Friday Report , March 14, 2014 – Come Home to Confession

Friday Report


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. 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 for short videos, compelling testimonials, and how-to information on confession.

Remember, Jesus awaits you in the sacrament of mercy!


Paul Schratz
Director, Office of Communications 

Canonization Event Update

Two Popes, Two Saints: the poster. You’ll start to see the poster for the Canonization Eventaround the archdiocese soon. But why wait? You can download it here!

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! 

Everyone is invited to our canonization celebration at the PNE Coliseum, starting at 2 p.m. 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. 

Learn how to register here

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 Sat. April 5 from 2 – 4:30 pm.

Registration will open at 1:30 pm. 
Light refreshments will be served. 

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.

Other notes:

Lenten Missions and Retreats
Lent is also a good time to get to a Parish Mission or a retreat. Many parishes are offering both during this time of preparation – check your parish bulletins for more information.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will ordain Deacon Michael Shier a priest at Holy Rosary Cathedral March 15 at 2:30 pm. The deacon, a former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada clergyman, converted to Roman Catholicism in June 2012 with 11 members of his former congregation. Read about his story.

Michael O’Brien: talks sponsored by our Catholic Colleges
Friday, March 14, 7pm at St. Mark’s Church on “The Vocation of the Christian Artist.”

Also coming up…


Just click on the RCAV Calendar for info on each event. 



  • 14:  Michael O’Brien talk
  • 14-16:  Monastic Life Workshop
  • 15:  Ordination Mass of Deacon Michael Shier
  • 15:  Presentation on Iraqi Catholic Chaldean refugees
  • 14:  Freedom
  • 16:  Rite of Election II
  • 16:  Encourage meeting
  • 23:  Meet Your Relatives Grassroots Ecumenism
  • 23:  Memorial Mass at Gardens of Gethsemani
  • 27:  Free estate planning workshop
  • 27:  Stewarding God’s Gifts Information Session
  • 30:  Blessing of new Church for St. Mary’s, Gibsons
  • 30:  Memorial Mass (focus on children and the unborn)


  • 05:  Way of the Cross for Migrant Workers
  • 05:  EWTN Family Celebration in Canada
  • 06:  Second Collection: Share Lent
  • 13:  Passion/Palm Sunday
  • 16:  Archdiocesan Chrism Mass
  • 17:  Holy Thursday
  • 18:  Good Friday
  • 19:  Holy Saturday
  • 20:  Easter Sunday
  • 26:  Spring Institute
  • 27:  Canonization Event at Pacific Coliseum

Pray for Freedom

Please take some time today to pray for all those attendingFreedom, our original reconciliation event for youth and young adults.

This year’s event takes place today, Friday, March 14 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond from7:00pm – 10:30pm. The purpose of this event is to offer an opportunity for confession, reconciliation, and healing for youth and young adult participants.

Saint Patrick & Saint Joseph
March 17 & 19 

The field of St. Patrick’s labors was the most remote part of the then known world. The seed he planted in faraway Ireland, which before his time was largely pagan, bore a rich harvest.

The glorious St. Joseph was lineally descended from the greatest kings of the tribe of Judah, and from the most illustrious of the ancient patriarchs; but his true glory consisted in his humility and virtue.

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