At St. Peter and St. Paul Parish there is always someone to extend a helping hand to persons renewing their relationship with the Lord and the Church. People wishing to speak to a priest will always be received with compassion and understanding and a desire to extend any assistance. Part of our Christian calling is always to help each other in the journey of faith. We pray that St. Peter and St Paul Faith Community will always be the place that people can call home and have a strong sense of belonging to our Church Family.

 

Parish Transition News

August 11, 2019

Stella Maris Transition News

The past six months have been a very busy time for all the folks devoted to the various aspects of the transition to a single parish. The bottom line is that Stella Maris will be operating as a single parish in most respects by the beginning of September.  Some of the key changes are: Parish mission and vision statements, our new name, a single office at St. Michael’s, a single glebe at St. John the Baptist, a single bulletin and website, non-overlapping mass times, and finally St Peter’s hall will be up for sale.  Thank you to all who have been praying for parish unity and the encouraging words from so many of you!  With the guidance of the Holy spirit, our focus going forward will be on the cultural transformation needed for us to become the parish that we are called to be: a community of missionary disciples.

 

June 9, 2019

The Town Hall Meetings to update you on our progress to date and answer any questions you might have about what’s happened so far and what’s planned going forward are  scheduled for St. Paul’s following 9 AM Mass, 07 July and St Michael’s following 11 AM Mass, 07 July. Please plan to attend and participate in the life of your community.

May 19, 2019

Town Hall Meetings

The Transition Team of St. John the Baptist, St. Michael’s and St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s wants to update you on our progress to date and answer any questions you might have about what’s happened so far and what’s planned going forward. Please plan to attend one or all of the following 1-hour Town Hall meetings. See you there! 

 

St Peter’s following 6 PM Mass on Saturday, 25 May

St. John the Baptist following 9 AM Mass, 2 June

St. Paul’s following 9 AM Mass, 23 June

St Michael’s following 11 AM Mass, 23 June

May 05, 2019

The (soon-to-be) Pastoral Administrator of the Mainland South parish, Greg Aikins was interviewed by Dr. David Deane of the Atlantic School of Theology on a podcast regarding the process of parish amalgamation and transformation in our archdiocese. If you’re interested in understanding some of the issues around our parish amalgamation go to: https://youtu.be/t046n1_3WQc

 

April 14, 2019

Welcome and Farewell – Transition News

This week our Archbishop has announced some of the clergy appointments coming into effect August 1st.  This means that effective August 1st we will be welcoming Fr. Jose Thomas to our team here at St Michael’s, St John the Baptist and St Peter & St Paul.  We are also delighted to announce that Fr David Bangsiibu will remain here with us.

Sadly, this means that Fr Raymond will no longer be with us; he has been asked to assist with the parish in the Valley.  We give a heartfelt thanks to Fr Raymond for his dedication and his deep love for the Church

March 31, 2019

The process of finding a name for our new parish community continues.  Submissions will be accepted on the forms provided until March 31st.  Please take some time to prayerfully consider a name, and drop it in the collection boxes placed at the exits.  The Naming Committee has been informed that since many current parish names are changing, with the exception of St Benedict and St Ignatius, those currently in use can be considered for our new parish name. Anyone wishing to submit another suggestion of a name currently in use is encouraged to do so.

March 17, 2019

The process of finding a name for our new parish community begins this week-end. A form for submitting your ideas for a name can be found in the pews, and at the exits of the church. Please take some time to prayerfully consider a name, and drop it in the collection boxes placed at the exits. We also hope to have submission forms available on-line soon. Submissions will be collected until March 31.

March 10, 2019

If you’re reading this update in a bulletin, then you’re looking at tangible progress of our gently

communities coming together. This is our first unified bulletin and we’re hoping that you’ll enjoy it and be patient as we evolve it over the next few weeks with the help of your feedback. If you attended Ash Wednesday Mass at one of the three parishes then you witnessed something even more beautiful as we gathered as a mixed community at three, well-spaced masses. Some of the music also blended parish talent, which made for such vibrant hymns and worship! Our next milestone will be a unified website in the not-too-distant future.

March 3, 2019

A NEW PARISH, A NEW NAME

One of the tasks assigned to the Transition Team by the “New Parishes:  Stronger Together” is developing a process for naming the new parish.  While the new parish territory will receive a new name, the names of our parish churches remain the same.

The congregation of all three current parishes will have input into this process.   In the coming weeks you will be provided opportunities to submit possible names along with the rationale for your suggestions to the Naming Sub-committee on forms provided at Mass and on line.  The submissions will be sorted in committee and a short list created.  Parishioners will then be asked to indicate their top three preferences from this short list on a subsequent ballot.  The top three preferences from this poll will then be taken to the Transition Team for final input before making recommendations to Archbishop Mancini.  He will make the final choice for the name of our new parish.

Work on this naming process will commence in the first week of March.  Final recommendations to the Archdiocese should be ready by the end of May.

February 24, 2019

Pope Francis: “I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.” Our Holy Father and his predecessors have been strenuously exhorting us to recover our baptismal call to mission, and this is what transition and transformation is all about.  This week we look at the Transition Infrastructure Committee’s contribution to our effort to fully embrace our authentic identity as Catholics. The purpose of this committee is to ascertain complete details on all property holdings, and to make recommendations regarding various options that will reduce operating costs and eliminate redundancies so that the infrastructure of the parish can be optimized to support mission. It is important to note that in every committee, the members represent the new parish, not the parish they are currently affiliated with.’

February 17, 2019

Our journey together continues towards the cultural transformation that will see our new parish become a community of missionary disciples, thereby recovering our authentic culture as Catholics.  But we will face some daunting challenges along the way, especially in early days, even if most of us come to embrace our traditional mission of evangelization and outreach.  One of the primary reasons why we’re amalgamating in the first place is that none of the parishes are financially viable.  We are all in survival mode, with few resources allocated to the mission for which we exist.  In short, the Church we love is in peril.

That disturbing reality brings us this week to introduce the Transition Finance Committee, which is tasked with evaluating all of our inherited resources and income to make recommendations to the Parish Transition Team that will seek to put the new parish on a more solid footing, with appropriate resources dedicated to the mission for which any parish exists in the first place.  This committee will work very closely with the Infrastructure Committee to assess all feasible options for the future.  Your Transition Finance Committee is: Eileen Hogan (St P&P Chair), Mike Bedford (St P&P), Susan Hann (all), Kevin Kerr (St M), John MacDonald (ST JB), David Palmer St JB), and Dennis Touesnard (St M).  It is important to note that in every committee, the members represent the new parish, not the parish they are currently affiliated with.

February 10, 2019

How did we get here?! In New Parishes Stronger Together (available at all parishes) there is a great chronology from 2012 that maps out the extensive consultative process and discernment across the archdiocese that led to the 1 January announcement of our three parishes coming together. Over the next few weeks we will continue to introduce the transition sub-committees, so that we can understanding how we will manage the huge workload of coming together successfully as a single parish focussed on our mission of evangelization.  The gifted faithful who’ve come forward from all three parishes as unified teams are an early testament to the “stronger together” concept.  When you see names that you recognize, please thank them for their “yes” to the call to serve the new parish in the Lord’s name!

The Transition Outreach Committee is tasked with evaluating all of our outward-focussed activities, such as ministries and public events, and then make recommendations on how to transition to unified and more effective and sustainable outreach that will have a positive, mission-focussed impact in our community.  It is about ensuring that the Mainland South Catholic Community effectively reaches out in love to those searching or on the margins of our neighbourhood, as Pope Francis is calling us to do.  In the Catholic tradition, outreach to those in need must be both physical and spiritual: “Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth” (1 Jn 3:18).  For those of you serving in such ministries, you’ll have an opportunity over the next few weeks to assist this team in understanding the existing ministries as we plan how to serve together in the future.  Your Transition Outreach Committee is: Cathy Sanderson (St P&P Chair), Marilyn Boutilier (St P&P), Brenda Rowe (St JB), Monica McNamara (CWL), Marie Muise (St M), Kim MacKay (St P&P), Nancy Palmer (St JB) and Isaac MacEachen (St M).

 

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