Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sacraments of Initiation, Canoe Narrows, Sk., May 27th, 2010

The newly initiated candidates of Canoe Narrows gather for a group shot on a beautiful day. This was one of the largest groups in recent memory for this community. Fr. Louis Legare OMI, the pastor, was away on retreat with his brother Oblates in Winnipeg and so was not present for this celebration.

Most of the missions in our archdiocese are located on or near a river or lake and have a beautiful view. Canoe Narrows is an example of that. This is the view from the deck of the church.

The little rectory in Canoe Narrows consisting of a bedroom, living room, small office and small kitchen. The shower, toilet and hot water heater are all crowded in the bedroom, which is not the best situation but certainly handy and a lot better than an outdoor biffy.

The dream of building a grotto was realized some years back. It is situated near the rectory on the shore of the lake.

The church at Canoe Narrows which was newly painted and given new windows when Fr. Robert Laroche OMI was pastor some years ago.

Two young candidates who were involved in a sports day on the day of the initiation were confirmed at the weekday mass the day before, shortly after I arrived, and stayed to participate in the retreat that evening.

I was invited to attend the memorial service for Elvis that was held at the gym as we were ending the retreat in preparation the ceremony of initiation. I was able to get there just as it was finishing (in time for the food). This was a thoughtful, caring and prayerful gesture on the part of the community for the grieving family.

Ambroise Corrigal with elders waiting patiently for the feast at the reception.

These three beauties posed for the camera during the reception after the ceremony.

Gilbert and Veronique Iron generously provided me with breakfast of pancakes made from his special recipe along with birch syrup that Gilbert made himself - a unique and delicious breakfast.

Margaret Opekokew is one of the respected elders in Canoe Narrows that I enjoy visiting. I was able to anoint her and bring her communion, accompanied by Linda Lariviere who usually stays longer when she visits.

Mrs. Alice Opekokew, one of the elders that I was able to visit and bring communion to during my short stay in Canoe Narrows.

Part of the crowd that gathered at the school gym after the celebration for a meal and fellowship.

Linda Lariviere who so generously gave of her time and expertise to share her faith with the candidates and help them prepare for this great event in their lives.

One of the tables visiting and feasting during the reception

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