Examination of Conscience

A reading from the book of the prophet, Isaiah (35:1-4, 10)
1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and shouting. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God
3 Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
The word of the Lord

EXAMINATION OF CHRISTIAN LIVING DURING ADVENT

(This examination of conscience is based on Isaiah 35:1-4, 10, and was used at our recent Advent Service of Reconciliation.)

Isaiah says:/ “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;/ like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing…”///
Here, the prophet speaks of a time when what is shriveled and bleak and barren will be brought to life. He speaks of a better time, a time that will be brought about by the power and love of Christ, the coming Messiah/… Am I a hopeful person? Do I believe that the world can be made better? Do I try to improve my part of the world; my home and family, my community?//
Isaiah’s image of a desert blooming also makes us think of the wonders of God’s creation/…Do I appreciate that creation? Do I respect the environment? Do I value and practice good stewardship of our resources? Do I think about what we are leaving to the next generation?

Lord, come and save us.

Isaiah says:/ “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees”///… Here, the prophet speaks words of encouragement/…Do I encourage other people? Do I accept encouragement from others? Do I build people up? Am I concerned about the needs of others? Do I show concern by my actions for those who are in difficulty? Do I act fairly and justly toward others? Do I seek justice for others? Am I a good neighbour, a loving husband or wife, a responsible parent, a dedicated priest or sister?//
Isaiah’s words about “hands” and “knees” remind us of the marvel of the human body/…Do I care for my own body, getting proper exercise, eating carefully? Do I admit to and deal with my addictions? Do I respect the bodies of others? Do I seek to develop a healthy sexuality, built on the principles of the gospel?

Lord, come and save us

Isaiah says:/ “Say to those of a fearful heart, Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God…He will come and save you”//…

Here, Isaiah speaks of moving away from fear toward the peace that comes from courage/…Do I act toward others in such a way that I help them to be brave? Do I avoid any behaviour that would bully or frighten or threaten another person? How do I use power in my life? Do I face my own fears?…
Isaiah also speaks of God as Saviour/…How often do I think of God? Do I pray? Do I worship regularly in Church with my community? Do I support the work of my parish? Do I take who I am as a Christian seriously? Does the gospel of Jesus influence my attitudes and decisions? Do I know God loves me? What is the main focus of my preparation for Christmas?

Lord, come and save us.

Isaiah says: / “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away”//…
The prophet is reassuring us of God’s forgiveness, that sinners…you and I… are taken back and given another chance, a new life/…Do I forgive others? Do I give others a “second chance”, an opportunity for a better life? How do I handle the desire to “get even”? Do I struggle with hurts from the past?/… The words of Isaiah also remind us of the need to forgive ourselves/…Do I try to let go of my past mistakes? Do I accept forgiveness - from God, from others? Do I look to our celebration of Christ’s birth as a sign of God’s love and mercy for me and for all people?

Lord, come and save us

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COR Gathering

Join us for the next COR Gathering for Men on Sunday, July 14th, 2024, at 7:00 pm in the Council 824 Council Chambers. COR is a special initiative for Catholic men that focuses on prayer, faith formation, and building community. It’s a great opportunity to come together, deepen your faith, and strengthen your bonds with fellow parishioners. All men of the parish and community are welcome to join us for coffee, donuts, and an evening of prayer and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!

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St. Dunstan’s Parish Family Walk

St. Dunstan's parish family walk will take place on the Wright’s Creek and Andrew’s Pond trail next Saturday 13 July at 10 AM. This is a trail system that is within Charlottetown located between Hillsborough Park and East Royalty area and is family friendly and suitable for younger children. We will meet at the trail entrance at the end of Acadian Drive at 10 AM. If there is enough interest, we will also hold a picnic. Sponsored by our parish K of C Council 824. If you are interested please contact, by Thursday of this week, Mike White at mikestuartwhi55@gmail.com or Kenny Nkundwa at kennytheophile10@gmail.com

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Service/Reception Window

On several occasions over the past months, there have been security issues when Irene, and before her, Elaine, have been alone in the office. To address this, a window has been installed in the entrance corridor. Please be aware of this when you come to the office. If you need to come in to the office, itself, you will be most welcome to do so. Thank you for your understanding!

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Window

You will notice the window on the north side of the church has been removed for repair.

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Lift

A reminder that the lift is available for any who find the steps difficult. Please use the Dorchester St.
door. A number is posted by which you may contact a greeter who will gladly assist you.

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Food Sunday, First Sunday of Each Month

Parishioners who are able to donate non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. They may be left at the church entrance holy water fonts. Many thanks!

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Hearing Loop

HEARING LOOP. is available in the two centre rows of the church. Please let us know if it is working for you.

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Hospitality Committee

Would you be interested in helping, from time to time, to organize events such as our Pot Lucks and other social gatherings? A sign-up sheet is available at the church entrance. Thanks for considering.

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2024 Envelopes

Available at the church entrance. If there are none there, you may contact the Parish Office 902-894-3486 or saintdunstans@gmail.com

Your financial support is needed and appreciated. Many thanks!

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Rosaries

Rosaries are for sale at the Parish Office.

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Holy Hour

Each First Friday following the 9 am Mass. Intentions of the Church—local and universal— our community, our world, and all of your personal needs are remembered. All welcome!

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CWL – Compassion

Do you recognize the human dignity in all people? Do you feel motivated to do something to help others? Catholic Women's League members embark on many projects that directly impact those who are disadvantaged in society. How can you help? Become a member and be part of the solution.
Please contact Gay Garvey, 902-218-3003.

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Altar Servers

Boys and girls, grades 5 and up are welcome. Training will be available. Please contact the parish office 902-894-3486. The names will be forwarded to the servers who will lead the training.

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Formation Gatherings

Formation gatherings for new and continuing readers and Eucharistic ministers are scheduled.
Readers: Monday, November 13; Eucharistic Ministers: Monday, November 20. Both gatherings: 6:30 in the K of C Room. We need Eucharistic ministers for the 10 am and 5 pm Masses on Sundays. Please contact Krista Dillon: krista.mike.dillon@gmail.com or Parish Office.

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