July

July 13, 2018

PRAYER FOR THE CHRISTIANS OF THE MIDDLE EAST Let us heed Pope Francis’ plea for prayer to be offered for the Christian communities of the Middle East as well as for all  those who continue to be affected by the conflicts in the world.

SAT. JULY 28, 2018 - ORDINATION 

Bishop Gary Gordon invites you to the Ordination to the Order of Deacon of: John Dawson, Dion Pomponio, Michael  Watkins, Philip Yuson on Sat. July 28, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Andrew’s. These men have spent 4½ years in prayerful discernment, study and ministry. We wish them and their families God’s blessings. Reception at St. Patrick’s after. 

REMINDER: BURSARIES AVAILABLE Several bursaries are available to youth in the Diocese.  For information: www.rcdvictoria.org/bursaries.php. The Parish and the K of C have also bursaries available to those who begin or continue their post-secondary education and who are active in some way in the Parish. Apply by letter to the Parish or Pastor; e-mail: pastor@spparish.com  

CANNING JAR RETURNS  To prepare for the jelly making from the rectory grape vines, please return jars from last fall’s sale so that they can be used for this year’s harvest. All proceeds go to sponsor students in Mindanao, Philippines. Thanks to Julie and Larry Kirzinger who devote so much time to harvesting and making the jelly.

DIOCESAN FAMILY CONFERENCE  Families across the diocese will gather together for a fun, faith filled weekend of fellowship, play and prayer time all set against a beautiful West Coast backdrop for the Sixth Annual Diocesan Family Conference. Join us! August 23-26, 2018 at Nanoose Bay Camp. Everyone welcome! For registration go to tinyurl.com/Diocesan-Family-Conference. For info email Reine at: familycamp@rcdvictoria.org or visit www.rcdvictoria.org

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE SISTERS OF ST. ANN See posting on bulletin board. 
 
BIRTHRIGHT STROLLERTON ON JULY 28 The Lally family is again this year walking in support of Birthright, the Pro-Life Crisis Pregnancy Service. Sponsor sheets are in the foyer or contact Eslinda 250-656-2694 
 
***PLEASE NOTE*** The Sunday Bulletin will be updated during July as new information becomes available

April

April 7, 2018

THANK YOU To all who enhanced our Easter Celebrations through their gifts...of musical talent to bring joy to our Easter liturgies...of generosity to provide flowers to beautify our churches and to contribute to the Easter Egg Hunt for our children. 

“HERE I AM LORD, IS IT I, LORD?” Our Parish Council needs ‘new recruits’ to serve as Parish Council members. It’s not too soon to start listening for your call to service. In preparation for our Annual AGM to be held on April 29, it is important that our new Parish Council be in place. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Mary McGovern, chair, or Melanie in the office (656-7433), or Fr. Rolf. 

STARFIELDS, A FESTIVAL OF HOPE Together with other faith groups, this festival of hope takes place April 13 - 15  at various worship  and other spaces in Victoria. In a time of turmoil and upheaval, this inter-faith festival tries to stimulate hope, both in reflection and in social justice action through poetry, music and discussion workshops. All Sunday April 15th events are free to attend and partake. For Friday April 13th and Saturday April 14th workshops, you can purchase tickets at Munro’s 382-2264 or at Ivy’s 598-2713 or www.starfields.ticketleap.com. More info is available on the bulletin board. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:MAY 5 Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Bishop’s Gala, May 5, 2018. This year, the Ahousaht community, with Bishop Gary, has exciting plans that will be unveiled at the Gala! Tickets are $100 per person, available through EventBrite (https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-bishops-gala-tickets42924482282), or by phoning the Pastoral Centre at (250) 479-1331. If you are interested in joining fellow parishioners at our ‘parish table’, please contact the parish office a.s.a.p. 

NEED TO STAND UP!  You may have heard that the Fraser Health Authority has ordered non-religious health care facilities, including hospices and palliative care, to participate in MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying). All staff must participate, they are not allowed to opt out! We believe that institutional conscience rights for healthcare workers includes their right not to participate in acts they consider wrong. “Providing euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is not in accordance with palliative care which affirms life and regards dying as a normal process…”  Let our health authorities hear your views! 
 

March

March 14, 2018

Please bring potted flowers early in  the week or by Holy Thursday or make  a donation. Place your donation in an envelope marked “FLOWERS”. 

HUNT FOR EASTER EGG TREATS Our Religious Education program is having an Easter Egg Hunt for all children in the parish after 10:30 Easter Sunday Mass. If you would like to contribute some treats for this occasion, please drop off your donation in the foyer of St. Elizabeth’s. Look for the WHITE  RABBIT with a basket for your donation. Thank You. 

NEED TO STAND UP!  You may have heard that the Fraser Health Authority has ordered non-religious health care facilities, including hospices and palliative care, to participate in MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying). All staff must participate, they are not allowed to opt out! We believe that institutional conscience rights for healthcare workers includes their right not to participate in acts they consider wrong. “Providing euthanasia or physician assisted suicide is not in accordance with palliative care which affirms life and regards dying as a normal process…”  Let our health authorities hear your views! 
 

RECONCILIATION SERVICES Inspired by the reflections on forgiveness of our retreat this weekend we are encouraged to come to our communal Lenten Reconciliation Service this Friday, March 16 at 7:00 pm. Families are urged to bring your children to celebrate God’s mercy and tenderness. In our Parish at St. Elizabeth: 2  confession options are available: in addition to the usual way we have celebrated God’s mercy and forgiveness by coming forward for a blessing, there will be the option to do so in private confession with a priest.  Private confession also available each Saturday in Lent from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at St. Elizabeth’s. Another reconciliation service will take place at: St. Joseph the Worker: Thur. Mar. 15 at 7 pm 

SHARE LENT SOLIDARITY SUNDAY: MAR. 18 Next weekend, Mar. 17 & 18, is Solidarity Sunday. There will be a special collection in support of the work of Development & Peace. Your donation will  help to create a hopeful future for our sisters & brothers in need. This year’s focus TOGETHER  FOR PEACE highlights the  role that we all play in making our world more peaceful, more just. Please be generous. 

“HERE I AM LORD, IS IT I, LORD?” The words to this beloved hymn remind us of God’s call to serve Him through service to others. Later this spring our Parish Council will need ‘new recruits’ to serve as Parish Council members. It’s not too soon to start listening for your call to service. In preparation for our Annual AGM to be held on April 29, it is important that our new Parish Council be in place. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Mary McGovern, chair, or Melanie in the office (656-7433), or Fr. Rolf. 

K OF C BURSARY Register for a $500 bursary from the BC / Yukon K of C: a 6 week process with a final completed application by the end of June. Only for students entering their 2nd or later year of post secondary education in an approved institute.  For more info call Roy Battilana 250-652-0340. 
 

FUNERAL FOR FATHER JACK SPROULE

Fr. Jack’s funeral mass will be held on Fri. Apr. 8 at St. Elizabeth’s.
Time to be determined.