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NET Retreat for Youth

The theme of this retreat is “Living for Greatness”. Society tells us that the purpose of life is to get a good job, start a family, make lots of money, and be happy. But what happens once we achieve that? Is that true greatness? God has a plan for each of us… How do we hear Him, and how do we have the strength to follow? NET Ministries will be running two retreats in February. One for our Junior Youth…

St. Vincent de Paul – Thanks You – Seeking Volunteer Delivery Drivers

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ST ANN’S CONFERENCE Thanks to your very generous financial help during 2021 and in particular during our Christmas Hamper campaign. Your generosity allowed us to deliver grocery gift cards to over 310 households. These cards enabled our clients to choose their own Christmas dinner items at our local Save On Foods and IGA. Depending on the size of the household, the values of the gift cards were between $100 and $200, and each delivery…

This Christmas, reach out to the prisoners in our midst!

I was in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:36 One of the seven Corporal Acts of Mercy is to visit or assist those in prison – whether they be shut-ins, the disabled, the hospitalized, or those actually serving time in jail. In Matthew 25, we find the story of the Judgement Day, when God separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep are those who showed love for God through their love for the hungry, the thirsty, the sick,…

2021 St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Campaign

TO ALL PARISHIONERS Every year the parish community rallies behind Society of St. Vincent de Paul in their preparation and distribution of Christmas hampers. It is always a costly and rewarding undertaking. This year, COVID 19 continues to add new concerns and uncertainly to every aspect of life…including our Christmas hamper program. This is the time when we start asking for your help with our Christmas Hamper Campaign. We would normally put out our Christmas Trees with gift tags. Usually,…

Voting: a duty, a gift, an opportunity

Please read the statement embedded below from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the upcoming Federal Election on September 20th, 2021: Statement from the Executive Committee of the CCCB on the upcoming federal elections: “Voting: a duty, a gift, an opportunity” Friday, September 17 2021 The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages all Catholics in Canada to vote in the upcoming federal elections. In preparation, the faithful should reflect on their concerns and aspirations, familiarize…

Bill C-7 – How to Make Your Voice Heard

Dear Fathers and Catholic Faithful, Greetings in the Lord! Bill C-7 is the legislation to amend the criminal code with regards to MAID, or medical assistance in dying or more properly called, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. As you know, the Senate has amended Bill C-7 and sent these proposed amendments to the House of Commons for approval. If these amendments pass in the House of Commons, it will make it much easier for vulnerable Canadians to access assisted suicide and…

Response to Documentary Francesco

At the request of the Holy Father, the Secretariat of State has prepared the attached explanatory document in response to the release of the documentary entitled, Francesco. The document, received earlier this week from the Apostolic Nunciature, clarifies the context of certain statements made by His Holiness and contained in the said documentary. Unofficial translation of the CCCB Some statements, contained in the documentary “Francesco” by director Evgeny Afineevsky, have given risen to different reactions and interpretations in recent days.…

COVID-19 Virus Information

PLEASE NOTE: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been suspended in the Diocese of Nelson. All churches and parish offices are closed until further notice. There will be NO public Masses or celebrations in our churches during this period, however, we are live streaming them over the Internet. May 30, 2020: With great joy we are able to announce that we are re-opening of our churches for Sunday Liturgy on June 6/7. For Our Parishes We are receiving ongoing…

Statement on the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada Catholic Bishops of British Columbia and Yukon

With recreational use of cannabis now legal in Canada, Catholics are understandably asking themselves some questions: Is the use of cannabis now morally permissible? How should I respond to the availability of legal marijuana? To begin, it’s important to recall that Catholics look to the teachings of Jesus, Sacred Scripture and the Church for guidance on moral matters. The mere fact that an activity is made legal by the government does not automatically mean that it is morally acceptable. It…

Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) expresses its disappointment at the passage of Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis/marijuana for recreational use. Given the numerous known risks cannabis use poses to human society and human health (physical, mental and emotional), it is lamentable that the federal government has decided to facilitate the provision and use of an addictive substance that will have disastrous effects for so many people. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the Canadian Paediatric…