The OK Clean Water Project is most grateful to the Ottawa Catholic Schools who have supported our water project in Kumbo, Cameroon again in the school year 2014-2015. This year, twenty-five schools brought in an amazing $31,264.50! The schools were given a power point presentation including photos, commentary and statistics on the number of villages, pipes, storage tanks, schools and health clinics served by the project. The students and teachers were most creative in their fundraising engaging in such activities as walk-a-thons, read-a-thons, spirit days, coin lines, bake sales, chores at home and other interesting activities to raise money for OK Clean Water Project.
As we prepare for the Province Assembly, we are also journeying with the Corporate Stance and anticipating a significant year around Climate Action. We are expecting an Encyclical from Pope Francis in early July and organizing for advocacy around the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris in December. For those wishing to include the substantive momentum of Climate Action as part of their preparation for Assembly, the JPIC Core Committee has prepared some papers as a guide and resource. They have been posted on the First Class JPIC icon. They include an overview of where we are and where we are headed in relation to Climate Action with some interesting exercises and questions for reflection.
How wonderful it is when one is celebrated!! On Friday, May 29th many gathered at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral to acknowledge and thank those who have served and continue to serve the Church of Montreal. With several others, Dorothy Maher, CND received this year’s Monseigneur-Ignace-Bourget Diocesan Award of Merit.
For the last 28 years, Dorothy served the people of Holy Cross Parish where she initiated programs for spiritual growth and care for the impoverished and needy. She encouraged community life within the parish so much so that the pastor described her work thus: “I could not have had a more efficient partner in community work.” Bravo Dorothy!!!