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Outreach & Social Groups

The parishes of St. Michael’s (St. Josephine Bakhita) and St. Peter's Cathedral are indeed a vibrant community that invites members and the public to be with each other either as program participants or as vital support to many outreach efforts. Our Family of Parishes offers many opportunities to use our gifts in the service of others. Is God inviting you to serve in one of the following groups? Jesus asks us to reach out and help people.

 

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Mathew 25:35-36)

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Art Club

Hosted at St. Michael’s is our own group of budding and accomplished artists. Gather together to share ideas, friendship and creativity. Supplies are not provided. Any medium is welcomed. The group meets each week on Thursday 9am to 12pm (noon).

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Cathedral Cafe

Join your fellow parishioners after Mass at Peter's Cathedral once a month for coffee, goodies, and fellowship. Please check the bulletin for specific dates. We look forward to seeing you!

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Cathedral Tours

Every year the Cathedral has numerous requests from groups and organizations to tour this magnificent and historical building.  Tour Guides are available to give guided tours explaining the history, decorative features, and unique treasures of the church space.

To join this group of dedicated volunteers, or to find out more about being a tour guide, connect with us!

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Catholic Women's League (CWL)

The CWL is a national organization rooted in gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to all God’s people. As a council, we participate in a variety of social justice activities that support our Catholic values as well as activities that nourish our own spiritual development. 

CWL at St. Michael's

Our council meets monthly from September through June and actively supports the core CWL values of faith, service and social justice. Meetings feature guest presenters to address areas such as spiritual development, and Christian family life and education, and various fundraising events support our charitable initiatives. Faith and fun go hand in hand, and social events are held throughout the year to enjoy each other's company. All Catholic women aged 16 and older are welcome to join.
Useful Links:

CWL Mission Statement & Schedule
Newsletters:

February 2023 The St. Michael's League

April 2023 The St. Michael's League 

June 2023 The St. Michael's League

August 2023 The St. Michael's League


 

 

CWL at St. Peter's Cathedral

The council engages in fundraising to support its charitable endeavours. Meetings consist of business, spiritual development, social activities, and diocesan initiatives.
St. Peter's Cathedral CWL Executive can be found here.

Useful Links:

London CWL: www.cwllondon.com

Provincial CWL: www.cwl.on.ca

National CWL: www.cwl.ca

Schedule of Events 2023 [click here]

Newsletters:
October 2021 

December 2022

Breathing Meditation

Christian Meditation Silent Prayer Group

Follow the daily tradition of Christ and Christians throughout the ages silently praying to God. We seek to become aware and freely open to the Divine Presence within each of us, as children of God, no matter what our tradition. We have come to know that this openness can be found as we simply and gently remove distractions and thoughts by silently repeating a word or phrase.
In our weekly one hour meeting, we begin with 20 minutes of silent meditation. This is followed by listening to a topic related to why we meditate, for about 20 minutes. Then for approximately 20 minutes, we share our ideas about the topic or discuss ways we can help one another improve our practice.
This group at St. Peter’s was started in 1989 and is part of a larger worldwide community.
Come exactly as you are.  All are welcome. 
Visit www.wccm.org for more info or call or text Bern's cell at 519.851.5055.

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Development & Peace

Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church of Canada. The goals of Development & Peace are to support initiatives by the people in the Global South to take control of their lives and to educate Canadians about North-South issues. Our education, advocacy, and fundraising work is primarily a one weekend campaign each spring and fall. 

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Knights of Columbus

This   fraternal   and social   organization of Catholic men embraces  service to the Church, community, family and youth. As a Knight you will enjoy good fellowship, help organize parish activities, raise funds for charities and support each other. All Catholic men over 18 are welcome to join.

KofC at St. Michael's

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of the month, September through June.  The monthly Knights’ breakfast, the annual yard sale, and the Shrove Tuesday dinner are just a few of the more visible activities that we are known for. We are also active in our parish schools. The “Free Throw Basketball” competition and the “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contests are very popular with the younger students in the parish.

 

 

KofC at St. Peter's Cathedral - Council # 13404
 

Knights of Columbus Council #13404 is located at the magnificent St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica here in London, Ontario and has over 100 members.  General meetings are held once a month, on the second Thursday, at 7:30 pm in St. Peter's Parish Centre in our Council Chambers.  The Grand Knight is Martin Healy. 

 

For more information about the council, please contact Larry Barrett (Membership Director) at larrybarrett@sympatico.ca.

Our council web address is www.StPetersKnights.ca.


Newsletters:

January 2023 | February 2023 | March 2023 | April 2023 | July 2023 |

August-September 2023 

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Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921. It is a lay Catholic organization whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country. The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.

The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium.

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through the visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.


Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

The Legion of Mary of St. Peter's Cathedral meets every Saturday at 1 PM in St. Andre Bessette Room, St. Michael's Parish (511 Cheapside Street).

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Mental Health Support 

New Day


New Day is a faith-based support group for people living with a mental illness. This confidential, faith-based group is volunteer-led by compassionate people of faith. Attendees of New Day share their struggles and successes. They honour the unique stories of each person and support each another in faith, prayer and kindness, wherever they are in their journey to wellness. We meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 at St. Michael’s in the John Paul II room. For more information call the parish office or Cathie 519-850-0600 / Monica 519-657-3961.

You Are Not Alone (YANA)

YANA is a faith-based sharing group for people journeying with a loved one with mental illness. In our confidential, peer-led group, we seek to understand and deepen our faith through sharing our stories and praying with and for one another. Even when our worries and struggles are yet unresolved, we find support, wisdom, and hope. Our meetings are the third Monday of every month at St. Michael’s in the John Paul II room, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. For more information the parish office 519-433-6689 or call Cathie 519-850-0600.

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Prayer Shawl

A spirit of compassion and love, and the enjoyment of knitting and/or crocheting are all that is required to be a part of this ministry.  Shawls are created in combination with prayers and blessings, then given without cost to those who are celebrating a joyous occasion or who may be experiencing a time of difficulty or sorrow.  

Since the beginning of Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Peter's Cathedral in 2007, prayer shawls have been distributed to our parishioners as well as to individuals within and outside of the London community.  Each Lenten Season we take on a Project of Love, and have donated prayer shawls to groups such as St. Vincent de Paul, London Hospice, and the Franciscans of Emmanuel in Montreal in support of their ministry to troubled youth and for their mission hospital in Cameroon, Africa.  Novice and experienced knitters and crocheters are always welcome to join us in our circle of contemplative prayer in the crafting of prayer shawls. 

Art Club
Cathedral Cafe
Cathedral Tours
CWL
Christian Meditation
Dev & Peace
KoC
Legion
Mental Health
Prayer Shawl
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