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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 September 19/20, 2020
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I’ve had a number of ‘property’ related calls recently from people whose only contact is the “priest” whose identity is purposely public. The nature of the concerns ranges from potential theft or vandalism to bread rolls mysteriously appearing in the horse’s water trough. This latter call came from a neighbor of the Metchosin farm which, as I explained is neither a Church or even Knights of Columbus property (albeit a private society made of KC’s owns and manages it). Regardless, I get the calls and make the referrals as best I’m able. Apparently some stale and hardened bread had been in dumped on the organics pile and crows had helped themselves and dropped the bread bombs in the unsuspecting neighbor’s horse trough to soften them up for consumption. Maybe good for crows, but not so much for horses. It was all resolved in good neighborly fashion and had the unintended effect of a friendly home visit just this week. As important and necessary property management is, I’m doing my best to remember my primary vocation (and that of the Church) of the proclamation of the gospel and celebration of the sacraments. But with the reduction in our proximate community and the number of ministry programs and services greatly reduced it seems we’re in a season of ‘maintenance’ and less of mission and outreach. I’m trying to be patient and as Ecclesiastes reminds us ‘there is a season for everything under heaven’.
One attempt at mission is the September 30 OLOR launch of a virtual plus physical gathering opportunity for evangelization and catechesis in the context of a Mass. The details are elsewhere in the bulletin but this will be of particular interest to those seeking to explore becoming Catholics as it will be part of this year’s RCIA program. Jesus’ pre Ascension commandment to his disciples was that they would go into the entire world baptizing all in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all he commanded. Please speak to me if interested or even curious about becoming a Catholic and others may call the office to register. Our October 4th launch of the children/family Mass is fully subscribed as well as the addition of the new 1:00 p.m. Mass. Not that I need any justification, but I’ll really be ready for a siesta by Sunday afternoon!
The ongoing offer of post Mass Bishop Barron teaching from his Catholicism series brings us a 15 minute lesson this week on the Mass itself. Hope you can stay!
Another attempt at an aspect of the mission of reconciliation is SRL offering the T’Sou-ke First Nation our outdoor space for acknowledgement of the Orange Shirt Day. This will take place next Saturday and both Carol our Council chair, Kerrie our IT whiz and I will offer the gift of hospitality and love. It will be purposely small in attendance and well distanced but significant in both real and symbolic relationship building.
Blessings to you all and May you be granted an abundance of faith, hope and love!
Peace to you and yours,
- Monday – No Mass
- Tuesday – 6:30pm
- Wednesday – 9:00am
- Thursday – 12:00pm
- 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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