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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Delegation from Canada visits Catholic communities in Lebanon

A delegation including CCCB representatives and organized by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace / Caritas Canada is visiting the Middle East, 29 January to 9 February 2017. Intended to be a tangible sign of the charity and solidarity of the universal Church for the Catholic faithful in the region, the delegation is focusing on Catholic communities in Lebanon and Syria. The […]

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Refuge in Niagara: Documentary

Watch this local production focuses on St. Kevin’s Parish Community’s Refugee Sponsorship Project.

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Overwhelmed and very grateful

Photo Caption: The Almakhoul family, with Barbara Nenadovich and Rev. Paul Vellakunnathu, at the Diocesan Anniversary Dinner, November 25th. The family was welcomed to Canada by their sponsors from St. Andrew’s Parish in October. Everything that Wael Kadmous and Mania Atiya knew was being torn apart by a civil war pounding their Syrian city of Homs. “The war began, and people […]

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