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First Sunday of Lent Feb 17/18, 2024

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By all counts, the Holy Healing Hour prior to last Saturday’s Mass was spiritually inspiring and pastorally fruitful.  Thanks to the prayer team who offered supplemental prayer ministry while I was able to offer many the sacrament of Jesus’ healing.  And all while the Lord gazed upon us from the altar with his silent, yet powerful mercy.  Following a beautiful Mass, the youth gathered with me, Mayra and a few support parents for a lively and joyful evening of pizza, proclamation and prayer at St. Peter’s Protestant Chapel. The kids enthusiastically voted to repeat the event next month which we’re eager to oblige.  Sunday, after the gift of celebrating two full Our Lady Star of the Sea Masses, it off to prison I went.  About a dozen of us met in the Chapel of William Head for a Mass which also included the sacrament of anointing.  One of the inmates felt really touched by the Lord and shared some of his experience through tears.  What a privilege to serve Him.  By the way, a number of people are introducing themselves at Mass as coming back, or coming for the first time to Church.  If you’re participating in the evangelistic mission of the Church by inviting people, well done.  There’s more joy in heaven over a single repentant sinner than in 99 righteous persons with no need for repentance.

By the time you read this, we’ll have launched the Lenten journey with Jesus on Ash Wednesday where we ‘remember we are dust and to dust we shall return’, as well as are exhorted to ‘repent and believe the gospel’. I hope we’ll all experience a proximity and intimacy with the Lord in his sorrowful anticipation of the world’s ultimate rejection of its Creator.  It’s sad just thinking about it, but happily “God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son…’  Fr. Charles is off on a military training course and won’t return until Good Friday which means I suspect we’ll see more of Fr. Alex at the 10: 30 Mass.  The Faith Community Coordinator Justin Peter will be leading the Stations of the Cross on Fridays and I hope many can take part in this meaningful Lenten devotion.  Another Holy Hour of Adoration is offered after the Saturday Mass with our young adults offering liturgical/musical leadership. Come and enjoy the peaceful presence of Jesus.

Thanks for all of you volunteer ministers, but a special mention of the men who have stepped up to assist with the parking lot ministry.  We need you and appreciate you.  We’re also grateful to Jacques who installed safety mats on our Parish House stairs to the second floor – terrific.

 

Lenten peace to you,

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

Our Lady of Star of the Sea Parking

New office location:

2936 Irwin Road Langford BC V9B 5Y9

Office hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 3pm

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