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 23/24, 2021
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Kingdom of God has Come Near!
You might be surprised at the largest geographical city in Canada! Not Toronto with 630 square km’s; not Calgary with 825 square kms; not Ottawa with 2,778 sq. km’s. But La Tuque Quebec with 28,000 sq. km’s. Wow, go big or go home in Quebec! One of the great cities of the Old Testament is Nineveh to which the reluctant prophet Jonah was sent to proclaim God’s judgement of sin. Jonah himself is a key OT example of repentance and conversion after contemplating his rebellion against the Lord while 3 days in the belly of a whale. God eventually gets His way and Jonah was sent on a 3 day walk across the city to cry out “You have 40 days and then be overthrown”. The people actually examine themselves and know they come up short regarding their God-stamped dignity; they put on sackcloth and ashes and repent; metanoia – turn themselves around and back to God. This is why Jesus says in Matthew 12:41 Ninevites are models of repentance. I have a delusional fantasy that I walk through the streets of my parishes and proclaim the Lord’s presence, to which everyone dons facemasks, instead of sackcloth as a sign of repentance and faith!!! Wow. Ask anyone who has stumbled or hurtled away from the Lord, made a mess of their lives and been guided like a prodigal out of their pigsty and into the loving embrace of our heavenly Father, and they’ll thank those who proclaimed the possibility of repentance! It’s tragically missing in our society and as a result people believe there’s no hope for cleansing, renewal and redirection.
And that’s why Christ came: hope for change! Abp. Paul Andre Durocher says in his little book “Called by Name, Sent in His Name” his first year class in Seminary was asked which gospel verse most encapsulates the message of Jesus… Lot’s put up hands and quoted various “love” verses. The professor claimed they were all wrong and said Christ’s first words in the gospel of Mark hit the nail “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe the good news.”
“Time” in Greek here is Kairos, not chronos and means that with the advent of Jesus there’s a universal change affecting all human history.
“The Kingdom of God has come near” means God the King is transforming the world toward its intended purpose. The reversal of sinful Fall of Adam and Eve is being instituted by the new Adam – Jesus, and the new Eve – Mary. But this transformation requires our cooperation!
We need to BELIEVE in the good news! JESUS wants our complete trust and obedience as children of a merciful and loving God.
The story of the conversion of abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson
Story of the good Catholic meeting St. Peter after death….
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