Communique #5 – Spiritual Development
National Chairperson of Spiritual Development Shari Guinta, January 28, 2020.
October was Extraordinary Missionary Month. In a previous communiqué, I spoke about Catholic Missions In Canada’s (CMIC) Prayer for Canadian Home Missions and encouraged councils to participate in mission activities and promote awareness.
At the November 2019 national executive/board meeting in Winnipeg, it was decided the proceeds of this year’s donations to the League’s national voluntary fund for CMIC be directed to three churches in tremendous need of assistance.
- St. Lawrence of Ahousaht parish, in Ahousat, British Columbia had its church condemned and Bishop Gary Gordon (Victoria) is rebuilding. Ahousat is a remote First Nations community on Flores Island.
- Bishop Hector Vila (Whitehorse) is replacing a mission church and rectory at St. Theresa’s parish in Telegraph Creek, British Columbia. A devastating wildfire in August 2018 consumed the church and rectory, as well as several homes. The rectory was the home of parish pastoral workers.
- Bishop Robert Bourgon (Hearst-Moosonee) has to rebuild the church and rectory at St. Francis Xavier parish in Attawapiskat in Northern Ontario, as the buildings have been condemned, devastating parishioners.
Two years ago, a trip was organized by Fr. David Reilander, president of Catholic Missions In Canada for the national executive to visit the parish at Fort Alexander, located on a First Nations reserve north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. I can tell you from personal experience it was deeply moving, friendly and spiritual. The board took boxes of new bibles for parishioners to use in bible study and was warmly welcomed and thanked. The people were so grateful.
These missions are incredibly necessary and in need of assistance and prayers. I ask you to encourage councils to contribute generously to the national voluntary fund for CMIC. All proceeds received up to June 30, 2020 will be released in Montreal at the annual national convention in August.
“Catholic Missions In Canada funds the work of missionaries as they proclaim the Word of God across the nation, even in the most remote and in-need areas,” and has “pledged to assist 25 Canada Mission Dioceses in… five critical areas of mission ministry need.” Feel free to check out CMIC’s work at cmic.info. I suggest members and councils subscribe to the newsletter. It is very informative, well done, comes in the mail, and it is free!
“I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium).