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 2018

18th - 25th

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Parishes/pastoral units throughout the diocese


Canadian Council of Churches


February 2018

2nd - Friday

Presentation of the Lord

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

 An opportunity to celebrate in a special way members of Consecrated Life in our parishes


10th - Saturday

Antigonish Women's Prayer Breakfast

08:30 to 10:30 am

Guest Speaker: Patricia Fricker-Bates
Auditor, Matrimonial Tribunal, Diocese of Antigonish

Topic:  How does faith inform my life


Price: $15.00. Student Price: $7.50

Tickets available at St. Ninian Parish Office (902-863-2338).

14th - Wednesday
Ash Wednesday

Lent begins




15th - Thursday
1-2 pm EST (2-3 pm AST)

Webinar: The Sacrament of Penance

For priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.


Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and spiritual director, explores the relationship between the sacrament of confession and ongoing spiritual growth.

Participants will:
1. Discuss the nature of conversion as the purpose of the sacrament of penance;
2. Explore two models for an examination of conscience; and
3. Reflect on a process for general confession in key moments of spiritual development.


1st Sunday of Lent

Rite of Election of Catechumens


St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish


Chancery Office




March 2018


33rd World Youth Day

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30) is the theme for Pope Francis’ message.  See the message and more on our
Youth Ministry page under Events. 

2 pm

Palm Sunday Holy Hour 


Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, Sydney

It will include a walk of the cross around the church. Fr Paul Murphy will facilitate Eucharistic Adoration. Taylor and Frances Burton will play music throughout the holy hour, which will conclude with divine mercy and benediction.  


4 pm

Mass for Blessing of the Oils


Église St-Pierre, Chéticamp 

The celebration also honours the 125th anniversary of Église St-Pierre. 

27th, 28th and 30th
8 pm

An Adaptation of Clarence Enzler's EVERYONE'S WAY OF THE CROSS

St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish

The presentation is a series of tableaus that depict the 14 stations of the Cross. During each tableau a hymn will be sung by the choir that has been assembled by the Musical Director, Emery VandeWiel.


Good Friday, March 30th
8 pm

Good Friday Pageant

St. Joseph Church, Little Bras D'Or

It includes narration, appropriate music and realistic depictions of the life of Jesus, Prophet and Saviour. Everyone is invited. Come early for a good seat.
To help defray expenses, a container for freewill offerings will be
located near the exits.

April 2018

Easter Sunday




14th - Saturday

Ignite ... Your Faith Journey

Diocesan Youth Rally

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Sydney River

 An active day for youth based on the CBS television show "Amazing Race." 

Experience a day of faith in a game that incorporates their faith journey, offers testimonies, and a chance to connect with other youth. Lunch provided. Program concludes with Mass at 4:15.

 Register through your parish office.

A program of Diocese of Antigonish Youth:



 13th-15th - Fri.-Sun.

Directed Retreat

 Location: St. Joseph Renewal Centre, Mabou

This is an opportunity to reflect in a prayerful atmosphere, facilitated by a team of Spiritual Directors / prayer companions. 


Gary Fancey (902) 862-7580

or Winnie Odo (902) 862-2330

Retreat Brochure


20th-22nd - Fri.-Sun.

New Beginnings

A retreat program of sharing and healing for persons who are separated, divorced, or bereaved. 

 Location: St. Joseph Renewal Centre, Mabou

The retreat weekends are an opportunity to connect with faith and peers, and be reminded that no one is alone.


Ron Currie
(902) 564-0788

May 2018

11th - 12th

Overnight Youth Retreat

for students graduating from high school and preparing for university/post secondary studies


Location: Camp Geddie


Diocese of Antigonish Youth:



18th - 19th

Diocesan Spring Retreat
for all involved in parish ministry.

7 pm Friday to 3 pm Saturday

Accompaniment: Discovering the Christian Story

Facilitator: Sheila O'Handley, Diocesan hermit

Location: St. Joseph Retreat Centre

Cost: $65, includes accommodations and meals


Debbie Aker
ph 902-539-6188 ext 226
toll free 1-800-656-5311 ext 226


Link to poster

28th (Sunday)

World Communications Day

The Message of Pope Francis is entitled "Fear not, for I am with you (Isaiah 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time". message link
June 2018

4th - 6th

General Assembly of Priests










July 2018

6th - 8th
(Friday - Sunday)

Steubenville Atlantic

Steubenville Atlantic is the annual high school youth conference at Dalhousie University. 



Dalhousie University, Halifax


Diocese of Antigonish Youth:



On the web:

Steubenville Atlantic




August 2018

 Aug 5, 1-4 pm

Open House to bid farewell

 St. Joseph Convent/Renewal Centre, Mabou

 Hosted by The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame with the local sisters

We look forward to your presence as we gather to give thanks, celebrate, renew friendships, bid farewell and, of course, enjoy a cup of tea. Open mic and local entertainment will be provided. Ciad Mile Failte!

Aug 5, 7:30 pm

125th Anniversary Musical Gala

Église Saint-Pierre, Chéticamp

All are invited to this very special evening of traditional songs 
with orchestra, choir and invited guests.
September 2018

 Sept. 16

Feast Day of St. Ninian

Patron Saint of our Diocese  
October 2018

 Oct. 13

9:30 am-2 pm

Regional Gathering for our Anniversary 175


St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish 


Lunch will be provided.

Join us at one, two or all three events to learn more of our history, discuss parish life and consider:

How is God speaking to us now?

What are we being called to?



Oct. 20

9:30 am-2 pm

Regional Gathering for our Anniversary 175

St. Joseph's Church, Port Hawkesbury

Lunch will be provided.

Join us at one, two or all three events to learn more of our history, discuss parish life and consider: 

How is God speaking to us now?

What are we being called to?

November 2018

Nov. 3

9:30 am-2 pm

Regional Gathering for our Anniversary 175

 Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River  

Lunch will be provided.

Join us at one, two or all three events to learn more of our history, discuss parish life and consider: 

How is God speaking to us now?

What are we being called to?

December 2018

Dec. 2nd

First Sunday of Advent