April 26, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter Sunday

Acts 4: 7-12 1 John 3: 1-2 John 10: 11-18

Pastor: Fr. Chris Sherren
Email: fatherchris@live.com
Associate Pastor: Fr. Arulraj Santiago
Office Manager: Lucia Cameron
Pastoral Associate/Counselor: Florence Arsenault
Catechetic Ministry: Theresa Johnston
Pastoral Council: JoAnne Perry
Property/Finance: Peter Brown

Liturgical Schedule
Monday 12:10pm Delima & Frank Richard & son Gerald
Tuesday 12:10pm John McCabe & deceased Family
Wednesday 12:10 pm Nazaire Arsenault
Thursday 7:00pm Teresa Johnson
Friday 9:00am Clarence & Marion Gallant
9:30am – 12:00N Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Souls in Purgatory
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … John F. Trainor, Theresa (Hughes) Deighan, Peter Deighan, Reinnie Gallant, Nazaire Arsenault, Douglas Blanchard.
Sunday 9:00am & 10:30am

Baptism … for inquiries/registrations, please email Donna & Ron Dehmel rdehmel@eastlink.ca or call 436-4911 . Baptism preparation held 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm, Parish Centre.

St. Paul’s Prayer Group … Tuesdays in Parish Centre main hall, 7:00pm preceded by Rosary. All welcome!

Prayer Line … to have prayers said for family/friends experiencing health problems, call 436-5039 or 436-6135.

St. Peregrine Mass (Patron Saint of cancer & other serious illnesses) … every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm followed by a blessing with the St. Peregrine oil.

Catholic Women’s League … www.cwl.ca

Provincial C.W.L. … www.cwlpei.ca

Society of St. Vincent de Paul … meets on the first Thursday of the month, 7:30pm, Parish Centre lounge.

Knights of Columbus … meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, Parish Centre, 2nd level, 8pm. www.kofc.org

St. Paul’s Parish Annual Meeting … will be held on Thursday, April 30th, following the 7:00pm Mass … in the Parish Centre main hall. This will allow Finance Committee to provide more details on the following:
* 2014 Financial Report
* Walter Reid, Cemetery Funds
* Capital Budget & Expenditures 2015 & beyond
Thank you to all parishioners for your generosity/support.

This Week’s Question from the Question Box …
“If someone is baptized in a Presbyterian Church, will that person have to be baptized again should he/she join the Roman Catholic Church?”
The short answer is “probably not” but I’ll give a few more details. The Gospel of Matthew Jesus told his disciples to baptize using the Trinitarian formula (to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”) and we have continued doing this since the beginning of the Church. We believe that baptisms done in this way (with water and the Trinitarian formula) are valid whether they were received in a Catholic Church and celebrated by the priest or whether the baptism was received in a non-Catholic church and therefore anyone baptized in this way would not be re-baptized if they chose to enter the Catholic Church. To the best of my knowledge the Presbyterian Church follows this practice as do many other Christians. After some preparations they would simply receive the Eucharist and Confirmation. However, there are some Christians who do not baptize in the way that Jesus asked us to do in the Gospel of Matthew. Someone who chose to enter the Catholic Church from one of those denominations would be baptized before receiving Confirmation and the Eucharist.

Prayers for the sick & suffering … Marie McKenna, Darlene Savory, Margaret Cole, Doris Gerrard, Mary Bell, Norma Lewis, Patricia Tang, Sylvain Richard, Betty Cormier, John DeCoste, Richard Arsenault, André Cormier, Joseph & Stella Albert, Shirley Dickinson, Tyler Field, Steven Sauvé, S. MacNeill, Irving Gallant, Anita Peterson, Tom Carew, Geraldine Hynes, Wayne Spin, Brenda Sherry, Colette Cormier, Preston Silliker, Emily McCoubrey, Terry Graham, Reggie & LaurieAnn Poirier, Eunice Workman, Angus Arsenault, Tim Brown & daughter Lola-Grayce, Janice Gillis, Donald MacDonald, Carson Allain, Cody Arsenault, Ronald Doucette, Roy McRae, Elaine Cormier, Tyson G., Jean Profit, Nathan M., Leonard J. Arsenault, Erma Huestis, Adam Bourque, Sheila Dunphy … that Jesus may bring them healing in body and spirit.

Religious Education News …
First Communion …Congratulations to all children who have received their First Communion this Sunday;
Confirmation Rehearsal … will be on Monday, May 11th , 6:30pm … candidates along with either sponsor or parent are asked to attend;
Confirmation … Saturday, May 16th, 7:00pm. Please be in the main hall around 6:30pm with candidate and sponsor. There is reserved seating for family members in the Church. There is a sharing table for the reception … those with last name beginning with A-G, muffins or cheese/crackers; H-M, fruit (small bunch)/chips; P-W, veges or sweets;
Children in Grades 6 & 7 …will have reconciliation on Sunday, May 10th. This is to replace the date in March because of a winter storm. Those in Confirmation, who were not at the retreat, will receive reconciliation also. Once they have received reconciliation, they will be able to go home … there is no formal class on May 10th; FINAL Catechism Class … is Sunday, May 3rd.

Seniors’ Reflection Day … Tuesday, May 5th, 10:30am – 1:00pm. “Mary: Woman for Today” led by Sr. Della Gaudet. Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre. Cost is donation toward lunch. Further info at 436-9239.

ELECTIONS … priests are often asked what the church thinks about particular candidates and political parties around election time. The Church takes no position on which political party one should vote for. As followers of Jesus Christ, however, Christians are concerned about many issues that affect the wellbeing of people and society like justice and poverty. In this spirit, you’ll find a list of questions you might consider asking the candidates in your area at the entrance of the church. These questions are obviously not exhaustive; but, since many people come to us looking for guidance on important decisions, hopefully they will be of some help with regards to the important decision that election time brings.

Text Message and Email Updates … we’ve begun using a service called Flocknote to improve our communications here in the Parish. You can now sign up to receive text message and email updates regarding schedule changes and important announcements as well as a quarterly e-newsletter (beginning in May). This service is free (though your carrier message and data rates may apply). Signing up is easy, just visit www.stpaulsparish.ca/information/stay-informed for more information.

St. Paul’s Youth Group … meets every Thursday, 7pm – 9pm, 2nd level of St. Paul’s Parish Centre. All youth, Grades 7 & up are welcome to attend. Come and see.

Steubenville Atlantic July 3rd – 5th … Dalhousie University, Halifax. Youth, Grades 9-12 for those interested in attending, registration is $225. More info from Beth Rogers 436-6050.

Teen Encounter Weekend … May 15 – 17th at Belcourt Centre in South Rustico. To register, please visit www.dioceseofcharlottetown.com/teen-encounter-registration/ or forms available at the Parish office.

Young Adult Summit… May 30-31, 2015 facilitated by Fr. Terry Keehan & Terry Nelson-Johnson. Topics: Making Room for Joy, Sexuality & Intimacy,Ttowards a Spirituality of Work, Being Religious/Being Spiritual, Five Top Reasons why Young Adults Go/Don’t Go to Church, Growing Relationships. Check out website: catholicflame.com for details/info. If you would like to attend, the Catholic Women’s League at St. Paul’s is offering some financial assistance. Please call the Parish office if interested.

St. Dunstan’s University Scholarship … available to graduating high school students planning to attend UPEI. Valued at $5,000/year. Criteria and application form at www.saintdunstansuniversity.ca or 902-393-3441.

Funeral Reminder … in the case of a funeral Mass falling on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday mornings, the regular morning Mass will be cancelled.

Lecture Series … Michael Frost presents “Greater Love Has No One Than This, that Someone Lays Down His Life For His Friends”, Parish Center, 7:00pm, Sunday, April26th. God has done this for us! All are welcome.

Hike for Hospice … Shipyard Market, Water St. Sunday, May 3rd with registration at 1:30pm and hike at 2pm. www.hospicepei.ca/wordpress

April 19, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter Sunday

Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19             1 John 2: 1-5           Luke 24: 35-48

Pastor: Fr. Chris Sherren
Email: fatherchris@live.com
Associate Pastor: Fr. Arulraj Santiago
Office Manager: Lucia Cameron
Pastoral Associate/Counselor: Florence Arsenault
Catechetic Ministry: Theresa Johnston
Pastoral Council: JoAnne Perry
Property/Finance: Peter Brown

Liturgical Schedule
Monday 12:10pm Richard Steele
Tuesday 12:10pm Gerald McNeill
Wed 12:10 pm For the living – Dr. Ron Doucette
Thursday 7:00pm For the living – Anita Peterson
Friday 9:00am Roy Albert
9:30am – 12:00N Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Special Intention
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … Jane Elizabeth Wedge, Winston Lucas, Margaret DesRoches, Daniel & Clara MacDonald, Kathy Gaudet, Jean Gallant, Earl Arsenault.
Sunday 9:00am & 10:30am

Baptism … for inquiries/registrations, please call Donna & Ron Dehmel at 436-4911 or 436-8255. Baptism preparation held 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm, Parish Centre.

St. Paul’s Prayer Group … Tuesdays in Parish Centre main hall, 7:00pm preceded by Rosary. All welcome!

Prayer Line … to have prayers said for family/friends experiencing health problems, call 436-5039 or 436-6135.

St. Peregrine Mass (Patron Saint of cancer & other serious illnesses) … every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm followed by a blessing with the St. Peregrine oil.

Catholic Women’s League … www.cwl.ca

Provincial C.W.L. … www.cwlpei.ca

Society of St. Vincent de Paul … meets on the first Thursday of the month, 7:30pm, Parish Centre lounge.

Knights of Columbus … meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, Parish Centre, 2nd level, 8pm. www.kofc.org

Why was there no washing of feet on Holy Thursday … we’ve received a few questions in the boxes at the entrance of the church and this is the first I’ll answer. The liturgical norms say that you can only wash the feet of men during this ritual. I am aware of one occasion when Bishops sent a request to Rome to clarify whether the Latin “vir” in the text means males specifically or whether it means men in the sense of human persons. The answer came back that it means males, likely to keep the symbolism that the people getting their feet washed were the first priests. Today, this meaning has been lost in the minds of most of the people I know; but, the norm hasn’t been chanced. We are now in a situation where no matter which option we choose (to have only males or to open it to women and children) the ritual has become very divisive so since it is only an optional part of the Holy Thursday Mass, I chose not to do it this year. At least this year, if anyone was disappointed by the ritual, they will be united in the reason (that it didn’t happen) instead of fighting over who should get their feet washed.

St. Paul’s CWL News … we will be celebrating, on Thursday, April 23rd, the feast day of “Our Lady of Good Counsel” at the 7:00pm Mass. We hope that many of our CWL members will be able to attend. We will also go out to MacDonald’s afterwards for refreshments and fellowship. Of course, we invite any of the women of the Parish to join us for some together time.

Prayers for the sick & suffering … Marie McKenna, Liz LeClair, Darlene Savory, Elvira Baglole, Margaret Cole, Doris Gerrard, Mary Bell, Norma Lewis, Patricia Tang, Sylvain Richard, Betty Cormier, John DeCoste, Richard Arsenault, André Cormier, Joseph & Stella Albert, Shirley Dickinson, Tyler Field, Steven Sauvé, S. MacNeill, Irving Gallant, Anita Peterson, Tom Carew, Geraldine Hynes, Wayne Spin, Brenda Sherry, Colette Cormier, Albert McInnis, Jack Lucker, Kathleen Gaudet, Preston Silliker, Emily McCoubrey, Terry Graham, Reggie & LaurieAnn Poirier, Eunice Workman, Angus Arsenault, Tim Brown & daughter Lola-Grayce, Janice Gillis, Donald MacDonald, Carson Allain, Infants Elliot & Ethan Little, Cody Arsenault, Ronald Doucette, Roy McRae, Elaine Cormier, Tyson G., Jean Profit, Nathan M., Leonard J. Arsenault, Erma Huestis, Adam Bourque, Sheila Dunphy … that Jesus may bring them healing in body and spirit.

Religious Education News …
Grade 2 First Communion class … Reconciliation is Sunday, April 19th, 11:30am during catechism;
First Communion … is scheduled for Sunday, April 26th, 10:30am Mass only;
NO Catechism … Sunday, April 26th;
Confirmation Retreat … Saturday, April 25th, 9am – 4pm at Miscouche Rec Centre (new venue);
Confirmation Rehearsal … is Monday, May 11th , 6:30pm … candidates along with either sponsor/parent are asked to attend;
Confirmation … will be Saturday, May 16th, 7:00pm. Please be in the main hall around 6:30pm with candidate and sponsor. There is reserved seating for family members in the Church. There is a sharing table for the reception … those with last name beginning with A-G, muffins or cheese/crackers; H-M, fruit (small bunch)/chips; P-W, veges or sweets.

St. Paul’s Funeral Choir News … please note that a choir practice will be held, Wed., April 22nd, 10:30am – Church.

Lecture Series … Michael Frost presents “Greater Love Has No One Than This, that Someone Lays Down His Life For His Friends”, Parish Center, 7:00pm, Sunday, April26th. God has not only commanded us to do this, but He has done it for us Himself. He laid down His life to give us life … what is it that we might lie down to give ourselves life and those around us life as well. All are welcome.

Catholic Family Services … AGM on Apr. 28 at Murphy Community Ctr., 200 Richmond St., Ch’town. Registration at 6:30 pm; dinner & meeting at 7 pm. Public are welcome to attend. Tickets are $25/each. Call 894-3515 before April 22th. Annual $1000.00 Monthly Lottery… tickets are $100 each. Gives you 12 chances to win $1000. Call Janet at 894-3515 or drop into office at 129 Pownal St., Ch’town.

Weekend of Grace for Men Retreat … April 24 – 26th, Bayside Camp, Sambro Head, NS. Marcel 902-449-7613 www.weekendofgrace.com

Hike for Hospice … in memory of a loved one. Shipyard Market, Water St. on Sunday, May 3rd with registration at 1:30pm and hike at 2pm. www.hospicepei.ca/wordpress

Right to Life… AGM, Sat., Apr. 25th, Ch’town Christian Reformed Church, 153 Mt. Edward Rd., 10 am -1:30 pm . All members are requested to attend.

St. Paul’s Youth Group … meets every Thursday, 7pm – 9pm, 2nd level of St. Paul’s Parish Centre. All youth, Grades 7 & up are welcome to attend. Come and see.

Steubenville Atlantic July 3rd – 5th … Dalhousie University, Halifax. Youth, Grades 9-12 for those interested in attending, registration is $225. More info from Beth Rogers 436-6050.

Teen Encounter Weekend … May 15 – 17th at Belcourt Centre in South Rustico. To register, please visit www.dioceseofcharlottetown.com/teen-encounter-registration/ or forms available at the Parish office.

Young Adult Summit… May 30-31, 2015 facilitated by Fr. Terry Keehan & Terry Nelson-Johnson. Subjects to be explored: Making Room for Joy, Sexuality & Intimacy, towards a Spirituality of Work, Being Religious/Being Spiritual, Five Top Reasons why Young Adults Go/Don’t Go to Church, Growing Relationships. Check out young adult website – catholicflame.com for further details & registration info.

St. Dunstan’s University Scholarship … available to graduating high school students planning to attend UPEI. Valued at $5,000/year. Criteria and application form at www.saintdunstansuniversity.ca or 902-393-3441.

April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday

Acts 10: 34a, 37-43          Colossians 3: 1-4              John 20: 1-18

Pastor: Fr. Chris Sherren
Email: fatherchris@live.com
Associate Pastor: Fr. Arulraj Santiago
Office Manager: Lucia Cameron
Pastoral Associate/Counselor: Florence Arsenault
Catechetic Ministry: Theresa Johnston
Pastoral Council: JoAnne Perry
Property/Finance: Peter Brown

Liturgical Schedule
Monday 9:00am Anna & Gerald Hayes
Tuesday 12:10pm Robert Newell
Wednesday NO Mass
Thursday 7:00pm Thomas Freeman Perry
Friday 9:00am Catherine “Babes” Arsenault
9:30am – 12:00N Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 9:00am Raymond G. Gallant
4:30pm Messe française
7:00pm Anniversary Mass … Raymond Gauthier, Bella Rose Gallant, Pat Power, Allan Doucette, Raymond G. Gallant, Emanuel J. Gallant, B.L. d’Entremont, Arnold Deighan, George Power.
Sunday 9:00am & 10:30am

Baptism … for inquiries/registrations, please call Donna & Ron Dehmel at 436-4911 or 436-8255. Baptism preparation held 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm, Parish Centre.

St. Paul’s Prayer Group … Tuesdays in Parish Centre main hall, 7:00pm preceded by Rosary. All welcome!

Prayer Line … to have prayers said for family/friends experiencing health problems, call 436-5039 or 436-6135.

St. Peregrine Mass (Patron Saint of cancer & other serious illnesses) … every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7pm followed by a blessing with the St. Peregrine oil.

Catholic Women’s League … www.cwl.ca

Provincial C.W.L. … www.cwlpei.ca

Society of St. Vincent de Paul … meets on the first Thursday of the month, 7:30pm, Parish Centre lounge.

Knights of Columbus … meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, Parish Centre, 2nd level, 8pm. www.kofc.org

Divine Mercy Sunday … our annual Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour will be on Sunday, April 12th at 3pm beginning with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy chaplet. Silent prayer will continue until 3:50 with the opportunity for confession. At 3:50pm we will conclude with some vocal prayers and Benediction.

Prayers for the sick & suffering … Darlene Savory, Elvira Baglole, Margaret Cole, Doris Gerrard, Mary Bell, Norma Lewis, Patricia Tang, Sylvain Richard, Betty Cormier, John DeCoste, Richard Arsenault, André Cormier, Joseph & Stella Albert, Shirley Dickinson, Tyler Field, Steven Sauvé, S. MacNeill, Irving Gallant, Anita Peterson, Tom Carew, Geraldine Hynes, Wayne Spin, Brenda Sherry, Colette Cormier, Albert McInnis, Jack Lucker, Kathleen Gaudet, Preston Silliker, Emily McCoubrey, Terry Graham, Reggie & LaurieAnn Poirier, Eunice Workman, Angus Arsenault, Tim Brown & daughter Lola-Grayce, Janice Gillis, Donald MacDonald, Carson Allain, Infants Elliot & Ethan Little, Cody Arsenault, Ronald Doucette, Roy McRae, Elaine Cormier, Tyson G., Jean Profit, Nathan M., Leonard J. Arsenault, Erma Huestis, Adam Bourque, Sheila Dunphy … that Jesus may bring them healing in body and spirit.

Religious Education News …
NO catechism classes on Easter Sunday, April 5th. Classes resume on April 12th. First Communion Group Mass … is Thursday, April 9th … please be in the main hall by 6:30pm;
Reconciliation is Sunday, April 19th, 11:30am;
First Communion … is scheduled for Sunday, April 26th, 10:30am Mass only. Confirmation Retreat … Saturday, April 25th, 9am – 4pm at Kolbe Centre. Confirmation Rehearsal … is Monday, May 11th … candidates along with either sponsor/parent are asked to be in the main hall for 6:30pm;
Confirmation … will be Saturday, May 16th, 7:00pm.

Lectio: Peter … a 10-week adult faith formation series produced by the Augustin Institute on the life and meaning of Simon Peter, a poor fisherman, an impetuous follower, a bungling disciple and The Cornerstone of Catholicism. Starts Wednesday, April 8th , 7:00pm at St. Paul’s Parish. Includes introduction to praying with Scripture and group discussions. Register with JoAnne Perry at 436-4532.

Healing the Church … 7 sessions, begin Tuesday, April 14th, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre. Text written by Sr. Nuala Kenny, MD. (A few copies available for loan in the Parish office, should you wish to preview the text). Registration of $25 includes text. If you already have your own book, the cost will be $10. Contact Nancy Baglole 902-303-3431 or nancy@baglole.ca by April 7th.

Catholic Women’s League News … the next meeting will be on Monday, April 13th. As well, the CWL Card parties resume on Friday, April 10th.

Lecture Series … Michael Frost presents :Love Conquers All”, Parish Center, 7:00pm, Sunday, April 12th. Does anyone struggle with the same problem in relationship over & over? Let’s turn to the Cross, where hope is found & true love was given. It’s carrying our cross, as Jesus carried His, that allows His love to conquer all.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul … the next meeting will take place on Thursday, April 9th, 7:30pm, Centre lounge.

Marriage Encounter Weekend … continue to strengthen your love. The next weekend will be held at the Oromocto Days Inn, April17-19th. renewmarriage@gmail.com or 902-368-8375 for more information.
“Jesus, thank you for the great sign of your resurrection! Lord, I believe … help me believe, trust & love more.”

St. Paul’s Youth Group … meets every Thursday, 7pm – 9pm, 2nd level of St. Paul’s Parish Centre. All youth, Grades 7 & up are welcome to attend. Come and see.

Steubenville Atlantic July 3rd – 5th … Dalhousie University, Halifax. Youth, Grades 9-12 for those interested in attending, registration is $225. More info from Beth Rogers 436-6050.

Teen Encounter Weekend … May 15 – 17th at Belcourt Centre in South Rustico. To register, please visit www.dioceseofcharlottetown.com/teen-encounter-registration/ or forms available at the Parish office.

St. Dunstan’s University Scholarship … available to graduating high school students planning to attend UPEI. Valued at $5,000/year. Criteria and application form at www.saintdunstansuniversity.ca or 902-393-3441.

Ultreya … Saturday, April 18th … St. Paul’s Centre main hall, 8:00pm followed by a sharing table. Hope to see many Cursillistas from across the Island. De Colores!

Weekend of Grace for Men Retreat … April 24 – 26th, Bayside Camp, Sambro Head, NS. Marcel 902-449-7613 www.weekendofgrace.com

St. John the Baptist Church Fundraiser … an evening of entertainment for all ages at the Miscouche Rec Centre, Friday, April 17th, 7:00 – 9:00pm. $10/person $20/family.

Free Income Tax Preparation … for seniors, students … St. Eleanors Lions Club. 902-888-6452 appointment.