Every man, father and son is invited to attend this conference for an opportunity to step deeper into our faith, discerning the reality around us and affirming a faith-based approach to dealing with the chaos we witness daily in the world.
Register now—space is limited. Venue: St. Matthew’s Parish 16079 88 Avenue Surrey, BC V4N 1G3 Canada There is a Registration Fee for all attendees.
If you are struggling to see how it might be possible to grow in your spiritual life, if you feel stuck in your walk with God, if you want to go deeper but you don’t know how, you will discover much in this little book by Father John O’Brien. Download a digital copy today.
Sharon DeLalla, the new manager of the Men’s Shelter, is bringing her background of working with addicted women to finding new ways of supporting homeless men with not just housing but other areas, from social support systems to emotional, physical, and psychological needs.
Your prayers are requested for Marta Brisco, Sam Cappelletti, Claire Christie, Andy Demeule, Maria Dos Santos, Joan Dowling, Brandon Fairleigh, Rose Gill, Mark Hamilton, Wade Kaczkielo, Frank Kilian, Gretchen Mostardi, Robin Newton, Margaret Ng, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Mary Catherine O’Sullivan, Jeannette Oulette, Barbara Samociuk, Desi Santos, Tony Tadey, Maria Villarroel, Jarrod Wiesner, Karl Winterstein.
Marriage Anniversary Mass – “Love isn’t easy. No. But the most beautiful thing that a man and a woman can give each other is true love, for a lifetime.” – Pope Francis
Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB will honor couples celebrating Milestone Marriage Anniversaries. The Marriage Anniversary Mass will be at St. Francis Xavier Church in Vancouver on Sunday, May 14th at 1:30 p.m. Registrations received before Monday, April 24, will receive their certificate at the Mass, and have their names included in the Mass booklet. Learn more and register at family.rcav.org/mam.
Your prayers are requested for Marta Brisco, Sam Cappelletti, Claire Christie, Andy Demeule, Maria Dos Santos, Joan Dowling, Brandon Fairleigh, Rose Gill, Mark Hamilton, Wade Kaczkielo, Frank Kilian, Gretchen Mostardi, Margaret Ng, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Mary Catherine O’Sullivan, Jeannette Oulette, Barbara Samociuk, Desi Santos, Tony Tadey, Maria Villarroel, Jarrod Wiesner, Karl Winterstein.
A Paschal Letter from Fr. Mark of St Stephen’s Parish in the North Shore:
At the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass, the light of the Paschal Candle is processed into a darkened Church, which then quickly becomes bathed in light as the candles people hold are lit from that one flame. Our belief in the resurrection is the light of faith which can bring peace, joy and hope in the midst of all that is happening in our world today.
The Lord appeared to His disciples after His resurrection and greeted them, saying, “Peace be to you.” Many times in sacred scripture our blessed Lord offers His peace. So it is in our lives, the Lord Jesus stands in our midst and says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid..” (John 14:27)
This Easter may we see the Risen Christ in our lives and recognize His deep love for each one of us.
On behalf of Vienna, Robin and myself, may you all have a Blessed Easter. God bless,
Parishioners are invited to a Lenten Mission with Rev. David Bellusci, OP on the evenings of March 27 until 30, starting at 7:00 until 8:00 pm. The event is held at St. Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver. A Mass Celebration each evening follows and then a mission talk. The theme of the mission is ‘Mary at the Foot of the Cross: Jesus Gives Us His Mother.’ All are welcome.
St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Vancouver invites everyone to this extensive exhibit on the history, significance and scientific aspects of the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus. There will also be lecture talks by renowned Shroud specialist and scholar Dr. Cheryl White. Starting on Wednesday, March 29, until Sunday, April 2. Learn more and view the complete schedule at beholdvancouver.org/events.
Working for the Church and serving various ministries entail the constant giving of the self for others. To prepare for the busyness of Holy Week and Easter, you are invited to take time away with the Lord and commune with Him, together with the Archdiocesan community of leaders. Come join the RCAV Ministries and Outreach Office for a retreat on Saturday, April 1. The retreat will begin with Mass at 9:00 a.m., followed by talks, prayer, and lunch. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events. A registration fee of $25 will be asked from each attendee to help cover the costs of the activity.
Join The Archdiocese of Vancouver as they continue the dialogue on mental health through a Catholic lens, facilitated by mental health professionals equipped to answer your questions. The last two topics will be covered on the following dates from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
Wednesday, March 22 – Session 3: Mental Illness
Wednesday, April 26 – Session 4: Self-Care
Locations: Online or in-person at Saint Mary’s Parish, Vancouver; Saint Patrick’s Parish, Maple Ridge; Christ the Redeemer Parish, West Vancouver; Good Shepherd Church (Star of the Sea Parish), Surrey. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.
This Sunday’s second collection supports our retired priests who have dedicated their entire life to the Church. Generous support from the community ensures a comfortable living environment, quality medical care, and other essential services for our retired priests. Parishioners can make their tax-deductible donation to St. Joseph’s Society in-person at their parish or online at rcav.org/second-collection.
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 22 – Besides the morning Mass at 8:30 am there will be evening Mass at 7:00 pm with the distribution of ashes at both Masses. It marks the beginning of Lent, a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. FAST AND ABSTINENCE FOR LENT: Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence as is Good Friday. On those days you may not substitute acts of charity or piety in place of abstinence. Normally, Fridays of the year are days of abstinence from meat, but Catholics may substitute special acts of piety or charity. The requirement to fast binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. Abstinence (no flesh meat allowed) binds those 14 years old and up. St. Stephen’s Parish will start the LENTEN DEVOTIONS – MASS & STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday Mass at 7:00 pm followed by Stations of the Cross.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver is blessed to be made up 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 below.
Pope Francis prayed for the victims of a deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria as the Catholic Near East Welfare Association launched an emergency fundraising effort to shelter survivors in northern Syria.