First 5 – October 18, 2023

Host a Youth Missionary

Holy Trinity Parish is hosting NET Canada (National Evangelization Team) for a youth retreat on October 27. We are looking for a few host families for the young missionaries for October 27-28. Host families are asked to provide meals and a place to sleep for their NET Missionaries, and in return, NET missionaries spend quality time with, share their stories with and pray with their host families. If you are a member of Holy Trinity Parish and you have room to host 2-4 young missionaries, please contact Alex Stapleton as soon as possible at youth@holytrinityns.ca

To connect with other events for teens at our parish, read the latest Youth Ministry Metanoia Newsletter HERE.

All Souls Mass

On All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2nd, we will celebrate Mass for All Souls at 7pm and all are welcome to attend, either to support those who have held funerals in the parish over the past year, or to pray for your own deceased loved ones.For those with friends or family members who might like to join us virtually, we are streaming the event live to our Holy Trinity Parish Youtube channel found HERE.

The 2023 Assembly of the People of God

Join the Archdiocese for a day at McNally Theatre, Saint Mary’s University. There will be great talks, sharing of experiences, and of course prayer. The theme for the Assembly is accompaniment, that is, walking with one another on our journeys of faith to help each other encounter Jesus.  How do we do that?  Come to the Assembly and find out!

  • When: November 4, 2023
  • Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm – The Assembly will conclude with Mass.
  • Where: McNally Theatre, Saint Mary’s University or one of the hosting sites.
  • Cost: $25 (includes lunch)  

For more information and to register visit: www.halifaxyarmouth.org/assembly

Synod on Synodality

On Wednesday, October 4, Pope Francis officially opened the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with Mass in Saint Peter’s Square. This synod on synodality has in many ways been organized differently than previous synods.  The voice of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth has joined the voice of the Church worldwide to provide fodder for the discussions of the synod delegates. This synod has been much talked about by bishops, Church leadership,  Catholic media, and people worldwide. It is a significant moment in the life of our Church.  We invite you to pray for all involved in this significant event in the life of our Church. May the Holy Spirit guide the work of the Synod, opening hearts and minds to encounter Christ, to intentionally listen, to actively discern ways for the faithful walk together and live our shared mission to proclaim Christ and make disciples.  To keep up-to-date on what is happening at the Synod visit www.synod.va

Update from the Pastor

Dear Holy Trinity Parish Family,

            Autumn is in full swing, and there have been some great steps forward already.  For example, we were able to launch the five year plan to the whole parish.  Special thanks to Michelynne Gomez and the Parish Council for all of their hard work in getting us to this point.  Also, In this Archdiocesan theme of catechesis for 2023/2024, we had a Catechetical Sunday on October 1.  Special thanks to Alex Craven for his impactful role at our parish, and to all who were commissioned as catechists for our parish. Thankfully we have the RCIA, First Communion and Confirmation programs up and running.  It is a real joy to witness so many families presenting their children for faith formation at our parish.  Not only do we have these programs up and running, we also have our Metanoia youth group gearing up on Sunday evenings; Thank you Alex Stapleton for your ongoing commitment to this ministry.  I am not going to mention everything that is going on at the parish in this message, but I am pleased to mention that our Fall Alpha is going strong.  With both team and participants we have 40 people gathering together here on Thursday nights and God is touching hearts.  Special thanks to Tammy McDonald for her work in coordinating all things Alpha.

           As mentioned above, lots is going on.  Please lift all of this up in your prayers so that God’s work may continue effectively among us.  Our parish community is showing many signs of spiritual health.  I am Grateful to God for being your Pastor at this particular season at Holy Trinity Parish.  There is a lot to do, but even more importantly, God is going to do a lot in our midst.

A few updates to mention:

           I will be away to visit my family from Thursday, October 19 – Monday, October 23.  My 49th birthday is on Sunday, and I am looking forward to celebrating with my family.

           From Tuesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon, October 24 – 26, Fr. Yves and I will be away at Oak Island with the priests of our Archdiocese for some study days.  Therefore, there will be no morning 9am Mass on Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 and 26.  Please keep all of us priests in your prayers as we strive to better ourselves for ministry in your service.

           With all that is going on in the world right now, and with many illnesses and struggles here at home, let us always remember to turn to Mother Mary.  Every October, the Church turns to Mary’s intercession in the devotion of the Holy Rosary.  It was nice to join a few of you as we prayed in the parking lot on October 14.  Let us persevere in turning to Mary in all of our needs.  In Heaven, we will marvel at the power of such a simple prayer.  The Rosary is not meant to be a burdensome devotion, but rather, a most efficacious weapon against our spiritual enemies.  Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Tim