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Making Sense of Adolescence – Parenting Webinar Series

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.

Learn more and register at

Marriage Anniversary Mass

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

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Into the Deep: ‘Laudato Si’ Five Years Later

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

Young Adult Easter Retreat

BE INSPIRED by moments of reflection, testimonies and sharing in the light of a spirituality of unity. CONNECT with other young adults across the United States and Canada that like you are looking to deepen their spiritual lives and make a better world. LEARN how you can face darkness and FIND the light necessary to make the right choices. Join us on Saturday, April 3, from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Organized by the Youth for a United World of the Focolare Movement.
Join us by clicking on this link.

Holy Week Schedule

On Monday afternoon (Update March 29, 2021), the Provincial Health Officer HAS SUSPENDED indoor gatherings and worship services due to the rising cases of Covid 19.

Reception of the Holy Eucharist will still be available outside of the Chapel and will observe Social Distancing, during these times:

Holy Thursday: 7:00 to 8:00 pm (evening)
Good Friday : 4:00 to 5:00 pm (later afternoon)
Holy Saturday: 9:00 to 9:30 pm (late evening)
Easter Sunday: 8:00 to 9:00 AM and 10:00 to 11:00 AM (morning)

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

God bless,
Fr. Mark

The Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, beginning Dec. 8, 2020 and ending Dec. 8, 2021, in honour of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. The Pope established a Year of St. Joseph, who with the Canadian Martyrs is one of Canada’s patron saints, so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.” Visit to learn more.

Catholics and the Vaccine

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. The CCCB Note of 9 March 2021 simply restates the position outlined by the Holy See in its Note of December 21, 2020 regarding the use of vaccines. 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

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500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

Join the Filipino Community in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. Through a Quarterly Virtual Celebration, go down memory lane and appreciate how the Filipinos received the Catholic faith which they are now actively witnessing to in more than 210 countries all over the world. Watch cultural presentations, exhortations and testimonies of why faith is so strong among Filipinos. For more information visit or email This event takes place Friday, April 16 at 6:00 pm. Register online at

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Warning: Email Fraud

The Archdiocese of Vancouver 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.


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Lenten Retreat on March 26

Last year’s Lenten Retreat was attended by over 700 faithful from the Archdiocese of Vancouver and beyond. This year, you and your family are invited to attend a special evening of faith to prepare for the holiest week of the year. Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV is America’s preeminent writer on Ignatian spiritual direction and discernment. He will join us virtually from Denver to speak on prayer through meditation and contemplation. His clear and practical approach will invite us into the imaginative scenes of scripture and the characters we encounter throughout Holy Week. We will also hear personal reflections from Sister Mary Sabina DeMuth as well as Lisa and Makani Marquis. Join us on Friday, March 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm online. Register for free at

Prayer’s Requested

Please keep in your prayers, the repose of the soul of
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her O Lord,
And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her.
May Her Souls And The Souls Of All The Faithful Departed,
Through The Mercy Of God, Rest In Peace. Amen

Prayers Requested

Please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of: +LEO O’NEILL of our Parish.
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,

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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred. (PLEASE refer to link for STATIONS OF THE CROSS .)

Ash Wednesday Starts on the 17th February

For Ash Wednesday, February 17th, from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. we will have a distribution
of ashes and the reception of the Holy Eucharist. The format will be similar to
what we have already for the reception of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday from 4:00 –
4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:00 – 8:30 and 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. except that Fr.
Hawkswell will accompany me. He will precede me in the queue and distribute
ashes by sprinkling them on the head of each person, who will then move forward
in the queue to receive the Holy Eucharist.

The preparation of saying the prayers on the billboard prior to reception of the Holy
Eucharist and the thanksgiving prayer of the Anima Christi after remains the

Both priests will have sanitized their hands before and will be wearing masks
during the distribution of ashes and the reception of the Holy Eucharist.

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image care of Grabriella Clare Marino