Pastoral Ministry in the North: Sr. Enid in Kapuskasing
In Kapuskasing, a town of 15,000 in Northern Ontario, Sr. Enid Selke manages the Frank J. Selke Memorial Resource Centre in St. Patrick’s parish in the diocese of Hearst. Sr. Enid, now in her 80s, has operated the Selke Centre since it was completed in 1988.
During the last year, as part of Adult Education for the English-speaking Catholics, Sr. Enid’s programs included the study of scripture, sacraments, spiritual growth and evangelization. Her group covered the gospel of Matthew from January to May on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.
In the fall, from Sept. 13 until Nov. 15, she led a group through Alpha Express, a weekly program which always started with a dinner prepared by four of the women participants.
As well in November, Sr. Enid facilitated a ministry workshop for parishioners who serve as lectors, ministers of Eucharist, altar servers and ushers.
Sr. Enid and her group carried out outreach services. The Timmins Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothersline received 15 cartons of clothing, while Geraldton’s Thunderbird Native Friendship Centre accepted 24 cartons of clothing and goods. This past year, the centre also participated in Operation Christmas Child which collected shoeboxes containing gifts for children in the Third World, many of whom have never received any presents at all. In December, a transport truck from Home Hardware carried over 400 shoeboxes to the Kitchener/Waterloo area headquarters.
By Gisela Côté