JUNE 16 CANADA WIDE CAMPAIGN KICK OFF EVENT IN VANCOUVER
Past National Chief Phil Fontaine and me at the Canada Wide Kickoff. The CCEPIRSS board (Coroporation of Catholic Entities party to the Residential SChool Settlement agreement had an AGM in Victoria just before this event which was held in Vancouver as a first public event for the campaign. The commitment of the Catholic Entities towards this agreement is to provide $29 Million in cash, $25 million of In-Kind services and carry out a best efforts Canada Wide fundraising campaign to raise another $25 million, all for reconciliation and healing. The federal government is to provide compensation to former students of the flawed system of the residential schools.
JUNE 16 SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION IN PELICAN NARROWS
The food line at the reception for the newly initiated candidates. unfortunately I do not have pictures of the celebration itself which involved streamers in the four directions, a procession around the gathering with a drum and a star blanket for the collection. Fr. Bill and I made it just on time for the celebration, joining Fr. Susai the pastor who is working hard at learning Cree and pastoring both Sandy Bay and Pelican Narrows.
JUNE 19 HEALING SOUL PAIN GRADUATION CELEBRATION
From L - R: + Sylvain; Sr. Mary Assenmacher; Sr. Mary Kastens; Sr. Iva Gregory; Sr. Ethel Detz and Fr. Bill Stang. Iva, Ethel and Bill are the graduands being honoured by a treat at the local Dairy Queen. Healing Soul Pain is a program developed by Dr. Jane Simmington of Edmonton that deals with trauma recovery and grief support and is proving to be very effective in helping people heal from life's hurts.
JUNE 20 FAREWELL FOR SR. JUNE AYOTTE AND SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
Group of candidates to be fully initiated into the life of the Church.
Justine, Ernie and Gillian after the celebration
Sr. June expressing gratitude and bidding farewell to the folks she served for the past ten years.
Baptism font donated by Sr. June's community on the occasion of her retirement and farewell.
Sr. Mary Ann Mulvahill and Sr. June Ayotte with Bishop Sylvain
JUNE 23 SACRAMENT OF INITIATION IN ILE-A-LA-CROSSE
Vincent and Tony Laliberte putting a new roof on the parish residence.
Candidates on the retreat.
The retreat for the candidates was given by a dedicated team led by Dorothy Dubrule.Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the whole group of 90 candidates that was confirmed.
JUNE 27 SACRAMENT OF INITIATION IN BUFFALO NARROWS
The candidates take in a retreat given by Bishop Sylvain and Fr. Wendelin to help them grow in their faith in Jesus, knowledge of the Holy Spirit and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Group of 39 newly confirmed candidates in Buffalo Narrows
Julia Daigneault 85th birthday party, here with Fr. Wendelin Rolheiser OMI
JUNE 28 VISIT TO TURNOR LAKE EN ROUTE TO LA LOCHE
The little church at Turnor Lake
Marius doing music ministry for mass at Turnor Lake
Toby and Mary Montgrand 50th anniversary celebration
JUNE 30 SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION IN LA LOCHE
The newly confirmed group of candidates
Newly confirmed Brayden with his mother and Bishop Sylvain
Catechist Alice and volunteers who helped, at the reception after the celebration.
Fr. John Zunti OMI meets with a group of Cursillistas as a follow-up to the Cursillo weekend and to plan one for La Loche. A Cursillo is a short course on Christianity called a four-day walk with the Lord.