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It is now just over 6 months since our sponsored refugee family arrived in Canada. Narly and her two children, Alex and Manuela, have settled in well. Alex attends one of our local Catholic schools, Manuela is in day care and Narly has been working very hard learning English. Alex and Manuela were baptized here at St. Matthew Church. Thank you to all parishioners who supported the original fundraising campaign which allowed us to sponsor a refugee family. Also, to the many parishioners who have provided support in translating, medical care, transportation, and many other ways.

As Pastor of St. Matthew Parish I am always very proud of you parishioners and your welcoming spirit and generosity. This is shown in the way you support the parish financially, the wonderful way our St. Vincent de Paul Society provides support to those in need within our community and once again in our sponsorship of a refugee family.

One particular area of focus now is to begin the process of finding work opportunities for Narly. If there is anyone who has any suggestions, opportunities, or feels they are able to assist in this area, please contact myself or the parish office.

Thank you, Fr. Mark

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