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Waiting In Hope

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Those who have been accompanying refugees in Canada know how grateful they are to be feeling safe and even hopeful that Canada may grant them the right to stay.

During a Thanksgiving Mass celebration recently held at Scarboro Missions, Fr. Peter McKenna, scj invited us to reflect on what we are  most grateful for?

Some shared their gratitude for friendship, recognizing the ever-supportive companions who make themselves available each time there is a need.  Others were grateful for feeling safe while living in Canada and waiting for their status.

All of us simply hope for a life where peace and harmony are possible.

 

 

 

-Lorie J. Nunez, OLM

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

Our Lady’s Missionaries celebrated Thanksgiving this year with morning Mass and evening dinner together with friends. We were able to name many blessings for which we thank God, for family, friends, nature’s abundance, good food shared, the comfort of home and so much more.

These happy and grateful thoughts could not fill our hearts. They left room for the many people who have less to be thankful for these days, for victims of famine and war, fires and floods and earthquakes, the sick and homeless.

We know it is not enough to give thanks for what we have. If we are blessed, it is with gifts to be used wisely and with respect until we can say that land and air and water, food and energy and shelter, peace and joy and freedom are there for everyone.

Only then will we be able to say that we are truly grateful.

 

 

Frances Brady, OLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride For Refuge

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Group photo of some of the FCJ Team walkers.

On September 30, 2017, I walked a few miles to support The Ride for Refuge, a charity event that supports displaced people from other countries.  This  took place in major cities across Canada.  In Toronto it was held at the Beaches and at Ashbridges Bay.  It included both cyclists and walkers who were fund raising for a variety of organizations assisting refugees.  I was a member of the walkers team for the FCJ Refugee Centre.  It was a bright crisp morning and I enjoyed meeting the other team members many of whom work at the Centre.

I want to thank all those who sponsored me on this walk.

Rosemary Williamson, OLM

If you wish to donate please click the link below:

https://rideforrefuge.org/home

 

Great Lakes Water Walk

Monday, September 25th, 2017

A Great Lakes Water Walk streamer, an expression of our connections

Ontario’s Indigenous Peoples launched a Great Lakes Water Walk held on September 24th, at the Waterfront.  This event raised awareness that water, according to Elder Josephine Mandamin, an Ojibwe Grandmother and Water Walker, is a sacred gift.  “It is the same water we all depend on, bringing healing, and uniting cultures.”

Organizers explain their commitment:  Because of Water

Expressing awareness through sign language

The participation of diverse groups of people, with a strong interfaith element, gave the event a profound sense of reconciliation. By raising awareness of the Great Lakes water as a source of life, all are called to honour and protect water as sacred.

 

 

The Legacy boat was present, printed with colourful waves

 

A symbol of the deep connection between water and women

-Lorie Nunez, OLM

To learn more about the walk please see links below

:http://Great Lakes Water Walk

 

 

 

Honouring Water

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Pat Poitras lighted a floating tea candle.

On September 14th, a Thursday evening,  some OLMs and friends met for a faith sharing reflection at Cosburn house using “Water” as a theme for the prayer gathering.

Sr. Norma Samar, OLM lighted one of the floating tea candles.

Evelyn, a neighbour, joined the prayer gathering

 

 

Christine, who organized this small group sharing, invited each one to remember their experiences of water.  Some shared delightful experiences of water from childhood and some brought out their awareness about water today.   These included scarcity of water in most third world countries, contamination of water due to mining and chemicals from industrial factories, the unfair distribution of water that regularly appears in the news and social media featuring farmers and urban poor communities suffering due to difficult access to water,  and most of all is the alarming privatization of water in the world.

Prayer centrepiece.

The gathering concluded with sharing a variety of ideas on how to preserve, protect, and honour water as a sacred gift from God.  One idea is to get involved with the Great Lakes Water Walk on September 24.

-Lorie Nunez, OLM

 For more information, go to:

http://www.waterdocs.ca/waterwalk/

We Are One, United for Peace!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

 

 

On Thursday, August 31, some of OLMs attended a group rally hosted by SAFE: Solidarity Against Fascists Everywhere, which was held at the Queens Park.  The theme of the rally was:

“We are one community, united against hate. Join together – with your neighbours, friends, and family. Together we can fight the right!”

Rachelle Frieson, Christian Peacemaker Teams – Canadian coordinator.

 

The goal of the rally was to stand with Charlottesville and Against State Violence and White Supremacy.

Sr. Rosemary Williamson, holds Palestinian and Charlotteville placards.

Srs. Frances and Mary G. at Nathan Philip Square where the march ended.

One of the children join the rally with their placard.

 

Also joining the march was the Christian Peacemaker Teams in solidarity with “No Way to Treat a Child,” a campaign to stop Israeli military detention of children.

 

Other posters and placards.

 

Our Lives Connected

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

 

                                                   Memorare

                                                    -Sr. Marie Clarkson, OLM

 

Sr. Clarice Garvey and Sr. Frances Brady, visit one Monday afternoon.

                   Remind me

O mother

You

whose nurturing spirit

lives connected

with all of creation

the past

the present

and all

that is yet to come

Sr. Margaret Walsh, OLM and her niece, Peggy and husband David, and her sister, Denise

                             remind me

of the energy

   of life                                                         empowering me

 to stand tall

 facing gales

or gentle breezes

          to walk softly

Sr. Mona Kelly, OLM is having a good visit while waiting for a BINGO game.

over grassy plains

 or rocky hill

  to embrace

all that is yet to be

  remind me

O mother

of my loving cenre

my tender core

remind me

Sr. Cecile Turner, OLM visiting with Sr. Frances Brady and Esmeralda Gonzales looks on.

of the newness

of each moment

of blessing received

and blessings

bestowed

of the blessing

that I am

 

Remind me

O mother.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Our precious homemade solar eclipse projectors

On August 21, 2017, some OLMs observed the solar eclipse using our neat homemade viewers made of shoe boxes, pieces of aluminum foil and white bond paper, thanks to the CSA for posting instructions on how to make a solar eclipse projector.

The solar eclipse in Toronto occurred at about 2:30 pm.  It was a partial solar eclipse which means that the sun and moon were not perfectly aligned and only a part of the sun was hidden by the moon.

The dimming and the change of the sunlight during the eclipse was an encounter with the mystery of creation!  According to the Canadian Space Agency, the next total solar eclipse to be visible in Canada will occur on April 8, 2024, when the path of totality will cross Mexico, the United States and Eastern Canada.

-Lorie J. Nunez, OLM

 

 

Chico and Pedro – Sister Maejanet Mac Donnell, OLM

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

 

OLMs remember Maejanet Mac Donnell known as “Elisabete” by the people of Brazil for her deep thoughts about peace and justice she portrayed in this poem she wrote.

 

Chico and Pedro

Sister Maejanet Mac Donnel, OLM

 

“Yip, Yip, Va” and a rustling swack

Of palm leaf bough behind his back

Sends his donkey scrambling along the track

“Va”, calls Chico with another swack.

 

Pedro, the donkey, pulls and heaves

sun beams dance through banana leaves.

The stream trickles slowly and turns and weaves

over stones and long dried mango leaves.

 

Brown fingers beat a bongo tune

On a round tin drum to be filled up soon

With bananas ripe from the rains of June

And Chico loves his world this noon.

 

How he loves his world of Brazilian sun

And his sweet-smelling lead on the donkey run

And he wonders if all boys have such fun

As he aims at a hawk with his sling shot gun.

 

For the world he loves is the world he knows

And he’s never heard of the land with snows

Or a golden autumn with rows and rows

Of flaming maples, or great ski tows.

 

But he’s a boy who will soon be a man

And his hopes are as yours, no different than,

To be strong and good, an honored man

A generous and loving, and well-loved man.

 

So you see though his world is miles away

The dreams he dreams from day to day

Are the dreams you dream, for they really say

Teach me to love dear Lord, and to give it away.

Announcing the new Executive Director of Presentation Manor

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The following is a press release regarding Presentation Manor, a joint project of several religious communities, including Our Lady’s Missionaries:

Fr. George Smith, CSB, chair of the Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gordon Perrault as the Executive Director of Presentation Manor for Seniors, effective August 1, 2017. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Perrault had been serving as Senior Executive Director of a privately held senior living corporation in Toronto. Prior to this position he had held the positions of Director of Business Development at Compass Group Healthcare–Senior Living; and Regional Director, Operations, Chartwell Retirement Residences (Formerly Allegro Residences). With increasingly responsible positions in the field of Senior Living residences, Mr. Perrault is a distinguished leader in eldercare who brings a wealth of experience in management, marketing and business operations. He also has a demonstrated commitment to the unique Catholic mission of Presentation Manor, which combines with his experience to make him an outstanding leader for an exciting new venture in senior living in Toronto. “Our Board of Directors came to the conclusion that Gord Perrault possesses the right combination of leadership ability, experience and expertise to position him to be an outstanding Executive Director of Presentation Manor” said Smith. “We conducted an extensive recruitment and interview process, and he had outstanding competition, but we are more than confident that we have found our leader”. Presentation Manor for Seniors is a 229-unit eldercare residence in Scarborough, ON founded on the values of hope and compassion and inspired by Catholic religious orders of women and men in Canada. It is scheduled to open in summer/fall 2018.

For more information, visit www.presentationmanor.com. Fr. George Smith, C.S.B. Chair, Board of Directors Presentation Manor for Seniors gsmith@basilian.org (416) 459-4381

-Sr. Chrisitne Gebel, OLM