Saint Kateri Parish
Kitchitwa Kateri Anamewgamik Church is a sacred place where ALL can feel welcome and respected. It is a place for healing, seeking to bridge the gap between native and Catholic ceremonials and spirituality - where traditional Native ceremonies and rituals can be used to express the Church faith. Kitchitwa Kateri membership and services are open to all Native Catholic and Non-Native Catholic peoples living in the vicinity or visiting the City of Thunder Bay from the surrounding Native communities. Everyone is made to feel welcome and participate in services regardless of their faith.
Sundays - 12:30 PM
Monday - 12:00 Noon
Board of Directors:
Fr. Larry Kroker, S. J.
Deacon Michael Robinson
Deacon John Semerling
Deacon Walter Aysanabee
Monday and Thursday (September to April): 09:30am - 02:30pm.
Monday and Friday (May - August): 09:30am - 02:30pm
Office - (807) 622-5138
St. Vincent de Paul - (807) 622-5165
Fax - (807) 626-9532
KITCHITWA KATERI The Epiphany of the Lord– Jan 7, 2018
1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6. This exiles returned from Babylon to find their beloved Jerusalem in ruins. the prophet cheers them up with a vision of restored city.
2nd Reading: Ephesians. 3:2-3, 5-6. Paul reveals the fact that God invites all, Jew and Gentile, to share on equal footing the salvation won by Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12. This relates how three strangers came from afar to pay homage to the Christ-child while the Jewish leaders rejected him.
Gospel Challenge: Led by a star, the astrologers come in search of the infant king. They have been attentive to the marvels of the universe, and there they have read signs in heavens. They represent all who search for truth in the wonders of creation and in wisdom of their own cultures of origin. Because they searched with eyes of faith they were able to recognize the gifts of God when they found him, even though he did not conform to initial perception of a royal heir. They came from the far corners of the earth, Gentiles who followed the light and who found the new king whose reign would bring justice and righteousness into human affairs. They returned home, enlightened by their visit to God's place of revelation. Their encounter shows that in Christ the light of God is given to all people of good will, Jew and non-Jew alike.
Mass Intentions: Sun. Jan 7 ………………… Intentions of St. Kateri Parishioners
Sun. Dec 24 ……. Collection $158.90; $151.90; Dec 31......$174.00
*** At Kateri, Homoletics; StartsTues Sept 12 @7 pm; Prayer Meetings:
Wed’s @ 7 pm ( Start again in Sept)
*** Pipe Ceremonies - beginning of each month, beginning @11 am; Ladies need to bring/wear a long skirt!! Miitgweeth
KITCHITWA KATERI –Epiphany of the Lord – Jan 7 2018 - Page 2
***Sun Jan 7th is Christmas for all Ukrainians, so all Merry Christmas
*** St. Kateri Prayer Day @ Kateri Church in Thunder Bay will be Jan 26-28, 2018
**** Reminder to all parents it's that time of year again to make sure your children have register for First communion and Confirmation in your parish.
***Sacrament of Baptism -3rd Sunday of each month please contact our Deacon Michael Robinson for appointments at 622-5138
Regular Mass Schedule: Sundays at 12:30 p.m., Mondays at 12:00 Noon; Saint Vincent DePaul Call 622-5165 to reserve your food hamper, once every three months on Mondays 1:00 pm- 3:30pm.
The Office hours are Mons. & Thurs. (Fall/ Winter)
451 N. Syndicate Ave. T. Bay, On. P7C3W9.
Ph. 622-5138 Fax: 626-9532 Email: Katerichurch@tbaytel.net. www.Katerichurch.com
HISTORY OF KITCHITWA KATERI PARISH
A CHURCH SERVING THE NATIVE CATHOLIC PEOPLES OF THUNDER BAY
PHASE 1 - EARLY BEGINNINGS
First Known Events
In October of 1980, Kateri Prayer Days were held at Avila Centre. Music ministry and prayer leaders were Richard and Phyllis Sayers, Dominic Eskokogan, Murray and Betsy Sayers, etc. There were in attendance some 50 - 75 from various reserves and from within the city. Following this an initial meeting was called at St. Andrew's in late 1980 or early 1981 to establish a Kateri Ministry. In attendance were Fr. George Leach, Steve and Catherine Hanson, Leo Tookenay, Bill & Yvonne Winters, Vic and Maureen Pelletier, Florena Brown, Leo and Beatrice Roach. Leo Tookenay was named chairperson and coordinator for this ministry. At this meeting it was decided that the Kateri Native group would host the 4:30 pm Mass on the 4th Sunday of each month at St. Andrew's and provide the music, readings, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, etc. This Mass was open to all parishioners and was largely attended by both native and non-natives. Following the Mass a pot luck luncheon and social was held in the Parish Hall. To prepare for these celebrations we would gather at the home of Steve and Kay, Florena, Vic and Maureen, Leo and Beatrice and others one the evening before to practice the Kateri songs and to socialize. These gatherings often lasted until the early morning hours. Others who joined this group were Joe and Agnes Esquega, Mike and Agnes Hardy, Oliver and Mitch Roach, Elizabeth Gladu, Donald Collins and others.
Other Early Known Events Were:
1st Annual Kateri Prayer Days at Heron Bay on the weekend of Corpus Christi in June of 1981. Bishop O'Mara, Fr. Leach and Fr. Brennan were present and a beautiful Corpus Christi Procession was held within the community. Kateri Prayer Days in the fall of 1981 at Mobert. Fr. Leach and Fr. Brennan participated and Kateri Music Ministries began to form in Mobert and Heron Bay. Square Dance and Box Socials were held 2 or 3 times a year in the hall below Our Lady's Chapel at St. Andrew's. John Fletcher and his boys provided the music; Steve and Donald were callers. The Dew Drop Inn was started in the parish hall with a clothing depot in the basement of the hall. Due to fire regulations the clothing had to be removed from the hall. It was at the time the Kateri Ministry moved to space above Zellers and they also looked after the clothing depot." Next, Father Brian Tiffin, SJ was appointed full time urban Native chaplain; monthly Masses with potluck suppers continued at St. Andrew's, while the Kateri Centre was founded at Red River Road. Here,a counseling office was set up, Mass was celebrated in the Kateri chapel twice a week, a ministry training program, prayer meeting, and AA meetings began. There was also a drop-in during the day, with coffee, soup and bannock. A clothing depot was also set up. A Kateri council was formed to plan socials and the functions of the Kateri.
KATERI CENTRE - SIMPSON STREET
In 1988, Fr. Kroker replaced Fr. Tiffin as Urban Native Chaplain. The figure of the native population in Thunder Bay was then being quoted as high as 12,000 to 15,000. Under the direction of the Kateri Council, Mass was celebrated every Sunday at St. Andrew's; the clothing depot was dropped as being necessary because of other places offering the same service. And finally it was announced we would have to find another place to rent by the end of March as the building was being torn down. We moved to Simpson Street. Sister Eva Solomon, CSJ, was now operating out of an office at the Tekakwitha Centre at St. Agnes Church. We had some joint orientation and vision planning workshops; Mass with Ojibway cultural expression was now held on the third Sunday of every month at St. Agnes, Mass being celebrated the second and third Sunday at the Kateri Centre. The people mandated for ministries were bringing communion to the sick in the hospitals and shutins in the city. Some were preparing parents and godparents for baptism celebration, and handling the readings as well as setting up for Eucharistic services. At other planning workshops, it was strongly voiced that the Catholic native community needed a Church of their own, where they could pass on their spiritual traditions to the children and express their spirituality in native cultural symbols. Because of the limited number of native Church people who were related to the Kateri Centre, some kind of outreach was needed. And because many did not relate to "Church" as such, a new direction was needed.
PHASE 11 - PARISH SPIRITUAL CENTRE
Native Spiritual Centre became the new vision of what would be the most fruitful way of relating to the spiritual aspirations of the urban native community. The new centre would have to be inter- faith or ecumenically oriented, to continue the dialogue between Christian denominations in relation to the traditional Native Way. Passing on of the traditions would be part of its focus, as well as integration of these traditions within the Christian spiritual celebrations. A Native Rite. The healing lodge would be central in importance because of the historical backlog of injustices and hurts still to be handled, community desolation, and negative self image. The new urban centre would also have to afford some structure of parish community, mirroring the Church activities in which they had participated earlier, back in their home reserve communities. There would also have to be a place of gathering or rendez-vous, to meet friends and make new ones, a place for powwows and feasts and workshops, for administration and education. "A place of our own" "A place to grow" "A place we can be proud of "A place to help us to find our rightful place in society". These are the vision statements that have focussed the direction of the development of the Native Catholic community to this present moment of their historical development. As the Simpson Street location was not adequate, the prospect of buying a building, paying a mortgage and eventually owning the place was decided upon. After an initial search, the council decided to rent the Satellite Centre for a two year period, during which time the Kateri group would develop and prove whether a larger and owned facility was really necessary. The Satellite
Centre had been delegated as a youth centre, so when funding was eventually available for youth programs, we were asked to move so they could fulfill their mandate. We ended up in a small house on 392 Red River Road and used St. Andrew's Church facilities, an interim step while we began the search for funding and a suitable area and building for the Centre. On June 15, 1994, we purchased an ideal facility which brought to realization our 12 year search.
PHASE 111: A Native Catholic Church
We finally found a ideally suitable place for sale on the corner of Syndicate and Finlayson street. It was Community Fellowship Church, had a daycare area, offices & meeting rooms, a place for worship, a hall and kitchen and dining area that are ideal for our purposes. Through loans and donations, the building was purchased, and in January of 1996, was established as a Native Catholic Church.