Merry Christmas & Legate Round up

Greetings everyone,

I just wanted to take the time to wish all the Legateers out there in cyberworld a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. We’re really going to be up against it in the years to come as society becomes darker and darker. But who cares?! Jesus has already won the war. The rest is just details…except that the details mean everything to our souls and the souls of people who we engage. So, while you have been told that the “Devil is in the details”. That is not true. You are.  The feast of the incarnation has united God to man, and has bound us to the baby in Bethlehem. Let us therefore be worthy of that honour and fight for the kingdom gifted to us.

A few announcements as we head into the Christmas season and a New Year….

1) Children of Paraguay Fundraiser: The Children of Paraguay are selling raffle tickets for this beautiful portrait [see below] to raise money to buy medicine for the clinic in Paraguay.  The tickets cost $10 each. Raffle ends at the end of January. For more information on the portrait or to buy a ticket, please contact Rosa Frias at childrenofparaguay @

cop portrait

2) Joy Company Dancers: New videos up at the Company’s YouTube Channel. New promo video for the company can be found here. J.O.Y Company Dancers stands for “Jesus is our Y” and entertains seniors in the Ottawa area. If you know persons who need to be loved and are lonely, contact the Company.

3) CIA – Catholic Intelligence Association Exposing the scandals and shenanigans of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Tips and Leads are welcome! You will be kept anonymous!! Email: The CIA is in alliance with The Fellowship of St Joshua (Joshua is the patron saint of intelligence operatives).

4) Divine Mercy Rosary DVD – Dennis and Angela Girard have released their Divine Mercy Rosary DVD. You can check it out at You will find a trailer and testimonies there plus a press release about it on the side bar. St. Joseph Communications is now distributing it in the U.S. Aside from it being a wonderful way to pray the Rosary it also is a great “spiritual washing machine” for the mind for men dealing with Pornography issues.

5) National Dementia Strategy – Fellow Legateer Matt Dineen has been leading the charge against the delibitating disease of dimentia. SUPPORT A NATIONAL DEMENTIA STRATEGY: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging support for a national dementia strategy. Parliament will debate a private member’s bill, C-356, An Act for a National Dementia Strategy early in 2015. Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases afflict 750,000 Canadians and their caregivers. C-356 calls for increasing funding for research, promoting earlier diagnosis and intervention, strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care, enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce, and improving support for caregivers. Contact your local Member of Parliament to show your support; Office of the Prime Minister (; the Health Minister (

6) Legionnaires of St. Maurice – Catholic Mens Group: As I have been mentioning to many of you over the past several months, I want to explore the possibility of starting a men’s group. This is merely an exploratory endeavour at this point, as I want to see what kind of response is out there. So I am proposing to have a couple of evenings in January (Thurs.Jan.22 and Sat. Jan.24) to show a very moving testimony by a modern-day Job.

I realize that all of us are very busy, and the last thing we need is another group to commit to. However, I am absolutely convinced that God is calling Catholic men to step up to the plate. As someone who has been involved in activism for 11 years, I can confidently tell you that political and social efforts are good, but they are wholly insufficient to deal with the challenges the Church and our families are facing. We need something more fundamental. We need a movement of Catholic men which draws in our fallen away brothers. I’ve backed off doing activism for over a year now (not voluntarily, mind you, but God works in mysterious ways!), and in so doing have developed a deeper prayer life.

Through this time, I have become absolutely convinced that the way of revival and cultural renewal starts with Catholic men. Catholic men are the first domino. Knock that domino down…and everything falls into place and all of the garbage we face simply vanishes. Catholic men keep families together…and when families stay together, almost all of the social ills and disorders we face simply melt away. And furthermore, I am convinced that such a movement would be one of the greatest evangelizing forces the Church has ever known.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is calling us. I’ve talked to other guys and they feel the same pull. In fact, just a few days ago, I came across this video….

from this website

So, if you are interested, please let me know which date works (Jan.22 or 24) for you so I can manage the numbers.


John Pacheco
Legionnaires of St. Maurice

Children of Paraguay Fundraiser – Another Huge Success

Shout out to all of the Socon or Bust readers who said hello to me on Saturday at another very successful fundraiser for the Children of Paraguay, a Socon or Bust-endorsed  Catholic charity.  Children of Paraguay was started by Rosa Frias. You can learn about Rosa’s story here.

I can assure you that she does not make $120K-160K, unlike other social justice head honchos. In fact, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t draw one dime out of the proceeds that C.O.P. collects. I’m pretty sure that she’s donated thousands of hours and lots of her own money to help those children in Limpio, Paraguay.

But then again, there’s Catholic charity and the there’s the fraud of “social justice” — two very, very different things.

My girls danced again and were much appreciated by the audience.

Is D&P A Legitimate Catholic Organization?

I obtained your coordinates through a friend of mine. The reason I am writing to you is to get a clearer picture regarding Development and Peace organization. I am rather confused and don’t know anymore who to believe.
I have been a member of this organization for a very long time In fact I represent my church, the <Parish> located on <Location> at the Diocesan level. What confuses most is that this organization is supported by our Archdiocese in Ottawa and yet I hear some conflicting news. We are approaching Christmas and my pile of correspondence seeking donations is already eight inches high. I heard on the Lang/O’Leary show that one needs to clear his/her own debts first before giving donations and one need not support more than 2 or three charities.  By the end of December I lose count to what I have given and to whom. But that is not what I am writing to you about. Is Development and Peace which claims to support the works and poor of the Global South a legitimate organization. Should I spend my time and money and effort for this organization? And, is it true that this organization supports abortion? Please shed some light and educate me.
Dear “Josephine”,
Thank you for your question. Development & Peace is not a legitimate Catholic organization.  They are a leftist social justice front group that advances questionable causes like radical environmentalism and enables pro-abortion and anti-Catholic groups world-wide.  Here is the list of the pro-abortion, anti-life groups that they have sponsored in the past.  Despite repeated requests, they have still not released the names of their most recent partners because they fear closer scrutiny and transparency.  In fact, Money Sense magazine gave them a very poor rating in the past, and the Canadian government cut their funding by 64%.  You can read about it here.   They are an organization in free-fall and they have no business calling themselves Catholic in any way. 
They are a disgrace to the Catholic Church.
If you are looking for a worthwhile Catholic aid organization, I have two suggestions for you:  Chalice and Children of Paraguay. Socon or Bust supports both of these organizations completely, as they are faithful to the teachings of the Church on the sanctity of human life.  Many Socon or Bust readers support children in the developing world through Chalice, and we are currently helping the Children of Paraguay with their annual fundraiser
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours in Christ,
John Pacheco

Remember the poor this Lent. Don’t give to Development and Peace.

This Lent, remember not to give to the abortion-pushers of Development & PeaceThree years going and the problem still exists.  Social justice is still running over the unborn.

Children of Paraguay is a Catholic charity which spends its money in the service of authentic Catholic teaching, with little admin costs.

It’s real social justice, without the abortion-eco-marxist baggage.

Socon or Bust’s Social Justice Christmas Fundraiser!

Update: $375 in bids + $375 in donations = $750 raised (Dec.9, 5PM).

Many thanks to all of you who have participated in our little fundraiser. Would have liked to reach our goal, but $750 isn’t bad considering the little time we had to promote our fundraiser and considering the time of year.

Socon or Bust…doing its part to redeem the fraud of modern “social justice”.

Some pics for you to enjoy….

 As many of our readers know, the Social Justice industry in the Catholic Church has given us Catholics a very poor reputation.  It was not always like this, of course.  At one time the Catholic Church was almost totally devoted to doing the basics of genuine charitable work.  Today, however, instead of engaging in authentic charitable activities like poverty relief, the professionals are busy funding pro-abort, pro-contraception, pro-socialist, anti-Catholic groups in the Global South.  And when they’re not engaging in this behaviour, they’re out there pushing avante guard causes like “gender mainstreaming“, “climate justice”, and making sure we all do our part to cool the earth.  All of this spending, of course, is financed by ignorant Catholics in the pew.

Some Socon or Bust readers have contacted me to find out where they can donate to a true Catholic charity that is faithful to ALL of the Church’s teachings.  This past summer,  I decided to get my own puck.  I discovered an organization which is indeed worthy of our support. It’s called Children of Paraguay and it now represents Socon or Bust’s officially endorsed charity for poverty relief and human development.  Their first project is to raise money for a community center and medical clinic to serve the poor in a village in Paraguay.  So far, they’re almost half-way there.

We’re going to try and raise $1,000 for them on Socon or Bust during this week, which of course, is not too far away from Christmas, a time to give alms to the poor. Continue reading

Social Justice Fundraiser Update

It’s slow going, but we picked up a bid on the Sens tickets and a couple of donations. But there are two other items which are still great deals which have no bids yet.  If you are not interested in making a bid, then consider a donation which is tax receiptable.  Remember, today is the Feast of St. Nicholas and Catholics are morally obligated to give alms to the poor…

Times are tough raising money with the economy and all, but times are tougher for the poor kids in the Global South.  When I think of the millions wasted on the abortion pimps,  “eco-justice” and “gender mainstreaming” by the CanChurch Professionals in this country, when the money could have gone to legitimate poverty relief, it makes my blood boil with anger.  And it should make your blood boil too.  You should be outraged and disgusted by it, and we need to send a message to the professionals that they’re no longer driving the bus.

If you’ve appreciated the work of Socon or Bust through the years, even a little bit, please consider donating. Even $10 is better than nothing. Everything helps. Thanks for your support.*** Please note: Once you have made a donation, please let us know the amount you have contributed by e-mail.  All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

2) Auction:  The items below are available for bidding.  Bidders should contact me by e-mail and I will update the current bids on this blog entry.  Bids close on Fri. Dec. 9 @ 5PM EST.  No tax receipts are issued for auction item proceeds collected.   Payment can be made through PayPal or by cheque.

  • Item 1:  Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils (January 2). 2 Club Seats, Section 117 Row B, VIP Parking. Value: $260.   Min. Bid $110. CURRENT BID: $200
  • Item 2:  Irish Hills Golf & Country Club (Carp, Ontario). 4 – 18 hole Green Fees. Value: $172. Min. Bid $70.
  • Item 3: La Dolce Vita Ristorante (Ottawa, Ontario) – Gift Certificate $100 (expires Feb.16.12).  Min. Bid. $40

The following items can be viewed here.  The Item Number is posted in the Comments field directly below the picture.  Successful bidder must be able to pick up the item in Ottawa or pay for the shipping.

  • Item 2148 Gift certificate from Accent Decor. Value $20.00. Min.Bid.$8
  • Item 2146 Mushroom Canister or Pottery set. Value $33.00.  Min.Bid $12
  • Item 2147 Paraguay hand-made Bread Cover Hand embroided by local women. Value $25.00. Min.Bid $10
  • Item 2143 Set of hand soap dispenser. Value $15.00. Min.Bid $6
  • Item 2142 Mushroom serving dish hand made by a local women from Almont ON.  Value $30.00. Min.Bid $12
  • Item 2160 Horse Shoes silver earring, beautiful hand-made by Paraguayan people. Value $35.00. Min.Bid $12
  • Item 2159 Clover silver earring, is also a beautiful hand-made by local people in Paraguay. Value $35.00. Min.Bid $12
  • Item 2158 Mate silver earring, hand-made, Value $20.00. Min.Bid $8
  • Item 2155 and 2156 Hand-embroided Paraguayan dress ( 100% cotton, takes 8 weeks to complete), Value $50.00. Min.Bid $20
  • Item 2154 Little girl’s dress, hand made beautifully-embroided by local women. Value $45.00. Min.Bid $18
  • Item 2152 Knit by a Paraguayan lady who invested a lot of love and time. Value $30.00. Min.Bid $12
  • Item 2151 Adam Apple Cafe gift certificate. Value$50.00. Min.Bid $20
  • Item 2153 Two piece clothing. Hand-made. Value $45. Min.Bid. $20
  • ITem 2154 Hand-made dress. Value $35. Min.Bid $12.
  • Item 2194 and 2195 Carpet. Size – Long: 133 inch Wide: 98 inch. Off-white with very soft blue and pink flowers. Used but clean and beautiful. Value $200.00 or more. Min.Bid $80.
  • Item 2196 Portrait of Cuba. Value $25. Min. Bid. $10.

Charity Auction/Fundraiser

We’re off to a slow start. Only $50 so far.

C’mon everyone.  Please pass this around.  We can at least peel off the auction items.  Some good value there! 40% of the Value.

Remember, Christmas is a time for alms-giving. 

1) Straight Donation: To donate to Children of Paraguay online, please click below and fill in the fields as indicated. (Please note: Donations for Children of Paraguay are administered by the Companions of the CrossThe “Children of Paraguay Fund” in the “Fund/Designation” drop down menu is the second selection).  To make a donation by other means, please visit their donation page.

Donate Now Through!

*** Please note: Once you have made a donation, please let us know the amount you have contributed by e-mail.  All donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

2) Auction:  The items below are available for bidding.  Bidders should contact me by e-mail and I will update the current bids on this blog entry.  Bids close on Fri. Dec. 9 @ 5PM EST.  No tax receipts are issued for auction item proceeds collected.   Payment can be made through PayPal or by cheque.

  • Item 1:  Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils (January 2). 2 Club Seats, Section 117 Row B, VIP Parking. Value: $260.   Min. Bid $110
  • Item 2:  Irish Hills Golf & Country Club (Carp, Ontario). 4 – 18 hole Green Fees. Value: $172. Min. Bid $70.
  • Item 3: La Dolce Vita Ristorante (Ottawa, Ontario) – Gift Certificate $100 (expires Feb.16.12).  Min. Bid. $40