Calling all mothers, step-mothers, adoptive mothers and grandmothers: Tuesday, August 27th is the feast day of St. Monica, St Augustine’s mother. She prayed constantly for her son. To honour St. Monica, and to support all mothers, we are having a special Mass at 7 pm in St. Monica’s Chapel at St. Augustine’s Church, Rustico. It is important for us to know we are not the only ones praying for our children to have success, to live a good life. All women who have people they pray for are invited to come celebrate Mass together. We’ll have muffins, tea, coffee and juice as we socialize after Mass.
Queen Square School’s annual reunion will take place at the Murphy Centre, 200 Richmond Street in Charlottetown on August 16 from 4-7 PM. Food and refreshments available. Former students and teachers are invited to reminisce while meeting and greeting old school chums.
Monthly First Saturday Gatherings honoring Blessed Virgin Mary will resume in October, following Saturday evening mass at the Basilica. We have a presentation, discussion, rosary and a snack. So far, volunteers have spoken about their visits to the shrines at Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, Knock (Ireland), Simala (Philippines), Medjugore, and Cap de la Madeline, and about the feasts of the Annunciation & the Immaculate Conception. All very inspiring. If you have a special interest in Marian Shrines or know someone who visited one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-628-2397.
UPCOMING PARISH PICNICS: St. John the Baptist, Miscouche, Sunday August 11th after 10:30 am Mass (Flea Market starts at 8); Immaculate Conception, Palmer Road, Sunday August 18th beginning with Outdoor Mass at 11 am; St. Simon and St. Jude, Tignish, Sunday August 25th.
The Knights of Columbus offers top-ranked insurance programs in 22 countries, including permanent and term life, long-term care and disability income coverages and retirement annuities for members and their families. Catholic men 18+ can qualify by becoming a Knight on line at kofc.org/joinus or through the Grand Knights in any of our 21 local Councils. For more information contact PEI Insurance Field Agent at email@example.com or 902-786-2298 or PEI KofC Membership Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text 902-393-4833.
The last presentation of the movie Unplanned by PEI Right to Life Association on PEI Summer Tour is at Alberton Baptist Church, Alberton on Tuesday August 13, at 7 pm. Tickets at Unplannedpei.ca or at the door if not sold out. Come and see this dramatic story that continues to move hearts and minds on the issue of life, love and forgiveness. We have had a tremendous response to this past week’s showings across the Island. We encourage all not to miss this story.
Bishop Grecco wishes to announce that our diocese is happy to receive two more missionary priests from India. Fr. Lazaru and Fr. Kishore will be temporarily in residence at Holy Redeemer Parish until the end of September when assigned parish duties. Welcome to Charlottetown Diocese, Fr. Lazaru and Fr. Kishore!
St. John the Baptist Parish in Miscouche will be celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. This joyful occasion will celebrate the Congrès mondial acadien 2019. Also, a flag raising to commemorate the Acadian World Congress will be held at 10 a.m. on the church grounds. The Acadian flag is blue, white and red and has the gold star to represent the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the Acadians. All are welcome to celebrate this special day of Our Blessed Mother and Acadians.
The summer organ recital series. The final concerts of the series will feature Montreal organist Philip Crozier on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 pm at the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, Tignish, and Wednesday, August 14 at 1 pm at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown. Admission is by free will offering.
The annual “Bishop’s Mass” celebrating the first bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown, Bishop Angus Bernard MacEachern, will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on August 18th at St. Andrew’s Chapel with Bishop Richard Grecco presiding. In conjunction with the Mass at St. Andrew’s Chapel, there will be a pilgrimage walk at 2:00 p.m. beginning from St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Mount Stewart. Following a prayer, the participants will follow the trail along the river to the burial ground near St. Andrew’s Chapel. One can walk up the cemetery road to the Chapel or take a car ride provided. There will also be a blessing of cycles, bicycles or motorcycles. Cyclists may use the trail while motorcycles can use the highway. Almost every year since the opening of St. Andrew’s Chapel in 1990, the Friends have arranged for a Mass to be said at the Chapel in memory of Bishop MacEachern. The Mass is said in August to commemorate the arrival of Angus MacEachern on the Island on that month in 1790. Following Mass, a light lunch will be served. Transportation will be provided back to the parish church for those leaving their car at Mount Stewart.
Connolly Estate bursaries are open to residents of PEI who are full-time students enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited university. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that they are Roman Catholic, are Irish in heritage and have material financial need (parental income applies if applicant is under 22). College students who are completing a joint program/degree and are enrolled in the university portion of their studies are eligible to apply. Bursaries are available for a maximum of four years. Apply at www.owenconnollyestate.com before Aug. 31. Recent bursaries have been in the range of $2,000/year, though they vary depending on market returns and the number of applicants.
On the occasion of their 20th anniversary, PEI Pilgrimage Ltd. will lead a pilgrimage to Quebec to visit Our Lady of the Cape Shrine and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré from October 4 – 7, 2019. The cost for double occupancy is $575, or $660 for single, HST incl. This includes travel, 3 nights’ accommodation and 6 meals. To register please call Gary or Eileen Clow at 902-569-3945, Ken Campbell at 902-566-2914 or Joe or Rita Drane at 902-940-5871. Call early to reserve your spot.
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: email@example.com or at 902-892-0296. Seats are limited, call now for more information.