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OUR FRIENDS AT LiUNA SHOW US WHAT COMPASSION AND BENEVOLENCE IS ALL ABOUT

June 28, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL CANADA... AND THE FELLOWSHIP WE FIND HERE

June 28, 2020

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STEADFAST, DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS HEAR OUR PLEA AND RESPOND GENEROUSLY

June 21, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

WELCOME HOME! PROUDLY MOVING INTO A NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS

June 21, 2020

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THANKING EVERYONE FOR THEIR PRAYERS, TALENT AND TREASURES

June 14, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

THE CHALLENGES OF THE TIMES BRING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE

June 14, 2020

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STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE WITH PASSION AND SPIRIT

June 7, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

EVEN IN THE TOUGHEST TIMES, CHRIST REMAINS STEADFAST

June 7, 2020

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WARM HEARTS IN THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES... GOD BLESS OUR VOLUNTEERS!

May 31, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

RISING TO THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGE

May 31, 2020

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RAMPING UP BEHIND THE SCENES... IT TAKES A VILLAGE

May 24, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

CELEBRATING THE FEAST DAY OF ST. EUGENE DE MAZENOD

May 24, 2020

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE IN TRYING TIMES

May 17, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

PROVIDING A PLACE OF REST FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE

May 17, 2020

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STAYING CHEERFUL AND GOOD-HUMOURED BEHIND THE MASK

May 10, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

RALLYING THE TROOPS TO TAKE ON ANY CHALLENGE... THAT'S JUST HOW WE ROLL!

May 10, 2020

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GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO ENSURE EVERYONE GETS A SLICE

May 3, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

REACHING BEYOND THE WALLS TO GRASP EVERY SINGLE SOUL

May 3, 2020

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MAKING THE EFFORT, TAKING THE TIME, AND SHOWING US THAT LOVE CONQUERS FEAR

April 26, 2020

Beyond the Walls...

DURING A TIME OF CRISIS, WE LEARN THAT FAITH, TOO, IS CONTAGIOUS

April 26, 2020

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SILENT PRAYERS ANSWERED MAKE FOR A REALLY GOOD FRIDAY

April 19, 2020

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SELFLESSNESS... AND ADAPTING IN A CHANGING WORLD

April 5, 2020

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KEEPING THE DOOR WIDE OPEN, THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

March 22, 2020

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DARING TO LIVE IT OUT

March 8, 2020

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STILL SMILING THANKS TO EXTRA HELP AT THE DOOR

March 1, 2020

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ON THE MOVE... MANY HANDS MAKING LIGHT WORK

February 23, 2020

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TWO GENEROUS ORGANIZATIONS SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT

February 16, 2020

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CARING FOR EACH OTHER ON THE JOURNEY OF LIFE

February 2 & 9, 2020

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RECOGNIZING GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT HELP TO MAKE OUR MISSION SUCCESSFUL

January 19 & 26, 2020

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GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN A COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER

January 12, 2020

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WHAT HOPE LOOKS LIKE... AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

Christmas and New Year, 2019

HUNGER DOES NOT TAKE A HOLIDAY

By Nadia Matos

On a cold winter’s day, when the temperature on the thermometer dips to minus 17, there are only a few creature comforts that help warm you from the inside. Things like as a warm pair of socks, a hot meal, and good cup of coffee, can usually do the trick, to make you feel better, and help to cheer you up. For those who came to the DeMazenod Door, for Sunday’s lunch, they were treated to all those things and just a little bit more.

It’s the fellowship and conversation that brings Margie and her husband to the lunch for the first time. “It was very nice to have a hot meal on a cold day,” says Margie.

Both Margie and her husband Dan are on the Ontario government’s basic income pilot project. She admits that they are doing much better, now that they are on the program, but says they often get very lonely. “People who are lonely get to have some fellowship… It’s good to have someplace to go… It makes me feel needed and wanted,” adds Margie. Margie and her husband were two of the 273 guests that came to the turkey lunch at St Patrick’s School.

Outreach Coordinator Sherri Ramirez says, for many local outreach organizations so much of their focus is spent on Christmas, but after the holidays, there aren’t many options for a hot meal. “Many of our guests struggle to make it through the month; even expressing how people will forget about them till Easter,” says Ramirez.

Jeremy, 44, one of the guests at Sunday’s gathering says, if he didn’t eat at Sunday’s lunch, there was good chance we wouldn’t eat at all. “I have a few friends, that would help me out [and give me food]. If they can’t help well, I guess I wouldn’t eat, but I would try tomorrow again.”

Before the guests left, they were told to pick up a gift bag. All of the 350 donated gift bags, came from parishes across the city, and the Good Shepherd. The bags contained, warm mittens, socks, a hat and some chocolate.

While the DeMazenod Door was open Christmas Day and New Year’s Day providing lunch, the work of feeding the poor and marginalised, isn’t a one day job. It continues 365 days a year at St Patrick’s.

“Hunger does not take a holiday nor does kindness and love for our community,” says Ramirez.

Every Member a Minister

We have upcoming training sessions for anyone interested in becoming involved in our De Mazenod Door Outreach Ministry. This is a wonderful opportunity to make some new friends while helping our brothers and sisters in need. Send us an email or give us a call to find out when the next session is taking place.