Evangelization and Faith Formation


Sunday School Program


The Sunday School Program for grades primary to six children teaches the traditions, prayers, and practices of the Catholic faith and helps to bring children to know the person of Jesus Christ. Children are also prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Classes are Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at both the CM and STA locations from September to May. Opportunities are available to serve as catechists and the time commitment is one hour on Sunday morning with some preparation time beforehand. Ideally, there are two teachers per class and some catechists substitute where needed.

Contact: Maria McDonald 423-3057 or



K4J Summer Camp


"This is the best camp I've ever been to!" -grade 2 participant 2008 The dynamic style of K4J (Kids for Jesus) offers children an opportunity to learn about the scriptures, the saints, the traditions of the Church, and the sacraments in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Our parish offers this annual summer camp for children in grades primary to six. Each year has a theme and a set of guide books details games, crafts, catechetical teaching, snacks, etc. Summer camp is held over 4 days, mornings only. Adult small group leaders and station leaders are required. K4J will help build happy memories for the children that will last a lifetime!!

Contact: Maria McDonald at 423-3057 or



The Edge


Come out Tuesday nights at 7 pm for a night of fun, games, skits, catechesis, and new friends. The Edge is for anyone in grades 6-8. Everyone is welcome regardless of faith background, so bring a friend. The Edge is not just for junior high catechetics students; it is a place where young people should feel free to drop in for fun and to invite their friends.

Contact: Brad MacKinnon 423-3057 or



The Edge/LifeTeen Mass


LIFE TEEN starts with the Mass at Saint Thomas Aquinas at 6:30 pm, followed by the Life Night, a program for teens in grades 9-12. It's filled with zany surprises each week and is a great opportunity to make some friends and learn more about your faith. For more information please contact Brad MacKinnon (423-3057 or ) for more information.

Contact: Brad MacKinnon 423-3057 or



LifeTeen/The Edge Program Support


Several opportunities are available to assist with these very important programs. Leaders are needed to supervise and encourage youth in group programs.

Core Member − is an adult who has finished high school, who serves as leader and role model to high school teens in the LifeTeen program. They serve by helping with set up, planning nights from outlines, giving talks, leading small groups, and sharing their faith with teens. Core Members enter as missionaries into the teen culture and begin to develop ‘one way’ friendship with teens, really reaching out and caring for them. Training provided for accepted applicants.

Crew Member − is a high school teen or adult who serves as leader and role model tojunior high school teens in the The Edge program. duties the same as for Core Members.

Retreat Team − The Youth Ministry has a team of community members and parents who come together to cook and provide logistical support for youth retreats. Other ministries - in support of LifeTeen and The Edge programs range from providingsnacks for the teens for their youth nights (Tuesdays or Sundays) to operating the AV system at the LifeTeen Mass on Sunday evenings. Parishioners who are knowledgeable in sound mixing or wish to receive training in that area are most welcome. Meal preparation and clean up assistance for retreats throughout the year are also needed. Time commitment is on a rotational basis and varies according to the activities scheduled. We also invite your prayers for the youth ministry.

STACM Youth Ministry has established an Advisory Council which meets three times a year to review material and programming to ensure quality programming for our young people and the young people of Halifax.
Contact: Brad MacKinnon 423-3057 or Heather Jansma 423-3057 or (slide & sound)



Alpha


The Alpha course provides an opportunity to explore our Christian faith in a relaxed and informal setting. It is offered over ten weeks and each session includes sharing of a meal, a video talk, and small group discussion. The series of talks addresses key issues relating to the Christian faith and is an outstanding resource. A Coordinator is responsible for the administrative details of preparing and running the course and Alpha leaders coach and encourage members during the group discussions

Contact: Carole Parker 422-8306 or



Catholicism 201


This program is designed as a follow-up to the Alpha course. Join us for this eight week program for adults that will deepen your understanding of, and love and commitment to the Catholic faith. Evening sessions are held in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and include a shared meal, a talk, prayer, and time for questions and discussion. You will hear how to integrate your faith into your everyday life and learn about subjects such as the Sacraments, Mary and the Saints, and Christian morality. Come and share this wonderful experience or offer to serve on the team.

Contact: Parish Office 423-3057 or

Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a "school of prayer" that our late Holy Father John Paul II called to be formed in parishes in his apostolic letter Nova Millennio Ineunte. The devotion consists of intercessory prayers, a time of teaching seeking to understand the challenging times we live in from a bilblical perspective, celebration of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, and contemplative hymns. If you are seeking to deepen your relationship with the Lord Jesus the saints tell us Mary is the surest and quickest way. This devotion offers guidance, encouragement and insights into the times we live. Join Fr. Mark every Thursday at 10am at CM Church for 9 weeks in the fall and 9 weeks in the spring. Specific dates to be announced.

Contact: Parish Office 423-3057 or



Baptisms


The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated once a month during Sunday Mass. Baptism preparation is offered to those who are preparing children for Baptism. This aids parents and families in the preparation of their faith journey as first teachers of the children in the way of faith. Prior to the child's baptism, the family will meet with a Baptismal Preparation Team member, to go over what can be expected during the baptism and to get answers to questions that they may have. The Baptismal Preparation Team is a group of couples who are interested in helping to form and support others in living their faith.

Contact: Maria McDonald at 423-3057 or



The Marriage Course


The Marriage Course is for any married couple who wants to strengthen their relationship and to build a strong foundation for a healthy marriage that will last a lifetime. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together looking at important issues in your marriage. Each week (eight sessions in all) you will be served a special meal at your own table in a private, safe atmosphere and watch a videotaped talk. Couples then use workbooks as a guide to discuss that evening’s topic. There is no group work involved at any stage of the course; couples work independently. It’s a great date night! Host couples are required to help facilitate the evenings.

Contact: Maria McDonald 423-3057 or



The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a program designed for those coming to know Jesus in their adult life, or those who wish to renew their relationship with Jesus within the context of the Church he founded during his ministry on earth

Contact: Parish Office 423-3057 or


The Neuhaus Memorial Lecture Committee


The Neuhaus Memorial Lecture Committee is committed to offering an annual, parishsponsored, public event dedicated to the memory of Canadian-born religious scholar, writer and social activist, Father Richard John Neuhaus. As founding editor of the ecumenical journal, First Things, Father Neuhaus was a staunch defender of the right of religious voices to a fair hearing in the public square.

Contact: Parish Office 423-3057 or

Parish Mission

EEach Lent the parish hosts a mission designed to invite parishioners to experience spiritual renewal. This event provides many opportunities to serve: to help choose a speaker, to plan the Mission, promote it, and organize each evening.

Contact: Parish Office 423-3057 or



Pastorates


For all who want to seriously live their Christian faith in the world today. Parishioners gather bi-monthly in groups of 20-25 for food, study and prayer. The purpose of these gatherings is to experience Christian community and formation for the Christian life.

Contact: Rick and Debbie Rout 423-3835 or



Grief Support Group


The Grief Support Group meets monthly when necessary at the Canadian Martyrs site. It provides support for those experiencing loss in an environment of trust, compassion, and safety. The group is open to both members of the parish and those from other parishes.

Contact: Father Owen Connelly 423-3057 or or Deacon Paul Carnell 423-3057 or



Ignatian Prayer Series


The Ignatian Prayer Series is a Living with Christ program of spiritual renewal. There are eight weekly sessions which include guided meditations, faith sharing, and instructions for daily reflective exercises and personal daily prayer.

Contact: Father Owen Connelly 423-3057 or

deacon Paul Carnell 423-3057 or


Divine Mercy Devotion


Divine Mercy devotion comes from approved apparitions given to St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, beginning in 1931 until her death in 1938 from Jesus Himself. St. Faustina was canonized by Pope John Paul II, in 2000. The Message of divine Mercy is that God is Mercy and He wants no one to escape that mercy. Each Friday we have divine Mercy devotions beginning at 2:30 at CM Church. We follow a format of prayers of petition, including the divine Mercy Chaplet and the Holy Rosary asking God’s mercy and blessing on our bishops, our parish, our priests, our families, and the world. We also pray for an end to abortion. You are invited to join us in prayer and/or if you have a special need of prayer for yourself or your family please call.

Contact: Anne Ashford Hall 422-7931 or



Eucharistic Adoration


After communal worship at Mass, personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of all devotions and the one most pleasing to Him. Eucharistic adoration began in our parish several years ago to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. We also pray for an end to abortion in our country, for the needs of our parish and of course our own personal needs. This time can be spent reading your bible, praying a rosary, reading favourite prayers, meditation, or just resting in the experience of peace that comes from being in His presence. Please join us on Fridays at STA from 9:30 - 1:00 (summer hours 9:30 - 12:00).

Contact: Anne Ashford Hall 422-7931 or



Catholic Women’s League of Canada


The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values callings its members to holiness through service to the people of God. Monthly meetings (Sept.-June) consist of a spiritual component, business meeting and a social period. Fundraising and charitable works are just some of the activities undertaken and members are encouraged to volunteer their services in the parish and the greater community.

Contact: Anita Ross 429-7223 or