Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Down Memory Road...

Parishioners and guests from neighbouring parishes recently enjoyed a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine down Memory Road.  The pilgrimage included the praying of the rosary, the Stations of the Cross, a feast-of-a-lunch break, and the celebration of Mass at St. Benedict Mission on Highway 61. 

From the outset to the very end, it was a grace-filled journey.  Providentially, the rain that had been forecasted for the day never arrived until after the last of the pilgrims boarded the bus for the journey back to town!

(pilgrims gathered around the shrine)

(view of Lake Superior from the shrine)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

On the road again...

This weekend (July 7 and 8) we welcome to our parish the Crossroads Canada Team, a group of young people who are dedicated to fostering a culture of life one step at a time.  They are walking across Canada to pray for an end to abortion and for a greater respect for the great God-given gift of human life.  As they pass through the cities, towns, and villages of our nation, they share with others the gift of their witness - a testimony to life in word and in action.  Please pray for these young people, for their safety and the success of their mission.  You can follow their progress by clicking  here and checking out their blog for occassional updates.

Parish Picnic and Outdoor Mass

This coming Sunday (July 8) we will once again be holding our annual parish picnic following the 10 a.m. Mass. 

Hot dogs, hamburgers, baking and refreshements will be on hand to enjoy.  Games and activities will be prepared for the children.

In the long-standing tradition, Mass will be celebrated outside (weather permiting).  Guests and friends are always welcome.  See you at the picnic!

Holy order...

After over a week of celebrating Mass in the church basement, we are excited to return back to the main body of the church - back to the familiar, back to the regular rhythm of prayer.

Our return has also been marked by a return of another kind.  The sanctuary floor restoration is complete, and though the floor is looking like a million dollars, thankfully it didn't cost that much to restore it! 

After decades of being hidden under tile and subsequent varieties of carpet, the original maple floor has re-emerged, well equipped to serve our parish as we forge ahead into our second century.

(a view of the sanctuary from the choir loft)

(a close-up of the floor)