Theresa Hill
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Please join us to thank Deacon Doug Meakin for his 22 Years of dedicated service as Deacon here at Mary, Mother of the Church.

When: Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Mary Mother of the Church Hall  (we ask that due to Covid 19 rules you wear a mask)

Light refreshments will be served.

Please stop by to say hello and wish him well in his well deserved retirement.

~Thank you, Father JB and MMOC Parish Council

 

Over the years, we have been touched by the generosity of Deacon Doug - he has helped our and served our parish in many ways.  Read on for a reflection on his time as our deacon:

I have been asked to write a few words about my experiences as a member of Mary, Mother parish and as a deacon.

The parish of Mary Mother was established October, 1979. Our building was a little church on Silverstone and the building was too small from day one. I have many fond memories of parish life in that little church. My first task was turning off the fans so the candles wouldn’t go out at the Easter Vigils. Many Friday nights were spent putting up portable walls in the basement for religious education on the weekend. Jean and I worked with Father Michiels facilitating the RCIA program. This was an opportunity to examine our own faith.

After ten years, we were blessed to be able to move to a wonderful new building on Kirkbridge. Some people called us “Roaming Catholics”.

I was involved in many activities. I remember many chilly mornings at the annual Knights of Columbus garage sale.

Jean and I participated in the Nathanael lay formation program. At the end of this program, I recognized that I might have a call to the deaconate. After years of discernment, I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in September, 1998.

This was the year Father Carl became our pastor. We enjoyed the team meetings with Father Carl, Father John Perry and the Woodbecks. Father John had many ideas for Father Carl’s growth eg. developing his computer skills.

I always enjoyed my ministry as a permanent deacon. Some of my duties were officiating at weddings, funerals and officiating at communion services. One of my special memories is of visiting a parishioner who was dying. I visited him for a year and we formed a special bond.

Starting in 2012, we made monthly visits to a minimum-security facility at Stony Mountain Penitentiary. We were reluctant and scared to go but we feel it one of the best ministries we had.

I feel grateful for the opportunities I have had and for the support and encouragement I received from the pastors and parishioners of Mary, Mother.

Thank you – Deacon Doug