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Knights Mass – Saint Monica's – Sunday January 17 – Social – TODAY after Mass

Admissions (First) Degree – Queen of Heaven – Wednesday, Jan. 20 – 6:45 for 7:30 start

Brunch – Saint Monica's – Sunday, Jan. 24 – After Mass

LAST MONTH FOR 2016 Cash Calendar Sales – Please get yours today, if haven't already done so! – Thank you for your support!


St Monica


St. Monica's Catholic Women's League:   "I value the spiritual benefits of being a CWL member – praying for other women and knowing that they are praying for me too, especially when I need spiritual encouragement and companionship."  We warmly welcome all women of our parish, and invite you to call Bernadette at 765-8643 or Mary at 242-5059 to learn more.  

We are grateful for USED STAMPS which may be placed in the CWL box at the church entrance to be used for Development and Peace missions.  Thank You!


St Monica

Your collection envelopes for the 2016 year are available at the back of the church. Please stop to pick up your box and check the name and address on it for accuracy.


St. Monica's Parish Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 12 January 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Parishioners are invited to attend.

Food Bank

Used egg cartons and plastic grocery bags in good condition are needed by The Twelve Baskets Food Bank as we repackage eggs and package other food for clients.  Please recycle these items to us.  They may be left in the entrance to the church any Saturday and Sunday and they will be picked up on Sunday after mass.  Thank you for your generosity.


Large ChaliceStarting next weekend, January 16-17 (Annapolis Royal – Saturday 4:30pm, Middleton – Saturday 7pm & Sunday 11am, Bridgetown – 9am), we will begin the regular practice of offering a “Liturgy of the Word with Communion” at certain churches in our area.  Dispensation is given to all parishioners to attend this service in lieu of a Sunday Mass. 


Eventually, this will happen every 3rd weekend throughout 1 of the 3 routes of the area covered between Windsor and Annapolis Royal … and since we have 3 routes within our area this should affect you once every nine weekends.


Please note:

1.  Our 3 routes are:  Western – Annapolis Royal, Bridgetown, Middleton, Central – Berwick,     Kentville, Canning, and Eastern – Wolfville, Hantsport, Windsor. 

2. This “Liturgy of the Word with Communion” does not affect the Saturday 6pm Mass at Acadia University or the Sunday 5pm Mass in Kentville.

3.  Initially, these liturgies will be led by a deacon … eventually, we would also like to see them “lay-led” with 1 man and 1 woman.  Deacon Dave Hasler (of Berwick) will be leading the services on January 16-17.  Deacon Don Boudreau (of Middleton) will lead the services in the 

Central route on January 30-31.  Deacon Jerry Clement (of Kentville) will lead the services in the Eastern route on February 20-21.  And Deacon Paul Lannan (of Kentville) will lead the services back in the Western route … that’s your route … on March 12-13.

4.   Past practice has been to offer Communion outside of the Mass.  The Archbishop has asked us to continue this for now.  This practice (with Communion) was never meant to be the common practice on a long-term basis … so the Archbishop is consulting within the Archdiocese and with other parts of Canada as to what is the best thing to do on a long-term basis.

Fr. John MacPherson


Effective the 1st week of Advent (Monday, Nov. 30 – Friday, Dec. 4) all regularly scheduled weekday Masses will take place at St. Joseph's in Kentville.

Both Fr. Craig Cameron and I are trying to simplify our weekdays enabling a bit more flexibility in our schedules to do other things.  Having said that, we would like to schedule "special" Masses during the week – maybe monthly – for specific reasons – eg. Healing Masses (with the Sacrament of the Sick), Patron Saints, Vocations, and other special intentions.  We will probably avoid the Winter months (January to March).  Rather than simply having a weekday Mass scheduled in each church we would like it to be more deliberate in its intent – possibly bringing out more local participation – thus helping us to be more efficient with our "presence."


We thank you for your help and generosity of spirit.

Fr. John MacPherson

Readers"Praying Scripture for a Change:  An Introduction to Lectio Divina".   This book introduces us to this   Catholic way of prayer that draws us closer to Christ through Scripture and opens us to a deeper relationship with God.    Also, we have  Advent Candles; Religious Christmas Cards; Advent Calendars for children; Sunday Missals for Young Catholics which begin on the First Sunday of Advent; and Religious Calendars 2016.   Available after Sunday Mass in the parish hall; or call Mary Crooks for special requests (242-5059).   

ReadersThe SUNDAY NIGHT ADULT STUDY GROUP   will begin a new study on the evening of October 18th  beginning with a potluck at 5:30 followed by the first session of Oremus – A Guide to Catholic Prayer by Father Mark Toups from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.

toss_salad_wooden_bowl_md_clrSoup Kitchen meeting on Oct. 15 at 2P.M. in parish hall to prepare a schedule for making/serving soup from mid-Nov. onward. This is the third year for the soup kitchen which has gradually grown to be a successful and welcome feature of the cold weather months in Middleton. If you cannot attend but wish to help out in some capacity, please phone Tom Ross at 902 825 6906 or Gordon MacDonald 902 825 4547. Please and thank you.

THE 90th CURSILLO WEEKEND for women is taking place on October 1-4 at St. Joseph’s Church in Kentville.  Your prayers are so important that the Holy Spirit will be present to the candidates and team and touch them in a special way.  We ask you, our praying community, to support this weekend in every way, with your prayers and with your presence.  Jesus is still ‘counting on us’. If you require an application please contact Maureen Eagle Aalders 538-9890

CaptureDONATE NOW: Is an online payment option found on our church website. Simply click the button on the left side of the home webpage and it will allow one donation or a setup of monthly tithes. This site will email a receipt immediately for your taxes. You will not receive a duplicate from the office. Mass Intentions can also be received online. Thank-you.

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