At Sainte-Famille, we extend a standing invitation to those without a
home or community. For example, last spring, we held a special mass which
was celebrated with members of the Rawandan community, many of whom lost
relatives and close friends in the massacre in their home country. A similar
service was quickly organized to comfort those who suffered from tragedy
in Madagascar. Indeed, Sainte-Famille is a place where everyone can contribute
in his or her own way, with full recognition of the wealth that a true
Mosaic can bring.
The parishioners of Sainte-Famille have a history of undertaking and
making projects happen.
The best illustration of this is how people took action to allow their
priest to take a year's sabbatical. Not only did parishioners find a replacement
for him, but they helped him assume the cost of his trip to Europe.
While the actual management of the Parish continues to be done on a purely
volunteer basis, the overall direction is provided by the, Executive which
is democratically elected by the Parish Council; both meet on a regular
basis throughout the year.
The Parish's year of activities usually begins in late August or early
September when members of the French, Spanish and African communities
meet and spend a day together. A theme is chosen and developed that will
guide us throughout the year. Past themes are A living and responsible
Christian community (Une communaute chretienne, vivante et
responsable and Come Celebrate Life. (Viens celebrer la Vie).
Last year, we chose to celebrate life together by overcoming age, language
and cultural barriers.
Quite a challenge you would say! How does one do it? Clay was the answer
and the theme became, To become clay in Your Hands (Etre argile entre
tes mains). By working clay with our hands, not only we were able to create
a series of creative and somewhat unusual objects later put on display
in the' Church, but we overcame our initial fear of not knowing one another.
We were able to express our feelings and to build valuable links amongst
ourselves. To culminate the day, three colourful balloons were launched
to symbolize the three communities' efforts to strive for
greater understanding and co-operation. This yearly activity or as we
say, JOURNEE DE RESSOURCEMENT, helps us grow and blossom as a Christian
community. And just so we don't forget, our monthly bulletin is a constant
reminder of the chosen theme. Parishioners are invited to contribute articles
that will enhance it and encourage us to reflect upon it.