Archive for November, 2013

A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND CELEBRATION

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

November 25’th is the day that has been chosen as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On Saturday, the 23rd, The Women at the Well Centre held a service to celebrate women and to focus on spiritual care towards the empowerment of women and girls who are survivors of abuse.

The World Health Organization considers gender violence to be a major health hazard affecting women in particular all over the world. In many countries, it is still not a criminal act to abuse a girl or woman. Aware of the great need for change in this matter, this day was set aside to remember and pray for those involved in such terrible injustices. Thus a prayer service was held at St. Columba and All Hallows Anglican Church on St. Clair Ave. East.

Rev. Dr. Sonia Hinds gave the welcome and the greetings to the women and men assembled. The worship leaders were the Rev. Dr. Sonia Hinds and Sr. Frances Brady O.L.M. Both prayers and hymns were used as well as readings from both Old and New Testaments. The Rev. Canon Dr. Alice Medcoft of the Anglican Church gave the Presentation. She emphasised the gradual but real progress in recognizing women in the Anglican Church and the increased willingness to hear their voices and listen carefully to what they reveal of their social conditions and those of their sisters in other cultures,

There was a dramatization of Jesus and his interaction with the men who accused a woman taken in adultery based on the Gospel of John 7:53-8:1-11. This was followed by a Hymn to the Holy Spirit. The organist was J. Barrow.

 

The Rev. Dr. Sonia Hinds led the closing prayer. All present were invited to share at a reception following the service.

 

Sr.Patricia Kay,olm

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Help for the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Our Lady’s Missionaries hold the people of the Philippines in our hearts as they struggle to recover from the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. We have family and friends who were affected. Ordinarily, we are not able to send money to places where we no longer have sisters. However, we are happy that in this particular case, we have been able to make arrangements to send help to people in Southern Leyte and Northern Cebu. If you would like to make a donation towards this effort, please send a cheque to our finance office at 2 Leander Ct., Toronto, ON, M4B 2W1. Or, return to the previous page of this blog (the page that appears upon opening it) and click on the “Donate Now through Canada Helps” icon on the right side of the page. In both cases, it is important that you specify that your donation is for disaster relief in the Philippines. You will receive a receipt for income tax purposes. We will only be able to do this for a limited time. If you have any question, please e-mail our office at

olm.office@bellnet.ca

Thank you very much…. please also continue to keep the Philippines in your prayer.

November 9,2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

 

Lest We Forget

 

Each November we gather to remember our Sisters, families, and friends who have died during the year and this year was no exception.

On Saturday November 9th, Fr. Brian Swords, sfm was the celebrant for a Eucharistic Celebration in our chapel at our central house. Before our liturgy Sr. Lorie Nunez led us in a ritual of naming those persons we wished to remember.

Foremost was our Sr. Therese MacDonald who had worked and nursed for 30 years in Brazil. Others included Bernie Yerxa (sister of Sr.Pauline Doherty) in her 102’nd year . We also remembered Sr Joan Missiaen’s cousin Cambell Missiaen, Sr.Gwen Legaults’s Brother in-law John Benoit,and Gwen’s friend Patricia Brady in her 96th year, whose son John and wife Vicki were present .

However, there was a somber note with the news of Typhoon Haiyan devastating the central Philippines causing horrendous loss of lives and property. We remembered these people especially because South Leyte had been our first mission in the Philippines in 1964. The Southern Leyte Governor was quoted in the Toronto Star, “When faced with such scenario you can only pray and pray and pray.”

The celebration of the lives of these loved ones continued as we gathered for dinner afterwards sharing many stories and blessing with gratitude .

Sr.Gwen Legault,olm