Barbara Foubister: Victoria donor pleased to play a small part in helping mission parishes.
Barbara Foubister of Victoria, British Columbia, has named Catholic Missions In Canada as a beneficiary in her will.
"It is my pleasure to be able to provide this gift and hope that future circumstances will allow me to let the gift 'grow' further.
"I sincerely believe that charitable gifts should form part of our financial planning, both during life and after. I also know just how fortunate I am to be able to attend Mass daily when my work schedule allows it.
"At St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria, there are between one and four services each day. When I think that some Canadians do not have a priest to say Mass for them weekly or, in some cases, rely on visiting priests who come to them once a month or less, I am pleased to play a small part in helping such parishes."
Barbar J. MacDougall: Donor-missionary names CMIC in her will
"I'm 64 years old and in good health. In June 2001, missionary Sister Angela Shea, C.N.D., in Mayo, White Horse diocese, in the Yukon Territory, asked me to substitute as a parish pastoral person in Mayo. It was while touring the territory that I got a sense of how much the 'presence' of a missionary meant in the North.
"How beautifully it rounds out and gives fullness to the closeness and sharing already present in these 'rich' communities' rich in humanity, caring and growing. God is, indeed, 'kept' in their midst. Our blessed Mother must also feel at home in Canada's North. We must do whatever we can to support this."
(Barbara J. MacDougall now serves the mission in Tache, Diocese of Prince George, British Columbia.)
Annuitant Dennis Papillon and wife Lucille: 'God will never be outdone in generosity'
Days before investing in a charitable gift annuity with Catholic Missions In Canada, Dennis Papillon had been mulling over another option.
"I was tempted to invest in a new car, but there was this little 'thing' in my conscience that kept telling me to put the money into the missions, and I did, and we both came out winners.
"When I was a kid, our parish priest, Father Vincent Morgan, had a favourite saying whenever he talked about money: 'God will never be outdone in generosity.' And throughout my life that has been true, because I have been truly blessed with the most important things in life-family and happiness."
Papillon, a self-taught artist, first painted at the age of 10 and has, over the years, produced more than 3,000 works of art-from landscapes to portraits and scenes depicting social commentary. He drew and painted in grade school and in high school: murals, posters for events, comic strips for their school paper.
He started putting more hours with his easel in the mid-Sixties, when, after successfully running his own business, he decided he needed to do something in life.
Although he had exhibited with a gallery in Hamilton, Ontario, selling his paintings did not appeal much to Papillon. About 2,000 of his art works are stored away. "I never sold my work, but I donated many to charities for silent auctions."And while he did commissions over those years, the payment was a donation to a charity of the buyer's choice.
"The fact was, and still is, I didn't need money. I had a successful business, and I provided well for my family and retirement. I also feel the need to give something back for my good fortune in life. Art has been good to me in that it provided a lifetime of intense interest."