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Sudbury Christian Messenger January 2018 Edition

 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.           Matthew 5:16 New International Version (NIV)
                                                                                                                                                                         

TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN.                                                ( ECCLESIASTES 3:1 *NKJV )

COME LET US SING TO THE LORD!  LET US SHOUT JOYFULLY TO THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION    ( PSALM 95:1 )

When you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 
  1. "Cup of Our Life" Faith Sharing  |January |Sudbury
  2. The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community  |January 3,  4, 5, 6, 7 and weekly |Sudbury
  3. Sudburians Speak Out About the Proposed Casino  |January 3  |Sudbury
  4. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |January 3 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury
  5. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  January 4 and Thursdays  | Sudbury
  6. Pickup Hockey Seeking Players  |January 5  and Fridays  |Copper Cliff
  7. Silent Vigil for Peace  | January 5  and Fridays  |Sudbury
  8. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |January 6  and every Saturday  |Sudbury
  9. Impact  |January 7 and Sundays  |Valley & Kfm Christian Radio
  10. Walking With Our Sisters Commemorative Art Installation  |January 7 – 21  |Sudbury
  11. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |January 8 and Mondays  |New Sudbury
  12. Adult Children of Alcoholics  |January 8  and every Monday  |Minnow Lake
  13. Bible Study “The Importance of Holiness”  |January 12  |Azilda
  14. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events  |January 17 – 23  |Greater Sudbury
  15. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Worship & Fellowship  |January 17  |Copper Cliff
  16. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  Christian Unity Service  |January 19  |Minnow Lake
  17. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Service & Fellowship Gathering  |January 21  |Garson
  18. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Breakfast & Speaker  |January 23  |Sudbury
  19. Church of the Epiphany Annual Gigantic Book Sale  |January 19 - 21  |Sudbury
  20. Bible Study:  “Book of James”  |January 20  |Lively
  21. Project Impact Application Deadline  |January 30  |Greater Sudbury
  22. Wanup Chapel Service  |February 4  |Wanup
  23. Manning Center Conference  |February 8-11  |Ottawa
  24. “Coldest Night of the Year” Fundraiser  |February 24  |Sudbury
  25. Sudbury Central South End Ministerial  |February27  |Sudbury
  26. Save the Date:  New Evangelization Summit  |April 27 & 28  |Sudbury
  27. 16th Annual Dinner & Auction for Better Beginnings Better Futures  |March 3  |Sudbury
  28. Spaghetti & Lasagna Dinner  |March 4  |North Bay
  29. Spring Pilgrimage  |May 9-24  |Europe
  30. National March for Life  |May 10  |Ottawa


PRAYERS & PRAISE
Praise God for all the special Christmas events that glorified the coming of Jesus to our Earth
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisis


SPECIAL REQUESTS
Canada Family Action Requests Signatures on a Pledge to Protect Parental Rights in Canada
Dedication Stones at Sudbury’s Holy Mountain – The Grotto
Local Pastor/Chaplain Seeks Musical Instruments


PROVINCIAL NEWS
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


NATIONAL NEWS
Concern re: Summer Job Grants new policy that requires acquiescence with values potentially at odds with faith groups
The sad truth about Chanie Wenjack
MPs and Senators Unite to Vote for a National Palliative Care Framework – Media Release from REAL Women of Canada


INTERNATIONAL NEWS
President Donald Trump acknowledges Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
Premier Netanyahu’s Response to President Trump’s Announcement:
Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem Respond to this change
The ecumenical movement is as important historically as the Reformation


CITIZEN RESPONSE
Media Release from REAL Women of Canada re: PM Justin Trudeau’s Apology and Ramifications
Comment: Religions important to a healthy society
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT REQUESTS
Community Emergency Fund
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – Film Project


HELP NEEDED
Volunteers Needed re: Income Tax Returns for United Way
Household Items – St. Vincent de Paul
Churches collecting items


MEDIA MARVELS
Fr. Kevin O’Brien video – live Christmas by how we live
Put God First - Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech
“Our Father”
Together in Faith Campaign – support for Catholic Education
Celebrating the Stories of Canada’s Christian Heritage
“Light Unshackled” – series on the Protestant Reformation


DAILY CHUCKLE


WORDS OF WISDOM
Grandpa’s Hands



  Local  News & Events

  1. “Cup of Our Life” Faith Sharing  |January |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.  The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community |  January 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and weekly |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 using the 1962 Roman Missal.  All Masses are offered at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church at 48 William Avenue in Coniston.

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

Daily Masses:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11:00 A.M.
Confessions, 10:00 A.M.

More information can be viewed at our website:  www.materdeiparish.ca 
Thank you.


Pax Vobis,

Pater Vincenzo Fiore
(Fr. Vince Fiore)
Pastor


Mater Dei Traditional Latin Mass Community
c/o 21 Ste-Anne Road, PO Box 787
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
P3E 4S1

Phn: (705) 586-1156
Fax: (705) 586-1328

Mater Dei, ora pro nobis!


  1. Sudburians Speak Out About the Proposed Casino  |January 3  |Sudbury

Sudburians Speak Out About the Proposed Casino Wed. Jan. 3, 2018

Public · Hosted by No Casino Sudbury

Wednesday at 6 PM - 9 PM

St Andrew's Place, 111 Larch St, Sudbury, ON P3E 4T5


  1. BASIC – Be a Soldier in Christ  |January 3  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

http://basicrecovery.ca/index.html



  1. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  January 4   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. Silent Vigil for Peace  |January 5 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 YMCA building.     Sign your parking ticket.

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. 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. Impact  |January 7 and Sundays  |Valley & Kfm Christian Radio

Join Restoration Church Ministries Sundays for our Impact Service: Catch the Spirit of Revival with Pastor Jeff Edwards.

6:30 pm

Address: 1621 Valleyview Rd, Val Caron, ON P3N 1K7

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:
(705) 588-7600
Email:
admin@restorechruch.ca
Website:


  1.  Walking With Our Sisters:  A Commemorative Art Installation  |January 7 – 21  |Sudbury

For the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada and the USA

All are welcome           Free to attend

Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture             85 Elm Street


  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.  Bible Study:  “The Importance of Holiness”  |January 12  |Azilda

Lord-willing, our first theology study group will be held on Friday, January 12 at 7 p.m., at the church/Azilda Baptist Chapel. 

The topic will be: The Importance of Holiness. No reading will be required; we will be watching an R.C. Sproul lecture, and then discuss it afterwards over snacks and refreshments.

Once again, please let me know if you're interested in attending, and I will order a copy of "The Holiness of God" for you.

Contact through FB:  Azilda Baptist Chapel       or telephone

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.


  1.  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events  |January 17 – 23  |Greater Sudbury

Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power – 2018 Theme              (cf. Exodus 15:6)

The Churches of the Caribbean were chosen to draft the material for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanizing project of colonial exploitation. Very regrettably, during five hundred years of colonialism and enslavement, Christian missionary activity in the region, with the exception of a few outstanding examples, was closely tied to this dehumanizing system and in many ways rationalized it and reinforced it. Whereas those who brought the Bible to this region used the scriptures to justify their subjugation of a people in bondage, in the hands of the enslaved, it became an inspiration, an assurance that God was on their side, and that God would lead them into freedom.

Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one.

 Resources from the World Council of Churches can be found at:


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated at different events from January 17 – 23rd.    Please join us for as many as you can, and invite others to attend with you:

January 17 – Copper Cliff
January 19 – Minnow Lake
January 21 – Garson
January 23 - Sudbury

  1. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Worship & Fellowship  |January 17  |Copper Cliff
Wednesday, January 17   2:00 pm at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church     Address: 12 COLLINS ST,   Copper Cliff , ON               P0M 1N0


Worship & Fellowship

Presented by the Copper Cliff Ministerial               Phone: (705) 682-2511
  

All welcome!


  1. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  Christian Unity Service  |January 19  |Minnow Lake
Friday, January 19               2:00 pm at Holy Redeemer Church, 1887 Bancroft Dr, Minnow Lake, ON               P3B 1S7

Christian Unity Service

Presented by the North East Ministerial:  Church of the Ascension, Holy Redeemer, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Stephen’s United, along with Garson Churches

All welcome!

Phone: (705) 566-8330


  1. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Service & Fellowship Gathering  |January 21  |Garson
Sunday, January 21            7:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Garson             2603 Falconbridge Hwy, Nickel Centre/Garson       ON               P3L 1K7

Prayer Service & Fellowship Gathering

Presented by the Nickel Center Ministerial:  All Saints Anglican Church in Coniston, St. Luke’s United Church in Minnow Lake, St. John’s the Evangelist in Garson, First Baptist Church in Garson

All welcome!

Phone: (705) 693-3278


  1.  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Breakfast & Speaker  |January 23  |Sudbury
Tuesday, January 23          7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Glad Tidings Church, 1101 Regent St, Sudbury, ON P3E 5P8

Breakfast followed by Speaker and Discussion

Speaker:  Dr. Chris Duncanson-Hales,  Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies,    University of Sudbury at Laurentian University

Topic:  "Wresting the Message from the Messenger: An Apology for Hope from the Caribbean."       ….      what we can learn from the challenge and struggles of Christians from the Caribbean who at one and the same time encounter the Bible both as a liberating text that was paradoxically received as a tool of oppression

$15.00 per person to cover the cost of catered breakfast

To book your breakfast reservation, please call Glad Tidings:  Phone: (705) 522-4523 or Email: jessicao@gtsudbury.ca

Presented by the Sudbury Central South End Ministerial


  1.   Church of the Epiphany Annual Gigantic Book Sale  |January 19 – 21  |Sudbury

Friday, January 19   3-6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, January 20  and 21          9 – 2:00 pm

85 Larch Street   

Books may be donated for this fundraiser, as well as purchased

For information call:  705 675 2279

  1.  Bible Study:  “Book of James”  |January 20  |Lively

Place:  Waters Mennonite Church, Lively

Hope you can get to Waters Church January 20 Saturday for Bible study in James

For further information, please contact Howard Wideman:   <hwide4@yahoo.ca>


  1. Project Impact Application Deadline  |January 30  |Greater Sudbury

Do you have an idea for a small community project with a big impact? Project Impact is now accepting applications until January 30th.  Residents and community groups are invited to propose small (under $500) projects that will make a positive impact in our community.  Proposed projects will be show-cased on-line, and at a public event March 3.  Citizens will select which projects will receive funding using a ‘participatory budgeting’ approach, by voting at the event, at libraries, or on-line.

All the information is on the Project Impact website http://projectimpact.ca/ where you can also download the application.

As in past years, it’s a simple application and we’re happy to help out at any stage.  Over the past two rounds, we funded 21 diverse projects –it’s been great to be able to support people making good things happen in their community and exciting to see the projects all around town.  Just as important as the funding are the connections and the community support that can come out of the process.

It’s a great time to start thinking of ideas for projects for next summer.   Please share with your networks and anyone you think may be interested.  It’s especially good for folks who might not have undertaken a community project before.  

Thanks!
Naomi Grant (clsudbury@live.com)

Comment from Karen Marcotte of the A.C.E.S. Leadership Team:            Easy way for Church to make a difference in our community: 

Hello, 

Hope you'll prayerfully consider making an impact in your neighbourhood & city through Project Impact!  Project Impact makes it easy for people of any age, children to seniors, to make a difference, and it's a great family / congregation bonding opportunity!

Anyone can take part whether it's building something, painting, planting or paying (the more funds donated, the more projects that can be funded).



  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
Time may change in the summer months

Refreshments served after each  service


………..
Bible Study resuming in January 2018.

A WARM WELCOME AWAITS ALL WHO COME AND JOIN US…

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



  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.  “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. 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.  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. 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


Prayer & Praise

Prayer of Praise for Greater Sudbury Christmas Outreaches

Praise God and thanks to all in Greater Sudbury and beyond   for the special Christmas events that glorified the coming of Jesus to our Earth

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

             Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace!
             Where there is hatred -let me sow love
             Where there is injury-pardon
             Where there is doubt-faith
             Where there is despair-hope
             Where there is darkness-light
             Where there is sadness-joy

             O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
             much seek to be consoled-as to console
             To be understood-as to understand
             To be loved-as to love
             For it is in giving-that we receive
             It is in pardoning-that we are pardoned
             It is in dying-that we are born to Eternal Life.
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Special Requests
  1.  Canada Family Action Requests Signatures on a Pledge to Protect Parental Rights in  Canada

Here in Canada, governments at all levels are ripping away the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit. In response, Canada Family Action is taking this proactive step to protect the rights of parents and children.
Please consider reading, signing and sharing the Pledge to Defend the Rights of Parents and Children.
We will then ask our elected leaders to do the same to ensure we all share the same view when it comes to who has the prior right to raise your children.
You or civil government. 

Sign the pledge here – 



2. 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

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:

Happy New Year

Dear Friends:
 
2017 has been an amazing year of building and preparing – 2018 will be a dynamic year of implementation. 

EXCITING NEWS:
We are moving toward hosting our first 3 Sexual Integrity Conferences in 2018.  Last week I met with Pastors in the GTA and there was commitment to support the new PEACE Strategy to train parents directly to communicate with their children on sexuality and healthy relationships, AND to instruct youth directly in churches with Sexual Risk Avoidance tools and strategies.

We have instructors certified in the most effective programs (Building Family Connections and Heritage Keepers and they are ready to support you and your church.

Below, please find info from our current brochures. 

Our goal is to provide these services with little or no cost.  To do so I am asking you to consider partnering with us to raise $25 000 by the end of January.  This will help us to cover the costs for the first three conferences.

Yours in His Service,

Phil Lees, SRAS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist
President

PEACE Board of Directors


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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

The following PEACE leaders have successfully completed the training  by the Medical Institute for Sexual health and are certified to offer the program in Canada.


Marguerite McLeod Fleming (GTA) has been a professional consultant and trainer for 20 years.  As a parent, Marguerite became concerned about how sexuality was being taught to her children began using the PEACE Engage materials, and engaged her children in the discussion about sexual values and their relationship to their faith.  Marguerite has joined the Board of Peace Educational Services and is a certified trainer of the Building Family Connections curriculum for parents.  Marguerite also authors books for children and parents to help foster healthy conversations.

Phil Lees  (Hamilton & Central Ontario) spent 30 years in education as a teacher, curriculum consultant and Min of Ed policy writer.  During this time he became aware of the issue of conflicting sex ed curriculum for faith families. As a result he founded PEACE,  and for 20 years has assisted families to positively engage with their school when sex education programs could lead to confusion in the minds of faith children about what is right or wrong for them.

The most important agent-of-influence affecting the sexual decisions of the child is the parent. Building Family Connections informs and enables parenting adults to effectively engage their children on the issue. The result, youth who are and empowered them to make healthy, biblically aligned decisions about relationships.

Carrie Praill  (South-Western Ontario)  is a mother of 2 who has taken on the leadership of PEACE in Sarnia.  Over the past 3 years she has worked to inform families about the concerns with sex ed in schools, has helped families to build positive relations with their local schools, building understanding of the learning needs of faith children in public education. Carrie likes to plough new ground - last fall Carrie implemented the first BFC program in Canada.

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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Year-End Support Campaign


Thank you in advance for any and all your support!  Please know that 100% of your gift will go to directly support our plan to equip parents and churches … and it will make a difference!

For example:

$   50 will cover the cost of the BFC program materials for 5 families
$ 125 will provide Heritage Keepers children’s workbooks for an entire
             class
$ 500 will cover the costs to provide the PEACE Engage Training for an
             entire church
$1000 will cover the costs to bring BFC to 100 families.
$1500 will bring Heritage Keepers - the most effective biblically aligned
            sexual health curriculum – to an entire church (up to 50 children 
            / youth). 

Please note: PEACE is awaiting approval as a charity and cannot, as yet, issue tax receipts. However Transformation Canada is a charity that we work with extensively is able to accept contributions and will forward the funds to support this work.  
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Yes Phil, I want to invest in the work of PEACE to:
Building Family Connections
•           Inform and empower parents to build positive relations with their schools and communicate the faith needs in education
•           Support parents to begin the life long, medically accurate and biblically aligned discussion on sexuality and relationship building
•           Support the church to bring a consistent sexual risk avoidance message to our children
•           To inform & empower children and youth to make decisions that are healthy and biblically aligned.

  If a tax receipt is NOT needed - Donate directly to PEACE                  
a) Donate online click here.
OR
b) Send a cheque to P.E.A.C.E.,  P.O. Box 306,  Binbrook, ON   L0R 1C0
To receive a tax receipt for your donation...
a) Make an online PAYPAL donation at   http://www.transformationcanada.ca/invest/
     IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION:  On the Line that says “INDICATE
      ALLOCATION” please write “Donation for P.E.A.C.E.”

b) Write a cheque to Transformation Canada. 
•           Write “P.E.A.C.E.Contribution” on the comment line of the cheque
•           Mail the cheque to:
PEACE Ontario, Box 306, Binbrook ON  L0R 1C0
We will deliver the cheques to Transformation Canada.

About us
Visit our website
You can go to www.peaceontario.com to catch all the latest P.E.A.C.E. news and events!
 
Make a donation
Your financial support makes our efforts possible.  To make a donation, you can click on the PayPal link above or mail a cheque to the address below.  On behalf of the next generation, thank you!                      Volunteer with P.E.A.C.E.
We’re always looking for like-minded people to join our efforts to improve public education. Some of the ways you can help include
•           hosting a video information session
•           handing out pamphlets
•           assisting with desktop publishing or web design
•           fundraising
•           administrative
We have a place for you!  Please reply to this email for more information.  Thank you.

About our President

Phil Lees
Phil is the founder and current president of P.E.A.C.E. who has 29 years experience as an educator within the public school system in. He is currently dedicating his time fully to the cause of education, globally.                                           

"If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3)  
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds." Abraham Lincoln



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



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.  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. MPs and Senators Unite to Vote for a National Palliative Care Framework – Media Release from REAL Women of Canada

At long last legislation to cover palliative care.


Ottawa                                                                             December 14, 2017
After the slippery slope of the ever-increasing number of deaths due to the assisted suicide legislation, the desperate need for palliative care has been recognized at last. 

Shockingly, 70% of Canadians do not have access to this vitally important care which provides a pain-free and caring environment for those who are seriously ill or dying.  It also allows suffering individuals to be surrounded by their family at a difficult time in their life's journey. 

Bill C-277, a Private Member's Bill which calls for the development of a national framework on palliative care in Canada, received royal assent on December 12, 2017 and will fill this need.

Sponsored by Conservative MP, Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia - Lambton), the bill had the support of the three major federal political parties, a rare occurrence in our divided nation.

C-277 also has the support, among others, of the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Association, the Kidney Foundation and the ALS Society of Canada, as well as more than fifty organizations which are members of the Coalition for Quality Care including inter-faith groups, such as Christians and Muslims.

This is good news, at last, for patients and physicians. This national framework will fill this need and lessen the excesses that have accompanied legalized suicide in Canada.  In addition, palliative care, whether by home care or paramedics (i.e. assistants under physician supervision) will reduce the cost of hospital care which is $1,100 a day, to $200 for hospice care, or $100 a day or less by paramedics which include: Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Occupational Therapist, Podiatrist, Massage Therapist, Social Worker, etc.

Bill C-277 was inspired by the book "It's Not That Simple" by Jean Echlin and Ian Gentiles, an exposé of the complexities of euthanasia, reviewed in our March 2016 newsletter of REALity,
http://www.realwomenofcanada.ca/book-review-its-not-that-simple-euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide-today-reality/

This Bill remedies a shattering defect in our health-care system, and provides hope for those who are suffering and in distress.

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Media Contact:
C. Gwendolyn Landolt                                                Diane Watts
National Vice-President                                              Researcher                               
(905) 787-0348                                                           (613) 236-4001
(905) 731-5425                                                           email: realwcna@rogers.com

Women Building a Better Society
About REAL Women of Canada
Formed in 1983,  REAL Women of Canada is a non-partisan, non-denominational organization of women (and men) from all walks of life, occupations, social and economic backgrounds.  Our Mission is to promote the equality, advancement, and well-being of women, whether in the home, the workplace or the community.  We believe the family is the most important unit in society.

NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations


Our sole source of revenue is you - our supporters and donors.  We do not receive government or corporate funding.  We are financially and administratively independent of any other organization. Please consider making a donation today.


REAL Women of Canada | PO BOX 8813 Station T Ottawa ON K1G 3J1
 Tel: 613-236-4001 | Fax: 613-236-7203
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International News
  1.  President Donald Trump Acknowledges Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel


  1.  Premier Netanyahu’s Response to President Trump’s Announcement:

https://israelvideoupdates.com/pm-netanyahus-perfect-response-to-trumps-bold-and-courageous-decision/?omhide=true

  1.  Heads of Local Churches Respond to this Move

Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate +Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate +Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator, Latin Patriarchate +Fr. Francesco Patton, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land +Archbishop Anba Antonious, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem +Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate +Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate +Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate +Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate +Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East +Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land +Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate +Msgr. Georges Dankaye’, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

https://www.lpj.org/heads-local-churches-send-letter-to-president-donald-trump-regarding-status-of-jerusalem/

  1.  The ecumenical movement is as important historically as the Reformation

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/ecumenical-movement-important-historically-reformation



Citizen Response

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Apology to Homosexuals Deceives the Majority of Canadians

Justin Trudeau and his radical views have long range detrimental effects on Canada.

Ottawa                                                                             December 4, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apology to homosexuals was deceitful.

He claimed it was given on behalf of "all" Canadians.  In doing so, Trudeau ignored the opinion of millions of faith-based Canadians whether Christian, Muslim, Sikh or Orthodox Jew who do not believe that the sexual preferences of homosexuals are normal, moral, nor risk-free.

It was deceitful of Trudeau to pretend that there are no consequences to homosexual sexual practices, medically, psychologically and socially.

The reality is that, homosexual sexual activity leads to the devastation of AIDS, anal, throat and mouth cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, drug abuse and increased depression and suicide.  This occurs even in countries like the Netherlands and Sweden, where homosexual rights have been the law of the land for years.  Homosexuals there remain three times more susceptible to mood disorders and 3 to 10 times more likely to engage in suicidal self-harm.

Trudeau is giving $145 million to homosexuals because they were dismissed in the past from the civil service and the military, owing to the fact that they were a national security risk and therefore vulnerable to blackmail since homosexuality was prohibited in the Criminal Code at that time.

Further, Heritage Minister, Mélanie Joly has announced a further $15 million has been earmarked for propaganda purposes to promote homosexuality.  This sum includes the cost of erecting a statue to homosexuals.  A further, $770,000 has been given to the homosexual organization EGALE to fund a travelling exhibit in ten cities, called: Legalizing Love: the Road to June 27th, 1969.  This sum also includes a 60-minute documentary to increase awareness about homosexuality.

The Canadian military has been ordered to provide "safe places" for homosexuals allowing them to create networks and seek information and assistance.  This is discrimination against the needs of other military personnel.  A new defense policy to take effect, includes an appointment of a "diversity champion" within the military to ensure the integration of Gender-Based Analysis Plus in all defense activities, and a new focus on recruiting and retaining diverse populations.  One would have thought that the purpose of the Canadian Armed Forces was to be a deterrent to war and, if need be, to participate in war to protect Canadians.  It was never intended to be a social agency to promote homosexuality.

Finally, $250,000 has been set aside to fund projects to support services for the LGBTQ2 community, such as peer led support for these communities, and education sessions on the impacts of homophobia.

The result of Trudeau's apology and funding, is long range, and damaging.

A genuine concern arises whether those who do not accept Trudeau's simplistic interpretation of homosexuality are going to be hounded and persecuted under the homosexual programs.

The Supreme Court of Canada stated that there is no hierarchy of rights under the Charter.  Trudeau, however, has revised this, by giving homosexuals, not equal rights, but superior rights in Canada.

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Media Contact:
C. Gwendolyn Landolt                                                Diane Watts
National Vice-President                                              Researcher                              
(905) 787-0348                                                           (613) 236-4001
(905) 731-5425                                                           email: realwcna@rogers.com
email: info@realwomenofcanada.ca

Women Building a Better Society
About REAL Women of Canada
Formed in 1983,  REAL Women of Canada is a non-partisan, non-denominational organization of women (and men) from all walks of life, occupations, social and economic backgrounds.  Our Mission is to promote the equality, advancement, and well-being of women, whether in the home, the workplace or the community.  We believe the family is the most important unit in society.


Our sole source of revenue is you - our supporters and donors.  We do not receive government or corporate funding.  We are financially and administratively independent of any other organization. Please consider making a donation today.

REAL Women of Canada | PO BOX 8813 Station T Ottawa ON K1G 3J1
 Tel: 613-236-4001 | Fax: 613-236-7203
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MILTON FRIESEN / for Times Colonist

http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/comment-religions-important-to-a-healthy-society-1.23130219

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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.             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

2.             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.

3.            Various Items for Children, Youth & Adults being collected
The collection projects break down as follows:
•           Church of the Epiphany - warm clothing and toiletries
•           St. Andrew’s United Church - toiletries, socks, t-shirts, long underwear, coffee, coffee whitener and granola bars
•           Christ the King - knitted items
•           All Nations church - mittens, hats and scarves for school children.
Members and friends of the downtown churches are encouraged to help support this effort. Donations can be dropped off in the provided donation boxes at any of the participating churches during the week from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information contact:
- Church of the Epiphany by phone at 705675-2279 or email info@epiphanysudbury.org
- St. Andrew’s United Church by phone at 705-674-0721 or email church@st-andrews.ca
- Christ the King by phone at 705-674-6447 or email christtheking@diocesessm.com
- All Nations Church by phone at 705-673-6110 or email reception@allnationschurch.ca

Sudbury Downtown Churches Association



Media Marvels
  1.  Fr. Kevin O’Brien Message about how we live Christmas

https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/16/war-on-christmas-bay-area-priest-delivers-surprising-video-message-viewed-10-million-times/
  1.  Put God First - Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxY_eJLBflk&sns=em

  1.  “Our Father”
http://www.andiesisle.com/ourfather.html
  1. Together in Faith Campaign – support for Catholic Education

For more than 150 years, Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have been a distinctive, highly successful and valued contributor to our public education system. The Together in Faith campaign amplifies that message by promoting our Catholic school students’ achievements in academics, social justice, and Christian service.

Parishioners are invited to join the campaign to strengthen publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario – add your name to the “Together in Faith” community list at www.togetherinfaith.ca. Follow the campaign on Twitter(@Catholicedu) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CatholicEducationInOntaro) and help us share the Good News!

This campaign is sponsored by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and is supported by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association.


  1. “Light Unshackled” – 4 part series on the Protestant Reformation

LIGHT UNSHACKLED
October 31, 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Take in the history of this event with the 4 part series called "Light Unshackled".

We travel to 11 countries and uncover the stories of courageous men and women who changed the World forever. But the reason for the Reformation has been almost forgotten. You will see how the story of the Reformation impacts YOU today.

In the series, we explore:

Why was the Reformation Needed?
What motivated the Reformers to stand against the powers of their day?
What were the life goals of Martin Luther and William Tyndale?
How does the Reformation continue today?


https://www.lightunshackled.com/contact/landing-pages/light-unshackled-ytt1

  1. CELEBRATING THE STORIES OF CANADA'S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
This Far By Faith - Canada 150 campaign is now in full motion!
New videos are added weekly! Celebrate the stories of Canada's rich Christian heritage that shaped the free and democratic society we have today. Visit www.thisfarbyfaith.ca to hear the inspiring stories of Canadian life changers who have made a global impact. Our weekly Nation Building panel delves into the issues that matter most to Canadians. And in their own voices, Canada's First Peoples share visions of their Creator. Plus download a free mp3 of our theme song! All this and more at www.thisfarbyfaith.ca!
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Daily Chuckle
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Words of Wisdom

     Grandpa's Hands

by Melinda Clements

Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands.

When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.

He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," he said in a clear strong voice.

"I didn't mean to disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I explained to him.

"Have you ever looked at your hands," he asked. "I mean really looked at your hands?"

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making. Grandpa smiled and related this story:

"Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.

"They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.

"They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back.

"As a child my Mother taught me to fold them in prayer.

"They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.

"They held my rifle and wiped my tears when I went off to war.

"They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.

"They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.

"Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.

"They wrote the letters home and trembled and shook when I buried my Parents and Spouse and walked my Daughter down the aisle.

"Yet, they were strong and sure when I dug my buddy out of a foxhole and lifted a plow off of my best friend's foot.

"They have held children, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.

"They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.

"They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.

"And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.

"These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of my life.

"But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home.

"And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch his face."

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my Grandpa's hands and led him home.

When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and wife I think of Grandpa. I know he has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God. I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.                        


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