Refugee Ministry

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Let us not forget the flesh of Christ which is in the flesh of refugees: their flesh is the flesh of Christ.
Pope Francis

Each year thousands refugees come to the Canada seeking to make a new life for themselves. Victims of war, oppression, and political turmoil, refugees come seeking the opportunity to live in peace, safety, and freedom. Upon arrival in Canada, they face the challenge of starting lives anew, often with little more than just a few material possessions. They must immediately attend to basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter and jobs, while learning a new language and navigating the many cultural variations in our society. Consequently, there is a great need for people who are willing to help facilitate the integration of newly arriving refugee populations into our society.

The Diocese of St. Catharines has an active Refugee Ministry and has two refugee centres (Casa el Norte and Chez Marie Refuge) that offer a number of services to our brothers and sisters in need.

 

 

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Summer Camp Experiences for Refugee Kids

Ontario Camps Association is once again offering free one or two week sessions at an Ontario Summer Camp for refugee children, ages 4-15 who arrived in Canada between 2014 and 2017. If you are interested, please apply soon as space is limited. For information, go to http://www.refugeesummer.ca/ Call at 416-485-0425 or toll-free 1-844-485-0425 or email: refugeesummer@ontariocamps.ca Thanks to the generosity of […]

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Ananias Mission: Bringing Refugees to Safety

By By Jennifer Monahan Correspondent Part 2 of a series. Last week’s article highlighted the plight of Christians in Syria. This week, we take a look at a local group that is working to bring Syrian refugees to safety. Ananias Mission is a nonprofit organization that assists Syrian refugees, founded by Ed Wethli. A parishioner at SS. John and Paul […]

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St. Patrick’s Parish welcomes their second Syrian family

This is an an exciting time as St. Patrick’s Parish welcomes their second Syrian family. The Maalouf family arrived safely in Toronto on Friday, March 31st. Fr. Gerard Power, O. Carm and Tim Atkinson of St. Patrick Parish greeted them at Pearson Airport.

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