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Feb 7, 2013

Camp Homewood & St. Patrick's Campbell River

On February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, I drove to Quadra Island near Campbell River to be with theyouth at Camp Homewood. It was foggy almost all the way, which was a sharp contrast to the Feast of Light as the Presentation is called, or Candlemass, where candles are held by parishioners as a reminder that the Christ Child is the Light of the World.

I just made the ferry for the 15-minute trip to Quadra and was very impressed by the numbers of youth in attendance at Camp Homewood—over 150 youth from all over the Diocese and Powell River. Danny Brock from St. Andrew’s High School facilitated the retreat with the theme A more excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31).

I arrived in time for the Penitential Service—one large room with darkened lights and a huge candle in the middle (Candlemass) and all the youth sitting on the floor—after Danny’s talk on the Sacrament of Confession, Frs. Sean Flynn, Stephen Paine and I heard confessions for 1.5 hours. Youth stayed and prayed in silence with meditational music.

Supper was provided by the Camp and then Mass afterward. Youth were excellent at Mass—very focused on the Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. I spoke to them about the importance of witnessing to our Faith and how to endure hardship for Christ when it comes.
 
Camp Homewood is a key youth event in our Diocese and I have been happy to participate in it over the past eight years. Thank you to Bonnie and all of the volunteers; thanks to Fr. Shayne Craig who supported this years camp as pastor of St. Patrick’s parish; and thanks to the excellent camp staff for their support and good service.

I then caught the 9 pm ferry for Campbell River and St. Patrick’s for the night!
 
The next morning, I presided at the two Liturgies at St. Patrick’s and enjoyed an excellent pancake breakfast put on by the Knights of Columbus in the newly renovated parish kitchen—the Knights will soon celebrate their 50th Anniversary of Foundation! Then I was off to Victoria through the cloud and rain—no fog this time, but a long trip!

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