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Beginning June 18, the Sunday Masses will take place at 9:00am at Our Lady of the Assumption and at 10:45am at St. Joachim’s. The 4:00pm Saturday Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption will remain unchanged. 

It is time to prepare the St. Joachim's Parish Cemetery for the approaching winter weather. The Cemetery Committee respectfully asks that all flowers be removed from gravesites and headstones of your loved ones by December 1. Your help and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

During the Christmas Season, Assumption Parish receives requests from families in the Stratford area who are in need of assistance. In 2016, we assisted 26 grateful families. Elaine is currently creating a list of parishioners who may be interested in assisting a family - either by purchasing gifts or by donating money towards a family’s hamper.

Club 200 Tickets ($50 each) are now available with sellers in the process of contacting previous buyers. If you did not buy before, but want a ticket, please contact Elaine to have your name added to the list if tickets become available. 1st draw: November 25 ($500). Weekly draws thereafter for $200, January 20 draw ($500). Final draw: March 24 ($1,000). Project raises $5,000 for the Parish; $5,000 paid to winners.

Thank you for your support of the Capital Projects Fund at Our Lady of the Assumption via the envelope in your offering set the first Sunday of each month. Donations made to this fund will be used primarily for paving, roofing and painting projects which will require significant expenditures in the coming year.

In 2018, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish will establish a Cemetery Fund. The Property & Finance Committee seeks volunteers to serve on a Cemetery Committee. Members to oversee the upkeep, policies and procedures of our current cemetery and discuss plans for future expansion. If interested in serving on this committee, please contact Elaine.

Assumption Knights of Columbus are selling tickets for 400L of heating oil (Kenmac Energy). Secondary prizes of Sobeys and Petro-Canada gift cards and Fox Meadow green fees. Tickets: $5 each or 5 for $20. Proceeds to local charities.

Altar Servers Needed at St. Joachim's: Is your child interested in becoming an Altar Server? Training will be provided. If interested or have any questions, please contact Donna Trainor (651-2862).

Do you own a business? If so, are you interested in placing an ad on the back cover of the Holy Family Pastoral Unit bulletin beginning in Fall 2017? For ad sizes/rates, please call Shani (314-5307) or e-mail: We thank local businesses for supporting our bulletin and encourage parishioners to support our advertisers.

Funerals & Weekday Masses: When a funeral is scheduled on a weekday on which there is mass, only the mass at the Church where the funeral is being held will be cancelled.

The Priests’ Benevolent Fund now has a website to improve communication between the Fund, our supporters and the public: Since the Fund is a separate organization from the Diocese and its parishes, contacting us directly is the best and fastest way to get the answers to your questions about receipts, donations and anything else related to the Fund. You will find our contact information on the site. We thank all our generous donors for your contributions to the care of the retired priests of the Diocese of Charlottetown.

 The-Heart-of-the-Matter ~ A Marriage Preparation Course for Modern Couples in the Catholic Church: Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church? Got questions? How about answers? Will being married in the Catholic Church make a difference in your life? Ask YOUR questions, find answers and learn the truth. Get to The-Heart-of-the-Matter! We will meet individually to learn and discuss the meaning of the Catholic Sacrament of Matrimony. To schedule your course, contact Pat Wiedemer: or (902) 393-6047. 

Click Here for "The Heart of the Matter" Marriage Preparation Program Flyer:  


Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Altar Server Program: Serving at the Altar is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus. It is a significant role in the celebration of the mass and helps young people learn the importance of both commitment and of service to others. The Parish has recently revitalized its Altar Server Program and invites students in grades 3 or higher and their families to participate in this ministry. Contact: Karen MacDonald,   

Money placed in the bucket, at Our Lady of the Assumption, by children each week is submitted to the Holy Childhood Association at year’s end. Under its banner of children helping children, monies raised are directed towards mission countries – building of schools, provision of health and nutrition programs and medications, school fees, and teaching/learning resources.

Community Service Bursary: Grade 11 & 12 students who volunteer as Catechists or Children’s Liturgy Leaders are eligible to receive a bursary from the Province. The Bursary is calculated at a rate of $5/hour. Students are required to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours or up to a maximum of 100 hours. For further details, visit

If school is delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, the weekday mass at St. Joachim’s will be cancelled that day. Weekday masses at Assumption will be held as scheduled. Weekend mass cancellations within the Unit will be communicated to parishioners via internet, radio, e-mail and/or telephone. We will make every effort to inform parishioners of any cancellations in a timely manner.

Are you new to one of our parishes? Do you have a change of address and/or phone number or have an e-mail address to provide? Please contact Elaine at the Unit Office: 569-4769 or e-mail:

If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus - Assumption Council, please contact any member or call Richard Allen (569-4092).

Pre-Authorized Debit Plan is available at each Parish of the Holy Family Pastoral Unit. Anyone wising to donate via this method, please visit the Unit Office to complete the required paperwork. A void cheque is required for set-up.

Low Gluten Communion is available at each Parish in the Unit. Those wishing to receive Low Gluten Communion at Assumption, please go to the Priest.

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