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Holy Week Schedule for the Liturgy

posted Apr 14, 2020, 10:08 AM by OurLadyofGrace

April 2020
Father Scott will be celebrating these liturgies, privately and modified according to directions from Rome, at Our Lady of Grace Church. Even though the celebrations are not open to the public, people are being asked to instead be spiritually united with Father Scott in these liturgies, or to connect with them on-line or via television.
  • Holy Thursday: Mass, 7 pm
  • Good Friday: Service, 3 pm
    • Stations of the Cross, 2:15 pm
  • Easter Vigil: Mass, 9 pm
  • Easter Sunday: Mass, 10 am

Bishop's COVID-19 Update Mar 18 2020

posted Mar 18, 2020, 12:26 PM by OurLadyofGrace

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:
https://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

Online Daily Mass

posted Mar 18, 2020, 9:36 AM by OurLadyofGrace   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 9:37 AM ]

Friends,

In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has had a profound impact on countries around the world—and, increasingly, here in the United States.

In light of measures being taken to contain the outbreak and avoid further illness, many of us may be hesitant to leave our homes. In many areas, Mass and other church services may not be available.


It is at this exact moment that our faith is most needed.

In an effort to continue the practice of our faith in these trying times, I would like to invite you to join us online for daily Mass.

Beginning today, Tuesday, March 17, Word on Fire will be offering daily Mass for the foreseeable future.

Join me, or Word on Fire CEO Fr. Steve Grunow, right here https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass.

If you cannot attend Mass or join us online, I encourage you to read the Gospels, pray with your families, and join yourself to the Eucharist—the source and summit of our Catholic faith—by making an act of spiritual communion like the one recommended by Archbishop Gomez: "I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your most holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints."

And please continue to pray for all those affected by the coronavirus.

Peace,

+ Bishop Robert Barron

Statement by Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted Mar 17, 2020, 9:17 AM by OurLadyofGrace

‘A unique and special time for prayer, hope, and care

Together with all Canadians, the Catholic Bishops of Canada are following with deep concern the current developments in Canada and throughout the world regarding the rapid global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) which can in certain cases be the cause of serious illness and even death.

The pandemic is now also spreading across Canada. This new virus is understandably a source of anxiety and fear for many. Practical information on responding to the virus and mitigating its spread is available from local public health officials, as well as from the federal and provincial governments, and should be heeded. Catholic faithful are invited to consult their local diocesan/eparchial websites for the preventive measures to be followed for pastoral care and liturgies. Concern for each person and the common good must always be paramount.

As Catholics, we see in every illness a reminder of our own mortality, as well as an invitation to share in Christ’s ministry of healing. In the face of suffering and sickness, Christians are to be credible witnesses to the Lord’s enduring love, providence, and power in our midst. His mercy and care are always present and available.

We will soon be celebrating Easter – Christ’s triumph over death as the Lord of life and the source of everlasting hope. The spread of the COVID-19 virus is a moment for Catholics to offer special prayers of intercession for the healing of those infected, for the protection of the elderly and infirm who are at greatest risk, for the prevention of the disease’s spread, and for the courage and strength of care providers who minister to the sick, their families and those most in need.

In keeping with Our Lord’s teaching, and as part of the sacred tradition for Lent, it is appropriate whenever possible that our prayer be strengthened by fasting, by other expressions of Christian charity or works of spiritual and corporal mercy.

We entrust our country and especially those affected, as well as their loved ones and caretakers, to the powerful and maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and ours.

Directives from the Diocese for Groups & Ministries in Response to COVID-19

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:07 AM by OurLadyofGrace

As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 in Canada, we must be diligent in our efforts to lessen the potential spread of the virus. We know that the well-being of your loved ones are the most important concern for you during this time.

We want to let you know that we are monitoring the situation closely, and we believe that the risk of COVID-19 adversely affecting our parishes remains low.

However, some of the things that we can do to anticipate and minimize the possible spread of the virus are:
1. Remain vigilant about hand hygiene, and avoid unnecessary contact (hand shaking, hugging etc.)
2. Out of consideration for the well-being of others in the community, the elderly, anyone with an underlying health condition, and those who feel even remotely unwell are excused from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass.
3. If parishioners have access to television or the internet, those who remain at home may watch Mass at https://dailytvmass.com/ 
or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/dailytvmass 
or on VisionTV.
4. In order to reduce social isolation, I encourage everyone to find ways to mobilize people to make phone calls to those who must remain at home, and to provide services such as delivering food and necessary items. Being in regular contact with other parishioners will alleviate loneliness for the homebound.
5. Social gatherings such as pancake breakfasts, pot lucks, buffets, etcetera, that are not essential to the congregation should be suspended until COVID-19 passes.
6. Practice social distancing (2 metres apart) as much as possible.

The situation is fluid and subject to rapid change. We will continue to stay informed, and will share relevant information with you as it is released to us.

We continue to pray for one another, those who are sick, and for our whole society that we may live in charity, be free of anxiety, that our gracious God will bring a swift end to COVID-19, and grant us strength in these challenging times.

-Bishop Gary Gordon.

Ash Wednesday Mass

posted Feb 24, 2020, 9:54 AM by OurLadyofGrace

This year, Ash Wednesday Mass will be at 5 pm in Our Lady of Grace Church on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 

Prayers after Mass

posted Aug 31, 2018, 11:26 AM by OurLadyofGrace   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 11:30 AM ]

Prayers for Healing 

Each first Saturday of the month, the 9 am Mass will be followed by prayers and a blessing with oil, for those seeking some kind of healing. The sufferings or infliction could be physical, emotional, relational, psychological or spiritual. Faith and forgiveness are important acts of the will, that help us to cooperate with God's healing grace. 

Both Catholics and non-Catholics, who are seeking some kind of healing, are welcome.  

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