On Friday, October 27, our family had the privilege of sponsoring a barbeque at the De Mazenod Door Outreach located at St. Patrick’s Church in Hamilton. It was held in memory of Alexander Donald, son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, who passed away suddenly in September. Our family could not think of a better way to honour and celebrate his life. Alex would be so happy that we helped those in need! And what an experience it was! The BBQ was super organized. Sherri, Diane, Rita, Kat and Dan were so helpful and both Fr. Tony and Fr. Jarek were there to support us. We could feel the sense of fellowship in the St. Patrick Church community and the presence of God in the exchange between us and those that we served. It was an eye-opening experience for us, one that also opened our hearts. Some comments from family members:
‘Everyone was so grateful!’ ‘Beautiful experience!’ ‘Everyone was so polite. It was amazing!’ ‘One gentleman said that he would pray for us.’ ‘What a church! God feels so alive here!’ ‘ I can see God’s work in action!’ ‘This experience has opened my heart.’
The entire Donald family would like to thank all of the extraordinary people at St. Patrick’s for giving us the opportunity share our love for Alex. He would be so proud!