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. 

November

November 1, 2017

ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL Please, view Bishop Gary Gordon’s vision for this year’s Appeal at tiny.cc/2017-Diocesan-Appeal. The 2017 appeal theme, Grateful to God: Generous to Neighbour!, 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. When you have made your decision, please place your envelope in the collection basket knowing that you have truly  made a difference. To date we have received  55 donations totaling $15,410. 

CONTACTING THE RECTORY & PASTORS PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:

Rectory Telephone: 250-652-1557 

Fr. Rolf (mobile phone) 250-652-1990 

Fr. Thomas (mobile phone) 778-678-6073

October

October 3, 2017

ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL Please, view Bishop Gary Gordon’s vision for this year’s Appeal at tiny.cc/2017-Diocesan-Appeal. The 2017 appeal theme, Grateful to God: Generous to Neighbor!, 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. When you have made your decision, please place your envelope in the collection basket knowing that you have truly  made a difference. To date we have received  55 donations totaling $15,410.  

HALLOWEEN TRUNK 'N TREAT: OCT. 31  Please help to promote a safe & enjoyable Halloween for the children in our community through our “Trunk ‘n Treat” event in the parking lot of St. Elizabeth’s on Oct. 31 from 5 - 8 pm. We can decorate your car trunk for you - if you come early! Children go from trunk to trunk for treats. All are welcome to help distribute treats. Donations of candy/treats are welcome. Please put them in the Halloween bag in the foyer. For info. call Carla & Jim at 250655-4159 or email sasa64coho@gmail.com. 
 

SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER FOR ERITREA Our deepest appreciation to all the volunteers and everyone who contributed or made donations and attended the Craft and Bake Sale and Luncheon on Sunday, October 1 to raise funds for our work in Eritrea.  Once again it was a success and so far $4,202.40 has been received. Our dear friends in Eritrea who are the beneficiaries of your generosity are most grateful. 
 

SUPPORTING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE The parish, with the Knights of Columbus, is offering scholarships. You must be enrolled in post-secondary education and active in some way in our parish. Please submit to Fr. Rolf or the Parish office a short note outlining how you are active in the parish, your school & course, and why you need our support. Deadline: Nov. 5 

THANKSGIVING GIFT A parishioner has generously donated turkeys for any family in need. Contact Melanie at the parish office (Tues - Fri. 9-noon). Your request will be held in strict confidence. 

PHOTO DIRECTORY  MISSED GETTING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN? It’ not too late! Email your photo to the parish office at spparish@shaw.ca by Sept. 29.  
 

HEARTS & HANDS APPEAL VOLUNTEERS The Annual Hearts & Hands Appeal begins  Oct. 14. We are looking for a team of volunteers to read announcements at masses during the weeks of the appeal. Material for announcements is provided. Contact team leader James Bryce at 250-655-9509 or email him at jabryce@shaw.ca. 

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE:OCT. 11 All ladies of the parish are encouraged to mark Wed. Oct. 11 2 pm at St. Elizabeth’s on their calendar for the first fall CWL gathering. Come to share your ideas and suggestions for the coming year’s direction and activities. Our parish CWL’s goal is to reflect the hopes, needs and priorities of its members. Therefore it is essential that we come together for this very important planning meeting so that this  year of faith, fellowship & service will be fulfilling. CWL membership drive will begin in a few weeks.  
 

40 DAYS FOR LIFE VICTORIA Sept. 27 to Nov. 6 Witness to God’s great gift of life by taking a public stand against abortion. More info: https://40daysforlife.com/localcampaigns/victoria or contact Alex Berns at  250-508-7839 / fortydaysvictoria@hotmail.com. 
 

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.