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From the Pastor's Desk Nov 19/20 2022

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Solemnity of Christ the King 2022

Christ the King of the Universe Sunday – November 20, 2022

This last Sunday of the liturgical year ranks as one of my liturgical favourites as it so boldly proclaims the universal centrality of Jesus who is the ‘visible expression of the invisible God’.  What a King he is!  For this solemnity I intend to use incense at the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Following in his footsteps last weekend, some youth who arrived for the long weekend cancelled youth discipleship groups between Sunday Masses, acknowledged the World Day of the Poor in a special way.  Mayra our Youth Discipleship Coordinator, spontaneously took the small band of children disciples (with me traipsing along), to encounter the neighboring folk who appeared either impoverished in body or spirit.  How delightful to witness the children offering bags of CWL baked goods to happy and genuinely surprised recipients. It certainly reminded me of the way of Jesus’ catechesis with his disciples; not merely theoretical lessons but real applied encounters with the folk Jesus came to love and save!  Later, I was also able to assist struggling single Mums/Grandmas with St. Vincent de Paul grocery gift cards to simply feed their families.  These and countless unmentioned acts of charity offered by you the lay faithful is one reason I’m so inspired by Christ’s Church doing the mission of Christ, in the way he did it!

That same Sunday wrapped up the successful parish fundraising photo opportunity under the leadership of Cris Soto and her team, and the photographic enthusiasm of Wil van der Pijl.  Thanks from the whole parish for contributing to the needs of our new Church.  Even though the parish building committee meets weekly, we’re having an unusual extra meeting this week to get to know the staff of the Kinetic Construction company that has been awarded the contract for our new Church.  We seem constantly to face both challenges and yet significant answers to prayers in this whole process.  One answer to prayer after realizing there was no possibility of moving our community into a completed Church in October of 2023 (once we must vacate our Church on Goldstream) is a positive response to our query about utilizing in the interim the Military Chapel Star of Sea at Belmont Park (near the Juan da Fuca Rec Centre).  Details are yet to be worked out but Padre Justin Peter has told me their community and chain of command will welcome us for weekend Masses which means we won’t be a homeless parish.  Thanks be to God.  This was the ideal scenario according to an informal survey I took regarding the options post September 2023.  Our hope and plan however, will be to have space prepared both for temporary offices and daily Masses on the Irwin Rd property commencing October 1 2023.  This is all certainly reminding me of the Exodus story, I pray minus the plagues or 40 years of wondering…

With Advent around the corner I’m hoping to have a series of ‘witness’ talks following Masses that focus on people’s experience of Jesus coming into their lives.  If anyone would like to offer a 5 minute ‘sharing’ please let me know.  Christmas Masses will all be at OLOR for our last year.  Christmas Eve 5:00 p.m. for the families with children ONLY, 8:00 p.m. for those registered and 10 p.m., and the Christmas Day 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. open with no registration.  Hopefully this will help distribute the numbers more evenly through the 5 Christmas Masses. 

Finally, there are two extraordinary evening Masses being planned: November 30th 6:30 p.m. for the Feast of St. Andrew our Diocesan Patron and December 8th for the Immaculate Conception.  The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will include an Advent Penitential occasion with two extra priests to hear confessions from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. when Mass begins.  Adoration with the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet will spiritually assist you prepare and pray while waiting for the sacrament of reconciliation.

Please see the bulletin for much more life in the faith, including a Diocesan workshop Saturday the 25th with Bishop Don Bolen from Regina.

 

Blessings in Him,

 Fr. Dean

MASS TIMES:

Tuesday: 9 am 

Wednesday: 9am 

Thursday: 9am 

Friday: 9am 

Saturday: 6pm

Sunday: 9am & 11 am

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Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am – 3:00pm

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