Events, sacramental celebrations, Holy Days and other happenings are listed here by month.

Do you have an event to be included?
Please email updates or corrections to our Communications Officer. 


January 2020

18th - 25th

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Parishes/pastoral units throughout the diocese


Canadian Council of Churches


February 2020

Feb. 2

World Day for Consecrated Life

Please remember the religious in your parishes on this day.  

Feb. 2

7 pm

St. Ninian Cathedral

 Evening Prayer

for the Installation of Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick

Reception to follow in St. Ninian Place


Feb. 3

3 pm

St. Ninian Cathedral


of Bishop wayne Kirkpatrick as the 10th Bishop of Antigonish

Reception to follow in St. Ninian Place


Feb. 11

World Day of the Sick

Theme for this year:

"You receive without payment; give without payment" (Mt 10:8)

See the message from Pope Francis, in English and French


Feb. 26

Ash Wednesday

Season of Lent begins  
March 2020

March 1

World Day of Prayer








April 2020


Youth Rally

A gathering for youth in our diocese

Confirmation candidates are expected to attend


St. Leonard, New Waterford

 April 6

Mass of Chrism



April 9
Holy Thursday

April 10
Good Friday

April 11
Easter Vigil

April 12
Easter Sunday





May 2020

May 3

World Day of Prayer for Vocations




World Communications Day






June 2020

1st - 3rd

General Assembly of Priests

June 12-14

Diocesan Eucharistic Congress

in honour of the Year of the Eucharist

July 2020




August 2020








September 2019

Sept. 1-12

175th Anniversary Holy Land Pilgrimage

escorted by
Bishop Brian Dunn

 Experience 'the fifth Gospel' : see Nazareth and Jerusalem, sail the Sea of Galilee, and more.

See Anniversary175

or contact the Chancery Office:


Sept. 4, 6 pm

Alpha Training Session


For those interested in hosting and facilitating an Alpha program

Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River

Sept. 14-15

Closing Celebrations for Anniversary 175


 Saturday, Sept. 14
9:30 am - 3 pm with Mass at 4 pm

St. Joseph Church, Port Hawkesbury 9:30 am – 3 pm
Missionary Disciples: Echoing the Good News
Catechetical Day with Dr. Anne Jamieson
Open to All
Theme: A Deepening Love and A Clearer Witness
Lunch Provided

Sunday, Sept. 15
Missionary Disciples: Learning Together to Live the Call
Diocesan Celebration
St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish
2 pm Session and dialogue with Dr. Anne Jamieson
4 pm Mass with Bishop Brian Dunn and Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Bonazzi Hot/Cold Buffet to follow in St. Ninian Place

For Saturday, Sept. 14

Please Contact: Debbie Aker

902-539-6188/1-800-656-5311 ext 226


(Numbers needed for lunch)


For more information:

Anniversary 175 page

Sept. 15

Launch of

Year of the Eucharist

A series of diocesan-wide events will honour the year, leading to a Diocesan Eucharistic Congress in June 2020 and the International Eucharistic Congress in Hungary in September 2020


 Sept. 16

Feast Day of St. Ninian

Patron Saint of our Diocese  

Sept. 17

Alpha Training Session

For those interested in hosting and facilitating an Alpha program Location:
Pictou Deanery

 Sept. 20

Diaconate Ordination

 Please pray for our eight candidates as they complete their fourth year of study and discern their call to the Permanent Diaconate


October 2019

Oct. 6

Farewell gathering for Bishop Brian Dunn 

 4 pm Mass at St. Ninian Cathedral

followed by reception at St Ninian Place





November 2019


(Date TBA)

Youth Rally
St. Ninians Cathedral



 Nov. 23

Music Ministry Workshop

Formation and education for those in parish Music Ministry
The workshop will incorporate some of the music from the new hymnal being published Lent 2020 and will provide suggestions for new Mass settings

St. Joseph's, Port Hawkesbury

December 2019

Dec. 1st
Advent begins

Dec. 1  First Sunday
Dec. 8 Second Sunday
Dec. 15 Third Sunday
Dec. 22 Fourth Sunday






Dec. 25th
The Birth of Our Lord