St. Patrick's Parish

2060 Haultain Street, Victoria BC, V8R 2L7
TEL: (250)592-7391 FAX: (250) 592-7392
E-MAIL: stpat190@telus.net
Our Mission: To witness the presence of God by loving and caring for each other and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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Additional News: - Friday, April 3, 2020

  • To stay in touch and receive all Parish email communications and bulletins, please make sure the office has your email address.

 You can email to: stpat190@telus.net to provide your personal email information. 

Live Streaming: Holy Week Mission & Celebrations

Tune in to Bishop Gary Gordon as he celebrates a Diocesan Mission during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum

streamed live from St. Andrew’s Cathedral.           The schedule is listed below:

Holy Week Mission  -  People of God: A Covenant People

Monday, April 6 – Chosen: for Freedom—7pm

Tuesday, April 7 – Participation: for New Life—7pm

Wednesday, April 8 – Mission: for Mercy—7pm

Holy Week

Passion Sunday, April 5—10:00am

Holy Thursday, April 9—7:00pm

Good Friday, April 10—3:00pm

Easter Vigil, April 11—7:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 12—10:00am

To access these Holy Week Celebrations please follow this link:

https://www.rcdvictoria.org/diocese-of-victoria-live-stream 

Live Streaming Masses with our Pastor Father William Hann - tune as he celebrates Palm Sunday & Holy Thursday Masses:

Palm Sunday April 5th - 9:00am

Holy Thursday, April 9th - 5:00pm

Click the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5NzsSMWmOTJe7UdReKf6Kw

 

 Just a further reminder to changes and extra safety precautions being taken in St. Patrick’s Parish

and other Churches in our Diocese of Victoria with regard to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. 

  • ALL WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MASSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • THIS ALSO INCLUDES HOLY  WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES
  • A reminder that our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is available 24 hours every day.  Please call the office if you need a code to access the Chapel.

       Only 4 persons at a time are permitted in the chapel.  Please keep your physical distance.

  • St. PATRICK’S CHURCH is OPEN FOR PRAYER & VISITATION from:

Tuesday to Friday from 12:00noon till 4:00pm.  Please keep your physical distance also.

  • St. Patrick’s Parish Office is now only open for phone calls and emails from Tuesday to Friday from 12noon to 4:00pm
  • Please note, that while all Masses are cancelled, Father William will celebrate a private Mass daily honoring the intention for that day.

  However, at this time no more Mass intentions will be taken.  Also, while our office will remain open, protocol must be followed.

  There will be no person to person contact, please call or email first. 

  • Fr. William is available to talk during office hours at Holy Cross from 9:00am - 12noon and St. Patrick’s from 12:15noon – 4:00pm - Tuesday to Friday.
  • Please feel free to forward this bulletin and email on to any parishioners who may not be on our contact list.

We can also send some by mail for those who have no access to computer during this time.

If you know of any such parishioners please send me their information 

  • We continue to pray for one another, those who are sick, and for our whole society that we may live in charity,

that our gracious God will bring a swift end to COVID-19 Virus and grant us strength in these challenging times.

Please be safe at all times during this Covid-19 Virus situation. 

Blessings to everyone as we are coming to the final journey of this Lenten Season as we begin Holy Week. 

A reminder that the church office is open Tuesday to Friday from 12noon to 4:00pm.

Please call or email if you need anything at all.

 

Additional News : - Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends, 

  • Please read the St. Patrick’s Parish Bulletin for the 5th Sunday of Lent for March 29, 2020.
  • Also read the attachment notice from Development and Peace Share Lent 2020 Collection.

Please take a moment to read it, and note that they have decided to postpone this year’s Share Lent campaign.

  • To stay in touch and receive all Parish email communications and bulletins, please make sure the office has your email address.

 You can email to: stpat190@telus.net to provide your personal email information.

  • Below you will also find an audio link to Father William’s homily for Sunday March 29th – 5th Sunday in Lent. 

http://www.stpats-vic.ca/Home/tabid/579/Default.aspx

 

Just a further reminder to changes and extra safety precautions being taken in our Parish and other Churches in our Diocese of Victoria

with regard to the Covid-19 Virus pandemic.

 

  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
  • ALL WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MASSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • THIS ALSO INCLUDES HOLY  WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES
  • A reminder that our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is available 24 hours every day.  Please call the office if you need a code to access the Chapel.

       Only 4 persons at a time are permitted in the chapel.  Please keep your physical distance.

  • St. PATRICK’S CHURCH is OPEN FOR PRAYER & VISITATION from

Tuesday to Friday from 12:00noon till 4:00pm.  Please keep your physical distance also.

  • St. Patrick’s Parish Office is now only open for phone calls and emails from Tuesday to Friday from 12noon to 4:00pm
  • Please note, that while all Masses are cancelled, Father William will celebrate a private Mass daily honoring the intention for that day.

  However, at this time no more Mass intentions will be taken.  Also, while our office will remain open, protocol must be followed.

  There will be no person to person contact, please call or email first. 

  • Fr. William is available to talk during office hours at Holy Cross from 9:00am – 12noon, Tuesday to Friday.
  • Please feel free to forward this bulletin and email on to any parishioners who may not be on our contact list.

We can also send some by mail for those who have no access to computer during this time.

If you know of any such parishioners please send me their information

 

  • We continue to pray for one another, those who are sick, and for our whole society that we may live in charity,

that our gracious God will bring a swift end to COVID-19 Virus and grant us strength in these challenging times.

 

Please be safe at all times during this Covid-19 Virus situation.

 

Blessings to everyone as we continue the journey of this Lenten Season.

We are praying for all of you.

 

Fr. William Hann's Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Fr. William Hann has recorded his Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent and is allowing access to parishioners. Listen to it by clicking the link below..

 

https://1drv.ms/u/s!BCSAT5YyXI9s2RREhBaqnioIavr-?e=_kIBN2Wbv0CRwPkt9D6a9A&at=9

 

 

Additional News : - Sunday, March 22, 2020

With regard to further changes and extra safety precautions being taken in our Parish and other Churches in our Diocese with regard to the Covid-19 Virus. 

  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
  • ALL WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MASSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • THIS ALSO INCLUDES HOLY  WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES
  • A reminder that our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is available 24 hours every day.  Please call the office if you need a code to access the Chapel.

       Only 4 persons at a time are permitted in the chapel.  Please keep your social distance.

  • St. PATRICK’S CHURCH is OPEN FOR PRAYER & VISITATION from

Tuesday to Friday from 12:00noon till 4:00pm.  Please keep your social distance also.

  • St. Patrick’s Parish Office is open only for phone calls and emails from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm 
  • Today is the Fourth Sunday in Lent and Development and Peace is continuing its annual Share Lent campaign. Each week a new symbol will be added to the desert motif in front of the altar to represent the Share Lent Journey.
  • Today that symbol is a tree in a pot.  This tree symbolizes biodiversity and the hope that arises from our personal action to become guardians of the forests. Resource exploitation, deforestation and land grabbing threaten the future of the peoples of the Amazon and, ultimately, all the peoples of the world. The Amazon rainforest is the garden of Mother Earth. It holds a fifth of our planet’s fresh water, a third of its forests and half of the world’s species of plants and animals. Support Development and Peace’s campaign, For our Common Home. Make at least one personal lifestyle change that will help protect the Earth, our common home. The choices we make can be signs of either life or death for the rainforest and its people. 
  • We continue to pray for one another, those who are sick, and for our whole society that we may live in charity, that our gracious God will bring a swift end to COVID-19 Virus and grant us strength in these challenging times. 

Please be safe at all times. 

Blessings to everyone as we continue the journey of this Lenten Season.

 

Message from Father Hann - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Good morning everyone, 

In these difficult days we are called to  practice social distance and follow the directives from the Chief Medical Officer and our Bishop. Nevertheless, we are still called to be community. Both churches will remain open (from 8am-12pm at Holy Cross and from 12:15pm – 4pm at St. Patrick’s) from Tuesday to Friday for prayer.  The adoration chapel at St. Patrick’s will remain open 24/7. A code is required, contact the St. Pat’s office if you need it. Information from the Diocese will be posted on our website regularly.   

The offices will remain open, but following protocols. There will be no person to person contact, therefore please call or email first. 

Fr. William will celebrate a private mass daily honoring the mass intentions for that day. However, at this time no more mass intentions will be taken.  

 Given that we want to maintain operations and pay our staff I strongly encourage parishioners to contact Valentina, Brian or Deborah to set up a Pre-Authorized Donation. At this time, I need staff to know they will be provided for.

May we continue to trust in God’s Mercy and Providence in this in between time.

I am available to talk to people via phone, or visit providing we follow all protocols. Fr. William retain office hours at Holy Cross from 8am-12pm and at St. Patrick’s from 12:15-4pm.

 Peace in these days, 

Fr. William Hann

 

Important Message from Bishop Gordon - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

Dear Pastors and People of God,

The spread of COVID-19 in our province and around the world is a matter of deep concern for everyone in our community. Our primary concern must, and always be to care for the spiritual, physical, and mental health and well-being of our fellow parishioners and citizens.

To ensure this, we rely upon our expert medical professionals to provide us with accurate up-to-date information to guide, and protect all of us with the directives they deliver. I have full confidence in the direction given to our province by British Columbia Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

On Monday, Dr. Henry set the limit for group gatherings to a maximum of only 50 people. Asking parishes to limit the number of parishioners coming for Mass to that number (many of whom are seniors) would not be practical or manageable. Therefore, I have made the very difficult decision that effective immediately and until further notice, I am putting in place throughout the Diocese of Victoria the following:

  1. All weekend and weekday Masses, including Sunday Celebrations of the Word are cancelled until further notice.
    For the duration of this period, I grant to all the Catholic faithful, dispensation from their Sunday obligation. I know that the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is the very heart of our Catholic life, and the inability to gather for this worship is a cause of great suffering. Let us accept this as our duty at this time, and offer this moment in sacrifice to God for the sake of all who are ill from the COVID-19 virus.

    In these extraordinary circumstances, I encourage everyone to participate remotely in the celebration of the Eucharist by tuning in to daily Mass on Vision TV, or online at dailytvmass.com.

  2. All Parish Penitential celebrations are cancelled.

  3. Priests will continue to respond, upon request, to people in the hospital or at home who are gravely ill.

  4. All celebrations of Baptism, First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Eucharist, are postponed.
    Once the Provincial Health Officer has advised that the pandemic has ended, I shall grant to our Pastors any necessary Delegation to enable them to celebrate these Sacraments at the times they themselves will determine in consultation with parents, and guardians.

  5. Funerals may continue to be celebrated in our churches.
    In consultation with the relatives of the deceased, the Priest Celebrant will determine if participation needs to be limited to family members, so as to be in compliance with prevailing medical directives. No receptions following the funeral liturgy should take place.

  6. Marriages may continue to be celebrated in our churches.
    In consultation with the couple, the Priest Celebrant will determine how to limit the attendance of family members and others in compliance with prevailing medical directives. Marriage Preparation courses have been cancelled until further notice. As such, Pastors will work with couples to fulfill the required preparations individually.

  7. Parishes that normally keep their churches open during the day may retain this practice.
    In this way, especially during this uncertain and extraordinary time, we want to offer the assurance that the Church remains close to you and is ready to accompany you through this, or any difficulty.

  8. The Chrism Mass will be canceled, along with all Holy Week and Easter Liturgies.

In addition:

  1. Parishes will continue to take extra precautions to sanitize and disinfect their facilities.
  2. All surfaces are to be washed with germ-killing agents.

  3. Continue enhanced cleaning protocols in all high risk ‘hand-touch’ areas that require more frequent wiping and sanitization.

  4. Frequent, daily communications and updates are to be shared and discussed with all parish groups and ministries.

All other Liturgical Directives that I have communicated to the Diocese in earlier Memo updates from March 5, 2020 onwards remain in place. For the most updated information please go to: www.rcdvictoria.org/diocesan-blog/responsetocovid19.

We continue to pray for the rapid end to the COVID-19 virus, for those who are ill or have died, and for their families. May the Lord also bless all those who continue to work fearlessly on the frontlines of this pandemic.

In Communion,

Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria

 

Additional News : - Saturday, March 14, 2020

Also read a second letter this week from our Bishop Gary Gordon – of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria dated March 12, 2020  with regard to further changes and extra safety precautions being taken in our Parish and other Churches in our Diocese with regard to the Covid-19 Virus. 

Bishop Gordon 2nd Memo to All COVID-19 - Mar 12 2020

  • St. Patrick’s Day DINNER CANCELED: Out of an abundance of caution due to the Covid -19  virus the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner planned for Tuesday March 17 has been cancelled. 
  • 2019 Tax Receipts that were not picked up have been mailed out this past week.   Thank you for your donations. 
  • Today is the Third Sunday in Lent and Development and Peace is continuing its annual Share Lent campaign. Each week a new symbol will be added to the desert motif in front of the altar to represent the Share Lent Journey.
  • Today that symbol is a large feather.  This feather symbolizes Indigenous knowledge and culture. Indigenous peoples have always lived in harmony with nature, caring for it and taking only what they need.  They see the Earth not as something to exploit, but as a Mother who protects and nurtures them and that they protect and nurture in return.
  • More information on this year’s share lent campaign is in the bulletin. 
  • We continue to pray for one another, those who are sick, and for our whole society that we may live in charity, that our gracious God will bring a swift end to COVID-19. and grant us strength in these challenging times. 

Blessings to everyone as we continue the journey of this Lenten Season.

 

Bishop of Victoria - 2020 Share Lent Lent Campaign Letter - CCODP Mar 2020 - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Additional News : - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Letter from our Bishop Gary Gordon – of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria with regard to changes and safety precautions being taken in our Parish and other Churches in our Diocese with regard to the Covid-19 Virus in the Bulletin section 

Also below:

Bishop Gary Gordon -Memo Response to Covid-19 March 5,2020.pdf

  • 2019 Tax Receipts that were not picked up have been mailed out this past week.   Thank you for your donations. 
  • Today is the second Sunday in lent and Development and Peace is continuing its annual Share Lent campaign. Each week a new symbol will be added to the desert motif in front of the altar to represent the Share Lent Journey.
  • Today that symbol is a bowl of sand and a mineral rock   This bowl of earth (sand) symbolizes both, the richness of the Earth and its exploitation through resource extraction and pollution. This mineral rock unearthed from the soil represents mining, an activity too often carried out without the free, prior and informed consent of local populations and that rarely benefits them. Instead of generating improved living conditions, it generates pollution, destruction, poverty and death
  • More information on this year’s share lent campaign is in the bulletin.

 

 
 

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We are a faith community of over 800 families and part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria. The parish was created in 1912 under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our present church, dedicated to Saint Patrick was completed in 1960 and the Parish Centre and St. Clare Villa, a life-lease residence for seniors, were added in 1999.

St Patrick's School, which opened in 1956 provides Kindergarten through Grade 7 and emphasizes both the academic and spiritual development of our students.