Thanks to Mike for the picture…
Thanks to Mike for the picture…
Message to Parishioners
My dear Parishioners of St. Mary’s, as I mentioned to you in my previous message, I began the radiation treatments on Thursday, January 11th, and yesterday, February 7th, I had my final (20th) treatment. I did not experience any side effects listed in the information sheet they gave me. I am very thankful to God for being so kind and merciful to me and to you for praying for me. The radiation Oncologist told me that I will have to wait for 12 weeks after the final radiation treatment before they can send me for PET Scan to determine whether or not I have been fully healed of the cancer. I am confident that so far the good Lord has heard your prayers. The neuropathy in my feet still continues to bother me. I sincerely thank Fr. Cosmas and all of you for keeping me in your prayers. Please continue to pray for me. I will pray for you and your families, especially the children. Again, thank you all and God bless you.
Fr. Cosmas will be leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 17-25, 2018. Leaving from Ottawa and arriving in Tel Aviv, the tour will include visits to such places as Capernaum, a boat tour of the Sea of Galilee, a tour of Cana, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Jericho, the “Wailing Wall”, Nazareth, Mount Tabor and much more. The cost for this exciting nine day trip is $3290.00 (Ottawa dep., incl all taxes and tips). Anyone interested in taking this trip or wishing to have more information about it, should pick up a hand-out on the tables at the church entrance or check the bulletin board for the poster.
Travel arrangements are by International Heritage Tours
In my previous message, I had promised to keep you informed of the efficacy of the chemo treatments (12 of them). On Monday, December 18th, the day following the “formal farewell” at St. Mary’s, I met with the Oncologist who told me that the chemo treatments have been mostly successful, but there are a few small areas around the lungs which require radiation treatments. The said areas have been already identified and the radiation treatments might begin within the next 8 or 10 days. That means more visits to the hospital! I will keep you informed of the progress of the radiation treatments. I have been following your messages placed on Face book. I sincerely thank all of you for genuinely caring for my health. Your support through prayers has lifted up my spirit and provided solid support for me during the difficult time of my illness. I will pray for you and your families, especially the children. Blessed New Year! Thank you all and God bless you.
My dear Parishioners, as mentioned in my previous message, the chemo treatments for the cancer are now over and yesterday, December 8th, I had the PET Scan to determine the efficacy of treatments. I will know the results of the Scan only on Monday, December 18th, when I have an appointment with the Oncologist. With so many of you praying for me, I am confident that the cancer has been beaten. I will certainly let you know the final results. I want to thank you all for journeying with me through this relatively long period of treatment. The neuropathy in my feet continues to be a problem. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. You all have been so generous toward me. I am sincerely grateful to you all. You have probably heard by now that I will be at St. Mary’s Church over the weekend of December 16-17 concelebrating Masses with Fr. Cosmas. Hope to see you all at one of these Masses. Again sincere thanks to all of you for your kindness and loving concern for me. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers. Merry Christmas and a New Year 2018 filled with great blessings from God on you all, especially on the little ones.
Sat. Dec.23 – 5pm Mass
Sun. Dec. 24 -10 am Mass (no 9am or 11am)
Sun. Dec. 24 – 4:30 p.m. Children’s Pageant
-5pm Mass and 7pm Mass
– Midnight Mass
Mon. Dec. 25 – 10 am Mass (no 9am or 11am)
Sat. Dec. 30 – 5pm Mass
Sun. Dec. 31 –9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Masses
Mon. Jan. 1 – 10 am Mass
A lot of you have journeyed with me during the long period of chemo treatments. On Tuesday (November 7th) of the passed week, I had the final (12th) treatment. Everything went quite well; there were no serious side effects. The Oncologist told me that everything has gone well with the treatments. Within the next six weeks, I will be referred to Ottawa General Hospital for a PET Scan to determine if the cancer has been healed. I sincerely thank you for praying for me and for your continued concern for my health. Please pray for the complete healing of the cancer. I will let you know the final results. The neuropathy in my feet continues to be a problem, which deprives me of peaceful sleep at night. Again sincere thanks to all of you for your kindness and loving concern. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all, especially the little ones.