The afternoon of Tasty Tunes with Sarkis was a huge success!
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2016 Holy Cross Parish BBQ
Littlest Girl Guides make plush toys for refugee children
The littlest Girl Guides (the Sparks aged 5-6) went to the Build-A-Bear workshop and they each made a small plush toy to give away to the refugee children. The girls were so wonderful! We had been talking to them about families who had to leave their homes because they did not feel safe and about what we could do to help them and when we heard your idea at mass Jeannie (my co-Guider) and I had a eureka moment! Our girls' parents were on board with the idea, some even sending extra money to make more bears. The girls also used some of their cookie sale money to cover half of the cost!
During part of the bear-making process, the girls got to pick a little heart, star or angel to fill with a wish and put inside their bear. So many of the girls chose a "protection" angel. And at the end not a single one wanted to keep the bear -- they were all on a mission and happy to give their bears a big cuddle (in the picture) before giving them away.
Inspired by Father Steven's suggestion, this year's Lenten Retreat was held on March 12, 2016 with an attendance of close to 40 participants welcoming, guest speaker, Father John Walsh. Participants listened to Father Walsh orate on many themes with the focus revolving around Mercy, which is this year's jubilee theme. Father John Walsh, a gifted speaker, had the participants thinking about who benefits the most from Mercy, Catholics' interactions with our Jewish and Muslim counterparts, as well as many other fascinating topics regarding today's church community.
The day began with Father Walsh reading John 8:1-11 "A Woman Caught in Adultery" (reading below) to show that Jesus was merciful. "1 - Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 - but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 - As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd."
4 - "Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 - The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 - They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 - They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 - Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 - When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 - Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 - “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
From this reading, the conversation wound through a handful of topics including divorce, women's role in the church, self determination,current issues around the world, The Pope,,andVatican II. Father Walsh offered a wealth of information and allowed for a respectful exchange of opinions.
The day long retreat was split in two sessions with a light lunch prepared and served by some of the parishioners including Sandra Lyng and Gloria Costanza who brought home-made soups (pictured above) under the coordination of Father Steven and our parish manager, Carmela Farina. With the success of this year's Lenten Retreat becoming but a memory, thoughts quickly turn to next year's retreat. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all those involved in the planning and coordination of the event, including Parish Council and Father John Walsh.