Pastor’s Perspective – May 15

A gathering of significance happened in April when the First Nations’ People, Inuit and Metis met with Pope Francis. For the better part of the week there was sharing, listening, and a greater understanding of how Indigenous Culture was adversely impacted by residential schools.  This assembly helped to me realize we are living at a time when we can intentionally foster and  build relationships with the First People of this Country. I am pleased to share with you that in this week’s bulletin there are announcements for two events later this month that can assist in this. The First Nations Art Show and Music Festival will be held May 20th and 21st at Bullhead Hall. (Poster and Map with directions are included in the bulletin). If attending the show and festival donations can be made at:  http://www.farnciscanandfriends.ca.

On March 24th St Mary’s University is hosting an evening with Casey Eaglespeaker. He is the co-chair of the Wisdom Council that advises the Alberta Health Services Board.  He also works with Woods Homes in support of children in care. If you want to attend please make sure to RSVP to the email listed on the poster, because seating is limited.

 

I also want to let you know about an event at St Peter’s. On Saturday, June 18th after the 5 PM Mass we will have a Eucharistic Procession through the neighbourhood and Benediction to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. Afterward, staring around 7 PM, we will have a Thanksgiving BBQ to express our appreciation to Fr Arjay for the three years he was our associate priest. We want to collect cash from parishioners that can then be offered to him on the 18th. Please see the location in the Narthex after Sunday Mass where you can make a contribution. You can also bring your gift to the office during the week if this is more convenient. Please sign up here if you are going to attend the BBQ.

In the grace and fellowship of Jesus,

Fr Jonathan