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Parish Work

Companioning Through the Second Half of Life

While the grind of a day job can make retirement appealing, the retired face their own challenges. "Their whole lives have been raising a family or holding a job," says Sister Mary Rose Marrin of St. Mary's Parish. "Now their energies have to be redirected."

Sister Mary Rose, pictured above, far right in front, is the Parish Animator for the Ministry of Maturing Adults. Her ministry, located in Barrie, Ont., focuses on creating relationships among the retired in her parish.

Hearst Diocese Returns the Blessings to Sr. Enid

On May 30, 2009, Bishop Vincent Cadieux (pictured right in the center) presented the Diocesan Merit Award to Sr. Enid Selke with Father Fernande Villeneuve, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, at hand. The following is Bichop Cadieux's address to the congregation as he presented this award:

"The Diocese of Hearst, from time to time, chooses to award The Diocesan Merit Award to one who has made a difference in the Diocese.

Day of Reflection for Lay Ministers

On Feb. 24, 2009, the Toronto Archdiocese’s Office of Lay Ministry, Chaplaincy and Parish Social Ministry held a Day of Reflection. The main speaker was Dillon J. Woods. Other speakers were invited to make short presentation through videos. Sister Jacqueline de Verteuil (pictured above, far right) was among those asked to speak about the Diploma in Ministry Program offered by St. Francis Xavier University and to bring along a display featuring her ministry. She was pleased to do both.

Parish mission with a difference

A parish mission is generally considered to be a time of renewal for the people of the parish. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is preparing for a mission from March 29 till April 1. But this mission will be a bit different. Instead of one speaker, Fr. Jim Hannah, the pastor, has invited Fr. Steve Vasek, OMI and Sr. Jean Fitzpatrick, SSC from Buffalo NY to assist 50 volunteers from the parish to prepare for the mission. Committees were formed and have been busy since last October.

Sister Andrea Dumont: Pastoral Work In the North

Sister Andrea, pictured at right, lives and works in Thompson, Manitoba, population: 15,000, located nine hours north of Winnipeg by bus. She has been in “the hub of the north” for the past 18 years, working with a population mainly composed of First Nations and Dene and miners.  Thompson is a company town, built around INCO.

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