Chelsea vigil marks one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine
On Friday, February 24, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Chelsea hosted a special vigil that brought together dignitaries, clergy, members of the community, and a number of musicians – all unified in prayer, reflection, and music for the deliverance of Ukraine and its people, and for world peace. Federal MP Sophie Chatel recalled how despite worldwide and Canadian condemnation; the human rights conflict continues to drag on with heavy military casualties on both sides. Father Jean-Roland Joseph spoke of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace, while Reverend Cannon Kevin Flynn recalled how freedom allows fraternity, respect of self and regard for others. Included was several local musicians who brought their talents to infuse the vigil with reflective music and song to an event imbued with dignity and emotion. Lead organizer, Jacques Michaud reported with thanks that over $1,000 and counting had been donated to support Ukrainian families and immigrants in need in our communities. Photos: Suzanne Gibeault
1. MP Sophie Chatel speaks to the assembly, while Father Jean-Roland Joseph and the Reverend Cannon Kevin Flynn listen in.
2. Candles and sunflowers set the mood for the Ukraine Vigil. Candles donated by Bougie Doozy Candle.
3. Three of the musicians left to right: Alireza Tarvijii, Rick Desnoyers, and Gabor Desmond Hegedus.