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Dandelion Society offers Easter service with a twist

Rev. Al Tysick writes notes at his outdoor ‘office’, a table outside the Dolce Vita Coffee Art cafe on Yates Street at Vancouver Street. On Friday (April 18) Tysick will host the Dandelion Society’s third annual Good Friday service and breakfast in Centennial Square. - Don Denton/News staff
Rev. Al Tysick writes notes at his outdoor ‘office’, a table outside the Dolce Vita Coffee Art cafe on Yates Street at Vancouver Street. On Friday (April 18) Tysick will host the Dandelion Society’s third annual Good Friday service and breakfast in Centennial Square.
— image credit: Don Denton/News staff

Good Friday can be a time of religious ceremony, reflection or simply the beginning of a relaxing long weekend.

But for Rev. Al Tysick, the Christian holiday provides an opportunity to bring good food and community to Victoria’s most marginalized community.

“Often, the poor don’t feel wanted in the church, they don’t feel welcome,” Tysick said.

On Friday (April 18), Tysick and the Dandelion Society will host their third annual Good Friday service and breakfast in Centennial Square for more than 100 homeless and Victoria residents living in poverty.

“This is in their backyard. It’s also to make a political statement to remind politicians and the city that homelessness is a big issue, addiction is a big issue in Victoria,” Tysick said.

The service has been written entirely by members of the street community to connect the struggles associated with poverty with the life of Jesus Christ. After the service, attendees will be invited to write down their struggles and nail them to a wooden cross before breakfast is served.

“That’s probably the most powerful moment of the service,” Tysick said.

The Good Friday service begins at 9 a.m. and is open to anyone.

 

 

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