April 2021 Just a note to let everyone know that Long time parishioners Bryan & Barb Egan are moving to Nelson at the end of the month. Bryan has been a Knight for 40 years, beginning in Brandon , Manitoba . He was an accountant for C P transport for 20 years before moving to Salmon Arm.. He and his wife Barb owned Egan Market Ltd, for 17 years, a store which was beside the present day arena . Barb has been a CWL member for 40 years and was a Eucharistic Minister. They had recently moved into Andover Terrace Seniors Community on Lakeshore Rd. We wish them all the best!
(Leah Blain photo) In response to restrictions around COVID-19, Home for Christmas community dinner hosts Ken and Erin Fraser, pictured with their children Josiah, Eilidh, Lachlan, Rowan and Miriam, are hosting an afternoon event at McGuire Lake on Christmas. COVID-19 may prevent the Fraser family from preparing a community meal this Christmas, but it isn’t stopping them from serving one. Last Christmas, Ken, wife Erin and a team of volunteers were busy in the kitchen at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, working to prepare the first Home For Christmas dinner. This was the replacement to the cancelled Friends at Christmas meal that had taken place for about 17 years. The Frasers decided to step up and fill its place with an event that offered carolers, crafts and a huge feast. With the pandemic and the related provincial health order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50, the determined Frasers came up with a different way to serve this year’s Home for Christmas meal. From noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 25, they are welcoming people to stop by at McGuire Lake Park for a stroll, to maintain a safe distance while listening to carolers, and to enjoy a cup of cocoa, fresh baking and pizza. Salmon Arm Observer.. Lachlan Labere
HUGE SHOUT OUT & thanks to Randy & Wendy Piccini, who donated a dozen teen boys winter coats to the Knights of Columbus COATS FOR KIDS 2020 project. The gracious donation was given on behalf of Wendys 95 year old mother , who passed away recently. The coats have been given to the SAFE HOUSE, along with a dozen girls coats from your local Knights of Columbus council 7107.The SAFE house will distribute them according to need. This is part of our Knights Global Community project, (in BC it is in its 11th year.
Salmon Arm parishioner & knight , Lorne Lazzarotto volunteered his time to man the Salvation Army kettles this year! He is wearing his KofC mask, which was required. This year The “TAP TO GIVE” feature made it quick & easy for the public to give $5 Bruce Weicker, Council 7107 Salmon Arm member. On October 28th, at St. Josephs Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario , Bruce donated one of his kidneys to a needy recipient. (The hospital was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1890.) Bruce was enrolled in a PAY IT FORWARD program through the Canada Transplant Society. He had been sequestered in Salmon Arm for 14 days before heading East.( to ensure excellent health) .Due to after- surgery protocol, he was unable to fly home for 7-10 days. He drove with his son to Ottawa for convalescing and will fly home on Sunday November 8th. We would like to congratulate Bruce on his generous contribution! Bruce is appreciative of all the prayers, thoughts and wishes that have brought him through this experience. Way to go Bruce!.
For more information on the Canadian Transplant Society click on this link.https://www.cantransplant.ca/organ/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhZT9BRDmARIsAN2E-J31NeT_8-qb7QuSorxOl2jXtaKc8V_MGAvQE9RupjO5tbf0bw93Ow4aAmWgEALw_wcB
Organizer Bruce Weicker and parishioner Cecile Traa clean up the bushes and vegetation around the perimeter of the parish property. Volunteers have been hard to find but Bruce has persevered with minimal help! The last outing had 2 helpers…..A call for help may be going out again…PLEASE HELP!
“Art and Annette Borkent played music at the wharf on Sunday, July 5th for 2 hours to fundraise money for our local food bank. Maddie and Zoë Borkent, their granddaughters created a beautiful sign and asked passers-by for donations and also joined in by singing some of the songs. They collected $120 which they brought to the food bank the following morning.” photo by Grant Cruikshank