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Volunteer Opportunities for Events

Volunteer Opportunities at the RCAV: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (RCAV) is accepting applications for volunteer opportunities at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre in the following areas: Program Support & Events Support. To apply, please complete our Volunteer Information Form.

Also: For Administrative Support: If you are proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, have experience using Raiser’s Edge and would like to volunteer with the Archdiocese of Vancouver please submit your résumé to

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Westlynn Sports Camp in August

WESTLYNN SPORTS CAMP is from August 13-17, 2018 and sponsored by Westlynn Baptist Church. Camp starts at 9:30 am until 2:45 pm.  On August 17  there will also be a Camp Wrap-Up. Families are invited for camp video and ice cream! For kids who have completed Grades K-7. The cost is $85 per child before July 15th;  $100 after July 15th. Price includes 5 lunches, snacks, camp T-shirt, sports/class instruction and daily prize. A Family rate is available – first 2 children – $ 85 each ($100 after July 15th). Third child & beyond $ 50 each. ($ 65 after July 15th). But Wait!  There’s also discounted rates for St. Stephen’s Parish members. Contact- 604-986-4516 or Please take a flyer from the church.

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Archdiocese Events for Youth

Join us this summer for Leadership and Discipleship Training for youth and young adults: YouthLeader and Searching in the Spirit.

YouthLeader trains youth to be leaders of ministry and forms youth in the vision and values of Jesus; helping them make the connection between their Catholic faith and their actions in leadership. Youth and adults use the leadership skills they gain to plan for the parish, school, or community group they represent. Many YouthLeader participants move on to leadership roles in their parishes, schools, and/or communities in answering the baptismal call in the mission and ministry of the Church. For more information about this program, please contact Clayton Imoo (Ministries and Outreach Office) (604) 683-0281 or email:

Participants: For youth ages 14 and older (entering grade 10 or higher)

Searching in the Spirit
Searching in the Spirit is a fun and faith-filled experience of Christian community that deepens the newly confirmed young persons’ understanding of the special gifts that the Spirit has given them. The week-long program includes community and social activities, prayer experiences, Mass, Reconciliation, and camp activities which include swimming, kayaking, archery, low ropes, and canoeing. Young people are also accompanied by adults from their parish or school who will act as mentors and guides during the program.

Who Should Attend? Youth ages 12 & 13 who have recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation (2017), and their adult leaders.
Youth must be accompanied by adult leaders (age 19 and older).
The ratio of adult leaders to youth must be 1 adult leader to 8 youth (1:8).

When and Where? Searching in the Spirit will take place at Camp Jubilee in North Vancouver from August 27 – 31, 2018 (Monday to Friday).

How Much Will it Cost? cost: $375 per person (early registration; $400 after July 27, 2018) Cost includes program resources, lodging, meals, recreational activities, and water transportation from Deep Cove (North Vancouver) for the five-day event.

How Do We Register? Please contact the appropriate person in your parish or school (Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator, your Grade 7 Teacher, or your PREP Coordinator)
Individual registrations will not be accepted at the Ministries and Outreach Office.

Visit Our Lady of Lourdes on Aug. 18

St. Joesph’s Parish, Mission – Invites everyone to the GROTTO OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES- at Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission ( 7484 Mary Street). Saturday, August 18, 2018. Mass at 1 pm with Archbishop J. Michael Miller. Confessions between 10 am and 1 pm. Procession to the Grotto, Rosary, and Benediction to follow. Please bring your own picnic lunch & chairs as there will be time for a picnic and fellowship.
For more information please call 604-425-0392.

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Men’s Retreat – Sep. 28 to 30

From the RCAV Website:

This Men’s Retreat is for every man searching for deeper relationship with God and a fuller understanding of what it means to live as a son of the Father. This retreat weekend is an opportunity to get away from the busyness and demands of our schedules to personally encounter God the Father and experience His generous love.

This experience offers something for everyone. Powerful presentations, prayer time, Sacraments, fellowship, adventure, music, rest, hiking, swimming, and the rugged beauty of Rockridge Canyon. There will also be workshops from other great men across the Archdiocese. This is not “just another retreat”, this is *THE* Men’s Retreat you don’t want to miss!

For more information, please head over to this page:

Job Opportunities from the RCAV

The Archdiocese of Vancouver website posted several job opportunities for parishioners who are looking for job opportunities. An example is the list of open applications from the Pastoral Centre Offices for these full-time jobs:

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

Please visit the RCAV website for even more details on these job requirements, plus even more job openings you maybe interested in applying. Good Luck!

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Mass Wedding for Civilly Married Couples

ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS – Mass Wedding for Civilly Married Couples Saturday, August 25, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Surrey. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will be celebrating a wedding Mass for a large number of civilly married couples (participants must be both baptized and married only once). You will need a copy of your marriage registration, a recent copy of your baptism certificates, and to complete some forms. Registration deadline: July 31. To register or for more info, contact the parish office at 604-589-2448 or Deacon Greg Barcelon at 604-771-2975 or email

Attention Altar Servers

Reminder for ALTAR SERVERS – In the summer months of July and August, there will be no Altar server schedule sent out to the Altar servers. You are requested to kindly check with Father Mark, before Mass, if he needs assistance. We understand that families are going to be away for the holidays, but for those who are here, your help at Mass will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your dedication to this ministry. Hope you all have a happy & safe summer vacation.

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RCAV: July Mass of Remembrance

Join the RCAV and fellow Catholics for the monthly Mass of Remembrance as we pray for our family members that have passed away this month of July. Masses are at 12:30pm and 2:30pm in our Evangelist Chapel, at Gardens of Gethsemani. The Chapel is located at Gardens of Gethsemane, 15694 32 Ave, Surrey V3Z 9V1.

Visit Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Visit Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, 2018 – You are invited to join Rev. TAP Kurudeepan OMI, Pastor of St. Paul’s Church, North Vancouver, on a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico from October 31 to November 5, 2018. This all-inclusive tour, organized by WATCHMEN Missions Pilgrimages, costs only $1598 and includes airfare, transfers, ideally located comfortable hotels (single occupancy supplement $345), excursion tours, Mexico City walking tours, sightseeing, travel medical insurance (with trip interruption protection), and three daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). For inquires, call Fr. Tap, 604-984-6709, or text or call Felix Wee, 250-800-9091. Attend an information session, including a video presentation and refreshments, Saturday, July 7, 5:30 pm, before the 7 pm First Saturday Mass and Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Paul’s Parish.

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