HTP Connection – March 20, 2024

Holy Week Schedule:

  Palm Sunday: Sat, March 23, 4:30 p.m. & Sun, March 24, 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
  Chrism Mass: Tues, March, 26 12:00 p.m. @ Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica 
* Holy Thursday: March 28, 7:00 p.m. Note: No 9:00 a.m. mass offered that day
  Family Stations of the Cross: Fri, March 29,  10:00 a.m.
* Good Friday: March 29, 3:00 p.m. Note: No 9:00 a.m. mass offered that day
* Easter Vigil:  Sat, March 30, 8:00 p.m. Note: No 4:30 p.m. mass offered that day
* Easter Sunday: March 31, 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

*livestream available on Holy Trinity Parish YouTube Channel
Note: There will be overflow seating in the church hall downstairs on Good Friday with the livestream feed available. We will also be removing the masking seating section starting Holy Week to accommodate the increase in attendance.


Reminder: Bring your bells to ring at the Easter Vigil on Saturday night.

Office Hours Holy Week

The front office will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 27 and reopen Tuesday, April 2 at 9:00 a.m. Messages will be checked while the office is closed.

Reconciliation Opportunity (Tonight!)

Come experience God’s mercy and forgiveness. Here is an examination of conscience. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered tonight, Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dying with Christ – Living with Hope

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:  HTP 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 $10 donation towards materials appreciated.

Mark your calendars and plan to take part in this interesting and timely discussion. Watch for registration details in next week’s HTP Connection.

Conscience Protection for Nova Scotia Doctors

Last week we shared that the Nova Scotia medical regulator is pushing through a policy that would force physicians to refer patients for euthanasia, abortion, and transgender services. Twenty-three courageous Christian physicians have told Nova Scotia’s medical regulator that they cannot abide by this new draft policy. Larry Worthen shares more about this: https://bit.ly/NSPastorsVideo 
Write the Nova Scotia regulator today to tell them you don’t want this policy to be approved: https://bit.ly/NSRegulator24

Holy Land Collection

Reminder that there is a collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday, March 29, 2024. A special envelope for this collection is in your envelope packet, or in the special envelope packet if you give using PAR. There is no other collection on Good Friday so any cash donated in the collection will also go to this cause.
A letter from the Commissary of the Holy Land in Canada in part reads: “… We know, of course, that money cannot assure peace, but it can provide a measure of compassionate help for many Christians who wait in faith during these difficult times for the peace and justice that Christ proclaimed. …”. For more information you can review information at www.commissariat.ca.

Hospitality and Easter

At Holy Trinity Parish, we want to serve like Jesus did – with radical love and hospitality! We also want to help you to make the most of the gifts the Lord has given you. 
As we prepare for the Easter season, there is an opportunity for us to show an extraordinary effort in making people feel welcome when they come to celebrate Easter. To do this, we invite all our parishioners to consider doing their small part in this effort in hospitality. 
Our small hospitality team is also in need of greeters and ushers to help create a place of welcome. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Catherine at (902)865-2112 ext 1 or at catherine@holytrinityns.ca. You can also put your name on the sign up sheet on the table in the foyer after mass.

“Love God, serve God; everything is in that.”  – St Clare of Assisi

Come and Pray with the Lord: The tradition of  spending one hour in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday recalls Jesus’ direction to his apostles to keep vigil with him while he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.” (Mark 14:34)
Spending time in adoration is a rich custom where we are asked to accompany Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane and console him during his great agony. It is on this sacred night before His death on the cross that he prepares to sacrifice himself, freely and willingly, for our sins. It is good to recall that he suffered greatly for us; it is good to recall his great love for us. He freely accepted the pain of the crucifixion out of love for us.
At Holy Trinity, on Holy Thursday, after the Blessed Sacrament has been placed in the tabernacle  of repose in the chapel, you are encouraged to stay and pray or to come back later and pray.  You may wish to pray in the church or in the chapel. Our time of adoration will end at 10:00 p.m. 

And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” (Mark 14: 37)

Divine Mercy Novena

In preparation for this Feast of Divine Mercy, Our Lord asked that the faithful pray a novena, beginning on Good Friday. Each day of the novena has a different intention that is dear to the Heart of Jesus, including all sinners, priests and Religious, souls of children, those in Purgatory, and finally lukewarm souls. Here is a website that explains the Novena and provides everything you need to pray the 9 days leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday.

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