February

February 17, 2018

SAANICH PENINSULA PARISH RETREAT! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! MARCH 9-11 This interactive Retreat at St. Elizabeth’s will be focused on “Living Gospel through Forgiveness. “ Dates: Friday March 9th evening; Sat. March 10th morning & afternoon; Sunday March 11th ending with the Eucharist. Patti-Anne: “The retreat is consistent with a Lenten deepening of prayer, meditation, and engagement on scripture with focused information about forgiveness, based also on information from social and evidence based sciences.” This retreat will be led by Fr. Peter Doherty from Calgary along with our own parishioner PattiAnne Kay. They have given this interactive retreat to many different parishes and recently published a book through Novalis entitled “Forgiveness”.   View the book synopsis on the following link: tinyurl.com/spp-retreat-book. No registration required; a good will offering collection will be taken at the end of the retreat. 


 SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN CAN COME WITH THEIR PARENTS TO THE RETREAT TOO!!  To accommodate parents who plan on attending the retreat, Jim and Carla Fretwell have kindly volunteered their time and talent to organize fun activities and games to occupy the children! So bring them along! It will be a faith based weekend that both the parents and children can enjoy and reflect upon! 

RECONCILIATION SERVICES

Holy Cross: Thurs. March 8 at 7:00 pm

St.Joseph the Worker: Thurs. March15 at 7:00 pm

In our Parish at St. Elizabeth: Friday March 16 at 7:00 pm. 

ON THE LOOKOUT! Each of our Parish Ministries touches the lives of many people. The Ministry to the Sick in hospital and to shut-ins at home makes an invaluable contribution to the quality of life for so many of our parishioners who are no longer able to participate in parish activities. This ministry is in immediate need of a leader and co-ordinator. Please contact Fr Rolf at 250-656-7433. 

PASTORAL CARE OUTREACH Bishop Gary encourages parishioners to sign up for our Diocesan Pastoral Care Outreach Training workshops. For continuity, it is recommend that participants attend all 4 sessions. Bring a bag lunch.

Session 1 The Healing Ministry of Christ February 24, 2018 9 am – 3 pm St. Patrick’s (Oak Bay) (250) 592-7391 

Session 2 Listening & Communication and Mental Health March 10, 2018 9 am – 3 pm St. Patrick’s (Oak Bay) (250) 592-7391 stpat190@telus.net

Session 3 The Grieving Process and Ministering to Families April 14, 2018 9 am – 3 pm St. Joseph the Worker (250) 479-7413 sjtwoffice@shaw.ca

Session 4 Who Am I as a Pastoral Care Visitor? May 26, 2018 9 am – 3 pm  St. Joseph the Worker (250) 479-7413  Program Info.: Moira King, Chair, Diocesan Health Care Cttee.: mjoiraking@shaw.ca 

LENTEN LIBRARY  As we have now started on our Lenten journey please take time to check out the new books on display on the trolley at the rear of the church.  We are also accepting donations of books with a Lenten or Easter theme – if you wish to donate a book please leave it in the “Return Book” box on the library shelves and enclose your name and telephone number. Thank you in advance. The Library team. 

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2017 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS - at back of the Church. 

 WHAT A FEAST: A big thank you to Aida, Santos, Flo, William  and the extended Follero family and Filippino community who last Sunday with sumptuous food and colorful dancing entertained us with “A Feast for the Philippines”.  $2,012.50 was raised to support students of the Pasobolong  Family Centre in Zamboanga City, Mindanao, Philippines.  Thank you! to all those who contributed to the Sidney Lions Food Bank via the Advent Tree program.  Our finally tally was $1,387.  An amazing way to help out our local community. 

FAMILY CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT  Caregivers often find themselves exhausted, stressed, alone & discouraged. You are invited to find support and comfort in a group setting to help lighten your load and explore solutions.  Give yourself a once-a-month break by attending a session given by the Family Caregivers of B.C. at 2159 Mt. Newton X Rd., the Saanichton Bible Fellowship, every second Wednesday of the month at 1 pm (next session: March 14).

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

January

January 12, 2018

SAANICH PENINSULA PARISH RETREAT! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! MARCH 9-11 This interactive Retreat at St. Elizabeth’s will be focused on “Living Gospel through Forgiveness. “ Dates: Friday March 9th evening; Sat. March 10th morning & afternoon; Sunday March 11th ending with the Eucharist. Patti-Anne: “The retreat is consistent with a Lenten deepening of prayer, meditation, and engagement on scripture with focused information about forgiveness, based also on information from social and evidence based sciences.” This retreat will be led by Fr. Peter Doherty from Calgary along with our own parishioner PattiAnne Kay. They have given this interactive retreat to many different parishes and recently published a book through Novalis entitled “Forgiveness”.   View the book synopsis on the following link: tinyurl.com/spp-retreat-book. No registration required; a good will offering collection will be taken at the end of the retreat. 

THANK YOU FOR THE CHRISTMAS FLOWERS  Sincere thanks to all who helped to beautify Our Lady of Assumption & St. Elizabeth’s. We continue to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, Creches & Filipino decorations throughout the Christmas Season. 

HANTI SIDRA GIFT CARDS Thank you so much to everyone who made donations in this program to support the work of Hanti Sidra One Global Family in Eritrea and South Sudan. The cards can be used as gifts, not only at Christmas but for any special event, or at any time.  In 2017, we raised more than $7,000 through the card program, one of our best years ever. Stephanie and Dennis Schroeder   

DIOCESAN JOB POSTING Diocese of Victoria Job Posting:  Assistant to the Judicial Vicar, Marriage Tribunal – See the bulletin board and diocesan website for a full description. Please note only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.  Deadline for applications is February 8, 2018.   
 

ADJUSTMENTS IN THE PARISH OFFICE Melanie Ehrlich is now the office coordinator; please, address any enquiries to her. Please, remember that the office is only open Tuesdays to Friday inclusive 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Both Melanie and Gary Koett will work in the afternoon on the many office tasks which require concentration especially because of the new Diocesan-wide ParishSoft computer system. Please, respect the office hours; thank you.   
 Receipts for income tax purposes: For various reasons the receipts will be slightly delayed but should be available begin February. 
 Offertory Envelopes: For the next few Sundays please write your name, address & telephone number on your envelopes.  Confirm your contact info and address that is printed on the top of your envelope box.  If corrections are required please let the office know.   A reminder, please do not fold your bills…they can fit.  And please do not tape the envelope shut… our counters would really appreciate it  Thank you 

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE  ACTION CAMPAIGN This year, let’s pay tribute to women who build peace! Across the world brave women are coming together to struggle, to resist and to build a more peaceful world. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada introduces us to a Columbian, Afghan and a Syrian woman who work at building peace in their communities: see the pamphlet “Women at the heart of peace” or go on-line at devp.org/ campaign/resources. Please sign the Action Card! Together, let’s call on the Canadian government to give women the resources they need to be at the heart of peace. 
 

November

November 17, 2017

ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL THANK YOU to all who have already contributed to the 2017 appeal, Grateful to God: Generous to Neighbour!, that invites us to look outward to where needs exist and provides a means to offer help. Our parish goal of $46,000 will continue the rebuilding program of our Catholic schools and provide some of the Diocesan services from which our Parish benefits. Our parish portion, 20 % of our goal, benefits our own Outreach Ministry to the First Nations. Place your envelope in the collection basket knowing that you have truly  made a difference. To date we have pledged  123 donations totaling $34,195. Our target is to achieve 100% participation. Can you help? 

PARISH BUDGET FOR 2018  The parish Council has tentatively approved the 2018 Parish Budget proposed by the Finance Committee. Given that our parish agreed to support 2 priests, it is forecast that we will have a small deficit in 2017 and a slightly larger one in 2018. The Budget is posted in the foyer of both churches for your perusal. You are invited to share you comments with any member of the Finance Committee or Parish Council. Final budget approval will be on Wed. Dec. 6. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DEC. 14 All are invited to our Advent Reconciliation Service on Thurs. Dec. 14, 7:00 pm. 

NEW MISSALS ARE HERE  New Living With Christ missals in the foyer for $5 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHARITY DRAW  The K of C Charity Appeal draw $2 ticket for a chance to win $50,000 cash, or one of 4 vehicles. 

CWL QUILT RAFFLE C.W.L. is raffling a hand made lap quilt. The quilt was made and donated by Eileen Duschene. Tickets are available in the foyer.   

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE : CAMPAIGN 2017 WOMEN AT THE HEART OF PEACE Message for this week:  The Lord, our good shepherd, looks for the lost sheep and heals the sick. Thank you for working as an instrument of God through Development and Peace. In Syria, women are working together for peace within society through our partner House of Peace (HOPe). They provide social peacebuilding workshops in Syria and Lebanon for local community groups and humanitarian NGOs that ease social tensions and establish pathways towards peaceful coexistence and reconciliation. May Peace be with Her. 

FR. ROLF’S WHEREABOUTS ! Since Oct. 1 Fr. Rolf is also pastor at St. JeanBaptiste Parish in Victoria ministering in French. This will continue for the next year. A parish council was elected; meetings are being held; admin is being put in place; monthly pot-luck suppers are shared; a budget is being prepared. Francois Vinay is preparing the rectory to be rented to increase the Parish income. The community has settled on having the Sunday Eucharist at 1:30 pm followed by coffee, tea & cookies! Want to practice your French? Welcome! 

ANAWIM HOUSE  Anawim House welcomes your financial donations and Christmas gifts of toiletries for the poor: shaving cremes, razors, shampoo, hair products, soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpastes, feminine products.  Place these in the Anawim box in your foyer.  Anawim is selling Christmas Trees starting on Nov.30th at 973 Caledonia Ave in Victoria.  Thank you. 

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.