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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity May 26, 2024

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That was a festive Victoria Day weekend!  At Deacon Dion’s invitation, I enjoyed a Scotch/Irish Whiskey tasting ‘lecture’ on Friday night at the Royal Colwood Golf Club.  Prior to my Catholic conversion, I barely touched a drop of whiskey…. I wonder what that says!  That was followed on Saturday with an occasion to get in touch with my inner Scotsman at the Highland Games and Celtic festival.  Great music, good fun and I think I might have to invest in a kilt!  However, a highlight of the day was unquestionably the Pentecost occasions for a 20th wedding anniversary blessing and then the baptisms at Our Lady Star of the Sea of three infants; my last planned baptisms prior to the June 15th transfer.  After Sunday Masses, with extended family, it was off to the UVic Victoria symphony and Victoria Choral Society concert of unique and thought provoking Canadian content.  Next day, after a long hiatus, I was delighted to take some youngest family members to the Victoria Day parade.  What a holy and simply joy!

Part of the delight at the parade is the sheer neighbourliness of it.  I sat next to a Tsartlip First Nation family and enjoyed some pleasant conversations and exchanges over the four hours of floats and fun.  The largest contingent of culture was the 3 Filipino festival groups followed by the Peruvian community.  In fact, another of my neighbours watching from the crowds was clearly a Latino family.  As I had run into OLOR parishioners who were themselves Latino, I did some shrewd evangelization.  I asked my Spanish speaking teenage friend and youth group member to go up and ask the family where they were from. With a little understandable reservation and shyness, he discovered they were recent immigrants from Chile.  After the ice was broken, the teen’s mother struck up a conversation with the Chilean mother and in no time I was being introduced as the “Padre” of OLOR and soon St. Andrew’s.  The family was pleased to receive an invitation to the Cathedral Masses and assured me I would be seeing them.  It seemed to me like a nice little Holy Spirit initiated tag team effort to welcome folks (back) to Christ and his Church.  When it comes to mission and evangelization, it’s ok to “GO SMALL OR GO HOME.” 

This is the season of both wind down and wind up for me, Fr. Dino and Fr. William and other priests making moves in June.  Fr. Dino’s farewell will be soon, as is a farewell potluck for me at St. Joe’s next Friday the 31st of May.  That same weekend, at OLOR’s Corpus Christi Vigil Mass on Saturday, we’ll have a ‘consecration of Eucharistic pilgrims’ who have prepared for 33 days of prayer and surrender.  This will be followed by a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the Star of the Sea parking lot.  Between now and then, we’ll commemorate the mysterious foundational doctrine of our faith, the Holy Trinity.  These are actually the good ol’ days.  We have about two rooms left for the Abbey Retreat June 7-9 with the Benedictines in Mission, B.C.  This is a fantastic opportunity to refresh, renew and rest in the peace of Christ, and you won’t find better retreat ‘bang for your buck’ anywhere.   Trinity Blessings upon you all.

Fr. Dean

MASS TIMES: 

Parish House @ 2936 Irwin Road

Tuesday – Friday:   9 am

Star of the Sea @ 595 Galiano Crescent

Saturday:   5 pm

Sunday:   8:30 am & 10:30 am

CONFESSION  (Star of the Sea)

Saturday – 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm  

Sunday – 8:00 am – 8:20 am

ADORATION: (2936 Irwin Rd)

Tuesday: 9:30-10:30am

New office location:

2936 Irwin Road Langford BC V9B 5Y9

Office hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 3pm

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