We have begun to realize how much we can take for granted when it comes to the availability of the sacraments, especially from living in southern BC, where in most cities you have the option of attending daily Mass and confession with at least 3 different Masses on either Saturday or Sunday to choose from. The reality of many of the northern missions (more specifically the Whitehorse diocese) is Mass once a month. If the community is really blessed they will have a communion service on all other weekends. Our community of Telegraph Creek will be having prayer services for our Sunday liturgy, for the month of September, until a priest is able to come to celebrate Mass at the end of the month.
Many of the mission churches across the country, are unable to keep up with the monetary needs for the maintenance, repair, and operating costs of these missions, mainly due to the small populations and poverty in these communities. Catholic Missions in Canada has supported these mission churches in order that the people of these communities are able to celebrate a Sunday liturgy, in whatever form it may take. And due to the commitment of lay missionaries, religious brothers & sisters or missionary priests they are able to.
In response, we ask for you to join us in prayer for these missions across our country, and specifically northern BC and the Yukon. With Bishop Gary having been re-located as the Bishop of Victoria we are now under the Apostolic care of Fr.Kieran, a priest from Madonna House. Fr.Kieran has specifically asked for prayers for vocations to this diocese and for the appointment of a new bishop.
If you have felt an urge on your heart to be able to support the missions monetarily, please take a minute to donate.
Thank you for journeying with us on this mission, and may God speed our prayers along according to His good Will.