Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Dear Parents and Friends of St. Augustine School,
In writing to you this morning, it is to share with you the loss to Pat and Dick Stout’s family this past weekend of their oldest son, Jamie.
Jamie’s life was a representation of joy, resilience and determination. He entered St. Augustine School at the age of 6, spent his elementary years with us, and then moved on to John Oliver High School where he made a lasting impact on their community through his zest for life and wonderful way with people.
Jamie wove himself into our lives and our hearts. His circle of friends was wide and deep, and his parents are coming to know more of the impact that he had on others in his short twenty-six years of life.
In the days ahead, please keep the Stout’s at the centre of your prayers. We pray that their faith, love of and delight in Jamie fills their hearts and, through God’s grace and the goodness of family and friends, that Dick, Pat and Cory will be blessed with peace.
To our dear St. Augustine community:
We hold such gratitude in our hearts for the many ways in which you gave us loving support since the death of our son and brother, Jamie. Your comforting words and cards, the sincere expressions of compassion from your children, the beautiful flowers, abundant and delicious food for home and reception use, and the so-appropriate decorating of the gym were all greatly appreciated. The readiness in which you offered help and worked together struck us a great deal – people from many stages of Jamie’s life, some of whom we have never met – were brought together in love.
Thank you so much for your presence and witness.
God bless you and your families,
Pat, Dick and Cory Stout
Our beloved Fr. John Cardo, O.M.I., died peacefully on January 23rd at Holy Family Hospital, just days shy of his 75th birthday, and in his 49th year of the priesthood. Parishioners will remember him as the priest with a welcome for people at every Mass. He always had a quip at the ready, a handshake that was unforgettable and openness to everyone.
As a man of faith, his love for God showed in his Masses, his "favourite" Gospel (John, of course), and in his exceptional service to St. Augustine's school. Every day, Fr. John would come to pray with the children, and it was no secret that each year the "Kindies" were his favourite. Not so well known, were the hours he spent in ministry to the PREP program, Baptismal program and sacramental preparation, as well as always being available to people who needed an ear or a hug.
Fr. Cardo came to us at St. Augustine's ten years ago, after years of serving the people of Northern BC (Prince Rupert, Kemano, Vanderhoof, Dawson Creek and Kitimat); Vancouver Island (Duncan and Lake Cowichan); and Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton). His legacy of service, his simplicity, his love for the Eucharist, and his delight in children will long be treasured by all members of our community. He also assisted the Holy Family Hospital community with memorial services, special blessings and mostly, concelebrating Masses.
Fr. John will also be remembered for his love of the canine community, and their love for him. He knew them all by name and always have a treat for them.
Besides his Oblate family, Fr. Cardo leaves his brothers Jim (his wife Elke) and Bill (his wife Lucy) and his sister Patricia Cardo, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Our Faith community extends our sincere condolences to the Davids’ family. We celebrated Siobhan’s life at her Funeral Mass, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend...
10.07.1970 - 7.03.2014
Father John Brioux was a friend to the world.
As an Oblate, his call was to be close to the people, and whether he was with his Oblate community, greeting parishioners after Mass, or speaking to a homeless person in the neighborhood, he gave them his best - a bit of himself. He took God’s lavishness to heart, and revealed it especially in Liturgy.
Mass with Fr. John was a feast of word and gesture, especially when other sacraments ike baptism or confirmation were incorporated. Water and oil flowed for all to see. His homilies for children almost always involved a paper bag with something inside that kept kids guessing – a symbol like a rock or a heart or a little stuffed sheep or an apple. When it became apparent that the school building needed to be replaced, he inspired a core group of people to take up the challenge, confident that trust in God’s lavishness would bring great blessings. Over the years, he kept faith, and community was built, in addition to the beautiful new building.
Fr. John was a renaissance man, with interest in the arts, in aboriginal culture, in history, nature, travel and gardening. His greatest gift to us, though, was sharing God’s abundant love in all he did. May we learn from this and continue to live his legacy.
By Marie Lutrell
July 12, 1942 - May 24, 2017