Assumption University, Church Hold Mass for Residential School Victims

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A Windsor church is holding a special mass recognizing the recent discovery of unmarked graves outside residential schools.

Assumption University and Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Parish organized an in person event at the church on the corner of University Avenue West and Huron Church Road Friday.

Assumption University Principal John Cappucci and Chaplain Steven Huber expressed condolences after another 182 bodies were found outside the former St. Eugenes Mission School in British Columbia last week.

According to the statement, they are both, "grieved and ashamed to learn this residential school was under the auspices of a Roman Catholic organization."

The statement goes on to say, "this terrible treatment of Indigenous Peoples at the hands of the church does not reflect the intentions of Jesus Christ."

The Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate operated the St. Eugene Mission School. It opened in 1890, and 5,000 Indigenous children from B.C. and Alberta attended it until it closed in 1970.

Assumption Church and Assumption University have been "setting aside time each day to pray and reflect as individuals about the tragedies associated with the residential school system" and believe it's now time to come together as a community.

A service will be held at the church at 7 p.m. Friday, but registration is required due to limited seating.

A YouTube stream will be active for those who couldn't reserve a seat.