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


21st - Wednesday

Day of Recollection


St. Joseph's Church, Port Hawkesbury

Resource Person:

Sheila O'Handley, Diocesan Hermit

March 2018


Mass for Blessing of the Oils


 Église St-Pierre, Chéticamp

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the parish

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/psot secondary studies


Location: Camp Geddie


Diocese of Antigonish Youth:



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




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December 2018

Dec. 2nd

First Sunday of Advent