World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In his message today, for this 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis reminds us:

“Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age. The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future. This solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return. This is a great responsibility, which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of good will, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities. In this regard, I wish to reaffirm that “our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”.

As many of you are aware, Our Lady of Lourdes sponsored a Syrian family that was displaced by the conflict there. We are excited to report that the family has been approved! They will be arriving in Canada on January 23rd, 2018. The response to our appeal last weekend for volunteers to assist the Mhameed Family with their arrival to Canada was amazing, with many parishioners coming forward with different gifts, talents and ideas. It’s a wonderful living out of the four verbs that Pope Francis uses in his message: “To welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.”
We have now begun drafting a Work Plan that will help the Mhameeds to integrate into Canadian Society and become independent as quickly as possible. If you would like to assist, but haven’t come forward yet, we’d love to hear from you.

Even if you are only able to assist for an hour or two a week, that would be immensely helpful! Weekdays & during daytime hours would be especially appreciated. Please email Bill Hatch, Social Outreach Coordinator by emailing outreach@ourladyoflourdes.ca or calling 416-992-7586.


Upcoming Events

Simbang Gabi: A Christmas Novena
2018 Dec 15 - 19:00
Christmas at Lourdes (2018 Schedule)
2018 Dec 22 (All day)
Parish Christmas Party
2018 Dec 23 - 13:30
Christmas Concert
2018 Dec 14 - 19:00