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    Fr Scott Michael John Whittemore was born in Victoria and raised in Saanich, BC. He is the youngest of three children born to Marie (nee Schleppe) and the late Robert (Bob) Whittemore.

 Scott sought out and obtained employment during his first year as a teenager, picking strawberries and logan berries on the Saanich Peninsula. Numerous jobs followed, including park maintenance with BC Parks, work with children at a summer day camp and Easter Seal Camps, labour at the tar sands, planting trees, driving taxi, and a variety of other labour and human ministry positions.

 As a young adult, Scott attended the University of Victoria for 5 years, first in Sciences and eventually he completed a Bachelor's degree in rural Social Work. For the next nine years he worked in the Central Coast, residing at Bella Coola, and later at the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii, as a Probation Officer/Parole Officer/Family Court Counsellor before pursuing his vocation to the priesthood.

 Scott's calling to the priesthood took him to the Benedictine Abbey in Mission, where he completed a Bachelor's in Philosophy at Christ the King Seminary. He was sent to the Pontifical Institute of St Augustine's Seminary, Toronto, for their 5 year formation program leading up to a Bachelor's in Theology (from Rome) and a Master's in Divinity. He was ordained to the priesthood on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in 2005, at Immaculate Conception Church, Kelowna.

 Since then, Fr Scott's appointments have included Nakusp and missions; Courtenay and the missions at Hornby Island, Gold River and Tahsis; Ucluelet with Tofino, Ahousaht and various other Nuu-cha-nulth missions on the West Coast; Port McNeill, together with Port Hardy, Port Alice, Alert Bay, Woss and a couple other missions on the north end of Vancouver Island. His most recent appointment has been to Salt Spring Island with outreach to the southern Gulf Island missions, including on Mayne and Pender Islands.

 Fr Scott's extracurricular interests have included playing lacrosse, hiking, fishing, photography, scuba diving, world travel, wilderness backpacking, rock climbing, cross-country and back country skiing, ocean kayaking, and swimming.

Christmas 2016 Note of Thanksgiving

First of all, I give thanks to God for the birth of His Son into our lives,
and that we can re-enter and celebrate each year that awesome event of our salvation history.

Second, I would like to thank all of those who helped to decorate the churches for Christmas; we'll continue to enjoy the beauty until the last day of the Christmas season, January 9,
the Baptism of Jesus.

Third, thank you to each and every person who added to my Christmas experience of the
Love of God,
with your presence and presents, your greetings and cards, your joy and thoughtfulness . . .

Fourth, extra special thanks goes to
Ian Marcotte and his young son, Issac.
who plowed and sanded our parking lot, greatly reducing the risk of falls and injuries.

God bless them and all of you!
I hope and pray that your Year 2017 will have a lot of Jesus in it,
and that it will be a year full of grace from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the

Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Grace.

Fr Scott


Christmas 2015 Notes from the Pastor's Desk

It was a joy and a highlight for me to spend my Christmas Eve, and part of Christmas Day, celebrating Masses with so many people. There were many new-to-me people in attendance: spouses who are not normally present; adult children returning to their parent's home; grandchildren being with their grandparents; and the annual presence of Christmas Catholics. Marianne Hobbs charmed and delighted us with the production of the children's procession. Georgina Marcotte and John Reid added to the Christmas mood and spirit with their musical leadership in carols, hymns and sung Mass parts. Michael Doyle was the main person responsible for decorating OLG, including the unique and beautiful blend of Christmas tree lights. Lynne Cooper purchased the many Poinsettias, but one. (There is a small, Christmas-wrapped box at the back of OLG church; its for donations, to help her with the cost of the flowers.) Emily and Duncan Hepburn were the significant two in dressing up St Paul's with evergreens and candle-light.

            Thank you to each of you, and to many others, who added to the beauty and mystery, the joy and the awe of our Christmas celebrations!!!! Also, i would like to thank the parish for the extremely generous gift of Christmas cash; i will enjoy extending, redistributing and multiplying your generosity. Already, i was able to purchase a cheap airline ticket for a woman in crisis, who is hoping to get a new start in life, in another town.

            God bless each of you and your life in 2016!! May the life of Jesus, grow ever more present in you, so that the world may come to know Him better!

                                                                                                            In Christ,

                                                                                                            Fr Scott Whittemore