Pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission invites you to the historic Fraser River Heritage Park to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in honour of Our Lady on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. The main celebrant will be the Very Rev. Fr. Gary Franken, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Vancouver. Confessions will be heard on-site starting at 10 a.m. After the Mass, there will be a procession to the Grotto where the Rosary will be prayed, followed by the Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The event will conclude with a picnic and fellowship. For bus service information, please contact 604-329-8635 or info@aquinasinstitute.ca. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Novena to St. Monica

In the days leading up to St. Monica’s Feast Day and the close of St. Monica’s Mission on the Feast of St. Augustine (Sunday, Aug. 28), we will be praying a Novena to St. Monica. Please sign up for the St. Monica’s Mission e-mail list to receive the daily Novena prayers from Aug. 18 to 26. Join us for a closing Mass with Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, at Holy Rosary Cathedral on the Feast of St. Augustine, Sunday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

August 2022 Summer Events

Here are the events endorsed by the Archdiocese of Vancouver for the Catholic faithful. We hope you are all enjoying the summer season with your loved ones.

August 2022

  • 6: Enthronement of the Holy Face of Jesus
  • 7: Summer Music and Arts Festival
  • 11: Estate and Memorial Planning Webinar
  • 13: Water in the Desert: Adoration and Worship
  • 13: The Feast of Our Lady of Madhu (Sri Lanka)
  • 15: The Assumption Project: Morales in context
  • 18: Novena to St. Monica begins
  • 19: “Who Am I?” PRH workshop begins
  • 20: Pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

For more details, please visit the Archdiocese Events Page. https://beholdvancouver.org/events/filter/all

Retreat for Grade 7 Youth

Searching in the Spirit is a 5-day, overnight retreat for newly confirmed grade 7 youth (youth born in 2009 and entering Grade 8 in Sept. 2022). The retreat provides youth (and their adult leaders accompanying them) with formation in discipleship and challenges the participants to live out their faith in everyday, real-life situations. Monday, Aug. 29 to Friday, Sept. 2 at Camp Jubilee, North Vancouver. Cost: $450. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Prayers Requested

Your prayers are requested for Claire Christie, Maria Dos Santos, Denis Doll, Joan Dowling, Michael Fergusson, Margaret Geraghty, Mark Hamilton, Wade Kaczkielo, Frank Kilian, Maureen Khan, John Magee, Gretchen Mostardi, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Jeannette Oulette, Desi Santos, Tony Tadey, Maria Villarroel, Jarrod Wiesner.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Chake Kwan Fong, father of Gabriel Fong of our parish, who died in HongKong, and for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Laura Savino, mother of Angelo Savino who died in Osoyoos, BC. Please keep their families in your prayers.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

As one of the initiatives for the Year of the Family, Pope Francis has established the Church-wide celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It will be held on July 24, the fourth Sunday of July, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the occasion is “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15) and intends to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

For Parents who Grieve: St Monica’s 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, July 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Port Coquitlam. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Summer Youth Retreat on July 4 to 7

The Archdiocese of Vancouver’s “Homecoming” is a special 4-day, overnight retreat for youth born in 2007 & 2008 (those youth entering Grade 9 /10 in Sept. 2022). The retreat provides youth with an opportunity to build community with their peers. The event starts on Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7 at Camp Jubilee, North Vancouver. Cost: $400 per youth. Please learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Image courtesy of Behold Website.

Papal Visit Itinerary

On June 23, the Vatican announced a full slate of events and meetings for Pope Francis, spanning July 24 to 29, 2022. The visit starts in Edmonton and proceeds through Quebec City and finally to Iqaluit before returning to Rome.

Canada’s bishops welcomed the announcement, saying the visit “will focus on Indigenous healing and reconciliation while also providing the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics an opportunity to encounter the faithful in Canada.” More details here.

Knights of Columbus 2022 Summer 50/50 Charity Appeal

The Knights of Columbus Charity Foundation is hosting a 50/50 raffle – the winner takes half! The more tickets purchased, the bigger the winnings. Purchase your ticket to the draw and help a charitable cause. Proceeds go to the dioceses in BC for outreach programs and the advancement of education. The campaign ends on Tuesday, July 5th. Learn more and buy your tickets at kofcbc5050.ca.

Birthright Vancouver – 2022 Walk Fundraiser – 50th Anniversary

Join us for our annual 3k fundraising walk! Funds raised will go towards supporting women in the Vancouver region. Bring a picnic lunch to celebrate our 50th anniversary with us afterwards. We will start at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 4925 Cambie Street, Vancouver and walk around Queen Elizabeth Park. Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. Register to receive a pledge form by emailing: birthrightvancouver@gmail.com or make your donation at CanadaHelps.org. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.