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July 10, 2022 GREETINGS IN THE LORD Dear Friends, I am honoured and delighted to accept the call to become the Pastor of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes. I take this responsibility very seriously and recognize that together we will embark on this new reality for the greater glory of God. I am deeply indebted to our Transition Team who, over the last six months, have prayerfully and diligently taken time to meet, consult, brainstorm and make decisions for this momentous occasion in our history. I appreciate and thank Brian Dunn, Julie Sans, Theresa O’Leary, Keith Rodrigues, Amedeo Awai, Cindy Livingston, Cathryn Hall, Debbie Walsh, Deacon Rudolph Pflanzner, Father Christopher Pietraszko, and Father Sekar Raj. They have been professional, considerate, helpful and full of spiritual wisdom. I will be forever grateful for their hard work and prayerful devotion. The Family of Parishes model is meant to bring faith communities together to share resources and a variety of gifts, so that we can effectively proclaim the message of Jesus and invite people to a relationship with the Lord. Our 3 communities can better face challenges and hurdles in much the same way as does a strong family; together as one. It might seem overwhelming and difficult to adjust, but much like the early Christian communities, we need to pray and be open to how the Holy Spirit is inviting us to grow in faith and do things differently. Prayer is absolutely essential to this ongoing process. I humbly ask each parishioner to pray for our Family and its continued growth. Pray for our children and youth that they might heed the Lord’s invitation to draw closer to him. Pray for those who have let faith slip amidst the distractions of the world, that Christ may gently lead them back. Pray for those sitting beside you in the pew on Sunday that we might all grow in holiness and deepen our commitment to follow Christ. We all have to embrace change. Change can be frightening and unsettling, but without change there can be no conversion. We must be open to new things, new methods of evangelization and ways of operating our parishes in the strength of one united family. Change will require patience, time, understanding, hope and flexibility. “Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory”. - Warren Wiersbe As a Family of Parishes, we will embrace this new reality with eager hope. As your pastor, I’m overjoyed that God brought us together. I believe the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes is brimming with potential to make disciples of our neighbours and beyond. Thank you for your prayers and support for me and our dedicated staff. Please know that I have been praying for you and all the families of the church. I humbly ask for your prayers that God would grant me wisdom, patience and a complete dependence on Him to accomplish His purpose for this community. We will evaluate our progress and make adjustments as necessary. There are many pastoral demands and limited resources to meet themall. The parish staff will be required to adjust their job descriptions and in some cases office location changes. The work of being a mission-oriented Church forming disciples of Jesus is an ongoing labour of love. I am delighted to be on this exciting mission with you. We will do our best to ensure a smooth transition to this new model of joyfully working together. In the Shepherd Lord, Fr. Daniel Bombardier Pastor

June 26, 2022 We are happy to announce that our London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes has a new website! Both the websites of St. Michael’s and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica will no longer be active. As a Family this new website celebrates our unity. We would like to thank Vianca Kmet for her hard work in creating this website from scratch! The website is mostly complete, however there will be some ongoing updates. Please check out the new website at: www.lncc.dol.ca The new Mass times for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes was announced earlier this month. Effective July 5, 2022 the mass times are as follows: Weekends: St. Michael’s: Sat.: 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. St. Peter’s: Sat.: 5:00 p.m.; Sun: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. St. Josephine Bakhita: 4th Sunday of the month, 2:30 p.m. (St. Michael's) Weekdays: St. Michael’s: Tues.-Fri: 8:00 a.m.; St. Peter’s: Tues.-Fri.: Noon Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future direction of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes. St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael, St. Peter… Pray for us.

June 5, 2022 Members of the Transition Team has created a prayer for our Family of Parishes. As we move closer to our date of activation, we invite you to pray this prayer as individuals, families, and parish groups. Prayer for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes Holy God, as we the community of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes gather in your name, help us to be people of vision. Holy Spirit, increase your gifts in us, to help us move boldly into our Family of Parishes with confidence. Three communities strengthening one another through shared prayer and gifts. Though we may at times have differing views, grant us the grace to hear one another with respect, a spirit of charity and fullness of hope. Give us the gifts of wisdom and understanding, so that all of our efforts arise out of the desire to do your will and to serve your people. Led by compassion and truth may we ultimately be guided by one goal, together with one voice. Give us the grace to draw our hearts to one another and respond to the gift of your spirit. Uniting as a mission-oriented church that forms disciples of Jesus, we ask you to grant that our Family of Parishes, praying with Mary the mother of Jesus and guided by St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael and St. Peter may increase the reign of the Divine Saviour We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May 22, 2022 The new mass times for the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes was announced in last week's bulletin. Effective July 5, 2022 the mass times are as follows: Weekends St. Michael’s Sat.: 5 pm; Sun: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm St. Peter’s: Sat.: 5 pm; Sun: 9 am, 11 am St. Josephine Bakhita: 4th Sunday of the month 2:30 pm (St. Michael's) Weekdays St. Michael’s: Tues.-Fri: 8 a.m. St. Peter’s: Tues.-Fri.: 12 Noon A new logo has been created to represent our Family of Parishes. Click here to see the full insert from last weekend to update you on the logo, Mass times and work of the Transition team. ​ Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future direction of the London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes. ​St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Michael, St. Peter… Pray for us.

May 8, 2022 The Transition Team for the Family of Parishes of St. Josephine Bakhita African Caribbean Catholic Community, St. Michaels’ Parish, and St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica has been meeting regularly over the last couple of months. Three ad hoc committees have been formed to look at Communications, setting new Mass times for the family, and personnel. ​One of the first tasks of the Transition Team was to come up with a name for the family based on the Diocesan protocols for naming the Family. The name is to designate the family as a whole-not to include the names of each parish or community but representing the geographical region where the family is located. Each parish and community retains its canonical name. The recommended name was submitted to the Bishop and has now been approved. ​The Transition Team is happy to announce our name: London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes ​Please continue to pray for the Transition Team as we discern the future of London North Central Catholic Family of Parishes.