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. 
 

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.