Thank You Again and Again

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.

 

Father Gus

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December Update from Fr. Gus

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.

 

Father Gus

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2017 Christmas /New Year’s Mass Schedule

 

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)

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Sat. Dec. 30 – 5pm Mass

Sun. Dec. 31 –9 a.m. & 11 a.m. Masses

Mon. Jan. 1 – 10 am Mass

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Sincere Thanks for Your Continued Support

 

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.

Father Gus

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Join Us for our Fashion Show- Fashions by the Real Wool Shop, Festive Treats, Door Prizes etc.

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Update from Fr. Gus

My dear Parishioners, as promised in my previous message, here is the latest on my chemo treatments. This morning (Tuesday, October 24th) I had my 11th treatment. I will have one more treatment to go and it will be on Tuesday, November 7th preceded by an appointment with my Oncologist and blood test on Friday, November 4th. I met with my Oncologist on last Friday during which she shared with me the results of the blood test and explained to how the treatment is progressing. She essentially told me that so far the treatments have successful in containing the cancer. She also told me that after the last (12th) treatment they will send me to Ottawa General Hospital for a PET Scan to determine whether the treatments have been effective. Therefore, until then I will not know if the treatments have been fully successful. In light of your constant prayers, I thank God has spared me of serious side effects of the chemo treatments excepting feelings of weakness and loss of weight. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I will check with the Oncologist if I can drive to (or be driven to) St. Mary’s to see you all and celebrate or concelebrate one weekend Masses and say formally bye to you. I am in touch with Fr. Cosmas and I will check with him when this will be possible. He will let you know the exact date for this. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I remember you all in my daily prayers. God bless you all, especially the little ones.

Father Gus

In case some of you have missed noting down my address and telephone numbers, here they are:

Fr. Augustine Mendonça

14 – 104A Thousand Islands Pkwy

GANANOQUE, ON K7G 0A4

 

Phone: 1+613-463-9443 (home); 1+613-451-2061 (cell)

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Fr. Cosmas receives the Monseigneur Harrigan Award, October 14, 2017

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Update from Fr. Gus

Sincere Thanks

Your responses to my previous message were touching. I sincerely thank you all for your kind and caring disposition toward me. I find no adequate words to express my gratitude to you for your kindness. I had promised you in my previous message that I would keep you informed of the status of my health. In accord with that promise, here is the latest on my health: To date, I have completed 8 chemo treatments and tomorrow, that is, Tuesday, September 26th, I will have the 9th. After that I will have to go through 3 more. I met with the Oncologist on Friday, September 22nd, and she told me that the treatments are going well, therefore we will go ahead with the remaining treatments. The final treatment will probably be in the first week of November, with a total of 12 chemo treatments. Because of your prayers, as mentioned in my previous message, so far I have had no serious side effects of the chemo except general weakness and loss of weight. My personal physician, who is herself a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer survivor, told me that weakness and loss of weight are the normal side effects of chemo. That info is very comforting to me as I still have a few more treatments to go through. Again with the support of your prayers, I am confident that I will go through the remaining treatments without any serious problems. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. At the beginning of September, I moved into my own little Garden Home within the complex of the Retirement Residence, but with a postal code of its own. That provides me with sufficient privacy and a lot of space to concentrate on my personal projects. Now I also have definite personal telephone numbers. If you wish to write to or call me, please take note of the following details:

Fr. Augustine Mendonça

14 – 104A Thousand Islands Pkwy

GANANOQUE, ON K7G 0A4

Phone: 1+613-463-9443 (home); 1+613-451-2061 (cell)

Please continue to keep me in your prayers. You all are in mine. Lots of love to you all, especially to all the little ones. God bless you all.

Father Gus

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We celebrate the 19th anniversary of Fr. Cosmas’ ordination. Congratulations Fr.!

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Sincere Thanks

It was nearly a month ago that I expressed in St. Mary’s Parish bulletin my informal farewell message, which also appeared on Facebook. So many of you responded to that message and expressed your gratitude for my ministry in the parish and your sadness in knowing that I had in fact left the parish for good. Your kindness and love was obvious in those messages. Reading each one of them brought a lot of tears to my eyes! I sincerely thank you for your kindness. Right now, because of treatments, I am not able to travel long distances. So far I have completed five treatments and the sixth one is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15th. After that there may be another six or seven more treatments to go. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I am truly grateful to each one of you for expressing on Facebook your feelings of appreciation of my ministry at St. Mary’s. Unfortunately I am not on Facebook. I certainly miss you, but I will always keep you and the little ones in my heart and in my prayers. Some day, after I have completed my treatments and am able to travel, I will come by to say my formal farewell to you. I leave the details of this in the hands of the new Pastor and the new Parish Council. I am sure you all will be notified of this in time. Again thanks and God bless. Love you all.

Father Gus

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