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CRC JPIC Ontario Gathering focuses on First Nations Reconciliation

Last week, six of us participated in the annual CRC JPIC Ontario Network workshop. With the closing of Scarboro Missions, the event was moved to Kingston with great success. I came from Montreal, Rosemary Shannon, Rosemary Brosseau, Mildred Chabassol and Emily Doherty were there from Kingston and Nina Glinski travelled from Ottawa. Exploring the theme of the role of the Catholic Church and theology in relations with First Nations from colonization to the present, we worked with emotionally challenging history, along with examples and stories of hope that a different type of relationship is possible. The guest speaker was the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Maliseet, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and member of the Guadalupe Circle (Catholic healing circle for First Nations relationships). He presented little known gems of solidarity from history, while group participants shared stories of change from today and their plans for moving forward in a better way. As CND, we found the variety of resources, information and experiences to be very helpful as we consider an increased Community response to the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

Each of the three readings this First Sunday of Advent invites us into the Season. In the first reading Isaiah says “we are the clay and You the potter”. Paul writes in his letter “God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son.”  Mark’s gospel in particular touches my past and present in a special way:

Jesus said to his disciples:

"Be watchful! Be alert! …

you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,

whether in the evening, or at midnight,

or at cockcrow, or in the morning [on the E-train].

May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.

What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'" 

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First Sunday Advent

Isaiah 63.16b-17; 64.1, 3-8 / 1Corinthians 1.3-9 / Mark 13.33-37 

Mark tells us to: “Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.” 

Today we celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our Advent Journey. A time of waiting and hope as we await the celebration of Jesus` birth. A time of preparation for the arrival of someone special who is not a stranger to us. A time to deepen our relationships with all creation.

One evening last week I noticed I missed a facetime call on my iPad. Disappointed I missed the call I quickly clicked the call button hoping someone would be there to answer. When the connection was made I could see Sammy, who calls me Gramma, playing on the floor with his brother Alex. When he saw me on the screen he shouted, “Gramma, why didn`t you answer whencalled?” My only response was “Honey, I`m sorry, the volume was down.”

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