The Government of Canada has declared September 30 a day of Truth and Reconciliation with our indigenous sisters and brothers.
1- Join a West Island parish livestream this evening, a Mass in solidarity with our fellow citizens from 7-8 pm, for adoration, music, readings and prayers with the participation of some indigenous parishioners.
2- Truth and reconciliation: A reflection by Connor Sarazin
What is the meaning behind Truth and Reconciliation? It is all about discovering and revealing governments’ past wrongdoings. With the truth revealed, repairing and establishing a respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada can move forward.
Many people say that it wasn’t them, their children or their parents who were responsible for the Residential Schools so why are they being made to feel guilty about it? I believe the point is being completely missed....(Read Connor's thoughts and check out the further resources.)
3- See this week’s Canadian Bishops’ “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples”
4- The bishops are also pledging $30 million for healing and reconciliation initiatives.
5- This evening: Blessing of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Statue
Archbishop Christian Lépine will bless a new statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha to be erected in Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. The community is invited to pray to St. Kateri for truth and reconciliation this evening at 7:30 p.m. You may also follow the celebration live online.
6- Check out this beautiful and moving video, “Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism,” by the Knights of Columbus.
7- Our parish wardens have agreed to offer our space toward Healing and Reconciliation. The first event will be November 3 -- look for details in October on how to join.