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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Front row: Nazira Kaba, Lara Kaba; 
Second row: Kenan Almakhoul, Faisal Kaba, Sam Kaba (brother from USA), and Rob Diermair

Fr. Paul Vellakunnathu, Pastor of St. Andrew Parish says, “We wish all the best for them in Canada. We thank all the volunteers for preparing the apartment for them. Special thanks to Helen and Toni Galeota, Barbara Nenadovich, Anita Bilodeau, Karen Young, Fouad and Kenan Almakhoul and Rob Diermair, and the apartment owner Gennaro Tavano for their good will and dedicated service. Thank you and bless you all for your prayers and support.”

St. Andrew Parish, Welland welcomed their 2nd Syrian family November 1st

  Fr. Paul Vellakunnathu, Pastor of St. Andrew Parish says, “We wish all the best for them in Canada. We thank all the volunteers for preparing the apartment for them. Special thanks to Helen and Toni Galeota, Barbara Nenadovich, Anita Bilodeau, Karen Young, Fouad and Kenan Almakhoul and Rob Diermair, and the apartment owner Gennaro Tavano for their good will […]

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Newcomers & Refugees in Niagara: A Community Forum

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Gathering of Syrian families and friends, August 12, 2017 at St. Patrick's Parish, Niagara Falls.

Syrian families and friends gather at St. Patrick’s Parish

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