News and Events
Read Bishop Gary’s Blog post this week:
RCD Victoria Livestream Mass
Bishop Gary is celebrating live-streamed weekday Masses at 7 pm from St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The live-steam may be accessed via the Diocesan website or the link below:
Memos from the Diocese of Victoria
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2021
Under the spiritual leadership of our pastor Fr. Dean Henderson on April 12-21, 2021.
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From the Pastor's Desk January 16/17, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
I went out for a lunch with a parishioner this week for just a plane ordinary visit and felt like ministry for a brief time was a blessed NORMAL! But if you think we have it bad here, I have a son in Ontario where they are under severe restrictions and he’s able only to leave home for groceries at his nearest store and that’s it. Things could be better but they could be worse; regardless we need God’s help to cope let along thrive in our love for Christ and our neighbours. Let’s turn to the Word for inspiration to foster that necessary friendship with God.
A. Friendship with God is Experiential.
After Jesus’ baptism and inauguration into pubic ministry we see his commencement of selecting his apostles, a team to form, train and be in relationship with. If anyone would have justification of accomplishing their mission as a rugged individual rather than a servant/leader of a band of fellows, it would be with unique and solitary Son of God. But no! John the baptism sees Christ and exclaims “Look, here is the Lamb of God” (a phrase loaded with OT meaning) which triggers both Andrew and John the Evangelist to follow him. They want to be mentored by Jesus as disciples of a rabbi and are invited into a friendship with “Come and see”. Andrew’s convinced that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah and immediately brings his brother Simon whose new friendship with Christ results in a new name Cephas in Aramaic, Petros in Greek and Peter is English. St. Thomas Aquinas says of this scene, as the disciples went in response to “Come and See”, they were able to learn by personal experience, whereas they could not understand by words alone”. It’s the difference between a Bishop Barron documentary on holy sites in Rome and actually being there on pilgrimage!
B. Friendship with God is counter cultural!
There’s no getting around it, Jesus’ demands are so often contrary to prevailing norms. In the epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians we have a perfect example. Pagan Corinthians were keenly aware of city temples being filled with devotees who practiced sexual self-indulgence in promiscuity, fornication (sexual relations outside marriage) and adultery. By contrast St. Paul tells the friends of Christ that THEY are temples of the Holy Spirit by virtue of their baptism and their bodies are meant to glorify God through worship, through chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within it. Self-master as opposed to self-indulgence! Relevant today! O you better believe it!
C. Friendship with God is conversational.
The story of God calling Samuel (root meaning of a vocation) is packed with meaning. It’s Eli who advises the young man to respond the third ‘call’ from God with ‘speak Lord your servant is listening. The Catechism states that the prophet Samuel learns the ways of conversational prayer through his priest mentor Eli. But prior to Eli’s influence Samuel learned to stand before the Lord from his mother Hannah! Hannah the barren second wife of Elkanah was in the Jerusalem praying in deep emotional pain, pouring out her heart to the Lord in such a way that Eli thought she was drunk. Her prayer was personal, informal, and intense. God answers with a miracle conception and after weaning her baby offers him to the Lord’s service in the Temple.
The Lord calls us to faithful, conversational, counter cultural, experiential friendship.
Peace to you and yours,
In the meantime, I will be out in Sooke to celebrate a Zoomed Mass at 4:00 on Saturday; the details are below, and for the time being the Sunday zoom Mass is cancelled.
At Our Lady of the Rosary we will continue to have the Church open for individual prayers; but the Bishop asks us not to schedule any ‘event’. I will continue to offer my office hours and celebrate private Masses daily for all our needs. How fortuitous to begin the Novena of Abandonment to God today. “O Jesus, I surrender myself to you; take care of everything”. Faithfully and in suffering love, Fr. Dean
Keep in mind that a zoom option is offered Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 723 570 5259 Password: 993162
All in-person Masses are currently suspended until further notice.
Please read the revised Directives from the Diocese by clicking the link below:
Fr. Dean Henderson will celebrate Mass every Saturdays at 4pm via livestream, see details below:
Meeting ID: 723 570 5259 Password: 993162