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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Pastoral Care Sessions

THE NINE PASTORAL CARE SESSIONS TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM FOR CONSECUTIVE SAT., APR. 17-JUNE 12 @ 2.5 HOURS each                           (9:30 - NOON)
Session 1: April 17- Orientation to Pastoral Care
Session 2: April 24 -The Healing Ministry of Christ During COVID              Session 3: May 1 - Listening and Communication
Session 4: May 8 - Elderly Isolation, Loneliness and the Journey with                                            Dementia 
Session 5: May 15 - The Healing Ministry in the Care of the Dying
Session 6: May 22 - The Grieving Process
Session 7: May 29 - Grief and Bereavement: Ministering to Families
Session 8: June 5 - Who Am I as a Pastoral Care Outreach Visitor?
Session 9: June 12 - Spouse Caregiving, and Healthy Boundaries                                                      & Self-Care
For more information and/or to register, Contact: moiraking@shaw.ca

Catholic Diocese of Victoria - Office of the Bishop
March 31, 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Easter season dawns upon us after a long Covid-19 winter and spring that has challenged us personally and globally, and though it is painful and difficult, I believe that we have discovered a new fraternity in the midst of our fragile interconnected human family. The cross is willingly taken up for others by many, as Christ took it up for the sake of the world, and conversely the cross for many is put upon them, like Simon of Cyrene. Regardless of how the cross comes to us, we know that it is not the end of the story.
Like the daffodils emerging from the dark tomb of the cold earth, the cross will come to reveal brilliant new life. Christ rises from the tomb of death, and gives new life in abundance. Christ’s merciful gaze and tenderness shines brightly upon the shadows of the dark clouds exposed by the pandemic, especially in those who are poor, frail, and on the margins.
My dear family, Jesus is not on the cross, nor in the tomb, HE IS RISEN. Jesus is our life and our hope. To all who are the witness of hope in the love of God and neighbour, Easter is your name; JOY in the Gospel is your claim; PEACE is your passion, all in the name of Jesus’ cross and resurrection.
May this Season of Easter joy enliven us to go forth and bear witness to the Good News, for Jesus is alive and is close to all.
Happy Easter, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!
In Communion,
Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria

Diocese of Victoria, "Year of St. Joseph"https://www.rcdvictoria.org/news/the-year-of-st.-joseph

May 19, 2021 - Pentecost
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful  and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Imagine the fire of God’s love, kindled in the hearts of the faithful, similar to the appearance of a tiny shaft of light coming under a closed door.  Certainly, the contagion of the pandemic has     closed many doors, and has created much darkness in the lives of the human family and our own families - much like the closed doors of the  upper room where the disciple gathered in fear. The Holy Spirit came through even the smallest cracks of the closed doors to fill the hearts of the  first disciples, and will do the same for all people of good will seeking light in times of darkness.
This Pentecost we are invited to imagine our own hearts filled with a fire of love - enough to boldly imagine a renewed face of the earth. Similar to a  small light that shines through the cracks of a closed door, possibilities of renewal emerge, now that our interconnected vulnerability is so very    clearly illuminated. Come, Holy Spirit, confirm in us a bold imagination of a love greater than fear,  and a courageous commitment to act and pray    confidently for the renewal of the face of the earth.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created…for grace, to take up the right of the cross and die  to self: “The Spirit gives witness with our spirit    that we are children of God. If we are children,    we are heirs as well: heirs of God, heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with Him so as to be        glorified with Him” (Rm. 8:16,17) Created for      responsibility, to “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn. 15:12). Created, such that “in a    world torn by strife, your people may shine forth as a prophetic sign of unity and concord.”  (Eucharistic Prayer I for Various Needs and          Occasions, Roman Missal)
Come Holy Spirit, renew our spirits, and confirm us as agents of hope beyond the possibilities of    human progress; to an enduring hope, as      expressed by St. Basil the Great in his treatise on  the Holy Spirit: “Through the Spirit we become    citizens of heaven, we enter into eternal  happiness, and abide in God. Through the Spirit    we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations - we become God.”
This Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit, fire of love, warm your heart with love so that the encounter with Christ’s merciful gaze may come to all, and  renew the face of the earth.
In Communion,
Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria