Holy Spirit Parish welcomes Syrian family to Kanata-Stittsville

Holy Spirit Catholic Church / File Photo by Barry Gray

(ABOVE:Holy Spirit Catholic Church / File Photo by Barry Gray)

“They were tired on arrival but very grateful to be safe in Canada.”

A quick update from Monsignor Joseph Muldoon from Holy Spirit Parish, about their efforts to support Syrian refugees in Canada. A family of four settled in Kanata just after Christmas:

“We have formed a refugee committee of about a dozen active volunteers.  A snapshot of our Syrian family of four: two young children ages 5 and 3.  They are from the south near the Lebanon border. They had been in a camp in Lebanon.”

“They were tired on arrival but very grateful to be safe in Canada. They have attended Holy Spirit Parish on two occasions and everyone welcomed them. They have friends who are close neighbours who assist as translators.”

Monsignor Muldoon says the family’s biggest challenge right now is to learn language and customs.  Renea peaks a little english, and both she and her husband are eager to find jobs and get to work.

Muldoon says the Parish has responded with much generosity, and fundraising efforts are ongoing. Anyone in the community who wants to contribute can contact pastor@holyspiritparish.ca.

 


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