Archive for April, 2010

River Run March and Rally

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

On April 6 there was an Information Evening about the issue of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows.  In attendance were the Indigenous people who had travelled from Grassy Narrows and any interested public.  What impressed me most was the ritual with drumming which expressed gratitude for all of God’s gifts in creation.  Only later did individuals give witness of their sufferings from the mercury poisoning and the clear cut logging and how it is destroying their natural habitat.  Opening the evening with gratitude evoked memories for me of our Tiv people in Nigeria who always begin any prayer with thanksgiving while those of us who “seemingly have more to be grateful for” rarely do so!

Gathering the following day, April 7th, for the “River Run Walk” to the parliament buildings the rain was seen by most as a sign of God’s blessing on the event and spirits remained high.  All joined in by carrying either long blue banners to simulate a flowing river or mock fish and placards calling for justice.  The participants were diverse ranging from the Indigenous people to senior citizens, students and young mothers with children in strollers.  Some of the elderly women from Grassy Narrows were present in wheelchairs; a compelling witness to the ravages of the mercury poisoning (minamata disease).

On reaching the parliament buildings the crowd were addressed by various individuals representing the participating groups which were in excess of 30!  Unfortunately at no time did any representative of the provincial government appear to recognize and respond to the group but hopefully more of the public became aware of the justice issue involved.

For more information, visit their website:

http://freegrassy.org/

 By Sr. Rosemary Williamson OLM

River Run

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An OLM Missioning

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

On April 10, 2010, Our Lady’s Missionaries, along with several of our associates and friends, appropriately commemorated the Good Friday and Easter Sunday happenings of so many years ago, with a celebratory Mass at our Central House.  We sent forth Sister Anie Montejo to our mission in Brazil.  New Life was sprouting out all around us. It was Easter week. The leaves and grass were appearing. The daffodils and tulips were in bloom.  Renewed life is happening in OLMs.

In the shared homily, some seasoned missionaries voiced what ‘mission’ meant to them.  Sister Anie thanked all the friends she is gifted with knowing for their prayers during her time of discernment. On behalf of all OLMs, Sister Frances Brady presented her with the gift of a mission crucifix, our symbol of the death and life of Christ.  The sisters responded that this is fitting because in living present day creation among our chosen People of God, she will experience hard times and joyful times.   

 We know she will find companions on her new journey in Sisters Clarice, Mona and Lucy and new neighbors all around her.  Boa Viagem, Anie!

by Sr. Therese MacDonald

Prayer Vigil During Holy Week

Monday, April 5th, 2010

A small group of people gathered at the Peace Gardens at City Hall on Tuesday of Holy Week to remember and pray for the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile as well as for all who are suffering around the world.  Prayers were offered and a reflection was given by Fr. Paul Hansen CSsR.  The vigil was supported by the Sisters of St. Joseph, 6 St. Joseph House, Our Lady’s Missionaries and Lazarus House.