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British Columbia Bishops’ Campaign in Support of Healing and Reconciliation

JOINT PRESS RELEASE British Columbia Bishops’ Campaign in Support of Healing and Reconciliation The Catholic bishops of British Columbia recognize the need for a province-wide initiative to raise funds to support healing and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This appeal will launch formally in September 2021, at which time further details will be provided. Campaign Priorities The goal of the Campaign is to support residential school survivors and Indigenous communities in our province as part of our ongoing response…

Mass on the Lower Similkameen Indian Band Lands

Dear Rev. Fathers and My Brothers & Sisters in Christ, I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass on the Lower Similkameen Indian Band Lands this past Sunday. We gathered under a tent provided by the Okanagan Nation Alliance next to the cemetery on the Chopaka Indian Reserve. Despite the losses they had endured, despite the forces that seek to divide us, we met as one people, united in Faith. The love of Christ was truly present among us. I sincerely…

Residential Schools – Further Information

As many people still have questions about what happened at the Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Report; as well as trying to discern what is accurate information, we have posted 3 letters. Back on June 25th, we also posted an FAQ originated from the Diocese of Edmonton regarding Residential Schools. Below are the live links to what is referenced in Bishop’s letter, if it is helpful. Articles from The National Post https://nationalpost.com/opinion/raymond-j-de-souza-it-is-historically-inaccurate-to-suggest-the-catholic-church-hasnt-apologized-for-residential-schools https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/newly-discovered-b-c-graves-a-grim-reminder-of-the-heartbreaking-death-toll-of-residential-schools https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-graves-were-never-a-secret-why-so-many-residential-school-cemeteries-remain-unmarked https://nationalpost.com/opinion/fr-raymond-j-de-souza-the-truth-about-the-churchs-obligation-to-aboriginals Articles from Real…

Parish Reopening Reminders from Bishop Bittman

Please see the attached June 24th letter from Bishop Bittman regarding remaining vigilant and recommitting to the behaviours that protect everyone from COVID-19 including: wearing masks (covering both nose and mouth) social distancing hand sanitizing no gatherings before or after Mass no singing or chanting by the congregation

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential Schools

June 2021From the Archdiocese of Edmonton There has been considerable media coverage and discussion in recent days following the discovery of children’s remains at the former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. The discovery has reopened a painful wound for many in our country. It has identified the need for all Canadians to learn more about our history, the role of residential schools as part of that journey and to seek the truth regarding all those who suffered and continue…

Diocese is Saddened by Loss of Churches

On behalf of The Diocese of Nelson, I am very saddened by the recent fires that destroyed two Catholic churches – Sacred Heart Mission at Penticton Indian Band and St. Gregory Mission at Osoyoos Indian Band – and for the hurt that it has caused. For many years, our priests have been welcomed to minister in these mission churches and it is our hope that this ministry will continue. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires…

Deepen your Spiritual Life and Meet New Friends from Across Canada!

August 8-12, 6-8 p.m. An annual opportunity to deepen your experience with the Lord! Join us on ZOOM for an interactive week of discipleship formation as Catholic Lay Evangelist, John Connelly, presents the theme: Joy, Peace, and Hope in Turbulent Times, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 15:13). Praise and Worship, John’s talks, and group discussion are included…

Pope Francis Calls for Global Prayer to End Pandemic

Pope Francis has called for monthlong global prayer marathon for and end to the pandemic. Throughout the month of May we will be praying the Rosary, in connection with the Holy Father, before each live streamed Mass at 8:20am. On days that we do not live stream Mass, you can follow our pre-recorded Rosary videos. Look for LIVE – Rosary to End Pandemic in the Events section of the website. VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has called for a…

Our 2021 Pilgrimage of Faith Campaign

Today, we have begun our annual Pilgrimage of Faith campaign. Please take the time to watch the video below to see how your generous contributions further the needs of our diocese and advance the Good News of the Kingdom. You can get more details and follow our progress on our Pilgrimage of Faith page.