In his apostolic letter, Patris Corde, Pope Francis writes:
“Fathers are not born but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person.”
This Father’s Day, as we honour our own fathers and father figures, let us also remember those who have passed. On June 20, a special Father’s Day Mass will be celebrated at Gardens of Gethsemani in remembrance of deceased fathers and grandfathers.
Let us pray, through the intercession of St. Joseph, for all fathers; that, like him, they will care for those entrusted to them and raise them to walk the paths of life unaccompanied. Let us pray also for fathers who have passed away: that God’s mercy will be upon the deceased, and be a consolation to their bereaved family members.
On Thursday, July 1, Canada Day, join us in person or via live stream for the celebration of Mass and the Act of Entrustment to Saint Joseph. The Mass will be celebrated by the Very Reverend, Father Gary Franken, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, at Holy Rosary Cathedral at 12:10 pm. The Act of Entrustment will be preceded by a novena imploring Saint Joseph’s intercession for the welfare of the entire country, for the many needs of society, and to pray in particular for those who passed away due to COVID-19. The novena will begin on Tuesday, June 22 and end on Wednesday, June 30. Each day, you will receive a reflection, prayer, and call to action. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org.
This free presentation provides general information for preparing or updating your will and learning about the beauty of the funeral rite, and formulating pre-need arrangements. You’ll be pointed to complementary guides, tools and practical resources. The event is sponsored and presented by the Gardens of Gethsemani cemetery, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Thursday, June 24 at 11 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
PRE-REGISTRATION for Next Week’s Sunday Liturgy (June 27) is available outside the church prior to each Sunday Liturgy. **ONCE YOU HAVE PRE-REGISTERED YOU DO NOT NEED TO CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE.** Should there be a conflict, Fr. Mark will call you after the weekend.
Archbishop Michael J. Miller on May 27, 2021 released guidelines on celebration of mass in the Archdiocese of Vancouver that will allow the reopening of the Church to Public Masses (in – person) with a maximum of 50 people for every Celebration.
Effective May 31, 2021, we will resume our regular Mass schedule:
Weekdays Mondays to Friday and holidays: 08:30 am.
Saturdays are at 09:00 am.
Sunday Liturgy: Saturday evenings is at 4:30 pm. Sundays are at: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.
The same practices will be in place as prior to shutdown:
COVID 19 safe practices still apply: wearing of masks, social distancing, etc.
Everyone must pre-register for the Sunday Liturgies, and please advise the office if you are unable to attend.
Everyone must check in at the door amd they will proceed forward to be assigned a seat.
Doors will be closed and locked 5 minutes prior to each Mass to allow proper preparation.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver has received multiple reports from parishioners and priests who have fallen victim to a recent Internet email phishing scam. Imposters, posing as priests and using email addresses that are similar to those of our priests, have been emailing people asking for personal donations, gift cards, and other forms of financial assistance.
Never respond to emails requesting Google Play cards, iTunes cards, or any other form of personal financial assistance, even if it appears to be from a priest, deacon, religious, parish staff or bishop. If you have any doubt, please contact the sender by other means to verify any requests.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller and Rabbi Jonathan Infeld will meet for a fireside chat on Wednesday, May 12 at 7:30 pm. Archbishop Miller is the chief shepherd of Vancouver’s 445,000 Catholics and Rabbi Infeld is head of Congregation Beth Israel, British Columbia’s largest Conservative Jewish community.
Their meeting is an expression of the ongoing dialogue between Vancouver’s Catholics and Jews. Archbishop Miller and Rabbi Infeld will discuss matters of faith and how their communities have been a source of hope during the pandemic. The two will also chat about how the restrictions on religious gatherings have impacted their congregations.
The event will be live streamed. Everyone is welcome to join us for this extraordinary meeting of faiths and participate in Q&A. For more info, click HERE.
Catholics are invited to be vaccinated, both in keeping with the dictates of their conscience and in contributing to the common good by promoting the health and safety of others. All COVID-19 vaccines that are medically approved by the relevant health authorities may be licitly received by Catholics. Since there is currently no choice of vaccine being offered, Catholics in good conscience, may receive the vaccine that is available and offered to them. Read more at rcav.org/coronavirus
On Sunday, May 9, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will be honouring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 & 60+ years of marriage.
On behalf of Archbishop Miller, we are excited to invite you to the 2021 Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass. We will be live streaming the Mass and invite you and your family to join us.
The Mass will be celebrated for each couple with a special blessing at the end. At the time of the blessing, we will list the names of all the couples that have registered for the Mass. At end of the Mass, we will show a collage of pictures of all the couples.
The RCAV invites us all to “Joy of the Family” Week starting May 10 up to May 14, 2021. In celebration of the Year of the Family and National Week for Life and the Family, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is hosting 5 virtual events for families. We will celebrate families with a video, play Kahoot, Archbishop Miller will answer questions, we will have TikTok videos and finish with a family rosary. This event is organized by the Ministries and Outreach Office and ecclesial movements and new communities.
Monday, May 10 : Introduction and Celebration of the Family Video Tuesday, May 11: Family Kahoot! game Wednesday, May 12: Children ask Archbishop Miller Thursday, May 13: Family Tik-Tok Challenge Friday, May 14: Family Rosary and Blessing from Archbishop Miller
Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm for a Dr. Gordon Neufeld video course with Q&A facilitated by Kevin Bredeman, M.A.
The task of turning children into adults has never been more daunting. An adolescent is neither child nor adult – and therein lies much of the difficulty, turbulence, confusion, and challenge. They need us, yet need to not need us. We are their best bet, yet their instincts are to resist us.
On Sunday, May 9, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will be honouring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 & 60+ years of marriage. On behalf of Archbishop Miller, we are excited to invite you to the 2021 Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass. We will be live streaming the Mass and invite you and your family to join us. The Mass will be celebrated for each couple with a special blessing at the end. At the time of the blessing, we will list the names of all the couples that have registered for the Mass. At end of the Mass, we will show a collage of pictures of all the couples. Deadline to submit names and pictures for the livestream will be Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm. Deadline to receive a certificate is May 9. All certificates will be mailed. Register online for for free at beholdvancouver.org/events/marriage-anniversary-mass-2021
Join us for an evening online with Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, the Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College in Michigan, as she reflects on the Special Anniversary Year of Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home). What new opportunities for ecological conversion and fraternity is the Catholic Church calling forth for us as individuals and a global community? Join us on Friday, April 30 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Zoom. Register for free at beholdvancouver.org/events