International Mission 2016 Report
Mission Council chose 7 projects to help people in need in five different countries
- Darjeeling Jesuit Province for direct involvement in evangelization
- Save Trust for mining children in Magara, Guntur
- Vellore Diocese - for carpentry tools for the vocational training of young boys
- Multipurpose Social Service Society of the Cuddapah Diocese - for vocational skill training in tailoring and embroidery
- Eritrea: To finish off the Church in Hamedey
- Democratic Republic of Congo: For furniture in the chapel of Notre-Dame University of Kayasi
- Sri Lanka: Happy Life for drug prevention and awareness program, and practical leadership skills in Mirigama
- Nepal: Aid to rescue young women from prostitution through Servants Anonymous in Calgary
Share Lent 2016 – Creating a climate of change together!
Each year during Lent, Canadian Catholics are invited to stand in solidarity with communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who are struggling for dignity and justice.
This Lent, inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE invites you to join in a Climate of Change solidarity pilgrimage with our sisters and brothers in the Global South.
By opening our hearts and walking hand in hand with the most poor and vulnerable, we can contribute to building a world rooted in justice, equality, compassion and love. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is working to create a climate of change and build a more just world.
Running throughout the six weeks of Lent, this Lent Calendar app features stories of hope about our sisters and brothers around the world who are creating a climate of change. In the face of conflicts, climate change, and decreasing access to land and water, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE’s partners around the world are empowering the most poor and vulnerable to lift themselves out of poverty.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE invites you to join in a Climate of Change pilgrimage. You can use this app to guide you through the Lenten season with three simple steps each day: Learn, Pray and Act.
See www.devp.org for more details
During this Jubilee of Mercy many things have been happening in the city of Lethbridge! The Martha Sisters opened their retreat doors to many pilgrims who made time to visit the Holy Doors. Monthly masses, except during summer, were celebrated to accommodate the people visiting the city. Many volunteers gave of their time to greet and welcome the pilgrims to the Holy Doors of Mercy and make them feel at home.
As the Holy Father requested, reflections on the teachings of Vatican II were offered. Fr. Salvador, Fr. Lukas, and Fr. Roque provided presentations on the various documents of Vatican II. Attendance depended on the business of life, but between 45 and 70 people came out and the feedback was very good. The presentations on the Mission of the Laity and the Mission of the Ordained were very well received, and in some ways provided a real shock for some of the attendees. Many people have the perception that the ordained are called to evangelize the world, where in fact the lay faithful have also been entrusted with the responsibility of being evangelists in the world. Fifty years after Vatican II, we are still striving to implement its teachings. The challenge is that we also don’t know the teachings, so education presentations like this are encouraged, and appreciated. This Jubilee Year of Mercy has given all of us an opportunity to reflect on God’s mercy and how Vatican II calls us to live that mercy in the world today. All the presentations in Lethbridge can be seen and heard at www.allsaintslethbridge.org.
As we conclude this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I’m reminded of the words of Pope Francis at the beginning of his papacy: “Let us be renewed by God’s mercy and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can make justice and peace flourish.” For the past seventeen years, the people of our diocese, through Mission Mexico, have been agents of God’s transforming mercy in the lives of many of the poorest of the poor in southern Mexico. As they have benefited from our corporal works of mercy, so we have benefited from their spiritual works of mercy on our behalf. The corporal works of mercy have borne fruit this past year in northern Mexico near Tijuana. The Trinitarian Sisters of that outreach have reciprocated in spiritual ways that have profoundly benefited members of our diocese. The Table of Mercy project was made possible by both your financial donations and time and labour of many Alberta volunteers.
As Bishop Henry has so well noted: “What an example of reciprocal mercy with which to conclude the Jubilee Year of Mercy!”
Gratefully yours on behalf of Mexico’s poorest of the poor,
Fr. Fred Monk, Founder, Mission Mexico
Table of Mercy
John Paul, Table of Mercy Project Coordinator
St. Mary’s Parish, Cochrane, Alberta
“In April 2016, a group of us visited a monastery in Tecate, Mexico and met the Trinitarian Sisters of Mary. They had been praying for many years for God to send someone who could help them construct a soup kitchen/community meeting place at their convent/retreat centre. Thus began Mission Mexico’s Table of Mercy project. Many volunteers from our diocese have answered the call to come and build our special kitchen for the sisters. This beautiful, generous and loving group of nuns that minister to thousands of the poor and hungry each year, have demonstrated to all of us what it means to love as Christ loved us.
Each of us has brought home to Alberta a special gift in our hearts that we never expected.
If God calls you to assist in Mission Mexico projects, don’t be afraid to answer that call. His generosity knows no bounds and you will be given back more than you can fathom.”
Mission Mexico Onsite Representative
“Here in the mountains, there are so many needs in so many different places, and Mission Mexico is a trusted partner in the struggle for life. It isn‘t that Mission Mexico can resolve all the problems of the poor, but it has a proven track record of accompanying the poor as they strive to build a world of greater justice for themselves and others. The people are so noble and the hopes are so tangible that it seems like the greatest blessing on earth to be allowed to journey with them.”