On November 26, Fr Michael, priest, friend, confessor, died peacefully at home. He will be truly missed, not only by our small community, but also by those in parishes where he frequently celebrated the Divine Mystery of the Mass, not least St Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria and St Peter’s in Nanaimo. I am late in posting this news, as we are all still adjusting to his suddenly “not being there.” His engaging, often challenging sermons; his irrepressible sense of humour; his dedication to his family…
May 15, 2016 – the Solemnity of Pentecost, we welcomed into the Catholic Church, Milan Pavlic. When her parents, Serbian Orthodox, moved to Vancouver Island years ago, there was no Orthodox Church nearby, so Milan was baptized Anglican.
She and her husband Rick, a cradle Catholic, have two daughters.
Easter Day, in addition to the celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection, we also received Jane Morris into the Catholic Church. She originally comes from the same area of England as Sr Carole Barker, who, along with Virginia Malins, was one of her sponsors for her Confirmation. Welcome Jane!
Candlemas, The Presentation of the Lord, February 2, 2016 at the Co-cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter was ordained in a standing-room only service. The entire service was broadcast by EWTN, and we are anticipating the availability of DVD’s in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, here is a link to a well-written article in the National Catholic Register: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/first-anglican-ordinariate-bishop-ordained-it-means-were-here-to-stay/
On Saturday, December 5, 2015 Fr. John Laszczyk graciously invited us to introduce Divine Worship – The Missal to the wider Catholic community in Victoria. A choir comprised of members from both communities, augmented by an ecumenical representation of other singers in Victoria, was under the direction of our choir director, Scott Vannan. They supported the Liturgy with a splendid representation of that part of our patrimony.
Feedback was positive, so much so that some asked if we might do this monthly. Something possibly to consider, with Fr. John’s blessing, at some point in the future.
Sunday, October 25, 2105: The Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, The Most Rev. Gary Gordon, Bishop of Victoria joined us as our guest preacher in his first visit to an Ordinariate community. As always, his marvellously constructed sermon, about the truly astounding depths of God’s mercy, “Take heart; rise, He is calling you”, gave us both great comfort, but also a challenge as we approach the Year of Mercy.
Sunday, October 25, Bishop Gary Gordon will join us, as our homilist, at his first visit to an Ordinariate parish. Come and join us at the 10AM Mass and spend some time in fellowship with the bishop after the service.
Our annual gathering for 2015 for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter was at this historic seminary in Chicago this year. Some photos, including one of Blessed John Henry Newman’s rather faded biretta:
Once more we were graced by a visit from Bishop Peter Elliott of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, September 27. The bishop was our celebrant and preacher on a wonderfully sunny day in late September, which allowed us to enjoy fellowship outdoors following the service.