Catholic Faith in Plain English

Learn about the rich teachings and practices of our Catholic Faith from Father Vincent Hawkswell and Maureen Creelman in their course “The Catholic Faith in Plain English”. This free, 36 week-long course will once again be offered online this year and will start on September 19, 2021. This course is suitable for all adult learners including Catholics and non-Catholics. No pre-registration required; all course materials will be available at https://beholdvancouver.org/catholic-faith-course.

Course materials (videos and print resources) will be posted every Sunday morning at 9 am. The videos are pre-recorded so you’ll be able to view them whenever it’s convenient for you.
https://beholdvancouver.org/events/catholic-faith-in-plain-english-2

Second Collection for September 12

The Archdiocese of Vancouver will hold a second collection throughout all the Parishes of the Archdiocese, on Sept 11 & 12. This is to support Indian Residential School survivors and Indigenous communities in BC. As Archbishop J. Michael Miller said: “… It is my hope that this campaign will help to restore trust and further our ongoing journey together to truth and reconciliation.”

In a pandemic world, Upper Room gets set to encourage evangelizers

Hundreds of Catholics are expected to gather in-person and virtually for worship, prayer, and encouragement at the annual Upper Room. Read the full story here: https://bccatholic.ca/news/catholic-van/in-a-pandemic-world-upper-room-gets-set-to-encourage-evangelizers

Participants in last year’s Upper Room at a host site at Corpus Christi Parish. This year’s event will also be held at various locations in the Lower Mainland due to pandemic-related restrictions. (File photo)

Catholic Women’s Mental Health Support Group

Are you a woman looking for a community for people living with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders? Lisa Rumpel will be hosting an online mental health support group for women every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. The Sanctuary Course for Catholics will be used at the start of the first 8 weeks. Life is better when we can pray together! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month beginning September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Gregorian Chant Workshop with Christopher Suen

This workshop is led by Christopher Suen, Choirmaster and Director of Music at Holy Family Parish. Chris will begin by speaking briefly about the history, use, and theory of chant, then dive into a practical session that will involve singing some chants. It is open to all levels of singing and will be a chance for people to deepen their understanding of the beautiful texts and the way they are sung during the mass, ultimately drawing them closer to worshipping God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Sunday, August 29 at 3:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

St. Monica’s Mission Holy Hour

Many parents are grieving the loss of their adult child’s faith in the Catholic Church. This Year of the Family is an ideal time of grace for parents to pray, fast, and sacrifice for their adult children’s conversion. Through St. Monica’s Mission, A Prayerful Journey of Perseverance and Hope, parents are invited to join our monthly Holy Hours on the Third Friday of the month at various parishes across the Archdiocese. Friday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Addiction Help and Recovery for Women

If you, a loved one, or someone you know, wants to be free from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, consider Sancta Maria House. Located in a beautiful part of Vancouver, we offer a structured and supportive Catholic Christian 12-Step recovery program, in a pleasant, loving, family-like setting. We accept women of all faith backgrounds. For more information, visit agapestreetministry.org or call 604-731-5550.

The Men’s Retreat 2021

We are in a struggle to become men. Good men. Embrace the process. Find freedom. Face fear. Fight for truth. Solid in the most important arenas. Become the man you were designed to be. The Men’s Retreat offers something for everyone: powerful presentations, prayer time, Sacraments, fellowship, adventure, rest, hiking, and the rugged beauty of Rockridge Canyon in Princeton, BC. This year’s speakers include Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, Military Ordinariate, Jake Khym, Brett Powell and other great men from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. This is not “just another retreat,” this is THE Men’s Retreat you don’t want to miss. October 1 – 3, 2021. Friday, Oct 01, 2021 – Sunday, Oct 03, 2021; 4:30 PM – 1:00 PM.
Registration opens August 7 at 9:00 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Disclaimer: Please note that there is a personal cost for each registrant.

Reinstatement of Attendance of Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation

” … The Sacred Liturgy, “the source and summit of the Christian life,” is the very heart of our Catholic faith. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is an irreplaceable gift – a foretaste of Heaven itself. Being unable to gather together to worship on Sundays has been a great trial to disciples of Jesus and members of the Catholic community.

When the pandemic began, the Public Health Officer suspended all public Liturgies. Even when smaller Masses with a limited congregation were permitted, I continued the dispensation from the Sunday obligation. During the difficult months of the pandemic, our pastors, parishes, and the faithful adapted to this situation in order to ensure the health and well-being of parishioners. I offer my sincere gratitude for the efforts that were undertaken to implement and maintain the precautionary measures that kept our parishes and schools safe.

Many parishes live-streamed Masses over the Internet during the past year. While this means helped Catholics nourish their spiritual life when they could not be present for Mass, this practice cannot become the norm. The Son of God did not come to us virtually. He came to us – and continues to come to us – in the flesh. As Catholics, direct contact with the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Our Lord in offering the redeeming Sacrifice is irreplaceable.

In gratitude for the providential lessening of the danger to public health caused by the pandemic and for the good of souls, it is with joy that I hereby restore the Sunday obligation for Catholics starting Saturday, July 17, 2021. This obligation is not a burden, for it brings life to our spirit and nourishes our relationship with Jesus Christ.

As has always been the case, anyone with a “serious reason” or “grave cause” is excused from this obligation. In the case of the coronavirus pandemic, such reasons include:
anyone who is sick, symptomatic, or has been recently exposed to the coronavirus;
anyone with significant health risk factors that requires them to avoid public spaces
anyone who cares for someone with significant risk factors;
anyone who cannot attend Mass through no fault of their own because of frailty or old age.
May the return to the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist deepen our devotion and reclaim Sunday as a day of worship, leisure, and time for family and friends.

Given at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on this Memorial of Saint Henry, the Thirteenth Day of July, in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twenty-One. … “

+J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

Barbara Dowding
Chancellor

priest and holy eucharist
priest and holy eucharist

July 25 is Grandparent’s Day

When Pope Francis announced that July 25 would be celebrated as the Church’s first celebration of World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, it was an ideal opportunity to reflect on the value of grandparents in our lives.

The Church-wide celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly July 25 is being called “the first fruits of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year” and “a gift to the whole Church that is destined to continue into the future.”

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Response to church attacks ‘indicative of hatred, intolerance’ for religion

The executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League is calling for stronger public, political and law-enforcement action to protect the faithful in response to an early-summer conflagration of anti-Catholic arson, vandalism, threats and hate speech.

The more than 20 arson and vandalism attacks on churches across the country have been widely viewed as a response to the recent identification of long-lost gravesites at abandoned Indian Residential Schools.

“To their credit, it has been the Indigenous leaders who have made the strongest statements against acts of violence,” Christian Elia said in an interview with The B.C. Catholic. “There has been far less from other civil leaders and even law enforcement, quite frankly.

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St. Jean Baptiste Church in flames June 30. (CNS photo/Diane Burrel, social media via Reuters)

Expression of Commitment by the Archdiocese of Vancouver

June 2, 2021

Dear First Nations governments and all Indigenous communities, families and citizens, 

In light of the heartbreaking disclosure of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, I am writing to express my deep apology and profound condolences to the families and communities that have been devastated by this horrific news.  Each time new evidence of a tragedy is revealed, or another victim comes forward, countless wounds are reopened, and I know that you experience renewed suffering.  

I take this opportunity to reflect upon the apology I gave publicly before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2013, words to which I remain committed and accountable: “I wish to apologize sincerely and profoundly to the survivors and their families, as well as to all those subsequently affected, for the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of those Catholics who perpetrated mistreatment of any kind in these residential schools.”  The Church was unquestionably wrong in implementing a government colonialist policy which resulted in devastation for children, families and communities.

If words of apology for such unspeakable deeds are to bring life and healing, they must be accompanied by tangible actions that foster the full disclosure of the truth. Truth comes before reconciliation.  On behalf of the people of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, I commit to the following first steps in support of the Nations, families and communities impacted by the recent heartrending disclosure:

  1. We will be fully transparent with our archives and records regarding all residential schools, and strongly urge all other Catholic and government organizations to do the same.  Our records regarding the Kamloops Indian Residential School (Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc) were provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and will remain available for review.
  2. We will offer and support mental health support and counselling for family members and others whose loved ones may be buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
  3. We will offer to assist with technological and professional support to help the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and other affected Nations in whatever way they choose to honour, retrieve and remember their deceased children.
  4. We commit to supporting the same process and resources to all Nations in whose territories Catholic-run residential schools were forcibly located, and which fall within the historical boundaries of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. 
  5. We will renew our efforts to listen to Indigenous Peoples to hear from you how we can best walk with you along the path of justice.

We recognize that there is so much work remaining to be done, yet we hope that, if we persevere in these commitments with humility, we can restore the trust among us that will bring healing. 

Sincerely yours,

+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

Kamloops residents and First Nations members at a memorial in front of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on May 31. (CNS photo/Dennis Owen, Reuters)

Please support Project Advance

“For it is in giving that we receive.”​
St. Francis of Assisi​

These are challenging times, specially for the Catholic Church in Canada. But we persevere because there are many brethren and churches who need our support, with nowhere to turn to for help. In accordance with the priorities of our Archbishop, we raise funds to:

Enrich Parish Life
Help men and women answer to the call to vocations
Ensure our pastors, brothers and sisters are well formed in their vocation
Care for our retiring priests
Form the minds, hearts and souls of children in our Catholic schools
Provide shelter, food and emergency care for those who are vulnerable
Strengthen marriages and families
Advance lifelong faith formation
Promote a culture of life
Nourish souls

Help us by giving to Project Advance in the name of St. Stephen’s Parish in North Vancouver. We thank you for your generosity.