26 May 2021

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In this Issue:
You are invited!
May 28 - An Evening of Celebration & Appreciation
Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care reahes out to those impacted with HIV/AIDS

You are Invited!
Friday 28 May
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
on Zoom webinar

An Evening
of Celebration and Appreciation

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Join us for this Special Event!
Choral Evensong
from All Saints' Church
- Community Centre, Toronto
Premiere showing
of the FaithWorks 25th Anniversary video
A Message from
the Right Reverend Andrew Asbil,
Bishop of Toronto
Life on the Frontline
- a visit with some Ministry Partners -
Appreciation and Recognition

reaches out to those impacted with HIV/AIDS

from Jennifer Kroezen,
Director of Development

At the onset of COVID-19, we witnessed such a demand for emotional and mental support for people living with HIV that we increased the frequency of our women’s prayer / HIV support group from monthly to weekly via secure video conferencing. Many of our past and present clients reached out to access counselling services. Some of the issues identified were: fear of contracting COVID-19; food insecurity; and isolation (people were not able to access their local ASOs, Casey House drop-in program or other services to deal with their HIV diagnoses). While most HIV agencies in the GTA do not have Christian roots or a mission to support clients seeking a Christian perspective, the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care continues to be the hospice leader – where HIV community supports and Christian beliefs intersect.

  • Testimonial from the PAC Women’s Spiritual Care Group (weekly Zoom calls during COVID for women with HIV/AIDS): “The weekly prayer meetings by zoom have been a lifeline to me. In all the trauma of COVID-19, I couldn’t sleep from stress. It helped … us coming together. It’s great to have something to hold onto … and to have support in holding onto my faith.” 

  • Testimonial from the PAC Women’s Spiritual Care Group: “I can’t be one hundred percent myself at church or in my community because of my HIV. Having this group helps me get back to a focus on God.”
  • Testimonial from a PAC Client with Cancer and HIV/AIDS (comorbidity): “Thank you. I am so appreciative of the Philip Aziz program. They helped me through a rough stretch of COVID-19. We needed a lot of support for a short time….  My husband was ill, and I was recovering from surgery. They provided food for my family, counselling by phone, and connected us to services.”

If you, or a loved one, wishes to contact the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care, please call (416)363-9196x206 to speak with a Social Worker in the Community Program.
If you wish to highlight your Parish's events in support of FaithWorks, please forward the details to faithworks@toronto.anglican.ca
Virtual and Video Sermons available
We are only gathering virtually. The Director of Stewardship, Peter Misiaszek, and I would normally be visiting parishes in person to speak of FaithWorks. Why not virtually!!! If you would like one of us to speak to your parish during your online Sunday worship please contact FaithWork Speakers Bureau at fwspeakersbureau@toronto.anglican.ca

If you would like the pre-recorded video of my sermon promoting FaithWorks (11 minutes) or the 20th Anniversary of FaithWorks video
(2 minutes) for your Sunday morning services, please email me so that I can make them available to you.
Coming soon - the 25th Anniversary of FaithWorks video!!!

Peter Mentis (he/him)
FaithWorks Campaign Manager

135 Adelaide St. E.
Toronto, ON M5C 1L8
416-363-6021 ext. 242
1-800-668-8932 ext.242
We build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that my office resides on the territory of sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. I acknowledge especially the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Toronto Treaties.