Weekly Update October 11th 2020

Saint André Bessette Parish

Fall River - Enfield - Middle Musquodoboit

“An Incense Free Parish”


Mass times:


Saturday   4:00 pm - Holy Cross

Sunday    9:00 am - St. Bernard

11:00 am - St. Rose of Lima


Sacrament of Reconciliation: 

Holy Cross:    As needed upon request                                         

St. Bernard:    1st Saturday of the month: 9:30 am to 10:30 am.                            (location: outside of present Confessional room)

St. Rose:  2nd Saturday of the month: 9:30 am to 10:30 am.                           (location: room outside the bathrooms, i.e. the crying room)


Sacrament of the Sick: The Sacrament of the Sick will be made available upon request for individuals, following appropriate safety procedures.  Present restrictions do not permit pastors going into the hospital to anoint sick parishioners.


Communion to the Homebound/Sick by parishioners is not permitted at this time.  Requests for viaticum (Communion for the dying) should be made to Fr. Michael.



October 12, 2020



Dear Friends in Christ:


Happy Thanksgiving! May this weekend be a time of blessing for all!


CONGRATULATIONS AND BLESSINGS to Marie Jessica Natalie Fougere and Curtis Derek Bailey who were married at St. Bernard Church on October 10.  May their married life reflect the Lord’s love for his children and may they always turn to Him in their need.


MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS:  Our parish is presently electing members to various municipal governments.  The Catholic Catechism tells us of the importance of informing our conscience and going to vote.  May all of us exercise this important right to choose those who govern us.


CHILDREN’S CATECHETICS:   Registration will take place in late October and details about this year’s program will be forthcoming once they are finalized.


PARISH NEWSLETTER: A communications committee is being set up to oversee efforts to communicate with parishioners.  Included in its responsibilities will be the parish newsletter.  We will advise you on developments as they take place.


MASS IN PERSON:  We continue to request that at the churches in Enfield and Fall River people register to indicate their wish to attend mass in person. Once you register, your name will remain on the list until you request its removal.  Please indicate how many people you are registering when you contact us.  You will be notified only if there is not room for you the following weekend.  Names will be accepted for the following weekend up until 10:00 am the Thursday before the weekend.


If you wish to attend mass at St. Rose please contact Linda at 902-860-0475 or strose@eastlink.ca

If you wish to attend mass at St. Bernard please contact Claire at 902-883-2660 or stbernardsenfield@gmail.com.

Numbers at Holy Cross are limited to 24 and are sufficient for that church.


MASS LIVE STREAMED:  We are pleased to announce that starting this weekend we will live stream the 11:00 am mass at St. Rose of. Lima.  Look for it on Facebook at St. André Bessette Parish or go to our parish website strosefallriver.com and click on the live mass link/box.  


TWO CHANGES AT MASS:  We are now permitted to sing at mass when wearing a mask and the sign of peace may be exchanged with a nod or similar gesture.


SLIDE MINISTRY AND COMPUTER OPERATORS:  We are looking for volunteers to operate the computer for the live streamed mass from St. Rose and for people to operate the slides during mass.  The Slide Ministry would be an excellent way for our younger parishioners to be involved in the liturgy.  Please contact Phil Francis or leave your name at the St. Rose Church Office 902-860-0475.


MASKS:  Please be reminded that wearing a mask is now required for all indoor gatherings. Only those who are speaking (readers, singers, priest, deacon) may do so without a mask.  Communion ministers will wear a mask during the distribution of communion.


During this time of pandemic let us continue to pray for one another, find ways to care for one another, and do the best we can during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  


Yours in Christ,



Fr. Michael J. P. Walsh, Pastor 





Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. 


Thank you for all the graces and blessings 

you have bestowed upon us: 

especially our faith and religious heritage. 

Thank you for our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, our family and friends. 


Dear Father, in your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year. 


This we ask in the name of Jesus, your Son and our Brother. Amen.






Rev. Michael J. P. Walsh

Past Updates:

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation,

be constant in prayer.”

Romans 12:12


1400 Fall River Road.
Fall River, Nova Scotia
B2T 1E5, Canada

(902) 860-0475




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