RCAV WEDNESDAY UPDATE
February 26, 2014
March 2nd – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us three lessons for life; we can’t serve both money and God; we are not to worry; and, we must strive first for the kingdom. The kingdom is where our faith and our finances work together, they are one. Because we do not serve two masters, we steward our wealth in a manner that ensures that all have enough. The kingdom is where we believe, and trust that God provides for all our needs. It is here and now, in this place, where we recognise the abundant blessings God makes available to us. We encounter a life where we no longer worry about having enough. Good stewards cannot be drawn into the relentless pursuit of more and more material possessions through want or envy because this quest never really satisfies.
Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg, www.archwinnipeg.ca
New and updated items are indicated with an asterisk*.
*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
“I was terrified to take that first step forward and participate in a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat. Now I’m so grateful to have experienced God’s healing and forgiveness in an environment of complete acceptance and trust.” -testimonial from a retreatant. Come on a retreat with us, and share in the merciful and healing love of Jesus Christ. 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 PNE’s Pacific Coliseum, starting at 2 p.m. Archbishop Miller and Canada’s new nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi attending. 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 rcav.org/two-popes
*9 PM Twilight Mass for March
Once a month, we gather around the altar, in the still of night, to celebrate and share the Eucharist. Please share this with those who can’t find the time to go to church. Or, bring them with you. All are welcome to join us tonight, Sunday, March 2, at Immaculate Conception Church, Vancouver at 9 p.m.
*40 Days for Life Lent Campaign
From March 5 to April 13, from 6am to 8pm, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life, a groundbreaking, coordinated international pro-life mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond. Location: Women’s Hospital, 4500 Oak St., Vancouver. Vigil is at the corner of 29th Ave. and Heather St. Sign up online to attend: Vancouver40days
*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. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. Speaker: John Nixon, Director of Development, Archdiocese of Vancouver. Thursday, March 6, 7-8:30pm, Holy Name Church, Vancouver. Registration (604) 261-9393 or 604-683-0281 ext238. For more information: http://rcav.org/about-stewardship/
*Light Leaven Salt Parish Lenten Mission
1-Day Parish Lenten Mission at Sacred Heart School in Ladner, Saturday, March 8, 10am – 3:30pm. Mission speaker is Fr. Abbot John Braganza, OSB, of Westminster Abbey, Mission. He will lead a series of 3 talks on the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and In the World. Refreshments and lunch $10/person. For more information or tickets contact Erin at 604-946-2618 or eseddon
*A Lenten Prayer Experience
Come to a unique experience and presentation on prayer as we prepare for Christ’s resurrection during this upcoming Lenten season. St. Clare of Assisi parish in Coquitlam presents Fr. Peter Nygren, High School Rector at the Seminary of Christ the King, who will speak on prayer. Saturday, March 8, 10 am-noon in the church basement.
*Why Catholics do what they do on Sunday.
Have you always wanted to know more about why the Mass is organized the way it is? Have you wondered about the origin of the prayers and actions we do every Sunday? Do your non-Catholic friends and family ask you questions you find difficult to answer? Join us for an entertaining, historical and liturgical overview of our Sunday celebration. Saturday, March 8, 10-3pm. $10.00, includes lunch. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 5. Contact Lisa at 604-596-1833 or email stbernadetteprep.
*Monastic Life Workshop
On the weekend of March 14-16 there will be a Monastic Life Workshop for women interested in the consecrated life, at the Westminster Abbey, Mission. For more information call 604-826-8975.
*Taking Sin Apart : Lenten Mission and Healing Prayers.
Guests: Bishop Emeritus R. Gilmore of Dodge City, Kansas, and Jacqueline Loh. St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver. March 20, 21 7-9 pm; March 22, 8:30 am-4 pm. By donation, receipts for $25 and over. Register at RSVP or call 778-892-3100. Visit www.GracethatReigns.com for info.
*Catholic After Hours – ‘The New Science behind Fertility ‘ It’s not just Catholic Contraception’
Join Catholic After Hours, a gathering of young adults Sunday, March 23, at St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Vancouver, at 6:30 p.m. Artificial contraception, which includes a wide array of methods and brands, has inherent medical risks, in addition to moral implications. Learn the advantages of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, its benefits, its effectiveness not only for health but for the quality of life of women and couples. By Natalie Hudson Sonnen, a Creighton Model Practitioner in training with 11 other women in the Archdiocese of Vancouver and also Executive Director of LifeCanada. $5 per person and food and drinks are available for purchase.
*Taking Sin Apart : Lenten Mission and Healing Prayers.
Guests: Bishop Emeritus R. Gilmore of Dodge City Kansas, and Jacqueline Loh. Canadian Martyrs Church, Richmond. March 24, 25 7:30-9 pm, and March 26 7- 9:30 pm. By donation, receipts for $25 and over. Register at RSVP or call 778-892-3100. Visit www.GracethatReigns.com for info.
*Centring Prayer at St. John’s
A small group of ladies who practice Centering Prayer would like others to join every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 11:45 am-12:30 pm, St. John the Apostle Church, Vancouver. Format: instruction, prayer, discussion. Contact Rosa Kim, bjkim.
*2014 Carr Lecture Series, Part 1
Diagnosing and Treating Child and Youth Sexual Abuse: Insights from the Empirical Sciences and Theology, presented by Sister Nuala Patricia Kenny. Co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE) at UBC. This is the first of two 2014 Carr Lecture Series with nationally recognized educator, physician, and ethicist, Sister Nuala Patricia Kenny. The sexual abuse of children and youth is a global social issue. This reflection brings insights from medicine, psychology and sociology on the importance of systemic and cultural beliefs and practices in the general dynamics of sexual abuse of children and youth. The Roman Catholic experience of clergy abuse will be reviewed as an example of the importance of beliefs and practices which have shaped the ongoing crisis. To register http://stmarkscollege.ca/form/2014-carr-lecture-series. Buchanan A101 1866 Main Mall at UBC 5:30-7, Thursday, April 3. Sponsored by Saint Mark’s College and Newman Association
*St. John Passion, by J. S. Bach
St. Joseph’s Parish (Port Moody) will host the Handel Society’s presentation of the St. John Passion by J.S. Bach, Friday, April 4, at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature a choir and orchestra under the direction of Johan Louwersheimer, as well as soloists Nancy Washeim (soprano), Sonya Sweeney (alto), Christopher Simmons (tenor), Willy Miles-Grenzberg (bass) and Robert Gelderman (bass). Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors and students, and are available at the door. Refreshments will be served at intermission. For ticket information, call 604-461-1369. For more general information, visit www.handelsociety.ca.
*2014 Carr Lecture Series, Part 2
Social Justice and the Common Good: Current Issues in Health Care, presented by Sister Nuala Patricia Kenny. Co-sponsored by St. Paul’s Hospital, this is the 2nd of the 2014 Carr Lecture series. Nationally recognized educator, physician, and ethicist, Dr. Sister Nuala Patricia Kenny will speak on Canadian Medicare with its universal, publicly-funded access to hospital and doctor-delivered health care. This public policy has situated access to health care as a public good, rather than a market good, and an element in the common good. Saturday, April 5, 7-8:30 pm, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. Sponsored by Saint Mark’s College and Newman Association
*EWTN Family Celebration: Evangelization: A journey that starts at home
You’re Invited to EWTN’s Free Family Celebration Saturday, April 5, at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey. Be renewed in your faith with inspirational talks by Marcus Grodi, host of “The Journey Home;” Fr. James Mallon, host of the EWTN series “Dogmatic Theology,” and Fr. John Horgan, series host and frequent EWTN guest. Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB, will serve as celebrant and homilist at Holy Mass. Doors open at 8:30am. Visit rcav.org/ewtn-family-celebration for information or call 1-205-271-2989.
*Share Lent campaign, One Human Family, Food for All
This year, Development and Peace has joined Caritas Internationalis’ global campaign One Human Family, Food for All to end hunger. Caritas is a network of Catholic development organizations worldwide that are fighting poverty and injustice. Pope Francis has denounced hunger as a global scandal. Development and Peace is working with communities in the Global South to ensure that they are able to put food on their families’ tables. Help us end global hunger by contributing to the campaign on April 6, Solidarity Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent!
*MARRIAGE CAN BE GREAT!…NO, REALLY
Enhance your marriage and attend a workshop that offers practical suggestions to help enrich your relationship. Tuesday, April 29, 7-10pm. Engaged couples welcome. Presented by Denis Boyd, Registered Psychologist. Topics include: Attitude, Peace With the Past, Daily Talk Time, Listening, Consultation and Collaboration, Dating and Sense of Humour, Forgiveness, …and more. $25.00/person. Pre-registration/pre-payment is requested by April 22. Handouts and refreshments included. Visit denisboyd.com for more info or call 604-931-7211
*March for Life, Victoria
Annual March for Life: Join thousands of other across B.C. in Victoria for the Annual March for Life on Thursday, May 8. Schedule, speakers and bus information can be found at http://rcav.org/march-for-life/
*Catholic Cemeteries Announcement
Please consider the following announcement after Mass to generate awareness of Catholic Cemeteries. Please place the logo and the web site address in your bulletin to coincide with the announcement.
Catholic Cemeteries presentation suggested script:
Hello my name is________ _____ and I am here to tell you a bit about your Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
The Church cares for us throughout our lives, starting at baptism, and continuing with all the sacraments. Through our parish family the Church guides us, educates us, nourishes us, and leads us to God. At the end of life the Church makes one last act of love by providing Holy ground for us to rest and await Resurrection.
Catholic Cemeteries is a non-profit organization owned by the Archdiocese of Vancouver. It features four beautiful properties: historic St. Peter’s in New Westminster, St. Mary’s in Chilliwack, our Lady of Good Hope, in Hope, and the main Archdiocesan cemetery the Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey, which recently completed a $3-million upgrade and offers traditional plot burial, mausoleum crypts and niches ( “NEE-shes”) for cremated remains.
Cremation is permitted in the Catholic Church with certain guidelines. And non-Catholic spouses and family members can be buried, as the emphasis is to keep families together.
The mission of Catholic Cemeteries is:
We bury the dead with dignity and respect in the Catholic tradition;
we comfort the living with compassion and concern;
and we provide sacred space for remembering.
Catholic Cemeteries is part of parish life. If you have a death in your family, you can ask for advice and work with Catholic Cemeteries for support. They serve the community on an At-Needs basis, but parishioners are urged to make Pre-Need arrangements to avert difficult decisions at a time when it can be very emotional. For more information please visit the Catholic Cemeteries web site found in your parish bulletin. Thank you.
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.
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.
*Guest Attendant, Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel
The Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel provides emergency shelter for over 100 transient or destitute men in the caring and compassionate spirit of Jesus Christ. In addition to offering beds, the Hostel provides access to food, social services and other life necessities to address guests’ needs. Under the direction of the Director of Emergency Shelter, the Guest Attendant is responsible for the immediate and short-term needs of the guests.
Coordinator Office of Life and Family – Archdiocese of Edmonton
We have an opportunity for a dedicated and committed individual to manage a comprehensive and effective Life and Family program for the Archdiocese which enables all parishes to minister to engaged couples, families and parishioners regarding marriage, life and family issues. If interested in this opportunity, please apply by submitting a detailed resume with references by February 28, 2014 by email to hrpastoral
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
For more info, see http://rcav.org/employment/
Please NOTE: Event submissions can be submitted to the following link: http://rcav.org/submit-an-event/
Events from Previous CWU:
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. 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 www.rcav.org/twilight
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
“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. Taking place on March 7 to 8 at St. Patrick Parish in Vancouver.
Learn more and register online at: www.apostleshipofprayer.org/heartsonfire
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Iraqi Cultural Night that took place on Nov. 30. http://rcav.org/join-us-for-culture-history-and-chaldean-food/
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 www.rccav.org or www.littlelightofheaven.com
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 http://kofcbc.org/files/2013/08/Bursary-Terms-of-Reference-2014.pdf
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.
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 www.corpuschristi.ca 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.
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]
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. rcav.org/prayer-for-south-sudan/
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