Permanent Diaconate Yr 2 – March Update

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Easter blessings to everyone! I’m writing this as I prepare to attend one of my favourite Masses during our liturgical year. Chrism Mass is one of those celebrations during the year when most of our priests, deacons, and seminarians are in attenance. Even though we are a relatively “small” diocese (as an example, in 2014 the Diocese of Los Angeles had 1099 priests and 386 deacons!), it is still a spectacle to see the long procession of vested clergy and seminarians enter the Cathedral!

My first full month of not having full time employment outside of the Church has actually been busier than it was before! However, there was a lot more flexibilty and a lot less stress! I have very much enjoyed getting to know all the people who make Camp St. Louis operate, and I look forward to spending a lot of time with the kids this summer. I’ll be doing a bit of a road show across the diocese prior to summer, so what you won’t see is me serving as much at Church on weekends. It will give the other amazing servers a chance to exercise their ministry more!

This past month has seen great growth in the refugee committee. We are moving along full steam and have had a surge in interest. The social justice commmittee also had a “field trip” to the food bank. It was fantastic to see our committee members assisting. One of my particular points of pride is that our committee member Tom is and has been a volunteer at the food bank for quite some time. We are lucky to have him as a dedicated parishioner! I had the chance to attend Theology on Tap, hosted by Marilyn, the diocesan Youth Coordinator. It was great! We had tons of participants and it ended up being a great Q+A session with the Bishop. There is another one coming up in May, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements! Anna and I hosted a Table for 2 event on March 13th, which saw us fully booked with 12 couples! It was a great event, and I have to send a huge thank you to the St. Dominic CWL for assisting with the event and to Unique Catering, who did a great job with the meal! Anna, Aspen and I also had a chance to attend seminarian Micheal’s ordination to the deaconate! It was fantastic to received Deacon Michael’s blessing prior to hitting the road to the city. Lastly, I just finished by 12th course, Pauline Literature. I have a week and a bit break before starting Johannine Literature. This will be my last scripture course this year. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to a bit of a change in pace, as my 6th course for this year will be Introduction to the Sacraments!

So, what is coming up in the next month? Well, we are rolling right into our deaconate weekends. We have a formation weekend in April, one in May, and then a retreat with the deacons in June. Our April weekend also includes the conclusion of our psychological assessments. We just started Holy Week, so there will be many celebrations to attend as we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God bless you and keep you safe.
RY

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