Refuge

Refuge is a word that has been on my heart a lot over the past six months. Its cousin-word, “refugee”, has been very prominent in the news during the past few years, and for good reason. Thousands of Syrians left their homes to find a safer, healthier and happier place to live. A few of those families were helped by my home parish of St. Augustine’s, and we welcomed them into our community, helping them get a fresh start with housing, clothing, ESL classes and fellowship. For many of us, we will never findĀ ourselves needing to leave home and start anew somewhere else. I do feel, though, that in our lives, we are in need of some kind of refuge. We need a safe place to go to, away from busy routines, emotional turmoil, mental health struggles and more. As part of a planning committee at my parish, we discussed ways in which we can better fulfill the needs of our community. In my reflection and prayer, my mind turned towards organizing an event that would help all of us pray about how our parish should proceed, moving forward, but would also help individual needs, too. I brought forward a plan to re-introduce the practice of monthly evenings of Eucharistic adoration to our parish. These evenings would provide an opportunity for those gathered to pray, in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, supported by music, words of reflection, and times of silence. In this way, a dynamic prayer experience would be created in which people could find refuge. Refuge, for those who attend, is an opportunity to unburden...

See Joe Smile’s Back in Concert!

Related show Artist: See Joe Smile Date: 10/30/15 Time: 9:00pm Venue: Bass Line Station City: Ottawa , Ontario Address: 2557 Baseline Road Country: Canada Admission: $5.00 Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed More information Notes: The New School of Rock & Roll: Uneven Ground ft. Joe Cousineau on keys will play 2 sets of covers and originals that span the decades of rock music, flowing seamlessly between folk & blues rock to classic rock sounds. See Joe Smile’s first show of the year will feature covers that run from the 60’s to the 00’s, old SJS favourites and new original material, supported by special guests. See the Facebook event for more details. Add to Google Calendar | Download...