Initiatives

 

Outreach Ministry (Visitation):

If you or someone you know would appreciate a visit from a parish member from the Outreach Ministry, please contact the Parish Office.

 


 

Prayer Network:

If you have a prayer request, please contact the Parish Office.

 


 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Since September 2011 members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry have made and
donated almost 500 shawls to people who are in need of the comfort of
prayer for many reasons. Some request shawls for themselves, for friends
and family who are experiencing illness, family problems, joyful events,
and losses.  Anyone who needs prayers can request a shawl.  Our shawls have
gone across Canada and to Europe.  This Ministry is available to anyone,
regardless of religious affiliation. As a group we meet annually with an
interdenominational group which shares the same Ministry in their
respective churches.

One of our newest projects is to make Baptismal shawls which are always
white and are placed on the child to represent the "white garment"
mentioned in the Baptismal rite.

Our group meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the parish library at 1:00
p.m.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome to join and help with this
Ministry.  At these meetings we pray for anyone who has received a shawl as
well as share stories about the shawls we have made.

All shawls are given at no cost to the receiver but we do accept donations
of yarn or money to purchase yarn.

Questions or requests for shawls may be directed to Danielle Pilon at
519-669-2606 or contact the Parish Office.

 


 

St Teresa of Avila Ministry for New Canadians

MISSION STATEMENT -  To welcome and support a BVOR family for one year as they integrate into Canadian life.

 

The Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program is part of Citizenship Canada's (IRCC's) Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, within which the Diocese works to match parishes with an IRCC-referred profile of a refugee individual or family for sponsorship.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

 

LEAD TEAMPat Gleeson / Marianne Kraemer / Mike Kraemer

 

FINANCEChris Cassidy
Diane Smith, Adrian Miltenburg, Tom Fahey

HOUSINGMike Mayne
Colleen & Dave Brown / Judy Mayne / Deb & Phil Gleeson

ORIENTATION AND CULTURELisa Howell
Tak Shibayama / Derek Goetz / Lisa Denomme / Isabella Maher / Nancy Lucier

TRANSPORTATION Ray Denomme
Greg Elliott / Danielle Pilon / Jim Goll / Larry Knarr / Ken Kurtz

HEALTHSheila Forler Bauman
Marianne Kraemer / Lori Hanmer / Barb Harnock / Joanne Guerrero

COMMUNICATIONMarty Merlihan
Colleen Weber / Marianne Kieswetter

EDUCATION, TRAINING, JOBSAudrey Gleeson

Mary Baldasaro / Carol Jongerius / Owen, Sarah & Evan Lucier

 

UPDATE 9 – Monday July 24, 2017

To view the lastest update, click here.

 

UPDATE 8 – Tuesday June 6, 2017

Lots of activity with our new family. Click here for more details.

 

UPDATE 7 – Monday, May 3, 2017

Our Syrian Family Has Arrived!

A very warm welcome to our sponsored family who arrived on Wed May 3, 2017. We are thankful for your safe arrival. Welcome to Elmira!

 


 

Development and Peace

WHAT IS DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE?

 It is the arm of the Catholic Church in Canada that has been reaching out to poor farmers in the Global South for the last 49 years. We have supported this amazing organization of outreach that was started by our Canadian Bishops, 49 years ago. It is something that we can be proud of. Development and Peace truly helps people to help themselves.

 

SHARE LENT April 1 & 2, 2017

Poverty and underdevelopment affect a disproportionate share of women, in the global south.

There is little education for them, they lack nutrition, they have precarious and low-paying employment and they face discrimination.

Yet women are often major makers of change, in their homes and in their communities.

Development and Peace is presently supporting 173 partners, doing 194 projects, in 46 countries all around the world.

Our partners provide opportunities for women, including micro-financing and technical training, in countries where the rights of women are not recognized, the skills of women are not appreciated and participation for women is limited.

“GIVE AND IT WILL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU, FOR THE MEASURE THAT YOU GIVE WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO YOU” ~ Luke 6:38

 

WE CAN BE EXTREMELY PROUD OF OUR CATHOLIC OUTREACH TO THE POOR

  1. Our Catholic Bishops established D & P in 1967. It has an amazing track record of 49 years of humanitarian aid and development for the poor farmers of the global south.
  2. For every dollar we contribute, 91 cents goes directly to programs.
  3. Donations made by us enable poor farmers to better themselves and their families with the aim of becoming self-sufficient. D & P representatives in each country, funnel help directly to those who need it most. That is what is unique about Catholic outreach.