Friday, August 19, 2011

Sacraments of Initiation, God's Lake Narrows, Aug 15, 2011

Here is where Ted Dodds, our volunteer pilot who donates his plane, time and gas for amonth to fly me to our isolated missions, flew me for the celebration of initation in God' Lake Narrows.
The group of newly initiated candidates posing with Fr. Bart Burke and me.
The outdoor fish following the celebration of confirmation and First Communion.
On August 15, feast of the Assumption of Mary, I joined Fr. Bart Burke, a saintly 82 year old diocesan priest, for the celebration of the sacraments of initation in God's Lake Narrows in north eastern Manitoba. FR. Bart flies a circuit between four communities, SAndy Lake ON, GLN, God's River and Oxford House. Like Jesus, he literally has no place to rest his head in a way, always on the road, with almost no place to call home.
With perfect weather, the volunteer pilot Ted Dodds, flew me in for a retreat with the candidates in the afternoon, the celebration following, and an outdoor fish fry following that. I was even able to sneak in a swim in the lake upon arrival, and early in the morning the next day before we left to try and beat the inclement weather to St Theresa Point, where we were weathered in for a day.

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