Social Justice

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND THE INTEGRATION OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING NEWCOMERS IN QUEBEC

On Wednesday, March 15, from 10am-5pm at the Centre Sheraton Montreal (1201 René-Lévesque Blvd. West) the Quebec Community Groups Network will be hosting a one-day conference on community engagement and the successful integration of newcomers. This pre-forum to the National Metropolis Conference aims to bring together representatives from various sectors and various regions to discuss how newcomers (immigrants, refugees and migrants) integrate Quebec society through Quebec’s English-speaking communities and institutions, including faith-based organizations. The conference, sponsored by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), will wrap up with a roundtable of community organizations, service providers, and government representatives that aims to uncover innovative ways our communities can – with the support of municipal, provincial, and federal government institutions – foster the vitality of English-speaking communities in Quebec through the successful integration of newcomers – that is immigrants, refugees and migrants from the rest of Canada. We encourage you to attend share news of this event within your networks. Visit the conference’s site for details of the conference and for registration: qcgn.ca/metropolis-pre-forum. Workshop panel will include speakers Fr. Francis McKee (Pastor of Jesus Light of the World Parish), Alessandra Santopadre (Co-ordinator of the Refugee Sponsorship Program, Archdiocese of Montreal) and Norbert Piché (National Director for Jesuit Refugee Service – Canada), with Anna Farrow (Executive Director of the English Speaking Catholic Council) as moderator.

 

SOLIDARITY SUPPER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM NIGHT: ST. JOHN BRÉBEUF PARISH

Join us on Friday, March 10, 6:30pm in the parish hall (855 Bishop Power, LaSalle) for a simple supper followed by the screening of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (Nobel peace prize candidate who saved Jewish children during the Holocaust). Contact Wendy at 514-585-7727 or sjg@johnbrebeuf.ca.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE POVERTY MEAL: TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD PARISH

Respecting everyone’s right to live in dignity and in keeping with the Papal Prayer Intention for the month of February: “Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.” This year the proceeds of our poverty meal will go to Maison Cross Roads. They support the community and social reintegration of elderly disabled inmates who have been incarcerated, with programs and services such as wheelchair accessible housing, mentoring, etc. All are welcome on Sunday, March 5 following 10am Mass (11775 Filion St., Montreal). Tickets are $10; $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for children 5 years and younger. Contact Angie at 514-867-1967.

 

SHARE LENT 2017

There will be a Development and Peace training day for the English sector on Saturday, February 18 from 9am-1pm at the Archdiocese of Montreal (2000 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal) on the Lenten Campaign Women at the Heart of Change. The purpose of the day is to equip people to bring the campaign to their parishes using a variety of approaches that are suitable to each individual parish.  It will also broaden your awareness of an excellent campaign that highlights the role and importance of women in every aspect of development; social, environmental or economic. To register please contact Kim Piché at the Diocesan Social Action office at 514-931-7311 x211 or KPiche@diocesemontreal.org.

 

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE CONNECTION

The SJC will be holding an Art for Social Justice Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30am-3pm at Centre le Manoir (5319 ave. Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal). Ethical fashion by artisans from ETHIK and a variety of other ethical artisan and craft work will be available. Refreshments and fair trade coffee will be served. Second-hand books and a beginners’ no-sew workshop on creating elegant accessories by recycling fabric scraps and old clothing will be offered. Discussions with our dynamic team are welcome. We are also looking for a few more artisans or crafters whose work is harmless to the environment and that use materials that are ethically sourced. Contact Diane at 514-652-2208.

SUPPORT TWO CAUSES IN ONE: REFUGEES AND BOYS CHOIR

Support Syrian refugee families and enjoy the 100-voice St. Michael’s Choir School from Toronto. The double benefit takes place Wednesday, April 6 at Loyola High School at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. Most of the proceeds will help four parishes sponsor three refugee families; the balance will help support the well-known boys choir on their Central Canada tour. Tickets can be purchased at St. Ignatius, St. John Brébeuf, St. Veronica and Resurrection parishes or at www.loyola.ca/choir.

ST. MONICA PARISH: FAITH AND JUSTICE BAZAAR

All are welcome on Saturday, October 31 from 10am-4pm (6405 de Terrebonne St., Montreal). New items, baked goods, crafts, jewellery, children’s toys, Christmas items, White Elephant Table, and much more! Proceeds to buy food at Christmas for our twin parish in Zamoran, El Salvador. Free admission charge. Snacks and lunch will be served. Contact the office at 514-481-0267.

DON BOSCO MISSION OFFICE

The Don Bosco Mission Office is supporting Salesian Lay Missionaries Maria and Richard Lee in their efforts to raise funds for the purchase of a 40′ container filled with medical equipment and books to benefit the people of Madagascar. Join us on Saturday, October 24, 7pm at Centre de Quilles, (3115 L’Assomption, Montreal).  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children (6-12 years old), free for children under 6 years old. RSVP by October 22 with Maria or Richard at 514-251-2755 or mariarpino@yahoo.ca.  

SOCIAL ACTION OFFICE: DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE WORKSHOP

Create a Climate of Change will be the theme for our educational workshop to be held on Saturday, October 17 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish (875 Marcel-Laurin Blvd., St-Laurent). Learn how climate change has the worst impact on those least responsible for it: the world’s poor. We will also explore how climate change is related to the growing refugee crisis and how we can do something about this problem as individuals and as a Church! Coffee will be served at 8:45am, meeting will begin at 9:15am and end by 12:30pm. Parking available; near Cote-Vertu Metro, 10-minute walk or take bus 121 west. To sign up or for more info contact Deacon Michael Di Girolamo at 514-925-4300 x278.

St. John Brébeuf Parish: Social Justice Group

Join us for a film presentation of Dakar—From Junk to Art on Friday, June 12 at 7pm (855 Bishop Power St., LaSalle). In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, improvisation is the key to survival for many. These amazingly creative people transform old things into new, rubbish into useful items, broken artifacts into beautiful ones. They really are the masters of recycling. All are welcome, bring a friend! Fair trade coffee and tea will be served. Contact the office at 514-366-0131 or office@johnbrebeuf.ca.