We, the community
of God's People
in the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Kingston,
united by the Holy Spirit
with lives rooted in the Gospel,
proclaim with joy
the resurrection of Christ
as followers of
the Risen Lord,
under the patronage of
the Mother of God,
dedicate our lives
in Christian service
especially those in most need.
I am writing to inform you that Mariola Gozdek has been appointed Screening Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Kingston, effective June 15, 2015. Mariola replaces Monique Marchand, who resigned from this position at the end of February.
Most of you already know Mariola from her work as part-time Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office since 2010. She has also been working at St. Mary’s Cathedral, serving the Cathedral parish as Coordinator of Faith Formation.
Mariola will now serve full time at the Pastoral Centre, combining the half-time position of Screening Coordinator with the half-time position of Liturgy Office Coordinator.
+ Brendan M. O’Brien, Archbishop of Kingston
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL
The Hotel Dieu Hospital Spiritual and Religious Care Department is looking for donations of synthetic yarn. The yarn is used to make prayer shawls and afghans, which are then given out where it is felt they are most needed. Donations of yarn can be dropped off at the Spiritual and Religious Care office (room 391 on Sydenham 3) Mondays –Thursdays from 8:30 -12:30. Contact number 613-544-3400 ext. 2231.
Providence Manor needs volunteers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Kingston to assist Roman Catholic Residents with their spiritual needs in the following ways:
- A male volunteer to assist a retired priest to attend Mass in the Home.
- Assist residents going to and from Mass at the Manor on Tuesday – Friday (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon), which includes pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside residents who require assistance/supervision.
- Help coordinate with one of Providence Manor’s residents a Rosary Group that meets daily at 4:00 p.m. to say the Rosary together.
- Be part of the team that serves the 107 Roman Catholic Residents as an Extraordinary Minister for the Distribution of Holy Communion, especially to Residents who are unable to attend Mass.
Please contact Danielle Gowdy, Coordinator of Recreation and Volunteer Services at Providence Manor at 613-548-7222, ext. 3141
IN PARISHES NOW
EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
As you are no doubt aware from media coverage in the past few days, Nepal has been devastated by a powerful earthquake, a full 7.8 on the Richter scale. The death toll rises every day and could climb well above 10,000. The United Nations estimates that over a million people are homeless, and eight million people are in desperate need of aid. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and its infrastructure has crumbled with the force of this earthquake. An estimated 400,000 buildings have been destroyed.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace have launched an emergency campaign for Nepal. You may make your contribution to this charitable initiative by placing an envelope marked “Nepal Earthquake Relief” in the Sunday collection, along with your regular Sunday collection envelope, by Sunday, May 10, 2015. You are asked to include your name and address on the Nepal Earthquake Relief envelope so that your contribution can be recorded and an income tax receipt can be issued by the parish. Cheques are to be made payable to the parish. All donations from parishioners will be forwarded to the Chancery Office and then transferred to the emergency relief fund of Development and Peace for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake.
The Federal Government has announced that it will match dollar-for-dollar any donation made to eligible Canadian charitable organizations for Nepal earthquake relief until May 25, 2015. This initiative will effectively double the amount of your contribution. Funds collected from the parishes of the Archdiocese will be sent to Development and Peace for its emergency relief fund on May 20, 2015, in order to meet the donation-matching deadline.
Please remember the people of Nepal in your prayers and through your generosity.
Message from Archbishop O’Brien
I would like to thank all those who participated in the online survey in preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the contemporary world. Seventy-six responses were received from individuals and a few groups. The results have been sent to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and will be incorporated into the response of the CCCB to the Synod Secretariat.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE THIRTIETH WORLD YOUTH DAY
on Five Years of Action
Earthquake in Haiti
January 12, 2015