Last month, the Catholic Diocese of Victoria was scheduled to hold a "Liturgy of Reconciliation" with Bishop Richard Gagnon and his predecessor Remi De Roo. According to the invitation to that event, its purpose was to seek "healing and reconciliation which will assist our Diocese in moving forward into the future." But the liturgy was postponed without explanation by Bishop Gagnon in an email. So we phoned up the bishop's office to ask why. The response: "Well, there's just some details that still need to be worked out. So it's been postponed till sometime in the future," said a member of that office. And what are those details? "Just different details the bishops need to work out." The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email and invite.
Catholic Diocese of Victoria
Office of the Bishop
1-4044 Nelthorpe Street, Victoria, BC, V8X 2A1 - Tel: (250) 479-1331 - Fax: (250) 479-5423 - Web: redvictoria.org
LITURGY OF RECONCILIATION - PENTECOST SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:
The Diocese of Victoria wishes to announce a special Liturgy of Reconciliation to be held at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 3 pm. Evening Vespers/Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated with Bishop Richard Gagnon and Bishop Remi De Roo, Bishop Emeritus.
All Clergy, Religious, and Faithful are invited to attend and participate in this time of prayer, seeking healing and reconciliation which will assist and Diocese in moving forward into the future.
Immediately following the Service a reception will be held at St. Andrew's Elementary School. Everyone is welcome.
From: Bishop Richard Gagnon
Re: Liturgy of Reconciliation - Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009 (Postponed)
LITURGY OF RECONCILIATION - PENTECOST SUNDAY, MAY 31ST
Please note that the Liturgy of Reconciliation scheduled to be held at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 3 p.m. has been postponed.
Kindly please ensure that this information is conveyed to all parishioners and staff this weekend.
Your continued prayers for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Diocese are greatly appreciated.