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Retreat For Busy People

During Advent, a "Retreat for Busy People" was offered to 17 parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Toronto. For this five-day retreat, people continue with their usual schedule and agree to spend approximately 30 minutes in prayer daily and to meet with a Prayer Guide each day. In this way, it is possible to make a retreat without going away to do it.

Six Morrow Park Volunteers Honoured

The Ontario Government recognized volunteer services and volunteer achievement in an award ceremony held at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003.

Sandra Desjardins, Mary McDonald, Lolita Gallardo, Rita Mendes de Franca, Laura Keegan and Christine Rentschler received Ontario Service Pins and Certificates from Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Children's Services. She was assisted by George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Annual Associate Retreat: A New Heart and a New Spirit

Close to 60 CSJ Sisters and Associates gathered at Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls on Sept. 12 - 14, 2003, for our Annual Retreat. The Program was prepared and facilitated by Sister Grace Sauvé CSJ and Associates from the Galilee, St Luke's and Lalemant Communities. Our Celebrant for the weekend was Fr. Chris Iredale. The theme, "A New Heart and a New Spirit" was explored more fully in the presentations given by Sr. Marie Bouchard CSJ.

'Keeping the Sabbath' Weekend

On Aug. 15, 2003, over 35 Sisters of St. Joseph gathered in North Bay, ON for the bi-annual SAIL weekend (Sojourners in Active and Inclusive Love). Our theme for this week-end was: "The Sabbath: Gratitude, Rest, Awe." Sister Mechtilde O'Mara CSJ from the Toronto community was our keynote speaker. The timing was appropriate: this event took place on the "black out" weekend.

Sisters and Religious Leaders Demand End to Child Poverty

In Toronto, on Sept. 15, 2003, Sister Margaret Myatt, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph, represented the Catholic position at CACP's press conference on the topic of child poverty. She deplored that child poverty and lack of adequate housing still exist while neither issue is a prime agenda item on any party's election platform. Meanwhile, 40,000 children are still waiting for affordable housing.

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