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.
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.
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
A message from the Ordinary, Bishop Lopes:Friday, December 2 (EMBER DAY)
- 10:00 AM - Requiem Mass (Divine Worship: The Missal) at St. Andrew’s Cathedral
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.
“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.’”