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.

From Pain to Forgiveness: The Strength of a Survivor

Read the story of residential school survivor and First Nation’s Cree elder Don Tourangeau as he embraced Father Pierre Ducharme at St. Joseph’s Parish in Richmond on Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. It is a story of hurt, pain and redemption, and a lesson that all Canadians must learn and never forget. READ MORE.

Cree residential school survivor Don Tourangeau (centre) at St. Joseph the Worker with pastor Father Pierre Ducharme and friend and parishioner Rhonda Caris. About 250 people listened to Tourangeau share his story as a residential school survivor. (St. Joseph the Worker photos)

Employment Opportunities

The Archdiocese of Vancouver is in need of a committed core of individuals who are eager to serve in ministry. If you feel called to be a part of this team, you can view our current openings at rcav.org/jobs

Example of jobs needed to be filled:
Family and Accounting Manager: https://rcav.org/jobs/145
Payroll and Benefits Administrator, Human Resources Office: https://rcav.org/jobs/128
Director of Development: https://rcav.org/jobs/146
Office Manager / Administrative Assistant: https://rcav.org/jobs/140

And many more opportunities. Please visit the page if you are interested: https://rcav.org/jobs

The Archdiocese of Vancouver is blessed to be made up of a committed core of individuals who are eager to serve in ministry. Images from Archdiocese Jobs Page.

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.