HTP Connection – February 28, 2024

Update from Our Pastor:

Dear Parish Family,

I will be away from the Parish from Monday, March 4 until Thursday, March 14. I will be on Winter vacation with Fr. Bryan Sabourin and Fr. Roger Vandenakkar. During this time, Fr. Yves will be in charge. I am grateful for the chance to get a vacation before the busyness of Holy Week and Easter. I will say hello to Fr. Bryan for all of you. So far, Lent has been a rich experience for me. I am going through Matthew Kelly’s Best Lent Ever program, and he is taking people through his new book called 33 Days to Eucharistic Glory. I highly recommend it. As we will be having a Eucharistic Congress in the Archdiocese in October, it is a helpful devotion which we may want to promote parish wide sometime before the Congress.

I am also appreciating the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Special thanks to all of the ministries which are taking turns in leading us through the prayers.

Though I personally will be out of town, I highly suggest that you consider attending our parish Lenten Mission this year at St. Benedict Parish from March 3-5.  For more information on this or anything Lenten related, please check out our parish website.

I am grateful to God that we will be welcoming Marshall MacIsaac into the Catholic church this Easter Vigil. Please keep him in your prayers as he gets closer to these wondrous Sacraments of New Life. Also, Lindsay Rafter will be entering into full Communion with the Catholic Church during the Easter Season. Keep her in your prayers as well. I highly appreciate Greg MacIntosh and Anne Marie Reid for their devotion to our parish RCIA Program. As well, our parish Alpha program has been highly instrumental in the faith journey of these two young adults. Thanks be to God, and thanks also to Tammy McDonald and her Alpha team for their loving commitment to this important program. Speaking of Alpha, please keep in your prayers our Holy Spirit Retreat for the Winter participants on March 8/9. Come Holy Spirit.

This is just a small glimpse of all that is going on at our parish. I will be preparing a more lengthy report; a ‘State of the Union’ address of sorts to update all of you on our current status and activities sometime in April. Stay tuned. God is working among us. May His blessings be with us as we journey from Lent into Easter, toward the Feast of Pentecost. As we steadily grow, welcoming new parishioners and parishioners from the past, it is my deep prayer that we will keep becoming more explosively alive in the Holy Spirit, strengthened in community and transforming the world for Jesus.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Tim

Lent and Holy Week at HTP

Visit our website, to connect with all things LENT and HOLY WEEK! You will find resources and information to guide you on your Lenten journey.

This Week Lenten Mission

For our Lenten mission this year we will be joining Saint Benedict Parish. The speaker will be Matt Regitz, a Global Leadership Coach with Divine Renovation Ministries. He will be speaking at Saint Benedict Parish, 45 Radcliffe Dr. in Clayton Park, at 7:00 p.m. (AST) on March 3, 4, and 5 (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening). Why not find some friends to carpool with? There is parking on the street if the lot is full. Join in-person at Saint Benedict church, or watch online on their Facebook page here or their YouTube channel here.

What are the Scrutinies? 

The Scrutinies are three special rites within the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process that help prepare the Catechumen now referred to as the Elect, for baptism in the Catholic Church. This year we are blessed to have a Catechumen preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil. The Scrutinies take place near the end of the Catechumens formation during the period known as Purification and Enlightenment, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday of Lent. The season of Lent involves a more intense period of examination and preparation for the Elect, and hopefully for those of us already living the Catholic faith. Though they are meant for the RCIA Elect, the Scrutinies can help all Catholics seeking to live a life of continuous conversion. The Scrutinies will take place at the 9am mass.  Please pray for Marshall our Elect, and for Lindsay our Candidate, who are both in preparation to be received fully into the Catholic Church this Easter.

Holy Communion for the Infirmed

Parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish who are unable to attend Mass due to either long- or short-term illness, age or mobility problems are encouraged to contact the parish office at 902-865-2112 Ext. 0 or by email at office@holytrinityns.ca and ask to receive Holy Communion at home. You may also pick up a referral card on the table in the foyer of the church. You will be contacted by a member of the Ministry of Care and Companionship and arrangements will be made. 

Steubenville NOW (Night of Worship)

Looking for a taste of the annual Steubenville Atlantic conference for High Schoolers? Come and hang out on Monday, March 4 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. for some worship, stories from past Steubenville conferences, and a look ahead at this year’s conference! All young people are invited to attend!

Steubenville Information Meeting

Parents and teens are encouraged to attend this planning meeting in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. where we will talk a little bit about the conference, costs, fundraising plans, and information on how to register. Please note, you do not have to be registered to attend this meeting – however it is VERY important to attend if you are interested in fundraising with us!

Archdiocesan News: For the latest news from the Halifax-Yarmouth Archdiocese click here.