Diocese of Pittsburgh Supporting Our Initiatives


by Ellen Mady, director of the Office for Marriage, Family & Life for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Source: http://diopitt.org/latest-diocesan-news/join-lenten-drive-aid-mideast-refugees Posted under the title: “Join Lenten drive to aid Mideast refugees” on Mon., Mar. 14, 2016.   Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were exiled from the Garden of Eden. Jacob and Joseph both experienced exile. Moses spent his entire life in exile […]

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish Fundraiser Dinner

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St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be hosting a dinner fundraiser in support of their Refugee Family Sponsorship on Saturday, March 5th in the Parish Hall on Davy St. Doors open at 6:30pm with dinner at 7:00pm Tickets are $45 per person To purchase tickets or for additional information please contact David at 905-468-8456 or Marion at 905-359-8032 or email svdprefugees@gmail.com

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Niagara College donates laptops to St. Kevin’s Parish

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Two refugee families living in Welland will each receive a laptop donated by Niagara College. The laptops were donated by the College to the St. Kevin’s Parish Refugee Sponsorship Committee. The Welland-based Catholic parish is sponsoring two families – consisting of two brothers and their families – from Damascus Syria. The refugee families now live in a home near Niagara […]

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Diocese names Syrian refugee coordinator


by JOE BARKOVICH Marilyn Nabilsi has what it takes to be successful in her ‘people’ job. She has a warm, winning smile. She has a welcoming demeanor. She loves working with people. Nabilsi has been coordinator of refugee resettlement for the Diocese of St. Catharines since the beginning of January. She was well known in local refugee circles before that because she has been a volunteer at Casa El Norte, Fort Erie, and […]

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Syrian Refugee Sponsorship in Numbers


As in January 29th: 14 parishes are committed to sponsoring Syrian refugee families 21 families are being sponsored by our parishes 6 parishes are taking preliminary steps toward sponsorship commitments 7 Syrian families are expected to arrive in the diocese in the coming weeks and months Thanks to generous volunteers, donors and benefactors. The diocese can provide financial and other […]

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Parishioners at Star of the Sea are gearing up for the arrival of a Syrian refugee family


Father Richard Kowalchuk, pastor of Star of the Sea church in Port Dalhousie, says he is elated, but not overwhelmed, by the success of his parish’s initiative. “I’m not overwhelmed because of the long tradition of social justice involvement here,” he says. “It made me confident about the outcome.” The small, 700-family parish is closing in on the fund-raising goal […]

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St. Vincent de Paul working towards sponsoring a Syrian family


NOTL church has set up a steering committee to oversee efforts. When Pope Francis speaks, Catholics listen. So when he called on the Catholic community to welcome Syrian refugees, St. Vincent de Paul in Niagara-on-the-Lake took note. The parish established a steering committee, with plans moving forward to welcome a refugee family to Niagara. “We decided to participate, at a […]

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