Thank You Again and Again
My dear friends, in my previous message I had promised you that I would come back to you with the latest on my health situation. So many of you responded to that message that I could not acknowledge your kindness and love individually. Moreover, at the time I was not on Facebook. But Rita, our competent Secretary, copied each and every message of yours and passed them on to me. I sincerely thank you for your kindness. Very briefly this is the latest on the status of my cancer. As you already know, on May 2nd I had the PET Scan which revealed the presence of cancer in the lymph nodes around my lungs and heart. In light of this finding, the Oncologist treating me decided to put me through the very complex test called Bronchoscopy, a very complicated test which could reveal the presence of the cancer in my lungs. I had this test on June 14th. On Friday, June 22nd, the Oncologist told me that there was no cancer in the lymph nodes in my lungs or around my heart. In other words, this meant I was healed of the remaining cancer. Although I know the story may not be complete yet, I feel comfortable in sharing with you the conclusions of experts. This may not be the end of the story, yet I wish to thank God with you for sharing these wonderful blessings with me throughout out the treatment process, which lasted well over a year. Please continue to pray for me. I promise to remember each one of you, especially the little ones, during my daily Mass and Rosary in particular. I will let you know what happens next. Again, I thank each one of you for loving me and caring for me. Together with our Blessed Mother Mary, I pray to God to bless you all.
Companions on the Journey
Dear brothers and sisters, the Eucharist celebrates a wonderful event- the gift which Jesus made of his life on our behalf. In the Eucharist Jesus nourishes us with the bread of life. Having received from Jesus, we are expected to give something in return- not to him but to one another, for it is not meant to be one -way traffic. The Eucharist can never be separated from the washing of feet. Since we are remarkably dependent on one another, we need other people in our lives for support, affirmation, encouragement, and companionship. There is a lot of loneliness in today’s society that is neck-deep in individualism, and it is only through service, communion and companionship that we can conquer. The Eucharist offers us the gifts of service, communion, and companionship in a lonely world. The word ‘companion’ is a lovely word. It comes from two Latin words: ‘cum’ which means with, and ‘panis’ which means bread. So a companion literally means someone with whom I share bread. It is not everyone that you enjoy a meal with. Not everyone that you invite in for a cup of tea. There has to be a bond. And that bond is deepened by the sharing of food and drink.
In Christ Jesus we are bonded, in the Most Holy Eucharist we share the bread of life and drink the cup of salvation as companions on the journey.
Happy feast day
Your brother in Christ,
The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) members from St. Mary’s Church Carleton Place was this year’s host council for the 96th Annual Kingston Diocesan Convention on May 5th and 6th, 2018 held at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston. The theme of the convention was “Inspired By The Spirit Women Respond To God’s Call”. There was also a sub-theme supporting the CWL Provincial theme of helping the homeless. We were represented by our Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Cosmas Ajawara and 17 of our CWL members.
As the host council, we have the opportunity to promote our town and provide delegate (goody) bags for the 273 participants this year. We also had over 30 door prizes to offer the participants. We must say, we are so pleased and overwhelmed by the support we received from the Town of Carleton Place and many merchants and residents of Carleton Place. We are truly grateful of your support and donations. We received wonderful feedback from Diocesan Council and participants of the convention.
The host council is also given the benefit of choosing a charity or organization in the area to receive the offerings from the final mass held at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Kingston. As our sub-theme was to help the homeless, we chose Cornerstone Landing Youth Services Inc. as the recipient. They will receive over $1,300 from the CWL Kingston Diocese.
Thank you once again for your support!
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52 Golfers from across Ontario enjoyed BBQ followed by 9 holes of rain-free golf at the Canadian Golf and Country Club Thanks to Brian Pelletier, Mike Lalonde and Kevin Hogan for putting it together. Looking forward to next year!
Thank You Again and Again
My dear friends, so many of you responded to my last message. I could not respond sooner to your prayerful, loving and caring words. Every time I read your words, my eyes begin welling up with tears. I really don’t know how to thank you for kind and loving words. As promised in my last message to you, here in brief is what has happened to me since then. It is almost a year now since I began this journey. After all chemo (12) and radiation (20) treatments I had taken during the past several months, the PET Scan done on May 2nd has revealed that, although most areas of my body where cancer was found have been healed, there are some areas around my lungs and heart where the PET Scan has revealed presence of the cancer. Therefore, I will have to go through tests for that and then my Oncologist will decide on further treatments. I have an appointment with the Oncologist on June 15th and I am hoping she will determine appropriate treatments. I know you will be concerned about me. Please do not worry, just pray that Our God who knows what is going on in my life will take care of me. I remember you all, especially the little ones whom I miss so terribly, in my prayers, especially during my daily Mass and Rosary. I will let you know what happens next. Again, I thank you all for loving me and caring for me. I love you all. May God bless you.
Note that our evening Bible Study will be on Thursday evenings (7:30pm after mass) to accommodate more people’s schedule.
Announcing St. Mary’s 2018 Golf Tournament !!
When? Saturday May 26th, noon
Where? Canadian Golf and Country Club
See the St Marys Open Golf tournament letter for details on price and how to reserve your spot!
As you have probably seen or heard, the parish has a subscription to FORMED that you are encouraged to take advantage of. Click on the FORMED image in the right side-bar to be taken to St. Mary’s sign up page. Just enter your name, e-mail and make up a password for yourself, and you’ll have access to hundreds of videos, studies and e-books on your Catholic faith.
Thanks to Mike for the picture…