April 2016

From 2016-04-21 to 2016-05-31


This year, the celebration had a special character as the first Syrian family welcomed to Quebec participated in it, i.e. the parents and their two young children.  These people are Catholic and seemed very happy to be with us.  They were accompanied by their sponsoring family.  Needless to say that the media were there to meet them.  The celebration continued in the church basement in a warm and beautiful fraternal atmosphere.

As the year 2016 kicked off, Srs. Monette Ouellette and Lilianne Pelletier spent these weeks welcoming the two Syrian families sponsored by the parish.  Fr. Bériault, o.p., is their partner at the same time as he attends to the private sponsorship of a third Syrian family provided by the Dominican Fathers.  The two rental apartments having been found, it is now time for cleaning..., shopping..., moving furniture..., etc.  Fortunately, they are helped by volunteers whose heart is fully devoted to the task.  When will those families arrive?  Probably a few weeks from now;  the committee will find out the moment of their arrival 48 hours beforehand... they will have to be ready! 

Quebec City

From 2016-04-14 to 2016-05-31


Later, Sr. Virginia joins a group of representatives from other congregations to celebrate the Eucharist, attend a program organized by the inmates and distribute gifts to the residents of the National Women Correctional Institution.  Each local community in the archdiocese of Manila was asked by the Association of Women Religious in the Archdiocese of Manila (AWRAM) to bring their share of goods to be given as gifts to the inmates. The contents of each bag were meticulously specified to avoid “war” among the recipients for any difference that they discover in the gifts given to them such as the number, the size and quality of the goods.  There has been a precedent to this in the past – for this reason the organizers make sure that everything given to the inmates are exactly the same.  

   Manila, Chronicles

From 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-30


Agapê Centre of Christian Formation

This morning, Sr. Suzette Jean went back to the Centre where she will be living four days a week and sometimes more.  She shared with us that there will be five young people living this experience this year.

Agapê is a Catholic formation centre for young people 18-35, founded by Mr. Denis Pelletier, a layman, father of a family and highly coveted lecturer, professor and formator. 

The formation team made up of lay people, men and women religious and priests is flexible ;  it accompanies the young people in one of the four options offered :  Agapê-Faith, Agapê-Mission, Agapê-Vocation, Agapê-Arts and Vocations.  These programmes revolve around a fraternal life, a life of prayer, studies in theology and a life of commitment.  Our companion is beginning her second year and we rejoice in her commitment which she shares with us with enthusiasm.

A New Place of Prayer  at Kanyanga 

The long awaited day is here.  It is the official opening of the renovated chapel.  More than one hundred people gather from different churches in and around Kanyanga, Lundazi district in Zambia to witness to this unique occasion.  The chapel will accommodate the faithful from different denominations who want to use it for prayer and spiritual encounters.

The day was spiced with singing and dancing by the clinic choir and some M.I.C. Sisters.  This Chapel has a long history which is narrated by Sr. Huguette Pigeon, M.I.C.  Behind the success of this beautiful chapel are M.I.C. General Administration, Austrian friends, Sr. Jacqueline Vachet, and Mr. Gerald Pigeon and his team.   We thank God for its success.