First 5 – January 10, 2024

Pastor’s Update

Dear Parish Family,

Here we are in a new year, 2024. I have been through a lot of transitions, challenges and changes in 2023, so I must admit that I am looking forward to more stability of sorts for this new year. I pray that whatever comes our way, we will ultimately be focused on discovering and living out God’s Holy Will for us. With God’s Grace and with each other to lean on, ‘we will weather the weather, no matter the weather, whatever the weather may be.” (Say that five times fast.)

I just wanted to give a couple of updates for your information. I will be leaving for Kitchener today to visit my family for a few days. I am delighted that I will be home for my Mom’s birthday on January 11. Then, from Monday, January 15 – 19, all of the Companions of the Cross members will be in Detroit for some study days which we attend every two years. During that week, there will be two Masses only at 9:00am Tuesday, January 16 and 9:00am Wednesday, January 17. There will not be Masses at  the parish on Thursday, January 18 and Friday January 19th. Everything will resume on Saturday, January 20.  During the week, the priests will be learning about the Encounter healing ministry. I am looking forward to learning more about this recent move of God in our part of the globe.

On a personal note, I have received funds to purchase a braille note plus, which is a great tool for the blind and visually impaired. It is like an IPad with braille display. I am hoping to use it for many daily tasks like scheduling, contact lists etc.  I am also hoping to use it for slide presentations, notes for homilies and talks, and so on. The CWL and the Knights of Columbus generously added to what the City of Halifax donated in order to complete the purchase. I am very grateful to them for making this possible.

Finally, I pray that as we journey throughout this new year, we will keep our hearts and minds open to God’s loving voice of truth, and that we all discover new levels of Holy Inspiration as how to best live out our individual calling as missionary disciples.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Tim

Ever Wonder

Alpha is an opportunity for people to come and explore together, in a relaxed and welcoming environment, what it means to believe in God. Through an 11-week series of videos, small group discussions and music, we are invited to grow in community and deepen our faith journey.

Alpha is for everyone and anyone. The beauty of Alpha is that there are no questions that are too silly or too simple. We come together with one another as we are, free to be ourselves.

Our next Alpha courses begin soon; Who will you invite to join you? We are offering many options this winter:

Online: Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm starting January 23, 2024.
In-person: Wednesday mornings, 10:00am – 12:00pm starting January 24, 2024.
In-person: Thursday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm starting January 25, 2024.

Registration and more information can be found on our website. Members of our Alpha team are available after the weekend masses to answer your questions and would love to share with you about the upcoming Alpha Course.

Morning Alpha

Yes it’s true! We are now offering morning Alpha! Does your work schedule make it difficult to attend evening events? Morning Alpha is for you! Are you on maternity leave or home with a newborn, bring them along! We are unable to offer childcare at this time but welcome moms who are happy to snuggle their little ones in their arms. Morning Alpha is for you! Would you love to fit in something for yourself while your school aged children are in class? Morning Alpha is for you! Do you just prefer to drive in the daylight? Morning Alpha is for you! Truly Alpha is for everyone and we would like to invite you to this 11 week course as a safe space to explore some videos, have conversations about life and grow in community. Maybe morning Alpha is the perfect opportunity for someone you know. This is the time to invite them. Registration can be found HERE. or on our Holy Trinity Webpage. Our first morning Alpha begins Wednesday Jan 24th at 10am. You’re Invited!

Prayer Service Tonight

There will be a St. Joseph’s Prayer Service held tonight Wednesday, January 10, 7:00pm – 8:00pm. There will be a Saint Joseph Icon present at the service. This will take the place of the regular scheduled Wednesday Holy Hour. 

Youth Ministry is back for 2024

Join us this Sunday, January 14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Hall for an awesome welcome-back night! Every second Sunday night is Youth Night at Holy Trinity Parish – a night filled with community, prayer, snacks, and more! All teens of the Parish are welcome to attend – no matter where you are in your faith journey! Been to youth group before? Try bringing a friend this year! For more information, check out our newsletter: https://www.metanoiaym.ca/metanoiaminute

Weekday Mass Times Next Week

As mentioned in Fr. Tim’s update above, weekday 9:00am Masses on Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17 will continue as scheduled. Please welcome Fr. Brian MacMillan who will be covering these two Mass times while Fr. Tim and Fr. Yves are away on study days with the Companions of the Cross. There will not be Masses on Thursday ,January 18 and Friday, January 19.