Wednesday Update – February 19, 2014



February 19, 2014

Stewardship Reflections

February 23rd – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the first reading today God tells Moses to say to the people, and to us, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am Holy’. What does stewardship have to do with being holy? God created us to be like Him. (Genesis 9:5) To be like God is to be generous. To be like God is to be merciful. To be like God is to be patient. The disciple and Christian steward must possess all of these virtues on the path to holiness. Stewardship is an important part of being holy.

Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg,

Bulletin Announcements

New and updated items are indicated with an asterisk*.

*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

Post-Abortion Syndrome or “PAS” is a widely used term for the emotional and psychological problems that can occur after an abortion. The symptoms of PAS can range from depression and guilt to extreme sadness and even suicide. We are ready to help you find healing and hope again. The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is May 2-4. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.

*Two Popes, Two Saints!
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized in Rome, and the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be celebrating in a big way! Everyone is invited to our canonization celebration at the PNE Coliseum, starting at 2 p.m. Please save the date (the Sunday after Easter) and invite your friends and family to this wonderful free event. Details to come as well at

*Development & Peace Workshop

Join us on Monday, Feb. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Langley, for a Development and Peace workshop given by John Gabor, Regional Coordinator. He will be talking about the work of Development and Peace, the Campaign of Caritas International and the Share Lent Campaign. For more information, please contact Brendan Martin at 604-782-2157

* FREE Estate Planning Workshops

FREE Estate Planning Workshop: A Catholic’s Guide to Will Preparation, Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Planning, Funeral and Burial Instructions, and Cemetery Selection. Receive free guides and loads of practical advice. These workshops will present facts and information. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. Wed., Feb. 26, 7 pm-9 pm, St. Stephen’s Church, North Van. Speakers: Peter Nobes of Catholic Cemeteries; John Nixon, RCAV Director of Development; Tom Crean of Kearney Funeral Services. Registration required at or call 604-683-0281 ext. 238. More information:

*Tax saving tips for the self-employed: Are you maximizing your exemptions and tax credits?

Are you a Catholic entrepreneur, business owner, or manager who wants to network with other business-minded Catholics in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley? Join us for our next Saint Matthew’s Business Network Meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Bring a friend to be entered to win a door prize. Early bird registration is $8 paid online by Monday, Feb. 24. Regular registration and at the door is $10. Registration includes hot breakfast. Register at

*Lenten Twilight Retreat: Living in the Gushing Water

Come and prepare for the holy season of Lent with an evening of reflection and prayer. Hosted by the Office of Catechetics of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the evening begins at 6 pm with a light supper and includes a reflection by a local priest, opportunities for quiet prayer, and some practical teaching ideas. Friday, Feb. 28 at St. Joseph Parish, Langley with Fr. Don Larson, or Monday, March 3 at St. John the Apostle, Vancouver with Fr. Mark Schwab. All are welcome. Cost: $15. For more information, or to register, visit

*Pro-life Mass and Prayer Vigil

Pro-life Mass & Vigil. Peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents will be taking place on Saturday, March 1, with Mass starting at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish, Vancouver. Followed by Rosary at Women’s Hospital.

* North American Sound: Laudate Singers & Organist Denis Bedard

Luminous and transcendent music for choir and organ, a cappella choir, and solo organ, featuring living composers such as Eric Whitacre, Stephen Chatman, Morten Lauridsen and Denis Bedard. Performance at Holy Rosary Cathedral on Friday, March 7, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

*St. Paul’s Catholic Singles Club

St. Paul’s Catholic Singles Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dance, Saturday, March 8, at Sunrise Community Centre, Vancouver. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door. Members $12, Guests $15. For more information, please contact Shannon at 604-943-1153.

*World Day of Prayer: Egypt, Streams in the Desert
Please join us for a world day of Prayer for Egypt Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Edmund´s Church, North Vancouver.

*Freedom Reconciliation Event

Make plans to join us for Freedom, our original reconciliation event for youth and young adults, Friday, March 14, St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond, 7:00pm – 10:30pm. This is an opportunity for confession, reconciliation, and healing for youth and young adult participants. Freedom will begin with separate program tracks for youth and young adults before all participants gather together in the church for an examination of conscience and the sacrament of reconciliation. The evening will include music, prayer, witness, and catechesis. Admission is free.

*Catholic After Hours – ‘Celibacy and Marital Love: A Marriage Made in Heaven’
Join Catholic After Hours, a gathering of young adults Wednesday, March 19, at Wicked Café, 1399 West 7th Avenue, at Hemlock Street. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social and dinner and the presentation is at 7:30 p.m. Felipe Grossling will present on both marriage and celibacy as ways to follow Jesus and a response to his call to holiness as shown in the Scriptures and affirmed by Church documents. Felipe is born and raised in Vancouver and teaches religion and history at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He has a BA and PDP from SFU and a Masters of Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C. Event is $5 per person.

*Men’s Lenten Retreat with Archbishop Miller
The North Shore Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Lenten Retreat for Men with Archbishop Miller on Saturday, March 22, at St. Stephen’s Church, Mountain Hwy at 24th. The topic Pope Francis, how the Church may change, and how Catholic men should respond to the new evangelization. Begins with Mass at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30pm. Cost is $20 and includes snack and light lunch.

*Spiritual Healing – Parish Lenten Mission

Do your good feelings about yourself depend on being liked by other people? Are your happiness and peace dependent on pleasing others? Do you feel like you give a lot and get little in return? Do you freeze up emotionally when you are in conflict? Do you have difficulty asking for what you want? Do you have difficulty saying “NO”? If you can answer “Yes” to some of these questions, this Spiritual Healing Lenten Parish Mission is for you. With Fr. Emmerich Vogt, OP, of the Dominican Order at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Port Coquitlam. March 24-27 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come and bring a friend!

*Mass for Infant and Child Loss

In collaboration with A Little Light of Heaven, a bereavement organization ministering families after the loss of a baby, this Mass to honour and remember children and unborn babies including miscarried and stillborn infants will be Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the Evangelist Chapel at the Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. A Rosary procession to Rachel’s Garden, a special area where children are buried, will follow. Coffee and refreshments will be served at the end of the procession. For more information, please visit or

*Way of the Cross for Migrant Workers

Experience the presence of our Lord through the Migrant Workers “Way of the Cross.” Join us at Holy Rosary Hall, 646 Richards St., Saturday April 5 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 pm. Registration starts at 1:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Select agencies will be present providing support for practical requirements such as employment or immigration questions. For more information contact Evelyn Vollet, director Office of Service & Justice evollet.

*Knights of Columbus Bursaries Available

BC/Yukon Knights of Columbus have 30 $500 post-secondary bursaries available. To apply before June 30 go to

Parish Communiqués


The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry invites all pastors and priests to the annual FREEDOM reconciliation event, scheduled for Friday evening, March 14 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond. We are expecting hundreds of participants at this event, thus, we require as many priests as possible to hear confessions. Please consider serving at the event; you can refer to the email of February 4 for more info. Please contact the OYYAM if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of youth and young adult ministry.

Electric Organ Available

A 15-year-old Yamaha electric organ in excellent condition is available to any parish requesting it. The organ is a console style with a two-layer keyboard with different sound options. If interested, please contact Emelita Sale at 604-563-7897 or 604-445-2678.

Request for Catholic Book of Worship III

Dear Pastors, the Archdiocese provides prison ministry to offenders offering Mass and communion services in 7 different Federal institutions. They are in need of hymn books and are especially interested in the Catholic Book of Worship III. If you have any “old” and/or no longer used hymn books in storage that you would be willing to donate, please contact Maureen Donegan, Prison Ministry Coordinator at mdonegan or call 604 791 1864. Thank you for your consideration, Evelyn Vollet, Director of Office of Service and Justice.

Replacement Ministry

Rev. John Tritschler is available for parish Masses on some weekdays and Sundays. He can be reached at 604-803-1629.

Father Lucien Larre is available for replacement ministry. He can be reached at 604-809-0822.

Rev. Joachim Singarajah, OMI is available for replacement ministry. He can be reached at 604 -730-0519.

Rev. Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo is also available for replacement ministry. He can be reached at 604-683-0281 (x284) or cellular phone 604-724-5477.

Employment Opportunity

Coordinator, Office of Life, Marriage & Family

The Office of Life, Marriage & Family is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to coordinate programs and events to accomplish the Church’s mission of promoting life, marriage & family values. The position also encompasses liaising with parishes, outside groups and the training of volunteers in specific programs. Application Deadline: February 28, 2014

Choir Director, Christ the Redeemer Parish

Christ the Redeemer Parish in West Vancouver is looking for a director for the 5:00 pm Sunday Mass. The choir is an 8+ member adult SATB choir singing a wide range of Catholic music. The director works closely with the organist, violinist, and parish priests in planning, preparing and executing music for the liturgy. Ability to serve as a cantor is required; ability to play organ and piano is an asset. For a detailed description of duties and expectations, please email office

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Events from Previous CWU:

Prayer for Peace and Stability in South Sudan

Christian church leaders in South Sudan have called for peace after violence flared in the capital Juba on December 15, 2013.Fr. Mark Opere Omol, Diocesan Representative from the Catholic Diocese of Torit has sent an appeal for prayer in favor of peace and stability for the South Sudan Nation. In the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message, Pope Francis has also looked to South Sudan, praying that the Lord “Foster social harmony in South Sudan, where current tensions have already caused too many victims and are threatening peaceful coexistence in that young state.” Let us gather as one family, one Church and take a moment to pray for South Sudan.

What does Fair Trade mean to Catholics?

Fair Trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries create better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The Office of Service & Justice encourages all parishes to become Educated and Aware of the positive impacts when choosing Fair Trade products. Consider switching to Fair Trade and help send a child to school, so that they can choose their future! Learn more about Fair Trade and how you can make a difference in the lives of others! Visit for more information.

Praying with Scripture

Come and learn how to have a deeper relationship with Jesus in the Gospels. Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Church, 5457 Trafalgar Street. Professor Shirley Sullivan will guide us. Please note: we are meeting twice a month instead of once.

Free Tours at Gardens of Gethsemani every other Saturday

Join our free public tour to learn about your Catholic Cemeteries, Pre-Needs planning and the various burial options. The tour includes a walk to the many feature sections, locations of bishop’s, some history as well as information about the funeral rite and some stories of the faithful departed with us. Upcoming dates Saturday, Feb. 22. Just come to the administration office at 11 a.m. We are located 15800 – 32nd Avenue, Surrey, just 1.5 kms east of the 32nd avenue exit off highway 99.

Day of Prayer and Recollection

The Lay Missionaries of Charity is an Association of lay persons, both married and single who live a life marked by prayer and a spirit of joyful sacrifice within our own families and in the heart of the world. We are aided by a Spiritual Director who understands and shares the spirit of the Missionaries of Charity. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Missionaries of Charity Convent 385 Cordova Street, Vancouver BC.

Relationships and Marriage – Made in Heaven But Lived on Earth

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish invites you to a seminar with Fr. Elias Vella from Malta and Diana Mascarenhas from India and New Zealand. This seminar is for singles and married couples and will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23 from 9 to 5 p.m. each day. Topics include: (1) Relationships- who needs them? (Fear of Intimacy); (2) I think I have had enough! ( Interferences In Relationships); (3) The bitter half or the better half? (Reconciliation and Forgiveness); (4) My way or the high way (God’s Plan for Marriage); (5) Who rules the roost? (A Christ-Centred Family). Includes Mass. Cost of the seminar is $50 and includes refreshments, bring your own lunch. For more information, visit retreat2014 604-526-7351.

Is it too late for Christians in the Middle East?

Carl Hétu, National Director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) will be the special guest speaker at St. Patrick’s Parish, 2881 Main St. Vancouver. He will give an analysis on how the current situation in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, is threatening the Christian presence in the region. CNEWA is the Holy Father’s special agency for the Middle East. For more information, email chetu or visit Admission is free. Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Voices of Hope
Corpus Christi College students invite you to “Voices of Hope”, a Social Justice and Student Leadership Symposium that features outstanding student research. Join us for this all-day conference where students explore and present on the theme “Conducere – Leadership that Inspires”. Keynote panel: Roy MacIntyre, Judy Graves and Scott Small on the Downtown Eastside, past, present and future. Thursday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $15. Lunch will be served. More information and to register visit or call 604-822-6862.

Little Flower Academy Ad Lucem Gala

The annual LFA Gala, “Shaken, Not Stirred”, will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the Jewel Ballroom, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver. Tickets are $85 ($95 after Feb. 15) and are available at This event will feature a beautiful buffet dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Discernment – Seeking God’s Plan for Our Lives

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish invites you to another seminar jointly delivered by Fr. Elias Vella OFMConv from Malta and Diana Mascarenhas from India and New Zealand. The seminar will be taking place on March 1 & 2 from 9 to 5 p.m. each day. Topics will include: (1) Discerning God’s plan for my life; (2) The art of choosing when two or more paths open up; (3) Personal and Group discernment; (4) Making sense of my faith journey; (5) Sharing the story of my life (faith and evangelization). The day will include Mass and those of the seminar is $50.00. Refreshments will be served, bring you own lunch. For more information, visit retreat2014 604-526-7351.

Catholic After Hours – ‘Secrets and mysteries of the Vatican Museum revealed’

Join Catholic After Hours, a gathering of young adults taking place on Monday, March 3 at Vancouver Art Gallery Café, entrance only via Robson Street Stairs to Art Gallery Patio. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social and dinner and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Explore the hidden meanings, secrets and mysteries of the Vatican Museums revealed as JP guides you though a VIP tour of the Vatican Museums with words and images, introducing you first hand to some of the most important works of visual art on the European continent. Every year, millions of people visit the Vatican Museums. Secular writers and authors are fond of weaving fantasy around the history of the Vatican. John Paul Sonnen is currently finishing a graduate degree in Dogma at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy. He was a Vatican tour guide for many years while studying in Rome. Event cost $5 per person.

Young Adult Retreat: March 7-8 at St. Patrick Parish in Vancouver
“Hearts on Fire: Living Faith in Daily Life with Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola,” A Team of Young Jesuit Presenters, A Group of Young Adults, A Thousand Graces, One Heart. Dynamic presentations, methods of prayer in daily life, Friday evening Coffee house with live music! For single young adults ages 23-35. Come Friday evening (go home overnight) and come back for Saturday – Start time 6:30 p.m. Friday, ends with 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday.

Learn more and register online at:

Notre Dame Alumni Trivia Night

Join us at Our Lady of Sorrows Hall, 555 S. Slocan St. Vancouver for the Notre Dame Alumni Trivia Night taking place on Friday, March 7. Tickets cost $25 (dinner included) and the evening begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 and Trivia at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact ltesan or acharlton.

Catholic After Hours – ‘Understanding Islam’
Join Catholic After Hours, a gathering of young adults taking place on Sunday, March 9 at St Augustine’s Parish Hall, 2028 West 7th Ave, at Hemlock Street. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation and social to follow. Modern Western Muslims often identify violent radicals as not practising “True Islam” —frequently quoting some of the more ecumenical and kind sayings attributed to Mohammad or identifying soothing Qur’anic verses. Conversely, Muslim radicals identify those who fraternize with non-Muslims as those who betray Islam. So what is “True Islam”—can it be defined or found? In this After Hours Pub Event, we will compare what the Bible and the Qur’an have to say about the nature of God, the dilemma of sin, the means of salvation, heaven, hell and the responsibility of the believer. Presentation by Dr. Daniel Holmes. Event cost $5 per person and food and drinks are available for purchase.

Culture, History & Chaldean Food

Enjoy an evening where you will learn about the Iraqi Catholic Chaldeans who, through the Archdiocese Office of Service & Justice Refugee sponsorship program, have a chance to resettle in Vancouver and preserve their ancient culture. In Vancouver we have welcomed and brought to safety over 1,000 Catholic Chaldeans. The evening will begin with a delicious gourmet authentic Chaldean dinner, followed by a video and talk on the history and a cultural exposition. Event will be hosted at Star of the Sea centre, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock, on Saturday, March 15. Doors open at 6, dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by contacting the parish office at 604-531-5739 or drop by to purchase. Check out event photos from the Iraqui Cultural Night that took place on Nov. 30.

Catholic Cemeteries Open House on June 28th – Save the date

Catholic Cemeteries will host an open house on the afternoon of June 28th. Participate in Mass with Archbishop Miller, see new sections and features including St. Andrew Kim, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Casey’s Cross and more. Learn about the Catholic burial rite and see where many of our bishop’s are interred. The afternoon will be held at our archdiocesan cemetery, Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey, a beautifully maintained 58 acre park-like setting that recently completed a $3 million upgrade. The master development plan will be showcased as well. Welcome all parishioners.

Second Anniversary of DNA Men’s Group
St. Mary’s Parish, 5251 Joyce located near Joyce SkyTrain Station, has been hosting a men’s group called Discipleship and Accountability (DNA) since 2011. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month and bring together men as young as 18 and as “young at heart” as 78. They pray, meditate on Scripture “Lectio divina”, watch powerful teachings for Catholic men on DVD, break into small sharing groups and enjoy pizza together. This forms a brotherhood of men desiring to become real men, disciples of Jesus Christ in His Catholic Church. These gatherings are now needed more than ever before, especially for men yearning to be holy and free. Interested? Then join us. You may contact Fr. Gabriel, OP at 604-435-9611, ext.3 or email gabrielmariedominique

Catholic Connections
The CCCB’s Correctional Ministry Liaison is working to identify a cross-Canada community of Catholics called to be in service to those touched by crime. This ministry can take many forms: visiting a prison, supporting released offenders directly or indirectly with re-integration, or providing outreach to families and victims impacted by crime. The goal is to celebrate any effort that tries to further a spirit of dignity, compassion and hope in the Justice System. Join the Restorative Justice Network in Canada by signing up at

Moving Forward Together Campaign

If you missed the chance to contribute to the Moving Forward Together Campaign at Dec. 8 Masses, you can still be part of this special one-time collection in the Archdiocese for Talitha Khoum Society and Saint Kateri Centre. Moving Forward Together is a Canada-wide campaign that brings fundamental and lasting change to Aboriginal communities in Canada by supporting local and national healing and educational programs in partnership with Catholic, Aboriginal, business and community leaders. For more information and to donate online visit

Apply to Corpus Christi College

Online Applications Now Open for Corpus Christi College. University transfer programs in Arts, Sciences, Business. Also *NEW* Education Track for aspiring teachers is available. Visit and apply today!

NEW Education Track at Corpus Christi College and St. Mark’s College

New Education Track Program officially begins Fall 2014! APPLY TODAY! Immerse yourself in a two-year Liberal Arts program at Corpus Christi College, with the option of transferring to Saint Mark’s College to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology and Culture (with dual concentrations in English and History). This new program especially, but not exclusively targets prospective teachers – who can apply to UBC’s Bachelor of Education Program and eventually qualify to teach in both Catholic and public schools throughout BC.

Catholic Professional Counselling at RCAV
The Archdiocese of Vancouver offers Catholic professional counselling. Contact the Office of Life, Marriage & Family at 604-443-3220 or [email protected] for more information or to book a session. Offices in North Surrey and downtown Vancouver.

Airmiles, Aeroplan Points Collection
Please donate Airmiles, Aeroplans points, other travel points to the Office of Life, Marriage & Family. Help reduce the cost of travel for staff, guest speakers, conferences. Contact the Office at [email protected] or 604-443-3220.

Donations to the Men’s Hostel
We host over 100 men daily at our Catholic Charities emergency homeless shelter. Your help is requested to make our guests a little more comfortable. They are in need of winter socks, underwear, hoodies, jackets, umbrellas and your prayers. We thank you for your generosity. Please drop off your gifts at 150 Robson St., Vancouver; call 604-443-3292; e-mail [email protected]

Catholic Voices
Catholic Voices offers Media Training for Catholics. Apply today and be a part of the New Evangelization. Help the Church present its perspective on controversial issues in the media. Do you feel called? Catholic Voices will provide you with professional training to appear on TV and radio. Learn more & apply:

Adoration Chapel – Open 24 Hours

We welcome you to come to our perpetual adoration chapel, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 7455, 10th Avenue, Burnaby. Come and grow spiritually and build your own personal relationship with our Lord Jesus. Eucharistic adoration and meditation is a very powerful source of prayer. For more info and to register please call 604-522-5733 for the entrance code.

Winetta Lee
Administrative Assistant, Communications Office
& Office of Service and JusticeArchdiocese of Vancouver www.rcav.orgJohn Paul II Pastoral Centre150 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2A7T: 604 683 0281 F: 604 683 4288 E: wlee