What's New @ St. Albans
Pride Parade, August 21
Sunday, August 21 is the annual Pride parade. Once again this year, St Albans parishioners are invited to show our welcome to persons of the LBGTQ community.
For the past several years, the Anglican contingent in the parade has been coordinated by Integrity Ottawa. This year, as a consequence of the decision made by General Synod in July, we will walk together as the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. on August 21. As was the case last year, participants are asked to assemble along Bank Street between Catherine and Gladstone at about 12:00 noon. Look for the Integrity and Diocese of Ottawa banners to join our contingent.
The parade route is: west from Bank and Gladstone to Kent, north on Kent to Laurier, east on Laurier to Bank, south on Bank to Somerset, where the parade will disperse. The parade normally lasts about 2 hours.
Exciting News on Refugee Sponsorship
We have some exciting news to share. We have just heard that our latest sponsorship application has been accepted and sent to Ankara for processing; the family may arrive in 4 to 12 weeks.
After applying many times unsuccessfully for another Syrian family, we tried for a refugee family from Iraq and were successful. The Minister of Immigration has publicly stated that they cannot possibly keep up with the demand for Syrian families by Canadians. This is good news for the Syrians that they are the most popular of refugees.
Our Iraqi family consists of two adults and two young children, who face challenges for language and education, whose lives are at risk.
No word about our Syrian family who have been stalled, except an official note stating that they were still being processed. We will be sure to let everyone know when we hear more news.
We will be calling a meeting immediately on hearing the family's date of arrival. This is most often between 3 and 6 weeks before arrival.
Sponsorship takes much patience. Please pray for the safe arrival and a successful settlement of our family.