Diocesan Communiqué – November 8, 2023

November 8, 2023

A NET Retreat is coming to a parish near you! A team of dynamic young adults is travelling across Canada leading retreats. They will be in our Diocese November 9-17. NET Retreats include high energy skits and fun, along with opportunities for small group discussion and prayer. Upcoming retreats are being held at:
a. King’s County: All Saints, Parish in Cardigan on November 13, 2-7pm
b. West Prince County: St. Simon & St. Jude Parish in Tignish on Sunday, November 12, beginning at 10am
c. East Prince County: St. Paul’s Parish in Summerside on Friday, November 17, 9am-5pm. Registration is available at: https://stpaulsparish.ca/youth-ministry.
d. Queen’s County: **St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown, hosted by the Crew, Thursday November 16 9am-4pm
For more information, you can visit: https://youth.dioceseofcharlottetown.com/net-retreats/ .

Please pray for the success of the retreats across the diocese!

The Latin American Mission Program (LAMP) is presenting the 31st annual Daniel O’Hanley Memorial Lecture on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Hall, 151 Stratford Rd, Stratford. The theme of the event is Colombia: Understanding the Structures of a Conflict. Similar structures are the basis of social and political conflicts in Canada and the current wars in Europe and the Middle East. The presenter is Reverend John Molina, who immigrated to Canada as a refugee from Colombia in 1999. He is a member of LAMP and currently serves as pastor of St. Simon and St Jude Parish in Tignish. To register please email latinamericamissionprogram@gmail.com (Note: without the ‘n’ on “America”) or call Marie Burge 902-894-4573. Please register before November 20, 2023. All are welcome.

Introduction to Carmelite Spirituality – December 14 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Richmond – starting at 7pm with Holy Mass followed by Veneration of a 1st Class relic of St. John of the Cross. After Mass there will 2 talks followed by a brief social with snacks and refreshments in the parish basement. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Monique Perry at 902-315-0528.

Come and hear, Melanie Melanson, Provincial Seniors Navigator, who is responsible for enhancing access to information. She will share with us information and services available to seniors. In addition she will relate navigational experiences of near seniors, seniors, their caregivers, and family members. This session is on November 15, 1:30-3:30 at The Living Well, 96 Patterson Drive, Hillsborough Park. A break with a snack is provided. To register email rmd17csm@gmail.com We are SCENT FREE.

Join Fr Martin Carter for a reflection on The Spiritual Journey of Saint Augustine, Tuesday November 21, 7-8:15 pm at St Francis of Assisi Church, Cornwall.

Reserve Sunday December 10th for a Roast Turkey TAKE-OUT Dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance, either in person or by phone, from Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre, 67 Reid Road, Stanley Bridge, 902-388-1952. Meals are to be picked up between 4 and 5:30 pm on December 10th at Our Lady of Hope. The cost is $10 per meal, with all proceeds going to the local food bank. Thinking about an Advent act of charity? Purchase a few tickets to donate to people who cannot afford a meal! The last day to get tickets is Sunday December 3rd.

Have you been experiencing problems dealing with anxiety, loss, depression, separation, parenting or relationship issues? Counselling services are available through a project sponsored by The Living Well. If you would like to speak to a qualified social worker about these issues you can contact us through e-mail 20tlwp23@gmail.com or call 902 330-2028. All inquiries will be confidential.

Watch two new Advent series on FORMED to help you prepare for Christ’s coming! Rooted: Rediscover the Jesse Tree This Advent – Hosted by Dr. Scott Hefelfinger, each seven-minute reflection helps Catholics apply Scripture to daily life using the Jesse Tree model traditionally practiced by families. Drawing Closer To God: A Catholic Art Show for Kids – Join art teacher Ms. Kim as she teaches children to draw different scenes from the Nativity story. As kids learn new art skills, they also begin to see the connections between the big picture of God’s story and their place within it. To Lean more about these new series and to sign up for free visithttps://daily.formed.org/advent.

NET Retreat… NET is back in Summerside for a Junior High & High School retreat at St. Paul’s on November 17th from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. Parents are invited to join their youth for the 4:30PM Mass. Who: Grades 8-12 from surrounding schools and parishes. Cost: $10/participant. Lunch and snacks are provided. Register online at: www.stpaulsparish.ca/youth-ministry . Contact Tawnya with any questions at education@stpaulsparish.ca or call 902-724-3645

The St. Francis of Assisi CWL presents: Listen to the Whispers of your mind, heart and body workshop, Saturday, November 25th, 8:30am to 1:30pm at St. Francis of Assisi in Cornwall. We have 3 great speakers lined up on engaging topics: Heart – The Palliative Care Story (Provincial Palliative Care Team); Mind – The Spirituality of Music (Leo Marchildon, Music Director Diocese of Charlottetown); Soul – Life of St. Augustine (Ariana Patey, Prof. of Religious Studies, UPEI). Lunch will be provided. ALL are invited, near and far! It is shaping up to be a meaningful Christ-filled day….a wonderful way to begin the Advent season! Donations of non-perishable items welcomed for St. Francis and UPEI Food Banks. RSVP to Cathy at cathyfavaro@hotmail.com or call 902-569-8826.

Save the Date: World Youth Day at Home is on Sunday, November 26! Celebrate with young people from across the Diocese. We will have time for prayer, a talk by Ryan Mitchell (who spoke at Steubenville Atlantic 2023), a pilgrimage walk from UPEI to St. Dunstan’s Basilica, and Mass with Bishop Joseph! For more information, including a schedule of events, visit: https://youth.dioceseofcharlottetown.com/world-youth-day/. RSVPs (on the website) are appreciated.