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Yes, we are back home.  I’m not certain how long we’ll be back but we are definitely back for a spell.  Please keep the prayers going.   Our grandson is holding his own, but as we have learned during the past weeks this is a long long process with many many ups and downs along the way.  It truly is a roller coaster.

I will start picking away at catching up on Sylvia’s Site .  There has been no shortage of news of scandals while I was away. has there?  But, as hard as it is to stomach at times and as often as I remind myself, in truth, it’s all for the best.

There are countless articles which I eventually want to get posted, particularly those dealing with the Cardinal McCarrick scandal and cover-ups, however,  I will start with the latest  news regarding two priest from my own back yard here in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

(1)  Father Joe LeClair

It’s nigh to four short years since Father Joe LeClair was released from jail, having served 2/3 of of a one year sentence for theft and fraud which transpired while he was pastor at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa, Ontario.  And, it’s been a little over two years since Father LeClair  entered a guilty plea to charges related to drunk driving in Guelph Ontario where he had been recycled shortly after he got out of jail (he  served  as an assistant at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church).

19 September 2018:  “Father Joe, convicted of theft and fraud, returns to serve Catholic faithful in Ottawa” & related article

13 September 2018:   Letter to Priests from Archbishop Prendergast re return of Father Joe Leclair

I have said it before and will say it again.  Father LeClair should be defrocked.  He needs to take care of his own soul and get it in order.  There are no favours being done here, for Father LeClair or anyone else.

That’s all I will say right now.

(2)  Father Barry McGrory

I am saddened to read that one the Father Barry McGrory complainants has died.  My he now rest in peace.

And, a trial date has finally been set for this previously convicted priest:

27 August 2018:  Two sex abuse charges dropped against priest after complainant dies

As I say. I will pick away at getting articles posted in the coming days.  I will also do my best to get back to those of you who contacted me by email over the past weeks.  And, I will try to post a nice picture from Scotland or Ireland with each blog .  Here’s today’s”

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, this is a two lane road, this one in the Inishowen peninsula en route to to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.  And yes, we managed to get by 🙂

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Hope you enjoy

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A few pictures, these from Scotland and N. Ireland.  Hope you enjoy.

(click pics to enlarge)

View from Edinburgh Castle:

 

 

 

 

 

Rathlin Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portmuck, Islandmagee (that’s the beautiful Glens of Antrim in the background)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gobbins Cliff walk in Islandmagee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenoe waterfalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge on rainy day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between Torr Head and Cushendall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia

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Time permitting

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We are back from a wonderful visit to Scotland and Ireland.  The scenery was spectacular – oohs and aaahs at the top of virtually every hill and around every bend in the road – and there was no lack of tops o hills and bends in roads 🙂

And now we are packing up to head down to the States.  Our grandson’s progress since his transplant  has been a little like a roller coaster.  Initially it looked as though the bone marrow transplant was taking, but then his cell counts started to drop, and then they essentially tanked.  Difficulty days.   A few days ago preparation began for another transplant, this time from another young sister.   Then, two days ago, his cell counts showed a slight increase, and yesterday another, and today yet another, so ….. his counts are nowhere near what is required, but this may be a sign that his body is belatedly accepting the transplant 🙂  We are hoping and praying that that is the case .

His disposition has been amazing throughout all of this.  We are so very proud of him.  He’s quite a boy.  Please please keep him in your prayers. We leave in the morning, and will probably be  away for several weeks.

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Yes, I have been keeping an eye on the news over the last few days. It’s not been what one would call nice news, but, I do believe necessary.   Given the time I will try to get some articles posted this evening.

Also, time permitting, starting this evening, I shall try – as promised? –  to get a few pictures of the trip posted (  A remind that there is still a lot of beauty in the world.)

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Finally

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Finally a chance to give an update . I’ve had difficulty with connections  and re-charging my tablet.

First, our grandson is doing really really well. In the past two days his body has shown signs of accepting the new bone marrow.  A cause for rejoicing.  He has lost his hair, but white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are just starting  to show signs of settling in and getting to work.  He is in good cheer and displaying a remarkable sense of humour. To date he has avoided being beset by that nasty mucisitis.  There were signs that it was starting but thankfully it has not progressed beyond that.

Prayers are being answered.  Thank you, and keep them going.  He’s not out of the woods yet.

And the trip…

We have been on the go from dawn to dusk every day.  The weather in Scotland was beautiful.  We saw  Loch Ness and even had a peek at St. Augustus Abbey.

We are now in Northern Ireland.  I’m  sitting outside our wee cottage looking up at the Glenn’s of Antrim, watching the ferries sail past from Scotland to Ireland, and listening to the waves crash on the shore.  It’s a cool morning, but oh so very beautiful.

Yesterday was a run up to the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills, and the beautiful drive along the Coast of Antrim.

Sorry but I haven’t sorted a way to get pictures posted using my tablet.  If no luck in the coming days I’ll  give you a good look at the beauty we have seen when I get home

Today is a quiet day – time to catch our breath in the morning and then decide where to go this afternoon.  Tomorrow we’re in to Belfast, and Saturday we head South.

Now that things are working I’ll  keep in touch as we go

Sylvia

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All went well

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First an update on our grandson….

The bone marrow transplant was done yesterday.  Grandson and his 12-year-old donor sister are “fine.”  All went well.

Now grandson embarks on another journey.  Most children develop mucisitis a few days after the graft/transplant.  It is a miserable and painful affliction which causes blisters and sores on the mucous membrane, – so lips, mouth and down the intestinal tract.  It becomes excruciatingly painful to eat and swallow so a naso-gastric tune is inserted to ensure they are nourished.   The tube will be inserted today or perhaps tomorrow pre-emptivley, the idea being to get it down before the blisters and sores start:  it’s no great joy to have an n/g inserted, but much much better when the mucous membranes of the body are intact.

So, keep the prayers going, the prayers now being that his body accepts his sister’s bone marrow.  It’s a difficult and painful road ahead, but well worth it all to get bone marrow which does it’s job.

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We’re leaving for Scotland and Ireland in about two hours!  I’m tell people I don’t recall ever have two such strong and conflicting emotions co-existing within my being.  It’s really strange.   Anyway, now that the day has come I truly am excited about this trip with our grand-daughters.    We are all excited.  And we will have a great time.  Every day is full.  I promised our grandson I will take him along with us in pictures.

So, I will keep you updated on our travels and on grandson’s condition.  For reasons of space and weight and reliability I decided not to take my laptap.  It’s old, and its  a beast and is frought with problems.  I will therefore keep in touch via my tablet.  The tablet isn’t the greatest,  but I can use it to post updates.     If I can find a way to post a few pictures as we travel the Emerald Isle I will do so.  There should be a way, and I really would love to share the trip with you through pictures.  Something nice to meditate on for a change.

You may have noticed that I removed the Contact link from the menu.  I just can not answer emails right now, so decided that this would be the best approach.  You can still post comments.  I should have opportunity to moderate comments daily, however, that may not always be the case – there are rural areas of Ireland where connections are. I believe,  either spotty or non-existent.

Please post links to articles of interest.

I must go and get myself ready to get out the door.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Unable to open new pages where new ones needed

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Another one of those ‘read it and weep’ articles:  for so so many reasons.

28 June 2018:  Accused priests. Millions in quiet payouts. And it was all kept on a list

Time is scarce for me right now, so I am unable to open new pages where new pages need to be opened, and I am unable to spend the time I would like to spend finding out as much as I possible can about the the following priests  referenced in the article .  For now I will post a little on each with the hope that in the weeks to come there will be opportunity to get those pages put together and posted:

(1) Father Charbonneau

The Father Charbonneau mentioned  must be  one of the two Charbonneau brothers  I referenced a number of years ago in this blog .  Father Paul A. Charbonneau was ordained in 1948:  Father Robert A. Charbonneau was ordained in 1953.  The former was a co-owner of Bishop Euegen Larocque’s cottage, Quom Bonum

(2)   Father Francis Freiburger cr

 Father Francis Freiburger cr – also went by Father Frank Freiburger, was a Resurrectionist priest who was born near Formosa Ontario, ordained 1918 as a priest for an order known as the Congregation of the Resurrection.  He served in both the United States and Canada until his death in 1965 at which time he Rector at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Waterloo.    Over the years he served in various capacities and for various periods of time – some very brief –  in Ontario, specifically in Hamilton, Dundas, North Bay, Kitchener.

Scroll down to page 68 in the following document  for a good idea of where he was and when:

Reference Father Francis Friebburger cr

(3) Father Ulysse Achille Lefaive

Here is Father Lafaive’s obituary from the Windsor Star:

LEFAIVE, Rev. Ulysse Achille Passed away September 25, 2010, in his 86th year. Dear son of the late Achille and Aurore (nee Desmarais). Predeceased by siblings Antoinette (1996) & husband Leo Parent (1996), Jean Paul Lefaive (1979), Angeline (2008) & husband Doran McEachern (1986), Isabel (1998) & husband Vic Wyatt (1975), Fern Lefaive (1978), and Louis Lefaive (2002). Survived by sisters-in-law Jeanette Lefaive of Windsor and Winifrid Lefaive of Ottawa, and many nieces and nephews. Father Lefaive was ordained on June 11, 1949, in St. Peter’s Cathedral in London, ON. He joyfully served the people of God in parishes in Essex & Kent Counties as Pastor at St. Michael’s, Ridgetown (1968- 1979); St. Thomas the Apostle, Windsor (1979- 1988); and St. Alphonsus, Windsor (1988-1997), and many other parishes as an associate Pastor. Father Lefaive served on the Roman Catholic Cemetery Board, and the Windsor Coalition for Housing. He also served for 10 years as Chaplain and 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop John T. Kidd Council #4924 and as 4th degree member of the Assembly #1789 Right Rev-erend Wilfred J. Langlois Council in Windsor. Fr. Lefaive was also a celebrant of Latin Masses (Cursillo) for many years. If you so desire, donations to the St. Peter’s Seminary or to the Scarborough Missions would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Wednesday 2-4 pm & 6-9pm with Parish prayers at 7:30pm and Knights of Columbus prayers at 8 pm at FAMILIES FIRST 1065 LAUZON RD. East Windsor 519-969-5841 On Thursday, family and friends are invited to meet after 10am at St. Alphonsus Church (85 Park St E.), followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Bishop Fabbro to celebrate. Interment St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca .

(4)  Father Ron Reeves

Father Ronald W.  Reeves sfm was, like Rev. John Stock, a priest with an order known as the Scarborough Foreign Missions.  He was ordained 21 November 1935.  He served in China until 1950.  In 1960 he was serving   at the parish in Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

He served at Our Lady of Sorrows, Windsor, Ontario from 1969-1974.  In the mid 80s he had an address in Harrow Ontario

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Father Howard Chabot, a priest with the Diocese of Pembroke, Ontario died on Tuesday.  Here is his obituary:

Obituary for Rev. Howard Chabot

Reverend Howard Leo Chabot
1940 – 2018
Reverend Howard Leo Chabot, priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pembroke, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 77. Father Chabot was born in Arnprior, Ontario, on August 28, 1940. He attended elementary and high school in Arnprior, St. Mary’s Redemptorist College, Brockville, St. George’s Novitiate of the Redemptorist Fathers, St. Augustine’s Seminary and the Grand Seminary of Montreal. He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination having been ordained to the priesthood on May 4, 1968 in his home parish of St. John Chrysostom, Arnprior, by Bishop William J. Smith. Shortly after ordination, Father Chabot attended the Divine Word International Centre in Scarborough. Father was Parochial Vicar in the parishes of Our Lady of Mercy, Bancroft, and St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, as well as serving at Our Lady of Sorrows, Petawawa. As parish priest, he served the parishes of St. Paul the Hermit, Sheenboro, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Braeside, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Pembroke, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, LaPasse and Our Lady of Grace, Westmeath, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Pembroke. In addition to his parish work, Father Chabot served in the diocese as Director of Catholic Social Services, the Office of the Lay Apostolate, the Office of Religious Education, member of the Priestly Life Committee, Zone Chairman of the Pembroke Pastoral Zone and the Office of Vocations. He also exercised his many talents as chaplain of the Pembroke Police Services, as Probation/Aftercare Children’s Services Division of the Pembroke Community and Social Services as well as chaplain to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Pembroke. After such an extended and lengthy ministry, Father Chabot entered retirement on July 31, 2005. However, Father Chabot did not retire to sit quietly: even in retirement from full-time parish ministry, he led workshops and preached retreats and days of recollection in many parishes and smaller groups. Preceded in death by his parents George and Cecelia Chabot (nee Cleroux), by infant brother Joseph, by brother Dalt (Judy) Chabot, and by sisters Doris (Des) Herrick and Mildred (Wib) Clarke. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Clergy Faithfull of the Diocese of Pembroke. All are invited to the Rite of Reception of the Body at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Monday, July 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. Following the Rite of Reception, friends may pay their respects until 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, presided by His Excellency, Bishop Michael Mulhall, will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:30 a.m. also at St. Columbkille Cathedral. Following the funeral liturgy, interment will take place in the Malloch Road Cemetery, Arnprior. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul would be appreciated. Honoring Father Chabot’s wishes, the Mission with John Pridmore being held at St. Columbkille’s Cathedral, Pembroke on October 1-3, 2018 will proceed. Arrangements are in the care of Neville Funeral Home, Pembroke.

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I will try my very best to find out when the next court date for Fathers Barry McGrory and Ronald Leger are.

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The chemo and drug regime continues for our grand-son.  Yesterday was a a pretty rough day, but by day’s end he was feeling considerably better.

Please please keep the prayers going.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Just not possible

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Previously convicted Archdiocese of Ottawa priest Father Barry McGrory has a court date in Ottawa this morning:

26 June 2018: 10:15 am, pre-trial discovery,  Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

As much as I would love to be there it’s just not possible.

Please keep the victims and complainants in your prayers.

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Please keep the prayers for our 16-year-old grandson going.  Today he starts on a chemo-drug regime to prepare for his bone marrow transplant next Monday.  He is handling this crisis so well.  We are so very proud of him.

Thank you again to all who have offered prayers.  There are countless examples over the past weeks of prayers heard and answered.  Please don’t stop praying.  Those prayers are needed over the next few weeks more than ever.

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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There has been little opportunity to get much accomplished on Sylvia’s Site.  When I can I do post a few articles, often with a comment.  Check New to the site.  

I will post what and when I can.  Meanwhile, please  post links to articles which you believe would be of  interest to those who follow Sylvia’s Site.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

 

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All went well

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We got home shortly after 10 pm last night.  This one of those rare times that I have difficulty saying it’s good to be home 🙁 Our hearts are back in Cincinnati.

Anyway, the trip went well.  Weather was beautiful, and, with rare exceptions, traffic was light.

There is no significant change with our grandson’s condition.  His sister – the donor – started a series of tests yesterday.  Nine vials of blood!  All went well .

Please keep the prayers going.  They will be needed for at least the next few weeks.  I will keep you posted

Hopefully I will be free to post a few articles as catch up next week.

Sylvia

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Leaving is painful

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We are heading for home in the morning.  For a variety of reasons decision made that the trip to Ireland with grand-daughters will carry on.  We will be back to Ohio as soon as the trip is over.

Our grandson’s chemo will start in a week to ten days.  This is part of the preparation for the bone marrow transplant.  His little sister (the donor) starts a series of tests tomorrow.

Leaving is painful.

Keep those prayers going. There are difficult days ahead.

Sylvia

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Good day yesterday

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A big day yesterday.  We finally got the news; two of our grandson’s little sisters are matches ☺  The 12-year-old will be the donor.  One other genetic test – the last – is due back today.  That determines how they will prepare him for the transplant.   So, a meet with doctors tomorrow to discuss what lies ahead.

And, yesterday they found a house!

Prayers answered!

Keep the prayers going.  There is a tough road ahead. Portions of grandson’s blood work which were already virtually bottomed out are still dropping.   He is extremely vulnerable to infection.  I think a week to two weeks till he is ready forbthe transplant.

Thank you all for your prayers.  Please keep praying

Sylvia

 

 

 

 

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