In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Dec 9, 2014

The Feast of St. Francis Xavier

December 3 was the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, so I celebrated Mass in the little church that bears his name in Mill Bay, BC. The church was full to honour the patron Saint of the parish. 

St. Francis Xavier was a great missionary; the good folks of St Francis Xavier parish all have big missionary hearts. Some drainage and foundation work on the tiny 125-year-old church building will keep the community warm and housed for a little while, but with the great grace of population growth in Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay and Cobble Hill, plans are developing for a new home for the Catholic population, which is estimated to be well over 2,000 in the area. 

This a community of missionary disciples who are keen on the evangelizing trail!

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Parishioners celebrating the Feast of St. Francis Xavier


Willing workers help with drainage and foundation repairs


Fr. Sean (L) and Bishop Gary (seated, centre) with parishioners of St. Francis Xavier in Mill Bay, BC 

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