Catechetics

We are excited to be welcoming students back for in-person classes this Sunday, October
17 from 10 to 10:45 am!

Public Health protocols will be observed.

Our coordinator, Sandra Bourque, is in on-going touch with parents.

To register your child(ren), or if you have any questions, please email Sandra at

catecheticsstdunstan@gmail.com

or her direct line at the Parish Office is 902-367-4265.

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Fr. Keith Away Next Weekend

Fr. Keith will be away from the parish working with a group next weekend.

No Confessions next Saturday afternoon.

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Spook Organa!

On Sunday October 24, at 7 pm at St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral (7 All Souls Lane),

the Royal College of Church Organists will present a Hallowe'en concert of eerie poems and spooky organ music
performed by Leo Marchildon, Don Fraser, and many more. Admission is by free will offering.

Children under 12 are encouraged to bring canned food for the food bank.

Come in costume and receive a treat bag!

PEI vaccination policies will be in effect.

Bring a mask and proof of vaccination with you and join us in the fun!

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Prie-Dieu Kneelers

We have an overabundance in storage. If you would like one or more, they
are free for the taking.

Contact the parish office 902-894-3486.

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Church Front Doors

As in previous years, the Heritage Carpentry Program at Holland College will be
refurbishing a set of the front doors of our church—this
year on the North side.

We appreciate the great care they take and the skill they apply to this work of restoration.

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Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting

The Knights of Columbus will hold their regular
monthly council meeting Thursday, October 14 at 7 pm
in the council chambers.

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Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land

We, the Catholic Bishops of Canada, gathered in Plenary this week, take this opportunity to affirm to you, the Indigenous Peoples of this land, that we acknowledge the suffering experienced in Canada’s
Indian Residential Schools.

Many Catholic religious communities and dioceses participated in this system, which led to the suppression of Indigenous languages, culture and spirituality, failing to respect the rich history, traditions and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples.

We acknowledge the grave abuses that were committed by some members of our Catholic community; physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and sexual. We also sorrowfully acknowledge the historical and ongoing trauma and the legacy of suffering and challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples that continue to this day.

Along with those Catholic entities which were directly involved in the operation of the schools and which have already offered their own heartfelt apologies, we, the Catholic Bishops of Canada, express our profound remorse and apologize unequivocally.


We are fully committed to the process of healing and reconciliation.

Together with the many pastoral initiatives already underway in dioceses across the country, and as a further tangible expression of this ongoing commitment, we are pledging to undertake fundraising in each region of the country to support initiatives discerned locally with Indigenous partners.

Furthermore, we invite the Indigenous Peoples to journey with us into a new era of reconciliation, helping us in each of our dioceses across the country to prioritize initiatives of healing, to listen to the experience of
Indigenous Peoples, especially to the survivors of Indian Residential Schools, and to educate our
clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, on Indigenous cultures and spirituality.

We commit ourselves to continue the work of providing documentation or records that will assist in the
memorialization of those buried in unmarked graves.


Having heard the requests to engage Pope Francis in this reconciliation process, a delegation of Indigenous survivors, Elders/knowledge keepers, and youth will meet with the Holy Father in Rome
in December 2021.

Pope Francis will encounter and listen to the Indigenous participants, so as to discern how he can support our common desire to renew relationships and walk together along the path of hope in the coming years.

We pledge to work with the Holy See and our Indigenous partners on the possibility of a pastoral visit by the Pope to Canada as part of this healing journey.


We commit ourselves to continue accompanying you, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of this land. Standing in respect of your resiliency, strength and wisdom, we look forward to listening to and learning from you as we walk in solidarity.

24 September 2021

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Message from Bishop Emeritus of Charlottetown

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

God has blessed me abundantly in so many ways.

Particularly, the Lord has blessed me with you, with your fervent support and especially your prayers.

Today, I share good news with you. I met with my Oncologist today.

He informed me that the radiation and chemotherapy went well.

Recent tests indicate that the cancer is in remission.

With deep joy I extend my gratitude to all of you and ask that your many, many prayers on my behalf

now be offered as prayers of thanksgiving for graces received.

I must share with you another blessing God bestowed upon me.

I cannot praise or thank enough the nurses, physicians and staff of the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.
Their professionalism, efficiency and above all caring touch was beyond compare.

I am grateful also to have received my diagnosis, radiation and chemotherapy prior to retirement in my home Province.

Because of the pandemic, many hospitals across Canada had capacity issues so severe that treatments and procedures were often cancelled or postponed.

For eight months I experienced no cancellations or interruption of my treatments.

I am truly grateful for the blessing of health care in PEI.

According to my Oncologist I am to assume that the Covid vaccination I receive will not have much effect due
to the long term impact of chemotherapy.

Therefore, for the coming year I shall continue to keep physically distant, avoid indoor crowds and wear a mask. This seems like a relatively easy task;

however, it means I will not be able to visit Parishes for Mass and bid you a personal farewell and thanks.

Although physically unable to meet with you,

I do know your spirit of prayer and support and I assure you of mine as we await the appointment of a
new Bishop by the Holy Father, Francis.

Be assured of my gratitude and prayers.

May the Lord’s Peace and Joy be with you always
Sincerely in Christ,
Richard Grecco
Bishop Emeritus of Charlottetown

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Food Sunday – 1st Sunday of Each Month

Parishioners who are able to donate non perishable food items,

please bring them to the weekend masses for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

Donations may be left near the angel holy water fonts at the entrance to the church.

Public Health protocols are followed. Thank you.

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New Custodians

After receiving and reviewing the several applications received for the advertised position,
the hiring committee decided it best to split the position into two half-times.

Michelle Therriault will work mornings, Monday through Friday.

Bill McGuire, in the afternoons of the same days.

Both parishioners, we welcome Michelle and Bill, and thank them for their interest in cleaning and maintaining our grand old Basilica, our parish church and the mother church of our diocese.


Sincere thanks, again, to the parishioners who showed their own love of the place by helping with cleaning,
maintenance, and other chores over the past number of weeks. It's been all much appreciated!

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Elevator

The lift in the church, installed many years ago, has had a substantial history of breaking down.

After many repairs over a number of years, we have been told that the technology is outdated and irreparable.

This past spring, we ordered new technology. After several months of waiting, it has not yet arrived.


We recognize this has inconvenienced some parishioners, and regret this.

The Property and Finance Committee has been actively involved, and we thank them for their diligence.

We will keep you informed.

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Public Health Protocols

Mask-wearing is required.

Physical distancing, hand-sanitizing, and staying home if feeling unwell or are required to be in self-
isolation.

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Weekday Masses This Week

Weekday masses will be held in the main church.

Work continues on the lower level.

Confessions downstairs as usual.

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Scents & Perfumes

Please refrain from strong scents and perfumes at Mass. There are a number of people who have allergies, and are sensitive to them. Many thanks!

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Monthly Fuel Collection

Envelopes for May have been attached to this week’s bulletin. Sincere thank you to those who have contributed thus far. For your information, our average annual fuel consumption, over the past five years, amounts to 53,351.96 liters, at an average yearly cost of $40,221.09. In addition to other conservation measures that have been taken, the Committee is currently investigating the enhancement of the church’s insulation. It is realized that this is a time of financial challenge for many. We are sensitive to that. Any consideration you are able to give is much appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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