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Bishop’s Appeal 2020:

This week we kick off the Bishop’s Appeal along with all other parishes and missions throughout our Diocese. The 2020 Appeal, Horizon of Hope, encourages us to look for hope in our current global circumstances, and through your generosity we can ensure that all parishes in our Diocese are able to provide and nourish every soul with the life giving word of God.

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Horizon of Hope

 

 

St. Rose of Lima Parish is accepting applications for a parish secretary. Please click the link for more information:

St. Rose of Lima Parish Secretary

Holy Land

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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Pilgrimage to Holy Land 2021

 

From the Pastor's Desk October 17/18, 2020

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

I’m making my way through Pope Francis’ recently published encyclical called “Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All): On Fraternity and Social Friendship”. He took some flak from a certain quarter because of the title taken from St. Francis’ own words in the late 12th century addressed to his fledging order of brothers. He apparently wasn’t sensitive to gender equality politics of the 21st century and Pope Francis was subject to some pontificating from those feeling ‘excluded’. Mind you, the Pope’s very first line after the title is “With these words, St. Francis addressed his brothers and sisters…” I think the two Francis’ can be forgiven. I’m mindful of the three families our two parishes have welcomed into Canada as refugees and provided with a solid foundation of solidarity within Canada. What a great example of the Church’s mission of practical mercy in cooperation with our political institutions. With elections looming large both in BC and the U.S., I’m intrigued by our Holy Father’s section on ‘political love’ in which he calls for a “renewed appreciation of politics as a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good.” There’s the rub in these societally fractured times; the common good often seems to have gone the way of ‘common sense’. A glaring example is the proposed Bill C-7 to expand euthanasia and ‘assisted dying’ to those who are not dying. To quote the attached statement from multiple and varied religious leaders who explain our opposition: “intentional killing of human beings… is more accurately, and tragically, nothing less than murder, as was recognized by the Criminal Code of Canada prior to the passing of Bill C-14 in June 2016”. The paper makes a cogent case for a much higher political charity with a much truer sense of the common good. Lord have mercy!

Rome has published Mass in Time of Pandemic which I intend to offer on the three days of October 21 and 22 at OLOR and 23 at SRL. My heart goes out to all those who are so negatively affected by both the virus itself and virtually everyone affected by our varied responses to the pandemic. As one parishioner expressed to me whose employment has been pulled out from under him; ‘this is killing me’! The gospel of Jesus and the mission of his Church must go forth into these crevices of darkness and penetrate with luminous faith, hope and love. One small but significant example of this mission has been to embrace a relatively new Canadian family tragically struck by a Covid-19 death in India. Our parishioners of only a year, an expectant Mother and her husband, lost her father only weeks ago. Her grieving mother has arrived and quarantined and awaits the chance to see her daughter and recently born grandson. The photo below captures the visit of Deacon Dion’s visit with some flowers and a little gift. Whatever you do for the least of these you’ve done it unto me!

Peace to you and yours,

 Fr. Dean

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