In August, Fr. Larry Kondra, C.SsR returned to the Island Lake First Nation’s community of St. Theresa Point. He was invited to be the guest speaker at the annual Family Camping Retreat. About 300 folks camped out under the sun and the stars, enjoying this time of prayer and hospitality. Saturday was a busy day for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, about 7 1/2 hours, ending late into the evening under a starry sky painted by a beautiful display of Northern Lights. After the closing Liturgy on Sunday, people stayed for a traditional “give away” which included medals of Blessed Vasyl and our Mother of Perpetual Help from our Shrine in Winnipeg. “I am always so blessed by the people,” comments Fr. Larry, “It is always a celebration of God with us!” An invitation for August 2013 was already given at the end of the retreat.