ROSARY FOR PEACE
Here at St. Francis of Assisi Parish the Rosary will be prayed Tuesday to Friday, at 8:40 A.M. before our daily morning masses during the week, for the people of Ukraine and for Peace in our World.
To learn more about the humanitarian crisis and for ways you can donate to help those who have been displaced and those who struggle to survive in Ukraine, visit Development & Peace’s website by clicking here. They are working with their partner Caritas Ukraine to get help directly to those who need it.
Message from the Diocese of Hamilton
OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO OUR UKRAINIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, especially those in Ukraine, those displaced by the current conflict, and those of Ukrainian heritage here in Canada. We are mindful of the many refugees from diverse countries of origin who have been living in asylum in Ukraine. The UN Refugee Agency reports that more than 1 million refugees have fled Ukraine in recent days. Our Office for Refugees has already started fielding calls enquiring about sponsorship for Ukrainian nationals. The UN has confirmed it is too early to consider resettlement for those fleeing Russian aggression in Ukraine. Sponsorship is not currently a viable option for this community. We pray for a rapid de-escalation of violence and suffering and a generous humanitarian response in the interim. For updated information about what steps Canada’s federal immigration department is taking to address this emergency, see here.
THE CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES has issued a helpful document, A Call for Peace in Ukraine.
For those interested in letter-writing, the message includes addresses of leaders who can be written. For those interested in providing financial assistance, you are invited to consider the following opportunities:
Development and Peace in partnership with Caritas International
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)
Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA Canada)
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops published their statement earlier this week. It is available here.