Saint André Bessette Parish

Fall River - Enfield - Middle Musquodoboit

“An Incense Free Parish”



LIVE STREAM MASS 11:00 AM SUNDAY - All in person masses cancelled until further notice.


The livestream mass may be found on Facebook at St. André Bessette Parish or go to our parish website and click on the live mass link/box.  


Here are the current pandemic guidelines from the Archdiocese:


In light of our current circumstances all parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth must abide by the following:  

  • No faith gatherings and churches are closed to the public. 

  • Wedding and funeral ceremonies can happen with 5 people plus the officiant.

  • Other sacraments including, baptisms, confirmation, and reconciliation are not permitted during this current strict lockdown period. However, individual confession can be heard under extenuating circumstances. 

  • No in-person meetings or training sessions are to take place with the exception of mental health support groups. 

  • Virtual Masses can be held with a maximum of 5 people in one location. This includes liturgical and technical staff. Physical distancing and masking must be maintained.

Please contact Fr. Mike directly with any questions you may have.


MAY 15, 2021

Dear Parishioners:


Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!



Our parish is seeking a Director of Children and Youth Faith Formation to serve the three church communities of St. Rose of Lima, Fall River; St. Bernard’s, Enfield; and Holy Cross, Middle Musquodoboit. Director of Children and Youth Faith Formation will be responsible for unifying children and youth catechesis of the parish (3 churches).

Phase 1: Meet with Catechists within the Parish to understand the approach of Children and Youth Catechesis in each Community within the Parish and complete an analysis of the effectiveness and challenges of existing approaches and programs. In collaboration with Archdiocesan Catechetical specialist, determine programs and tools available. Write a comprehensive report for the Parish Leadership Team, indicating preferred programs and approaches which will meet the needs of St. Andre Bessette Parish. This phase, including a written report is to be completed in the first 8 weeks of contract.

Phase 2: Prepare an implementation plan with specific consideration to feedback from parish leadership. Identify the physical spaces that will be used, technologies required to run the program, appropriate registration fees, a communication plan, and anticipated start date of the program. Recruit volunteers needed to implement all components of the catechetical program. In coordination with the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Life and New Evangelization, to prepare catechists for delivery of the program.

Phase 3: Prepare and undertake a registration process in September for each level of the program. Prepare communication to families to inform them of times and dates the program will run and any other commitments that will be required throughout the catechetical year. Support and oversee the catechetical program volunteers. Ensure all volunteers meet the Responsible Ministry requirements of the Diocese. Assist in sacramental preparation for K-9 children/youth.

· Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline preferred. 
· Demonstrated successful experience working with Children and youth.
· A Roman Catholic active in the Church’s liturgical and sacramental life.
· A self-starter and good listener who safeguards confidential information
· Some experience in delivery of Adult Faith Formation is an asset
· Must provide a police Vulnerable Sector Check

Job type
Up to 1-year contract averaging 20 hours a week over the Catechetical year.

What we offer: A salary commensurate with experience and qualifications for the position, Health Benefits (Dental and Medical). A supportive work environment.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter that outlines how your experience and interests align to create success in this role, with your CV (resume) to Donna Gallant at We welcome all applicants, however, only those who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Please consider applying or refer this notice to someone you think would be a good fit for this work.


THE BESSETTE GAZETTE for May is now on the parish website.


QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH FR. MICHAEL:  I hope you found the question "What is a canon lawyer?" is in the May newsletter of some interest.  Please send me your questions and I will answer one per month in the parish newsletter.


EQUIP is a new Archdiocesan formation process, designed to help prepare you for the mission of New Evangelization – the mission to bring the Gospel to all those you meet in your daily life.

EQUIP is comprised of four major components which work together to provide formation and preparation for the mission of evangelization within parishes in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth. These four components are:

  1. Diploma in the New Evangelization (Atlantic School of Theology)

  2. Retreats (twice annually)

  3. Small Group Discussions (monthly)

  4. Webinars (twice annually)Many Catholics are engaged with their faith and desire to share their faith with others but don’t know how. EQUIP provides the teachings, skills, tools, and confidence to prepare leaders for the mission - whether that means leadership in your parish, your family, your workplace or the public sphere. If you have the desire to witness to Christ and to bring Him to those you encounter – consider EQUIP!

To apply go to:


THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION with Archbishop Brian Dunn has been postponed until the fall.


FIRST COMMUNION will be scheduled and celebrated when health restrictions permit in person masses with a large enough number to proceed.


Please keep our confirmation and first communion candidates in prayer as they make final preparations for receiving this sacrament.


Let us pray for one another.

Oremus pro invicem.

Prions les uns pour les autres.


During the current shutdown it is more important than ever to keep each other in prayer.  Please remember our confirmation candidates and first communion candidates as they journey towards the celebration of these sacraments.  Please also remember those are "Covid Tired" and be kind in prayer and deed.



Parish Prayer List


Please keep in your prayers:


Joan Schiavetta

Amanda Lindsay


If you or someone you know wishes to be remembered in prayer please contact Anne Marie Frame at 902-883-2703, and she will add you to the list. 


(Please have the permission of the person before asking to have them added to the list and remember to contact Anne Marie to remove the person from the list when the need for prayers ceases.  Thank you.)



“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."      Ps 121:2






ICE CREAM STAND:  We are excited to announce that we are in the process of building an ice cream stand at St. Bernard's. This project will benefit the church as well as the community. We will provide student employment as well each year 25% of the profit will be donated to a non-profit organization in our community.  The start up cost is significant, and we are thankful for any donations we receive toward this project. Monetary donations can be e-transferred to st.bernardsenfield@gmail.comor placed in a clearly marked envelope in the parish drop box. All monetary donations must be marked for “Ice Cream Stand”. We are also trying to come up with a catchy name for our Ice Cream Stand, please let us know your suggestions. If you would like to get more information, please contact Joe MacLean @ 902-997-1983 or Sarah White @ 902-499-7216 or


TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE:  We have collected $6725 (as of May 11) for improvements in the technology used to broadcast our livestream mass.  We are moving the broadcast area to the area below the St. Joseph banner in St. Rose Church.  Work on this is currently taking place and new equipment has been ordered to improve our broadcast.  More information will be provided on this next week.




PARISH OFFICES are closed until further notice.  Please make contact by telephone or email; messages will be checked and given a response as soon as possible.




While we are in the current lockdown the Easter mysteries remind us that death is not the end. The Ascension of the Lord makes us the witnesses to carry on Christ's mission.  At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was sent to inspire and guide us in the Lord's ways.  It takes a community to proclaim the gospel!  


Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed! 


Pentecost Blessings,



Fr. Michael J. P. Walsh, 




Veni Sancte Spiritus! 

Venir Esprit Saint!

Come Holy Spirit!




Saint André Bessette Parish

Fall River - Enfield - Middle Musquodoboit


Rev. Michael J. Walsh, J.C.L.


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