Newcomers Welcome

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 the Americas 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.

Are You New to the Area and Want to Join the Parish?

We would like to hear from you!  Please complete the Parish Registration form located at the front of the Church or contact the Parish Office, Astrid Osuna at (250) 642-3945 during office hours (Tue and Fri), or email the office at  You may also contact Fr. Scott Whittemore, or email

Are You New to the Church and Interested in Becoming Catholic?

At St. Rose of Lima, we have a flat screen monitor up front to help make it easier for Newcomers and returning Catholics to follow along.  Roman Missals are also available for you to follow along with the readings.  When everyone proceeds for communion, if you have not taken your 1st holy communion yet, you may still go up with your arms crossed in front of your chest and receive a blessing from the Father.

Find out more about Becoming Catholic.