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. 
 

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

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.