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From the Desk of the Pastor: July 16

July 16, 2022

Good morning everyone.

As promised two weeks ago, a link to the schedule of the visit by Pope Francis to Canada, July 24 to 28, is at the bottom of this brief note.  We expect that national media will offer extensive coverage of this historic event and full coverage will be available from Salt and Light TV and on their website.   Please note that the events that you can join us for in the church are noted in bold italics

In other news, we expect the work on the tower to begin towards the end of the month.  I will not have any impact on weekday Mass.  Our refugee committee met yesterday, and it seems that things are now at the final paperwork stage to be submitted to the government.  We will keep you posted.  The Catholic Women’s League bench to commemorate their one hundredth anniversary was installed this week and looks magnificent.  Join us after the 5.00 Mass on Saturday, July 23 for a special blessing and cake.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the reception after the noon Mass last weekend to help me celebrate my fortieth anniversary as a priest.  It was very humbling and touched me deeply.  The kind words and presence of so many people was very special and I am forever grateful to everyone who helped pull it together.  As I said in the few words (yes, miracles do happen) that I offered in the afternoon, I was very happy to celebrate forty years as a priest and I am grateful to God for the amazing journey it has been.  I would be happy to do it all over again.  The kindness and support of parishioners has always been a major influence along the way and the experience on Sunday afternoon underlined that.  Thank you.

Fr. Felix is back from his journey to Halifax with Richard and Marie.  He looks great and has a hint of Scottish accent.  Wedding season begins with a bang this weekend and will continue most weekends until the end of September and it is a delight to celebrate with couples and their families without the restrictions of the previous two years.  We are on call for emergencies until Wednesday next week.

Have a good week and enjoy all that this beautiful season has to offer.

Be well.

Fr. Con