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Proposed Church Design for St. Josephine Bakhita Parish

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    The Mission of the Parish is to be a Catholic, multicultural community of faith, called to witness and proclaim, to celebrate and share the Hope and Charity we have in Jesus Christ as exemplified by St. Josephine Bakhita, our “Universal Sister” (John Paul II) and “Model of Hope” (Benedict XVI).

    We are a people who weave together this neighbourhood as:

    • a community of faith, committed to live the Greatest Love of Jesus Christ Crucified, and Mary, Mother of Charity at the foot of the Cross.
    • a community of prayer, nourished by the Word of God, the Eucharist, and the traditions of the Church, reflected in the way we live and celebrate.
    • a community that welcomes every woman and man, child and youth, of all cultures, to equal discipleship in Jesus Christ.
    • a community that is missionary, open to the needs of the world, committed to the promotion of justice, peace, and the stewardship of creation.
    • a community that is not afraid to face its pain and yet deeply trust “in the hope that saves.”

    We believe that each one [of us] is called to be the strand that God will use to weave a tapestry in this place; a tapestry that will be intricate and exquisite.

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    Where we celebrate Holy Mass

    The parish community gathers for Holy Mass at St. Joan of Arc Secondary School, 3801 Thomas Street, Mississauga, ON.

    We also gather at St. Peter's Mission Church on Ninth Line, just north of Britannia Road. St. Peter's Mission Church is an old mission church, built in 1823 by Irish Catholics, who came to farm this area in the beginning of the 19th century. The area was called "The Catholic Swamp". The old church is a great testament to the sturdy faith of the first migrants. We take pride in inserting our story to theirs as we form the Parish of St. Josephine Bakhita.
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    Where is our Parish Office

    The Rectory and the Parish Office is located at 3600 Forest Bluff Crescent in Mississauga.

    Our Office hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM. We are closed on Mondays. On the weekend, we have a desk at the entrance to our place of worship at St. Joan of Arc Secondary School to answer any questions you may have, to offer a Mass, or register as a parishioner.

    Our parish website is regularly updated. You can reach us by phone, fax, or email.
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    Bakhita was born in 1869 in Darfur, Sudan to a well-to-do family of the Daju tribe. Around the age of seven, she was kidnapped by slave traders who gave her the name Bakhita: the"fortunate one". She was then sold and resold in the slave markets of El Obeid and Khartoum over a period of ten years, suffering humiliation, intimidation, abuse, torture and much physical pain.

    In 1862, Bakhita was sold to Calisto Legnani, the Italian Consular Agent in Sudan. She was subsequently brought to Italy where was introduced to the Catholic Faith through contact with the Canossian Daughters of Charity.

    In 1888, Bakhita joined the Institute for Catechumens run by the Canossian Sisters in Venice. She was declared "legally free" by the King's Procurator in 1889, The year after in 1890, she received Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. She was given the name Josephine.

    On December 7, 1893, she joined the Canossian Noviciate at the Catechumenate. She pronounced her vows on December 8, 1896.

    In 1902, Bakhita was transferred to Schio. Though uneducated and with limited skills in reading and writing, Bakhita was able to touch hears with her sincerity, humility, goodness, joy and her unlimited confidence in God. Affectionately called Mother Moretta, and known all around as the "Black Sister of the Veneto", Bakhita's varied duties included that of cook, sacristan, and porter; all of which she carried out with humility and unobtrusive charity. She also reached out to young orphans and wounded soldiers during World War I and II.

    "Bakhita did not undertake great works...did not do anything extraordinary way, living out a life hidden in God, always tending to the the 'more'... gradually advancing in the way of evangelical perfection," wrote Pietro Nonis, the Bishop of Vicenza.

    Mother Josephine Bakhita died on February 8, 1947. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 17, 1992 and canonized in the Jubilee Year of 2000.
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    Have a safe and restful summer!