First 5 – August 2, 2023

First 5 – August 2, 2023

Alpha Registration is open

August is upon us; time to register for fall events. Maybe you have never had the opportunity to take Alpha; this could be your year! Perhaps you have a neighbour or friend who has accepted your invitation. This is their next step. Click the link to the REGISTRATION FORM. No need to wait any longer.

Open Door thanks you

This spring Holy Trinity, through the Baby Bottle Campaign, generously donated $1777.89 to the Open Door Organization. Yvette Sutherland, from Open Door expressed thanks for our help to bring hope and healing to girls with an unexpected pregnancy and for helping exploited youth in our communities.

Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

Each year Masses for the Faithful Departed are celebrated in our Archdiocese’ Catholic Cemeteries over the summer months. There will be a mass held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Sackville Dr. on Wednesday August 23 at 6pm. The rain location for this event will be here at Holy Trinity Parish.

An Update from Fr. Tim

Dear Parish Family,

Hopefully this message finds you well as we journey through this unique summer.  I have been with you for just over one month now.  It has been a beautiful time of ministering with Fr. Yves, meeting many parishioners, getting to know the staff, and familiarizing myself with the physical surroundings at the church, office and rectory.  I even walked home for the first time last Friday by myself with my white cane.  I can already tell that I am going to feel at home here quite soon.  I am very much looking forward to meeting even more of you, and ministering among you as your new Pastor.

After such a nice Ice-cream Sunday upon my arrival, the Vacation Bible Camp with the children and volunteers, and after Steubenville Atlantic and our follow-up meeting, I am already experiencing your great potential, friendliness, faith and dedication to God’s Plan for Holy Trinity Parish.  As we more officially launch our five year strategic plan this September, I know in my heart that we are well poised to have a great year in building God’s Kingdom among us.

I regret to inform you that I have a short-term unforeseen setback.  I wanted you all to know that I had a fall on my Tandem bicycle on Monday afternoon.  Fr. Simon and I had our front tire blow out.  We are both ok in general, thanks be to God.  For my part, I have a shoulder injury, a separated clavicle.  I will see the Orthopedic Surgeon soon and will probably begin a regime of physio for about six to eight weeks in order to heal properly.  Thankfully nothing is broken, but my right arm is very limited in movement, and I will need to wear a sling for a couple of months.  Please keep me in your prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.  I already miss using my right arm for blessing people and giving out hugs.  Hopefully come October, all will be back to normal.  For my part, I will stick to hiking, swimming, snowshoeing and my treadmill.  So, please do not be alarmed over the next while as you see me celebrating Mass with only one fully-functioning arm; this too shall pass.

If I am permitted by the doctors to leave on August 14, I have planned to visit my family in Kitchener, Ontario for two weeks, followed by one week with the Annual reflection days with the Companions of the Cross.  I will return on Friday, September 1 to be here for the Labor Day Weekend.  If I have to remain in Lower Sackville to do my physio here, I will take a stay-cation at that time.

I pray for those of you who had serious water damage to your basement and property, I pray that all will be restored well, and that you will have the help that you might not need.  Let’s keep looking out for one another.  As we continue throughout the Summer months, I pray that God will give to you any needed recreation, rest and reconnection with family and friends.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Tim

News from the Archdiocesan office

The offices of the Archdiocese in downtown Halifax will be closed on Monday, August 7, to observe Natal Day.  We will re-open for regular hours from 8:30 am to 4:30pm on Tuesday, August 8.