June 23 for our Parish has been one of the most fraternal celebrations in many years. The Annual Parish feast was prepared by a triduum of prayers conducted by Fr. Flormaria Rigoni, C.S. who stirred up our spirit and emotions. We celebrated three in one: The Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, the founder of the Congregation, which built and staffs our parish, Saint Catherine of Siena, our Patron Saint and naturally CORPUS CHRISTI, which is the Liturgical Feast of the day. On Saturday night we had a small procession around the Church withe the statue of St. Catherine; after that in Zanon Hall we have an in depth presentation of the life and holiness of St. Catherine. On Sunday, after the 1:00pm mass, we had a great procession in the streets of the neighborhood, which ended with the blessing to the parish and to the city of Mississauga. The whole afternoon was full of music and food from the Filipino, the Spanish, Italian, Shri Lanka and Nigerian Communities. The children were entertained with games and ice cream, while the music was filling the air wit joy and fraternity. The Knights of Columbus were present in many capacities, both during the procession and in the programs of the afternoon.
The best thing of all, was that we all felt so much as one family, enjoying the richness of the food and cultures. Even Fr. Flormaria said: “I did not know that so many people of so many cultures could form such a united community.”
Special thanks to the Feast Committee and all the volunteers who devoted time and effort to make our annual feast an event to remember.