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November 24, 2016: 25 Years of Good Deeds; Our Lady of His Mercy Apostolate.

November 24, 2016: 25 Years of Good Deeds;
Our Lady of His Mercy Apostolate.

By Cheryl Parrott.

Fred Schubert established a street ministry called Our Lady of His Mercy Apostolate in Hintonburg 25 years ago. His aim was to provide help, comfort and a community connection to those in need in this neighbourhood.

The drop in centre also provided a free hot lunch. Not only was it a place of warmth and warm food, it was a place for the “the homeless of the heart” to find a home.

Volunteers and many that frequented His Mercy became the substitute family that provided unconditional love and support, and help, to people dealing with the demons in their lives. Some were homeless; some lived in rooming houses. Some just needed to be around people. Many had mental health issues. Still others came just to help.

The Ministry started on Somerset St. W. where the Tinseltown Christmas Emporium is located; later it moved onto Wellington, to the building that now houses Mint Hair Studio. Four years ago His Mercy moved to Vanier, an area that is dealing with many of the same issues that troubled Hintonburg from the early 1990s to 2010.

Both the Hintonburg Community Association and the several local Community Police Officers worked closely with His Mercy as Fred’s success in helping vulnerable people transform their lives became evident in this community.

Local politicians at every level knew of the work of His Mercy, and its importance in improving safety and people’s lives in our community. His Mercy did not seek out, nor accept, any government funding but relied on Church and community benefactors to support its work.

The 25th Anniversary celebration, October 22, was held at St. Francois d’Assise church on Wellington. The church was filled. Fellowship and a wonderful meal was provided afterwards in the church basement. People were invited to the microphone to recount so many wonderful memories of His Mercy in Hintonburg.

For many years His Mercy ran a program at Christmas to provide gifts to the “homeless of the heart” called the Gifts of the Magi. A crèche was set-up in Somerset Square in early December every year and then a Christmas Concert held in mid-December at St. Francois church.

At least 400 gifts were accepted and distributed each year to residents of shelters, rooming houses and others. Buses were hired to bring residents of the shelters to the Christmas Concert and at the end of the concert a procession down Wellington St. to the crèche with blessings from many different faiths ended the evening.

Fred and His Mercy did create miracles on Wellington Street for many years, and demonstrated repeatedly that one determined person can make a difference.


Front on Wellington W.

Photo Caption: A safe haven for the neighbourhood’s vulnerable, Our Lady of His Mercy has provided help and comfort without judgement or charge since 1991. Once located on Wellington Street in Hintonburg, the ministry has now moved to Vanier following the need for its services. Photo courtesy of HCA.



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