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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 July 4/5, 2020
O Canada God keep our Land Glorious and Free
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Jesus
Dear friends in Christ,
Jesus promise to give rest to the weary and heavy burdened in this Sunday’s gospel will provide welcome respite for many of us. One of our faithful members just lost her daughter to cancer and is mourning with the family in Alberta; may Jesus provide the family with rest for their souls. In many ways, the sacraments of our faith are a spiritual yoking to Christ so that we have tangible confidence that in all of life, and death, we are the Lord’s. Numerous people are seeking out the healing comfort of the sacrament of reconciliation and finding burdens lifted. The sacrament of baptism is being celebrated this month for an infant and young child while a couple is celebrating holy matrimony in which they’ll be yoked to each other in covenant with Christ. What a stable joy in the midst of the angst of contemporary social and medical upheaval. Sunday the 5th is Linda and my 34th anniversary of nuptial yoking with each other in Jesus and we are so grateful for God’s fidelity in love with firm yet gentle guidance through the ‘changes and chances of this fleeting world’. At a recent infant baptism God worked mysteriously in the heart of a non- Christian member of the extended family and prompted him to enquire about yoking himself to Christ and his Church in baptism. Another young man from Langford was referred to me by Catholic friends in another parish. He’s expressed a readiness to return to his Catholic faith and the sheepfold of the Church. Both will be starting a fellowship/study under the guidance of a former student of mine. All this is to say that the Lord is actively reaching souls who are weary and heavily burdened and helping them find his gentle yoke.
It’s bittersweet to plan to say farewell to Fr. Michael after Masses in Sooke and OLOR on July 26th. Contributions toward a gift of gratitude are welcome. The first two weeks of August I’ll be on family holiday planned prior to Fr. Michael’s new assignment. It’s not easy to find local priest replacements as the demands are great and the supply of retired clergy is getting smaller. However we’ll be grateful to welcome Fr. Vince Hawkswell a retired priest of the Vancouver Archdiocese to be with us for 2 weeks. Fr. Vince has a sister in Black Creek who he’ll enjoy connecting with while on the Island. Minimal sacramental changes are anticipated once we’re down to a single priest/pastor for SRL and OLOR. Commencing in August the Sunday SRL 9:15 Mass will change to 9:00 a.m. and we’ll lose our Wednesday and Thursday Masses. At OLOR the Tuesday Mass will change from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the Friday Mass will be cancelled. The real challenge will be meeting the pastoral/evangelization/catechetical formation/ and fellowship requirements of two parishes. By God’s grace we’ll cross those bridges together as we come to them and trust in the gentle yoke of Christ.
- Monday – No Mass
- Tuesday – 9:00am
- Wednesday – 9:00am
- Thursday – 12:00pm
- Friday – 9:00am
- Saturday – 6:00pm
- Sunday – 8:00am & 11:00am
Note: Masses are by registration only during these times, please call our office to register.
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