St. John the Compassionate Mission

A Community in the Making!

On Saturday February 6th, 2016 St John the Compassionate Mission celebrated its belated 30th birthday (actual date 31st January 1986). The evening started out with vespers at 6pm. It was well attended with a good mix of people from the parish and the Mission.

After vespers there was a slide show entitled "A Vision of Faith and Beauty". It was based on the early years of the Mission on Blake Street. Fr Roberto gave us a look into the life of the Mission and what it was like to start without much. Joanna, a long-time member of St John's helped out with identifying who some of the people were in the photos.

Fr Roberto also gave a wonderful talk on life and community. He spoke of his time leading the Mission as a deacon and elaborated on the ethos of St John's and the beliefs and motivation that inspired its creation and the continuing relationship between the Mission and the parish and their essential unity.

Then, the "Time of Résistance", a very beautiful and generous variety of different dishes was put out for everyone to enjoy. The meal was the gift of Simona to the community of St John's. It is no exaggeration to say that it was her gift that inspired the celebration and made it possible.

The evening continued with chatter and eating and socializing – much as it has done at the Mission for the last 30 years!