Winter Shelter at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, in Nanaimo, Closes March 31, 2020
To access year-round Shelters and Response services in Nanaimo:
Thank you to all who helped and supported our guests who experience homelessness.
“We are called by Jesus to …. Shelter the poor.”
As we continue to journey together during these challenging times, parishioners are invited to join Bishop Gary Gordon in prayer as he will celebrate Mass, which will be live streamed.
Beginning this Sunday, March 29, 2020, Bishop Gary Gordon will live stream the celebration of Mass as follows:
Please click here to access the live stream
Musings from a different perspective while we stay home, practice self-isolation, and physical distancing.
Stoic, calm, and a big fluff of love, Bishop Gary Gordon's golden retriever Merlin is also spending his days at home due to COVID-19. Lured out of retirement, Merlin, one of the stars of Disney's Spooky Buddies, joins us to share his musings and observations to lighten our day.
Pope Francis announced that he will bestow an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on Friday, March 27, 2020.
The special Urbi et Orbi BlessingPope Francis announced that on Friday, 27 March, at 6 pm Rome Time, 10 am Pacific Time, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Pope Francis will then conclude with the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen or watch it live through the various forms of communication. This blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.
This special event will be broadcast live from the Vatican beginning at 6 pm in Rome, 10 am Pacific Time.
To witness and participate in the prayers and Blessing on Friday, March 27, 2020, click the Live Stream Link below to connect to a Live Feed from the Vatican.
Please click here for the Live Stream from the Vatican
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace Share Lent 2020 Collection – an update on the situation. We are mindful of the difficult time we are in and that many of you are experiencing financial difficulties.
During these uncertain times because of the COVID-19 crisis, all Masses in the Victoria Diocese are cancelled. As such, nationally, the Share Lent collection has been postponed. At this time, it is important that we support the most vulnerable members of our communities: the homeless, those in nursing homes, the unemployed, our frontline support workers, and our healthcare professionals.
People in the Global South are some of the most vulnerable members of our global society. Our parishioners have been very generous supporters of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) – Caritas Canada in the past and we are very grateful for your ongoing support.
Please stay safe, and stay well.
Please visit our Development and Peace website for more information www.devp.org
Written by The Office of the Chancery