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THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

by Joanna Manning

When Pope John Paul II came to Toronto in 1984, my son Nick was a student in Grade Seven at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, and was chosen to sing the Gospel acclamation at the papal Mass at Downsview. Because of the traffic restrictions in the city, he had to take the subway downtown to the Choir School early in the morning, and then board a special school bus for transportation to the north end of the city. An hour after he had departed, the phone rang. It was a desperate Nick, calling from Dundas St. Subway Station. "Mom" he gulped, almost sobbing into the phone, "I’ve left my jacket on the subway and I’m sure they won’t let me sing my solo without my proper uniform." Already nervous because of the exigencies of the performance, he was now verging on the hysterical at the thought of facing the principal and explaining why he had come to school without the proper uniform on such an auspicious
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