During the weekend of January 17th to the 19th (2020), Canadian Martyrs Parish was excited to have His Excellency, Bishop McGrattan visit the parish and our two partner schools.
On Friday, Bishop McGrattan began his visit at St. Margaret School where the students prayed with him in Spanish, enjoyed the school’s senior band, shared a couple of traditional dances, showcased their robotics projects, and shared their Prayer Cards projects and their bishop’s mitre drawings. The students learned that the small cap a bishop wears is called a zucchetto. The students in one of the Gr. 1 and one of the Gr. 4 classes were treated to a question/answer time, and the staff had an opportunity to chat with him during their recess break with treats prepared by the Food Studies class.
Following the visit to St. Margaret School, Bishop McGrattan and Fr. Vincent were taken on a tour of St. Francis High School with the opportunity see the new culinary facility as well as visit the many newly renovated areas of the school including the Automotives department, Cosmotology, one of the Science labs, and its chapel near the main entrance of the school, a truly inviting and peaceful place for prayer and reflection. Bishop McGrattan also chatted with one of the Science 10 classes and encouraged the students to embrace the gift of education. He explained that it wasn’t until later in his high school years when he truly understood the gift from God that an education affords each of us. As a Chemical Engineer and then an instructor at the post-secondary level, Bishop McGrattan indicated that he was grateful for the opportunities that he experienced through his schooling.
The parish is grateful to both schools for organizing such engaging visits for Bishop Mc Grattan.
On Friday afternoon and Saturday, Bishop Mc Grattan and Deacon Dale met with parish staff and ministry coordinators to gain insight into the workings of the parish and offer suggestions. Bishop McGrattan and Deacon Dale also celebrated Mass at the parish with Bishop Mc Grattan sharing some of his thoughts during the homily of each of the weekend Masses. He emphasized the importance of Catholic Education to all in our community and for the many graces that we receive when we give of ourselves in the service of others. At the Children’s Mass on Sunday, he invited the youth of the parish to join him near the altar during his homily. In addition to meeting with His Excellency and enjoying one-on-one conversation after Mass, there was a pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus following each of the Sunday Masses.
Everyone enjoyed sharing some personal time with Bishop McGrattan. We are very appreciative of his time to be present to our community, and we are grateful for those who assisted the parish in hosting Bishop Mc Grattan and Deacon Dale.