May 14, 2013
Confirmations and Benedictines
I left early Saturday morning for Port Alberni. The weather had turned cool and the rain began as I drove by the scenic lake and the famous Cathedral Grove.
First stop was John Paul II Catholic School for a meeting with Fr. Stephen Paine, Principal Kathy Korman, staff and volunteers. I was invited to bless the recently renovated school chapel—a beautiful place of prayer and the first of its kind in our school system.
Then it was on to Holy Family/Notre Dame Parish for Confirmations. The Confirmation class is on the increase here as new families are brought closer to the Church through the school; the chapel is named after Fr. Smith, in honour of the previous Catholic school in Port Alberni.
Then on to St. Peter's Parish in Nanaimo for Confirmations and a beautiful dinner sponsored by the CWL.
The next morning I went to Trinity Catholic in Nanaimo and St. Edward's Parish in Duncan—all good-size Confirmation classes. Wonderful work is being done in these parishes in their sacramental programs.
Then I travelled back to Nanaimo and the House of Bread Monastery and Retreat House. I very much enjoyed my visit and supper with the Benedictine Sisters who have been in the Diocese for many years. We passed a few hours recalling stories and experiences in ministry in the missions and our Diocese.
Back to Victoria, and the rain finally stopped.
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