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Salesian News

Janvier 2009 January No.113

Bulletin mensuel électronique

SHERBROOKE, QC.Certains de nos lecteurs hors du Canada ont peut-être déjà entendu cette chanson de notre poète Gilles Vigneault,  Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver…, Non pas seulement pour l’est du Canada. La côte ouest, dont Vancouver, la ville des fleurs, a eu sa juste part du gâteau… de neige, dis-je. C’est le paradis des skieurs et des planchistes. Nos jeunes arrivant de leurs vacances- excepté, bien sûr, ceux dont la famille a opté pour la Floride, le Mexique ou la République- racontent leurs exploits.

Nous avons souligné la fête de l’Immaculée Conception, tout d’abord par la neuvaine comme il se fait dans le monde salésien et ailleurs aussi certainement. Puis en solennisant l’eucharistie. C’était aussi jour d’élections provinciales le 8. Le comté de Sherbrooke a l’honneur – tout dépend évidemment!- de pouvoir élire le député qui sera premier ministre du Québec si son parti remporte le plus de sièges à l’Assemblée Nationale. Ce qui fut le cas. Puisque ce soir-là tout le monde était rivé à sa TV, nous avions reporté notre récollection mensuelle le surlendemain. Pour ce moment-clé de notre vie spirituelle, chaque confrère était invité à travailler son PVP (plan de vie personnel), après qu’un bref exposé fut présenté pour en rappeler les lignes principales.

Nous avons tenu notre souper de Noël communautaire le 18, selon la tradition des années passées, même si cette année, pour la 1ère fois depuis bien des années, la communauté était à son complet le jour même de Noël. Le lendemain les élèves commençaient leur congé qui se terminera le 6 janvier.

La veille de Noël, la communauté presque au complet se trouvait à l’église Perpétuel-Secours, tout près de notre résidence, pour la liturgie de Noël; c’était la messe « des enfants ». Nous étions 3 prêtres sdb à concélébrer avec le curé Michel Ayotte et Mgr L. Lareau, vicaire dominical. La célébration et la participation des enfants étaient de grande qualité. Nous avons eu le bonheur de saluer et d’offrir les vœux de Noël à quelques-uns de nos élèves et de nos anciens et leur famille. Le lendemain midi, nous nous retrouvions au buffet chinois du Centre King ouest, l’un des rares restos ouverts ce jour-là. Pendant la période des fêtes nous avons accueilli les PP. Luc Lantagne et George Harkins, venus passer quelques jours dans leur ville natale.

Le Fr. Gérard Richard n’est pas allé chez lui en Acadie pendant les fêtes, se remettant difficilement d’une mauvaise toux. Quant au Fr. Marcel, la Providence a permis qu’il ait retrouvé sa mobilité (opération au genou) juste à temps pour aller passer une semaine en Mauricie pour le Nouvel An, conduisant l’auto lui-même. Et le train de vie a repris de plus belle avec la rentrée des élèves le jour où autrefois nous célébrions l’Épiphanie.

Le Père Hector, venu nous prêter main forte d’Haïti en septembre dernier, se fait peu à peu à l’hiver canadien. Il est de plus en plus en mesure d’apprécier les paroles du Psaume 147 où il est dit du Créateur : «  Il étale une toison de neige/ il sème une poussière de givre./ Il jette à poignées des glaçons! Devant ce froid, qui pourrait tenir? » (vv.16-17).

Nous regardons déjà vers la fin du mois, vers la fête de Don Bosco. Elle sera célébrée en 3 temps : avec les élèves le 29, avec le personnel le 30 et en communauté le 31, jour même de la fête liturgique. N’avions-nous pas la tradition du  triduum? Et il y aura, bien sûr, en communauté, la neuvaine pour que la fête ne nous prenne pas au dépourvu…! Qui ne se souvient de cette parole de l’évangile «  Cum dormierunt…? » Cette fête de l’an 2009 revêt un sens tout particulier puisqu’elle marque le coup d’envoi du 150e de la fondation de la Congrégation.

À tous nos lecteurs/trices des cinq continents, du Canada jusqu’au sud du Chili en passant par l’Équateur, de Hong Kong à Londre, de Rome à Kigali, de la Lituanie à l’Espagne, de Paris à Turin, de l’Australie jusqu’au nord de la Chine continentale,


Nos Souhaits de Bonne, Heureuse et Sainte Année.


TORONTO HAMILTON . December is certainly one of the most diverse and busiest months in any parish. It was this way for St. Benedict’s parish and our 5 schools. Our parish team served various pastoral needs in the parish, the schools and the SLR retreats by means of confessions, Masses, home blessings, visits to the elderly, to the sick and dying in hospitals, funerals etc.

On Dec. 6th we held our second Vocation evening at DBR with the presence of 3 young men discerning their vocation. Fr. Occhio recounted his vocation story to the edification of all. It was very Mary- centered. - On Dec. 11th we held our Savio Club Christmas party with over 80 youngsters in attendance. The day before our entire community had travelled to Hamilton for supper and Recollection animated by Fr. Drago on Fr. Provincial's recent theme: The Need for Vocation Ministry. In the evening Frs. Occhio, Ho and Harkins visited Fr. Dobrsek at the Clarion Nursing Home. Fr. Ivan was in great form even singing some traditional Salesian hymns in Latin with us.

On Dec. 13th, our DBR chapel was the site of the taking of perpetual vows of our two Don Bosco Volunteers. In the presence of their immediate family members, they pronounced their final vows into the hands of the Ecclesiastical Assistant for North America, Fr. John Puntino, SDB. Afterwards a festive dinner was served at a local Chinese restaurant. About 30 people enjoyed the meal and fellowship.

The week before Christmas, Fr. George had a streak of luck winning over 250$ worth of prizes at various Christmas gatherings.- On Dec.20th the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of St. Benedict distributed over 160 food baskets and toys to the poor and less fortunate in our area. - The same day our Cooperators held their year end meeting. Fr. George spoke to them briefly on the Strenna 2009. The following day our Salesian Sisters met with the Salesians for the annual Christmas Dinner at DBR. Fifteen of us shared evening prayer, a sumptuous meal and a Christmas sing-along with guitar, bongos and harmonica accompaniment.

All the Christmas Eucharistic celebrations went very well. They were much enhanced by a full assembly and by both the youth and adult choirs. On Christmas day after the Masses, the confreres shared a meal and fellowship with their family, relatives or friends.- Have a Happy, Healthy and Holy New Year 2009, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesian Congregation.

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SURREY, B.C. We held our Parish Assembly Dec. 1st as the Novena to the Immaculate Conception began. Between all the various time schedules for school confessions including Holy Cross and our CCD students, the priests were kept very busy in this spiritual regard. Fr. Angelo de Pompa (an ex-SDB) was confessor for our Salesian morning of Recollection held at our neighbouring St. Andrew Kim Parish. We enjoyed a family lunch at the ABC Restaurant, and since the first snow of the season blew in, Fr. Mario drove Fr. Angelo to the Skytrain.

On the 5th, OLGC Secondary had Grandparents Appreciation Afternoon in the Don Bosco Gym. The seniors played hosts waiting on tables, serving the refreshments, tea and coffee in fine style, as the younger set entertained the guests with songs and a two hour program of creative expression. Certainly all hats go off to the music teacher for her gifts with the children.

The 2nd Sunday of Advent we had Open House for all the new parishioners with a display set up by the various parish organizations that surrounded the gym, and one area for the welcoming Pancake Breakfast cooked by the Knights of Columbus. In fact they ran out of supplies by the end of the 11:15 am Mass.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception was also Fr. Mario’s 27th Ordination Anniversary. We combined it with a belated birthday luncheon for our parish secretary, Evelyn Reyes, (all of us were away at the Priests’ Conference on the original date mid-November). Bro. Jerry prepared the gifts, cards, cake, etc. as Frs. Dave and Jan helped with the salad, soup and place setting arrangement in the Mary Help of Christians Hall. That evening a Salesian Family Night was enjoyed by all attending the 7pm Concelebrated Mass where Fr. Mario was the main celebrant, and Fr. Dave gave the homily, on the role of Mary in his and our lives. Fr. Mario was honoured and congratulated with a reception that followed. The Salesian Cooperators did the honours with pot luck arrangements. - Dec. 12th was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and also our Staff’s Christmas Party. Bro. Jerry saw that the staff gifts, bonus, etc. were taken care of and presented accordingly. In spite of the inclement weather a good time was had by all at a local Greek Restaurant.

December 13th really ushered in a cold spell and a double header event. The first being the Praise TeamDinner Dance and Concert where over three hundred attended this Family Event held in our Don Bosco Gym. Frs. Dave, John and Jan represented the Salesians. The 2nd event was the Archdiocese’s 100thAnniversary Concert with Handel’s Messiah at the Orpheus Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Bro. Jerry with about a dozen parishioners represented the Salesians and OLGC Parish Community at this happening that had Vancouver’s Chamber Choir, Cantata Singers, and Chamber Orchestra present an outstanding two hour performance. Snow blew fiercely with strong gusts after the show, which eventually blanketed Vancouver in white, while Surrey had a sprinkle of rain.

The Christmas Novena got underway on the 16th as did the early-bird 5:15am Filipino Mass. A full choir and church greeted this solemnity daily, and participated in the home made breakfast afterward before dashing to work. This ritual also became a sacrificial one as storms hit Surrey, dumping tons of snow, which made driving treacherous, and eventually gave us a truly “White Christmas.”

OLGC School officially held its Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 18th. All the preparations leading up to their big performance had hours of creative preparation with costumes, props, scenery, lighting effects, and every student’s participation. This amazing production was a new creation each year written and directed by the teachers, with the music director selecting the songs for the various grades and students who sang solos. Truly a creative masterpiece! Fr. Dave gave the welcome introduction at the matinee, and Bro. Jerry did likewise at the evening performance, as the priests were busy helping with Reconciliation at our neighbouring parishes. The last day of school was on the 19th with the student dismissal at noon. By 1 pm the principal and school staff were at the local Sheraton Hotel Buffet for their Christmas Party along with the Salesians.

It was decided this year not to have a Knights of the Altar Christmas Party. Instead they will be going by various age groups to Boston Pizza for their treat followed by a noteworthy movie at the Guilford Empire Theatre. We cannot forget these important servers as they have been a vital part of all our Advent and Christmas Liturgies.

From the 4th Sunday of Advent on, it was a daily battle with the snow, and unplowed side streets and sidewalks … still our parishioners braved the winter elements even when the electricity went out on us for the 8 am Christmas Morning Mass. We said it by candle light, and Bro. Jerry led the carols a cappella. Our Penance Service with our guest priests was held on the 22nd with Bro. Jerry preparing the delicious “spread” that followed. - On the afternoon of the 24th Paul and Lov Bavtista, and Celso and Marie Holgado from Richmond, BC, not only brought us a roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but also came along Fr. Adolf Fardini, SDB, an 86 year old missionary from Argentina, who taught Fr. Mario the Preventive System and English, while being also the confessor at the studentate. He had been in Calgary, AB, to reconcile a couple and their family.

On Christmas Eve five Masses were celebrated, beginning at 5 pm in Filipino, the Children’s Mass at 7 pm, followed by the Polish and Chaldean Masses, both at 9 pm, and finally the Midnight Mass preceded by the joint effort of the choir’s Christmas Carol presentation that got underway at 11 pm. On Christmas Day there were six Masses, the last one being at 7 pm followed by our Christmas Dinner together. Fr. Dave did the preparations. In spite of the snow the Laotian Community had their Christmas Party in our School Auditorium at 6 pm. Truly it was a full day of Masses, graces, people and snow adventures.

Boxing Day began with a bang as we celebrated Fr. John’s 75th birthday. The Italian Community took him under its wing after the 9 am Mass with a cake and all the trimmings with a breakfast party in the Mary Help of Christians Hall. As a community we privately toasted his well being with a card, gift and laughter. Spiritually we Salesians did Solemn Vespers in community, singing: “The Lord Our King is Drawing Near. O Come, Let us Adore Him!” Every evening we prepared the way with each of us giving a short sermonette on the Psalm of Day. Aside from the hustle and bustle of activities swirling around us, we took this precious time to recollect at what we were about as a community. - December 27th held theEl Shaddai, our Filipino Charismatic Group’s Christmas Party in OLGC Sch. Auditorium with about 100 in attendance on a wet and slushy Saturday afternoon.

The 28th was Fr. Mario’s 54th birthday. We surprised him with a pre-signed birthday card by all the staff, and a video gift, and something that he can use on his upcoming trip to visit his ailing mother in the Philippines. After most of the Masses the congregation sang, “Happy Birthday!”.The 29th kind of gave us a respite from all the Christmas activity and services. As a community, we celebrated with a parish family a belated birthday supper in honour of Fr. Mario. Mr. & Mrs. Alex Paguio (who was originally a chef and had his own restaurant) cooked a superb steak dinner. It was kind of an unusual day and a launching back into our regular work ethic.

Fr. Mario was the main celebrant for the New Year’s Eve Youth Mass. The Knights of Columbus had a catered New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance with over 130 present to welcome in 2009. The Salesians joined them between the evening Masses for a roast beef dinner. On New Year’s Day, Fr. Mario’s sister and brother-in-law from Calgary, joined us for the day as all three left for the Philippines on a midnight departure. So ended a busy and spiritually fulfilling month, and the beginning of a brand New Year 2009 with the celebration of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God.

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MONTREAL, Maria Ausiliatrice. On the feast of Christ the King took place our traditional Maratona di Natale (Christmas Marathon), the purpose of which is to collect money and food for Christmas baskets for poor families.

The first day of December at the Youth Centre the coordinators and the catechists met for a session of formation. The event was animated by Nadia, the pastoral animator of the parish. On December 7th, our confrere Fr. Tito Iannaccio, animated a parish retreat in preparation for Christmas.

In mid-December the priests of the Italian parishes met in the chapel of the Holy Family (at Notre-Dame-de-Pompei) for a mini retreat preached by a priest of the Jerusalem Monastic Community. In the evening a good group of families came to our church to participate in a penitential service in English. Some priests came also from other parishes for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

A few days before Christmas, we received our new church organ. It was placed in the mezzanine in the rear of the church where for some days, workers had been at work renovating the place for our choir. So for Christmas, the voices of our choir resounded from “above” accompanied by the melodious tones of our new instrument.

Christmas saw a good affluence of our faithful at all the Masses, but perhaps not as many as in the past years because of the inclement weather. The streets and the sidewalks were a sheet of ice, a dangerous condition, especially for older people. All the confreres were gathered for lunch on Christmas day in the joyous and peaceful company of Father Provincial. We closed the year 2008 with a Eucharist of thanksgiving followed by an hour of adoration.

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EDMONTON, AB. St.Dominic Savio.Fr. Bernie celebrated an evening Mass on Dec. 1 for the CWL followed by their Christmas dinner. On Dec. 5 our Youth Minister and a few young people from the parish participated in a Walk-a-Thon held at a neighboring parish. The next evening we had our monthly “Youth Mass” where young people provide the music, are lectors, bring up the offertory gifts and are Eucharistic ministers. On Sunday December 7, we had our Children’s Christmas Party in the parish hall. It was extremely cold and we had a smaller turnout than normal!

Our Advent Penitential Service was on the 9th. We had 9 priests who braved the cold to come to the parish to hear confessions. The first 2 weeks of December kept Fr. Bernie and Fr. Romano busy visiting the many schools for confessions and helping at parish penitential services that took place up until Dec. 21.

The junior high school across the street invited the parish staff for a Christmas luncheon on Dec. 11, which was a nice treat and allowed time for everyone to socialize. The whole school came to the church on the last day of classes before the Christmas break for their Advent Mass. Fr. Bernie also celebrated Advent services at the elementary schools in mid-December.

The Christmas Food Drive took place on Dec. 13/14. All goods collected were taken to St. Vincent de Paul at St. John Bosco Parish and along with their collection, 65 food hampers were assembled and then distributed by the Knights of Columbus. - One of our Salesian Cooperators prepared an Advent Reflection evening which she hosted at her house for the Cooperators. It was such a peaceful evening in the midst of all the bustle of the season!

The church was busy the last week before Christmas with rehearsals for music and the Children’s Christmas play. Fr. Bernie presided at our Christmas Eve Children’s Mass at 6:00 pm and again on Christmas Day while Fr. Dennis Vavrek, OFM, kindly presided at the 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Masses. The parish staff took a few days off; so we left Fr. Bernie to run the office! December ended of course with New Year’s Eve Mass. Many blessings to all the Salesian parishes for peace, joy, happiness and health in this New Year.

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RWANDA. Je sais que c'est mauvais pour mon humilité, mais ces derniers jours est paru un livre sur la Flore du nouveau Parc National de Nyungwe: 678 pages et environ 1000 photos en couleur: des fougères (plus de 200 espèces dans la Forêt de Nyungwe), des arbres et arbustes (environ 350 espèces) et des fleurs, dont les orchidées. Dans son livre, le Dr. Fischer dont j'ai déjà parlé, le plus grand botaniste d'Europe et peut-être du monde, un Allemand, me remercie (Acknowledgements) pour mes contributions. Et mardi dernier, le l7 décembre, avait lieu l'ouverture officielle du nouveau Parc National de Nyungwe, à l'entrée du Parc même, à laquelle j'ai été invité. Il y avait des autorités civiles, ministres, députés, gouverneur de Province, maires, etc., ainsi que quelques ambassadeurs (dont celui des États-Unis qui veut que je rencontre son épouse qui s'intéresse beaucoup aux oiseaux), des responsables d'ONG, etc. Eh bien, quelle ne fut pas ma surprise d'être nommé personnellement par la Directrice Générale de l'Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux pour ma contribution à la connaissance des orchidées au Rwanda. J'irai me confesser bientôt d'avoir ressenti une certaine satisfaction…. Mes meilleurs vœux aux confrères du Canada.

(extrait d’un email du P. Jean-Paul Lebel, Kigali, Rwanda)

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FRANCE, Coat an Doc’h. Je vois à tes messages que tu es revenu au bercail sherbrookois. Pour mon compte, je n'ai guère quitté notre domicile,comme la plupart des membres de notre communauté devant assumer, pour quatre d'entre nous, le ministère paroissial sur notre lieu (deux pour la paroisse, moi pour mon couvent de Soeurs Augustines et ses fidèles, un autre pour une paroisse voisine)… Le jour de Noël nous avions un repas communautaire amélioré avec une  bouteille de champagne comme apéritif.

  Quant à moi personnellement, immédiatement après ma messe chez les soeurs à midi, j'ai rejoint la table familiale chez mon frère après une heure et quinze minutes pour prendre le repas avec mon frère et ma belle- soeur à St-Malo, mais dans une ambiance plutôt triste, puisque le lendemain, nous portions en terre une vieille tante décédée deux jours avant Noël. Comme la plupart des confrères, je n'ai pas participé aux messes du soir. En effet un très épais brouillard a envahi la région le mercredi à 17h30 jusqu'à minuit. Parti dans une paroisse à 10km, j'ai mis une heure pour retrouver mon chemin, perdu complètement dans les petites routes malgré les feux antibrouillards, sans poteau indicateur, ni ferme allumée avec la peur de rejoindre le fond d'un fossé (visibilité à 10 mètres)… Souhaits de Bonne Année aux confrères et aux autres que je connais.

(Extrait d’un email du P. Jacques Donne)

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(Un ancien de Jacquet River-Boucherville-Sherbrooke) Merci pour votre fidélité à m'unir à vos activités salésiennes. Vos nouvelles viennent éveiller chez l'ancien que je suis, des sentiments de reconnaissance pour cette belle Famille qui apporte à l'Église une étincelle toute particulière du Bon Berger, spécialement auprès des jeunes. Bravo de prendre soin de nous décrire avec tant de couleurs et d'enthousiasme, et même dans l'humour, cette vitalité salésienne.

(JM Guerette , curé de Beresford, N.B.)

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January 31, 2020: Vancouver, B.C.

The Salesian Fathers celebrated for the first time the feast of Saint John Bosco in Vancouver. A triduum was preached preceding the feast. General communion on the feast day was followed by a special breakfast for the school children. In the evening, the children under the direction of the Sisters of Charity presented a very enjoyable entertainment.

(From Chronology of a Century, by Fr. Mario Mich, INTOUCH, Jan. 12, 2009)

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FR. JOHN FAITA(1913-1993)

This pioneer of the Salesian work in Canada was born on February 22, 2020, in Gussago, Italy, in the region of Brescia. He liked to mention that Pope Paul VI was born also in that region (He kept a precious photo of himself speaking with Pope Montini at the Vatican). His father was Pietro and his mother Maria Spini. From 1931 to 1935, he was a “model student” at the Cardinal Cagliero Missionary Institute in Ivrea. That year he left his native Italy for the United States., arriving in New York on September 7.

He entered novitiate on the following day in Newton, N.J., and made his profession on the following September 8th, after a year of discernment. He studied philosophy in the same house and also spent 2 years teaching (he also spent a third year of “tirocinium”, as it was then called, in Watsonville, CA). It was the common practice then to send the Salesians to Turin, Italy, for theology, but World War II forced the Salesians of those years to study in Newton. He was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Louis LaRavoire Morrow, (born in Texas), Salesian bishop of Krishnagar, India, on June 29, 2020.

In the meantime, Fr. Ernest Giovannini had replaced Fr. Eneas Tozzi as Provincial of Eastern USA. He asked Fr. Faita to go open a new work in Jacquet River, N.B. with Fr. Albert Thys. Fr. John hesitated to accept, considering his French very poor. The Provincial assured him it would be only for a short time. Obediently he went. In Father’s own words, “We began to work. With the help of some boys and their parents we changed the parish hall into a school, and Don Bosco’s work was thus established in Canada. Forty-six years have since passed, and here I am, still in Canada.”

In 1959, he was asked to become director of the new”Séminaire Salésien de Boucherville”. He succeeded, with the collaboration of the Salesian team, in creating a truly Salesian family spirit in that house, in spite of the poor and inadequate building. A great importance was given to liturgy, prayer life, family spirit and Salesian traditions.

The following years find him in Sherbrooke, Jacquet River and St. Dominic Savio Parish in Montreal (1969), where he began a stable parish ministry- except for 3 years- an apostolate he would exercise for the last 20 years of his life, for the most part at Savio and Maria Ausiliatrice in Rivière-des-Prairies. Attentive to persons, he liked parish work and was much appreciated by the people.

We can honestly say of him that he had a hierarchy of values that was in harmony with the Salesian way of life. His great devotions were to the Holy Eucharist – celebration of Mass, visits to the Blessed Sacrament- to the Blessed Mother and to Don Bosco. And he did much also to inculcate those devotions. He was truly a man of faith and prayer, while always ready for manual work.

As a young man, he had wanted to be a missionary; that was the purpose of the Cagliero Institute in Ivrea. Because of the need to consolidate the Salesian work in America, he was sent there, even before becoming officially a Salesian with vows. He was a missionary inasmuch as he left his native country, but he did not really consider himself a missionary. Was that the reason why he felt the need to help the foreign missions? He took all kinds of initiatives to help them. “A few pennies for the missionaries,” he would say. All occasions were good for collections. Sometimes in a joking way, we would ask him,” Fr. Faita, is that for the foreign missionaries or for the home mission?” He would smile…

Those who have known him will remember that he sometimes spoke in parables- not the kind you find in the Gospels. Like on a feast day, he would tell the director, in a roundabout way, “You know that today is a feast day. We know that you cannot change water into wine at table, but there may be another way of having wine at dinner today…!” After returning from Repos St-François d’Assise in Montreal after the burial, the pastor Fr. Romano, read to the confreres gathered for lunch the following lines from Fr. Faita’s testament which bespeak of his keen spirit: “If the director of the community to which I belong is not scandalised, offer a good ‘cin-cin’ to the confreres for my departure.” When some misunderstanding would arise in the community, who does not remember his solution? “Communicazione! Communicazione!”

I think we can apply to him the words Jesus spoke about Nathaniel: “Here is a true Israelite; there is no guile in him.” Sometime after his death, Fr. Romano, who had lived 24 years with him, wrote this about him: “Fr. Faita was always a man of great simplicity and honesty. A priest always ready to help others. A friend of missionaries, an evangeliser of youth, a father attentive to those who suffer, a friend always ready to write a word of thanks…” At Christmas and Easter, his greeting cards arrived with the fidelity of a clock. Rarely did he go abroad without sending me a postcard. Little things like these make people precious. I have had many occasions to discover in him a truly obedient Salesian, with a great love for Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco. ’The obedient man will speak of victory”.

Although he had been hospitalised for a few days at Santa Cabrini’s, his death came somewhat unexpectedly in the afternoon of October 16, 2020. On that day Fr. Authier and myself had left for Melbourne, Australia, for an insieme meeting with Don Viganò and some members of the General Council. Early on the morning of the 17th, Fr. Richard got a call from Montreal announcing his death. He had left this life on the 15th anniversary of John Paul II’s election. Father was certainly aware of that since he had such a great love for the Holy Father.

It was a great friend of the Salesians who presided at the Mass of the Resurrection, Bishop André Cimichella, surrounded by Mgr. Mario Paquette and numerous concelebrants. It was a fitting gesture of gratitude to a good Salesian priest who had the esteem and love of those who had known him.

Until he himself passed away many years later, his brother Giuseppe, who had immigrated to Montreal with his family, saw to it that from Spring to Autumn a patch of beautiful flowers grew on his tomb, a reminder that Fr. Giovanni had not been forgotten. Confreres, Salesian Sisters and friends often stop by the Salesian monument and say a prayer for him and the others, priests, brothers and sisters, whose mortal remains lie there awaiting the final resurrection. And they recall the good deeds and the marvels that the Lord accomplished through those faithful disciples.


Romeo Trottier

(main source: obituary letter by Fr. Richard Authier)


JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE

DE NAISSANCE!


Richard Authier : le 21 janvier

Gérard Richard : le 30 janvier


JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE

DE PROFESSION RELIGIEUSE!


Mike Pace: January 5

Ivan Dobrsek: January 13 (71th)


SALESIAN FEASTS


15: Bienheureux Louis Variara

22: Bienheureuse Laure Vicuña

24: SAINT FRANÇOIS DE SALES

30 : Bienheureux Bronislas Markiewicz

31: SAINT JEAN BOSCO


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A HAPPY HOLY NEW YEAR!


BONNE, HEUREUSE

ET SAINTE ANNÉE 2009!


FELIZ AñO NUEVO!


 

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