Welcome to the website for Immaculate Conception Parish in Palmer Road and Our Lady of Assumption in Miminegash, Prince Edward Island.           - Père Albin Arsenault

Palmer Road Parish Update: Dr Heather Morrison, PEI’s chief medical officer, reiterated Tuesday, Mar 31 that “there should be no faith-based gatherings on PEI.” For now, the church is open daily for individual prayer time, devotion, Way of the Cross, rosary…  A reminder: ‘Practice physical distance’ in keeping with Dr Morrison’s instructions.   -Père Albin Arsenault

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Click on this link Palmer Road Bulletin to view the front cover and back page of the Sunday bulletin.

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“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

 Daily from 8 am to 8 pm, the church is unlocked. You are welcome to meet the Lord through your devotions.. Way of The Cross, The Rosary…

 The pandemic of the coronavirus is an opportunity for us to fulfill these words of the Gospel. After Jesus’ baptism, “The spirit drove him out into the wilderness” Mark 1:12

 Père Albin Arsenault

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To All Parishioners, 

Thank you  for being vigilant during the current COVID 19 epidemic. We want to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe at this time. Fr Albin will be celebrating Mass for all parishioners by himself on Sunday morning and even though there is no one else present, please rest assurred your prayer intentions will be heard. 

You may read his Sunday homily for the 5th Sunday in Lent and the Prayers of the Faithful below. 

 A reminder to check the Diocese of Charlottetown website for mass times and updates throughout the week at  http://dioceseofcharlottetown.com/sunday-masses-on-tv-othe…/

 We will continue to update our website and Facebook page. Please contact us throughout email if you need information:  palmerroadparish@gmail.com or the parish at 902-882-2622 in an emergency.  

Thank you and may God Bless you all

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The trip to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine at Cap de la Madelaine in Quebec from May 15-18 with PEI Pilgrimages Ltd. has been cancelled.  For further information please contact Gary Clow at 902-569-3945.

 5th Sunday of Lent

 

Prayers Of The Faithful

Celebrant: With Martha we proclaim “you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one coming into the world,” and so with faith we bring our needs before the Lord.

Intentions:

 1. For religious leaders, catechists and all who share the faith with others, may their relationship with Jesus, the risen one, inspire and strengthen their ministry.

                                                                                                      We pray to the Lord

 2. For the whole world afflicted with coronavirus, may everyone cooperate with their prime minister, premier and health care officials.                         We pray to the Lord

 3. For those mourning the loss of a loved one, may they know the comfort and care of Jesus who wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus.                         We pray to the Lord

 4. For all those who are struggling with addictions and those dealing with a serious illness, especially Donald McKenna, Fr Gerald Tingley and Fr Paul Egan that they may be set free and raised to a new life.                                                  We pray to the Lord

 5. For all the dead, especially Eva Doucette. May they behold the truth that Jesus is “the resurrection and the life.”

                                                                                                          We pray to the Lord

 6.  For us all, may we bring our prayers to the Lord for healing in our lives where death and darkness have crept in. In addition, for our own prayer petitions (silence).

                                                                                                          We pray to the Lord

 Celebrant:  God, source of hope and life everlasting, your Son is “the ressurection and the life.” Hear our prayers that our faith in you might be strengthened and our lives transformed. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Homily for March 29, 2020

A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mom, I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark.” The mother smiled reassuringly at her son. “Jesus is out there. He’ll look after you and protect you.” The little boy looked at the mother real hard and asked, “Are you sure he’s out there?” “Yes, I’m sure. He is everywhere and he is always ready to help you when you need him,” she said. The little boy thought about that for a minute and then went to the back door and shouted: “Jesus? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom.”

In two weeks we will recall the death of Jesus, but today we are confronted with the death of Lazarus. It seems we’re being asked to think about what we would prefer not to think about: death. And to ponder the little boy’s question, “Jesus, are you out there in the dark? Really?”

In answer, let me share with you two examples that indicate that Jesus is out there in the dark. First of all, in the early 80′s, my friend, the only mentor I ever had – Fr Wallie Reid battled terminal cancer for two years then died at the young age of 53. At that time, I was only 27 years old. Carrying numerous responsibilities, feeling insecure and grieving my friend’s guidance brought stress and much darkness in my life.

I truly believe that the Risen Christ was there. He inspired me. I chose to keep in touch with the Reid family. Deep down, I respected my true self, my own belief. A few weeks after my ordination, a brother priest with 17 years of ministry, took the initiative to give me advice: “Since you are the baby priest of the diocese, may you not get attached to people; you will suffer the consequences.” Knowing that he meant well, I remained silent. I took a stand: he is speaking to the wrong guy because my understanding of ministry is to journey with people. Why should I be cold with parishioners and isolate myself? I still and will always honour this personal commitment as with the Reid family and I keep in touch. It was a wise decision on my part.

Another situation of darkness in my life was in the Fall of 1988. A close friend of mine, in his 40′s, had been diagnosed with liver cancer. How unfair! I always considered this friend to be a very-well balanced person, someone who always took care of himself, never abused his body, family and community-oriented, kind and positive. Considering how he was leaving behind his loving wife and soul-mate and three young children, he accepted his death and he even said to his parish priest: “We will meet, again, in heaven.”

This sad situation really troubled me. I questioned the priest’s advice. Could he be right, not to get attached and close to people?  After much reflection, I have drawn my own conclusion: May I remain faithful to the Lord’s two greatest commandments: “love God, love your neighbour as yourself.”

Dear brothers and sisters, may we keep in mind what Jesus said: “I know mine and mine know me.” “I no longer call you servants but friends.” That is our hope. May we find it comforting to know that Jesus can sit with us and truly empathize when we experience loss. He’s been there. I encourage you to reflect back upon times of loss in your own life. Express your thanks for those who have been there for you.

Finally, today’s Gospel story: Lazarus second life journey and the two sisters greatest consolation teaches us that God has promised to open our graves and raise the dead to new life. Christ, who died and rose again, is the first fruit of this promise. He comes to us in the Eucharist. And, as we believe in the power of his Spirit, he gives us a further pledge of eternal life.

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Pope Francis

 Intention of the Holy Father, Pope Francis for March, 2020:

Catholics in China: We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.