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"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 6:21

Dr. Joseph Lawen (Urology) & the Honourable Mayann Francis.
Dr. Joseph Lawen (Urology) & the Honourable Mayann Francis.
Dr. Joseph Lawen (Urology) & the Honourable Mayann Francis.
Dr. Nada Haidar (DDS).
Dr. Nada Haidar (DDS).
Dr. Nada Haidar (DDS).
Team Telus (incl. Eli Hage) giving to Atlantic Charities.
Team Telus (incl. Eli Hage) giving to Atlantic Charities.
Team Telus (incl. Eli Hage) giving to Atlantic Charities.

Treating people equally and caring for others, particularly the unwell or disadvantaged, were amongst Jesus' principal tenets. The biblical stories pertaining to Jesus' interactions with lepers, Zacchaeus, and the Samaritans attest to that.  Our Parish, like numerous local organizations and individuals throughout Halifax, aims to give back to society.  That goal is of particular importance to members of Saint Antonios and our sister Church Our Lady of Lebanon, many of whom sought refuge and a new life in this welcoming country.  Admittedly, our efforts often seem insufficient and we're always striving to improve. Moreover, we humbly recognize that philanthropy is an endeavour that warms the hearts of both the donor and recipient.  We are thus thankful to partner with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, the Phoenix house, Feed Nova Scotia, and other organizations, who work tirelessly to help the broader community.    

Paulina Abboud (left) helping with Feed Nova Scotia's campaign.
Paulina Abboud (left) helping with Feed Nova Scotia's campaign.
Paulina Abboud (left) helping with Feed Nova Scotia's campaign.
Anthony Saikali & Tarek Lawen (St. Antonios) created a volunteer medical response team at Dalhousie University.
Anthony Saikali & Tarek Lawen (St. Antonios) created a volunteer medical response team at Dalhousie University.
Anthony Saikali & Tarek Lawen (St. Antonios) created a volunteer medical response team at Dalhousie University.
Nadia & Besim Halef (St. Antonios) and Cathy & Wadih Fares (Our Lady of Lebanon) fund cancer care.
Nadia & Besim Halef (St. Antonios) and Cathy & Wadih Fares (Our Lady of Lebanon) fund cancer care.
Nadia & Besim Halef (St. Antonios) and Cathy & Wadih Fares (Our Lady of Lebanon) fund cancer care.

In 2014, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and St. Antonios partnered to raise awarness during the annual Lebanese-Canadian festival.  Vanessa Taylor (LLS) and A. Saikali (St. Antonios) discussed the effort with H. Petracek on CTV (video clip above).  Sadly, Vanessa lost her brother to lymphoma/leukemia in 2013, and numerous Parishoners at Saint Antonios have likewise been impacted by cancer.  

Leukemia and lymphoma are certainly pernicious, with the former being a cancer that emerges in the bone marrow, and the latter being endemic to the lymphatic system.  Approximately 10% of all cancers fall into the aforementioned groups.  Those desiring to donate to LLS can visit their website, or you can follow their Light the Night Walk campaign.  Countless members of the local community (e.g., Mayor Savage) supported the effort, and we hope that the 2015 iniative will likewise be a success.

Right, Vanessa Taylor.
Right, Vanessa Taylor.
Right, Vanessa Taylor.
Supporters of LLS wearing the Lebanese-Canadian festival attire.
Supporters of LLS wearing the Lebanese-Canadian festival attire.
Supporters of LLS wearing the Lebanese-Canadian festival attire.
Volunteers at the Lebanese Festival: (), (), Georgina Kanaan, Georgina's husband, Susan Masaan, Nadim Ayoub, Vicky Mina, ()
Volunteers at the Lebanese Festival: (), (), Georgina Kanaan, Georgina's husband, Susan Masaan, Nadim Ayoub, Vicky Mina, ()
Volunteers at the Lebanese Festival: (), (), Georgina Kanaan, Georgina's husband, Susan Masaan, Nadim Ayoub, Vicky Mina, ()
Volunteers at the Lebanese Festival.
Volunteers at the Lebanese Festival.
Volunteers at the Lebanese Festival.

Dr. Michael Majaess (Chiropractor).
Dr. Michael Majaess (Chiropractor).
Dr. Michael Majaess (Chiropractor).
Christine Awad (RN).
Christine Awad (RN).
Christine Awad (RN).
Sgt. André Habib.
Sgt. André Habib.
Sgt. André Habib.

Saint Antonios is elated to partner with the Phoenix Youth organization for an annual holiday season meal. The effort is spearheaded by our Teen SOYO and Fellowship organizations.  Phoenix Youth is a well-known non-profit located in Halifax.  The group's principal objective is to help youths aged between 11 and 24, namely by providing services ranging from: food and shelter, opportunities for personal development, counseling and advocacy, employment and learning assistance, parent support, therapeutic recreation, outreach services, medical support, etc.  Phoenix is open to people from all walks of life. 

Having Saint Antonio’s support made it possible for staff to connect with youth in a setting that is relaxing and fun, which often helps to build positive relationships moving forward.  Warmth and laughter filled the room.  It really was wonderful ... we extend our heartfelt thanks ... for their continued friendship.” noted the organization and M. Poirier, Acting Coordinator at Phoenix Centre for Youth.  It is a partnership that continues to warm the hearts of both communities. 

Veronica Lawen, Mona Awad, Kilby McRae, Caroline Nasrallah, Mayssoune Lawen, Marie Nasrallah, Jackie Nasrallah, (), Nicole Khoury, (), Gracia Makhoul, (), (), Abir Ayoub.
Veronica Lawen, Mona Awad, Kilby McRae, Caroline Nasrallah, Mayssoune Lawen, Marie Nasrallah, Jackie Nasrallah, (), Nicole Khoury, (), Gracia Makhoul, (), (), Abir Ayoub.
Veronica Lawen, Mona Awad, Kilby McRae, Caroline Nasrallah, Mayssoune Lawen, Marie Nasrallah, Jackie Nasrallah, (), Nicole Khoury, (), Gracia Makhoul, (), (), Abir Ayoub.
Cathy & Ramzi Tawil, Nadia & Bessim Halef, and Mayssoune & Peter Lawen kindly sponsored the 2015 Phoenix Christmas Dinner.
Cathy & Ramzi Tawil, Nadia & Bessim Halef, and Mayssoune & Peter Lawen kindly sponsored the 2015 Phoenix Christmas Dinner.
Cathy & Ramzi Tawil, Nadia & Bessim Halef, and Mayssoune & Peter Lawen kindly sponsored the 2015 Phoenix Christmas Dinner.

Dr. Daniel Lawen (DDS).
Dr. Daniel Lawen (DDS).
Dr. Daniel Lawen (DDS).
Dr. Camille Haddad (GP/Internal).
Dr. Camille Haddad (GP/Internal).
Dr. Camille Haddad (GP/Internal).
The Honourable John Grant & Anthony Saikali.
The Honourable John Grant & Anthony Saikali.
The Honourable John Grant & Anthony Saikali.
Dr. Émile Saad (GP).
Dr. Émile Saad (GP).
Dr. Émile Saad (GP).
Dr. Anthony Habib (Orthopaedics).
Dr. Anthony Habib (Orthopaedics).
Dr. Anthony Habib (Orthopaedics).
Dr. George Majaess (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation).
Dr. George Majaess (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation).
Dr. George Majaess (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation).
Dr. Haissam Haddad (Cardiology).
Dr. Haissam Haddad (Cardiology).
Dr. Haissam Haddad (Cardiology).

Nicole Khoury chats with visitors concerning the Church's stained-glass.
Nicole Khoury chats with visitors concerning the Church's stained-glass.
Nicole Khoury chats with visitors concerning the Church's stained-glass.
Local historian Blair Beed and Vicky Mina discuss the new Church.
Local historian Blair Beed and Vicky Mina discuss the new Church.
Local historian Blair Beed and Vicky Mina discuss the new Church.

Open Doors Halifax is an event which aims to enhance the public's knowledge of local heritage, history, and environment.  In 2014, Saint Antonios joined the effort and opened its doors during the June 7th weekend.  Approximately 650 people visited the site, and there was a wonderful turnout by former Anglican members of Saint Matthias, whose enthusiasm was contagious.  We were also elated that local historian Blair Beed stopped by, and provided important insight concerning the Church during the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

The tour began in the Saint Antonios-Matthias Community and Cultural Centre, and ended in the renovated Church.  The tour emphasized the long legacy of Saint Matthias Parish, which began  130+ years ago (c1882).  The Teen SOYO, Fellowship, and Antiochian Women (e.g., Mayssoune Lawen) executed the event, and we were happy that their effort ended up on Metronews' frontpage


Ted Assaly, (), Vanessa Nasrallah, & Joe Joukhadar sporting fundraising shirts.
Ted Assaly, (), Vanessa Nasrallah, & Joe Joukhadar sporting fundraising shirts.
Ted Assaly, (), Vanessa Nasrallah, & Joe Joukhadar sporting fundraising shirts.

For the 2016 Lebanese Festival, the team made available FAITH, SQUAD GOALS and BAE-RUT shirts. All proceeds were destined to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.

Starr Dobson & Milad Saikali.
Starr Dobson & Milad Saikali.
Starr Dobson & Milad Saikali.


Dr. Émile Saad (GP).
l'Alliance Française gala at Saint Antonios' Olympic Hall.
l'Alliance Française gala at Saint Antonios' Olympic Hall.
l'Alliance Française gala at Saint Antonios' Olympic Hall.
Aida Hachem Mrad representing the Lebanese Consulate and Our Lady of Lebanon (l'Alliance Française gala).
Aida Hachem Mrad representing the Lebanese Consulate and Our Lady of Lebanon (l'Alliance Française gala).
Aida Hachem Mrad representing the Lebanese Consulate and Our Lady of Lebanon (l'Alliance Française gala).
Rosine & John Lawen at the Alliance Française gala.
Rosine & John Lawen at the Alliance Française gala.
Rosine & John Lawen at the Alliance Française gala.
Golden Bakery (Leo Salloum) at the Alliance Française gala.
Golden Bakery (Leo Salloum) at the Alliance Française gala.
Golden Bakery (Leo Salloum) at the Alliance Française gala.
Caroline Nasrallah & Mona Awad.
Caroline Nasrallah & Mona Awad.
Caroline Nasrallah & Mona Awad.

The IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) offers aid and development programs to those in need, and enables the Orthodox Church to respond as a group.   IOCC helps represent Orthodox Christians across North America.   

The IOCC organization aims to intervene without discrimination, and help those affected to improve their lives and communities. 

The work of the IOCC is described at http://www.iocc.org/ .

Christina Lawen, Elianna Saikali, His Grace Bishop Alexander, Elianna Hage, C. El-Chaar, Fr. Maximos Saikali.
Christina Lawen, Elianna Saikali, His Grace Bishop Alexander, Elianna Hage, C. El-Chaar, Fr. Maximos Saikali.
Christina Lawen, Elianna Saikali, His Grace Bishop Alexander, Elianna Hage, C. El-Chaar, Fr. Maximos Saikali.

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Nali & Fred George kindly supported campaigns throughout HRM. One such project was a gym for the historic Sacred Heart School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Nali & Fred George kindly supported campaigns throughout HRM. One such project was a gym for the historic Sacred Heart School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Nali & Fred George kindly supported campaigns throughout HRM. One such project was a gym for the historic Sacred Heart School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Nali & Fred George also support Bridgeway Academy, which focuses on helping children develop reading and writing skills.  Nali is the event creator and chairwoman for the fundraiser:
Nali & Fred George also support Bridgeway Academy, which focuses on helping children develop reading and writing skills. Nali is the event creator and chairwoman for the fundraiser: "Bridgeway presents, Dancing for our Stars".
Nali & Fred George also support Bridgeway Academy, which focuses on helping children develop reading and writing skills. Nali is the event creator and chairwoman for the fundraiser: "Bridgeway presents, Dancing for our Stars".

Peter & Louis Lawen and team supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Peter & Louis Lawen and team supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Peter & Louis Lawen and team supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Paramount Management supports charities working locally such as Habitat for Humanity, who aim to provide those under economic stress a healthy and affordable place to call home.  The team, consisting of the children of Saint Antonios Parishioners Genevieve & George Lawen (Joanne, Diane, Louis, John, Peter, and Dr. Daniel), have initiated a program named “T.R.A.C” (Together Residents Accomplish Change), whereby they partner with residents to support programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Feed Nova Scotia, and an annual toy drive.


Norman Nahas (St. Antonios), Joe Metlej (Our Lady of Lebanon), SMU President, & Monica Ramia (Our Lady of Lebanon).
Norman Nahas (St. Antonios), Joe Metlej (Our Lady of Lebanon), SMU President, & Monica Ramia (Our Lady of Lebanon).
Norman Nahas (St. Antonios), Joe Metlej (Our Lady of Lebanon), SMU President, & Monica Ramia (Our Lady of Lebanon).

The Lebanese Chamber, which was founded by members of Saint Antonios Parishioners and our Maronite family at our Lady of Lebanon, will be awarding scholarships to encourage our community's youth and foster education.  For additional information concerning this exciting partnership with Saint Mary’s University visit: https://www.lebanesechamber.ca/programs/scholarships/ . Applications must be received by July 31st. The 2015 winners were Vanessa Noujaim (SMU), Celine Jabbour (MSVU), Anna Daniel (SMU), and Anthony Saikali (Dalhousie).   Featured in the photo are our family and community members Norman Nahas, Joe Metlege, Monica Ramia, and Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray.


The Cedar Triage Area at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital (the Infirmary) was built thanks to the kindness of numerous Haligonians, including Saint Antonios Parishioners Abriza & Mounir Haddad (Westwood Group).  The triage area plays a vital role as part of the broader Charles V. Keating emergency ward at the local hospital here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 


Norman Nahas and the Honourable Lena Diab.
Norman Nahas and the Honourable Lena Diab.
Norman Nahas and the Honourable Lena Diab.

In summer 2015, Norman Nahas (KOD) and Leo Salloum (Tony's) contributed proceeds from Halifax's first Donair Crawl to the IWK hospital.  The Honourable Lena M. Diab kindly helped and promoted the charity event.

Several months later, Calgary residents and Saint Antonios Parishioners were out supporting the community. "We’re trying to raise money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” remarked Norman Nahas. Norman said fellow generous Canadians were dropping $100 donations into the box.


Abir Ayoub, Christine Awad & her sister selling shirts to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, at the Lebanese Festival.
Abir Ayoub, Christine Awad & her sister selling shirts to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, at the Lebanese Festival.
Abir Ayoub, Christine Awad & her sister selling shirts to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, at the Lebanese Festival.
Ramzi Tawil sporting a shirt in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, together with members of Halifax's regional police during the Lebanese Festival.
Ramzi Tawil sporting a shirt in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, together with members of Halifax's regional police during the Lebanese Festival.
Ramzi Tawil sporting a shirt in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, together with members of Halifax's regional police during the Lebanese Festival.

Feed Nova Scotia helps nourish individuals by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 food banks and meal programs.  The organization likewise strives to eliminate the sources of poverty through research and support programs. 

Feed Nova Scotia is a well-known local charity with years of experience giving back to the community.  For further information we encourage you to visit their website at http://www.feednovascotia.ca  .


Bassam Nahas (lower right).
Bassam Nahas (lower right).
Bassam Nahas (lower right).

Congratulations to former president of Saint Antonios Parish Council Bassam Nahas, who will be conferred a Doctor of Commerce (Honoris Causa) by Saint Mary's University at the forthcoming convocation ceremony (Spring 2016).


Jacqueline Nasrallah & Minister Diab
Jacqueline Nasrallah & Minister Diab
Jacqueline Nasrallah & Minister Diab
Saint Antonios recognized at the NS Legislature
Saint Antonios recognized at the NS Legislature
Saint Antonios recognized at the NS Legislature

Saint Antonios Parish was recognized for the construction and opening of a new Church and preserving the honour of the existing Saint Matthias Church, and the local spiritual and economic impact that occurred as a result.  The Parish's Jacqueline Nasrallah attended a ceremony held by the Honourable Minister Lena Diab, where she received a statement declaring Saint Antonios was recognized in the legistature of Nova Scotia.


Project Mexico aims to build homes for income challenged families, and also to provide housing for orphaned boys through the Saint Innocent Orphanage. 

Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in missions, with the end objective of fostering hope in Mexico by helping individuals facing adversity. 

Those desiring to donate to Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage can visit their website.

 

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