The season of preparation begins

February 28, 2014 Doonate Online
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Greetings!Next Wednesday is the start of Lent, a time of preparation for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Click here for an up-to-date list of Ash Wednesday Mass times in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. And click here to get the Confession Kit and other resources for coming home to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.92.pngIn his first Message for Lent since his election, Pope Francis offers some thoughts on the theme “He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:9)”. You can read his Message for Lent here.

Lent is a season of penance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have suggestions for homilies and prayers that can easily be adapted for family prayer, as well as for personal prayer or for use with other groups.

In upcoming Friday Reports, we’ll provide a list of special parish penitential services where you can find opportunities for confession.

And please keep in mind the CCODP annual Share Lent campaign. Development and Peace has joined Caritas Internationalis’s global campaign One Human Family, Food for All to end hunger. Watch for weekly announcements leading up to April 6, Solidarity Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent!


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Join this National Day of Prayer for Peace
836.jpg The Knights of Columbus in B.C. and Yukon have declared Sunday, March 2, a National Day of Prayer for Ukraine.The Knights are inviting parishes to include a Prayer of the Faithful for Ukrainians. The Knights of Columbus worldwide have also called for prayers for Ukraine.This initiative has the support of Eparch Ken Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Eparchy of New Westminster. Bishop Ken is also the Knights’ state chaplain for B.C. and the Yukon.

For more details, see The B.C. Catholic here.

Is your heart on fire? Want it to be?814.jpg If you would enjoy an introduction to some practical ways of connecting your faith and your everyday life, come join us.Whether you are new to prayer or are just looking for new ways to pray and live a more meaningful life, this event is for you.A group of young Jesuit speakers will offer this retreat on Friday evening, March 7th and Saturday March 8th at St. Patrick Parish in Vancouver.

Visit this page for registration and more information

291.jpgOne of the fundamental answers to abortion is prayer. Join your voice with ours as we pray on the first Saturday of each month at different parishes throughout the diocese for an end to this “unspeakable crime”.This Saturday, March 1, Mass is at 9:00 am at St. Joseph’s, Vancouver, followed by the Rosary at a nearby Clinic or Hospital.
Canonization event update835.jpg News: Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Canada’s New Apostolic Nuncio will join Archbishop Miller and all of us on Sunday, April 27th at the Pacific Coliseum to celebrate the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.Also, the CISVA (our Catholic School Board) has produced some excellent resources about the canonization: Biographies / Background, Liturgical Services, Video Links and Suggested Activities. Check it out here.
Also coming up…Just click on the RCAV Calendar for info on each event.February

  • 28: Lenten Twilight Retreat


  • 01: Pro-Life Mass & Prayer Vigil
  • 01: CCO Summit
  • 03: Lenten Twilight Retreat
  • 06: Free estate planning workshop
  • 07-08: Hearts on Fire – Young Adult Retreat
  • 09: Rite of Election I
  • 09: 2nd Collection: St. Joseph’s Society
  • 14: Freedom
  • 16: Rite of Election II
  • 23: Meet Your Relatives Grassroots Ecumenism
  • 27: Free estate planning workshop
  • 30: Blessing of new Church for St. Mary’s, Gibsons
  • 30: Memorial Mass (focus on children and the unborn)
Freedom!833.jpg This is the annual free event for youth and young adults featuring music, prayer, witness, catechesis, and the sacrament of reconciliation.Join Archbishop Miller for this awesome event on Friday, March 14 from 7 – 10:30 pm at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Richmond.
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837.jpg40 Days For Life Kicks Off The 40 Days For Life Campaign kicks off with Mass, March 4, 6:30 pm at Precious Blood Parish, Surrey. RSVP on the Kick-Off Mass Event page if you plan to attend.From March 5 – April 13, 40 Days for Life … a peaceful, prayerful, effective, coordinated international mobilization … takes place in our community. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond.You can see the schedule and sign up for the peaceful prayer vigil here.
834.jpg122.png St. Hilary, Fri. Feb. 28 Hilary was a Sardinian who had joined the Roman clergy and had been sent by St. Leo as one of the papal legates to the council at Ephesus in 449.St. Hilary deserves great credit for his work in building and decorating churches in Rome.Learn more.
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