The Ismael family of Taleb, Kifah, Yazan, Sara and Daniel celebrated their citizenship ceremony, Tuesday November 23, via zoom with a total of 75 participants. They were Permanent Residents for over 4 years since they arrived from Syria as refugees in March of 2017.
Sisters Debbie and Gemma were at the Ismael home to witness the ceremony.
This was a joyful experience as they took the oath of allegiance and sang O Canada with gusto!
Judge Mahoney from Halifax presided over the ceremony and she gave them a wonderful welcome as well as talked to everyone about the rights and responsibilities as Canadian citizens.
At the end of the ceremony each family had time to get a photo with the judge on computer.
Later on Friday, November 26 a group of Sisters gathered at 47 Conamore Drive to celebrate with them in person.
It was a red and white party with all finger foods in red and white and a beautiful Canadian Welcome cake for all to enjoy.
The Sisters were delighted to celebrate this milestone in the family’s journey.
During the months of October and November we are delighted to be hosting a course entitled Living Well: Tending to our Human Needs.
Facilitated by Sister Rosemary, the course topics of understanding our human body, medications, exercise, nutrition, mental health, communicating effectively, embracing aging and finding purpose and meaning in life were offered each week by a qualified presenter in their respective field of expertise.
Here Dr. Janice Keefe presents on Embracing Aging: Managing the Challenges and Finding the Opportunities.
During the months of September and October, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine received an upgrade under the wise consultation of Alan MacPhee.
Sculptor Henry Chikoti, his son, home on vacation from his studies, donated his skills to repair the Fatima children and wash the Statue of Our Lady.
Here is Henry washing down the Madonna.
When he returns home next summer, he will repaint Our Lady of Fatima and the restoration will be complete.
Members of the Knights of Columbus (Brady Grant, PhillipBeaulac and Luke Pierlot) volunteered to re-install the children while their organization supplied the materials.
Other Knights Glen Mahar and Stephen LaPierre repaired, painted and re-installed the white cross on the entry sign to the Mount.
David Walsh was hired to remove the old steps and re-design the pathway to the Shrine, remove large stones from the Shrine as well as remove low-hanging branches and dying shrubs to enhance the tidiness, visibility and accessibility to the Shrine.
The Sisters are delighted with the project and are grateful to these generous men and pray that their families will be richly blessed for their loving service to us.
Saturday, December 4 from 10AM until 3PM, the Martha Spirituality Centre offers the opportunity to reflect upon the impact of Mary, the Mother of God on our faith journeys as well as the gifts that others have brought to our lives. This Zoom retreat will be facilitated by Sister Debbie Peters, CSM. Register with firstname.lastname@example.org . There will be a one-hour lunch break. Fee $20.
Join Sister Joan Campbell for the 4-week Zoom series “Prophets and Kin of Jesus.” Thursdays, November 25 until December 16 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. We will explore what the gospels say about major New Testament characters whom we meet in the early life of Jesus including Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist and others. Fee $20. Register with email@example.com .