, or call Bob Sime at (902) 429-5145.

Teen Encounter: A weekend retreat for 16 to 21-year old’s on May 18-20 at Camp Kolbe Retreat Centre near Richmond, PEI. Please register at http://dioceseofcharlottetown.com/teen-encounter-registration/