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Parish welcomes Syrian family to St. John's

St. Mark’s Anglican Church announced on Facebook that it welcomed a family of Syrian refugees to St. John’s this weekend.

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Members of St. Mark’s Anglican Parish welcomed a family of Syrian refugees at St. John’s International Airport Saturday. They are the first of five refugee families being welcomed to the province by the diocese.

The young family landed in St. John’s Saturday.

“They have arrived,” began a widely-shared Facebook post by the parish.

“Our Syrian family, the first of five as part of a wider diocesan initiative, arrived in St. John's today. It was a very joyous and emotional meeting. Thank you to everyone who made this a reality.”

In another effort to help newcomers to the province, St. Mark’s donated 161 gift cards (for Sobeys, Dominion, Wal-Mart and Cineplex) to the Association for New Canadians (ANC) to be given to clients.

The Parish is one of more than two dozen groups in the province working toward welcoming refugees to Newfoundland and Labrador. The ANC has called the support “absolutely remarkable.”

In December the province is expected to welcome nine refugees, including the family that arrived this weekend. It’s not yet known how many government-sponsored refugees will be arriving in the coming months.

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