Pastoral letter from Fr. Suresh

Dear Friends,

The impact of this kind of global crisis extends far beyond the sickness itself. When the rest of the world is afraid and loses hope, Christians can still bring the life and love of Jesus Christ to a sick and dying world by seeking out accurate information from medical organizations and only sharing facts and truthful information, not more hysteria or misinformation through social media or word of mouth; by looking to Him for peace, power, our answers, our protection, and our hope.  Faith can be an antidote to fear, and nothing strengthens a believer’s faith like the promises of God. Remember…do not fear, for I am with you. (Is 41:10)

We can pray for an end to the virus’ spread, for Government and church leaders, for the vulnerable, for the spirit of generosity, posture of trust, and spread of the gospel. Scripture teaches us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). Pray for enduring faith during this season of heightened fear, anxiety, and confusion. Appropriate precautions should be taken, but Christians must continue to rely on God and trust His purposes and plans (Rom. 8:28).

As Pastor of St. Croix Parish, I invite you to encourage one another in the family to apply all preventive practices, engage in family prayers, and draw near to God. When visiting the church on weekends, write down your prayers / intentions on the bulletin board. When watching mass on television, seek for spiritual communion with Christ. Feel free to call 466-6018 for communion at home and for special prayers on phone. The church will be open on weekends at regular mass times for private prayers, and with proper preparations you can receive communion. I am praying for all of you in my private mass.

May God the Father protect you, the Son nourish you, and the Holy Spirit strengthen you. Amen.

Fr. Suresh Savariraj

20 pounds of lobster!

Joan Clark with Alan Daigle, along with two unfortunate lobsters who met their Maker before Christmas.

Congratulations to Joan Clark, winner of 20 pounds of lobster in a draw held December 18. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be applied to the Milltown Catholic Cemetery.

Thank you to all who generously participated!

Masses for Christmas

Please join us during this special Christmas season. There will be a new Christmas Eve mass at 7:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Church, and a Christmas Day mass at 9:00 am at St. Stephen’s Church, along with the other masses and events below.

  • Journey to Bethlehem on December 13 at 7 pm in St. Andrew’s
  • Advent retreat and reconciliation on December 17 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm in St. Stephen
  • Christmas Eve Mass at 4 pm in St. Stephen
  • Christmas Eve Mass at 7:00 pm in St. Andrew’s
  • Christmas Day Mass at 9:00 am in St Stephen
  • Christmas Day Mass at 11 am in St. Andrew’s

Cemetery fundraiser

Thank you to all who supported the recent fundraising effort for the Catholic Cemetery. The gates of the cemetery are now locked for the winter. In total, $9,692 was raised for ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the property, and we reached 48% of our target. We are still receiving donations for this year for those parishioners desiring to give. Please make cheques payable to Milltown Catholic Cemetery. Thank you once again for your generosity!

Bingo for generosity!

The local food bank has recently been in dire need of donations. However, thanks to the generosity of local bingo players, and to the leadership of Tom Booth (pictured), we have collected over 430 pounds of food and $450 in cash to support this urgent need.

Under the B, Benevolent! Thanks Bingo players for your kindness!

Sunday School registration now open

St. Stephen’s Church intends to begin Sunday School after Thanksgiving for youth from ages 5 to 15 (and older for the Confirmation class). Student and teacher recruitment is in progress by word of mouth and church bulletin announcements. The priorities are First Communion (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 9 and up). We can use many adults to help in various tasks (teachers, assistants, gofers, etc.).

We especially need to get student information ASAP: names, ages, phone numbers so we can plan classes and provide preparatory adult instructions. Student recruitment is top priority. If you can help in any way, please contact Heather Daigle at the parish office 466-6043 (parish@nb.aibn.com). Student registration forms are available please fill them out and email or drop off to the office at 5 Rose Street.

Spaghetti fundraiser for new soup kitchen

The community is warmly invited to join us on September 18th, St. Patrick’s Hall at 6 pm for a delicious meal of spaghetti to help raise funds for Jim’s Helping Hands Soup Kitchen! The cost of the meal will be $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. All proceeds will go towards resourcing the efforts of the church in operating the Soup Kitchen for the coming season. Tickets available at the door.

New Sunday school coming soon

Thanks to the success of this summer’s Bible School program, kids in Milltown have the opportunity to take part in a new Sunday School beginning this fall at St Stephen’s Church. We are looking for volunteers to sign up as teachers or assistants, and we need to recruit students too. Sunday School will begin after Thanksgiving for youth ages 5 to 15. Contact Heather in our parish office for more information.

Soup kitchen launching in Milltown this fall

Thanks to the leadership of Yolande Stewart and inspired by the vision of Jim McShane, Jim’s Helping Hands Soup Kitchen will be launching this fall. We will open every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings beginning October 9 until April 29 in St Patrick’s Hall, and a team of three sets of volunteers is ready to serve. Hot, nutritious meals will be made available to local residents at St Patrick’s Hall.