Please click on the link below to see the message from Bishop Bittman, July 2, 2021
A Message from Bishop Bittman
Stage 3 Re-Opening Guidelines for Parishes
Diocese is Saddened by Loss of Churches:
On behalf of The Diocese of Nelson, I am very saddened by the recent fires that destroyed two Catholic churches - Sacred Heart Mission at Penticton Indian Band and St. Gregory Mission at Osoyoos Indian Band – and for the hurt that it has caused. For many years, our priests have been welcomed to minister in these mission churches and it is our hope that this ministry will continue. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires and we are grateful that no one died or was physically injured.
Bishop Gregory J Bittman
Diocese of Nelson
Bishop Bittman would like to draw attention to this excellent resource - Frequently asked questions regarding the Catholic Church and Residential Schools. It may be helpful in answering questions that people are asking.
On May 4th, a Memorial Mass was held at Holy Child Parish in remembrance of the deceased children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Link to a statement from Bishop Bittman (May 31, 2021)
Link to a statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (May 31, 2021)
Link to a statement from Archbishop Miller (June 2, 2021)
20 Ways to Promote Vocations in your Parish or School
Have public recitation of the diocesan vocation prayer at masses on Sunday and the daily masses.
Provide Eucharistic adoration on certain days, asking for prayers for vocations.
Send greeting cards to each of the seminarians of your diocese at the beginning of a new semester, holidays, exam times, birthdays, ordinations, etc.
Sponsor poster/coloring/essay contests with vocation related themes and exhibit the results.
Encourage interviews of pastors, priests, sisters, brothers and deacons for the school newspaper or parish bulletin, especially on how they discerned their call.
Create a page on your parish/school website with vocation information.
Host an Altar Server Appreciation Night and ask one of the priests to speak to the servers.
Before a regular meeting, have your ministry or group get together a little earlier to say a decade of the rosary together for a specific priest or seminarian.
Create a collage of photos of priests, brothers, and sisters who have been part of your community.
Include Vocations Awareness lesson plans and programs at each grade level of religious education. Each grade can do a special project and the reports can be combined into a resource booklet.
Have the vocation prayer printed on refrigerator magnets and distribute.
Find out the Ordination date of your parish priests and celebrate within the parish and school.
Promote the lives of saints in various ways, e.g. in the bulletin, on the bulletin board, on posters, in a bibliography, etc.
Take a group from your parish or school to attend the ordination of a diocesan priest or deacon. Check out the vocations calendar for dates of upcoming ordinations.
Invite a priest, sister or deacon to supper to discuss vocations around the family dinner table.
Sponsor a Communion Breakfast with a vocation speaker.
Invite the Director of Vocations to the parish for a weekend, for masses and meals with parish families.
Ask 31 parishioners to volunteer to pray the rosary or attend mass on one of the 31 days of the month for vocations on behalf of your parish and committee.
Celebrate feasts of the saints, such as attending Mass on the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of missionaries and patroness of many vocations.
Provide intercessory prayers for vocations for Prayer of the Faithful at Mass
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Loving and merciful God,
You gave us life and you called us by name.
In the Sacrament of Baptism, you gave us a share in the mission of Jesus Christ;
TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS to all!
Bless and strengthen all men and women,
All the lay faithful and those in the ordained ministry -
Our deacons, priests, and bishops.
Send forth your Spirit to young men and women
who are discerning their vocation in life.
Grant courage those who hear your call
especially to the priesthood and religious life.
Strengthen with your grace the seminarians,
so that they may generously give of themselves
to the demands of priestly formation.
Enrich our community with many lay missionaries,
married and single people living the universal call to holiness.
Give your people shepherds after your heart,
ministers who radiate joy in their service
because they follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
now and forever. AMEN.