St. Rose of Lima Church
Sooke BC

V9Z 0H4





Who we are

If you are a visitor to St. Rose of Lima, or new to Sooke, we want you to know how welcome you are, whether you have come from another part of the country, or from across the world, or simply from another parish in the Diocese. Please join us after Mass for coffee and conversation … Sunday Mass is always followed by a “tea, coffee and cookies social”.

Masses in the early twenties were said at various homes in Sooke, principally at the home of Chief Andrew Lazar on the Native Reserve. A church was eventually erected on reserve land and was named after America’s first canonized saint – Rose of Lima. It was blessed February 7, 1926 and was one of the most beautiful chapels in western Canada at that time. It was serviced semi-monthly from the Cathedral in Victoria. In 1942 St Rose was completely destroyed by fire but then rebuilt with the help of many local volunteers. Seventy years later, after much planning and fundraising, the first service was held on April 28th, 2012 at the current location on Townsend Rd in the heart of Sooke.

What We Believe

Down the ages, through the successors to the Apostles, the Church has cherished her Heritage of Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture and shares this Good News for the well being and spiritual benefit of the world. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a statement of the Church’s faith and of Catholic doctrine, attested to or illuminated by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium. The Catechism is meant to support ecumenical efforts and is offered to every individual who asks us to give an account of the hope that is in us, or who wants to know what the Catholic Church believes.



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St. Rose of Lima
2191 Townsend Rd
Sooke, BC V9Z 0H4
Canada
Phone: (250) 642-3945
Fax: (778) 425-3945
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Fr. Dean Henderson
Fr. Dean Henderson
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2191 Townsend Rd
Sooke, BC V9Z 0H4
Canada
Phone: (250) 642-3945
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Psalms 86:11

Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

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St. Rose of Lima Church Sooke Mass Times

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Saturday 5 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am

Mass Times last updated on the 5th of April, 2019
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History of St. Rose of Lima Church Sooke

The Roman Catholic Church in the Sooke Area – A Brief History

In the early 1920’s the region including Victoria, Strawberry Vale, Langford, Metchosin, Sooke and beyond was known as “The Missions”.

Father Joseph Leterme, principal of St. Louis College and Vicar General of the Victoria diocese, is the man responsible for the construction of 4 churches located at: Otter Point, Metchosin, Langford and Strawberry Vale. Often travelling by horseback, he chose sites that he considered would be highly residential centres in the future.

Natives and logging families were a source of the Roman Catholic population in our area.

On the 3rd Sunday of October, 1923 the church at Otter Point was placed under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier. However, with the termination of logging a few years later the church was closed and the building reverted to a private dwelling, later to house animals or farm equipment.

Sooke is among the oldest “missions” on Vancouver Island. From the 1860’s Mass was offered in the homes of Native leaders, particularly Chief Andrew Lazarre. In the early 1920’ a church (named after America’s first canonized saint – Rose of Lima) was erected on Native land. The church, which was blessed on February 7, 1926, was highly decorated and said to be one of the most beautiful chapels in western Canada at the time. It was serviced semi-monthly from the cathedral in Victoria.

In 1940 Father Theodore Geukers was named pastor of the surrounding territory, with residence at Sooke. The appointment was premature; the area could not yet support a priest.

In 1942 the church caught fire and was completely destroyed when an electric iron was left unattended. The territory reverted to “mission” status once again.

With a donation from the diocese, insurance money from the previous building and a substantial donation from the federal government (provided it would be used both spiritually and recreationally for Army personnel station in Sooke) the present church was built on the original site. It was built under the direction of Father Geoffrey Penfold —- ask Larry Rumsby for ‘first hand’ information since he worked on the building.

The church was serviced semi-monthly from the cathedral and practically every priest associated with the diocese took his turn on the missions.

In 1951 Father O’Brien was named parish priest for the territory, with headquarters at Langford. St. Rose became a mission of the new parish and was for the next 16 years.

In 1966 twelve and a half acres of land in the cnetre of the Sooke village was purchased for $15,000 as a future site for a new development.

An active altar society worked tirelessly and proudly to beautify the surroundings with the hope that some day St. Rose would have the status of an independent parish.

In 1967 the parishioners petitioned the Bishop for a resident pastor and Father Achilles Giacomini was appointed and took up residence in a rented apartment. This appointment, too, as revenues were not adequate. He resigned in 1970 and was replaced by Father John Farrell, an ex-navy chaplain whose navy pension helped the financing.

In 1972 Father Don McLaughlin took over the parish on a part-time basis but two years later he left for Australia.

Then Father William Mudge was asked to serve the district on a part time basis. He agreed to spend Saturday and Sunday in the parish, and to serve William Head Penitentiary and the Native population on the lower part of Vancouver Island as well. One half of the property acquired was sold for about $33,000 to help finance the parish.

Reference: “Anniversary – Our Lady of the Rosary Parish” – a paperback owned by Larry Rumbsy.   Edit


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O Lord our God, Who has called us to serve You in the midst of the world's affairs, When we stumble, hold us; when we fall, lift us up. When we are hard pressed with evil, deliver us. When we turn from what is good, turn us back and bring us at last to Your glory.
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