Lent is a journey of reflection, prayer and deeds
as we remember the sacrifice of Our Lord and await the celebration of his Resurrection.

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St. Paul reminds us: “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26).
Bishop Brian Dunn's Lenten Message

Saint Paul nous rappelle : « un membre souffre, tous les membres souffrent avec lui. » (1 Cor 12 : 26).
Message de Carême, Évêque Brian Dunn


Parish Lenten Missions 2019

Did You Know ...

that it was historically customary for each parish in the diocese to organize a Mission every four years to reinforce the faith? Typically a visiting priest from a religious order was invited to conduct the retreat. The purpose was to energize the faith community, instruct the laity on church teaching and bring lapsed and irregular Catholics back into the fold. Bishop Brian Dunn has asked parishes to host a Lenten Mission this year in celebration of the 175th anniversary of our diocese.
All are welcome to attend!

Some upcoming missions:



Adult Faith Discussions
Four Wednesdays of Lent, starting March 20, 7 pm
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Sydney
Please join us for a series of four adult faith discussions:
March 20: I’m Spiritual but not religious
(facilitators will be Wendy Bergfeldt, Fr. Bill Burke and Margie Gillis)
March 27: Me and Jesus got our own thing going
(Christian Faith is always personal but never private)
April 3: Look at the mess we are in!
(The Church in Canada today)
April 10: Where do we go from here?


Parish Mission: “Called to Holiness – Reflection from Pope Francis”
St. Leonard's, New Waterford
Mar. 30- Apr. 3
Last March, Pope Francis issued his third encyclical teaching entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad”. In it, Pope Francis reminds us that all are called to holiness in the midst of the ordinary events of everyday life. As part of our Lenten Journey, you are invited to participate in our Parish Mission during which we will ponder this beautiful teaching of Pope Francis. The sessions will be led by Father Ray Huntley.
Sat & Sun, March 30 & 31, 2019
Homily at all Weekend Masses
Monday, April 1, 2019
6:30 PM Mission Session – Healing Service
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30 PM – Mission Service – Reconciliation Service
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:30 PM Closing Mass – Mission Homily
Followed by a reception at the Parish Hall
Please pray for the success of our Parish Mission asking God to touch our hearts and lead us closer to Jesus.


Unforgettable Lenten Mission
Apr. 7-10
Holy Family Parish in Sydney Mines
Father Gary George, a Redemptorist from United States returns. The Mission will begin on Sunday, April 7th, to Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Sunday Night Theme, “Our Love and Image of God”, Monday, “Healing Presence of Jesus”, Tuesday, “The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation,” Wednesday, “The Eucharist, the Journey of every Family”. Father Gary will celebrate morning Mass at 9:00 am and at 12:30 pm Adoration and Rosary.




Here are some resources and links to inform and inspire your journey:

Resources from Development and Peace with reflections, prayer cards, videos, youth resources and more

Share Lent campaign: 

Carême de Partage:

2019 Solidarity Calendar, with daily Lenten activities, videos, and prayers

Calendrier de la solidarité 2019


For Families:

Stations of the Cross for Children

Adult Faith