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Sudbury Christian Messenger May, 2017 Edition National March for Life + Events/News/Views/Chuckles

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teachingthem to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
 Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Where the footprints of God lead you, the grace of God can keep you.

Some people don’t recognize opportunity because it comes dressed in work clothes.

1.     Camp Norland Work Week  |May 1-6  |Verner
2.     Now’s the time to register your children/grandchildren for Christian summer camp
3.     Easy Tai Chi Classes  |May 3 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury
4.     Meditation Classes  |May 3 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury
5.     The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community  |May 3, 4 and other days  |Sudbury
6.     The Shack Author, Wm. Paul Young, in Concert in Sudbury  |May 3  |Sudbury
7.     Thirsty Thursdays:  FGB Bible Study  |May 4  and Thursdays  |Sudbury
8.     Christ the King Prayer Group  |  May 4 and Thursdays  | Sudbury
9.     Silent Vigil for Peace  |May 5 and each Friday  |Sudbury
10.  Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |May 6  and every Saturday  |Sudbury
11.  Spring Celebration Dessert  |May 6  |Sudbury
12.  Paint Social at St. Stephen’s on the Hill  |May 6  |New Sudbury
13.  50+Seniors Expo  |May 6-7  |New Sudbury
14.  Peace/Love/Party Series  |May 7 and Sundays  |Sudbury
15.  Wanup Chapel Service  ||May 7 and first Sunday of the month  |Wanup
16.  Chicken & Spaghetti Dinner  |May 7  |Minnow Lake
17.  Annual Victoria Quilt & M.S. Society Dinner  |May 7  |New Sudbury
18.  Impact  |May 7  and Sundays  |Sudbury & Kfm 95.5
19.  DivorceCare  |May 8 and Mondays  |Sudbury
20.  Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |May 8 and Mondays  |New Sudbury
21.  Adult Children of Alcoholics  |May 8  and every Monday  |Minnow Lake
22.  Conference:  Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide  |May 8-9  |Ottawa
23.  Magisterra in Concert  |May 9  |Sudbury
24.  A Medical Perspective on Sex-Ed  |May 9  |Online
25.  SLYNGSHOT:  An Interactive Church | May 9 and every Tuesday  |Sudbury
26.  Sudbury Christian Businessmen's luncheon:  Speaker – Todd Manuel  |May 10  |Sudbury
27.  Pot Luck Supper & Speaker at the Hindu Temple  |May 10  |Sudbury
28.  National March for Life – Buses from Sudbury to Ottawa  |May 11  |Ottawa
29.  Workshop by Ontario Trillium Foundation re: applying for grants  |May 12  |Sudbury
30.  The New Evangelization Summit  |May 12 & 13  |New Sudbury
31.  Girlfriends Breakfast Club  “Getting to Know You”  |May 13  |Sudbury
32.  Mothers Day Breakfast/Brunch  |May 14  |Sudbury
33.  Engaging Northern Ontario Women in Politics  |May 17  |Sudbury
34.  Dan Bremnes & Love & the Outcome Live in Concert  |May 17  |Sudbury
35.  52nd Annual National Prayer Breakfast  |May 18  |Ottawa
36.  Inner City Home of Sudbury - Spring Yard Sale & Barbecue  |May 27  |Sudbury
37.  Sudbury Central Southend Ministerial  |May 30    |Sudbury
38.  Sudbury Right to Life Meeting  |May 31  |Sudbury
39.  Mega Yard Sale & Strawberry Social  |June 3  |Copper Cliff
40.   “Noye’s Fludde”:  Sudbury Symphony & Sudbury Young Singers rethink Noah and his ark  |June 3  |Sudbury
41.  Sudbury Singers Concert – Canada’s 150th  |June 4  |Sudbury
42.  Nord500North Conference Planning Meeting #7  |June 5  |Sudbury
43.  Knights of Columbus Celebrations  |June 6  |Sudbury
44.  Have a Bike/Give a Bike  |June 10  |Sudbury
45.  A Retreat Day  |June 17  |Minnow Lake
46.  Creation 2017 Super Conference  |August 13-18  |Muskoka
47.  Ladies Retreat @ Camp Norland  |September 8, 9 and 10  |Warren, ON
48.  500North:  Commemoration of 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation  |September 21 and 22, 2017 |Sudbury
49.  Rob Parker, National House of Prayer Event  |September 28-30  |Sudbury
Praise for “Together in Christ” – Study Sessions on the Reformation
Praise for Kfm Christian Radio Spring Sharathon
The Call to Prayer from Ears2Hear

Petition Request to counter Motion 103
Petition Request re: Enforcement of Transparency for First Nations
“Here's the chance to do our part. Take the pledge with me today.”    Pledge to stand against gendercide
Shift – to launch in Fall 2017
St. Patrick’s Church seeking Choir Members
Objections raised about ICE assessment of ON sex-ed curriculum

Province of Ontario Considering Care Coordination Service
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Takes Legal Action to Support Doctors’ and Health Care Workers’ Conscience Rights

“Why I March for Life” – young activist shares
“Right Now” Co-Founder, Alissa Golub – young political, pro-life activist speaks
Christian Denominations Unite Regarding Physicians’ Conscience Rights
Christians, Jews and Muslims call for palliative care strategy for Canada
Article on the state of Children’s Mental Health
Let’s Have a National Conversation About Canadian Values – by Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun
Canadian Family Research Response to Federal Budget
“Moving the Goal Posts” – by Christian Heritage Party Leader

Update on Pro-Life Investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood
Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women

Community Emergency Fund

Church of the Epiphany has a large cross to give away
Nord500North seeking Marketing Assistance

Jesus- the Game Changer  - on 100 Huntley Street
VO Input Opportunity
The Shack author:  “The Story Behind the Story”
The Lighthouse Store in New Sudbury has The Shack book and other items for sale

Guitarist or Keyboard player needed at Holy Redeemer Parish, Minnow Lake
Household items needed
Employment Opportunity – St. Andrew the Apostle, Barrydowne Rd.

Body Language
The Oldest Computer Traced Back to Adam and Eve
Squirrels in Church

When Your Cross Seems Too Heavy
Are you reluctant to release staff who fail to preform because you believe to fire is somehow un-Christian?
Why God Allows Pain
To What Must You Die?

  Local  News & Events

  1. Camp Norland Work Week  |May 1-6  |Verner
Spring Work Week
May 1 - 6, 2017
Call 705-525-7922 or email for more info.

  1.  Christian Summer Camp
Now’s the time to register your children/grandchildren for Christian summer camp

There are many in Ontario

Ie.  Camp Norland on Deer Lake         1-888-386-2222      
“The Son always shines on Camp Norland”

It can be a life-changing experience for children

  1. Easy Tai Chi Classes  |May 3 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury

All are welcome – all ages and fitness levels – all suitable for those restricted to a wheel chair

Every Wednesday             10:00 a.m.


Trinity Lutheran Church              189 Regent St. S                  705 674 4834

  1. Meditation Classes  |May 3 and Wednesdays  |Sudbury

Free            Every Wednesday          5:30  pm                          705 674 4834

Trinity Lutheran Church, 289 Regent St.

  1. The Shack Author, Wm. Paul Young, in Concert in Sudbury  |May 3  |Sudbury
All Nations Church is pleased to host an evening with Paul Young, author of The Shack
The Shack  has sold more than 20 million copies and has a film adaptation in theaters now which stars Octavia Spencer.
Paul Young will be in Sudbury Wednesday night at 7:00 for a concert event at All Nations Church.  Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase online or at All Nations Church office starting this Sunday. 
Paul will be in Sudbury the day before Tuesday, May 2nd at Chapters for a book signing at 1:00 PM. 
The night of the presentation, which starts at 7:00 pm,  Paul has set aside a Q&A time for pastors and church leaders 1 hour before the presentation that we will hosting in our core room from 6-7pm.  Space is limited for that, so we're asking pastors and church leaders to let our church office know if they would like to attend that session.
For a copy of the Concert poster, please contact All Nations Church, 705 673 6110, or        
Again tickets are available through ANC starting this Sunday, however immediately online at
John Felsman, Pastoral Staff at All Nations Church & The K Café afternoon voice at Kfm Christian Radio
For further details about tickets for this event, check out
Further details will be provided at, as they are available
All Nations Church:   705 673 6110

  1.  The Mater Dei Latin Mass Community | May 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  |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: 
Thank you.

Pax Vobis,

Pater Vincenzo Fiore
(Fr. Vince Fiore)

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. Thirsty Thursdays:  FGB Bible Study  |May 4   and Thursdays  |Sudbury

Jesus is our Living Water             John 7:37

Spirit-led fellowship, prayer, and interactive Bible study

Every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 at the Lexington Inn,  50 Brady St.,  Sudbury   (formerly known as the Howard Johnson)

Faith   Family    Freedom

Facebook:  page       where people can get connected and be informed and we also have a FGB group set up where we can all share together and encourage one another.

If anyone has any questions or feedback you can call Linda at the head office at 1-877-296-1715 or you can reach me directly at 705 822-8069  Sincerely Adrian Smith  (president of FGB Sudbury )  

  1. Christ the King Prayer Group  |  May 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  |May 5  and each Friday  |Sudbury

Community members take part in a silent vigil for peace at Memorial Park in Sudbury behind St. Andrews on Fridays.

4-5 pm

There is reduced-rate parking for seniors beneath the YMCA building.     Sign your parking ticket.

With the onset of very cold weather,  rendezvous in the Foyer just outside the Sanctuary Door (St. Andrews, 111  Larch) for 10 to 15 minutes, then adjourn to a discreet corner of Kuppajo's, NW corner of the same).

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


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. Perogie and Cabbage Rolls Sale  |May 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

  1.  Spring Celebration Dessert  |May 6  |Sudbury

May 6 – Spring Celebration Dessert

Join the Gideon's on Saturday, May 6th 1:00 PM at Glad Tidings Church (1101 Regent Street, Sudbury) for their Spring Celebration Dessert.

 Come out and hear how you can share the gospel with people all over the world who are looking for hope

. Tickets are complementary, please RSVP by calling Charles Tyers: 705-566-7293, John O'Brien:...

  1. Paint Social at St. Stephen’s on the Hill |May 6  |New Sudbury

Paint Social: St. Stephen’s on the Hill:

On May 6th, 2017 we are having a paint social from 2 pm - 4:30 pm . The cost is $40.00.

Wear casual clothing .

Please RSVP to    or by May 1st, 2017.

Join us for an afternoon of fun.....

  1. 50+Seniors Expo  |May 6-7  |New Sudbury

2nd Annual 50+ Seniors Expo

May 6-7, 2017

Cambrian College Student Life Center

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For full information,

  1. Peace|Love|Party Series   |May 7 and Sundays  |Sudbury

Our new series begins:  Peace|Love|Party

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        414 St. Raphael Street        P3B 1M4  

  1. Wanup Chapel Service  |May 7   |Wanup

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


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

  1.  Chicken & Spaghetti Supper  |May 7  |Minnow Lake

Holy Redeemer Parish hosting

With salad, dessert, coffee, tea and juice

Seatings at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets at the Office

  1.  Annual Victoria Quilt & M.S. Society Dinner  |May 7  |New Sudbury

St-Dominique Parish, 1241 Diane Street, Sudbury

When: Sunday May 7th at 4: 30 – 6 p.m.

Menu: Chicken Dinner, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, homemade cake

Cost: Adults $15; Children 12 and under $5

Sponsored by the K of C #9619 and Assembly #2633

Profits to go to Victoria Quilt et M.S. Society Sudbury

For more information and tickets, Please contact Gilles or Eva at 705-693-5947

  1.  Impact  |May 7 and Sundays  |Sudbury

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

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
(705) 588-7600

  1.  DivorceCare  |May 8 and Mondays  |Sudbury

DivorceCare for separated & divorced adults

Mondays, 7-8:45 pm

St. Patrick Church    39 Walford Road – Rear Entrance

$30 for 13+ weeks

Call Anne at 705-207-1257 for more information
  1. Al-Anon Family Group Meetings  |May 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  |May 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. Conference:  Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide  |May 8-9  |Ottawa

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation gathers representatives of around 40 faith communities and faith-based organizations who believe that people of faith can contribute positively to the benefit of all people in Canadian society. As we note in our Charter Vision, the practice of religion and its impact on the identities of Canadians is an enduring feature of this country.

We advocate for religion in a pluralistic society and in Canadian public life, believing that conversation is essential to doing so effectively. A key conversation coming up will be Building Our Whole Society: Religion and Citizenship at Canada’s 150th. This is the third of our “Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide” conference series; it will be held at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, May 8-9, 2017.

Aileen van Ginkel, Co-chair
Canadian Interfaith Conversation

How an inclusive society provide space for diverse perspectives and practices to be welcomed into the public sphere? Can we advance beyond simple toleration of religious and other differences to embrace a wider respect for all citizens? These are some of the questions to be addressed at the Our Whole Society conference, a multifaith conference supported by the EFC. There’s still time to join the discussion May 8–9, 2017 in Ottawa.

  1. Magisterra Soloists in Concert  |May 9  |Sudbury
Featuring Mendelssohn String Octet and music from the Balkans
May 9th at 7pm at St.Andrews Place
Professional touring not-for-profit group of 10-12 musicians of which Tyler Makinen of Sudbury/Walden  is a member.
Magisterra Soloists is a bold new Canadian chamber ensemble based in London, Ontario which unites a kaleidoscope of artists from across the globe under the direction of acclaimed German violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel.
This concert is featuring a broad and vibrant repertoire ranging from known masterworks to new and commissioned works by contemporary composers.
In tandem with their performance schedule, the members of the ensemble passionately dedicate their time to bringing music to young people through their educational outreach program.
This ensemble celebrated its international debut in the summer of 2016 with its inaugural six-city tour to Brazil.
Tickets (adults $25, seniors $20, students $15, children $10)and they are also selling tickets at the door.
Magisterra Soloists will be appearing across Ontario and Quebec in their Spring 2017 Concert Tour and will be launching their “Magisterra at the Museum” series in May of 2017.
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  1.   SLYNGSHOT Tuesdays:  An Interactive Church  |May 9 and Tuesdays  |Sudbury

An interactive Church
“Faithfully slaying life’s giants”
You are welcome to a new expression of worshipping Jesus

7:00 pm till approx 9:00 pm

Location:  @ 426 Burton Street,  until further notice.  Corner of Burton and Jean Street, Sudbury   (formerly Holy Trinity Church) …….two, brown,  double-doors along the side of the building.    Free parking on street.

For further information, please contact Pastor Josh Sklar          705 673 6110

Check out SLYNGSHOT on FB

SLYNGSHOT is a gathering of people who have Jesus as their higher power with the bible and Holy Spirit as their guide. This community is similar to a 12 step meeting without mistaking who you call your higher power. Often a testimony (speaker) or inspirational video as well as discussions are shared to identify how God is working in our lives and helping us to face giants like addiction, grief, and depression. FAITH in God is the key to slaying life's giants! SLYNGSHOT currently gathers in person at 426 Burton Street in Sudbury, ON, double doors in the basement from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday evenings all year long. Come experience God's love through real life people just like you!

Videography about Slyngshot Church:

  1. A Medical Perspective on Sex-Ed  |May 9  |Online
Concerned About Sex-Ed in Schools? -
 Join Us ‘LIVE’ for a special webinar presentation...

   A Medical Perspective on Sex-Ed

Date: May 9, 2017
Times:  9:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST - Toronto
            3:00 pm - 4:30 pm   HST - Hawaii
            For those unable to join us at 3pm, we will
            hold a rebroadcast of the webinar at 9pm.
            (sign up below)
About The Webinar:
The physical consequences of teen sexual activity are well known – pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, HIV, etc). But sexual activity during the teen years also affects brain development – negatively affecting children for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Bush will provide the medical information about the physical, emotional, psychological, and long term costs of early teen sexual activity and how it is possible to delay the onset of sexual activity.
After Dr. Bush presents, PEACE will also provide information on how to effectively engage the school system and guide you through the sex-ed confusion.
Register for the webinar at
Together, we will make a difference for our children!!!

Bless you,
Paula Purvis
Executive Director
P.E.A.C.E. Ontario/Sudbury

  1. Sudbury Christian Businessmen's Luncheon/Speaker  |May 10 |Sudbury
We are again meeting at the Holiday Inn on Regent Street at 12:00 noon sharp on April 12th, 2017. Please call CJTK @ (705) 674-2585 in advance if you plan to attend to arrange your seat. As always, first time attendees will be our guests and eat for free, so please bring a friend.

Thank you

When: 2nd Wednesday of every month. 12 noon.
Where: Holiday Inn Sudbury, 1696 Regent Street.
Cost: $25
Why: Our Luncheon Group exists to provide an opportunity for both business men and professionals to get together once a month.

1. To provide an opportunity to get to know men of faith from across
our region and business community.
2. To foster an attitude of prayer & support for each other and our
3. To have guest speaker’s help us explore ways of living our faith in
the marketplace.
4. To assist with the special needs of individuals and charities from what the Lord
has blessed us with.
5. At the end of the day, we should walk away knowing a few more men of faith,
and learning about creative ways to live our faith in the marketplace.
~ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the
Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his
understanding no one can fathom.
~He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
~Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
~but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings
like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40: 28-31

Once again, our lunch will start at 12:00 noon sharp at the Holiday Inn on Regent Street on Wednesday the 13th. The cost of the lunch is $25 per person but all first timers eat for free, so bring a friend.
Wednesday, Agenda:
12:00- 12:03 - Opening Greeting & Grace
12:03- 12:35 – Eat
12:35-12:55 – Speaker – Todd Manuel, Glad Tidings Church
12:55- 1:00 - Closing Remarks & Prayer.
Please call Kfm Christian Radio (705) 674-2585 in advance to book your seats. See you there. 
June lunch is on the 14th with Guy Gervais giving his testimony

  1. Pot Luck Supper & Speaker at the Hindu Temple  |May 10  |Sudbury

Everyone is Invited to a
Pot luck Supper at The Hindu Temple
Wednesday May 10th @ 6.30 pm
   485 McNeill Blvd, Sudbury

Being a place of worship,
 we ask for no eggs or meat products in the temple

Following the meal...
a presentation on

Health & Yoga Chakras
By a learned lady, Mrs Subramanian
who is visiting Sudbury.

So our hosts know how many to expect.

  1.  National March for Life – Buses to Ottawa  |May 11  |Sudbury to Ottawa and return

Is this your year to finally get out to the National March for Life?           It’s an inspiring experience to see thousands of people gathering peacefully on Parliament Hill to say that life is important.

The National March for Life 20th Anniversary  on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, is the largest protest that happens during the year.         MPs who are pro-life will speak at the event.    As well there will be bands and other speakers.

Rally:  12:30
March:  1:30

It will be a time of fellowship and witness.

Sudbury Right to Life/Sudbury Pro-Vie, with support from the Knights of Columbus, will be providing buses to travel to Ottawa, leaving at 6:00 a.m. and returning at 10:00 pm

Cost will be $20 per person, but, can be subsidized, for those who need financial assistance

Please give this prayer consideration.

For information, please contact Therese St-Denis   705 5660707, or  Sudbury Right to Live/Sudbury Pro-Vie Telephone number is 705-674-1700 and the fax is the same number

The pro-life movement in Canada is abuzz with enthusiasm for what will be a very memorable day in our nation’s history.
Not only does this year mark our beloved Canada’s 150th anniversary, this May will also be the 20th anniversary of the March for Life. For 20 years, thousands upon thousands of Canadians have marched for life. What started off as a small gathering of a few hundred people in the late 90’s has now become the largest annual pro-life demonstration in Canada.
The joy and optimism of our young people, to the smiling young families with baby strollers, to the never-ending endurance of grandparents and seniors, the march for life brings out people from all walks of life, united by the same common goal which is to stand up and defend life from the time of conception until natural death.
Will you join us on May 11, 2017?
Will you join the thousands of Canadians who will gather on Parliament Hill at 12:30pm to proclaim, "Life, We Stand On Guard For Thee?"

Steve Jalsavec, Campaign Life Coalition, Editor of LifeSiteNews

  1.  Workshop by Ontario Trillium Foundation re: applying for grants  |May 12  |Sudbury

  1. The New Evangelization Summit  Sudbury |  May 12 & 13  |Minnow Lake

Contact: Mr. Bernie Morris

The New Evangelization Summit
An international event that will inspire thousands of Catholics to be engaged in the New Evangelization
Live Streamed and broadcast to host sites throughout North America.

Hosted in three major centers in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie
....including in Sudbury at Charles College,
on Falconbridge Road,
Friday evening May 12 and Saturday 13, 2017.

Check-in starts at 6:15pm.
Friday, May 12: 7:00–9:30pm
Saturday, May 13: 9:00am–4:30pm.

This two day conference will bring together speakers who are leaders in the New Evangelization to provide inspiration, encouragement, training, practical wisdom and resources on how Catholics can effectively evangelize.  All Catholics – pastors, missionaries, lay ministers, and the lay faithful – will benefit immensely from this powerful opportunity to be further equipped in the fundamental mission of the Church.  The annual NES (New Evangelization Summit)  will be held in Ottawa and streamed to host-sites.  The broadcasting of the event will provide a way for Catholics from around North America to participate in the Summit.  This approximately 5,000 like minded Catholics from across the continent will be united in one goal – to be formed as evangelists and be part of a network of Catholics understand the ways in which they can transmit the Good News of Faith in their everyday life... and thus be evangelists.

For more updates check out

  1.  Girlfriends Breakfast Club  “Getting to Know You”  |May 13  |Sudbury

You've saved the date?

Sat. May 13th, 9:15-11 a.m.

A "Getting to Know You" Girlfriends Breakfast Club is going to be a fun, relaxing time for each and every one of you!

Purchase a ticket (only $5) (on Sunday mornings or at the church office) and join us in the Great Room at All Nations Church.

  1.  Mothers Day Breakfast/Brunch  |May 14  |Sudbury

Sunday May 14 from 10 am to 1 pm in Ste-Anne-des-Pins parish hall, 14 Beech St Sudbury.

 The menu will consist of:eggs, ham, sausages, home-fries, home-baked-beans, pancakes,toasts, fruit cocktail, tea, coffee and juice.

Cost: $7 per adults, $3 for children 12 and under and $17 per families.

 Please use the Beech St. parking lot.
All are welcome!

  1. Engaging Northern Ontario Women in Politics  |May 17  |Sudbury

Engaging Northern Ontario Women in Politics – presentation, personal stories and discussion
Where: Main Library @ 74 MacKenzie Street
When: May 17 @ 6pm

  1.  Dan Bremnes & Love & the Outcome Live in Concert  |May 17  |Sudbury

Together live in Concert
@ All Nations Church           414 St. Raphael Street
7:00 pm
Tickets available soon               705 673 6110    

  1. 52nd Annual National Prayer Breakfast  |May 18  |Ottawa

May 18 – 52nd Annual National Prayer Breakfast

The 52nd National Prayer Breakfast will be held in Ottawa on Thursday, May 18th. The Prayer Breakfast and Seminar  will be hosted at The Westin Ottawa Hotel, which is just a short distance from Parliament Hill. This year’s Leadership Dinner and the National Student Forum will be hosted at The Sir John A. Macdonald Building– Parliament Hill.

For more information, please visit: or call 613-947-4526.

  1.  Inner City Home of Sudbury – Spring Yard Sale & Barbecue  |May 27  |Sudbury

– Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 251 Elm St., (corner of Elm & Alder Streets)

Includes: Penny Table; Bake Table; Book Table; Kitchen
Table; White Elephant Tables & much more! There will also
be a 50-50 Raffle as well as a Barbecue… Something for Everyone!

 Come out and support the good works of Inner City Home

 For further information or to donate, please call 705-675-7550 and ask for Mary. Thank you!

  1. Sudbury Central Southend Ministerial  | May 30  |Sudbury

The next ministerial will be held on May 30

@ 12 Noon

Meetings for 2017 will be at Glad Tidings

Bring your own lunch

At each gathering one of the participants will agree the month before to Lead the Prayer Time and the Dialogue issue

Thank you,

Jessica Manuel
Business Administrator and Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor
Glad Tidings Church
1101 Regent St S
Sudbury, ON P3E 5P8

  1. Sudbury Right to Life Meeting  |May 31  |Sudbury

Time:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location:    St. Anne-des-pins Church,   Beech Street,   downtown Sudbury              Park behind the Church

All are welcome!

For further information, please contact Marguerite      <>     

  1. Mega Yard Sale & Strawberry Social  |June 3  |Copper Cliff

St. John the Divine Church         34 Godfrey Drive

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

705-470-2863 for further information

  1. “Noye’s Fludde”:  Rethink Opera and the story of Noah and his ark  |June 3  |Sudbury

Sudbury Young Singers joins the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra in “Noye’s Fludde”

June 3

At Glad Tidings Church

“Noye’s Fludde” is a one-act opera by British composer Benjamin Britten intended for children and adult performers.       It invites audiences to re-think opera and the biblical story of Noah and his ark.

  1.  The Sudbury Singers Concert – Canada’s 150th  |June 4  |Sudbury

Concert celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday: June 4th

The Sudbury Singers directed by Melody Henry invite you to a concert at Christ the King Church Sunday, June 4th

at 2 PM.

Admission: Food Bank Donation

Refreshments to follow
  1. Nord500North Planning Team for 500th Commemoration of the Reformation  |June 5 |Sudbury

To:  Greater Sudbury Christian Church Members

From:  Rev. Glenda Morrisette, Monsignor Jim Hutton, and Dr. Christopher Duncan-Hales

Re:  a message to Christian Churches about the 500th commemoration of the Reformation.

The ninth  meeting for people who are interested in planning for the 500th commemoration of the Reformation is on June 5/17   9:30 a.m.  at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Regent Street in Sudbury.  

We are holding a two-day Conference on Sep 21 & 22 of 2017 with four fantastic speakers. On the Thursday evening there will be a special, historical, exciting ecumenical service with inspiring music. The Bishop from the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has already agreed to attend, along with two other Bishops.

We are looking for people who would like to help us organize this event.  We have small teams organized, and we would be happy to have more involved, so that no one person has a lot to accomplish.  Especially at this time we are seeking individuals from different denominations who have Marketing skills/interest.

We are excited about this upcoming event and we hope that many of you will come out to hear our plans, give us your input and help us organize a wonderful event for Northern Ontario.

Rev. Glenda Morrissette
Monsignor Jim Hutton
Dr. Chris Duncanson-Hales

Rev. Glenda Morrissette
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
189 Regent St.  Sudbury, ON
Work  (705) 674-4834
Home (705) 621-2359
Dean of the Northern Area

  1.  Knights of Columbus Celebrations  |June 6  |Sudbury

Information UPDATE to All Brother Knights of Council #10888

Our Council’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations have been finalized for your enjoyment. The festivities will be held on Tuesday June 6th, 2017 at the lower hall of the
Caruso Club. Our ceremonies will begin at 5:30 P.M. with cocktails and buffet to follow at 6:00 P.M.

Tickets will be available at our remaining Council meetings and through the office of Holy Redeemer.

 Tickets will be sold at a cost of $5 per individuals.

Members and their escorts are cordially invited to attend.

  1.  Give a Bike/Get a Bike  |June 10  |Sudbury

Have a bike to pass on?
Are you doing spring cleanup? If you have any kids or adult bikes that you're no longer using, consider donating them to the Sudbury Cycles Kids Bike Exchange program.   You can drop off your bike at the Sudbury & District Health Unit or call for a pick up at your home.  See details:

Need a bike?
Next Kids Bike Exchange is Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Downtown Farmer's Market on Elgin Street.

  1.  A Retreat Day  |June 17  |Minnow Lake

A Retreat Day
Hosted by Holy Redeemer
Everyone is Welcome

Healings of the heart:  God’s Tender Embrace

When: June 17th,2017
Where: Holy Redeemer
Time: 9:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
Registration: 8:30 A.M.

Cost: $15.00
Please bring bag lunch—Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Sr. Jean at 705-522-9423

An experience like this extends God’s healing touch to feelings of loss, grief, hardships, hurt…etc and provides us to be touched by a God of care and compassion.

  1. Creation 2017 Super Conference  |August 13-18  |Muskoka

Creation Ministries International & Muskoka Bible Centre present the Creation 2017 Super Conference

6 days of teaching fun, and fellowship that will grow your faith, rest your body, and renew your mind

World-Class Speakers/Excellent Vacation/Child Friendly


Program fee for this week-long conference is $50 per adult or $100 per family (any number of children)
Accommodations and meals not included
Per-day fees:  $20 adult/$40 family

To register call 1 800 551 0168 or visit

Ladies Retreat @ Camp Norland  |September 8, 9 and 10  |Warren, ON

Theme:  Let the Flame Burn Brighter

Speaker:  Mary-Lue Mahaffey

Arrival:  Friday after 3:00 pm           Supper – 6:00 pm              
Departure:  Sunday after 1:30 pm

Cost:  $50 - $90.00, depending on accommodation selected, if registered before August 18, 2017

Late Fee:  August 18 onward = $15

Send cheque to Angeline Desloges, 2050 Elderwood Drive, Sudbury, ON   P3B 2A6

For further information, phone 705 566 5989 or email Diane Ricketson

Mary-Lue Mahaffey

Mary-Lue Mahaffey is a passionate Bible teacher, small group facilitator and mentor. She loves opening God’s Word in communities and seeing people draw closer to the Lord.

Originally born in the Philippines, Mary-Lue grew up in the GTA and later lived in Sudbury where she attended Laurentian University and served on InterVarsity student leadership.

She has taught overseas in Sweden at a Torchbearer school, and completed her Masters of Theological Studies in Hamilton. She worked for the Alberta government as a youth worker on a Native Reserve in the Rockies and since has been heavily involved in working alongside the Anishinaabe people in Northern Ontario.

One of her greatest desires is to know and love God and see others experience His deep love.

She has spoken at Women’s Retreats, Youth Gatherings and various churches in Ontario and Sweden. Her desire is to see God’s truth and love transform the lives of people God is working in and invites her to be a part of.

In her free time Mary-Lue is often snowboarding, playing basketball and other sports, along with exploring the outdoors and the beauty of God’s creation with friends, 'little sisters’ and family.

Currently Mary-Lue lives in the small town of Thessalon and serves full-time alongside the Anishinaabe people.   Mary-Lue also travels to remote communities only accessible by plane and also along the North Shore.

While satisfying that craving for adventure, and speaking in a variety of forums, Mary-Lue’s desire is to live her life always above reproach, but never above correction before God, herself and others.

  1. Nord500North Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation  |September 21 and 22  |Sudbury

Would you please  Save the Dates of September 21 & 22, 2017  in your calendars for the Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

This event will be held in Sudbury at the Holiday Inn

Nord500North is a Conference that commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It is an opportunity to address a critical moment of our Christian history by moving beyond the controversies and disagreements that have often come between us and prevented us from working together.
Presentations by key note speakers, workshops, and discussions will describe where we as followers of Jesus have been, where we are today, and where we are going. There will also be a strand on how we can make right relations with Canada’s Indigenous people as part of ongoing reformation efforts.
We are branches of the same vine. In a world that needs the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, our hope and prayer is that this event will inspire participants to be bold, creative, and joyful in our commitment to love each other and serve the world.  

Check out details on our website             and Facebook        Nord500North

Rev. Glenda Morrissette
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
189 Regent St.  Sudbury, ON
Work  (705) 674-4834
Home (705) 207-0027
Dean of the Northern Area

  1. Rob Parker, National House of Prayer Event  | Sept 28-30th |Sudbury
Rob Parker of the National House of Prayer in Ottawa, will be in Sudbury September 28-30

National House of Prayer ……….”informed, focused and sustained prayer for Canada and its leaders”

The National House of Prayer, a former convent, has its own history as a “house of prayer”, and also has 35 beds that are used to host visiting prayer teams and resident interns

The Prayer Room “is in regular use throughout most days”

“The National House of Prayer hosts prayer teams of all ages who represent the Christian church from all parts of Canada.  Prayer Teams come to Ottawa for a week at a time to receive training/teaching and to specifically pray for our Government and our leaders.”

Find out full details at

Rob Parker of the National House of Prayer will be in Sudbury September 28-30, hosted by Sue Craig            New Life Christian Centre

Prayer & Praise
1.    Thanks and Praise to God for Kfm Christian Radio
Despite the big wind/rain/hail storm and all sorts of technical issues, making it the most difficult Sharathon ever held, we thank God for His faithful followers who are blessed by Kfm Christian radio, and donated $130 000.00 in the Spring Sharathon on April 27th
2.    Thanks and Praise to God for the Lenten Ecumenical Study Sessions on the Reformation Movement
Praise God for the three study sessions on the history of the Reformation Movement which were held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Holy Redeemer, and St. Patrick’s Church.     Thank you, Lord Jesus, for our facilitators, Tony Chezzi, Cory Brunati, and Chris Duncanson-Hales, the professional videography, and the  interactive sessions that were a blessing to who gathered ………20-50 people attended.
Thank you, Lord, for the work of your Spirit that is evident in Greater Sudbury.
  1.   THE CALL TO PRAYER From Ears2Hear

  • Servant Heart- Pray for the Church in Canada to embrace the mission of serving God by serving others, especially those that are least honoured by our society. Contend that this servant heart flows though all leadership roles and that the Canadian Church is marked afresh with humility.
  • Provision- Intercede for the increase of supernatural provision for the advancement of the Kingdom. Contend that we will be kept free from the love of money, instead, great wealth would be stewarded with righteousness and extravagant generosity.
  • Church Plants- Church plants are often a highly effective evangelism strategy. Cry out for all the Jesus-centred, Spirit-led church plants that are underway or being planned. Pray for new plants to penetrate communities in our land with little or no gospel witness.
  • Government- Pray for our government to be more influenced with a biblical world view so that freedom of religion, parental rights, value of life and more would grow. Pray for the Conservative party to as they select the new Leader of the Opposition (May 27). Pray for the BC Provincial election (May 9). 
  • Resurrection- "if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His." (Rom 6:5) Stand in the gap for the Canadian Church to experience the power an wonder of the resurrection in greater and greater ways. Let everything that the Church has allowed to die in obedience to God now spring into resurrection life! 


Citizen Response
  1.  Petition Request – response to passage of Motion 103
Motion M-103, the anti-Islamophobia motion, which was passed in the House of Commons in March, is being countered by an official e-petition sponsored by Conservative MP James Bezan. 
 The petition is available online until July 5, 2017. It calls for an amendment to the Constitution Act of 1982, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, stating that Sharia Law or separate Sharia family courts will never have a place in the Canadian Justice System. Critics of M-103 fear that the motion will lead to restrictions of freedom of speech and a possible eventual tolerance/acceptance of Sharia Law. Please sign this petition which will be officially presented in the House of Commons.

  1.  Petition Request – Enforce Financial Transparency for First Nations
To Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett:

People in Canada’s First Nations communities deserve transparency. The First Nations Financial Transparency Act makes sure that people in First Nations communities can see how much their leaders are getting paid as well as the basic financial information for their bands. More than 90 per cent of First Nations communities have complied with legislation.

Unfortunately, the federal government has stated it will “cease all discretionary compliance measures related to the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.”

Failing to enforce this law is wrong.

We the undersigned call on Minister Bennett to enforce the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

  1.  “Here's the chance to do our part. Take the pledge with me today.”    Pledge to stand against gendercide

The U.N. estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today. In India, China, and many other countries, girls are killed, aborted, and abandoned simply because they are girls - it's a gendercide. The "It's a Girl" Campaign...See More

Editor’s Note:  thanks to T.D. from Sudbury for sharing this concern

  1. Shift – to launch Fall 2017

Shift is a collaborative blog, podcast and special event project led by Rev. Dr. Spencer Boersma (First Baptist Church) and Rev. Jason Tripp (Valleyview Community Church).

The purpose of Shift is to facilitate relevant and respectful conversations around issues related to the Christian faith and culture in our 21st century Canadian post-Christian world.

We are currently compiling content and would love to have your feedback.   If you would like a particular topic to be considered for a blog/podcast/conference related to faith and culture, please email us at 

  1. Find your voice - Singers needed for CHOIR!

St. Patrick’s Church Seeking Choir Members

Are you looking for a fun and inclusive group to sing with?
Are you a beginner looking to try something creative?
Are you a returning choir member who misses singing in a group?
Are you looking for a choir that blends traditional and contemporary?
Are you passionate about classical music, chant and singing in parts?
Do you love sacred music?

St Patrick's Choir may be for you!
We at St. Patrick's Catholic Church are looking to expand our choir.  We are
recruiting all voice types (soprano, alto, tenor and bass).  We have a great need
for men's voices!  No experience needed, all that you need is a willingness
to learn.  Opportunities include singing Mass regularly, special services
(Taize, evening prayer) and seasonal sacred concert events.  We also provide
musical professionals who train the choir to read music and sing.  Essentially,
this is music lessons free of charge!  Of course, we also welcome music readers
and experienced choir singers.

Time obligations are rehearsals Thursdays 6:00pm-7:15pm and 10:00am Sunday Mass
We hope you will consider this invitation to join us.  We would love to welcome
you to our group.

If you have any questions, please call Matt @ 705.618.4341 or
email: for further details.

Provincial News
  1. Province of Ontario Considering Care Coordination Service  re:  Bill 84 – Conscience Rights

Regarding Bill 84, it appears that concerned voices are leading to a shift in policy:

The objecting physicians will not have to refer euthanasia patients to the Care Coordination Service.  The purpose of the latter is to circumvent this problem.  I presume this service will be identical to that in Alberta.

A referral to the Care Coordination Service would be made by the individual themselves, the family, the holder of the power of attorney or, possibly, hospital staff such as a nurse who does not have any ethical concerns about physician assisted suicide.  Certainly a religious based hospital would not itself be obliged to make a referral.

Gwen Landolt, REAL Women of Canada

  1. Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Takes Legal Action to Support Doctors’ and Health Care Workers’ Conscience Rights

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Last week, the EFC, the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and the Christian Legal Fellowship filed legal arguments with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. They are supporting a legal challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)’s requirement that doctors provide referrals or conduct procedures that violate their consciences. A constitutional challenge was launched by five doctors, Christian Medical Dental Society, and two other physicians’ groups. The case is scheduled to be heard in June, and the decision could be precedent-setting for how professional associations treat conscientious objection.

The EFC submitted a brief last week to the Ontario Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on March 30, 2017, saying that being forced to participate in hastened death violates deeply-held beliefs. The EFC is asking for conscience protection for health-care workers and facilities to be added to Ontario Bill 84.

National News
  1.  “Why I March For Life” – Young Activist Shares

  1.  “Right Now”  Co-Founder, Alissa Golub – young, pro-life political activist speaks

OTTAWA – The Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) have filed a joint factum with the Ontario Divisional Court in the physicians’ conscience case: Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).
The CPSO has adopted (1) a Human Rights Policy mandating effective referrals and obligatory emergency care even if it conflicts with conscience or religious beliefs; and (2) a Medical Assistance in Dying Policy that specifically requires effective referrals for euthanasia and assisted suicide. The “effective referral” requirement imposed by the CPSO mandates referral for all procedures and pharmaceuticals including euthanasia, assisted suicide and abortion, despite any conscientious or religious objection the physician may have.
The joint interveners support the CMDS in its position that, among other things, these policies violate religious freedom, freedom of conscience and equality, are not in the public interest, limit patient choice and undermine the principle of state neutrality. Derek Ross, CLF’s Executive Director & General Counsel (co-counsel to the joint interveners along with CLF Legal Counsel Deina Warren), explains:
Forcing physicians to participate in the purposeful and premature ending of a patient’s life contrary to their convictions is truly unconscionable. The Supreme Court’s decision in Carter allows room for conscientious objectors in the practice of medicine, and their freedoms must be robustly protected. In the same way, patients should be free to seek health care from professionals whose ethical framework reflects their own convictions, including those related to the value of human life. It is difficult to comprehend how it could possibly be in the ‘public interest’ to expect patients to receive health care from professionals who have been required by their regulatory body to abandon their core ethical convictions.
The interveners’ joint factum points to a comprehensive definition of religious freedom that informs the very understanding of human life, its beginning and end, the inherent value and dignity of each person and the moral considerations involved in ending another’s life. Religion cannot be compartmentalized or restricted to the performance of sacred rituals but includes outward expression and impacts all aspects of a believer’s life. Bishop Ronald Fabbro, President of the ACBO and Bishop of London, explains:
For Christians, adherence to Biblical teaching is not an optional exercise but a necessary, inescapable requirement of their faith. If one holds sincere religious beliefs which inform one’s view about human nature, morality and eternity, one is not free to temporarily disregard or suspend those beliefs in order to act contrary to them. The state cannot demand physicians or other healthcare professionals set aside the moral framework that guides their conduct, just as it cannot coerce believers to renounce their faith.
The joint submission explains that physicians’ Charter rights to religious belief, conscience and equality are not erased simply because they practice in a regulated profession. These rights exist to protect physicians against the power of the state, in this case the CPSO. Protecting physicians’ Charter rights allows patients to choose medical professionals whose ethical framework aligns with their own, and enhances patients’ interests by protecting physicians’ professional judgment, which is an inseparable combination of ethical and clinical assessments.
The submission also explains that there is no competing patient Charter right to health care, let alone euthanasia or assisted suicide. Decriminalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide does not create a “right to euthanasia or assisted suicide”.  Even if such a right existed, there is nothing to demonstrate that protecting conscience inhibits access.
The policies violate physicians’ equality rights and violate the principle of state neutrality, which means welcoming and accepting religious individuals in the public sphere. The Charter ought to protect diversity, not enforce conformity. Bruce Clemenger, EFC President explains: 
Physicians, like all Canadians, ought not to be excluded from the public sphere or their vocation because of their religious beliefs and practices. The state in a religiously diverse and secular society has the obligation to welcome and accept religious individuals in the public sphere. It must respect religious differences, not seek to extinguish them. Requiring individuals to renounce, deny or hide their beliefs is not state neutrality, but coerced conformity. This is contrary to the principles we value in a free and democratic society.
The CLF-EFC-ACBO factum can be read in full here.
The joint interveners will present oral arguments before the court during the three-day hearing, which is scheduled for June 13-15, 2017.
For additional information or an interview, please contact:
Rick Hiemstra, Director of Media Relations
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
613-233-9868 x332
Ruth A.M. Ross, Special Advisor
Christian Legal Fellowship
Neil MacCarthy
Director, Public Relations & Communications
Archdiocese of Toronto
416-934-3400 x552
  1.  Christians, Jews and Muslims call for palliative care strategy for Canada

Bishop Crosby Plénière 2015The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has signed a joint interfaith letter released as an op-ed in The Hill Times, a weekly newspaper covering government and federal politics on Parliament Hill. The other signatories are: Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC); Mr. Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA); and Imam Sikander Hashmi, Canadian Council of Imams.

In their letter, the religious leaders call for a "well-funded, national initiative to improve palliative care access and quality" in Canada. "An important first step," they note, "is for parliamentarians to vote for Bill C-277, introduced by MP Marilyn Gladu, which calls for the development of a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy." The interfaith letter also points out that "those approaching the final stage of life are, unquestionably, among our most vulnerable. While much of the conversation around end-of-life issues in Canada has focused on what is often referred to as 'Medical Assistance in Dying', far too little attention has been paid to palliative care."

Link to the interfaith letter (PDF)

Link to Bill C-277

Last Updated on Friday, April 21 2017

  1.  Article on the state of Children’s Mental Health

I thought you might be interested in this story from the Toronto Star.

  1.  Let’s Have a National Discussion About Canadian Values – by Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun

  1. Canadian Family Research Responds to Federal Budget

Dear Cardus Family Friends:

Not with a bang, but with a whimper, the 2017 Federal Budget brought Canada a step closer to a national daycare program. As faithful readers of Cardus Family will know, this runs contrary to some basic principles of good public policy. It’s not equitable, insofar as it favours one type of care only. It’s not in keeping with child development principles, which tell us that small children have nothing to gain from being in institutional environments for long days. Finally, it’s not what parents prefer, and neither did the Liberals campaign on this. So why the program? Well, read our press release below. The government was actually very above board on the “why.” This funding isn’t about children or child care. It’s to get parents (specifically mothers) of young children into the paid labour force. The government announced the creation of new daycare spaces when just the day before another study revealed negative outcomes from Quebec’s daycare system, this time highlighting the differences according to sex: “Boys, for instance, saw a significant decline in motor social development, as well as increased hyperactivity and inattention. By contrast, only girls saw significant increases in emotional and separation anxiety.”

We’ll continue to provide a counter-view in the public square about what constitutes better daycare policy and what the real costs of these programs are. We stand in favour of parental choice, which really makes better sense than offering more institutional daycare spaces.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback.
With appreciation,
Andrea Mrozek, Program Director
Cardus Family

What's New
•           March 22, 2017 – Post-Federal Budget Commentary
o          Cardus press release tells the story of why the new child care funding is more about getting mothers of young children into the paid labour force
o          Andrea Mrozek and Brian Dijkema discuss the budget in this Convivium article, including video
o          Our daycare data gets mentioned and linked to in Maclean’s
o          Canadian Press article quotes Andrea Mrozek, picked up in 16 outlets across Canada, including the Montreal Gazette
•           March 22, 2017 – Andrea Mrozek pens a response to the $650 million Canada is allocating for “reproductive rights” overseas in the Winnipeg Free Press with "Motherhood is a woman’s right to be valued, too"
•           March 22, 2017 – A report about the first Cardus Women’s Day event in BC Catholic
•           March 20, 2017 – Andrea Mrozek discusses the extension of parental leave benefits on CFRA Radio in Ottawa. You can listen to the interview here, starting at the 27-minute mark
•           March 15, 2017 – Andrea Mrozek discusses the $650 million dollars Canada is giving to support abortion overseas with Convivium
•           March 8, 2017 – This was the day for a wonderful panel discussion moderated by Tasha Kheiriddin for Women’s Day. Please check out some photos from the event here
•           March 7, 2017 – Cardus releases a poll in time for Women’s Day. Check out the questions and results that got our panel talking, here
•           March 1, 2017 – Andrea Mrozek in the Hamilton Spectator with “Profiting off our need for family, children.” This article is about a web site that brings together “co-parents” who will not date or be in relationship; they will only raise a child together

About Cardus Family
Cardus Family aims to achieve three things. One is to create a larger body of Canadian family research to show the importance of family to building civil society. Another is to bring existing experienced and reliable academic and think-tank voices together in a healthy discussion. And finally, Cardus Family aims to help create a renewed and informed interest in the strength of the Canadian family for our communities and country amongst decision makers, media and the general public.
Follow Cardus on Twitter: @cardusca
Follow Andrea Mrozek on Twitter: @mrozekandrea

For full details, please go to website:

  1. “Moving the Goal Posts” – by Christian Heritage Party Leader

International News
        1.  Update on Pro-Life Investigator who exposed Planned Parenthood

Fellow Pro-Life American,

Pro-life investigator David Daleiden needs your help right away.

This courageous young man changed the national conversation on abortion in 2015 when he exposed Planned Parenthood's illegal cash-for-baby parts crime ring.
But now, in retaliation for bringing the truth to light, he's facing 15 felony charges and potentially decades of jail time!
Life Legal is funding David Daleiden's legal defense
David Daleiden caught Planned Parenthood employees on camera negotiating prices for baby body parts -- a federal felony.
He got them on the record confessing to manipulating their abortion procedures to "preserve" the most marketable parts of children's bodies.
He recorded conversation after conversation proving that Planned Parenthood profits on both sides of abortion by charging women for their "services" and then selling the remains of their murdered children to the highest bidder.
And how has Planned Parenthood responded?
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is threatening to throw David Daleiden in jail.
And if we don't come to David's aid, they're going to get away with it.
Planned Parenthood is a massive, $1 billion per year organization. They kill over 300 THOUSAND innocent children every year. That's equivalent to the entire population of Pittsburgh.
For them, abortion is big business. And when that business is threatened, they fight back.
Their goal is to make an example of David Daleiden. They want to scare off any future would-be investigators who would blow the whistle on their horrific and ghoulish practices.
Planned Parenthood wants to destroy their opposition and silence the truth.
Well, here at Life Legal, we believe it's the truth that sets us free.
Thank you for supporting David, and God bless you.
Alexandra Snyder
Executive Director
Life Legal Defense Foundation

*Editor’s note:  there was a request to sign a petition as part of this message; however, it is only open to USA residents at this time.

        1.  Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women

Dear Colleague,

This week the UN annual conclave of women’s rights activists felt a sea change.

EU delegates seemed stunned when the U.S. began to oppose abortion and sex education for young children. They made an unprecedented two statements condemning the fact that abortion wasn't included as a part of health. After eight years of ardent abortion advocacy, the U.S. joined the Africans and other developing nations to qualify both “sexual and reproductive health” and “reproductive rights” as not including abortion where it is against the law. This is a major step forward.

In the civil society events, women’s rights advocates boldly exposed the way abortion advocacy is harming women’s rights.

But on the streets of New York, a “free speech” bus brought in by our friends from Spain was viciously vandalized just because it dared to say that girls and boys are different.

There is much work ahead of us, but we can be justifiably proud of our work this week. We are grateful to all the pro-life and pro-family delegates and coalition members, but especially to our own executive vice president, Lisa Correnti, for serving on the U.S. delegation that has brought us so much hope.

Spread the word. Be brave.

Yours sincerely,

Austin Ruse

Pro-Life Pro-Family Turn Rocks Europeans at UN Commission on Women
By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. 

NEW YORK, March 24 (C-Fam) The world witnessed the United States returning to the pro-life fold after years of abortion advocacy from the Obama administration yesterday during the UN Commission on the Status of Women.  Read more >> 

Nikki Haley Signals Change of Direction for USUN

The Pro-life cause may get a reprieve at the United Nations thanks to the Trump administration during the Commission on the Status of Women, following several years of poundings from the pro-abortion Obama administration. Read more >> 

Center for Family and Human Rights
1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 212
Washington, DC 20036

Editor’s Note:   This change in policy at the UN is due to policy changes of the Trump Presidency, as compared to President Obama and Clinton policies.     In Canada, PM Justin Trudeau continues with the pro-abortion policies that were supported by Presidents Obama and Clinton.    $650 million in funding was announced recently from Canada to underdeveloped countries to pay for “reproductive services”, code for abortion services.

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
Tel. (705) 675-3894



  1. Church of the Epiphany Has an 18’x6’ Cross to Give Away

The Church of the Epiphany inherited a large interior cross from Church of the Resurrection when it closed a few years ago.  We have recently repainted our church and have decided not to rehang that cross.  It is in excellent condition - light oak and rather modern, but it is 18 feet tall and 6 feet wide so needs a substantial wall on which to hang.  We would like to give it to any parish that might like it or to any Christian community with an inside soaring wall for it!  Please express any interest or question to Barbara Bolton, People's Warden at Epiphany at 705-674-1691 or at

  1. Find your voice - Singers needed for CHOIR!

St. Patrick’s Church Seeking Choir Members

Are you looking for a fun and inclusive group to sing with?
Are you a beginner looking to try something creative?
Are you a returning choir member who misses singing in a group?
Are you looking for a choir that blends traditional and contemporary?
Are you passionate about classical music, chant and singing in parts?
Do you love sacred music?

St Patrick's Choir may be for you!
We at St. Patrick's Catholic Church are looking to expand our choir.  We are
recruiting all voice types (soprano, alto, tenor and bass).  We have a great need
for men's voices!  No experience needed, all that you need is a willingness
to learn.  Opportunities include singing Mass regularly, special services
(Taize, evening prayer) and seasonal sacred concert events.  We also provide
musical professionals who train the choir to read music and sing.  Essentially,
this is music lessons free of charge!  Of course, we also welcome music readers
and experienced choir singers.

Time obligations are rehearsals Thursdays 6:00pm-7:15pm and 10:00am Sunday Mass
We hope you will consider this invitation to join us.  We would love to welcome
you to our group.

If you have any questions, please call Matt @ 705.618.4341 or
email: for further details.

  1. Nord500North Seeking Marketing Assistance
All Greater Sudbury Churches are asked to have participation from their Denomination on a  Marketing Sub-Committee that is being formed.

For further information, please contact Diane Ikonen           705 566 9752

  1. Sudbury Right to Life/Pro-Vie Board Seeking Volunteers

Sudbury Right to Life/Pro-Vie invites interested citizens to volunteer:  activities which they undertake as the education and outreach arm of the pro-life movement in Greater Sudbury.

Recently an Office has been re-opened on Elm Street, which will make it accessible to students and others.

Sudbury Right to Life/Respect pour la vie Office address is 109 Elm St. W. Unit 8

Mailing address:

Sudbury Right to Life/Respect pour la vie
P.O. Box 985
Sudbury ON
P3E 4S4

Telephone number is 705-674-1700 and the fax is the same number

Volunteers and Board Members are needed to reach the goals the organization has set.    Youth are most welcome!

For further information, please contact Marguerite Groulx        705 524 6384

Media Marvels

  1.  TVO Opportunity for Input

We want to hear from you!

Has TVO changed your life through the power of learning?

We're looking for dedicated viewers like you to share your experiences with us to help us shape how we tell Ontario's stories.

Contact Kathryn Liedeman, TVO's Development Officer, to learn more about how you can become involved in the future of TVO.

Kathryn Liedeman <>

  1.  Jesus- the Game Changer  - on 100 Huntley Street

During the last few weeks of this month on 100 Huntley Street - to our TV viewership of 1.3 million Canadians per week and the hundreds of thousands more who watch on the web and social media - we're going to be talking about "Jesus - the Game Changer." We're going to be telling stories about how the life and teaching of Jesus changed the world... and still is today! Our special guest is Karl Faase, an Australian pastor and host of the new and powerful documentary, "Jesus - the Game Changer."’

"Jesus - the Game Changer" in DVD and Digital On-Demand formats
  1.  The Shack Author:  “The Story Behind the Story”

Watch the video in which The Shack author, Wm. Paul Young, speaks about his life and how it led to The Shack.    This message was given at a Conference in the USA on August 7, 2016

I believe it’s a story to which we can all relate, in some way.

Pastor Jason Tripp of Valleyview Community Church, Blezard Valley, said it was the most powerful testimony he’s ever heard, and, he’s heard thousands.

You can view it by cutting and pasting the following url into your Internet browser:      

  1. The Lightfhouse Store in New Sudbury has The Shack book and other items for sale








Help Needed

Guitarist or Keyboard Player Needed at Holy Redeemer Parish, Minnow Lake

Musician Needed - Keyboard Player or Guitarist - for Sunday Morning 9 AM Mass.

If you play an instrument that could assist us in our Sunday Morning liturgy, please speak with Fr. Peter Moher or contact the office at 705-566-8330.

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.

Employment Opportunity:  Office Administrator – St. Andrew the Apostle, Barrydowne Rd., New Sudbury

Office Administrator wanted at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church @ 1250 Barrydowne Road in Sudbury

28 hours per week, Tuesday to Friday.

Involves Clerical, Customer Service, and Financial Accounting responsibilities.

For a full job description, please visit The job description is also posted on kijiji. The position starts March 1, 2017.


Daily Chuckle

    1.  Body Language

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism, or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal: he'd have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or leave
The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a 'silent' debate.
On the chosen day, the Pope and rabbi sat opposite each other. The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

The rabbi looked back and raised one finger. Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head. The rabbi pointed to the
ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine. The rabbi pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope, and asked him what had happened.

The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our faiths. Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. The rabbi responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and host to show that through the perfect sacrifice, Jesus has atoned for our sins, but the rabbi pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin. He bested me at every move and I could not continue."

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the rabbi how he'd won. "I haven't a clue," said the rabbi.

"First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the

whole country would be cleared of Jews, but I told him emphatically that we were staying right here."
"And then what?" asked a woman.
"Who knows?" said the rabbi. "He took out his lunch, so I took out mine."   

    1.  The Oldest Computer

The oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve.   Surprise!  Surprise!  It was an Apple.   But with extremely limited memory.
Just 1 byte
Then everything crashed

                   ( ECCLESIASTES 3:4 *NKJV )

     Well you are in luck, for today is a time to laugh!  So sit
back and enjoy the following message from one of our
Sister's In Christ.  Soon you will be saying: THEN OUR
 TONGUE WITH SINGING.   And just as Sarah said
 when God told her she would have a child at her advanced
 age.  You will be saying: "GOD HAS MADE ME LAUGH,
( PSALM  21:6 )  &   ( GENESIS 21:6 )

                           Squirrels in Church!

     A small town had only three Churches in it but they all
 suffered with the same problem.  You see, all three had a
 serious problem with squirrels getting into the Church.

     Now each Church, in its own fashion, had a meeting to
 deal with the problem.

     The first Church congregation decided that it was
 predestined that the squirrels be in the Church, and that
 they would just have to live with them.

     The Second Church decided they should deal with the
squirrels lovingly . So they humanely trapped them and
 released them in a park at the edge of town.  However within
3 days, they had all returned and were all back in the church.

     The Third Church came up with the best solution. They
 voted the squirrels in as members.  Now they only see them
at Christmas and Easter.

     The moral of the story is: Don't be a Squirrel, attend your
Church regularly

In HIS Love & Service,
       Pastor Allen
 Apostle Paul Ministries, P O Box 55996, Hayward, CA 94545

Words of Wisdom


   Make a Right onto Believeth Blvd.  Keep straight and go through
the Green Light, which is Jesus Christ.  There, you must turn onto
the Bridge of Faith, which is over troubled water.

   Now when you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and Keep
Straight.  You are on the King's Highway - Heaven-bound.
Keep going for three miles:  One for the Father, One for the Son,
and One for the Holy Spirit.

   Then take the Grace Blvd exit.  From there, make a Right turn
on Gospel Lane.  Keep Straight and then make another Right on
Prayer Road.  As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on
Temptation Ave.  Also, avoid SIN  STREET because it is a DEAD
END.  Pass up Envy Drive, and Hate Avenue.  Also, pass
Hypocrisy Street, Gossiping Lane, and Backbiting Blvd.

   However, you will have to go down Long-suffering Lane,
Persecution Blvd. and Trials and Tribulations Ave, but that's all
right, because VICTORY Street is straight ahead!     AMEN!

                                                            ( Author Unknown )

When Your Cross Seems Too Heavy

When your "cross" seems too heavy remember
that God is there helping you carry it.  After all God has said,
 YOU."  ( HEBREWS 13:5 )

     So put your faith in God, and remember that Jesus said,
 Then let the wings of faith uphold you, uphold you indeed!

                  May the wings of faith uphold you
                  When your cross is hard to bear,
                  As temptations surround you,
                  And no one seems to care.
                  May the wings of faith surround you
                  And shield you from the pain
                  When sorrows overcome you
                  And teardrops fall like rain.
                  May you know that God is with you
                  In times of deep despair.
                  May the spirit, who's within you,
                  Confirm that He is there!
                  May the valley of the shadow
                  Provide angels unaware...
                 May the wings of faith uphold you
                  When your cross is hard to bear.

                                             Poet, Clay Harrison

Are you reluctant to release staff who fail to preform because you believe to fire is somehow un-Christian?
If an employee is failing to do the job, seems not to put forth much effort or suffers from the "slows", you need to take action.

First, take the person aside. Explain exactly what changes are required in the job. Be clear, direct, but respectful.

Follow up, give coaching, and encourage when you see improvement. If the person fails to change, give at lease two warnings, preferably in writing.

If the slows continue, then discharge the individual, giving clearly the reasons, and pray they learn the lesson on the next job.

Why God Allows Pain

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.
As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.
They talked about so many things and various subjects.
When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber
said: "I don't believe that God exists."
"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.
"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God
doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick
people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would
be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine a loving a God who
would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt.

The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."
"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"
"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."
"Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is that people do not come to me."
"Exactly!"- affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too,
DOES exist! What happens is that people don't go to Him and do not look for Him.
That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."

"Faith is a journey, not a destination."
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each and every step of the way.

To What Must You Die?

The death from which we are called is healing from those things which bind us and hold us back: memories, fears, rejection, orother such things. What binds you? What keeps you from fully being your own most true self in Christ?

Source:  Holy Redeemer Parish Sudbury Bulletin, April 2/17

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