Diocese of Victoria
Diocese On-line Marriage Preparation Course
February 22, 2024
February 24 marks the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. National representatives of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant communities, in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance’s Peace and Reconciliation Network, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Canadian Council of Churches, have signed a Pastoral Letter on Ukraine, Canada, and the Church, inviting all to join in praying for peace.
“Without in any way minimizing or ignoring the suffering and sorrow caused by war and violence in other areas of the world, we stand together in inviting Christians and all people of good will to prayerfully consider how we are all called, and might contribute to, the achievement of peace in and for Ukraine.”
– excerpt from the Pastoral Letter.
Endorsed by 45 leaders, the Letter identifies six meaningful ways by which to foster peace:
Support Ukrainian Refugees
Urge diplomatic steps towards a just and sustainable peace in Ukraine
Seek cooperative relationships of humanitarian support
Remember February 24, 2022
Hope for reconciliation
The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Most Rev. William T. McGrattan, Bishop of Calgary, supported by the CCCB’s Executive Committee, is one of the aforementioned signatories to the Letter, now available in English, French and Ukrainian. You are invited to share these links to pray and work together for peace.
1) Would you like to help remove invasive plants and restore the properties of St. Andrew’s High School, the Pastoral Centre, and Sacred Heart Parish? On Saturday, March 2, all are invited to the first weekly Garry Oak Meadow Restoration Project work party. Please meet in the Sacred Heart parking lot (4044 Nelthope Street, Victoria); the event will run from 10 am – noon, rain or shine. Pruners and shovels will be provided, but please bring your own gloves, safety glasses, and water. For more information and to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Holy Trinity Parish in Nanaimo (6234 Spartan Rd) invites all to join them for their Lenten Mission, led by Fr. Irek Bem, SDS. Fr. Irek will speak at 7:00 pm each evening from Monday, March 4 – Wednesday, March 6 on the theme “A New Look at the Sacraments”. For more information, please contact the parish at email@example.com or (250) 390-2612
3) In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Hope Lutheran, Brechin United, and Holy Trinity Catholic Parish are jointly offering a workshop on Reconciliation: Building Relationships. The workshop will run on Friday, March 8 from 7 – 9:30 pm and Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at Brechin United Church in Nanaimo (2020 Estevan Road). Guest speakers include Adrian Jacobs, senior leader for Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and Colette Jones, Snuneymuxw Elder and professor in the Studies in Women and Gender Department at VIU. Admission is by donation, but space is limited; please register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reconciliation-workshop-building-relationships-day-1-of-2-registration-838332403787 andhttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reconciliation-workshop-building-relationships-day-2-of-2-tickets-838366275097
4) The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island is seeking a volunteer Treasurer to join their Board. “Jesus spoke with authority and his reputation spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.” As his disciples, we can also speak with authority when we put our faith into action. If you are a CPA and are ready to answer the call, please send your expression of interest to Brian Mann, Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is searching for a new Chief Executive Officer to oversee their organization. This unique position offers an exciting opportunity for a motivated, mission-based executive to make a significant and positive impact on the Roman Catholic faith, Canadians, and people around the world. For more information and to view the job description, please visit https://slmedia.org/job-opportunity-ceo
February 15, 2024
1) The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched its 2024 Journey Through Lent video series. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, and for each Sunday in Lent, a video will be shared the CCCB website featuring pastoral reflections based on the Readings for the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration. This series is meant to offer spiritual inspiration and guidance on how to prepare well for the Easter season. To view the videos, please visit https://www.cccb.ca/evangelization-catechesis-catholic-education/video-resources/journey-through-lent/.
2) Would you like to be part of an ecologically conscious crew dedicated to restoring the properties of St. Andrew’s High School, the Pastoral Centre, and Sacred Heart Parish? Every Saturday morning starting on March 2, all are invited to come and help remove English Ivy, Scotch Broom, and Himalayan Blackberry and plant native plants. The work party will meet in the Sacred Heart parking lot (4040 Nelthorpe Street) and run from 10 am – 12 pm, rain or shine. Pruners and shovels are provided; please bring your own gloves, safety glasses, and water. For more information and to sign up, please email email@example.com
3) Faith Through Film, hosted by Holy Family Notre Dame Parish in Port Alberni, continues with screenings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-3 pm. With funding made available through the Bishop’s Appeal, all screenings are free of charge, and complimentary popcorn and other snacks will also be offered. Pre-registration is encouraged but not mandatory; please phone 250-723-8912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete schedule of screenings, please visit the Diocesan Events Calendar at https://www.rcdvictoria.org/events-calendar.
February 1, 2024
1) The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island is looking for a Membership and Volunteer Development Coordinator to work at their 4353 West Saanich Road, Victoria office. To learn more about this spiritually rewarding career opportunity, please view the job posting at https://www.ssvpvancouverisland.ca/job-board/view/168-membership-and-volunteer-coordinator.
2) Grief to Grace is a retreat program facilitated by mental health professionals and centered on Jesus Christ which helps those who have endured neglect, physical, emotional, sexual, and/or spiritual abuse in their family of origin, their community, from spouses/partners, and/or coworkers or supervisors, find healing and journey to wholeness. The next retreat in Canada is May 14 - 18, 2024 in Kelowna. For more information please email email@example.com or make a confidential call to 250-808-6403.
October 12, 2023
The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop William T. McGrattan has issued a statement in response to the escalation of the conflict in the Holy Land. The statement may be found online at https://www.cccb.ca/announcement/statement-by-the-most-rev-william-t-mcgrattan-bishop-of-calgary-and-cccb-president-to-the-catholic-faithful-in-canada-on-the-recent-escalation-of-conflict-in-the-holy-land/.
August 17th, 2023
1) A post has just been added to the Diocesan website with photos from our delegation’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023. The post can be viewed at https://www.rcdvictoria.org/diocesanblog/world-youth-day-2023.
May 17, 2023
1) A new post has been added to the Diocesan website with an update on Synod 2021-2024. It includes info about the recently released “North American Final Document for the Continental Stage of the 2021-2024 Synod”, as well as links to our diocesan, regional, and national reports that were created during the Diocesan Stage of the Synod. To read the post, please visit https://www.rcdvictoria.org/news/synod-2021-2024-the-journey-continues
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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has released four Pastoral Letters – to the First Nations, the Métis, the Inuit, and the People of God. The Bishops of Canada decided to write these letters after being updated on discussions with Indigenous partners during their plenary meeting last September. They outline a set of specific commitments which are meant to guide local reconciliation.
These letters can be viewed at: https://www.cccb.ca/indigenous-peoples/that-we-may-walk-together-series-of-pastoral-letters-2023/
Starting on Monday, November 21st, the regular weeknight livestream at 7:00 pm will be livestreamed from Sacred Heart Church in Victoria (4040 Nelthorpe St), and will also be open to those who wish to attend in person.
Working Towards Freedom: Study guide on human trafficking now available
“Working Toward Freedom” is a new study guide created in response to a call to mission: to reduce the harms of human trafficking in our local communities and uphold the dignity of every child of God.
The guide was developed jointly by the Diocese of Victoria, the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and the Diocese of Saskatchewan. Based on the CCCB's recent Pastoral Letter on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Canada, it delves deeper into the letter and animates it in each specific community's context. Through prayer and education, the guide leads participants to become more aware of the human trafficking that is occurring in our midst, and helps them learn how to bring to light situations where people may be in danger. The authors of the guide are Evelyn Vollet, Sr. Nancy Brown, Barbara Renaud, Myron Rogal and Annette Turgeon.
The guide will be launched this month with a one-hour webinar. All are invited to join and learn more about the guide, either on Thursday, November 24 at 9:00 am PST, or on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00 am PST. The webinar will provide an overview of each section and recommendations on how to use the guide. The webinar is free, but advance registration is required at https://form.jotform.com/222704961965262.
Pope Francis describes the Church’s mission as a permanent state that calls us to go to the peripheries of society. No one is exempt from being able to do something about this horrific crime taking place within our communities. For more information, please contact Annette Turgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, 2022
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement welcoming the apology made by Pope Francis today in Rome to Indigenous Peoples. The statement can be read at https://www.rcdvictoria.org/indigenous/canadas-catholic-bishops-welcome-popes-apology-to-indigenous-peoples
Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-Up by a Catholic Bishop
On Thursday, May 6, 2021, the Bishops of Canada launched a national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse either committed or covered-up by a Bishop. This service furthers their commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and their commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors.
Individuals can access the reporting system online (BishopReportingSystem.ca) or by calling toll-free 1-866-892-3737 from anywhere in Canada, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
The reporting system was developed by ClearView Strategic Partners, a Canadian provider of an independent reporting platform. ClearView’s technology benefits anyone wanting to make such a report by providing them with a secure and confidential platform, allowing them to remain anonymous if they so choose, and ensuring all communications are documented and preserved.
The Catholic Bishops of Canada condemn the sin and crime of sexual abuse in the strongest possible terms. No one should ever have to endure the pain, humiliation, and long-term suffering it causes, nor should anyone have to doubt that serious consequences await a perpetrator of sexual abuse or cover-up. With this reporting system, the Bishops make themselves accountable to live with integrity and to address reports of sexual abuse according to Church and civil law. The Church grieves with victim-survivors and profoundly regrets the tremendous harm caused. The Bishops of Canada wish to reach out and accompany victims-survivors along the path that restores justice and promotes healing.
Reports of current or historical sexual abuse by any other member of the Diocese of Victoria (clergy, religious, employees or volunteers) may be made by calling 1-800-968-3146. This number connects to an independent reporting service which can assist in contacting the appropriate authorities and help access counselling services. For more information about Responsible Ministry and Safe Environment in the Diocese of Victoria, please visit https://www.rcdvictoria.org/responsible-ministry.
Thank you for your prayers and the support you provide to victim-survivors in the ongoing work of healing.