Note: I am finally starting to blog again with the help of our webmaster, Rusty Gardiner, though not yet out of the woods regarding blogging problems.
On Thursday, August 25th, the parish of St. Lawrence in Thompson bid farewell to Fr. Eugene Whyte OMI who had served the parish and the surrounding area (6 missions) for six years. Teh gathering was an informal pot-luck supper with a tremendous amount of great food and a capacity crowd. The plan was to simply have a gathering without a program to allow folks ample time to visit with Fr. Eugene. Here Fr. Eugene is picture cutting the cake. He is planning to go to the Oblate renewal experience at Aix-en-Province in France, followed by the Oblate renewal program Ministry to Ministers in San Antonio, Texas. Certainly his sabbatical is well deserved after serving not just Thompson but the missions of Gillam, Lynn Lake, Souoth Indian Lake, Nelson House and Thicket Portage. In this task he wasgreatly helped by ministry of Sr. Maraget Sadler in Lynn Lake and Srs. Susan Gardner and Ellen Kennedy in Nelson House.