Dear parishioners, Three things today.
As it happens, today is our annual special collection for our Saint Mary’s Conference of the Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. We are very blessed to have the ministry of this Society in our parish. It is at the core of our gospel: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Mt 25,35-37. It was to this end that Frederic Ozanam, a very remarkable, very holy layman, founded, with a few friends, the Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, in the 1830’s.
Our Saint-Vincent-de-Paul conference is alive and active, but in need of re-launching. On your behalf, I acknowledge and I thank Richard Lange and a few other people who have been faithfully and generously “holding the fort” ever since our conference’s inception, some time between 2000 and 2005. I believe that it is not only desirable, but possible, to give this important ministry new membership, and a new impetus. This “jump-start” would be a golden opportunity for formation, and for an exercise in careful discernment, through reflection, prayer, discussion, and a bit of research, as to the mission to which God is calling our Conference here and now.
If you think you might be interested in this ministry, please leave your name and email address with Theresa, at the parish office. If this invitation meets with success, I, Fr. Guy, or another member of our Conference, will contact all of those who have expressed interest in this ministry to a first gathering of the new, enhanced conference, and we shall take it from there, according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, if it be the Father’s will. God willing, see you there!
“REMAIN HERE AND KEEP WATCH WITH ME.” Mt 26,38
This Saturday, September 8, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., we will be blessed with the presence of Psalm 98 for one and a half hours of “Source Adoration”, a prayer of eucharistic adoration entirely animated by this very talented group of young people. Their thoroughly prayerful way of singing simply lifts up our hearts and minds to Jesus, to the Father. If you are available, I can guarantee that this an evening that you will not regret. Hope to see you there!
Our Migrant Ministry is hosting an “Anti-Bullying Workshop” next Sunday, September 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the school seminar room. This workshop strikes me as being of special interest because it will be led by Sr. Nancy Brown, a Sister of Charity of Halifax and pastoral counsellor at Covenant House, a home for youth escaping all sorts of violence. Sr. Nancy has been inducted into the Order of British Columbia for her ministry. Few people, I would think, have been more exposed to the reality of bullying than the adolescents and young adults living on our streets, and those who minister to them. This promises to be a profoundly learning experience.
To sum it up, no lack of things to do at St. Mary’s Parish!