On this World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis invites us to become like the beloved disciple, John, and embrace Mary as our Mother. May we find healing in this relationship, and may our Blessed Mother help us to embrace the suffering in our lives.
Cross Pro-Ecclesia Et Pontifice
A Papal Honour bestowed upon:
(Member of Saint Francis Parish)
First established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 to mark the Jubilee Year proclaimed in celebration of his golden anniversary of priesthood. This award was intended for those who helped with the planning and celebration of the Pope’s anniversary.
The award was continued following the Jubilee Year, now to be awarded to those who have offered distinguished service to the Church. It is the highest Papal award in the Church given to the laity.
Sandy is being recognized for her amazing resumé of service to the Church in the area of Ecumenism – the work of promoting unity among people of all faiths, Christian and non-Christian alike. Sandy’s service to Ecumenism is made visible in her association with: Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Churches; Interfaith Grand River; Interfaith Community Breakfast; LARC; Inshallah; House of Friendship; and Jewish Christian Text Discussion.
The award is a gold medal which in its centre depicts Saints Peter and Paul. On the left side is the inscription “Pro-Ecclesia” (For Church); on the right side is the inscription “Et Pontifice” (And Pope). Centred at the top of medal is the coat of arms of Pope Francis.
Bishop Crosby will present this award to Sandy on behalf of Pope Francis at a Liturgy of the Word celebration to which we are all invited:
Sunday, March 4, 2018
at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred… let me sow Love.
Where there is injury… Pardon.
Where there is doubt… Faith.
Where there is despair… Hope.
Where there is darkness… Light.
And where there is sadness… Joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen
~ St. Francis of Assisi