The Sudbury
Christian Messenger
An Email Digest of Christian News, Events and Miracles throughout the City of Greater Sudbury

Sudbury Christian Messenger February 2018 Edition

The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the Church. But the world does not read the Bible, the world reads Christians! “You are the light of the world.”   Charles Spurgeon

LET ALL BITTERNESS, WRATH, ANGER, CLAMOR, AND EVIL SPEAKING BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU, WITH ALL MALICE.  AND BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDER HEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD IN CHRIST FORGAVE YOU.
                                                                       ( EPHESIANS 4:31-32 )

PRAISE THE LORD!  OH, GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD!  FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
                                                                                                              ( PSALM 106:1 )

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 
  1. ALPHA Opportunity in Sudbury  |February 1 and Thursdays till April  |New Sudbury
  2. "Cup of Our Life" Faith Sharing  |February |Sudbury
  3. The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community  |February 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and weekly |Sudbury
  4. Crafternoon Fellowship  |February 2 and Fridays  |Sudbury
  5. Silent Vigil for Peace  | February 2 and Fridays  |Sudbury
  6. Theology Café  |February 2 and Fridays  |Azilda
  7. Pickup Hockey Seeking Players  |February 2  and Fridays  |Copper Cliff
  8. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |February 3  and every Saturday  |Sudbury
  9. Personal Healing  |February 3 and Saturdays  | Minnow Lake
  10. Family Fun Day  |February 4  |Sudbury
  11. Wanup Chapel Service  |February 4  |Wanup
  12. Sunday Night Impact  |February 4 and Sundays  |Valley & Kfm Christian Radio
  13. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |February 5 and Mondays  |New Sudbury
  14. Adult Children of Alcoholics  |February 5  and every Monday  |Minnow Lake
  15. Mid-Week Worship  |February 7 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury
  16. Wanup Chapel Bible Study  |February 7 & 21  |Wanup
  17. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |February 7 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury
  18. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  February 8 and Thursdays  | Sudbury
  19. Sunday Brunch at St. Dominique  |February 11  |New Sudbury
  20. Kfm’s “Day of Love”  |February 14  |Greater Sudbury & mid-northern Ontario
  21. 5 week Lenten Mission  |February 17 – March 17  |Sudbury - Gatchell
  22. Theology on Tap  |February 22  |Sudbury
  23. “Made for More”:Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference  |February 24  |Sault Ste. Marie
  24. Wanup Chapel Service  |February 4  |Wanup
  25. Manning Center Conference  |February 8-11  |Ottawa
  26. Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction  |February 14  |Sudbury
  27. Last day to sign up for ON PC membership, in order to vote for the next Leader  |Feb. 16  |Ontario
  28. Advocacy for Sears Pensioners  |Feb. 21  |Greater Sudbury and Canada
  29. “Coldest Night of the Year” Fundraiser  |February 24  |Sudbury
  30. Echo of the Underground  |February 24  |Sudbury
  31. Lenten Mission  |February 26, 27, 28  |New Sudbury, Minnow Lake, Garson
  32. Sudbury Central South End Ministerial  |February27  |Sudbury
  33. World Day of Prayer  |March 2  |Sudbury
  34. World Day of Prayer  |March 2  |Sudbury
  35. Silent Lenten Retreat  |March 2, 3, 4  |Sudbury South End
  36. Promise Keepers Workshops  |March 3  |North Bay
  37. 16th Annual Dinner & Auction for Better Beginnings Better Futures  |March 3  |Sudbury
  38. Spaghetti & Lasagna Dinner  |March 4  |North Bay
  39. Save the Date:  New Evangelization Summit  |April 27 & 28  |Sudbury
  40. Spring Pilgrimage  |May 9-24  |Europe
  41. National March for Life  |May 10  |Ottawa
  42. Parliament of the World's Religions  |November 1-7  |Toronto

PRAYERS & PRAISE
Praise for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Greater Sudbury
Prayer Request re: limits being pushed wider for euthanasia and assisted suicide

SPECIAL REQUESTS
Dedication Stones at Sudbury’s Holy Mountain – The Grotto
Local Pastor/Chaplain Seeks Musical Instruments

PROVINCIAL NEWS
Call for Conscience Campaign
Tourloukis loses parental rights case
Update from P.E.A.C.E. – Sudbury representative:  Sex is too Important to God to Leave to our Public Schools and Culture   P.E.A.C.E. Can Help
 Indigenous history, culture now mandatory part of Ontario curriculum

NATIONAL NEWS
Concern re: Summer Job Grants new policy that requires acquiescence with values potentially at odds with faith groups
Pro-life group gets expedited hearing on constitutionality of pro-abortion summer jobs pledge
Canadian senate votes to make national anthem ‘gender neutral’
The sad truth about Chanie Wenjack
Euthanasia and assisted suicide update – limits to hastened death are being pushed wider

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
President Trump’s actions at UN -  update re: pro-life support
The rise of the #MeToo movement shows how porn has mainstreamed assault

CITIZEN RESPONSE
Many abortions go unreported in the province – Letter to the Editor, Tony Sottile
Comment: Religions important to a healthy society
Goshenite launches Seniors magazine in Greater Sudbury
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT REQUESTS
Community Emergency Fund
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – Film Project

HELP NEEDED
The Bel Canto Chorus is seeking male singers
Inner City Home Needs Volunteers
Volunteers Needed re: Income Tax Returns for United Way
Household Items – St. Vincent de Paul

MEDIA MARVELS
Reconciliation According to Christian Theology / THE HONOURABLE PRESTON MANNING
Book Review – Under Siege by Don Hutchinson
Playlist of Christian Movies
Transit Grants available from City of Greater Sudbury/ Les organismes à but non lucratif peuvent demander une subvention pour transport


DAILY CHUCKLE
Faith Funnies

WORDS OF WISDOM
The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman
The Magic Bank Account


  Local  News & Events

  1.  ALPHA Opportunity in Sudbury  |February 1 and Thursdays till April  |New Sudbury
FROM REV. AIDEN ARSTRONG (CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION): ALPHA

An Alpha program will be running at the Church of the Ascension in partnership with the Samaritan center and Restoration Church beginning in February.

Alpha is a program that explores life’s big questions from a Christian perspective with those who have little or no Church background and with those who have been Christians a long time.

If you are interested in taking the course or helping out with this exciting ministry, contact Father Aidan      armstong.aidan@gmail.com.

Alpha will begin on Thursday February 01 and run for 10 weeks.

6:30 pm at Church of the Ascension, 1476 Spark Street, , P3A 2E1..New Sudbury                           All Welcome!

Editor’s Note:   Rev. Aiden welcomes you to sign up at any time in the 10 weeks.


  1. “Cup of Our Life” Faith Sharing  |February |Sudbury
Sister Bonnie Chesser will be hosting an evening once a month for single women who would like to share their faith. We will use the book “Cup of Our Life” by Sister Joyce Rupp as a basis of prayer and reflection.   ".  Sister Joyce Rupp  has a reflection on some point in our growth, then a scripture passage, then some journal questions, followed by sharing time.
We will gather on either a Tuesday or Wednesday evening
If you are interested please contact Sister Bonnie at bchesser@cyberbeach.net or call 705-522-5245.

  1. Crafternoon Fellowship  |February 2 and Fridays  |Sudbury

Ongoing: Fridays at 1:30-2:30p at the boardroom of 634 Notre Dame

Crafternoon Fellowship, we host an open time of casual crafting, conversation, and coffee.
Bring an unfinished project, learn a new skill, or meet a new friend.

For more information call Valerie at: 705-673-5893, the Salvation Army Sudbury Community Church


  1. Silent Vigil for Peace  |February 2 and each Friday  |Sudbury

Community members take part in a silent vigil for peace in the foyer of St. Andrews Place on Fridays.

4-5 pm

There is reduced-rate parking for seniors beneath the Y building.   Advise the parking attendant in the booth when you exit that you are a senior, and you will receive -50% off the cost of parking.

Stand in peaceful protest against violence around the world.

“call upon government and non-government agencies, corporations, groups, and individuals to do everything in their power to prevent and end violence around the globe.”


This non-sectarian group of concerned citizens includes people of diverse faiths and backgrounds,  from Waters Mennonite Church, Sudbury Interfaith Dialogue, the Muslim community, and Quaker Witness.      The Peace Vigil is modelled after what was done in Greater Sudbury in response to the Vale strikes and Vietnam War protests.

There will be opportunities for networking/socializing before and after the Silent Vigil for Peace.

For further information, please contact John Rutherford   705 522 8584  (home)/705 9190759 (mobile)   or Dave Nicol   denicol.1@gmail.com

SILENT VIGIL

We stand in peaceful protest of the spreading violence throughout the world, and call upon government and non-government agencies, corporations, groups, and individuals to do everything in their power to prevent and end violence around the globe
We are drawn from diverse faiths & backgrounds, religious and secular, to actively oppose all that leads to violence among people and nations and the bankruptcy of the human spirit it represents.
We stand in silent vigil united in resolve and purpose, to struggle against the use of violence as a means to settle disagreement and disputes at all levels. To do so we need to start with our own hearts and minds, joining with all persons clear in thought and mind and faith, inviting them to find common ground.
Please join with us as we stand here now and in coming weeks for one hour at the end of our working week, Fridays, 4 to 5 pm.



Waters Mennonite Church
Sudbury Interfaith Dialogue
Islamic Association of Sudbury
Quaker Witness


Dave Nicol

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
                                                                    ― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

  1. Theology Café  |February 2 and Fridays  |Azilda

Monthly theology study group the "Theology Café"

at Azilda Baptist Chapel!        Reformed Baptist congregation in Azilda, Ontario. All are welcome to join us for worship, fellowship, and the teaching of God's Word. 294 Notre Dame East, Azilda, Ontario.

Dr. R.C. Sproul's series "The Holiness of God."

All are welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Trembling Before the Holiness of God
R.C. Sproul explains how every human being that is exposed to the holiness of God trembles before His presence. Transcript: …
YOUTUBE.COM


  1. Pickup Hockey Seeking Players  |January 5 and Fridays  |Copper Cliff
Jason Showell          Email the_purolator_guy@hotmail.com
Pickup hockey
Time 10pm till 11pm
Location with PCODE to show on Google Maps Copper cliff
Pickup up hockey looking for players that runs from September 8th till the end of march. For more information text or call 705 507 2173.
For more Information Contact: telephone, email, website, Facebook 705 507 2173

  1. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |January 6 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

St. MARY'S UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
40 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, On. P3C 5K2  Tel. 705-675-8244  Kitchen: 705-675-1581
http://saintmarysudbury.com/ Email: stmaryssudbury@yahoo.ca
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.  Personal Healing  |February 3 and Saturdays  |Minnow Lake

Personal Healing – Saturdays

If you have experienced past hurts or suffer from physical, emotional, or spiritual wounds from issues such as divorce, separation, abortion, the death of a loved one, or any kind of abuse, these Saturday mornings sessions could be of help to you. This is a safe place to share and be prayed with individually as you journey to wholeness.

When: Saturdays between 10 AM & 2 PM

For an appointment please contact: Sr. Jean Mongeau at 705-522-9423.


  1. The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community | Sunday February 4 and week days |Sudbury
The Mater Dei Traditional Latin Mass Community offers the Catholic faithful the option of attending the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite.  All Masses are offered at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 48 William Avenue, Coniston.

Sunday Mass
11:00 A.M.
Confessions, 10:00 A.M.

Other pertinent information including the Daily Mass schedule, contact and directions, may be viewed at our website:  www.materdeiparish.ca 
Thank you and pax vobis.

Father Vincenzo Fiore
Pastor

Mater Dei Roman Catholic Traditional Latin Mass Community
c/o 21 Ste-Anne Road, P.O. Box 787
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
P3E 4S1


Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!

  1. Family Fun Day  |February 4  |Sudbury

Family Fun Day: Feb. 4th - Celebrate St. Brigid of Kildare, Ireland: Join the C.C.E. Sudbury Irish Arts Association to celebrate one of the Patron Saints of Ireland

Where: Moose Lodge 212 Frood Rd. Sudbury, ON

Time: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Lunch at 11:30 AM & Activities at 1:00 PM) Activities: Making St. Brigid's crosses; a skit; ceili dancing; face painting and more!

Lunch, Tea, Coffee and Juice will be provided.

Admission $10 Children under 12 $2.50/

Reserve tickets by calling Bridgit at 705-855-3564 or Eileen at 705-522-8012

  1. Wanup Chapel Service   |February 4   |Wanup

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

February - Church - Feb 4/18 2.30 - social time to follow -

Wednesday - Feb 7th - Bible Study  noon - lunch served at l. pm  everyone welcome

Wednesday - Feb 21 - Bible Study noon - lunch serviced at l pm everyone welcome


A WARM WELCOME AWAITS ALL WHO COME AND JOIN US…

                                                             
Further information – contact Mavis White  706-524-5820 or maviswhitewhite@hotmail.com 


  1.  Live Impact  Broadcast Sundays at Restoration Church and on Kfm Christian Radio  |January 7 and Sundays  |Valley & Kfm

Join Restoration Church Ministries Sundays for our Sunday Night Impact Live on KFM at Restoration Church in Val Caron .1621 Valleyview Road.
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 Catch the Spirit of Revival with Pastor Jeff Edwards.
 6:30 pm
 Breakthrough – Healing – Power
 Can’t make it in person? Join us for worship and be part of our LIVE RADIO AUDIENCE or watch our FACEBOOK LIVE broadcast!
 Restoration Church
Phone:
Email:
Website:

  1. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |January 8 and 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  |January 8 and 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.  Mid-Week Worship  |February 7 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury

Ongoing: Wednesdays at 11:00a-12:00p at the boardroom of 634 Notre Dame

Mid-Week Worship, we host a weekly time of refreshing and fellowship.
We meet together informally to share in God's word and worship through prayer and music.

For more information call Valerie at: 705-673-5893, the Salvation Army Sudbury Community Church


  1.  Wanup Chapel Bible Study  |February 7 & 21  |Wanup
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         
Wednesday - Feb 7th - Bible Study  noon - lunch served at l. pm  everyone welcome
Wednesday - Feb 21 - Bible Study noon - lunch serviced at l pm everyone welcome
A WARM WELCOME AWAITS ALL WHO COME AND JOIN US…
Further information – contact Mavis White  706-524-5820 or maviswhitewhite@hotmail.com 

  1. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |February 7  and Wednesdays  |Sudbury

This group uses the Life Recovery Bible and Workbook to transform their lives using the 12 Step Program and Scripture from The Bible

7:00 – 9:00 pm

@ Grace Family Church on Burton Avenue in the Donovan, Sudbury

Led by Guy Langlois

All are welcome


  1. Manning Networking Conference  |February 8-11 |Ottawa

Good news! Registration is now open for the tenth annual Manning Networking Conference, happening this February in Ottawa, Feb. 8-11th/18.

Sign up today - at early-bird rates - for another unique opportunity to participate in Canada’s liveliest policy discussions, to learn about new campaign techniques, to see old friends and make new ones.

Our 2018 conference takes place amidst the massive period of social, technological and political change we are experiencing in Canada and globally. Here at home, this includes the emergence of new leaders locally, provincially and nationally. This is particularly evident in Canada’s centre-right movement, with fresh political leadership nationally and in most provinces.

Hence our 2018 theme: a new generation of ideas and leadership.

The Manning Centre for Building Democracy provides research, training and networking opportunities for Canadians to learn about and discuss ideas to make Canada a better governed country. We seek and support practical and effective policy approaches that promote individual freedom, entrepreneurship, and fair and just relationships between the individual and society.


Through our networking conferences, we strive to provide an open and constructive forum for free-wheeling discussion, independent of formal party affiliation. Over the past decade, our annual Manning Networking conference has grown into one of Canada’s largest and liveliest annual gatherings of political and policy thinkers and activists.


Once again this year, we are assembling another great line-up of speakers and panelists. Those already confirmed are listed at mnc2018.ca There will be lively sessions on defence, environment, ethics in public life, freedom of speech, Indigenous reconciliation and progress, NAFTA/trade issues, resource development, the Senate, and a host of other topics.


If you have suggestions regarding speakers and topics, please email them to suggestions@mnc2018.ca.


This year, we are introducing a new “patron” category of participant. The generous folks who opt to pay this higher registration fee help keep registration rates lower for others. We are grateful for this support, and will recognize it by providing a hospitality room for their use throughout the conference.


If your group or organization wishes to hold ancillary meetings or sessions before or during the main conference, please let us know and we will work with you to make that possible. Likewise, if you wish to have an exhibit booth or be a conference sponsor, email our VP Development John Whittaker at john.whittaker@manningcentre.ca


Join us at MNC 2018 - and register now at early-bird rates!



Rick Anderson
Managing Director


PS: Please consider donating here to help make activities like this possible:


  1. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  February 8   and Thursdays  | Sudbury

If you feel down in your faith or in a depression or if you are suffering the winter blues come out Thursday nights at Our Lady of Hope Church and join the Christ the King Prayer Group. You will be uplifted and inspired during this holy and religious evening and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.

We started to attend a few months ago and by the end of the evening felt spiritually renewed.

Rosary and hymns between 7pm and 8pm. Mass starts at 8pm with as many as 3 Priests on the altar.

This group was started by Terry Shannon 25 years ago and still attracts a large following.

Check it out on Thursday nights.
Tony Sottile

  1.  Sunday Brunch at St. Dominique  |February 11 |New Sudbury

Sunday Brunch on February 11 at 10:30
All are cordially invited to join the Knights of Columbus of St-Dominique parish in the church hall, 1241 Diane Street.

On the menu you will find: eggs, ham, sausage,beans, hash brown, pancakes, tea, coffee and juice.

Cost: 8$/adult and 3$/children 12 and under.


  1.  Kfm “Day of Love”  |February 14  |Greater Sudbury and mid-northern Ontario

Kfm’s “Day of Love”  |February 14  |Greater Sudbury & mid-northern Ontario

Get ready for KFM’s Day of love! Join us on Wednesday, February 14th as we take the day to celebrate love!

Don’t miss your opportunity to send out a Valentine’s Day message to your special someone. The process is simple: call our KFM Love Line at 705-507-5218, when you hear the tone leave your name, your phone number, the song you want played, and the time you would like it to play, then record your message and leave the rest to us! We’ll produce your message and play it with your song!

Everyone who calls in will be entered into our grand prize draw! So call right now at 705-507-5218 to have your song dedication in KFM’s Day of Love!


  1. Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner  |February 14  |Sudbury

St. Andrew’s United Church Invites you to a SPAGHETTI DINNER

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018
DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 P.M
.
2nd Floor, 111 Larch St., w/c accessible


Includes meatballs, salad, rolls,Chocolate Brownies & Ice Cream!

+ SILENT AUCTION

Tickets available in Church Office, 3rd Floor or after Sunday services beginning January 28/18

Adults $12
Children under 10 yr, $8
Reserve a table for 6 or 8 by pre-paying


  1. Last day to sign up for ON PC membership, in order to vote for the next Leader  |Feb. 16  |Ontario

The deadline to purchased your PC Party of Ontario membership is February 16 at 5:00pm EST!

As you know, Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the PC Party of Ontario amidst allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

For all the details from  RightNow Executive Director, Alissa Golob, formerly of Campaign Life Coalition, go to:

www.RightNow.com

This is a great opportunity for pro-life voters to have their voices heard by purchasing a membership to the PC Party of Ontario and vote for a pro-life candidate. At RightNow, we will work to encourage, vet, and support well-rounded pro-lifers to run for the leadership. The next part is up to you.

Pro-life voters cannot have a voice in the PC Party of Ontario leadership race unless they have purchased a membership to vote. The leadership vote will take place on March 10, but the membership deadline is February 16 at 5:00pm EST! It's $10 to become a member and you only need to meet the following criteria to purchase:
•           Be at least 14 years old
•           Be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
•           Reside in the province of Ontario

Seriously, that's it! But you need to purchase a membership by February 16 at 5:00pm EST  in order to have a pro-life voice in the leadership race! The more pro-lifers who read this email, purchase or renew their membership, and let us know as soon as possible, the fewer follow-up calls and texts our volunteers need to make. This guarantees more pro-life membership sales! 

For life and for the win,

Scott Hayward, Co-Founder
www.itstartsrightnow.ca


  1.  5 Week Lenten Mission  |February 17 – March 17  |Sudbury - Gatchell

5 WEEK LENTEN MISSION—2018

Our annual Lenten Mission begins on Saturday, February17th, 2018 and will run for five consecutive Saturday mornings. Priests are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

The first talk is presented at 9:00 a.m. by our special guest speaker, Fr.Patrick Okenyi, s.m.a. followed by the Saturday Eucharist with Bishop Marcel Damphousse and/or Fr. Gerald Lejeunesse.

The theme for this Lenten Mission is “Walking in the Light of Christ.” 1 John 5.

You are encouraged to attend this special Lenten mission at Our Lady of Hope Church, 591 Brennan Road, Sudbury.

Please bring your family and friends. We look forward to welcoming you.


  1. Advocacy for Sears Pensioners  |Feb. 21  |Greater Sudbury and Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally broke his silence about what his government can do to support pensioners – and it wasn’t good news.

That’s why CARP has declared a National Day of Action to Protect Pensioners on Wed. February 21st.

On February 21st, concerned citizens will meet with Liberal MPs in their local offices. We have volunteer spokespeople to lead the charge. But we need YOU to show up to your local meeting and let your MP know you care too. Nothing matters more to MPs than the views of their constituents! MPs will listen because they need YOUR support to get re-elected.

Sudbury and Nickel Belt have MPs with whom you can speak.

For more information, go to          advocacy@carp.ca


  1.  Theology on Tap  |February 22  |Sudbury

For those ages 19-35

Meet at The Laughing Buddha

7:00 pm

Guest Speaker:  Bishop Marcel Damphousse               Topic TBD



  1.  “Made for More”:Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference  |February 24  |Sault Ste. Marie

Our Diocese will be hosting a Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference for high school students on February 24th, 2018 at St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie.

The theme for this conference is “Made for More” and is for all students in any high school.

Registration is now open and available both online and at www.stjeromeparishssm.com/dcyc2018.

The registration fee of $20.00 covers all materials necessary for the day, as well as both lunch and dinner.

For more information or to register please contact Brenda Cavallin, Youth Minister at stpatricksym@gmail.com or by calling 705-522- 3900 ext 211.


  1. “Coldest Night of the Year” Fundraiser  |February 24  |Sudbury
Canada's National Walk for Homelessness!

The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser that raises money for local charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting families and youth in 120 communities across Canada. Since 2011 CNOY communities have raised over $16,500,000 #proud!

The WALK is held on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, and provides each participant with the opportunity to:


walk 2, 5, or 10km
fundraise for a local CNOY charity ……….in Sudbury, it is the Samaritan Center

feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter.

Got questions about the Coldest Night of the Year?
info@blueseaphilanthropy.org / 1.877.743.3413


  1.  Echo of the Underground  |February 24  |Sudbury - Donovan

The Welcome Matt (Sarah Craig & Jim Matt), Love Sound Movement (Mel & Dave Carlson) and Kassie Tyers… Are we name dropping?!… of course we are! The Underground Cafe is back baby! That’s right, Grace Family Church has it just the way you remember it: delicious desserts, hot drinks, and a chill atmosphere. With the talented musical guests mentioned above, you are going to want to grab your tickets fast! You can purchase tickets at The Lighthouse bookstore and all proceeds go towards “Grace to Grow” children’s ministry at Grace Family Church. With door prizes and a silent auction too!

Tickets can be purchased for $20/each or $30/ pair.
The event starts at 7pm.

Brave the cold and be sure to make it out to this incredible event!

For more information, please contact Sarah Kavanagh at 705-662-0885.


  1.  Lenten Mission  |February 26, 27, 28  |New Sudbury & Garson

Parish Mission
by Fr. Robbie McDougall
Retreat Director & Musician

February 26-27-28, 2018

Shared across 3 Churches and 3 Evenings
Holy Redeemer - St. Andrew the Apostle
& St. John the Evangelist

Come to 1, 2, or all 3 nights!

This Mission is for you!

More Details Coming…stay tuned!
You won’t want to miss it!

www.robbiemcdougall.com


  1. Sudbury Central South End Ministerial  |February 27  |Sudbury
Clergy and Para-Clergy from the Sudbury central and south end areas are invited to the first Ministerial of 2018, to be hosted by the Salvation Army Church.

The location is 107 Lorne St (across from Chris’ Independent).
We will be meeting downstairs, so everyone is invited to use the doors on the parking lot side (with the staircase).

It will be at noon and we can provide tea and coffee, lunch will be brown bag bring your own.

The topic of discussion will be Salvation Army distinctives (so come with questions!) :)

If anyone has questions they can email us or call 705-673-5893.


  1. World Day of Prayer  |March 2  |Sudbury – South End
Once again, several Sudbury churches are joining together to celebrate World Day of Prayer with people from around the globe. This year's service, "All God's Creation is Very Good", is written by the women of Suriname and focuses on stewardship of the environment. Please join us. All are most welcome.
Hosted by St. Mark’s United Church, 45 Walford Road, Sudbury

March 2, 2018.    2:00 pm

Observed on the first Friday in March, World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer.

World Day of Prayer women welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. All God's Creation is Very Good! Program written by the ​World Day of Prayer Committee of Suriname for WDP 2018. Genesis 1:1-31....The focus in 2018 will be the environment.

The day has its origins in the 19th century, when Christian women in North America started to be involved in missions at home and in other parts of the world. Today in Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada.

Imagine Christians from over 170 countries coming together in spirit, uniting on a common World Day of Prayer for issues affecting women and children.




  1.  World Day of Prayer  |March 2  |Sudbury – Central

On Friday, March 2 the Salvation Army Community Church will be hosting one of the World Day of Prayer Meetings at 107 Lorne St.

It will be at 1:30p,

Everyone is invited to attend this time of prayer for the people of Suriname.
This year's theme is: All God's Creation is Very Good.

Light refreshments to follow.

Anney Summerfield
Captain
Corps Officer
Ontario Great Lakes Division
                                                      
The Salvation Army
Sudbury Community Church
107 Lorne St (Corps) -- 634 Notre Dame (Family Services),  
Sudbury ON
Phone:   705-673-5893
Cell:      705-698-2900
E-mail:  Marianneke_Summerfield@can.salvationarmy.org
www.SalvationArmy.ca


  1.  Silent Lenten Retreat  |March 2, 3, 4  |Sudbury South End

Silent Lenten Retreat at Villa Loyola

Theme: The Name of God is Mercy

Where is God in our rather dark and scary world? How should we respond to the fearful and threatening pressures we face? How can religion heal the world, or is
religion the problem? These questions have been in the hearts of many. Many people feel estranged or distant from God, especially when God is so often invoked or portrayed in violent or judgmental ways. When we return to the treasures of our tradition with searching and open hearts, a comforting but challenging picture
emerges. The golden thread uniting both the Old and New Testaments consist of the passages that proclaim mercy as God’s essential nature.

During this retreat we will pray with these passages for enlightenment, hope, and transformation on our spiritual journey.

Dates: From Friday March 2 (7pm) to Sunday March 4 (1pm) 2018

Director: Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J.

Cost: $230.00 live-in/$130.00 commute

Registration: Call 705-522-3502 ext, 0 Monday to Friday or by email at loyola@isys.ca



  1. Promise Keepers Workshops  |March 3  |North Bay

During the 13 or so years of our Sudbury Business Men’s Lunch I often referred to the Promise Keepers and how I had hoped to have our lunches strengthen our men locally to be men of integrity at home, work and in the community based on the principles and values of the Promise Keepers. Some of us have been to Promise Keeper events in the past, some of us felt it may have been too far to attend or they did not have the time.

~ Well Promise Keepers is coming to North Bay in March. Please see the attached flyer and contact Don Croteau if you are interested in attending, I have attached his email address to this email.

God Bless

Shawn Day

Great news for men of the north! Promise Keepers is breaking new ground in northern Ontario …and they are coming to North Bay!!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (includes soup & sandwich lunch)

Door open @ 8:30 AM for registration

Lakeshore Evangelical Missionary Church
656 Lakeshore Drive
North Bay, ON P1A 2G2

Don’t miss this opportunity to join with men from around the north …including North Bay, Callander, Mattawa, Sudbury, Parry Sound, Huntsville, and beyond!

Guest speakers include …
Ian Nairn – Community Relations Manager, Promise Keepers Canada
Norm Bishop – Director of Men’s Ministry for the Western Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

Check out these great workshops being offered …
UNDERSTANDING YOUR IDENTITY
Each of us longs to truly understand who we are and our place in the world. This workshop helps men to see who they are in Christ and deals with the issues that can crush a man’s identity. Properly grasping your identity in Christ is the basis for living with real confidence and affects all areas of your life.
BUILDING AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIPS
All of us have plenty of people we call ‘friends.’ Yet most men yearn for something deeper than a relationship consisting of only the usual small talk. This workshop examines practical steps to creating stronger friendships by looking at four levels of relationships between guys and how to move through each level.
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
We live in a culture obsessed with physical fitness, working out, and eating right. Everyone wishes they were in better shape, but what about our spiritual health? “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
THE VALUE OF TIME
Too often, we feel the pressure of the rat race and a lack of time for what matters. This workshop is designed to help us find the balance we long for. Together, we will explore biblical principles on understanding time, how we invest it, and practical steps for creating a healthier lifestyle.

To purchase your ticket for only $35.00 (by February 15th) and reserve your spot for this ground-breaking event, please see contact information below. ($45.00 by February 28th, $50.00 at the door)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

Contact : Don Croteau
Phone (mobile): 705-688-4811

Only $35
by February 1


  1. 16th Annual Dinner & Auction  |March 3  |Sudbury

Fundraiser for Better Beginnings Better Futures

March 3, 2018

6:00 pm

486 Ester Road, Sudbury, ON      Hellenic Center

Tickets are $100 per person, or $90 before February 1st, 2018

“Glitter, Feathers and Velvet Welcome”

For information, please call Bobbie Noel at 705 671 1941  Ext. 221



  1. Spaghetti & Lasagna Dinner  |March 4  |North Bay


  1.  Christian Legal Fellowship 40th Anniversary Gala  |April 7  |Toronto

Saturday, April 7             6:00 pm


  1. Save the Date!   New Evangelization Summit  |April 27 & 28, 2018  |Sudbury

  1. Spring Pilgrimage  |May 9-24  |Europe
Two Catholic priests with ties to Northern Ontario are leading a spring pilgrimage with stops in five European countries.
Rev. Anthony Man-Son-Hing, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima and Paroisse Ste. Marie in Elliot Lake, and Rev. Trevor Scarfone, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish in North Bay, lead the 16-day tour that runs May 9-24.
Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco and Italy are explored during the trip prepared by QS Travel and Tours.   Stops include Fatima, Lourdes, Rome, Assisi and Nice.
Cost, including taxes and gratuities, is $4290.   Travel to and from Toronto is not included.
Scarfone is a Sault native.  Man-Son-Hing is a former resident.   Both attended St. Mary’s College.     The pair teamed up for a Holy Land pilgrimage in 2016 and led a tour of England and Ireland in 2014.

  1. National March for Life  |May 10  |Ottawa

  1. Parliament of the World’s Religions  |November 1-7  |Toronto
The Parliament of World Religions meets irregularly this year in Toronto... sponsored by the Global Interfaith Movement
( Early Registration is $350 US. )


Prayer & Praise

Praise for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Greater Sudbury

Praise God that Christians in Churches in Greater Sudbury came together to learn and grow in faith and fellowship.

Report on Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity at First Baptist Church in Garson.

This year the Service was absolutely one of the best ones ever.  Every year I seem to think so.

In the Caribbean Churches, on one hand, the Bible was used by colonizers as justification for the subjugation of the original inhabitants of these lands.  Many people suffered extermination, were put in chains and enslaved, and were subjected to unjust labour conditions. On the other hand, the Bible became a source of consolation and liberation for many who suffered at the hands of the colonizers.


  It was very simple – the chains of slavery broken by a human chain of love and acceptance.  Sometimes the simple messages touch hearts in a more meaningful way.  I think being positive about the facts happening here has added a lot to the Service – we continue in love not anger and accept change as it happens.

Attendance was good.  I am pleased to report that donations amounted to $400.00 and 61 food items were collected for the Garson Community Food Bank.  We estimate attendance at 82 people.
 
May we continue this beautiful tradition in our small town of Garson for many more years!  I am so pleased and encouraged that clergy want to keep this celebration in Garson, Minnow Lake & Coniston, even though the Anglican Church and the United Churches have closed here, in order to keep the Garson Group alive.  God willing, let’s all meet at Grace United next January!

Let all you do be done in LOVE!


Respectfully,

Doreen Merkas, St. John the Evangelist Church, Garson


Prayer Request – re: limits being pushed wider for euthanasia and assisted suicide

Pray for the expert panels at the Council of Canadian Academies reviewing the expansion of access to euthanasia and assisted suicide
Pray for the judges hearing the legal challenges and for those making arguments in favour of the sanctity of life and protection of the vulnerable


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Special Requests


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, 2018.

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 Groulx_margo@outlook.com

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

  1.  Local Pastor/Chaplain Seeks Musical Instruments

Pastor Bob Deppisch, in his service to youth at the Cecil Facer Youth Center (of the Ministry of Youth and Children), would like to develop a ‘youth musical group’. 

Bob Deppisch, pastor of Grace Family Church, is now the fill time Chaplain at Cecil Facer.

If you have musical instruments that are in very good condition, that you are willing to donate, please advise Bob.

He needs microphones, cords, two acoustic electrics, two electrics, two electric bases, drum set and cymbals, congas, a few good amps, one electronic key board.

Please contact Pastor Bob at 705 522 1250    Ext. 227

The drop-off point would be at 426 Burton Avenue, home of Grace Family Church.

Thank you so much for your generosity.



Provincial News
  1. Call for Conscience Campaign – Bishop Marcel Damphousse
February 4, 2018
To all parishioners of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie
Re: Call for conscience campaign
Dear friends,
In 2017, many Churches across the province were involved in the “Call for Conscience” campaign to advocate for the protection of conscience rights of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who are asked to participate in assisted suicide/euthanasia. Despite more than 30,000 letters sent to Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP’s), this campaign did not achieve its desired goal:  legislation that would protect health care workers from being forced to participate in causing the death of their patients. Health care workers in Ontario are being forced to choose between their careers and their conscience.
Ontario remains one of the few jurisdictions in the world without adequate protection for conscientious objectors.  As a provincial election will be held this June, we need your help to highlight this issue for MPP’s and those seeking office.  The 2018 Call for Conscience campaign pursues the following goals:

1)         To renew the call to protect the right of health care professionals to abstain from any involvement in causing the death of their patients.
2)         To provide protection for faith-based facilities that do not wish to participate in assisted suicide/euthanasia.
3)         To ask elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP’s) and those seeking office to increase access and funding for palliative care in Ontario.

I encourage you to participate in this campaign by contacting MPP’s and candidates in your riding, as well as leaders of the Parties, to express your concern.  You will find helpful information and documents, as well as sample letters at  bit.ly/ONCFC2018 . Your Pastor will also make available to you copies of the sample letter that you may use. Another way of supporting the campaign would be to sign up on the Coalition for Health Care and Conscience website at www.canadiansforconscience.ca.  You would then receive monthly newsletters.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Marcel Damphousse

  1. Tourloukis loses parental rights case



Editor’s Note:   Please check out the P.E.A.C.E. item below, and our Greater Sudbury contact.


  1. Sex is too Important to God to Leave to our Public Schools and Culture

P.E.A.C.E. Can Help

Sex is too Important to God

to Leave to our Public Schools and Culture

P.E.A.C.E. Can Help

Dear Parents and Church Leaders:

Research is very clear, when children hear a consistent sexual-risk-avoidance (SRA) message from parents, church and school, sexual activity is delayed and the negative consequences of sexual activity (STIs, pregnancy,  emotional and mental health issues, etc) are avoided.

Unfortunately, parents and the church tell us they feel ill-equipped. The result?  Schools are left as the only authoritative source of information, and there is great concern over the messaging. Sex is too important to God to leave it to our public schools and culture to be the only voices our kids hear.

To bring a consistent SRA message to our children,  PEACE  is offering programs that support parents, the church, and even our schools to provide children with a consistent sexual risk avoidance (abstinence) message. 

Below Find Detailed Information About Building Family Connections -
Next Week I will send to you the program outlines for Heritage Keepers - our sex ed curriculum that is being taught in churches, private schools, and in some public schools in the USA.  This program when taught in public schools has been proven to reduce teen sexual activity by 67%.

  

•           Half of all high school teens engage in sex
•           67% of teen girls who become pregnant end up on government assistance (live in poverty)
•           15 to 24 year olds (only 12.3% of the population in Canada) account for 51% of all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
•           Stats for Christian youth only slightly lower
•           40% of teens say that sex ed classes make them feel pressured to have sex
•           80% of sexually active teens say they wish they had waited
•           94% of teens who regret engaging in sex, wish their parents had talked to them
NOTE:  If 94% of teens surveyed by Barna Group wished their parents had talked with them about sex and relationships,  then we need to help our parents to learn how to do this.

What is Building Family Connections?
BFC is an 8 hour training that helps parents to begin the life-long conversation about Sex and Healthy Relationships with their children & youth. The program equips & empowers parenting adults with medically accurate sexual health information, effective communication skills, and strategies for decision making To help youth grow up …

                           

BFC was developed in the United States by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, and has been so effective, many state departments of health mandate their social workers take the BFC certification.

BFC Content: 
•           Biblical Vision of Sex
•           Great Parenting Strategies
•           Effective Communication Techniques
•           Decision Making and Your Child
o          Challenges for adolescent
o          Decision making and adolescent brain development
o          Decision making and the STOP tool
•           Adolescent Development; physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual
•           Changes during puberty
•           Teen Pregnancy
o          consequences & strategies to help child avoid teen pregnancy
•           Contraception
•           HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections
•           Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships
•           Ways to keep children safe
•           Sexual Risk Avoidance
o          Benefits of Sexual Risk Avoidance
o          Kinds of sex education
Current Certified BFC Instructors

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To learn more, or to investigate how to provide this program for parents in your church, please contact Phil Lees, info@peaceontario.com

Next Week I will send to you the program outlines for Heritage Keepers - our sex ed curriculum that is being taught in churches, private schools, and in some public schools in the USA.  This program when taught in public schools has been proven to reduce teen sexual activity by 67%.


WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please pray:  The church and parents are awakening to the need, and the demand is
growing.  To meet the need, PEACE will have to grow in the number of certified presenters.

Please share this Information: Contact PEACE and we will provide you with a church info package.  Consider sharing it with your children, youth and senior pastors.  Share it with friends who attend other churches in the community.

Please Consider Supporting Financially: We depend on you. Without your financial support all of this would not be possible.

Please prayerfully consider how you will invest.

In His Service:

Phil Lees,  SRAS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist)
Founder, PEACE

PEACE Education Services Board

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Blessings,
Paula Purvis
Executive Director
P.E.A.C.E. Ontario Sudbury
705-690-7729
peaceontariosudbury@gmail.com


  1.  Indigenous history, culture now mandatory part of Ontario curriculum

Revisions to courses like Social Studies and History have begun, to be complete by fall 2018

Ontario will incorporate the contributions, histories, culture and perspectives of Indigenous peoples into a revised curriculum for all students in the province, the education minister announced.

"As part of Ontario's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, our commitment was to bring learning about First Nation, Mé​tis and Inuit people [into] Ontario's education curriculum," said Hunter.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-history-culture-mandatory-ontario-curriculum-1.4393527


National News

  1. Concern re: Summer Job Grants new policy that requires acquiescence with government values that potentially conflict with faith groups

Canada Summer Jobs Grants Policy Change

The federal government has introduced new requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant. To be eligible to receive this grant, employers will now be required to attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect certain “values” as determined by the federal government.

Update! The EFC (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) sent a letter Dec. 22, 2017 expressing dismay at how the guidelines violate fundamental Charter of Rights and Freedom guarantees. The letter urges the government “to amend the Canada Summer Jobs application process to allow religious organizations to stay true to their communal identity and beliefs.” (Read the letter to the Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.)
Specifically, the guidelines mention “individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”

Thousands of churches and organizations across Canada are religious charities which operate legally under provincial human rights codes. In carrying out their work, they benefit the communities in which they are located and our nation as a whole. Such charities foster vibrant social networks, spark volunteerism, and foster community resiliency, providing a religious rationale for activities like poverty alleviation and caring for those who are vulnerable. Although these positive ends are experienced by many in the community regardless of faith, they are offered out of a religious context, with a religious rationale.

However, this policy change would mean that to be eligible for the grant, organizations will have to attest that their core mandate affirms the government's view on a list of issues, including the government's position on abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Organizations unable or unwilling to make this attestation in whole or in part will be deemed ineligible for the grant.

According to the guidelines, religious organizations can apply for the grant. However, if they cannot agree with the government’s position, they will not be eligible.

Further, we are concerned that this requirement could mean that churches or Christian summer camps, for example, will be ineligible to receive the grant if they wish to hire only students that share their religious beliefs.

These changes in eligibility could impact a wide range of Christian ministries, organizations and programs. But even more seriously, we believe it is a violation of the guaranteed freedoms of religion, thought, belief, opinion and association offered by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, especially the provisions under Section 2.

The EFC is consulting with Christian and interfaith partners. We will respond to the government about this policy change, and we are in the process of developing resources to help equip Evangelicals to respond.

We are asking for help in the following three ways:

If your organization usually applies for this grant and will potentially be affected by this change in policy, please contact feedback@TheEFC.ca and let us know. We want to track the impact of this change.
Call or email your Member of Parliament to express your concern, and ask them to seek changes to the policy. Here is a sample letter you can use in .docx format. You may also want to consult the EFC's Dec. 22 letter to government on this issue.
Pray for religious freedom in Canada to be protected and respected, for our affiliates to be able to continue to work for the good of our society without hindrance, and for God to be glorified.

Because time is short (the application deadline for this program ends in February) you are encouraged to act now. You can also share the webpage you are now reading using the link TheEFC.ca/SummerJobsGrants or share this information in a two-minute video format by pointing friends to either  TheEFC.ca/SummerJobsGrantsVideo or else Youtu.be/say92-wPS00.

  1.  Pro-life group gets expedited hearing on constitutionality of pro-abortion summer jobs pledge

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-group-gets-expedited-hearing-on-constitutionality-of-pro-abortion?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=3d02939d08-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520Canada&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-3d02939d08-401468461
  1.  Canadian senate votes to make national anthem ‘gender neutral’

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-senate-votes-to-make-national-anthem-gender-neutral?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=3d02939d08-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520Canada&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-3d02939d08-401468461

  1. The Sad Truth About Chanie Wenjack
By Robert MacBain

“Children in schools across Canada are learning about the Indian residential schools through Secret Path, a 2016 graphic novel written by Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and illustrated by Jeff Lemire. Downie also recorded a music album of the same name and an animated version of the story aired on CBC. Celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden penned a novella on the same subject titled Wenjack. It too is being widely used in Canadian classrooms.

However, most of what is written and shown in these accounts about the tragic death of an Ojibway boy named Chanie Wenjack – an alleged victim of the residential school system whose frozen body was found curled up beside railway tracks in northwestern Ontario on the morning of October 23, 1966 several days after he ran away from a former Indian residential school where he was boarding – is patently untrue.”



  1.  Euthanasia and assisted suicide update – limits to hastened death are being pushed wider

“A study is underway to assess whether access to euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada should be expanded in three possible ways:  to mature minors, to those with a psychological illness as the only underlying medical condition, and to those who can no longer consent, but have an advance directive requesting hastened death.”

….”We are deeply concerned about any expansion of the categories of people legally eligible for hastened death.”    Bruce Clemenger, President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

For full details, go to www.FaithToday.ca/AtIssue  “Euthanasia and assisted suicide:  Canada limits hastened death to a narrow group, but he limits are being pushed wider”,   (September/October 2017) or, go to www.TheEFC.ca

What you can do ………..
Pray for the expert panels
Pray for the judges hearing the legal challenges and for those making arguments in favour of the sanctity of life and protection of the vulnerable


International News
  1.  Critics Admit Mexico City Policy is Effective – update on President Trump pro-life policies

by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON, D.C. February 2 (C-Fam) Some of President Donald J. Trump’s harshest critics admit that his reinstatement and expansion of the pro-life Mexico City Policy has been highly effective in advancing the United States’ moral influence to curb the international abortion lobby.

Read more at             fridayfax@c-fam.org


  1.  The rise of the #MeToo movement shows how porn has mainstreamed assault

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/the-rise-of-the-metoo-movement-shows-how-porn-has-mainstreamed-assault?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=3d02939d08-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520Canada&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-3d02939d08-401468461


Citizen Response
  1.  Many abortions go unreported in the province - Letter to the Editor by Tony Sottile

The increase of abortions in Canada is tragic and has reached epidemic proportions.

Although the media gives the impression that most women are pro-abortion, in reality, two of the many anti-abortion organizations in the world are led by women: The Association for Reformed Political Action, headed by Patricia Maloney, and Culture of Life Africa, founded by Obianuju Ekeocha, a Nigerian biomedical scientist. Speaking at the March for Life in Ottawa, Ekeocha said most Africans oppose abortion as morally unacceptable.

Maloney and her association took the Ontario government to court, claiming that abortion information exclusion infringed upon their freedom of expression. After five requests over three months, the government relented and released abortion statistics. The following information will shock you.

During the 2014-15 fiscal year, there were 45,471 abortions in Ontario; 18,491 were performed in hospitals and 27,082 took place in clinics or a doctor’s office. Clinics and doctors, for some reason, do not have to report all the abortions they perform.

In Ontario, the costs to OHIP for the same year was almost $5.7 million. OHIP was created to financially assist people who are sick, not to kill babies.

Why is the information on abortions confidential? Is the government ashamed of the many babies that are slaughtered daily? Is the government embarrassed at the cost of abortions?

At least 15,232 abortions are not reported in Ontario and 30,000 in Quebec, plus many more in B.C. and other provinces, with more than 100,000 abortions not reported in Canada.

In 2015, it is estimated that there were more than 100,000 abortions in Canada, but please note many clinics do not report their data.

A total of 200,000 aborted babies annually in Canada would be a more honest and realistic figure -- that's 200,000 babies not given a chance at life; 200,000 innocent human beings slaughtered in their mother’s womb; 200,000 future citizens.

At Health Sciences North, 10 abortions are performed weekly. That is 520 for the year. Are any abortions performed in doctor’s offices or local clinics in Sudbury? This, we do not know.

Why is the information on abortions confidential? Why are clinics and doctors allowed to be exempt from reporting abortions? Why has Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced a law preventing demonstrating, lobbying or counselling women who seek abortions within 150 metres of abortion clinics and hospitals?

We are living in an atheistic society where God has been removed from the equation. We have lost our way, morally and ethically.

Tony Sottile

Sudbury


  1.  Comment: Religions important to a healthy society

MILTON FRIESEN / for Times Colonist



  1.  Goshenite launches Seniors magazine in Greater Sudbury

Goshenite magazine  was launched on Dec 11.    You can see it on line if at www.gosheniteservices.com. We will be publishing quarterly. Our next issue will be in March.

Goshenite also launched our Driving Seniors program.

Wishing you a year blessed with the Lord’s mercy.

Sincerely,

Nicole Blais, Gosenite

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Financial Support Requests
  1. Community Emergency Fund

The Social Planning Council of Sudbury (SPC Sudbury) has launched 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 over 20 years in urgent need with food, heat, hydro, rent, prescriptions, transportation, assistance with moving, dental work, storage fees and special request. When individuals in the community have nowhere else to turn, The Community Emergency Fund is there to help.  For example, the Community Emergency Fund is utilized in situations where the hydro is going to be turned off, a family with young children has exhausted their food bank allotment, or an eviction notice has been given.  In the past 10 years the Community Emergency Fund has disbursed over $100,000.00 to vulnerable individuals and families in crisis.

The fund is administered in kind through the SPCS and is funded through community donations.  



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:

Annette J. Reszczynski  H.B.A. M.A.
Senior Social Planner
Social Planning Council of Sudbury
30 Ste. Anne Road
Sudbury, ON. P3C 5E1
Website:  www.spcsudbury.ca
Tel. (705) 675-3894


  1. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – Film Project
$25 000 is needed in donations towards the documentary film project   “Death Wish” that focuses on the “completed life” debate in the Netherlands.

Donations can be made to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition   Box 25033            London, Ontario

Toll-free:  1 877 439 3348


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HELP NEEDED  
  1.  The Bel Canto Chorus is seeking male singers
Experience the joy that comes from singing in choir.   Call soon to start practicing for the spring concert – Songs from Stage and Screen.
Learn more at www.belcantochorus.ca or call Pamela Teed at 705 566 8101    Ext. 7227

  1.  INNER CITY HOME NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
 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 a.m.to 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.

  1. Volunteers Needed re:  Income Tax Returns for United Way
From: Sarah Dost [mailto:s.dost@uwcneo.com]
Subject: Income Tax Volunteer Recruitment
As in previous years, we are recruiting for our upcoming Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for the months of March and April, 2018.   We are recruiting volunteers for both our Tax Preparer role and Receptionist role. The deadline to apply is February 2, 2018.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Sarah Dost
Community Initiatives
Initiatives communautaires
United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l'Ontario
957 Cambrian Heights Drive, Unit 201, Sudbury, ON P3C 5S5
Telephone: 705.560.3330 ext. 216 / Fax: 705.560.3337 /www.uwcneo.com
 Together, we are possibility / Ensemble, tellement de possibilités
Charitable Status Number / Numéro d'organisme: 108160037RR0001

  1. 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.



Media Marvels

  1.  Reconciliation According to Christian Theology / THE HONOURABLE PRESTON MANNING
Lorna Dueck and The Honourable Preston Manning chat about his book "Faith, Leadership and Public Life" as well as what reconciliation looks like according to Christian theology.

The connection between faith, leadership and public life is a complex one, as Preston Manning knows all too well from his years as a scout and trailblazer on Canada's political frontiers. Now, in his new book Faith, Leadership and Public Life: Leadership Lessons from Moses to Jesus, he fearlessly tackles this subject by drawing upon his own years in Canada's Parliament and political arena and upon relevant lessons to be learned from the public lives of the founding giants of Judaism and the Christian faith. He challenges people of faith today to learn from their examples about how to conduct ourselves responsibly at the faith-political interface while bringing what Jesus called "salt and light" to bear on the political issues and structures of our times. If you are a person of faith currently active in politics or leadership, or contemplating involvement in either, this book will help you in meeting those challenges!



  1.  Book Review – Under Siege by Don Hutchinson

Under Siege:  Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada by Paul Hutchinson

A history of Canada’s secularization

Cumulative impact of court decisions is examined:
-           State neutrality is not neutral
-           Sacred texts are not hate speech
-           The Church cannot serve both God and government without trouble
Hutchinson advises Canadians how to respond and outlines the proper posture of Christians in the public square

Under Siege is hopeful

Review by Paul Tuns, The Interim, July/August 2017, pg. 11


  1.  Playlist of Christian Movies



  1.  Transit Grants available to non-profits through Greater Sudbury/ Les organismes à but non lucratif peuvent demander une subvention pour transport

Non-Profit Groups Eligible to Apply for Greater Sudbury Transit Grant
Greater Sudbury Transit offers financial support to eligible not-for-profit, charitable and community groups in need of transportation to a single local event or program.
The Greater Sudbury Transit Fare and Transportation Grant provides a one-time grant of up to $500 in adult fares or charter services to transport participants to eligible community events or programs.
Groups may apply online or on paper. Grants are awarded to eligible applicants, first-come, first-served, until the $30,000 program fund is depleted.
Greater Sudbury Transit Fare and Transportation Grant funding is provided through Provincial Gas Tax and is an approved program of Greater Sudbury Council.
More information is available at www.greatersudbury.ca/transit or by contacting Greater Sudbury Transit at 705-674-4455, ext. 3009.
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Media Contact:
Kelli Sheppard, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 4618


Les organismes à but non lucratif peuvent demander une subvention pour transport
Le Transit du Grand Sudbury offre de l’aide financière aux organismes à but non lucratif, aux organismes de bienfaisance et aux groupes communautaires admissibles qui ont besoin d’aide à assurer le transport à une activité ou à un programme local.
La Subvention du Transit du Grand Sudbury pour tarifs et transport procure une subvention unique pour le transport jusqu’à 500 $ de tarifs pour adultes ou service d’affrètement pour transporter les participants à une activité ou à un programme communautaire admissible.
Les groupes peuvent présenter une demande de subvention en ligne ou sur papier. Les subventions sont distribuées aux demandeurs admissibles selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi, jusqu’à épuisement des fonds réservés à cet effet (à savoir 30 000 $).
Les fonds de la Subvention du Transit du Grand Sudbury pour tarifs et transport proviennent des fonds annuels émanant de la taxe provinciale sur l’essence. Il s’agit d’un programme approuvé par le Conseil municipal du Grand Sudbury.
Pour obtenir des renseignements additionnels, veuillez consulter le www.grandsudbury.ca/transit ou communiquer avec le Transit du Grand Sudbury au 705 674-4455, poste 3009.

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Renseignements :
Kelli Sheppard, Communications corporatives
Ville du Grand Sudbury, 705 674-4455, poste 4618
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Daily Chuckle

Faith Funnies

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class.
As she ran she prayed, 'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!'
While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.
She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again!
As she ran she once again began to pray, 'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late, But please don't shove me either!'
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Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about their fathers.
The first boy says, 'My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50.'
The second boy says, 'That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100.'
The third boy says, 'I got you both beat.
My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!'
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A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem.
A small child replied, 'They couldn't get a babysitter.'  
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A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to “Honor thy father and thy mother, she asked.
Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?
Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, “Thou shall not Kill.”
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At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings.
Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.
Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and she said, 'Johnny, what is the matter?'
Little Johnny responded, 'I have pain in my side.
I think I'm going to have a wife.'  
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Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing a strong preaching on the devil.
One said to the other, 'What do you think about all this Satan stuff?'
The other boy replied, 'Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It's probably just your Dad.'
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Words of Wisdom

  1.  The Work of Christmas

by Howard Thurman


When the star in the sky is gone,

When the Kings and Princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flocks,

The work of Christmas begins.

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry

To release the prisoner,

To teach the nations,

To bring Christ to all,

To make music in the heart.


  1.  The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the Following *PRIZE* in a contest:  

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 In your private account for your use.

However, this prize has Rules:

The set of Rules:
 
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
 
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
 
3. You may only spend It.
 
4. Each morning upon awakening, The bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that Day.
 
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, Game Over!"  It can close the account and you will not receive
a new one.
 
What would you personally do?
 
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?  Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for.  Even
for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
 
You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?
 
ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL...   Shocked ???    YES!
 
Each of us is already a winner Of this *PRIZE*. We just can't seem to see it.
 
The PRIZE is *TIME*
 
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds As a gift of Life.
 
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.
 
3 What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
 
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
 
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...
 
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
 
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.    

Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
 
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply, and enjoy life!
 
Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

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