From the Pastor's Desk June 12/13 2021


11th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021


As I write, reeling in the midst of the national reactions (and there are many) to news of 215 remains of children in an unmarked burial site at the old Kamloops residential school, I resonate with the words of the 8th century martyr bishop, St. Boniface, whose memorial was June 5.  “In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses.  Our duty is not to abandon ship but keep her on her course… I am terrified when I think of all this.  I would gladly give up the task of guiding the Church which I have accepted if I could find such an action warranted by the example of the fathers or by holy Scripture”.  It’s been a rough week and it’s a consolation to sense some sympathy from a saint of so long ago.  But what good can the Lord bring from this as an extension of our remorseful prayers for all the children lost, as well as adults whose childhoods were lost?  Elsewhere in the bulletin I’m inviting the parish to view a DVD via zoom, on the attempt at truth, reconciliation and healing of the Diocese of the NWT.  It’s powerful, positive and at times not easy to watch.  Maybe your time to ‘do something’ is NOW!?  I hope to include a few other items in the bulletin on this painful subject that are worth reading; one a positive article about a former student’s gratitude for mission trips and encounters with coastal First Nations, the second a link to an excellent article by Fr. Raymond da Souza and his reminder that we really are and have been apologizing!

OLOR has lost one its matriarchs in Fran Doll whose vigil/funeral and graveside will be this weekend.  She’s been in and out of the hospital it seems since I arrived as your pastor, and now will get her eternal rest and joy in Jesus.  I was grateful to have a very recent occasion to join with Michelle and Fran at her place at the Mackie for a visit, prayers and holy communion.  Bless Michelle, Lolly and her whole family as they bid her farewell and mourn her loss.  Monday I was called to the bedside of Kathryn Brown at Ayre Manor in Sooke for last rites.  She’s a Glasgow Catholic who moved most recently from Kelowna to Sooke to be with a daughter and granddaughter.  Please pray for her final journey.

Next week we’ll add the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass at SRL (it’s a bit chaotic in the office with Rita off nursing Gunter after his surgery… healing prayers appreciated), and the 6:00 p.m. Saturday Mass at OLOR.  Once our limits are lifted, we’ll review the liturgical pattern and may see a reduction in offerings.  The pace of six regular Sunday weekend Masses plus the addition of occasional weddings, baptisms, confirmations and funerals may not be sustainable.  Thanks again for Fr. Sean stepping up to offer the sacrament of reconciliation at OLOR after his Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass.  The Church will be open from 9:30 to 10:30 with Fr. Sean in the confessional.  Haven’t been for a while?  Go!  Had a call from a ‘fallen away Catholic’ (in the penitents’ words and responding to a request for a general confession after decades of distance from Christ’s body, the Church!  Whoo hooo!

Once again, thanks to the crew at SRL for sprucing up the gardens and giving our landscape a fresh look.  We look forward to our AGM this weekend and anticipate an election (or acclamation) of new members of council.  Thanks to outgoing Chair Carol Sweeney.  As she often says of others “YOU ROCK”.  Blessings on Brenda Dahmer who has served us well with faithful kindness.  Finally, thanks to Gus Van Arendonk who stepped down last year after guiding the parish with gentle wisdom. 

Finally, OLOR keep praying for our sale negotiations and site preparations for a new Church.  All is positive but not without complications and challenges.

Blessings in Him,

 Fr. Dean


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