Happy New Year! On Sunday, November 28th, we greeted the new church year, celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. The word Advent means coming or arrival; in our tradition we focus on the wonder of the Incarnation and "prepare our hearts." There are many opportunities awaiting us in this season of preparation and reflection; scroll down and see the events; we invite you warmly.
Many traditions have very special celebrations during this season. We wish our Jewish friends and neighbours the blessings of light, as they continue with Hanukkah, which also began on November 28th.
At St. Matthias we join with all Canadians as we reflect on the complex, often painful, history that is the heritage we share, whether our families have been here since time out of mind, for many generations, or whether we are "brand new" to Canada. Respectfully, we continue to acknowledge the legacy of the residential schools. We listen. We grieve. We honour. We commit to action.
Visit the new Chapel Gallery exhibition, "Poetic Reality" featuring artist Janet Brooks. The exhibit continues through December 12th, with gallery opening hours Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4 pm and on Sundays from 12-3 pm.
For more information, please click: https://www.stmatthiasvictoria.ca/ministries/the-chapel-gallery/pages/coming-exhibit-poetic-reality
When attending the Chapel Gallery, please join us in respecting the Provincial Health Officer's direction regarding mask wearing and vaccination. We thank everyone for their cooperation in these important safeguards for our communities.
The church is more than buildings and programs. We are the body of Christ present in this world no matter where we are. We are a church without walls. Thank you for your virtual visit! All are welcome here.
Mark your calendars for these great events coming up.