In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Jun 28, 2016

The essential virtue of hope

    On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, parish administrative staff from across the Diocese gathered at Sacred Heart parish in Victoria for a day of information and reflection. The morning session included presentations by Leah MacKenzie (Chief Financial Officer), and Fr. John Laszczyk (Vicar General). We celebrated Mass, and then enjoyed lunch prepared by Food for Thought catering.

    In the afternoon, we spent time in together on retreat, and I invited everyone to reflect on hope, and how absolutely essential this virtue is. We need hope in all of its manifestations in order to do what we are called to do as Christian witnesses of encounter with Christ. We need a lot of hope when there are challenges, and we engage others in hope through our words, actions, and even just a simple smile.

    We’re in an amazing ministry, and the parish administrative staff are our front lines. Every day they pick up the phone, and offer a word, a smile, a little hope, and I am deeply grateful.

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Parish Administrative Staff on retreat at Sacred Heart Parish, Victoria


The lovely lunch, catered by Food for Thought


Cynthia Bouchard-Watkins (L) and Mary John (R) from the Pastoral Centre


Jennifer Smith (L) and Sandi Duncan (R), St. Joseph the Worker, Victoria


Rosemary Blank, Church of the Ascension, Parksville


Sarah Dafoe, Trinity, Nanaimo


Georgina Marcotte, Our Lady of Grace, Salt Spring Island


Marisa Anthony, St. Patrick's, Campbell River


Bishop Gary Gordon

Photos courtesy Connie Dunwoody

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