Although Fr Don is way ahead of us in terms of having joined the Knights of Columbus as soon as our community became Catholic, we were not without the presence of other Knights. Harry Sadd didn’t wait for us to join the Catholic Church; he has been a Knight for many years, having joined St Patrick’s (Oak Bay) Council, No. 7934, when he became a Catholic long ago. Also, through the efforts of our Choir Director, Scott Vannan, we are in the process of starting a round table for our community.
In case any of you frequent visitors didn’t notice, we now have a calendar page. Be sure to check there for updates on additional mass and mattins times during the week as well as other events!
We’ve also got a new gallery from our Harvest Evensong, Benediction, and Barbecue. Check out the photos here. Here are a few photos from it:
Sunday, 28 September is to be set aside as a Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place from 5 to 21 October to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. Particular churches, parish communities, institutes of con- secrated life, associations and movements are invited to pray for this intention during Mass and at other liturgical celebrations, in the days leading to the synod and during the synod itself. The faithful, individually but above all in families, are invited to join in these prayers.
The suggested prayers include the Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by Pope Francis, and the following proposed intentions. The recitation of the Holy Rosary is also recommended for the duration of the synodal assembly.
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.
O God, you never forsake the work of your hands, hear our prayer; send the Spirit of your Son to enlighten the Church as the synodical journey begins, so that contemplating the splendour of our true love which shines forth in the Holy Family of Nazareth, she might learn the freedom and obedience to respond with boldness and mercy to the challenges of today’s world. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them. So when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong, Benediction, and Barbeque will go ahead beginning at 4:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 21st. The Knights of Columbus will provide the barbeque; a suggested donation is $5.00 per person (and more if you can). The Knights are providing the barbeque, meat, veggie burgers, buns, and condiments. A good deal!
This is not a substitute for mass!
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On Friday June 14th, Fathers Don Malins, Michael Birch, and Peter Switzer were ordained as priests at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral downtown Victoria. It was a beautiful mass. Photos are online now in our gallery here.
We’ve had another baptism in our parish! Benedict Malcolm Augustine was born April 27th and baptised May 19th. We have a few pictures in the gallery here.
We’ve added new photos from Friday’s diaconal ordinations at Our Lady Queen of Peace of Michael Birch, Don Malins, and Peter Switzer. Check them out here.
It was a lovely and quite mild evening in Victoria B.C. on April 11 2013 when the congregation and friends of the Or- diariate gathered in little St. Columba’s for the blessing of the Church by The Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Roman Catholic Bishop of Victoria. There were about forty present for the Service, which included the blessing of the Church, Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The Church is a former Anglican church (also St. Columba’s) which opened about 100 years ago, and was closed by the Anglican Diocese about four or five years ago. The present congregation rents the Church from the Anglican Diocese. Our small choir of four people did a marvelous job of provid- ing the music (plainchant psalms and responses), and leading in the hymns (The Church’s One Foundation, We love the place, O God, and the evening Office hymn before the Magnificat.) Bishop Richard did the blessing of the Church, Altar, shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and the very fine new Christus Rex which hangs over the entrance to the Sanctuary. Monsignor Peter Wilkinson sang the Office, the Bishop then preached and officiated at Benediction.
Following the Service, refreshments were served (in the Church, as we have no hall) and a very pleasant time of visiting with friends and visitors ensued. People were struck by the beauty of the worship and of the Church. A former parishioner of Anglican times attended the Service, a retired gentleman who began attending St. Columba’s as a child, and he said that he had never seen the inside of the Church look as nice as it does now. Now, that’s a compliment!
In his sermon, the Bishop reflected on the words of the prophet Haggai read as the first lesson. He spoke of the ruin of Israel, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in Haggai’s time, and his prophecy from God that “the latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former.” He left it to our own reflection to see what of this applied to ourselves, but he said he sympathized very much with our own losses and struggles which had brought us to this point of beginning again in faith in our entrance into the Ordinariate. He spoke also of the life and work of St. Columba, and the monastery which he established on Iona, a heap of rocks of the west coast of Scotland, St. Columba prophesied of the destruction of his monastery, but said that before the end Iona’s glory would be as it was at the first.
The Bishop has been very supportive of us in our journey into the Catholic Church, as has Fr John Laszczyk,, Rector of the Cathedral and Vicar General, and we were exceedingly happy to be able to have both of them with us for this very joyful occasion.
And now to work; for if this house is to surpass it’s former glory, we must all put our hand to the task, that God may be praised out here in Strawberry Vale.
The full gallery can be found here.