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Filipino women tell their stories

By Linda Yaskowich

03/15/2017

WYNYARD, Sask. — World Day of Prayer 2017, written by the women of the Philippines, was hosted in Wynyard by St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.

The World Day of Prayer is an interdenominational service organized by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada and is held on the first Friday of March.

This year’s service was written by the women of the Philippines, and because St. Mary’s has a large membership of Filipino Catholics, hosting this year’s service was a perfect fit for the Wynyard parish. There was a large participation by the Filipino members of the congregation, as well as by other parishioners and members of other Wynyard churches.

Highlights of the service included: local Filipino women telling their stories and describing how they came to be living in Canada, the national dress of the Phillipines worn by many to the service, the choir singing the Our Father (Ama Namin) in their own language, and an array of Filipino foods to choose from after the service.

It was heartening to see a large number of people come out to World Day of Prayer this year. The March 2018 service will be hosted by the Wynyard Gospel Church.

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women focused on prayer and action for peace and justice. The origins of the day go back to the 19th century when Christian women of Canada and the United States initiated a variety of co-operative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission at home and around the world. The title for the event came into use in 1927, the same year that those organizing the event first focused on praying with women from a different country.

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