Bulletin Announcements May 7 to 17

May 8, 2019

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.

All Life

The West Prince Right to Life will hold its peaceful monthly demonstration on May 11th at 11:00 am in Summerside along Roy Boats Avenue on the side of Walmart.

VOCATION SUNDAY: The Catholic Church all over the world is celebrating Vocation Sunday on May 12th. This is a special time for parishes in the Diocese of Charlottetown to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.  Pope Francis, in his message for the 2018 World Day of Vocations, emphasized that it is at the loving initiative of God, and by His personal encounter with each of us, that one is called. “Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us. He is God-with-us, who walks along the often-dusty paths of our lives. He knows our anxious longing for love and he calls us to joy. In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.”  Therefore, on this Vocation Sunday, you PARENTS and friends can promote vocation awareness and encourage young people to ask the question: “To what vocation in life is God calling me?” If the young people or adult feel that they are called by God, they can approach their parents, parish priests, religious Sisters or the Director of Vocations of the Diocese (at 902-388-0858 or 3saintsunit@gmail.com) to help to listen to God’s Call.

The Spring Liturgical Conference, “Nourish us with Sacred Story” will be held on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Cornwall. Fr. Keith Kennific will facilitate this day of reflection, prayer, teaching and discussion on the Liturgy of the Word in the Eucharist. No charge. Please take your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided. Please register by Friday, May 3 with Jennifer Scott, 902-368-8005 or rc@dioceseofcharlottetown.com.   Sponsored by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

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.

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/