Of all the worthy intentions for your prayers this Lent, there is one that Catholics in Canada are particularly encouraged to remember, both with prayerful and practical support: the Church in the Holy Land.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops asks us to remember the bonds of communion and solidarity that unite Christian communities in Canada with those in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, especially the Church in Jerusalem.
The CCCB and the Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada have prepared a special Way of the Cross for use during Lent and on Good Friday. It includes special prayers for peace in the Holy Land and can be found here.
Each year on Good Friday, dioceses and parishes in Canada and around the world hold a Collection for the Holy Land. Please be generous this year.
Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the Holy Land in May. You can follow his trip at http://popefrancisholyland2014.lpj.org.
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|Tools for your Lenten journey
Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday), characterized by praying, fasting and almsgiving..
To help in our personal preparation there are many opportunities to come closer to the Lord:
|Share Lent: Join the Good Friday fast
Share Lent is Development and Peace‘s annual fundraising campaign.
In his Lenten message, the Holy Father reminds us of our call to fast: “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance.”
You are invited to join Catholics across Canada and the world in fasting, prayer and sharing of our wealth to end poverty and hunger in the Global South, during the Good Friday Fast.
You can also help us end global hunger by contributing to the special collection on Solidarity Sunday, April 6. For more information visit Share Lent’s page.
|Canonization Event Update: relics and choirs
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 historicCanonization Celebration at the PNE Coliseum, starting at 2 p.m.This event is coming together well and there are some new elements to tell you about.
Find out what rare objects and relics will be on display for veneration. Get details about parking, the choirs, and tickets all on the canonization page.
Most important, mark Sunday, April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday and the Sunday after Easter, on your calendar today!
|New beginnings for St. Augustine’s
On Feb. 16, the community of St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, celebrated the official groundbreaking for the new school. A little rain that day couldn’t dampen the spirits of a group of people excited to see this major milestone finally arrive. Watch the video below:
Just click on the RCAV Calendar for info on each event.
- 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
“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.
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.
Annunciation of the Lord
This great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, concerning the incarnation of the Son of God.
It commemorates the most important embassy that was ever known: an embassy sent by the King of kings, performed by one of the chief princes of his heavenly court; directed, not to the kings or emperors of the earth, but to a poor, unknown, retired virgin.
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