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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

A moving memorial service commemorating the deaths of the 14 women tragically killed on December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montreal, and of the nine women on PEI whose lives came to a violent end since that date, was held in Charlottetown on Friday, December 5.

Close to 200 people encircled a table of roses and candles. As each name was read, a candle was lit in honor of that woman. For the Island women, heart-warming details were told of the lives of each one.

The focus of the service was also on the more than 2,000 Indigenous women and children who have been declared missing or slain. The 2014-2015 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence calls for a national inquiry into this tragedy. During the service on Friday, we were reminded that "we mourn and we act." 

God Gave Us Christmas

Gaudete Sunday.  That is Latin for REJOICE!  We’re lighting the rose colored candle filled with the spirit of joy this week.  How did we get here so fast?  One thing makes the time spent waiting seem to go by so much faster.  Any ideas?  Surely many of you guessed it.  Busy-ness.  Seems as if I blinked and instantly it was the third week of Advent!

 

 

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OFFICE OF MISSION ADVANCEMENT NEWS (USA)

At the beginning of November Vicki and I attended a development workshop in Sparkill, NY. On November 6th our Advisory committee met for the 2nd time. Several issues were discussed and it was decided that the next meeting would be held after the new Mission Advancement Director is in place.

We received several very generous gifts in November. These gifts have been invested for Health and Retirement. Please continue to keep our benefactors in your prayers.

Our benefactors’ names will be posted on our intranet. If you know any of these generous donors, please send them a thank you note/Christmas card. It would mean the world to them. We would be happy to give you addresses.

During this Advent season, may your hearts be opened more and more to receive the gift that Christ is offering you.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a New Year of good health and deep peace.

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