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Sudbury Christian Messenger February 2019 Edition

So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?
Luke 6:46 (NLT)


( EPHESIANS 3:20-21 )

"When freedom of conscience, liberty of thought and right of speech prevail, development and growth are inevitable."
Abdu'l Baha

  1. Power Conference  |February 1 & 2  |Sudbury - Central
  2. ALPHA COURSE |January 10 – March 14  |Chelmsford
  3. ALPHA |January 17 and Thursdays  |New Sudbury
  4. Northern Ontario Children’s Ministry Conference  |February 2  |North Bay
  5. Mass at U of Sudbury + Lunch/Catholic Student Week  |February 3  |Sudbury – South End
  6. A Messy Church Event  |February 5  |Copper Cliff
  7. Messy Church  |February 6  |New Sudbury
  8. Bridges out of Poverty  |February 12  |Sudbury – Downtown
  9. KFM’s Day of Love  |February 14  |mid-northern Ontario
  10. Date Night Comedy Tour for Couples  |February 16  |Sudbury – Downtown
  11. Sudbury Central South End Ministerial  | February 20  |Sudbury – Central
  12. Fanning the Flame:  Journey to the New Evangelization Summit  |February 20  |Sudbury-Central
  13. Coldest Night of the Year  |February 23  |Sudbury – Downtown
  14. Lenten Retreat at Villa Loyola  |March 1-3  |Sudbury – South End
  15. 3rd Annual Women of Worth Conference  |March 9  |Sudbury – Central
  16. Pursue A Night of Worship with Brooke Nichols  |March 9  |Valley
  17. Bridges out of Poverty  |March 19 or April 12  |Sudbury – Downtown
  18. Promise Keepers Legacy Event  |March 30  |Sudbury – Downtown
  19. Fearless Faith Conference  |March 23  |New Sudbury
  20. Save the Dates:   April 12, 13, 14, 2019  |"Faith & Politics Tour" with MP Brad Trost  |Greater Sudbury & Mid-North Ontario
  21. Save the Date:  New Evangelization Summit  |May 4  |Greater Sudbury
  22.  Bridges out of Poverty  |May 13  |Sudbury – Downtown
  23. Tending the Flame  |Date to be announced  |  Sudbury - Central


  1. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  | Saturdays  |Sudbury
  2. Youth Group for Ages 11-15  |Sundays  |New Sudbury
  3. Wanup Chapel Service  |First Sunday of the Month |Wanup
  4. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  | Mondays  |New Sudbury
  5. Adult Children of Alcoholics  |September 3  and every Monday  |Minnow Lake
  6. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury – Donovan
  7. Overeaters Anonymous  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury-West End
  8. Bingo  |Tuesdays  |Chelmsford
  9. Co-Dependents Anonymous  |Wednesdays  |Minnow Lake
  10. New Beginnings Support Group  |Wednesdays  |New Sudbury
  11. Gamblers Anonymous  |Wednesdays
  12. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ -  Recovery Group  |Wednesdays  |Sudbury - Donovan
  13. Overeaters Anonymous  |Thursdays  |Sudbury – Downtown
  14. How to become Catholic


Dedication Stones at Sudbury’s Holy Mountain – The Grotto

“School environment changing dramatically” by Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles

Your New Year’s resolution – Andrew Lawton
Feelings vs. freedoms – John Carpay – Law Matters
A call to rebellion – Josie Luetke
Salim Mansur - Globalism and the UN Compact for Migration
The Terrible Truth About the UN Migration Compact by Stefan Molineux
Summer Job Attestation Changes for Summer 2019
Do these changes make a difference?
How the Courts Allowed Pornography in Canada

China’s CHEVVY
“Kenya, Niger shut down abortionists Marie Stopes, while Canada’s Liberal Government Funds International Abortions

Want to stop school shootings?   Stop fatherlessness
New Year’s Resolution Recommended re: Persecuted Christians World Wide

Social Planning Council of  Sudbury Go Fund Me Fundraiser

Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock needs 150 volunteers for Feb. 7, 8, 9 and 10
Volunteers Needed at Elgin Street Mission Clothing Room
Pregnancy Care Center Seeking Two Volunteers
Yarn donations needed
Volunteers Needed at Health Sciences North
Inner City Home Needs Volunteers
Household Items – St. Vincent de Paul
Volunteer for PAFE   (Parents as First Educators)

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Survey of Youth and Parents + Comprehensive Look at Youth Ministry
Movie – Because of Gracia
At the parliamentary forum on religious freedom
Loves Unleashes Life:  Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth
15 Jobs That Will Disappear in the Next 20 Years
15 Jobs That Will Thrive in the Future (Despite AI)
Crossroads has new ways to watch their Christian television
Churches Around the World
Christian tv show at


STEVE McQUEEN:  The Untold Story  by Pastor Rob Weatherby
“A call to rebellion” by Josie Luetke,   The Interim,   January 2019
Today’s Message

  NEW Events

    1.  Power Conference  |February 1 & 2  |Sudbury - Central
POWER CONFERENCE: You are invited to wait and seek for what the Lord has for us as we begin the new year with the vision the Lord has given for missional living in our lives and in our community. The Power Conference is on February 1 & 2, at Glad Tidings. All are welcome and admission is free! Sign up or get more info at the table in the foyer on Sunday.

Friday Schedule
6:30pm- Light refreshments
7pm- Joan Cummins on "The Power of the Living Water"
8pm- Paulette Belleville on "The Power of Fasting and Prayer"

Saturday Schedule
9:30am- Light refreshments
10am- Sue Lecour on "The Power of the Name of Jesus"
11am- Joan Cummins on "The Power of the Blood of Jesus"
Noon- Lunch provided
1:15pm- Carol Matheson on "The Power of the Holy Spirit"
*Worship and prayer during each session

    1.  ALPHA COURSE  |January 10 – March 14  |Chelmsford
Starting Thursday January 10, 2019 St. Alexander’s Parish in Chelmsford (100 Gaudette Street) will be offering Alpha, a ten week course open to everyone
interested in exploring the meaning of life and discovering the relevance of the Christian faith.

Each session starts with a full meal, followed by a video talk, leading to small group discussions.

All FREE of charge. ALL WELCOME!
Time : 6:00 pm. - 8:30 pm
Date January 10th, 2019 for 10 weeks
100 Gaudette St., Chelmsford, ON P0M 1L0

For more Information Contact: telephone, email, website, Facebook Parish office 705-855-2525, email:

To register call the parish office at 705-855-2525.

    1. ALPHA |January 17 and Thursdays  |New Sudbury
@ Church of the Ascension, Sparks Street, New Sudbury
For more information about this,  please call the Ascension at 705 566 2790 or email

    1.  Northern Ontario Children’s Ministry Conference  “Empowered Teaching”  |February 2  |North Bay
Bethel Gospel Chapel (781 Tackaberry Drive, North Bay) will be hosting a conference for Children’s Ministry workers on February 2nd from 9:15 AM – 3:30 PM. If you want to increase your effectiveness as a teacher or rekindle your passion as a children’s ministry worker, then this conference is for you!
The cost is $20 per person, or $75 for a group of 5. To register email or call 1-877-422-6292 ex. 2

    1.  Mass at U of Sudbury + Lunch/Catholic Student Week  |February 3  |Sudbury – South End
Bishop Damphousse Celebrates Mass with Students at the University The student Parish council of St-Ignace de Loyola Parish at the University of Sudbury would like to invite students and young adults from your parish and campus to join them for a Mass with the Bishop on February 3rd, at 10:15 am and will be followed by lunch,

The students will have the chance to chat with each other and with the Bishop. This event is part of the Catholic Student Week. If you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions contact Mikèla Lemieux at

    1.  A Messy Church Event  |February 5  |Copper Cliff
A Messy Church Event sponsored by the churches in Copper Cliff will be taking place Tuesday Feb 5 at St John the Divine Church (34 Godfrey Dr. Copper Cliff), Starting at 4:45 pm. until 7 pm.

All are welcome. Children must bring an adult.
Fellowship, story, free meal and activities.
Phone Linda for more details 705 522-1639

    1. Messy Church  |February 6  |New Sudbury
Messy Church - 430pm - February 6th  @ Church of the Ascension, Sparks Street, New Sudbury
For more information about the event please call the Ascension at 705 566 2790 or email

    1.  Bridges out of Poverty  |February 12  |Sudbury – Downtown
Bridges out of Poverty – 3 hour session – Tuesday, February 12th, 9:00-12:00pm, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, 1300 Paris Street, Ramsey Room

    1.  KFM’s Day of Love  |February 14  |mid-northern Ontario
Tune in to Kfm Christian Radio ………..95.5 fm in Sudbury………
Dedicate a love song to whomever you wish …….designate the time and message
All requests will be played on KFM’s Day of Love, Valentine’s Day

Get ready for KFM’s Day of Love! Join us February 14th as we take the day to celebrate love! Don’t miss your opportunity to send a Valentine’s Day Message to your special someone! The process is simple, just call our toll free KFM Love Line at 1-833-630-4455. When you hear the tone leave your name, your phone number, the song you want played and the time you’d like it played. Then record your message and leave the rest to us! We’ll produce your message and play it with your song AND everyone who leaves a message will be entered into our grand prize draw! So call right now, 1-833-630-4455 to have your song dedication in KFM’s Day of Love!

    1. Date Night Comedy Tour for Couples  |February 16  |Sudbury – Downtown
Sat. Feb 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
15.00 CAD $ - 50.00 CAD $
All Ages
THE DATE NIGHT TOUR, Clean Comedy For Couples!
Come prepared to laugh as comedian Joey I.L.O. creates a night you won't soon forget.  Plus enjoy live music and a live game show as 5 women and 5 men battle on Date Night Feud.

Ticket Pricing: $15 General Admission $25 Gold Circle and $20 General Admission @ the door.
Special Notices:  This event did sell out last year so get your tickets early.
Tickets are non-refundable, consider event insurance at checkout to protect your purchase.
Tickets available online at:

    1. Sudbury Central South End Ministerial  |February 20  |Sudbury – Central
Rev. Tom Arth & Monsignor Jim Hutton invite clergy and para-church leaders from the Sudbury Central South End Ministerial   to meet at 12 noon to be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 189 Regent St
Brown Bag Lunch followed by discussion …..”What does ecumenicalism mean to me?”
Please R.S.V.P. to Tom Arth, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

    1.  Fanning the Flame:  Journey to the New Evangelization Summit  |February 20  |Sudbury-Central
Join us!
For an evening of prayer, discussion, fellowship & celebration
in preparation for the New Evangelization Summit in May
Wednesday, February 20, 2019  7 – 9 pm
Welcome & Registration starting at 6:30

Our Lady of Hope Church
591 Brennan Road
Sudbury, Ontario

Guest Speakers:
Fr. Raymond Akor, “Fanning into Flame the Gift of God in Us”
   Tim Malone, "Encountering God in Prayer and Community"

Even though you may not have even have thought about the May summit, please join us for the evening. There is no cost to attend any of these events. 

Registration is either at the door or contact
For more information contact: or 705-566-1876

    1. Coldest Night of the Year  |February 23  |Sudbury – Downtown
Sudbury – The end of February – the coldest part of winter. This year, February 23th will be the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), as the Samaritan Centre holds its 7th annual winter walk to benefit the work of the Samaritan Centre.

The official kick off for the event occurred Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:00p.m. when members of the Sudbury Wolves visited the Elgin St. Mission at the Samaritan Centre, 344 Elgin St., to assist in serving dinner.

The “Coldest Night of the Year” is the Samaritan Centre’s most important annual fundraiser, and a key event for raising awareness of the issue of homelessness and poverty in Sudbury. Walkers form teams and raise money through pledges at the CNOY website,

There are currently over 400 people who are considered homeless in Sudbury, and over 1000 who would be considered at risk,” confirms Samaritan Centre Executive Director, Kevin Serviss. “Coldest Night of the Year helps us assist those individuals, and the many hundreds more who access the services available at our facility every year.”

The Samaritan Centre is a multi-agency facility on Elgin Street made up of the Elgin St, Mission, Blue Door Soup Kitchen, and Corner Clinic. It serves 300-400 persons daily with feeding programs, clothing depot, shower facilities, housing referrals and medical appointments.

The CNOY walk takes place at the Rainbow Centre on 23 February, where walkers will enjoy live music and a chili dinner before walking through Downtown. The goal for this year’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk is $50,000.00 in pledges and corporate sponsorship, which helps cover the annual expenses of the Samaritan Centre and keep overhead costs low for its associated charities.

For more information, visit, or LIKE the Samaritan Centre Facebook Page,

Kevin Serviss
Executive Director
Samaritan Centre 705-669-0111

Coldest Night of the year is a national event taking place simultaneously in 134 cities across Canada to benefit agencies that support and serve the homeless and those stricken by poverty.

    1.  Lenten Retreat at Villa Loyola  |March 1-3  |Sudbury – South End
Theme:   Who is This Man?           Luke 14:16-24
Cost:  $200.00
For further information,  contact 705 522 3502 Ext. 0

    1.  3rd Annual Women of Worth Conference  |March 9  |Sudbury – Central
3rd Annual Women of Worth Conference
Saturday March 9, 2019 From 8:30 am to 4:00 pm 
Location  Steelworkers Hall , 66 Brady St. Sudbury ON P3E 1C8

Register Cost $45 includes complimentary lunch 
Or register 705-588-7600 xt 2

Worship by Brooke Nichols 
Pastor Maj Myers Edwards 
Restoration Church 
Pastor Amanda Robichaud  
All Nations Church
Pastor Stacey Quinlan 
Destiny Christian Center

    1.  Pursue A Night of Worship with Brooke Nichols  |March 9  |Valley
March 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Pursue A Night of Worship with Brooke Nichols.  

Restoration church 
1621 Valleyview Road
Val Caron On P3N 1K7, 
705-588-7600 Xt 2

Love offering will be received

    1. Bridges out of Poverty  |March 19 or April 12  |Sudbury – Downtown
Bridges out of Poverty – 6 hour session – Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00-4:00pm, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, 1300 Paris Street, Ramsey Room

Bridges out of Poverty – 3 hour session – Friday, April 12th, 9:00-12:00pm, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, 1300 Paris Street, Ramsey Room

    1.  Fearless Faith Conference  |March 23  |New Sudbury
Free Admission              Lunch is provided                  Please register so that sufficient lunches are arranged
Hosted by Lansing Avenue Baptist Church, Apologetics Canada,   Ezra Institute, & Power to Change

Saturday March 23rd
A Doubter's Guide to the Bible
Wes Huff

9:30 am - 10:45 am
Talking with Skeptics
Mike Hiscock

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Compliments of Lansing Avenue Baptist Chapel

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What About Suffering?
Wes Huff

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cultural Apologetics
Michael Thiessen

2:15pm - 3:30pm

Peter 3:15
 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 

Proverbs 15:23
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! 
For full details, and to register, please go to:

    1.  Promise Keepers Legacy Event  |March 30  |Sudbury – Downtown
Legacy Men's Workshop
Presented by Promise Keepers, Rock City Men,  and All Nations Church Mens’ Ministries
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM
@ All Nations Church      414 Saint Raphael St. - Sudbury, ON P3B 1M4 – Canada
Be a Godly LEGACY to your Family, Friends & Neighbours

Workshops for the day:
Becoming a Better Dad ``to others and ourselves``
Finding Success
God’s Vision for Sex

Find the life of significance you’re longing for. Join men across Northern Ontario as we explore what it means to be a LEGACY by letting God be your ultimate father.
  • Whom will you bring? Introduce guys around you to hope and purpose in a fun, non-confrontational environment.
  • Worship together with other guys.
  • Learn from a diverse group of godly men.
  • Bring your sons, teens, friends, neighbours, co-workers, students, etc.

To pay online, go to:   Legacy Men's Workshop

If you can`t afford it contact Luc cell 705-207-0098 we`ll make it happen for you
Please contact Luc Boileau for group or student pricing: 705-207-0098
For further information, please contact Luc Boileau at All Nations Church    705 673 6110

    1. Save the Dates:   April 12, 13, 14, 2019  |”Faith & Politics Tour” with MP Brad Trost  |Greater Sudbury & Mid-North Ontario
Details to follow in 2019

    1. Save the Date:  New Evangelization Summit  |May 4, 2019  |Greater Sudbury
Save the Date!               Catching the Flame
New Evangelization Summit Day, May 4
8:30 am to 4:45 pm @ St. Benedict Secondary School
2993 Algonquin Road    

One Day Only!
Saturday May 4th, 2019

New Evangelization Summit
@St. Benedict School

8:30 am - 4:45 pm

This day of information and special speakers, for communities across Canada that day, is not just for Catholics. It is NOT a proselytizing event relating to drawing people into the Catholic Church. It is a means to encourage viewers to become aware that the person of Jesus is at the heart of the good news.

 The various presentations during the day invite viewers to reflect on how they can witness to Jesus and share that with others. 

The organizers invite fellow Christians beyond the Catholic Church to share in this effort.

Register online at either the website or contact or call 705-566-1876.

  1.  Bridges out of Poverty  |May 13  |Sudbury – Downtown
Bridges out of Poverty – 6 hour session – Monday, May 13th, 9:00-4:00pm, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, 1300 Paris Street, Ramsey Room

  1.  Tending the Flame  |Date to be Announced  |Sudbury – Central
Tending the Flame
Post Evangelization Summit Reflections May, Date, Time and Place TBA


  1. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |September 1 and every Saturday  |Sudbury
Pyrohy/cabbage rolls for sale each Saturday 10:00am-noon
40 Notre Dame
St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 40 Notre Dame Avenue, Corner of Notre Dame Ave. & Louis  St. 
St. Mary’s is very proud to have been awarded the very distinguished and rare, “Ontario Architecture Landmark Award,” in 2016.  Look for the five heavenly overhead domes!

Church Office 705-675-8244,   Kitchen 705-675-1581
40 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, On. P3C 5K2  Tel. 705-675-8244  Kitchen: 705-675-1581 Email:
Pastor: Rev. Fr. Peter Bodnar 
Divine Liturgy: Saturdays at 4 pm in English; Sundays at 9:00 am in Ukrainian and 10:30 am in English

  1. Youth Group Ages 11-15  |November 4 and every Sunday till mid-December  |New Sudbury
Youth group - The Church of the Ascension, 1476 Spark Street, Sudbury
Youth ages 11-15 are invited to a youth group on Sunday night from 7 -8pm.
It will run every Sunday night until mid- December then pick up again in the New Year!
Come for games, snacks and Christian fellowship!
If you have any questions please speak with Fr. Aidan 705 -566-2790 or Jesse Clapperton.

  1. Wanup Chapel Service   |First Sunday of the Month   |Wanup
Come -  Come and see  -God just wants be with you and so do we
JOIN US AT THE LITTLE WANUP CHAPEL                 Highway 537  (near Hwy 69 end)  l minute past Wanup Store on right hand side

                                 EVERYONE IS WELCOME         

Regular Service Information:
On 1st Sunday of the month  at 2.30 pm
Refreshments served after each  service

Further information – contact Mavis White  706-524-5820 or 

  1. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  | Mondays  |New Sudbury
Every Monday at the Church of the Ascension, 1476 Sparks Street, New Sudbury
7;30-8:30 pm
For further information, please contact 705 674 6217

  1. Adult Children of Alcoholics  | Mondays  |Minnow Lake
Every Monday, at Holy Redeemer Church, 1887 Bancroft Drive, in the basement
7:00 pm
For further information, please contact 705 929 1627

  1. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury – Donovan
Does someone’s drinking affect you?
Al-Anon meetings take place every Tuesday
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 264 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury – Donovan area
7:00 pm.

  1. Overeaters Anonymous  |Tuesdays  |Sudbury – West End
Tuesdays, meetings at the rear entrance of the old Pinegate Centre
6-7 pm
Phone 705 207-0877 for more information

  1. Bingo  |Tuesdays  |Chelmsford
Every Tuesday
St. Alexander’s Church, 100 Gaudette Street, Chelmsford
Minis 6 pm; majors 7:30 pm
Cash only

  1. Co-Dependents Anonymous  |Wednesdays  |Minnow Lake
12-step meeting for people who desire healthy relationships.
7-8 pm
Holy Redeemer Parish, 1887 Bancroft Drive   (door on right from the main entrance upstairs)
Phone 705 562-9801

  1. New Beginnings Support Group  |Wednesdays  |New Sudbury
For divorced, separated, and widowed.
Offering weekly support during crisis on Wednesdays
At St. Stephen’s on the Hill, 1248 Lauzon Street   
6:30-8:30 pm
Contact 705 919 3131

  1. Gambling Problem?  |Wednesdays  |
We can help.
Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesdays
7 pm
Phone:  705 988 3410

  1. BASIC Recovery Group  |Wednesdays  |Sudbury – Donovan
Becoming a soldier in Christ
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
@ Grace Family Church  
426 Burton Avenue, Sudbury
Contact Information:
Guy Langlois:  705 618 5984

BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |Sudbury
All are welcome

  1. Overeaters Anonymous  |Thursdays  |Sudbury – Downtown
Thursdays, meetings held at All Nations Church, St. Raphael Street
12-1 pm
Phone 705 207 0098 for more information

  1.  How to Become Catholic
 The Journey of Faith begins with your questions What is faith? How does faith grow? What do Catholics believe and why is it different from other traditions? How different is it really? How to Become Catholic If you, or someone you know, is thinking about becoming Catholic (un-baptized or baptized in another denomination), or you are a baptized Catholic who never received the sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist, we invite you to our Inquiry sessions. These informal sessions are held as a kind of “getting to know you” gathering where your questions and concerns can be answered, and you can decide if you want to continue in the initiation process to become Catholic or complete your initiation. If you would like to join us, or if you have questions, please call the Holy Redeemer parish office at 705-566-8330. Through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, we can continue the works of the Father.

Prayer & Praise
Special Requests

    1. Conscience Rights for Ontario Doctors – Appeal Letter from The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Conscience Rights
Dear Friend, In Canada, doctors who also profess to be followers of Jesus could one day become a thing of the past.   An Ontario court recently made a ruling that would deter anyone who upholds the sanctity of human life from practicing medicine in that province.   The court had decided that Ontario doctors can not refuse to participate in procedures like abortion or euthanasia on religious or moral grounds. If patients ask a doctor to kill an unbo...

    1. Dedication Stones at The Grotto on Sudbury’s Holy Mountain
The Friends of the Grotto have completed the installation of Dedication Stones in front of the Stations of the Cross at The Grotto off VanHorne Street.

Additional Dedication Stones are available for purchase.     They will be installed next Spring, 2019.

Proceeds from the stones’ sale will be used to continue yearly maintenance of The Grotto.  

For more information, call Marguerite Groulx at 705-524-6384 or send an email to

Editor’s Note:  The Dedication Stones can be purchased in your name, or for your family.   


Provincial News

      1.  'We're seeing a lot of children go into crisis' by Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, North Bay Nugget
School environment has changed dramatically, says North Bay police liaison officer

      1.  Understanding the battle for parental rights in schools

National News 

        1.  Your New Year’s resolution – Andrew Lawton
Make 2019 the year you get involved. Not just in church and community, but also politics.
I know, it sounds like a snoozefest. Try to embrace politics for the importance of it, if not the excitement.
The looming federal election makes 2019 a pivotal year for Canadians. So much so that the months preceding October seem like little more than a giant countdown.
The significance is most notable for values-based voters. Justin Trudeau has made imposing his worldview a hallmark of his premiership. Not just on his colleagues in parliament, but on Canadians as a whole, and even people around the world…..

…. It isn’t just about how party leaders govern, but also how they conduct their parties’ internal affairs. We just have to look back to 2015, when Justin Trudeau barred pro-lifers from even running as Liberal candidates. Doing this eliminated the chance that anyone in his caucus would oppose his scrapping of Canada Summer Jobs funding for charities and organizations that refuse to kowtow to his social politics.

A government with such disdain for free speech – especially on matters of conscience – is a government that must be defeated.

If Trudeau is re-elected, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar ideological litmus test put in place for charitable status, which would threaten the fiscal solvency of almost every religious institution in Canada…….

For full details, please go to:

        1.  Feelings vs. freedoms
…”Ultimately, Canadians will have to decide what matters more: the right to express your opinions in a peaceful manner, including unpopular and offensive ideas, or a legal right to be free from hurt feelings. We can’t have both.”

    1.  A call to rebellion – Josie Luetke
Canada is currently stoking the fires of the culture of death. The customs and beliefs being passed down from generation to generation reflect that. The custom here is to have premarital sex, to abort when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, and to limit your family size. To do otherwise is to break custom. The future that was feared is the present reality and the worst thing that “our” children could be taught is to uncritically go along with tradition, for what I just described is now the dominant tradition in Canada.

It is also not possible to work to change these traditions while adhering to the social rules that reinforce them. If you truly want to transform our society into one which values life, you will inevitably have to violate all sorts of the social codes that I mentioned above — the aversion to conflict, the unquestioned deference to “lived experiences,” the forced affirmation of every liberal lifestyle…..”

Full details at:

    1.  Salim Mansur - Globalism and the UN Compact for Migration

    1.  The Terrible Truth About the UN Migration Compact by Stefan Molineux
Stefan Molineux,   Canadian Journalist and Commentator

In December 2018, world leaders gathered to sign the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration - a disaster for Western countries which virtually eliminates property rights and free speech, enshrining the right for everyone to enter Western countries and live off the taxpayer.

    1.  How the Courts allowed pornography in Canada

    1.  Summer Job Attestation Changes for 2019
We have been lobbying for nearly one full year on the issue of the "Summer Jobs attestation". Over eleven months, we gathered nearly 50,000 signatures on one petition, over 11,000 more on another related petition, and nearly 6,000 more on yet another petition. I personally reached out to government leaders, I was interviewed on the radio, and our petition was featured in newspapers. Now, we can see the fruits of our labours...

Earlier this week, Employment Minister Patty Hadju announced that this discriminatory attestation will be revoked for 2019!

Ms. Hadju, in her explanation, cited the concerns of Canada's faith leaders. Faith leaders objected to the attestation because, in order to receive Summer Jobs funding, it required them to implicitly approve of abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and the new gender ideology. Many churches, faith-based groups, Christian small businesses, and other conscientious objectors felt that such a requirement violated their freedom of conscience and/or religion. Ms. Hadju said, "They felt this was about their values and beliefs and not about the jobs and the performances of the students in particular roles and we took that to heart."

It is doubtful the liberals "took it to heart" as much as they were concerned Canadians were going to take this issue to the ballot box next fall!

Ms. Hadju further revealed that the government will still screen out certain applications for Summer Jobs funding. This time, however, there will be no attestation to sign. Now, Service Canada will be tasked with scrutinizing every application and weeding out any that involve explicitly pro-life and pro-family activist work. This is still a matter of discrimination, though it will certainly impact fewer employers and do far less harm to the faith community (and their charitable work) in Canada. For this much, every Canadian should be thrilled! However, as long as anti-pipeline activists and radical Muslim groups are still funded, the question remains: Why are pro-life and pro-family activists still being centred out?

Therefore, at best, this news is a partial victory. Nonetheless it is a victory. We made the liberals change their tune and rework their strategy - and that's a good thing. It shows that they are worried about the strength of our voices - and our votes - come election day next fall!

So, thank you for your help in this win. I think we really have something to celebrate!

Yours for Canada,
David Cooke and the Entire CitizenGO Team
David Cooke
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    1.  Do the changes in the Liberal Government’s Summer Job Attestation REALLY make a difference???????????
….”According to information taken from the National Post, “Ineligible employers” includes, those that “advocate intolerance, discrimination and/or prejudice; or actively work to undermine or restrict a woman’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.”

Joyce Arthur, executive director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said, ”It still achieves the same aim of ensuring that groups that are primarily against human rights, like anti-choice groups, are not going to be eligible for funding still, and it appears to satisfy the concerns of religious groups and churches,”…..”

Full details at:

International News       

      1.  China’s CHEVY
.....hmmm...I wonder why Oshawa isn’t thriving?.....

China's CHEVY!!!

This video shows how GM simply does not have any or much intent on expanding or maintaining its manufacturing presence in America but instead they are doing their growth, expansion, etc. in China

Remember that GM's largest assembly plant is in Korea And Ford's Largest is in Brazil. Both are relatively new plants. They didn’t build them in the US


After investing $80 BILLION ($80,000,000,000.00) in GM USA,  this is what we the Americans get. Just take a few minutes to watch the video below.

This may apply to our Canadian situation, too.

2.,  “Kenya, Niger shut down abortionists Marie Stopes” while Canada’s Liberal Government Funds International Abortion

Niger shuts down Marie Stopes facilities for committing illegal abortions

Editor’s Note:  “The United Kingdom-nased Marie Stopes International is the largeset abortyion provider in the world, with more than 12 000 employees in 37 countries.     It is estimated to carry out more than 4.5 million abortions annually, about three times the number committed by Planned Parenthood International….While Kenya and Niger were taking action against Marie Stopes, the Canadian government announced it would be giving money to the abortion giant. Speaking at the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda, on November 13, 2018, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced an $8-million grant to the organization as part of a $104.4 million overall commitment to ‘sexual and reproductive rights’.     Ottawa has given Marie Stopes a total of $24.3 million since 2017……Matthew Wojciechowski, vice president of Campaign Life VCoalition and an expert on United Nations policy, calls the Trudeay government grants ‘ideological colonization’.  (Obianuju)  Ekeocha (of Culture of Life Africa) said that even if aid is earmarked for non-abortion work, it frees other Marie Stopes resources for carrying out abortions.”     The Interim, January 2019      “Kenya, Niger shut down abortionists Marie Stopes”

Citizen Response
        1.  Want to stop school shootings?   Stop fatherlessness

      1.  New Year’s Resolution Recommended re: Persecuted Christians World Wide
……”We must make the persecution of Christians around the world a larger public theme. Much larger. There's plenty of brutality by governments all over the world for various reasons. But Christians – globally – a quarter billion Christians, are being persecuted in Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East. The pope raised this question as the year was coming to an end, but we need much more constant, public exposure – the way that the Holy Father has, for example, heightened the profile of the Rohingya (a Muslim group)….

We can never forget that some of the most heroic Christian witnesses and martyrs are suffering, right now, in plain view, in China. And in a way, their fate could become our own as governments in so-called developed nations (as well as larger international bodies like the UN and EU) marginalize and sometimes demonize traditional religion in pursuit of secular utopias.

In the New Year, anyone who wants to resist – really resist – needs to train relentlessly in the school of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving – developing virtues of prudence, temperance, justice, fortitude, Faith, Hope, Charity to levels we haven't seen in a long time.

There's a New Year's Resolution worth making for yourself – and sticking to.

Published with permission from The Catholic Thing.

Financial Support Requests
The Social Planning Council of Sudbury (SPC Sudbury) is launching a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $10,000.00 for the Community Emergency Fund.  100% of funds collected go to the individuals and families in crisis!  This fund is a fund of last resort that helps support individuals and families in crisis

For further information, please contact:

Social Planning Council of Sudbury
30 Ste. Anne Road
Sudbury, ON. P3C 5E1
Tel. (705) 675-3894


    1. Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock 2019 Seeking 150 Volunteers for February 7, 8, 9, 10, 2019 
Funds raised at the 11th Annual Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock go to Camp Quality, for children battling cancer.     150 volunteers are needed to set up the Festival, facilitate the hockey games, and tear down the venue afterwards.

To register to help, please go to:

High School students can receive Community Service hours, and help their High School to win the High School Challenge.

We feed our Volunteers!

Please consider helping out this worthy and fun community event.     

    1. Elgin Street Mission Needs
                       Elgin Street Mission – Volunteers needed
                      We are looking for volunteers to help with the clothing room starting in
                      October Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
                      If you are able to please email
                      Thank you!

                        Elgin Street Mission – Food Needs
                      If you’d like to make a donation, these are the items that we’re in need of.

                         White Sugar
                         Parboiled Rice
                         Foil Wrap
                         Saran Wrap
                         Perishable Food*   *(Let us know ahead)
                         Canned Ravioli / Spaghetti
                         Canned or Frozen Vegetables
                         Canned Tuna & Salmon
                         Cooking Onions
                         Ground Beef
                         Chicken & Turkey
                         Roast Beef & Pork
                         Cheese Whiz
                         Plastic Utensils
                         Cases of Water
                         Non-Perishable foods
                         Styrofoam Plates
                         Small Bowls for Dessert

    1. Pregnancy Care Centre Seeking 2 Volunteers
PREGNANCY CARE CENTRE: We are looking for two volunteers that can help two days a week as floaters. The volunteers help sort the donations that come in, manage the Infant Food Bank, and gather supplies for the clients that come in. The centre is open from 10am-3pm, Monday-Thursday. Anyone wanting more information can call 705-673-5003! 

4. Volunteers Needed at Health Sciences North
Volunteer Services is looking to recruit mature, dedicated and enthusiastic  volunteers who would like to give some of their time to volunteers in different areas at Health Sciences North.
 The following are volunteer positions that we are currently looking to fill, I’ve also attached the task description of each positions to give you an idea of what these positions consists of:
1.       Greeter/Information Desk
                Monday, Tuesday or Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
2.       Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
                 Tuesday or Thursday 7:30am-9:30am
                 Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check is required
3.       Hydrotherapy Pool Children Treatment Centre
               Thursdays 9am-11am or 12:45pm-2:45pm
                Tuesdays 12:45pm-2:15pm
                 Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check is required
4.       Emergency Department
                 Wednesdays 11am-3:30pm or 7-10pm
5.       Northeast Cancer Centre
                 Clinics: Fridays 8:30am-3:30pm
                 Daffodil Lodge: Tuesdays 8:30am-3:30pm
6.       Boutique
                 Mondays 3:30-7pm
                 Saturdays 9:45am-2pm (1 shift per month)
                 Sundays 10am-4pm (1 shift per month)
                 Police Information Check is required
7.       HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program)
                 Wednesday 9am-12pm
                 Friday 9:30am-12pm or 3-6pm / 4-7pm
                 Sundays anytime between 10am-6pm.
                 Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check is required
If any of the positions listed are of interest to you, please confirm and I can arrange for your to meet with a Volunteer Advisor and have you scheduled accordingly.
Contact …. Josée Belanger …

These volunteer positions would entail approx. 3 hrs each/week to assist with the various services of the Home such as:
- assisting in the Food Bank area packing food orders to be given out, etc.;
- to act as hostess / host to greet our guests offering refreshments, snacks in the morning – 10:00 12:00 noon, one morning a week.
- To be trained to assess client needs with regards to food assistance requests.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about Inner City Home and our Services please call Mary at 705-675-7550.

6. Household Items Needed
    Society of Saint-Vincent de Paul : In 2016, the SaintBenedict Labre Conference in Sudbury has helped 154 homes by giving them furniture, beds (mattresses) and various household articles. It is therefore in dire need of similar articles, in good condition, to continue helping the needy. The Conference also accepts, for the conservation of the environment, used electronic equipment, such as television sets, computers, printers, telephones,… Please contact René at 705-524-7417.

    7. Volunteer for PAFE   (Parents as First Educators)
    Contact Tanya Granic Allen            or     416 763 7233
    Talk to 5 family and friends and encourage them to subscribe to PAFE’s emails, in order to stay informed about parental rights and family issues.

    Media Marvels

      1.  St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Survey of Youth and Parents
    + Comprehensive Look at Youth Ministry

    Editor’s Note:   Valuable insights into the thinking of youth and their families + evaluation of youth program

      1.  Movie – Because of Gracia
    “It’s a must-see film for youth groups, churches and schools, thanks in part to its strong production values, compelling story, and thought-provoking companion study guide,” says Joel Gordon, creative director for the EFC   (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada)

      1.  At the parliamentary forum on religious freedom
    EFC executive vice-president David Gueretzki spoke about religious freedom and state neutrality at the 7th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom held in October in Ottawa…..Guretzki presented ways religious communities can work together in Canada to protect and further religious freedom……

    The full address is available by text and video at

      1.  Loves Unleashes Life:  Abortion & the Art of Communicating Truth
    By Stephanie Gray
    Reviewed in Priests for Life Canada           2018    Issue 6
    Copies are available from Life Cycle Books at 1-866-880-5860     or

      1.  15 Jobs That Will Disappear in the Next 20 Years

      1.  15 Jobs That Will Thrive in the Future (Despite AI)

      1.  Crossroads has different platforms to watch their Christian show + Develops a first-of-its-kind Video Streaming Service called CASTLE
    Dear loyal 100 Huntley Street viewer,
    100 Huntley Street moved off Global on December 30, 2018. There are a number of ways you can stay connected to 100 Huntley Street—if you haven’t yet chosen where to watch, please take action today by following the steps:

    Here’s how to watch:
               If you already watch on Yes TV, you don’t have to do anything but keep watching.

               To watch on another network in your specific area, enter your postal code into our tune-in widget at
    If you would like more options, live stream or watch on demand at your convenience:
               Castle: Download the Castle App at


               YouTube: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
    We want to do our best to ensure you can keep connecting with your 100 Huntley Street family. If you need help, please give us a call at 1-800-265-3100 and we’d be happy to assist you.
    The 100 Huntley Street team

    24/7 Streaming Content. 24/7 Spiritual Care.
    Castle's unique service will provide users with on-demand streaming access to Christian TV, movies and media content with live prayer chat built into the platform for spiritual support. 

    Crossroads encourages you to learn more about Castle by visiting and discovering more about this streaming service that will help users along their spiritual journey.

      1.  Churches Around the World

      1.  Christian TV Show

    *Editor’s Note:  Faytene (Kryskow) Grassechini has spoken in North Bay and Greater Sudbury on a few occasions.    Her tv show is about topics that are of great interest, and presented with a Christian-worldview

    Daily Chuckle
    Words of Wisdom

        1.  STEVE McQUEEN:  The Untold Story
    by Pastor Rob Weatherby
    Steve McQueen, “the king of cool”, is an American movie legend.

    Last summer I enjoyed viewing a 2017 documentary on his life called “Steve McQueen: American Icon”. It was full of clips from his many movies, footage of McQueen himself, and commentary from his family and close friends. I learned a lot and could see that his life consisted of three distinct chapters…

    The Tough Years
    McQueen was born in 1930 in Indiana to alcoholic parents. His father, a circus stuntman, left his mother after only 6 months. McQueen’s mother had two more husbands who were abusive to her and her son. After being thrown down a flight of stairs, young McQueen threatened to kill his step-father if he tried it again. He also lived off and on with his grandparents and uncle. At a young age, McQueen left home to live on the streets and joined a gang which led him into drinking, drugs, crime and reform school. He then drifted from job to job until he joined the Marine Corps in 1947 at age 17.

    Three years later, he left the Corps and began to study acting in New York City. He had found his niche and his life was about to change.

    The Wild Years
    The young actor with the sad, blue eyes began making a name for himself. His first movie as a lead actor was the 1958 sci-fi flick “The Blob” (not exactly the coolest name). From there his fame grew as he starred in a steady string of cowboy and thriller movies such as The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), Bullitt (1968), Papillon (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Tom Horn (1980). They were all box office successes with the exception of Le Mans (1971) which went bust. McQueen was one of Hollywood’s leading and highest paid actors in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was nominated for several Academy and Golden Globe awards.

    The movie I remember best from my youth is “The Great Escape” based on a true story of a Nazi POW camp and the daring (but largely doomed) attempt of Allied prisoners to tunnel their way out. Appropriately, McQueen spent a lot of his time in the “cooler”, a solitary cell, for his defiance and determination to escape. In one famous scene, McQueen is being chased by Nazi soldiers and jumps a fence on a stolen motorcycle. In car-racing scenes, he performed many of his own stunts.

    Unfortunately, his wealth also amply financed his destructive habits – drinking, drugs and immoral living. He was seeking happiness but looking in all the wrong places. Actor and film director Mel Gibson commented that McQueen was desperately trying to fill a void in his life. He also loved fast cars and motorcycles and had lots of both. McQueen married three times. His first marriage lasted 16 years and produced two children. His second marriage to actress Ali MacGraw lasted 5 years and his last came at the end of his life.

    This chapter of his life concluded with a near-death experience, not from an overdose or accident but from a crazed cult leader, Charles Manson. McQueen was one of several high profile actors on Manson’s hit list. He had been invited to the party at the home of actress Sharon Tate where 5 people (including Tate) were brutally murdered by Manson cult members. Fortunately for McQueen he picked up a female hitch-hiker enroute and never made it to the party. Shaken by the close call, he started carrying a gun and became increasingly reclusive.

    The Final Years
    Most people remember McQueen as the cool movie star living life in the fast lane. But there’s more to his story.

    Now in his late 40’s and always seeking a new adventure, McQueen decided he wanted to learn how to fly. He bought a vintage two-seat aircraft and enrolled for lessons. His flight instructor, Sammy Mason, was an older man and devout Christian. He became a close friend and father figure for the famous actor who never had a good father. One day McQueen asked Mason why he was different and where he could find the same peace that he had. Mason simply told him that he found it in Jesus.

    McQueen told his wife they were going to church the next Sunday. Soon after he met with the pastor and asked him many questions about Christianity and the Bible. Satisfied, McQueen told him he wanted to be a Christian too. His life began to change. He married his partner, Barbara Minty. The drinking and drugs stopped. He attended Ventura Missionary Church with his wife faithfully. He went back to the reform school of his youth and began spending time with the teenage delinquents pointing them in a better direction. He made plans to buy some land and start his own retreat centre for troubled youth.

    Sadly, however, that dream was never realized. He began to feel week and was eventually diagnosed with cancer. He told his pastor he wanted to meet Billy Graham. One day when McQueen was preparing to fly to Mexico for cancer treatment, Graham met him at the airport. They talked and prayed together. McQueen told Graham he had forgotten his Bible so the evangelist promptly gave him his own. As they parted McQueen said, “I’ll see you in heaven.” On November 7, 1980 McQueen died in his sleep at the age of 50 from heart failure after cancer surgery in Mexico. He was clutching Graham’s Bible.

    In his final interview, Steve McQueen said that he hoped the change in his life would help others find the Lord as well. After a tumultuous life, the “king of cool” had finally found peace with the King of kings.

    Pastor Rob Weatherby served the Bethel church family in Whitefish

        1.  “A call to rebellion” by Josie Luetke, The Interim, January 2019
    The Interim, a newspaper put out by Campaign Life Coalition, provides me with a lot of soul food for the culture wars.      In a recent article by Josie Luetke, she states that the pro-life movement "is the new is currently more accurate to understand us as the rebels, the resisters, the nonconformists.......The greatest sin in our country seems to be the perceived casting of judgment on someone's behaviour (except if that someone is a social conservative)......The puncturing of this implicit social agreement by pro-lifers makes us the rule-breakers and trouble-makers.......More importantly, social opinion shouldn't dictate one's own stances.    Each of us is called to do what is right, to uphold the truth, regardless of what anyone else does.........The custom here is to have premarital sex, to abort when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, and to limit your family size.......what I just described is now the dominant tradition in Canada........If you truly want to transform our society into one which values life, you will inevitably have to violate all sorts of the social codes that I mentioned above....."               Josie Luetke           "A Call to Rebellion"        The Interim, January 2019

        1.  Today’s Message
        The man whispered, "God, speak to me," and a meadowlark

         But, the man did not hear.  So the man yelled, "God, speak to
    me" and the thunder rolled across the sky.

        But, the man did not listen. The man looked around and said,
    "God let me see you." And a star shined brightly.

        But the man did not see. And, the man shouted, "God show
    me a miracle." And, a life was born.

        But, the man did not notice. So, the man cried out in despair,
    "Touch me God, and let me know you are here." Whereupon,
    God reached down and touched the man. But, the man brushed
    the butterfly away ...and walked on.

        The man cried, "God, I need your help!" And an e-mail arrived
    reaching out with good news and encouragement.  But, the man
    deleted it and continued crying.

        I have found this to be a great reminder that God is always
    around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted
    .... even in our electronic age ...

        So don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the
    way that you expect.

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