A message from Fr. Daniel: Joy

The New Coptic Year starts with joyful tunes till the feast of the Cross which made me wonder why?! What is the definition of Joy?! Who can have it? How to keep it?!

Sometimes life gets a little rough, and we all need joy in our lives. We often seek joy through various things; a new home/car, shopping, salary raise, vacation, friends and other external events that don’t last while true joy comes from inside and within ourselves. We usually talk about warnings that come from the Bible, how to live or not live our lives. However, sometimes we forget that the Bible tells us to enjoy life. God did not mean for us to be sad or serious all the time. Our Lord Jesus Christ promised saying in the Gospel of St. John 16:22 – “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

Joy by definition is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. What could be more joyful than having The God of all creation on our side, talking with Him anytime on a daily basis, reading His Bible love letters, living the Kingdom of Heaven from now through His Great Salvation, Walking with a clean heart / conscience through repentance and confession, abiding in Him through Communion and trusting His love and care?!

Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them

Here are some “happy” Bible verses to add some sunshine to what may be called a gloomy day:

Psalm 27:6 – “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.”

Psalm 97:11-12 – “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”

Proverbs 15:13 – “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 15:23 – “A man finds joy in giving an appropriate reply – and how good is a timely word!”

Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Nehemiah 8:10 – “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.'”

Finally, I wish we all may have a positive attitude towards life, enjoy daily little surprises prepared by our loving God, seek joy and never allow anyone/anything take away your joy!

Fr. Daniel Bessada

Dominant Life Principle (DLP)

Happy New Coptic Year to you all…

New beginnings always remind us with basic principles we used to live with and give us opportunity to re-evaluate our goals, the way of living and the path we are walking in…

It’s time to think what is the number 1 goal in my life? What do I want to achieve this year and what is my dominant life principle!!!

For someone, it could be fun, money, comfort, fame, success, love….. Let’s analyse it then. If it is fun, I would do whatever it takes to maximize the fun time. If it’s money, I would save pennies and enjoy free stuff. If it’s comfort, I would watch TV and never go out of my comfort zone. If it’s fame, I would like to be the centre of attention – self centred – and never care of anyone but me. If it’s success, I would sell anything or anyone for that feeling, would step on anyone’s toes jumping on the shoulders of all to be successful. If it’s love, I would open my heart and evaluate all my deeds and thoughts to make sure that they are done with love. “Let all that you do, be done with love” 1 Cor. 16:14

The question is what is compelling me?! The driver of all actions: studying, working, travelling, getting married, making friends, socializing, going through tribulations, buying or selling, dealing with others especially difficult people!!! I believe that we are here on earth to learn that lesson of Love fulfilling the greatest commandments to love God and to love one another.

I truly wish that we all choose Love as a dominant life principle… Have a wonderful New Love Life.

Fr. Daniel Bessada

Schools Boards in Durham Region

1. Durham District School Board:
The DDSB is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The Board employs more than 7,000 teaching and educational services staff. With 136 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the Board accommodates more than 70,740 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. 
For more information regarding your child’s school designation, please contact DDSB Property and Planning Department via e-mail at: Planning_Department@durham.edu.on.ca or by phone 905-666-6421 or 1-800-339-6913 ext. 6421
To check Durham District School Board’s website, click HERE
 
2. Durham Catholic District School Board:
The DCDSB, as followers of Jesus, is a Catholic learning community committed to educating students to contribute their God-given talents in service to others.  The DCDSB mission is to building and sustaining the Catholic capacity of educators through the development and provision of high quality Catholic curriculum, resources, support and professional development.
The Catholic Curriculum Corporation is a consortium of seventeen Catholic school boards across central and western Ontario.
As an important partner in Catholic education, they recognize that Catholic education exists to provide a holistic formation of people as living witnesses of faith. They demonstrate their mission when they engage with, and support their member boards in sustained, substantive school improvement and student growth that is reflective of a Catholic professional learning community.
For more information, click HERE
 
3. Private Schools in Durham Region:
Great Beginnings Montessori School (GBMS) and Durham Elementary Private School (DEPS) are independent schools. GBMS and DEPS are members in good standing of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
In GBMS, each of the Montessori classes operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its own set of ground rules that differ from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs: respect for each other and the environment.
Children are free to work at their own pace with materials that they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials are appropriate to introduce to an individual child, to a small group, or to a large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
 
DEPS is an academically focussed school which helps students regardless of ability, to attain their personal best. This is achieved through small class sizes and individual attention from caring, dedicated teachers in an environment conducive to learning.
DEPS provides a quality education based on traditional values and morals. Their individual classes provide a quiet, controlled, stimulating environment where each student develops at his/her own pace.
For more information, click HERE

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Canadians are proud to hold one of the most prized citizenships in the world.  Every year about 170,000 people become new citizens of Canada.
 
If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
 
1. Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen.
2. Apply for citizenship.
Use the citizenship study guide entitled Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship to prepare for your test
4. Take the citizenship test, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54.
5. Attend a citizenship ceremony, if you are 14 or older.


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In your first few weeks you will likely need to…

• Exchange your money for Canadian currency.
• Explore your housing options.
• Get a map of your area and find out about public transportation.
• Do some shopping for you and your family.
• Get a telephone book from the local telephone company. You can find out how to contact your local telephone company by dialing 411 from any phone.
• Learn more about traveling in Canada.
• Register your children in school.
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Durham Services

Durham Region Transit (DRT):
DRT_BusDRT is an integrated transit system serving all communities in Durham Region. The service area is divided into Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge service sectors. Door to door transit for disabled passengers is provided by Specialized Services.
 
To know more about bus routes, schedule, and customer service, please click HERE

 

Pickering Public Library:
To borrow materials, a valid Pickering Public Library card is required. Library cards are FREE to the following groups:
 
• Residents of Pickering (proof of residence is required such as a driver’s license or utility bill)
• Employees of Pickering businesses (proof of employment is required such as a cheque stub with a Pickering address)
• Students attending Pickering schools (School ID card or other proof of enrollment is required)
• Those who own property in Pickering (proof such as a tax bill is required)
For more information, click HERE

 

kids_readAjax Public Library:
Ajax Public Library has three branches through which they offer a wide collection of resources in various formats and languages.  They also provide Internet and word processing computers, wireless Internet, room rentals, art display space, and programming for all ages.
The library offers new programs for the newcomers – Click HERE for more information.
For more information about the other activities of Ajax Public Library and their locations, please click HERE

 

Whitby Public Library:
Whitby Public Library offers many programs and events for all ages
For Library hours, branches, and all activities, click HERE

 

Oshawa Public Library:
The Oshawa Public Library enriches the lives and potential of the people of Oshawa by connecting them to the world of information and each other. Oshawa Public Libraries strives at all times to provide its resources and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. They are committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access its resources and services, allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers.
For more information, click HERE

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is the licensing and regulating body for engineering in the province.  Under the Professional Engineers Act, a provincial statute, PEO is responsible for the licensing and discipline of engineers and companies providing engineering services.  PEO protects the public by ensuring all professional engineers have met the rigorous qualifications for licensing.
 
To become a professional engineer, applicants must meet the following criteria:
◦ Be at least 18 years of age;
◦ Graduate with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited Canadian engineering program, or meet PEO’s education standards;
◦ Successfully complete PEO’s Professional Practice Examination on ethics, practice, engineering law and professional liability; and
◦ Obtain four years of verifiable, acceptable work experience, with at least one year in a Canadian jurisdiction under a licensed professional engineer.
Click on www.peo.on.ca to access all details.
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The Steps to your License

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Upon arrival in Canada you should…

• Contact immigrant-serving organizations in your community. They can help you find the information and services you need to start your new life, including language training and help finding work.
 
Apply for Canadian identification, such as a driver’s licence and a health insurance card, which you should carry with you at all times.
 
 
• Apply for a health insurance card from your provincial or territorial government as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada.
 
• Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a health insurance card.
 
• Look for a job.

In your first few months you will likely need to…

• Practice and improve your language skills.
• Find a place to live.
• Explore your options for communications services.
• Get a family doctor.
• Have your children immunized.
• Find out where the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) assessment centre is in your community and register for language classes. In French, LINC is called CLIC (Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada).
• Apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
• Apply for the GST/HST Credit.
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