HTP Connection – April 3, 2024

A note from the Pastor:

Dear Parish Family,

Happy Easter!  May the Risen Lord shine brightly into your heart and life and dazzle you with His goodness, power and mercy.

I am very satisfied to have had my first Holy Week and Easter with you. I feel more established as your pastor now that I have experienced these special days with you. I am very grateful to all the musicians, decorators, sacristans, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, servers, livestream team, hospitality team, reception team etc. Manas, Fr. Yves and I could not have done it without you. Thank you for your many hours of preparation and service to the wider parish community.  I definitely felt the joy of this Holy season in my heart.  As well, thanks to all of you who gave us Easter cards, gifts and candy. It lifted our spirits.

I wanted to inform you all about some important programs that are happening this April, in case you are interested in participating.

Firstly, this weekend, Deacon Larry will be preaching at our parish about end of life issues. This is to update and educate us, as well as to promote the three week program which will be taking place at our parish on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.  April, 9, 16 and 23. Please consider attending this important and timely program. Registration details below.

Secondly, I wanted to make sure that you knew about “The Gift”. It is a six week program exploring the Gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we prepare for Pentecost. It changed my life when I took it as a 21-year-old in 1996.  It begins on Wednesday evening, April 17. Further details below.  It is a great follow-up to the Alpha program, as well as a good stand alone program. I hope that this early part of Nova Scotia springtime brings new blessings and fervor to your Christian journey.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Tim

Divine Mercy Sunday

This Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. we will celebrate a Divine Mercy Holy hour at the parish. All are invited to attend. Copies of the Divine Mercy Novena prayers are still available this week at the back of the church for those who would like a copy. Although we are encouraged to pray the novena 9 days preceding Divine Mercy Sunday, you can pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy anytime.

Youth Ministry

Join us this Sunday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Hall for Youth Night! Every second Sunday night is Youth Night at HTP –  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 week! For more information, check out our newsletter. (https://www.metanoiaym.ca/metanoiaminute)

Steubenville Atlantic 2024

Calling All High School Teens! Steubenville Atlantic is back from July 5-7, 2024 at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will attend one of 25 Steubenville Youth Conferences to encounter the God who calls us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. “It has given me a new sense of peace and confidence in God just knowing that I don’t have to identify with anything else or by any other standard than just, I am God’s, and he is mine. All that I do is for him and through him.” – Quote from Steubenville Participant. Spaces are filling up fast so be sure to email youth@holytrinityns.ca soon or visit our table in the foyer this weekend to get registered! Fundraising starts at the end of April! 

Feed your Faith Vacation Bible Camp! Registration Open

Come Feed your Faith this Summer with our food-themed Vacation Bible Camp! Youth who will be in Grade Primary through Grade 5 in the 2024-25 school year are invited to join us during the week of July 22-26 for a week of stories from the scriptures teaching us all the ways God feeds and cares for us! We’ll learn all about God’s love through skits, songs, crafts, games, and of course, food! Registration is required to participate. Contact Alex Craven at faithformation@holytrinityns.ca or 782-253-0198 to sign up or get more information!

Registration Now Open “Dying with Christ – Living with Hope”

This is a three-part series that presents a hope-filled perspective on a universal experience. The discussions, led by theologians and healthcare professionals, will give timeless perspectives on suffering, grief, dying, our duty to care, and how dying with Christ is attainable for everyone. This series is beneficial for everyone: those who are nearing life’s end as well as their families and caregivers, those who want to learn more about aging with a view and understanding of how to die with Christ, and also younger people who walk this journey with their loved ones.  

Where: Holy Trinity Parish, hosted by Ministry of Care and Companionship 
When: Tuesdays, April 9, 16 and 23
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, but a donation of $10 towards materials appreciated.
Registration: click HERE or contact the Parish Office

Life in the Spirit Seminars

Have you opened your gifts? Do you want to experience the fullness of “New Life in the Spirit” Join us for The “GIFT”.
For more information see the Catholic Renewal Webpage and check upcoming events HERE.