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Archbishop's Annual Appeal

The 2014 Archbishop's Annual Appeal starts this weekendAppeal2014 banner514x206 in our parishes of this Church of Halifax-Yarmouth. The Appeal runs from October 19 until the Feast of Christ the King on November 23. Appeal resource information has been mailed to many parishioners and is also available at your parish.

How you can give to the Appeal?

  • Make a pledge!
  • Online! Go to www.halifaxyarmouth.org and click on Donate Now to make a pledge or one time donation by credit card.
  • Make a one time donation! By cheque (made payable to your parish), credit card, bequests, stocks, or memorials.

World Mission Sunday

Pope -world mission sunday 2014World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.

Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is "an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world" (see Redemptoris Missio 81).

Pastoral Letter Release

On October 24 the much anticipated Pastoral Letter from quovadis - Jesus and Peter going in different directions 3Archbishop Mancini will be made available to the faithful. Our Archbishop's Pastoral Letter, "Lord, where are you going?" (Domine Quo Vadis?) is, in part, the fruit of many consultations and conversations with clergy and laity over this past year. This Letter will, through our prayer and the Holy Spirit, inspire in us further reflections and action. To mark this part in our journey of Transformation all members of the diocese are invited to join with Archbishop Mancini for a special Evening Prayer on Friday, October 24 at 7:00pm at Saint Mary's Basilica Cathedral. All are welcome!

Sisters of Charity-Halifax New Leadership Team

Sisters of Charity-Halifax have elected a new Leadership Sr of Charity symbolTeam, effective September 27. Congregational Leader: Sister Joan O'Keefe Congregational Councillors: Sisters Kathleen Crowley, Mary Katherine (Kati) Hamm, Cecilia Hudec, Roberta Kerins and Maryanne Ruzzo.

Sister Joan O'Keefe is well-known in Nova Scotia, where she's lived since she first entered the congregation. She taught school in Shad Bay, Herring Cove, Westphal and Hebbville, then moved into parish work in Bridgewater, Liverpool and Bedford. Sister Joan was co-ordinator of the Single Parent Centre (now Chebucto Family Centre) in Spryfield from 1989-2002. She served on the Congregational Leadership Team 2002-2008, and has been a volunteer doula since then.

Sisters Kathleen Crowley and Maryanne Ruzzo currently live in Massachusetts, Sisters Kati Hamm and Roberta Kerins in New York, and Sister Cecilia Hudec lives in Richmond, BC.

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Parish Pastoral Planning

With a clear understanding of where we presently stand, Phase Two will challenge us to envision, guided by the Holy Spirit, a way forward in our local community. Our pastoral year will begin with regional training for parish leadership in October to prepare for the year ahead. Using the same tools as in Phase One, parishes will then assess their ministries, compile parish statistics, and reflect on how they embody mission, community, and formation in their local reality. This second round of assessment will help parishes better understand their typical one year cycle as they begin to plan for the next three years. This assessment will also serve as the baseline health indicator of the parish, providing a comparison point for future annual assessments. During Phase Two, each parish will also develop an individualized strategic plan for itself. Our parishes vary greatly in size geography, resources,, and charisms – individualized plans, developed locally by pastors and parishioners, will allow each of our parishes to live out our three key themes in the best way for their unique context. We will gather in May 2016 for our Assembly of the People of God, which will focus on training and encouraging parishioners. Pastoral Plans will be completed and submitted to Archbishop Mancini by June 30, 2016, for implementation at the parish level beginning September 2016. During Phase Two we will also implement our new financial campaign and its three annual collections.

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Parish Implementation

With our pastoral plans in place and underway, Phase Three becomes the enactment of our process of prayerful discernment and planning. The consistent cycle begun in phase two will continue for the following three years. Each year will include a regional gathering in October to begin and train for the pastoral year, followed by a time of parish assessment and analysis of parish statistics. Lent will remain a time for learning and reflecting, as parishes complete an annual review comparing their present state to their strategic plan. Near the end of each pastoral year, in late May, we will gather as a diocese for our Assembly of the People of God. The Assemblies will be closely tailored to the needs of our faithful, as indicated by the areas of concern or weakness identified in the parish discernment process and parish annual reviews. In this way, the diocese will be able to support the growth and renewal of our parishes based on their specific needs. This consistent cycle will repeat in the same way for the next three pastoral years (September 2016 to June 2017; September 2017 to June 2018; September 2018 to June 2019). In June 2019, we will gather as a diocese for our Assembly of the People of God to mark the end this five year period, celebrate our progress, and prepare for our future.

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Halifax: 
1531 Grafton St 
B3J 2B9
P: (902) 429-9800
F: (902) 423-5201

Hours:
8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30-4:30pm M-F                                     

Yarmouth:
#201, 65 Green St
B5A 1Z6
P: (902) 742-7163
F: (902) 742-2465

Hours:
8:30am-12:00pm & 1:00-4:30pm M-F