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Fundraising for Vikki's health - a request from Roni & Derv
Dear Friends, Greetings, salutations, and a wag of our tail from the creatures at Samaritan House, Catholic Worker in Vancouver,
We are writing to
you today because we know that our companion, Vikki Marie, needs our
help. As you probably know, Vikki has always managed to get herself in
some real jams. Well, this is no exception. In our years with her, she
has managed to come up with some “doozies.”
This time though
was different. She told us a few weeks ago, “I have been diagnosed with
throat cancer.” At age 70, she thought maybe lung cancer. Turns
out, it wasn’t.
Vikki sat with
Sarah, who fought her own fight against breast cancer, and they talked
with a health professional about different ways that she could be
active in her own health plan.
We anticipate there will be health related expenses for complimentary therapies. Soon she will learn more about treatment.
Worker family is now raising money for these expenses that will not be
covered by BC Medical Services. We have a house goal of $2,500 and are
already on our way to meeting it.
People like you can help us to achieve our fundraising goal for Vikki to use when battling this horrible disease.
Use PayPal at the bottom of this linked page - http://vancouvercatholicworker.org/aboutVCW.html
If you’d like to mail a cheque please make cheques payable to:
Vancouver Catholic Worker
1143 E Pender St
Coast Salish Territories - Vancouver, BC
Peace & blessings.
Veronica (Roni, the Dog) and the Whirling Dervish (Derv, the cat)
Reconciliation in the Watershed
Homily at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 15 December 2013
Sara Stratton, KAIROS
§ Isaiah 11: 1-10
§ Luke 1: 46-55
§ Wendell Berry, Sabbaths, 2012 VIII (Wendell Berry, This Day, p. 383.)
Since, despite the stern demands
of scientist and realist, we will always
be supposing, let us suppose
that Nature gave the world flowers
and birdsong as a language, by which
it might speak to discerning humans.
And what must we say back? Not
just thanks or praise, but acts
of kindness bespeaking kinship
with creatures and with Nature, acts
faithful as the woods that dwells in place
time out of mind, self-denying
as the parenthood of the birds, and like
the flowers humble and beautiful.
This is an excellent, thought-provoking reflection. Here is a exerpt, go here to read the entire reflection.
the word “watershed” is not just used by geographers. It also refers to
time, as in a “watershed moment” (also known to some of us as a kairos
moment!) – the time when it becomes clear that something is changing,
or has to change.
are at such a moment in Canada right now. With the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission scheduled to conclude in 2015, non-Indigenous
Canadians are faced with the choice of whether we will truly choose to
live a reconciled relationship with the Indigenous peoples with whom we
share this land.
history we share is violent and painful. It moved from cooperation to
subjugation and assimilation, to dehumanization and cultural genocide.
If you asked me personally whether I thought such a history merited any
measure of forgiveness, then I would answer you honestly, as someone
with a PhD in history and as someone who claims to be a Christian: No.
there are more generous souls in the world than I, and through their
wisdom and grace, we have arrived at this moment of potential
reconciliation. Playing with language can be dangerous, because no word
comes without baggage, but I ask you to trust my intention here when I
suggest that we might twist the scripture on its head and say that, in
the case of the TRC, the lamb has decided, for all that it entails, to
be in the company of the wolf. The question I ask is whether the wolf
will respond in requisite measure to this wholly unearned act of trust."
Human Dignity: The Cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace
February 13, 2013
by Luke Stocking, Deputy Director, In Canada Programs and John Gabor, Animator, British Columbia
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;”
– Genesis 1:26
Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the
image and likeness of God. This radical claim is the source of our
belief in the inherent and inviolable dignity of the human person. The
dignity of the human person is the cornerstone of all Catholic social
Being made in God’s image, we are all God’s children. This is true no
matter where we are born and no matter what our economic or social
status. As you read this, there are seven billion living and breathing
unique images of God on the face of the Earth. You are one of them.
Because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that we can
bestow or take away from another person. It is intrinsic to our
existence. What we can do is enter into relationships that respect our
mutual human dignity. When respect for human dignity forms the basis of
our relationships, God’s divine nature shines forth in a true communion
Too often we fail to do this. Too often we de-humanize our brothers and
sisters or shut our ears when they cry out. Failure to recognize the
human dignity of each and every person opens the door to all manner of
violence and injustice. But how can we truly make human dignity the
cornerstone of our relationships?
This question is especially pertinent when we reflect on our
relationships with people we may never meet; people who suffer in the
far corners of the world and whose names we do not know. Although we
may never meet, we still share the same planet and its gifts. These
gifts are not simply for our own personal use but are entrusted to us
by God for the flourishing of our human family. We are increasingly
aware that our actions in one part of the world can affect people who
live far away from us. We are interconnected. We are in relationship
with all seven billion of God’s children.
“Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 357
Catholic social teaching can serve as the guidepost that helps us to
enter into relationships that respect human dignity. Solidarity, the
option for the poor, care for creation, economic justice, and the
common good are examples of values that are vital to any society built
upon the dignity of the human person.
At Development and Peace, Catholic social teaching guides our
relationship with the world. We are not patrons to the poor. We are
partners with them. This partnership is rooted in the recognition of
our common human dignity. To recognize the human dignity of the poor as
equal to our own requires us to respect their freedom. This freedom
includes their right to choose what development means for them. The
poor must always be seen as subjects and not objects of development.
Development and Peace enters into relationship with groups of men and
women who have a vision for their own development and of their
liberation from poverty and injustice. Through your generous support,
we are able to call them partners. It is an honour to join them in
you haven't heard about the Idle No More movement yet, we encourage you
to do some reading about the issues involved. It's not simple, as no
grassroots movement ever is. At its heart is the life and health of
the land, the earth and the historic and on-going relationship between
the Aboriginal peoples of these lands and us, the settlers on these
most uplifting about this movement to us here at the VCW is the
leadership of women - the 4 women who named this movement, Chief
Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat who is now on the 20th day of her hunger
strike, and all the women organizing the beautiful, sacred,
spirit-filled and creative events across Canada and around the world.
There is good factual information reported and commentary and opinion found at rabble.ca
including a report that refutes the Harper government's accusation that
the finances of the Attawapiskat community have been mismanaged. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/apihtawikosisan/attawapiskat-was-not-financially-mismanaged
Catholic Worker community stands firmly as an ally of Indigenous
peoples, recognizing our settler status and we're willing to do the
work of decolonization.
Idle No More blog - http://idlenomore1.blogspot.ca/
blog of âpihtawikosisân who is Métis from the Plains Cree speaking
community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta. She currently lives in Montreal,
Quebec. - http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/12/26/idle-no-more-where-do-we-go-from-here/
Decolonization blog - http://decolonization.wordpress.com/
Thanks to Occupy Vancouver livestream for the above 3 links.
Stories from our neighbourhood:
The Power of Women group from the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre tell their stories in video through the Vancouver Media Co-op
VATICAN II… The Church in dialogueBy Gregory Baum
from the scarboromissions.ca - January/February 2012
the whole article is here - this is the final paragraqh...
creative dialogue practiced at Vatican Council II has not been allowed
to become the model for a renewed Church, as Paul VI had wanted in his
Ecclesiam Suam. This is a great disappointment. Yet it reminds us that
the Good News we have received is not the Church, but the Gospel. In
the teaching of Jesus and in his life, death and resurrection,
Christians find the newness of life, the forgiveness of sin, the rescue
from despair and the power to love God and today’s deeply troubled
humanity. Faith in the Gospel continues to produce vital movements in
the Church, groups of Catholics committed to social justice, protecting
the environment, practicing meditation, developing theological
insights, working for peace, serving the weak and the sick, supporting
community development—and in doing so, welcoming God’s kingdom coming
into the world.
Guide to the
Law of Civil Disobedience in B.C. - "Take Back Our Community" Edition - September 2011Local lawyer Leo
McGrady has updated his work since the Olympics in 2010. He would
like acknowledgment for his work but the material is
available for posting, distributing and copying.
| Be Radical, have Roots!
& Community Connections
House is currently closed to offering hospitality. We're undertaking
major renovations that may take up to a year to complete.
After 17 years, Vikki &
Sarah (and Roni, the dog) are taking a break, and will be asking for
the hospitality of others for the first few months of the project.
We are the birthplace and spiritual home of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community.
This growing community is based in east Vancouver gathers for worship led by Roman Catholic Womanpriest Vikki Marie.
We envision and aspire to be a community that is Christ-centred,
egalitarian, inclusive, and compassionate. We are a community of hope,
prayer, and faith in action that welcomes everyone and embraces all who
come, whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey of faith.
For more info and mass times & places:
Poppies for Peace
white poppies available by donation all year round. Stop by the house or give
us a call. Or click the photo for link to the source, a great internet
resource - The Peace Pledge Union in the UK.