Pilgrimage of Faith 2021

Pilgrimage of Faith 2021

Though we are many, we are one body in Christ

Romans 12:5

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.

Diocese GoalParish GoalTotalFunds RaisedFunds Returning to Parish
St. Ann’s$42,150$45,000$87,150$100,741$58,591
St. John Vianney$14,750$20,000$34,750$38,372$23,622
Fundraising Status as of December 31, 2021

Diocese

Nelson Diocese is situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Will it be an overstatement to say that we actually live in the best place on earth – Beautiful British Columbia? When I travel round our diocese, I see how much God has blessed us. In gratitude to Him, together as a diocesan family, we continue the work of God through our Pilgrimage of Faith. Pilgrimage of faith as the name suggests is much more than money: it is our journey of faith together by which we use the gift God has given us to advance His Kingdom. From the East Kootenays to the West Kootenays, from the South to the North Okanagan, the work of God continues. For God and with God, we have accomplished so much in these areas:

  1. Catholic Education for our young ones.
  2. Catechism
  3. Adult Faith Formation
  4. Retired Priests: helping them to retire with dignity and with a smile
  5. Youth Ministry
  6. Training and formation of Seminarians
  7. Evangelization
  8. Teachers and Catechists: training and spiritual formation
  9. First Nations Ministry
  10. Seton House of Prayer: a place of renewal and our spiritual power house etc.

Each parish is given a fundraising goal by the Diocese. The funds raised are used for the programs mentioned above. Any funds raised in excess of the Diocesan goal for each parish are returned to the parish to be used for local priorities.

Parishes

If St. Paul were to be alive today, perhaps he would also say: though we are apart, we are one body. The pandemic disrupted our family, Church and Community life. By the grace of God, we found a way to continue our faith and Church life. Technology has helped us. We have been able to bring the Holy Mass and other devotions to our families and to our living rooms.

Read more about each parish goal:


St. Ann

Permanent Live streaming equipment

Until now, our live streamers have used their cell-phones to live stream Masses and other celebrations. With your donation last year, we have done a lot already. We are looking to make it more permanent so that our seniors, those in the care-home and those who can’t return to Church at this time will continue to be part of our faith and parish life. We do not want anyone to be left out. Though we may be apart, we are one Body.

Crucifix

We no longer have a crucifix in the Church. The one we had has been returned to the person who loaned it to us. We need to get our own which cost about $9,600. Once at Holy Cross School, I asked one of the grade 2 students how much Jesus loves us. He stretched out his arms as wide as he could and exclaimed: “This much.” I am always learning from the little ones. A gaze at the crucifix in any Church reminds us of what was done for us: that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us….For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life (John 3:16). As we enter the Church and behold the outstretched arms of Jesus, He is saying to us: ‘I welcome you today into my house, into my heart.’ I always imagine myself being embraced by him. The crucifix in every Church is a reminder that we have been saved and redeemed, we are welcomed into the inner life of God, we are family, we are home.

Appeal

My friends, we come to you again this year with an empty bowl. Last year, you filled the bowl with your gift of love. This year, we hope you can do so again. So much was accomplished last year: we started live streaming in our parishes. In total we raised $5,000. Your amazing generosity helped us to get live streaming equipment and we were also able to start broadcasting Masses in the hall. Many have benefitted from that during this time of pandemic. Thank you.

For this year’s Pilgrimage of Faith Campaign, I’d humbly like to invite each family to be part of this significant life of our parish. Your donation to help us get a new crucifix will mean so much for our parish family. As we look at the crucifix, it reminds us that we are family and that together we all contributed in acquiring a new crucifix. We will also do some work in the sanctuary to make it look more beautiful. It is the Holy of Holies. Beauty moves us to pray even more. As Balthasar said: “Beauty attracts us, it captures us and sends us on a mission.”

I always think of the little boy in the Bible who gave Jesus his lunch: all he had. He really took a big risk. It paid off. What he gave to Jesus looked small but Jesus took it, blessed it and multiplied it. Miracle happened. Thousands were fed. Nothing is ever too small for Jesus. He returns it to us a hundred folds. Imagine how many will be fed spiritually in our diocese and in our parish because of your giving – because you gave with joy and with love.

When I pick up my cheque book this year, I’ll pray first and say to Jesus: “Jesus, You have blessed me, I am grateful. I am writing this cheque to You.’ Maybe you can join me in doing that. Our gift truly becomes sacred! Last year, I gave $200. This year I’m giving $500. I haven’t gone on holidays yet, so I saved the money. What better way to spend it.

Together, let’s make it a truly faith journey!

  • Our Diocesan Goal for St. Ann: $42,150
  • St. Ann Parish Goal: $20,000
  • St. Ann Total: $62,150

St. John Vianney

Permanent Live Streaming Equipment

Until now, our live streamers have used their cell-phones to live stream Masses and other celebrations. They have also moved their equipment from one Church to the other. We would like to get permanent equipment. This entails getting a camera and other features that will enhance our live streaming capabilities. Upon reopening our Churches, not everyone will come back right away – especially our seniors. We’ll love to continue live streaming so that our seniors, those in the care-home and those who can’t return to Church at this time will continue to be part of our faith and parish life. We do not want anyone to be left out. Though we may be apart, we are one Body.

Hall: Worship and Community-Building Space

When our Churches reopened last year, we could only bring in 50 people. Our hall was converted into another worship space. It is obvious that upon reopening again in 2021, we will not be allowed to have full capacity in the Church. So we are looking forward to using the hall again. To that end, we would like to do some work in the hall so that anyone who is in the hall during Mass will feel like s/he is in the Church and not feel like a second class parishioner. The work we intend to do will enhance our hall so that after the pandemic, we will continue to use it as a place where we gather to build community, to socialize, to foster friendship and to be family.

Appeal

My friends, we come to you again this year with an empty bowl. Last year, you filled the bowl with your gift of love. This year, we hope you can do so again. So much was accomplished last year: beautiful baptismal font (a sign of new life in our parish), new flooring (sacred ground where we tread and meet Jesus and one another). Last year our parish goal was $30,000 and we exceeded that goal thanks to your amazing generosity. As a result, we are able to carry forward some of those funds for this year’s projects and can therefore reduce our parish goal down to $20,000. I am hopeful, with your generosity and trusting in God’s grace, we will meet or exceed this year’s goal.

I always think of the little boy in the Bible who gave Jesus his lunch: all he had. He really took a big risk. It paid off. What he gave to Jesus looked small but Jesus took it, blessed it and multiplied it. A miracle happened. Thousands were fed. Nothing is ever too small for Jesus. He returns it to us a hundred fold. Imagine how many will be fed spiritually in our diocese and in our parish because you gave with joy and with love.

When I pick up my cheque book this year, I’ll pray first and say to Jesus: “Jesus, You have blessed me, I am grateful. I am writing this cheque to You.’ Maybe you can join me in doing that. Our gift truly becomes sacred! Last year, I gave $200. This year I’m giving $500. I haven’t gone on holidays yet, so I saved the money. What better way to spend it.

Together, let’s make it a truly faith journey!

  • Our Diocesan Goal for St. John Vianney: $14,750
  • St. John Vianney Parish Goal: $20,000
  • St. John Vianney Total: $34,750

Your brother, Fr. Obi