Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday in Holy Week - A Visit to St. Anne Elementary School (of St. Patrick's Fallowfield Parish)

Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord, may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, yet by this sacrifice made once for all, we may feel already the effects of your mercy.  Through Christ our Lord.

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On Monday, March 26--the Solemnity of the Annunciation--Father Joseph Muldoon and I travelled towards Kanata to make a visit to St. Anne's School. Principal Kari Burke and Pastor of St. Patrick's (Fallowfield), Father Stephen Amesse and a welcoming committee of students in Grades 5 and 6 received us warmly.

As I was to preside at the Vesting Ceremony of the Queenship of Mary Community on my return and our time-line was tight, I wore the choir dress cassock rather than the house cassock I generally wear on such occasions.

The choir did a wonderful job leading our prayer service, I enjoyed the Q & A which featured the Grade 4 class and was pleased to learn that the students in reaching out to the needy raised more than $2,000 to share with the hungry of our city (through Shepherds of Good Hope) and of the global south through a contribution to Development and Peace. I was also pleased to meet the special needs students and members of the school's Parents Society.

Some photos from the occasion:

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