We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fr. Michael Birch, R.I.P.

Fr. Birch/FBJHN

Fr. Michael Birch of the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman, Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, passed away at home earlier this week.
Fr. Michael was received into the Church on Divine Mercy Sunday in April of 2012.

Fr. Michael will be sorely missed. His warm sense of humour and fidelity to Jesus Christ, the Church and the cause of unity provided others with good reason to work and pray for unity and to strive for personal holiness.
Obituary from Sand's Funeral, Victoria, BC.
Michael died peacefully in the early morning of November 26, 2016 at home in Victoria. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Noella, daughter Robyn (Robert) and son, Stephen (Angie), one grandchild, Ian, and three step-children, Cole, Chas and Lukas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, BC.
LITURGIES
Thursday, December 1 - Our Lady of Fatima Parish
  • 8:30 AM - Sung Mattins
  • 9:15 AM - Low Mass (Divine Worship: The Missal)
  • 7:00 PM - Vigil for the Deceased at St Andrew’s Cathedral
Friday, December 2 (EMBER DAY)
A message from the Ordinary, Bishop Lopes:
The Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes, Bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, asks all priests of the Ordinariate, in fraternal charity, to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the blessed repose of the soul of Father Michael Birch.
The Ordinariate site has a lovely quote from Fr. Michael:
“I love being a priest, for it is what God wants me to do … And may He call you, young men, to that ministry, and you, young women, to the consecrated life of prayer and action, that He will not be without witness in this, your generation. And when you hear or feel that call, may you add your ‘yes’ to that of Our Lady. By her ‘yes’ the Saviour was born; by your yes, His continued presence is assured. Then we shall understand St. Paul’s statement about his ministry, ‘Not I, but Christ in me.’”

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