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St. Basil's Catholic Parish
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June 17, 2024

At our parish, St. Basil’s Catholic Parish, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, we celebrated St. Phoebe with a prayer service uplifting the witness of St. Phoebe and reflecting with one another. Additionally, at Mass during that weekend, we included intercessions as a part of the prayers of the faithful for increased women’s participation in the Church. For the service, our altar was beautifully decorated with an altar cloth made by women in Mali and Burkina Faso, and our sanctuary was beautifully adorned with flowers and candles, and an icon of St. Phoebe was also placed at the center of the sanctuary.

As part of our prayer service one of our members presented a reflection that linked “the signs of the times” from Vatican II to the current synod and the “signs of the current times.” Together we prayed, sang, and shared, including ongoing discernment about the past, present and future role of women in the Catholic Church.

It was clear from our shared celebration that women from the community were eager to share information, learn and build community with one another. This was such a great learning experience for all of us, and even more so, a chance to build momentum and connection. We are grateful for the support of Discerning Deacons, and excited to see where this journey of prayerful discernment takes us, together!

Organization
“Our St. Phoebe Day celebration was a Catholic mass at its best—coming together, unified at the Eucharistic table, getting nourished through meaningful ritual, prayerful and relevant songs, a challenging message on synodality from scripture, and engaging and honest testimonies from two women in our community. St. Joan of Arc parish today did what Jesus did years ago—fed souls and gave people hope.”
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
Minneapolis, MN
Organization
“Together, we are grateful that the ministry and example of St. Phoebe enlivens our community to participate in exploring the unique gifts of women in our faith community. Here at Cranaleith, we feel strongly about creating space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves, their communities and society. This retreat was an opportunity for us to do just that.”
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Philadelphia, PA
Organization
“The icon of St. Phoebe is still present in our Chapel today, where we are able to remember her witness and ask her to intercede on our behalf.”
Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

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