Someone brought to my attention this week a new mobile app that lets you know when a priest is available for confessions. They wondered if confessions by Skype might be possible. Like phone and email confessions, the answer is no, although electronic spiritual direction is in use in some places.
For confession, the real deal is necessary, and that means in person. Fortunately the Church tries to make the sacrament of reconciliation as accessible as possible.
Tonight there’s a special opportunity for young people at Freedom, a youth event structured around reconciliation. There’ll be music, encouraging talks, and lots of priests who love to hear young people’s confessions. If you’ve been putting it off, this is a wonderful opportunity to make a Lenten confession. Visitrcav.org/freedom for more info.
All around the archdiocese there will be special opportunities for confession in the next few weeks, particularly at the penitential service evenings taking place at almost every church between now and Easter. The schedule here is continually being updated, so if your parish or deanery isn’t listed yet, check back later.
Lent is the perfect time to encounter Jesus through the sacrament of reconciliation. If you need a bit of preparation or encouragement, please visit rcav.org/come-to-confession for short videos, compelling testimonials, and how-to information on confession.
Remember, Jesus awaits you in the sacrament of mercy!
|Canonization Event Update |
On Divine Mercy , Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized in Rome, and the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be celebrating!
Everyone is invited to our canonization celebration at the PNE Coliseum, starting at Invite your friends and family!
|Join in the conversation with our neighbours |
“Meet Your Relatives” is a series of gatherings and dialogue that will help to build relationship and friendship, and to honour the gifts of service we bring to our communities.
Joined by Rev. Dr. Richard G Leggett, Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, and Dr. Christophe Potworowski, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, these conversations will help Catholics and Anglicans to grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ.
The next afternoon, Sunday, March 23, includes a short liturgy, a featured conversation between representatives of both traditions, and small group dialogue.
|A slightly different Way of the Cross |
Experience the presence of our Lord through the Migrant Workers “Way of the Cross.” Join us at the Holy Rosary Hall, 646 Richards St on .
Registration will open at .
Some 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 [email protected] or visit the web page.
|Happy Anniversary Pope Francis! |
For the 1st Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Pontificate, the Vatican has produced an online publicationof the Holy Father’s first 12 months. The attractive magazine-style web-book features photos and quotes from Pope Francis on various topics and in various situations.
Check out this moving, beautiful portrait of the Pope’s first year in the Chair of Peter.
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Lenten Missions and Retreats
Michael O’Brien: talks sponsored by our Catholic Colleges
Also coming up…
Just click on the RCAV Calendar for info on each event.