Living our Faith

Living our Faith

Following Jesus Christ is more than attending Mass on Sunday. Living our faith every day and in everything we do will lead us to be true disciples of our Lord.

As members of the Catholic Parishes of Penticton and the Universal Church in today’s world, believers are called upon to share their faith with the wider community. As we follow in the footsteps of Christ, we witness to our faith in how we raise our children, how we interact with friends, family and coworkers, and how we engage in modern culture. Through the centuries, no church has done more to care for our brothers and sisters in need than the Catholic Church.

You’ve probably heard the question:

If you went on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

It’s not a bad way to examine yourself. When you reflect upon your life, do people know you’re Catholic? Are you living your Catholic faith intentionally, with prayerful purpose? Are you living your Catholic faith out loud?

For instance, think of your house. When guests come over, do they see a home that reflects your faith or simply a place where people live? No one is suggesting you have to turn your home into a shrine, but if you are serious about your faith, your home should certainly be the “domestic church” we are called to create. A prayer space, crucifixes, a picture of the Holy Father and many other items are a great reminder to all that this home is dedicated to God.

Even a trip to the grocery store gives opportunities to share your faith. Let’s say the cashier has some dog tags around her neck (this is a true story!). You ask her about them, and she tells you they are a copy of her son’s dog tags. He is a combat soldier, and works in very dangerous places. You ask his first name, and she tells you. You promise to pray for his safety. A simple gesture like this is another way to live your faith “out loud.”

Remember, we are not meant to be “show offs” or holier than thou. However, Christ is very clear: we are to go out and make disciples of all nations. In order to do that, people need to know that we are persons of faith, open to questions, dialogue and that we are someone who prays with intent. Learning to not be shy about sharing the Good News and being open to situations like the ones above can help lay the groundwork for opportunities to share Jesus with someone.

Let’s all learn to live our faith out loud just a little bit more!

So, how do you live your faith in the Catholic Parishes of Penticton? Here is some food for thought:

  • Be strengthened and enriched by attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass regularly or spending time with our Lord in adoration. Here’s the schedule.
  • The sacraments are beautiful gifts to the Church that impart grace so we can go out into the community and share our faith with confidence. Participate in the sacraments as often as you can.
  • Get involved in the life of the Parish and the Community of Penticton.
  • Make sure our children are equipped with knowledge of our faith, first by parents and the family, but then strengthened by enrolling the them in our school or participating in our catechism program. If we do not take the teaching of our faith seriously, then society will teach them to live the life without God that’s so prevalent in public schools, universities, institutions, and our cities.
  • If you’re an adult and have questions or want to explore the faith then do not be afraid to join our RCIA program and get your questions answered.
  • Of course, running our parishes comes with a whole lot of expenses. Please don’t forget to contribute to the Parish according to your ability.
  • In this connected world, there are an overwhelming number of online resources to help you. We’ve collected a few for you that we hope help give you a Catholic perspective on the news of the day, allow you to watch Mass if you can’t make it, or answer that burning question about our faith.

Advent & Christmas Schedule 2022

Before Advent Wednesday, November 23 1st Week of Advent November 26/27 – 1st Sunday of Advent 2nd Week of Advent Saturday, December 3 December 3/4 – 2nd Sunday of Advent 3rd Week of Advent December 10/11 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 11 Monday, December 12 4th Week of Advent December 17/18 – 4th Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 18 Christmas Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Masses Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day Masses Friday, December 30 –…

Mass Times and Prayer in Penticton

All Penticton parishioners, and visitors to our community, are welcome and encouraged to attend Mass as frequently as possible. Below you will find the regularly scheduled Mass times and other opportunities for prayer and worship in the Penticton area. Always check the most recent bulletin for schedule changes. Sunday Mass Times For directions to the parishes, check out our Locations page. Weekday Mass Times Reconciliation Adoration Mass Times Elsewhere in the Okanagan For Mass times at other parishes in the…

Parishioner Registration

New to the parish or long time residents not yet registered, please fill out the form. If you are uncomfortable using the above form or have questions regarding registration, please contact the Parish office.

FORMED

We are excited to share with you that our parish has a subscription to FORMED, a premier online platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children. FORMED has content from over 60 apostolates, including Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and the Knights of Columbus, with material that is professionally produced, engaging, and solid in its catechism. Best of all, this material is free to you. Our parish is also using the…

Pilgrimage of Faith 2022

Annually an appeal is made to the people of the Diocese for financial support for diocesan projects not covered by donations to parish collections. We call this annual appeal the Pilgrimage of Faith. Please, watch our Campaign video created in 2021 to hear how your contributions go to work in our diocese. Our 2021 Pilgrimage of Faith campaign was quite the success. Our 2022 campaign is now complete. Diocese Goal Parish Goal Total Funds Raised Funds Returning to Parish St.…

Pilgrimage of Faith 2023

Annually an appeal is made to the people of the Diocese for financial support for diocesan projects not covered by donations to parish collections. We call this annual appeal the Pilgrimage of Faith. Please, watch our Campaign video created in 2021 to hear how your contributions go to work in our diocese. Our 2022 Pilgrimage of Faith campaign was very successful. Thank you. Here is our 2023 campaign progress to-date: Diocese Goal Parish Goal Total Funds Raised Funds Returning to…

Giving to Our Parish

The people of the Parishes of Penticton have been blessed with churches and property that their forebearers sacrificed to put in place. Many of them worked long and hard to give to us what we have today – a place to pray, to celebrate important moments in our lives (baptism, communions, confirmations, weddings and finally funerals.) Our parish churches are where we come for strength in the ups and downs of life. Almost everything that gets done in a parish,…

Sacraments

The life of the church revolves around the seven sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There are three sacraments of initiation into the Christ-life: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. There are two sacraments that are channels of God’s forgiveness and healing at certain times in life: Reconciliation (Penance or Confession) and the Anointing of the Sick. There are two sacraments that mark a significant change in one’s life in response to God’s call: Ordination (Holy Orders) and Matrimony. All the sacraments are signs…

Get Involved

How do you get involved in our Parishes or the Community? Here are some ideas: Get involved in one or more ministries in the Parish. Our community is strengthened by the individual contributions of its members. If not you, then who? Go out into the community of Penticton and share your faith through service. Seniors often find it difficult to get out of their home. Perhaps you can help? Join a Parish organization encourage a healthy and vibrant Parish community,…
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