Michaelís Roman Catholic Church
379 Division Street
Cobourg, ON†† K9A 3R7
905 372-6844 / Fax 905
October 28, 2015
Our Holy Father Pope Francis
has urged parishes to take a refugee family, setting an example by having the
Vatican parishes make a commitment to this outreach. As Fr. Andrew told us all last
weekend, St. Michaelís Parish will be sponsoring a Syrian refugee family of
five. It is a time of urgent need when many are living in tent cities. Our
Christian faith calls us to extend our care and compassion to the Syrian
refugees at this time of crisis (Matthew 25: 34-40).
We are working with the
Peterborough Diocese in this project and have registered our commitment with
the Diocesan Chancellor of Temporal Affairs, Fr. Peter Seabrooke.
The Diocese is working in partnership with Casa Maria, a Refugee Sponsorship
Program that has been administered by Sr. Ruth Hennessy of the Sisters of St.
Joseph for over 20 years. Their experience and support will be most significant
in navigating this process successfully.
Other parishes have stepped
up to take on a refugee family, including Newcastle, Grafton & Port Hope.
There are numerous sponsorships in Peterborough that are in process.
Sponsorship cost vary according to the size of family. Parishes make choices of
family size from 1-6 or more members according to their ability to fundraise
and provide the necessary back-up support. As these families are refugees, they
may be Muslim or of any religion.
We of the St. Michaelís
Refugee Committee, with Fr. Andrew, made the choice of a family of five. The
estimated cost is $30,000.00 for this size. It is a one year financial commitment. In this sponsorship program
there are no matching funds from the government. We have already raised
over $16,000.00. †
In the meantime we need to
raise 80% of the total cost by November 30, 2015. This means that we will have
to raise $8,000.00 in additional funds. Already parishioners are generously dropping
by the parish office with monetary donations. In the space of days, another
$1,000.00 has been donated, lowering the amount needed by the end of November.
If you are able to once again
make a donation, please make your cheque payable to St. Michaelís Church marked
Refugee Family. This donation can be put it in the collection basket. Be sure
to mark the envelope with your name and address on the envelope for income tax
purposes. ††Alternatively, you may come by the Parish
Office during office hours to make this donation.
Look for our fundraising
projects coming up!
Thanking you for your
generosity and prayers.
Fr. Andrew Ayala, IVE
Pastor, St. Michaelís Parish
Sr. Linda Gregg, CSJ
Chair Refugee Committee
Phone: 905-372-2741 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Core Committee Members:
Treasurer: Sylvia Barrett†††††††††††††† Secretary: Carol Lawless
Pat Fleming, Gary & Pat
James, Bob Clement, Judy Cross, Moira Cascone†