St. Francis of Assisi Parish Women's Retreat
September 20 to 22, 2018
Notre-Dame de la Merci, QC
Finding myself in God
From September 20 to 22, 2018, Sisters Marianna Jung and Claire Hamelin with Father Joachim Yeo Won Yoon, ofm, welcomed 4 ladies to our cottage in Notre-Dame de la Merci for the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Women’s Retreat. Saint Francis of Assisi Parish is the Franciscan Parish in the multicultural and poor neighbourhood of Parc Extension in Montreal. Our sisters minister in the parish and have hosted this yearly weekend retreat.This year’s theme was Finding myself in God. There was time for reflections, personal accompaniment, liturgies and adoration. It was also a wonderful time of the year to encounter God through the colourful changing beauty of nature. Father Joachim gave a special blessing with the imposition of the hands to each participant during one of the liturgies to remind them that they are living presences of God to the world.
Volunteer Recognition Celebration by L’ANCRE
September 23, 2018
A few sisters partook in the Volunteer Recognition Celebration organized by L’ANCRE at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on September 23, 2018. L’ANCRE is a service of the non-for-profit corporation Right to Employment. Its acronym stands for Welcome, Accompaniment of New-Arrivals and Employment Search Councils. Sister Milia Khoueiry volunteers there for the past year. She assists in the integration of immigrants and refugees in the area, especially the Arabic speaking population. At this ceremony, the municipality’s mayor presented her with a Volunteer Recognition certificate for all her time and effort. Congratulations Sr Milia for her presence among our brothers and sisters newly arrived to Canada.
Community Gathering At Saint François d’Assise Convent
August 24, 2018
Parc Extension, Montreal, QC
On August 24, 2018, our sisters of Saint François d’Assise Convent in Parc Extension, Montreal welcomed for an evening of prayer and supper a group of our sisters from Sacré-Cœur Convent on Laurier Avenue. This was a spontaneous invitation that allowed some of the sisters to discover our fraternity in a multicultural and poorer neighbourhood of Montreal. What great joy to gather in our garden. It was also the chance for our sisters from Africa, Madagascar, and the Middle East to enjoy some of their regional cooking. The sisters enjoyed fresh garden grown vegetables. At the end of the evening, our sisters of Sacré-Cœur returned home delighted with their outing and filled with God’s presence. It reminded us of the importance of living community. [God's] love gathers us together and forges bonds of unity among us. (Const.19)
Mana of Mussels
4 au 11 août, 2018
Notre-Dame de la Merci, QC
Françoise Bourdage, Ann Modrak, Maria Lich, and Estelle LeCourtois were at the cottage from August 4 to 11, 2018. They enjoyed the company of two kittens, twelve ducklings, birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. The Lake is so inviting and has quite a surprise in store for them. They prepare a light meal of grilled cheese sandwiches. Shortly after, Maria jumps in the lake. As she resurfaces, her hands are full of mussels. Dropping them on the shore, she heads back to fetch more. The mussels are scrubbed clean and boiled until their shells open. Once removed from their shells, the sisters sautéed them in oil, garlic, and spices. What a festive treat for one’s taste buds. It is free. Come and eat of this mana and these delicious meals prepared by Ann and Françoise.
Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage hosted by Blood Nation
Lac St. Anne, AB
July 21 to 26, 2018
Every year during the week of the feast of Saint Ann and Joachim, the First Nations from all over Western Canada gather at the Shrine of Lac St. Anne to celebrate their devotion to Saint Ann. They camp for a week. During this gathering, they prayed, celebrated their faith, swam in the lake, shared on their faith, and partook in an Eucharistic adoration. Sister Rita Kim, fmm, Mission Council Program Leader for the Diocese of Calgary, attended this event. She oversees the church programs of the four First Nations’ Reserves in the diocese. The Blood Nation was responsible for this year's solemn mass. They prepared it well with a prayerful singing and a witness talk given by a youth. Fr. Pawel invited young people to participate in the liturgy as lectors and singers. Thus, they were a big part of the Eucharistic Celebration. The future of the Native Church is bright and hopeful with their presence.
Diocesan Multicultural Celebration
June 30, 2018
Saint Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg, MB
Once again, the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface celebrated its annual Diocesan Multicultural Celebration at Saint Boniface Cathedral on the eve of Canada Day. At 10:30 am, Archbishop Albert LeGatt presided over a multilingual mass with every cultural group contributing according to its customs. Mass was followed by a meal and festivities from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Sister Anne Adounkpe, fmm, president of the Diocesan Committee for Missions, organized this special day with the organizing team. What joy to live unity in the diversity of these Christian communities represented by some thirty languages. Everyone brought a dish or two from their country of origin for a fraternal banquet of worldwide treats. The groups delightfully glowed with their various dances, songs, and other small presentations. As these photos show, it was a colourful day in this year of the Archdiocese’s 200th anniversary of foundation.