Pet Blessing on Sept. 29

Pet Blessing- Bring your pets for this special blessing in honour of St. Francis of Assisi who was known for his love of animals. Prayers and the blessing will be held in the parish garden on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Please bring your pets on a leash or in a carrier or appropriate box. Entrance to the garden is at 1020 Semlin Street, Vancouver. For more info, please call St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 604-255-8855.

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Life Chain on September 30

A LIFE CHAIN will form on Sunday, September 30th in Vancouver at Oak St & 29th Ave from 2-3 pm. This simple, peaceful witness provides an opportunity for young and old to remind their fellow community members of the inherent dignity of every human being, and our duty to defend the vulnerable. Please join us in this effort, and promote this event among friends and family members.

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Mass of the Holy Spirit at UBC

All are invited to join the Community of St. Mark’s (St. Mark’s College, Corpus Christi College, St. Mark’s Parish) in celebrating the opening of the academic year on the Vancouver campus at UBC on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, and Father Robert Allore, SJ, Chaplain of UBC and Pastor of St. Mark’s Parish at St. Mark’s College at UBC. Light refreshments will be served after Mass. To aid in our planning for Mass seating and the reception, we would benefit from your registration. Visit: http://stmarkscollege.ca/

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New RCAV Workshop: Couples Connect

“Couples Connect: A Deeper Bond” is an Archdiocese of Vancouver workshop to help couples better understand each other and develop a deeper connection. Through teaching moments, demonstration, and practice, this 6-week workshop provides couples with a unique opportunity to practice the skills learned and receive feedback from counselors. Couples will learn how to manage and work through conflict, increase sexual intimacy, fondness and admiration, feel more connection with their partner, and build a long lasting relationship of love. Couples will also receive a workbook containing handouts and reference tools to take home. Cost of the workshop is $40, and the workshop will happen at Our Lady of the Assumption – 3141 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 4L2; on the following dates: October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8, and 15. For more information please click here.

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Statement on the Recent News of Sexual Abuse in the Church

VANCOUVER (August 17, 2018) – Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, today released a statement regarding the recent revelations of abuse in the Church.

To the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver:

Over the past few weeks, a number of very serious accounts of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have become public.

Like you, I am devastated by these accounts of profound evil.

What the victims of sexual abuse have endured has shaken me and broken my heart. I grieve for what they have suffered at the hands of their abusers and by those who betrayed their spiritual fatherhood by failing to protect those entrusted to their pastoral care.

In addition to being sexually abused, many victims were treated very poorly by authorities in the Church. The failure of Church leaders to prevent the abuse, covering it up by moving abusers around, their lack of care and concern for victims: these were grave failures and terribly wrong. We are all rightfully outraged and discouraged by these actions.

As a bishop, I am especially upset with those bishops and priests who failed to protect the most vulnerable among us. They did not live up to their calling as shepherds and, even more, as spiritual fathers. What father would come to know that his child had been abused and do nothing about it? What father would cover up the abuse and tell his child to “get over it” in order to protect the family’s “reputation”? Would that they had acted like Jesus, who showed his anger towards those who defiled the temple!

If you are aware of any situation of abuse happening now, please immediately contact law enforcement authorities. If the abuse involves a member of the clergy or any person engaged in ministry in our Archdiocese, please also make us aware. You may find our webpage on reporting abuse at: https://rcav.org/safe-environment-reporting/ If you know of any sexual abuse that occurred in the past, but have not reported it before, consider doing so now.

For a number of years now, the Archdiocese of Vancouver has had a robust abuse prevention policy in place. We report allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement. We offer to pay for counselling for victims. We are looking at ways to offer other support as needed.

I call on the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver to join me in doing penance in reparation for the grave sins committed within our Church against our brothers and sisters. In order to heal as a community of faith, we must first acknowledge our brokenness before the Lord.

Within the next few weeks, I will issue a pastoral letter outlining our plans, including prayer, fasting and services of reparation in all our parishes at a date to be determined. The pain inflicted on so many victims affects us all and compels each of us to offer our prayers for them and to do penance for the sins committed against them.

Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver
17 August 2018

CWL News

The CWL General meeting on Wednesday, September 5th at 7 pm, will be a social evening, looking forward to seeing everyone after the summer break, come out and join us for a little wine & cheese, fellowship and fun entertainment, as we plan for our meetings for the remainder of this year. All ladies of the parish are welcome!

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Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

HOLY TRINITY PARISH – PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: We thank Our Lord for having Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration available to all parishes on the North Shore. We encourage you to offer a Holy Hour as many adorers are taking vacations or are ill, and we are in need of assistance. Please contact Holy Trinity office (604)988-6304, with your name, phone number and Holy Hour convenient for you.

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Employment Opportunities from the Archdiocese

The following employment opportunities have been posted on the Archdiocese website. Please refer to the links for more details. Good luck! Archdiocese Link: http://rcav.org/employment/

Pastoral Centre Offices

Coordinator of Evangelization Programs, Ministries and Outreach Office (Full-Time)
Coordinator of Adult Catechesis and Formation Programs (Full-Time)
Family Services Advisor (Full-Time)
Groundskeeper (Full-Time)

Parishes

Parish Secretary, Church of the Assumption, Powell River (Part-Time)
Administrative Assistant, Holy Rosary Cathedral (Part-Time)
Administrative Assistant, Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Full-Time)
Administrative Assistant, St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Part-Time)
Director of Discipleship, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Vancouver (Full-Time)
Receptionist, St. Francis de Sales Parish (Part-Time)

Schools

Academic Dean, Corpus Christi College
Administrative Assistant, St. Thomas More Collegiate (Full-Time)
Director of Development, St. Patrick’s Regional Secondary (Full-Time)
Digital Community Coordinator, St. Mark’s College/Corpus Christi College (Part-Time Contractor)
Enrolment Services Officer, St. Mark’s College/Corpus Christi College (Full-Time)
First Nations Support Worker, St. Edmund’s Elementary (Part-Time)
First Nations Support Worker, Immaculate Conception Elementary (Part-Time)
Library Technician, Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary (Full-Time)
Maintenance Worker, St. Jude’s Elementary (Part-Time)
Noon Hour Student Supervisor, St. Mary’s School (Part-Time)
Student Recruitment Officer, St. Mark’s College/Corpus Christi College
Welcome Centre Clerk, St. Mark’s College/Corpus Christi College (Full-Time)
Teaching Positions – teachers on call

 

Statement on the Recent Revelations of Sexual Abuse in the Church

VANCOUVER (August 17, 2018) – Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, today released a statement regarding the recent revelations of abuse in the Church.

To the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver:

Over the past few weeks, a number of very serious accounts of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have become public.

Like you, I am devastated by these accounts of profound evil.

What the victims of sexual abuse have endured has shaken me and broken my heart. I grieve for what they have suffered at the hands of their abusers and by those who betrayed their spiritual fatherhood by failing to protect those entrusted to their pastoral care.

In addition to being sexually abused, many victims were treated very poorly by authorities in the Church. The failure of Church leaders to prevent the abuse, covering it up by moving abusers around, their lack of care and concern for victims: these were grave failures and terribly wrong. We are all rightfully outraged and discouraged by these actions.

As a bishop, I am especially upset with those bishops and priests who failed to protect the most vulnerable among us. They did not live up to their calling as shepherds and, even more, as spiritual fathers. What father would come to know that his child had been abused and do nothing about it? What father would cover up the abuse and tell his child to “get over it” in order to protect the family’s “reputation”? Would that they had acted like Jesus, who showed his anger towards those who defiled the temple!

If you are aware of any situation of abuse happening now, please immediately contact law enforcement authorities. If the abuse involves a member of the clergy or any person engaged in ministry in our Archdiocese, please also make us aware. You may find our webpage on reporting abuse at: http://rcav.org/safe-environment-reporting/ If you know of any sexual abuse that occurred in the past, but have not reported it before, consider doing so now.

For a number of years now, the Archdiocese of Vancouver has had a robust abuse prevention policy in place. We report allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement. We offer to pay for counselling for victims. We are looking at ways to offer other support as needed.

I call on the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver to join me in doing penance in reparation for the grave sins committed within our Church against our brothers and sisters. In order to heal as a community of faith, we must first acknowledge our brokenness before the Lord.

Within the next few weeks, I will issue a pastoral letter outlining our plans, including prayer, fasting and services of reparation in all our parishes at a date to be determined. The pain inflicted on so many victims affects us all and compels each of us to offer our prayers for them and to do penance for the sins committed against them.

Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver
17 August 2018