STA Christmas Concert and Exhibit

STA Art Exhibition & Christmas Concert – Everyone is welcome to attend. The event will take place in the foyer and gym on Monday, December 5th. The Art Exhibition will start at 6pm and the Concert will commence at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Prayers Requested

Your prayers are requested for Marta Brisco, Claire Christie, Andy Demeule, Maria Dos Santos, Joan Dowling, Brandon Fairleigh, Rose Gill, Mark Hamilton, Wade Kaczkielo, Frank Kilian, Gretchen Mostardi, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Mary Catherine O’Sullivan, Jeannette Oulette, Desi Santos, Tony Tadey, Maria Villarroel, and Jarrod Wiesner.

man praying
image care of @amyroseex at Unsplash

A Note of Thanks

Joan Billesberger wishes to thank everyone for your donations of bottles, cans, empty containers, juice cartons etc to help raise funds for the BC Guide Dogs throughout the year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Pastoral letter calling for prayer, fasting and action for Ukraine

The war in Ukraine rages on with no end in sight, claiming the lives of thousands of innocent children, men and women, with millions more on the move as refugees in search of safety, food, shelter, clothing and medicine, in addition to the destruction of countless homes, schools, hospitals and business. As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of people will have no heat in their homes, with energy being used as a weapon of punishment. Ukraine and its people are in crisis. Like the Holodomor-Genocide, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, which claimed the lives of millions of people in Ukraine when the Soviet Union deliberately and methodically starved as many as one-quarter of the Ukrainian population, today’s war in Ukraine by foreign aggressors has as its intent to erase the identity and history of the Ukrainian people – a genocide in the making. In light of the recent intensified attacks, let us renew our attention on the plight of the people of Ukraine in an effort to continue to “Stand with Ukraine.” In particular, let us renew our efforts to pray, fast, and act. Read the full pastoral letter at devp.org. 

Ukrainian refugees warming up in a tent. (Source: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Germany, Caritas internationalis)

Annual Gold Mass for Scientists at UBC

Science students, faculty and staff from UBC, SFU and other post-secondary institutions as well as scientists and science educators are invited for an annual gold Mass with Archbishop Miller at St. Mark’s Parish. A lunch reception will follow in Plato’s Cave adjacent to the church, hosted by St. Mark’s at UBC, SFU Catholic Chaplaincy and the Society of Catholic Scientists, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation. Pay parking is available across the street at Carey Hall (5920 Iona Dr), North Parkade (6115 Student Union Blvd) and Rose Garden Parkade (6278 NW Marine Dr).

More Information: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/annual-gold-mass-for-scientists-at-ubc#overview

Time and Date: Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022. 12:10 PM

Prayers Requested

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF:
+ Rev. Fr. John Horgan, former Pastor of St. Pius X Parish, North Vancouver.
“…Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O Lord,
And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him
May His Soul And The Souls Of All The Faithful Departed,
Through The Mercy Of God,
Rest In Peace.
Amen.”

The Eleventh Annual Archbishop’s Dinner

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors – The Smith Bros. and Wilson (B.C.) Ltd. and Columbus Charities Association

The Archbishop’s Dinner has become a way for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver to gather and to hear updates from our Archbishop on the activities of the past year and where we are headed in the coming year. We are excited to host the Eleventh Annual Archbishop’s Dinner on Oct. 26 at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver. Reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. This year’s Archbishop’s Dinner will fund Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Learn more and register at rcav.org/dinner2022.

World Youth Day 2023 Information Session

This information session will give you more insight and information regarding next year’s World Youth Day event in Lisbon, Portugal from Aug. 1 – 6, 2023. This session is geared towards group leaders but open to everyone. We’ll be giving a brief primer on World Youth Day as well as covering what you can expect from World Youth Day and the preceding Days in the Dioceses, and what to keep in mind when putting a group together. As well, we’ll be providing some travel companies that can consider partnering with. Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver. We will also hold on a Zoom session on Oct. 27 for people who cannot attend the Oct. 17 session. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Grief: A Complicated Journey

Denis Boyd is a registered psychologist and a popular speaker on a variety of topics including grief. In this talk, he will discuss healthy and unhealthy grief, the reactions to grief, and the factors that influence grief. Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Pet Blessings

Bring your pets to the annual Pet Blessing in honour of St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals. There will be special prayers and individual blessing of the pets. Please ensure your pet is on a leash or in a cage. The blessing takes place in the garden of St. Francis of Assisi Parish with the entrance at 1020 Semlin Drive in Vancouver. Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. All are welcome! Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Image courtesy of monastery icons.

Into the Deep: Make Every Sunday Matter

Every Sunday Matter is one of the four Archdiocesan Priorities. For the next four months, Into the Deep will help us better understand the importance of the liturgy. Join Dr. Andrew Kaethler as he explores the sacramental richness of the liturgical life. Fridays at 7 p.m. at a parish host site or online.