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June 27, 2024

1)  On June 21, 2024, National Indigenous Day, Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc, the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and the Diocese of Kamloops shared the Sacred Covenant they signed on Easter Sunday 2024.  Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir, Archbishop Miller, and Bishop Ngyuen encourage all Canadians to work towards deepening relationships between communities and finding ways to help Indigenous individuals and families negatively impacted by destructive policies, both current and historical. To learn more and to read the Sacred Covenant, please visithttps://www.rcdvictoria.org/indigenous/an-invitation-to-learn-about-history

 

2) Congratulations to Fr. Joseph Yuson who was ordained to the ministerial priesthood on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.  A recording of the ordination Mass is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MulLFNXUEkI.  Your prayers for Joseph and his intentions are appreciated as he begins his service as a ministerial priest to the People of God in the Diocese of Victoria.

 

3) Registration is still open for the 10th Annual Family Life Conference and Camp, to be held August 15th – 18th at Nanoose Bay.  All families are invited to enjoy this weekend full of fellowship, faith and fun! The weekend is sure to strengthen your family’s connection with Christ, with one another, and with other families.  For more information and the link to register, please visit https://www.rcdvictoria.org/family-camp.

May 2, 2024

1) The planning committee for the 10th Annual Family Life Conference and Camp is looking for volunteers to assist with the camp.  If interested in volunteering, please email familycamp@rcdvictoria.org for more information.

 

2) National Family and Life Week (NFLW) takes places this year from May 13 – 19, with the theme “Love hopes all things”.  Families are invited to cultivate, deepen, and renew Christian hope by drawing on scriptural reflection, family prayer, and the Sacraments.  The NFLW website has resources for families including daily prayers and activities and a catechesis with discussion questions.  For more information and to access the resources, please visit https://www.cccb.ca/faith-moral-issues/family-and-life/national-family-and-life-week/

3) Applications are now being accepted for bursaries and awards offered by the Diocese of Victoria to outstanding students and educators.  The deadline for applications is July 15th.  More information and application forms are available at the following links:

The Jawl Bundon LLP Bursary ($2500): for a grade 12 Catholic student who has been accepted to a post-secondary institution.  Preference will be given to Indigenous students, and to students who live outside of Greater Victoria and Nanaimo.

The Blessed Marie Anne Blondin Bursary ($1000): for a lay woman who is accepted or enrolled in a program or course for ministry in the Church, such as religious education, social justice, liturgy, social action, care of the sick, etc.

The Char Deslippe Memorial Award ($500): for a teacher working in Island Catholic Schools or a parish catechist serving in children, youth or adult ministry.

April 25, 2024

1) April 30 is the early bird registration deadline for the 10th Annual Family Life Conference and Camp, to be held August 15th – 18th at Nanoose Bay. All families are invited to enjoy this weekend full of fellowship, faith and fun! The weekend is sure to strengthen your family’s connection with Christ, with one another, and with other families. For more information and the link to register, please visithttps://www.rcdvictoria.org/family-camp.

  

2) The annual March for Life happens this year on Thursday, May 9. Bishop Gary will be celebrating Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral at noon that day; all are welcome

 

3) With the celebration of Earth Day on April 22 this week, the time seems right for an update on our diocesan Garry Oak ecosystem restoration project. Over the past eight Saturdays, 20 volunteers have cleared invasive species from over 1000 square feet of land, cut ivy off dozens of Garry Oaks, and found a surprisingly large number of golf balls! To learn more, please visithttps://www.rcdvictoria.org/diocesanblog/garry-oak-ecosystem-restoration-update.  Please also visit and share our Eventbrite page with your friends and family – new volunteers are always welcome: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garry-oak-ecosystem-restoration-project-867898697367

 

4) In late February, Karno Batiran, one of Development and Peace’s partners from Indonesia, came to the Diocese of Victoria to learn about and share information on sustainable farming. To read more about his visit, please visithttps://www.rcdvictoria.org/news/development-and-peace-partner-visits-diocese-of-victoria

 

April 11, 2024

1) After prayerful discernment, Bishop Gary Gordon, in collaboration with the Diocesan Personnel Committee, has announced new pastoral appointments to take effect June 15, 2024.  The appointments may be viewed online at https://www.rcdvictoria.org/news/2024-pastoral-appointments

2) A “Love and Respect” marriage retreat will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Victoria (753 Burnside Rd W) in May.  Come and embark on a wonderful adventure - as we spend time viewing and discussing videos, we will be answering three major questions:  Why do we negatively react to each other in marriage?  How do I best motivate my spouse?  What if my spouse does not respond to me? The retreat will be held over five Thursday evenings from 7-9pm, starting on May 2nd.  Please register in advance at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeO3axTZQ5GDP4ycAM3u2KLQOxbAIMJUPyp0kr546fZV_6-Fg/viewform

April 4, 2024

1) A Women of Faith and Fellowship Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 8:00 – 10:30 am at the Horseshoe Club of Victoria (620 Kenneth Street).  This in-person event is a wonderful opportunity to come together in community with women of faith for a morning of inspiration, connection, and delicious food.  The guest speaker will be Bishop Gary Gordon.  Advance registration is required and space is limited.  For more information and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-women-of-faith-and-fellowship-breakfast-tickets-870723125307

 

2) The choral and band students from St. Patrick’s, St. Joseph’s, and St. Andrew’s Regional High School will present the annual ICS Music Showcase Concert on April 16 at 6 pm at the UVic Farquhar Auditorium. To reserve a free ticket, please visit https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3284.html .  Donations will be collected at the door to help support CISDV music programs, with tax receipts available for donations over $20.

March 28, 2024

1) Bishop Gary Gordon has written a message to the People of God in the Diocese of Victoria on the occasion of Easter 2024. The message may be viewed online at https://www.rcdvictoria.org/statements (under “Pastoral Letters”)

 

2) All are invited to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria Spring Retreat, which is being held April 6-7 at St. Patrick’s Parish in Campbell River. Presenters from Victoria, Edmonton, and Leduc, AB will offer sessions including The Promises of God, Gen Z and Faith, and Prayer as Personal Relationship with Jesus. The $35 registration fee includes all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. For more information, please visithttps://www.rcdvictoria.org/events/april-6-7-spring-retreat or email Joelle Dressler, Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization, at jdressler@rcdvictoria.org. Please note that the registration deadline is Monday, April 1st.

 

3) Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Family Life Conference and Camp, to be held August 15th – 18th at Nanoose Bay. All families are invited to enjoy this weekend full of fellowship, faith and fun! The weekend is sure to strengthen your family’s connection with Christ, with one another, and with other families. Early Bird pricing is in effect until April 30. For more information and the link to register, please visit https://www.rcdvictoria.org/family-camp.

 

4) Anawim Companions Society is recruiting an Executive Director. This new staff position will oversee the Society’s operations and work closely with the Board to implement strategic plans. The application deadline is April 18; for more information and to apply, please visit https://ca.indeed.com/job/executive-director-5ae8f5e75c13e4bb.  Any questions about the position can be sent toanawimcompanionssociety@gmail.com

 

March 21, 2024

1) As we enter Holy Week, a reminder that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is offering a Journey Through Lent video series. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, and for each Sunday in Lent, a video has been shared on 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) In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year, Pope Francis has announced that 2024 will be a “Year of Prayer”. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invites all to participate in their webinar series, titled “A Great Symphony of Prayer”. Dr. Josephine Lombardi from St. Augustine's Seminary will present two four-part sessions, one in April and one in October. The webinars will be recorded and made available after the completion of the final session; please register for at least one session if you wish to receive a notification when the recordings are available. For more information & to register, please visit https://cccb-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/8017107746637/WN_E7HPS7PeQAOXnuBjILt9Qg#/registration

 

March 7, 2024

1) March 17 is Solidarity Sunday, an opportunity to support Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in its work with the poorest and most marginalized of our human family.  Bishop Gary has written a letter to the people of the Diocese of Victoria, introducing this year’s focus on small-scale farmers and peasant communities, and encouraging all to embody Christ’s love through generosity and solidarity.  To read Bishop Gary’s letter, please visit https://www.rcdvictoria.org/news/bishop-gary-gordons-message-for-share-lent-2024

2) Our Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration project has begun!  A small but hardy band of volunteers has started the work of removing invasive plants from the properties of St. Andrew’s Regional High School, Sacred Heart Parish, and the Diocesan Pastoral Centre.  For more information and some great pictures, please visit https://www.rcdvictoria.org/diocesanblog/restoring-our-garry-oak-ecosystem.  The project will continue through the spring, summer, and fall - all are welcome to join us on any Saturday morning from 10 am – noon, rain or shine.

3) Registration is now open for the Diocesan Youth Retreat.  Since 2003, the DYR (formerly the Diocesan Youth Conference) has been the premier youth ministry event in the Diocese of Victoria.  Grade 8-12 students and their chaperones are invited to the faith and fun-filled event, to be held on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at Camp Imadene.  For more information and to register, please visithttps://www.rcdvictoria.org/dyr

4) World Wide Marriage Encounter will be offering a virtual WWME experience April 19-21st, 2024. Even when a marriage is going smoothly, there are always opportunities to make it work better. The Marriage Encounter experience helps you listen, share, and connect more deeply in order to uncover the secrets to a lasting, supportive, transformational marriage.  Any questions can be directed to Doug and Candice Chappell at 778-479-7900 or Doug.candice.chappell@wwme.org.  To apply, please visit https://wwme.org/

  

5) The Diocese of Nelson is recruiting for a Diocesan Financial Administrator to be based at their Catholic Pastoral Centre in Kelowna. The Financial Administrator is responsible for oversight of all financial operations of the Diocese and provides strategic financial guidance and effective advisory support to the Bishop.  For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.nelsondiocese.org/apps/jobs/show_job.jsp?REC_ID=1550.

February 29, 2024

1) Bishop Gary Gordon will celebrate a special Mass at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 16 in honour of the dedication of those who work or volunteer in health care. Everyone is invited to participate, either in person at Sacred Heart Church in Victoria (4040 Nelthorpe St, Victoria, BC), or via livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFqxWFAvwJE.  A reception will follow in the parish hall for those attending in person.

2) All people of the Diocese of Victoria are invited to join in the celebration of the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm.  At this yearly liturgy, sacred oils are blessed and given to representatives from each parish in the diocese.  These will be presented in each church on Holy Thursday and used during the coming year for Baptisms, Confirmations, and Anointings of the Sick. This year’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria (740 View Street), and also livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMGHYEro3bg

 

3) This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Diocesan Family Camp.  This year's theme is "On the Way Together", and the guest speakers will be Bishop Gary Gordon, Sr. John Mary Sullivan (Associate Director of Ministries and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Vancouver) and Joelle Dressler (Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Victoria).  The camp will run from August 15 – 18 in Nanoose Bay.  Please save the date – more information will be coming soon.

 

4) Applications are now being accepted for “Hope on the Horizon”, an outreach and leadership program to be held in Vancouver this summer from April 6 – 21.  Coordinated by the Archdiocese of Vancouver in collaboration with Catholic Street Missionaries, the program is designed to introduce young people aged 19 – 30 to the life of a street missionary, sharing a life of prayer and service with others who go out into the streets bringing the love of Jesus to the homeless.  For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.catholicstreetmissionaries.org/horizon

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:

  1. Pray

  2. Support Ukrainian Refugees

  3. Urge diplomatic steps towards a just and sustainable peace in Ukraine

  4. Seek cooperative relationships of humanitarian support

  5. Remember February 24, 2022

  6. 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 EnglishFrench 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 jseale1234@gmail.com

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 holytrinity@rcdvictoria.org 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 brian.mann7@gmail.com

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 jseale1234@gmail.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 hfnd@rcdvictoria.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 grieftogracekelowna@gmail.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/

Diocesan Livestream

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 tcrmi1@telus.net.

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.

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