Floodwaters in Lebret, Saskatchewan: Where the road was–half the dike is visible on the right shoulder of the road.
...and the Word was made flesh in the simple act of serving a hot dog.
April 23, Holy Saturday morning, until Easter Monday, April 29, was a week of realizing death and rising in the actual lives of people, just across the street from the Valley Native Ministry Centre in Lebret, Saskatchewan.
The waters from Mission Lake rose close to seven feet, flooding more than 50 homes and cottages. Children as young as seven were carrying suitcases, boxes, clothes, to higher ground. Volunteer neighbours helped fill, transport, and place sandbags. Roadblocks were set up. Trucks and dirt bikes became 24-hour noise. And Valley Native Ministry served noon lunches (hot dogs, soup, chili) to workers, anxious friends, and anyone who needed a place to sit or have a coffee.
For all who contribute to Catholic Missions in Canada, you were a part of this joyful sharing with others—because Catholic Missions In Canada helps the Valley Native Ministry Program whose volunteers help the local people in need, as they did last Holy Week.
Sister Bernadette Feist, O.S.U., coordinates the Valley Native Ministry in Lebret, Saskatchewan, in the Archdiocese of Regina.