Communique #2 – Community Life
National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley,
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th
October 4th marks the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is known for the care of creation and for the love of animals. Many parishes, schools and communities are hosting ceremonies for the blessing of the animals. Last year at my parish of Stella Maris (Saint John), Fr. Peter Osborne held a ceremony following the Sunday mass. Adults and children came to the church parking lot with their animal friends to receive a blessing. It was the first time I participated in this love filled experience, watching adults and children come forward to name their animal friends. This event can be held any time during the month of October. I encourage you to promote this event. Ask members in your province to speak with their parish priest or school principal to arrange a convenient time to host such an event.
Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship – Madonna Clark, Sub-Committee Chairperson
October 8-14 marks Citizenship Week in Canada. Each year Canadians take time to reflect on and celebrate the rights and responsibilities they share. Citizenship Week is a great opportunity to welcome new Canadians. Encourage members in your province to get involved and be part of the celebration.
Approximately 1,700 citizenship ceremonies are held in communities across Canada every year. For a new Canadian citizen, the citizenship ceremony is the formal entry into the Canadian family. Candidates take the oath of citizenship and proudly embrace their new country’s values. Listed below are several ways to celebrate citizenship:
• Proudly fly the Canadian flag
• Attend a citizenship ceremony in your area
• Browse photo galleries
• Find out what Canada’s newest citizens think about being Canadian
• Have a Canada themed friend or family gathering and reaffirm your citizenship
• Share your citizenship story
• Participate, volunteer and get involved in the community
Encourage members to search Citizenship Week to find a ceremony in the area. There are many resources available at the Government of Canada website canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-citizenship/take-part-citizenship/citizenship-week.html.