Faith Connections Celebrates its First Year
Faith Connections celebrated its first year on Sunday Oct. 29. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., over 70 people came through Morrow Park’s Mary Lounge to honour the day.
There was much to see. Tables holding resource books and give-away items greeted all comers. After registration, participants passed a wall showing all the parishes and zones in Toronto, and had a chance to indicate their parish and home with stickers. As they entered Mary Lounge proper, a power point presentation introduced the core team members and showed memorable images of different events. Episodes of Theology on Tap ran on a television. On the far wall, results of the survey of young adults were displayed through flyers, graphs and pie charts. Opposite it, a graffiti wall encouraged participants to share their thoughts. Display boards featured pictures of CSJ ministries and Faith Connections. Music from a three-person band serenaded those present.
During the formal part of the program, speakers ranged from Vanessa Nicholas and Genevieve Anderson, participants Stephen Elkerton and Chris Noga and Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, director of the Office of Catholic Youth.
"This one year anniversary is a joy for us," Congregational Leader Sr. Margaret Myatt told those assembled. Everyone involved with this ministry, leaders as well as participants, has, in responding to this call of the Spirit, been the beneficiaries of the mutuality of relationships thus formed."
Director Sr. Thérèse Meunier named all those who contributed to the program: the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Associates, the visioning group, the advisory group, and the staff — Genevieve "who gave a face to Faith Connections" and Vanessa for giving the program its "arms and legs." She also acknowledged many other groups: the young adults who have come to the events, the speakers and presenters, those who have donated time and money and parents, organizations, and parishes concerned with the needs of this age group.
After the special cake was cut and other goodies consumed, an icebreaker with parts of scripture quotes on cards saw the people actively seeking others and literally making connections to complete their quotes. The cross section of people present and the lively exchanges of the afternoon indicated that indeed links had been established and the ministry’s name was more than justified!