PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF:
+ CATHERINE PARKES OF OUR PARISH
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
MANY THANKS to all of you for the many cards, prayers, goodies and gifts that you dropped off at the parish during the Christmas Season. It has indeed been a time for all of us to look at the many graces in our parish, our lives and families, and of our own need to take time to pray. May you all have many graces in the New Year.
Thank you and God bless, Fr. Mark, Vienna and Robin
The topic is: “Deus Caritas Est | God is Love”
We invite you to a study on Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Letter “God is Love”. This will be held on Thursdays, from February 4 to March 25, Morning & Evening Offerings. We rely on individual funding, so may we ask that you contribute to the study cost: $25. The faith study will be online, using the Zoom platform. There will be a total of 8 sessions, 1.5 hours each. The bulk of the session will be a small-group discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Sr. Angela Marie Castellani, FSE, at email@example.com or 604-683-0281, ext. 50208
Please Note – All Masses have been suspended till midnight of January 8th. Please go to our website or visit www.rcav.org for more information. Meanwhile please take note of these services:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Or at any time – Please call the Rectory)
Sacrament of Baptism: Please contact the Rectory.
Sacrament of Marriage: Please contact the Rectory 4-6 months in advance.
Holy Orders: Fr. Paul Goo – 604-683-0281(Vocations Office)
Anointing of the Sick: Please contact the Rectory
We pray for your intentions throughout the season and look forward to seeing you in 2021.
On Monday, Dec. 7, B.C. extended public health restrictions into the new year, including the ban on religious gatherings. Archbishop Miller of Vancouver sits down to discuss how Christmas celebrations will look different this year, as well as the Church’s stance on vaccines.
As you may have heard, all Catholic Masses are to suspend Masses, starting Nov. 19, midnight, until midnight of December 7th, 2020. The following is an extract from the Archdiocesan website, after the announcement yesterday.
From the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s website: “The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Vancouver remains committed to doing its part to help stem the tide of this pandemic by following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s new public health orders.
“I am saddened,” stated Archbishop J. Michael Miller, “that the celebration of Mass with a congregation, a comfort and strength to so many, has to be suspended at this time. Most of our parishes are already live streaming Mass, and I encourage the faithful to participate in this way.”
Amid a global pandemic, and the ongoing conflict and violence in Colombia, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Colombia accompanies, serves, and advocates on behalf of forcibly displaced people. Its work focuses on strengthening relationships between people who have been displaced and the host population. It facilitates the integration of migrants, especially women, who struggle to adjust to their new environment and face the ever-present threat of violence. Juana Potes, Programs Officer of JRS Colombia, talks about their and their challenging context. Remember that even if the time doesn’t suit, if you register, a recording will be sent to you to view at your own leisure.
Date: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Webinar over Zoom
For many of us, it would be easy to say that 2020 has had its unique share of challenges. It has been easy to become discouraged, disconnected, and disengaged. Advent and subsequently, Christmas, however, present for us an opportunity to share in a fresh joy, a true joy, a joy that can conquer any darkness: Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born!
Join Father Juan Lucca and Barb Dowding at this year’s Advent Retreat: Ero Cras (Tomorrow, I Will Be), where we will explore the rich symbols in Advent and share the intricate details of Christmas liturgy to help prepare us for the coming of Christ at Christmas, where our hope and our joy will be full.
The CWL of Our Lady of Perpetual Help welcomes the Alzheimer’s Society of BC to share tips on keeping our minds active and young. All ages and men are welcome too! The event is free but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. On Nov. 4, click on the live stream link below to admit you into the meeting. You have to be registered to attend.
LINK HERE: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/brain-health-workshop
The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on September 27, 2020. As the title for his annual message, the Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to Flee”.
The message focuses on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs), who currently number over 41 million worldwide. The six sub-themes of this year’s theme, expressed in six pairs of verbs are: to know in order to understand; to draw near so as to serve; to listen in order to reconcile; to share and thus to grow; to involve in order to promote; and finally, to collaborate and therefore to build.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver is home to Catholics from many countries and where the Holy Mass is celebrated in over twenty-two languages. Migrants leave their homes in search of a better life and face the difficult experience of migration in its various forms. 2020 will be the 9th year we as an Archdiocese join the universal Church in commemorating and observing the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
On Sunday, September 27, 2020, at 3:30 p.m., the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass will be live-streamed for all who would like to join in prayerful celebration and solidarity with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters.
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter virtual weekend experience is coming to you this October.
If you desire to restore communication & rekindle romance, this weekend is for you; no travel required and from the comfort of your own home!
This weekend is presented by a team of 3 couples and a priest who will help you to:
learn tools to make your relationship a priority
communicate from the heart and grow in intimacy
renew your commitment to each other and value the precious gift of your marriage
Did you know this weekend is open to priests and religious too? This weekend experience can help priests and religious growth in their relationships with their communities. No fee for priests & religious.
Friday, October 16, 7 – 8:45 pm
Saturday, October 17, 8 am – 9 pm
Sunday, October 18, 8 am – 3:15 pm
It sounds intense but it is a weekend guaranteed to transform your marriage (or you can get your old relationship back!). Rest assured, you won’t be staring at your screen the entire time either. The weekend flows nicely between screen presentations and couple work (time off-screen.)
Registration deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020
The registration cost is $125. The zoom link will be sent to registrants.
Join us on September 23rd at 1pm for Dialogue on Aging’s First Fall Virtual Public Presentation Session!
This session will include mini-presentations from our exhibitors (to be announced), our feature presentation – “Maximizing Your Brain’s Health in Uncertain Times” by Dr. Alex Henri-Bhargava, and opportunities for dialogue and Q&A with faculty.
Dialogue on Aging is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Vancouver Foundation.