Masks Required at Mass

Please be reminded that per Archbishop Miller’s August 25th instruction, masks are required at Mass:
“I regard it as prudent that, as in all other indoor gatherings in BC, the wearing of masks will be required when attending Mass in the churches of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
All other parish gatherings indoors, such as meetings, prayer groups, PREP, etc., are covered by the BC mask mandate, and all those aged 12 and older must wear masks.”​​​
Thank you for your attention to this request.

Flood Fund

FLOOD FUND – The Archdiocese of Vancouver has set up a fund to support migrant workers displaced by last week’s devastating flooding in the Fraser Valley. In a statement Monday, Archbishop J. Michael Miller said, “In times of adversity, Christians are known for coming together to help the most vulnerable. In particular need are migrant workers in the Fraser Valley who have been displaced by the flooding and had their livelihoods disrupted. To help them and their families, we have set up a Fraser Valley Flood Fund, with all donations going toward their support. Please donate at rcav.org/floodfund. During this time of scarcity, we can also practise Christian stewardship by conserving resources so there is enough for all our brother and sisters. Please keep those who have been affected by this tragedy in your prayers.”
LINK HERE

Filipino Dawn Mass Novena Starts Dec. 16

The Filipino Tradition “Simbang Gabi” (a devotional nine-day series of “Dawn Masses”) is celebrated in anticipation of Christmas and to honour Mother Mary. The Novena is held at several parishes across the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

To start off the Annual 9-day Novena, everyone is invited to the “Simbang Gabi” Launching Mass at the Holy Rosary Cathedral (Vancouver) on December 14, at 7:00 PM, with the traditional Lantern Parade starting at 6:45 PM. The Eucharistic Celebration will be officiated by none other than Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB.

On the North Shore, masses will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish (on Lonsdale Avenue) and will start daily from December 16 until 24, at 6:00 AM (0600 H) as per the classic “Simbang Gabi” tradition.
St. Edmunds’ will have their masses in the evenings, at 6:30 PM starting December 16.
St. Paul’s will have their masses also in the evenings, at 7:00 PM

To Find other Parishes celebrating the Dawn Mass, please click here.

Advent Retreat 2021

As we begin our journey through the Advent Season join us for the Annual Archdiocesan Advent Retreat and prepare your “Interior Stable” to welcome the Christ Child. Father Boniface Hicks, OSB, will lead a prayerful mediation on the Nativity story with time for reflection, silence and prayer and Father Joachim Aldaba, O.Praem, will share with us the joy of the great news of the birth of our Savior and reflect on the Gloria in Excelsis Deo.

Following the retreat, all the participants will receive, throughout Advent, weekly emails with short videos and/or reflections to help us continue to prepare for the coming of the Christ Jesus at Christmas.

Click Here for more information and Registration.

Walking with St. Joseph During Advent

As part of our Novena and Consecration to St. Joseph, we are very excited to welcome Cardinal Tagle for a live webinar on walking with St. Joseph through Advent. The webinar will take place on December 4th at 10:00 AM via Zoom, and will be an opportunity to prayerfully prepare for the Consecration to St. Joseph on December 8th. All are welcome to join. This webinar will not be recorded.

Cardinal Luis Tagle was ordained to the diaconate on 18 July 1981 and to the priesthood on 27 February 1982. He currently serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Manila. We look forward to being joined by Cardinal Tagle as we grow in our devotion to St. Joseph.

Information and Registration Here.

Advent Bible Seminar

Join us for the ADVENT BIBLE SEMINAR – with Fr. Jim Nisbet. On Saturday & Sunday, November 27 & 28 at St. Luke`s Parish, 20285 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. In-person attendance is limited to 45 persons. Pre-registration required. Visit Home | biblecentre (wixsite.com) for details and registration.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Collection

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – Second collection at all Masses next weekend, November 13 & 14. This is held every year to help those in need at the parish and in the community. You will find special envelopes in the pews today. Please take one home and return it next weekend with your donation. All contributions will be receipted by the Society. Kindly make cheques payable to the “Society of St. Vincent de Paul”. Thank you for your generosity.

Annual Poinsettia Sale

ANNUAL STA POINSETTIA SALE IS HERE!! Once again, the STA Parent Association is proudly selling beautiful Christmas poinsettias, wreaths and seasonal arrangements. The funds raised will be used to improve and enhance our school, and support STA student extra-curricular activities.
Please visit aquinas.growingsmilesfundraising.com and place your order today.
The order deadline is November 21st and COVID safe pick-ups will take place on Dec 2nd and 3rd. Contact sta.pa@aquinas.com with any questions.

Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash

Into The Deep: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia

During the Year of the Family, join Archbishop J. Michael Miller as he explores the key ideas in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, and reflects on the sacredness of the family in God’s decisive plan for the future of the world and that of the Church (Amoris Laetitia, 31).

Archbishop Miller will speak on how the joyful and sacrificial love of marriage and family reflects the depth of God’s love for his people and plays a vital role in the Church’s evangelizing mission of sharing the Gospel to the world.

Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Go to Joseph! A Webinar on Looking to St. Joseph in Life and Death

We don’t know much about the last hours of St. Joseph from Scripture, but tradition and early-century sacred art portray him as dying peacefully in the arms of Jesus and Mary. This is why St. Joseph is known as the patron of a grace-filled and happy death.

Join us for a webinar with Fr. Pio Vottola, O.Praem, Sr. Catherine Mary Clarke, FSE, and Michele Smillie who will share stories and answer questions about what it means to have a grace-filled passing, how having the end in mind can help us embrace life more fully, and how we can conquer our own fears of dying through the example and intercession of St. Joseph.

Turning to St. Joseph in Life and in Death
Zoom on: November 12, 2021 at 7:00PM
Please Register here: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/go-to-joseph-looking-to-st-joseph-in-life-and-in-death

Synod Opening Mass

Pope Francis has announced that a Synod of Bishops will take place in October 2023, called “For a synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”

The official opening of this multiphase Synod took place in Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021. The first phase (October 2021 to April 2022) will now begin in Dioceses and Episcopal Conferences around the world.

In solidarity with the Holy Father’s desire that we walk together in communion to pursue a common mission by participating in this Synod, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will celebrate an Opening Mass at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

For our local Church, this Synodal Process is a new opportunity to walk together, listen to one another in charity, and to hear what is on the hearts of our brothers and sisters. It is a chance to gather in community, to reach out to those who may have fallen by the wayside, and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide not only the universal Church, but also our Archdiocese.

Sunday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Pre-Pandemic Mass at Holy Rosary Church in downtown Vancouver, BC.