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From the Pastor's Desk May 1/2 2021

FrDean

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2021

It’s always a joy to enter the Marian month of May during the Easter season, and especially good for the soul to celebrate with our Blessed Mum the resurrection of her Son!  Our faith is clearly an antidote what one academic identifies as ‘languishing’.  Here’s something I read in the paper this week on the subject. 

“Though we may not feel burnt out or hopeless, we sure don’t feel like we’re flourishing, said Dr. Corey Keyes, the sociologist who coined the term “languishing” in 2002. “It’s the middle ground between being mentally healthy and mentally ill.  It’s not depression, but it’s the absence and insufficiency of feeling good and functioning well. Simply put, we are experiencing an absence of the good stuff: purpose, belonging, contribution, satisfaction and interest in life. But this absence can feel like a “piercing void in your soul,” Keyes said, meaning this state of stagnancy is actually a form of suffering, though we don’t acknowledge it much.”

One of many reasons the Church fills that ‘piercing void’ with ‘purpose, belonging, contribution’ etc., is the continuation of it’s mission of proclamation and celebration of sacraments.  Last Saturday, as pictured below, the Karangwa family rejoiced at the baptism of their little Nyla Maia.  This coming Saturday at St. Rose of Lima the Kyrillos/Galbraith family will praise God for the new sister to little George as she’s brought to Jesus in the sacrament of baptism.  A number of children have also been preparing for their first confession on May 9th, through virtual classes with their catechist Reeja Paul.  Pray for these young souls as they expand their sense of proximity to the love and Mercy of Jesus!  No languishing here!!

If you’re not already in the daily habit, I recommend that you commit a month to saying the rosary more that you currently do.  It’s a blessing in so many ways.  If you’re unsure of how to pray the rosary, or if you don’t have one, please let me know and we’ll get you a ‘starter kit’.  This month we also return to the opportunity for ADORATION on Wednesday after the 9:00 Mass with Benediction at 3:00 p.m.  Feel free to drop in and embrace Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as long as we keep the participants under 10.  I’m grateful to a donor who has supplied a second FM transmitter so that both parishes have one and there’s less chance of the priest forgetting to transport it for the weekend Masses.  Praise God that on Vancouver Island COVID-19 numbers are starting to decline even as our Mass numbers increase.  Let’s pray for those trends to continue.  As I anticipate the summer months continuing outdoors, we’ll expand the potential for involvement a bit in each parish. I’m personally thrilled the weather is warming up and the storm season is subsiding. 

My thoughts and prayerful pondering is tending toward the future and the cessation of restrictions.  The mission and ministry of the Church is crucial as we seek to reintegrate those dislocated by the pandemic and seek those ‘lost souls’ waiting to be found and introduced the Lord and his abundant life of discipleship.  To that end, I’ll offer reflections based upon “The Parish Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making the Church Matter” a book about a thriving parish in the Baltimore, that was… well … languishing.

Blessings in Him,

 Fr. Dean

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MASS TIMES: 

Tuesday: 9 am (Drive-in, tune in to 87.9FM) No registration required

Wednesday: 9am (Drive-in, tune in to 87.9FM) No registration required

Thursday: 9am (Drive-in, tune in to 87.9FM) No registration required

Sunday: 11am (Drive-in, tune in to 87.9FM) – Registered Parishioners only, must register weekly

 

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