Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Return of Fr. Susai Jesu OMI from India

Fr. Susai is the pastor of Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay in northern Sask, both Cree speaking communities. He is also into his second year of learning Cree. Fr. Susai returned to India to visit his family, friends, relatives and brother Oblates right after Christmas after two years in Canada. He arrived in The Pas Feb. 16th, stayed overnight and then left with his new used vehicle to be on time for the Ash Wednesday celebration in Pelican Narrows.

Through an inexpensive phone arrangement that he found, Susai stayed in touch while in India with his parishioners who are very happy to have him back. In fact, during his absence they even intensified fund-raising efforts towards repairing the church in Sandy Bay, and building a new church in Pelican Narrows.

What is most to be admired is that they are doing this without resorting to addictive means such as bingo. Their latest creative effort to which Susai is returning this weekend is a big fishing derby in Pelican Narrows organized by the community for the new church. The picture below gives an idea of what a fishing derby looks like (this one in Pukatawagon last spring).

A fishing derby is a great way to raise funds for a new church, given that Jesus has sent us all out to be fishers of people. Hopefully this initiative will inspire other communities who are raising funds to do something similar.

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