Apr 22, 2013
The Confirmation Trail Begins
It’s always a great pleasure for me to travel around the Diocese during this time of year to visit parish communities as they celebrate Confirmation and First Eucharist. These are very important occasions in the life of any parish and it gives me a chance to connect with parishioners both pastorally and socially.
Fr. Jai, the recent pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Duncan has returned to India to do some challenging missionary work in an area of south central India where there are no, as of yet, Christian families. He is fond of saying: “I believe conversation is God’s work!” I very much agree with this and I find that in conversations with parishioners throughout the Island, God is very much present.
My first weekend, April 13/14, saw Confirmations in Ascension Parish, Parksville; Christ the King Parish in Comox; and St. Patrick’s Parish, Campbell River.
I’ve noticed this year that there is a greater variety of ages among those receiving the Sacraments—even some adults among the young people.
It was a delight to be given a tour of the new addition at Christ the King Parish in Comox—a beautiful facility that is almost complete.
During the long drive home on Sunday afternoon, I had the joy of stopping at the Hermitage to see Fr. Charles Brandt, hermit. As mentioned in an earlier Blog (read it here), Charles is now 90 years old and still fulfills his vocation based at his hermitage on the Oyster River.
Next week I will be doing Confirmations in Victoria at Holy Cross Parish and at St. Joseph the Worker Parish—a very busy place these days with the new school addition moving along quickly!
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