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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Catholic Christian Outreach wraps up Victoria Summer Impact

CCO Impact Team with UVIC & Camosun Chaplain Fr. Dean Henderson (back row, right)

CCO has wrapped up its eventful Victoria summer mission. Missionaries now depart for their respective cities and colleges.

Catholic Christian Outreach, a dynamic team of college and post-collegiate young people have been in the Diocese of Victoria at five parishes for the past few months conducting evening praise and worship gatherings, Night Fever (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) at the Cathedral downtown, Bible and Faith study groups and have been volunteering with local charities and assisting at Masses in parishes as musicians, servers and readers. The missionaries, dispersed among the city's population, have been meeting people informally and have been sharing the Faith in formal settings, giving testimonies and listening to the stories of anyone they happen meet.

Missionaries raise their own funds in support of travel, food and rented lodging. Typically, these young people lived very frugal lifestyles befitting their charism. Each missionary budgeted for him/herself a $25 weekly food allowance. Parishioners donated food and invited missionaries home for dinner.

The CCO team was invited to the Diocese by the University of Victoria and Camosun College Chaplain and Archbishop Richard Gagnon, then Bishop of Victoria. After conducting conversations over a few years and formal exchanges between CCO organizers and the Chaplain, CCO sent staffers to meet with the Bishop and Chaplain to discuss practical matters.

The summer Impact mission concluded with a Mass at the University Chapel and a dinner and dance hosted by the Chaplain at the University Club this past Saturday, August 9th.

Four full time CCO missionaries will be staying on at the University and Camosun College to assist the Chaplain and augment programs for students and assist in the building up of the Catholic community on campus.

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