October

October 3, 2017

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. 
 

August / September

August 29, 2017

CHECK  THE SPELLING OF YOUR NAME !  Important!  In preparation for the photo directory PLEASE, check your name under the picture on the sheets in the foyer.  
 

MASS AND EUCHARISTIC ADORATION From now on every Friday: mass at 9 am at  St. Elizabeth’s, followed by Eucharistic Adoration

CANCELLED - Parish outdoor Mass and picnic at Our Lady of the Assumption on SUNDAY, SEPT. 10.  

Mass times resume at regular times.

Mass at OLA 8:30am and St. Elizabeth 10:30am.

FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION Faith formation, or what many of us knew as religious education, will begin on October 1. It is vital that you register your child for Sacramental preparation. Registration information is posted in the foyer. Please register as soon as possible.

CATECHIST CONFERENCE: SEPT. 23 Diocesan Workshop for catechists Sat. Sept. 23 at Ascension Parish in Parksville. Everyone welcome. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/catholic-diocesancatechist-retreatworkshop-tickets-37019950669 

June

June 15, 2017

WELCOME Welcome, Fr. Thomas Chinnappa, to Saanich Peninsula Parish!  We are so glad you are here and welcome you with open hearts and hands! 

OUR RESPONSE TO DISASTER Since February the United Nations has warned the world about a humanitarian disaster unfolding in parts of North Africa where drought and war are affecting millions of innocent people. The Canadian Government has announced through its Famine Relief Fund that it will match all donations given by individuals to a recognized Canadian charity before June 30. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official social justice organization of the Canadian Bishops, is one of these and D & P has already raised $ 250,000 which will be matched. An interfaith appeal called “Pray, Give, Speak-Out” is being held throughout our Diocese to enable us to do our part. 20 million people are on the edge of starvation in four countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northern Nigeria. The UN’s World Food Program has only received 24 % of the $ 3.8 billion needed to head off starvation. The situation is complicated because several issues are at play: climate change, war, politics, incompetent local governments and corruption. That does not mean that we cannot  do something for the innocent people affected by all these. Development and Peace has the experience and can be trusted to bring the necessary aid through local partners to the people affected. The people themselves only need to be given a chance to manage their lives, to have access to land and water, and to plant and grow crops, which in their climate can be done in three to four months. Development and Peace works with Caritas South Sudan on a variety of food security programs. Their current programs have provided 5,330 households with food, given secure access to clean water and sanitation for 8,980 households and sheltered up to 1,000 families temporarily in church compounds. Let us do our part to continue and expand these programs. Thank you for your generosity, fr. Rolf 

PARISH MINISTRIES’ SUMMER BREAKS Faith Reflection: Resumes Sept. 18 Friendly Hours: Last day: June 22.                             Resumes Sept.  7 Taiji Qigong: Cancelled until further notice 

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.