Stewardship Reflections


March 30th – Fourth Sunday of Lent


St. Paul tells us to, “Live as children of light”. How can we best be that light to the world? Each one of us is anointed, called, and gifted. What are the gifts that you have been given? Through prayerful discernment, we learn to recognize our own God-given gifts.   We discover how to use and share them in a manner that both pleases and glorifies God.  Use your gifts well and be that light!

Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg, www.archwinnipeg.ca

Bulletin Announcements  

New and updated items are indicated with an asterisk*.

*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 celebrate in a big way! Everyone is invited to our canonization celebration at PNE’s Pacific Coliseum, starting at 2pm. Archbishop Miller and Canada’s new nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi attending, with combined choir from all nine Catholic high schools. Please save the date (the Sunday after Easter) and invite your friends and family to this wonderful free event. Tickets available at Parishes. rcav.org/two-popes

*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

“The Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat was a wonderful experience of sharing and release.  I shared my story, dug into my pain and the skeletons in my past without being judged” – Retreat testimonial.  Come on a retreat and share in the merciful and healing love of Jesus Christ.  The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat isMay 2-4. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.


*Rides for EWTN event

A number of parishioners in Vancouver/North Vancouver area are interested in organizing rides to the EWTN Family Celebration Event Saturday, April 5, at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey. If you would like to add your name to the list, please call 604-322-6840.


*Lenten Retreat

Lenten Retreat at St. James, Abbotsford, and spiritual preparation for the dedication of their new church: The theme: “…you are the temple of the God” 1 Cor. 3: 16. Preached by Abbot John Braganza OSB. Saturday, April 5 from 3-5pm with Holy Mass at 5:30pm & Sunday, April 6 from 4-6pm with Holy Mass at 6:30pm.


*Next weekend is Solidarity Sunday!

In today’s liturgical reading, Jesus restores a blind man’s eye sight. He shows God’s love for humanity and reveals that the dignity of marginalized people is sacred.  The Pope’s Lenten message reminds us of this: “In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution.” Next weekend is Solidarity Sunday, when there will be the special SHARE LENT collection.  Help us end global hunger by contributing to the campaign on Solidarity Sunday April 6, the fifth Sunday of Lent! For more informationhttp://www.devp.org/en/sharelent2014


*Mary and the Passion

One day Lenten reflection with Fr. John Horgan. Saturday, April 12, from 9-4pm, All Saints Parish, Coquitlam. Bring your own bag lunch, coffee will be supplied.


*Wizard of Oz Production

Immaculate Conception School, Delta, presents Wizard of Oz, Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30pm,Thursday, May 1 at 1:30pm, and 7:30pm in the school gym. Tickets:  $7 for adults; $4 for children, aged 12 and under. Tickets available through school office at 604-596-6116.


*Youth Day 2014

Youth Day 2014 is coming on Saturday, May 3, at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School in Port Coquitlam. Join hundreds of teens for an awesome weekend of faith, fellowship, and fun! The day includes keynote talks, praise and worship music, breakout sessions, the MIB vs Youth soccer game, Mass with Archbishop Miller, meals and more. We are thrilled to welcome Chris Padgett as our keynote speaker and Jackie Francois Angel as our worship leader. Register and get promo info atwww.oyyam.com


Parish Communiqués


Donation of Ciboriums

If you have an extra ciborium that you are not using please consider donating it for the Iraqi Catholic Chaldean community who celebrate Mass at St Andrew Kim Parish in Surrey.  Please contact Judy Chang, Office Manager at 604-588-5831 or [email protected]


St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission

Please be advised that phone numbers for St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission, have changed, effective Monday, March 3, 2014. New Parish Office number: 604-256-1272. New Pastor’s number: 604-757-4991.

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 available for replacement ministry. He can be reached at 604-683-0281 (x284) or cellular phone 604-724-5477.

Employment Opportunity

Administrative Assistant, Office of Service & Justice
The Administrative Assistant supports the Director of the Office of Service & Justice in the implementation of the overall vision by performing day-to-day administrative functions and other related functions as directed.

Accounting Clerk, Finance Office

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver is seeking to fill a temporary full-time Accounting Support position. The incumbent will provide general accounting and administrative support to the Finance Office.

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.


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:


Encounter Jesus this Lent

Jesus awaits you in the Sacrament of mercy! Lent is the perfect time to encounter Him through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and to bring a friend along with you. For short videos, compelling testimonials, and how-to information on Confession, visit www.rcav.org/come-to-confession.  Confessions are offered at our parish as follows: ___________________________.


40 Days for Life Lent Campaign
From March 5 to April 13, from 6am to 8pm, our community is taking 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:http://40daysforlifevancouver.blogspot.ca. For more information call Carmela Cruz, 778-859-5075, or Catherine Ching, 778-893-2078, or email [email protected]


Parish Lenten Mission

Bishop Emeritus Rev. Fr. Gerald Wiesner, OMI, leading Parish Lenten Mission after all 7pm Masses,Monday, March 31 to Thursday April 3, St. Augustine’s Parish, Vancouver. Reflection on aspects of the sacraments of our faith in order that we might celebrate them more worthily and meet our Lord more deeply and more personally. Topics: (1) Monday: The Dignity of our Baptism; (2) Tuesday: Our Lives as Missionary Disciples; (3) Wednesday: Marriage and Family Life; (4) Thursday: The Holy Eucharist “The Summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed”.

Parish Lenten Mission
Theme: “I Thirst.” Topics: (1) Monday, March 31: Divine Mercy & the Sacred Heart by Fr. John Horgan; (2) Tuesday, April 1: The Seven Last Words by Fr. John Horgan; (3) Wednesday, April 2: Suffering by Fr Richard Zanotti, CS; (4) Thursday, April 3: Prayer by Fr. Richard Zanotti, CS (5) Friday, April 4: Becoming Whole by Fr. Abbot John Braganza, OSB. Confessions each evening, Mass at 7 pm followed by the Mission Talk, St. Ann’s Parish, Abbotsford.

Spanish Mass
Taking place Saturday, April 5, 7pm, Sacred Heart Parish, Delta.

Documentary “The End of Immigration?”

Filmed in collaboration with community groups, unions and advocates across Canada and internationally, this film takes the pulse of a movement challenging the system that turns workers into global commodities. Sunday, April 6, 6pm, Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, 555 Slocan St. Vancouver.  Donations received by the Coalition for Migrant Workers Justice Committee.


Lenten Talks

Talks by priests from different parishes every Friday evening, 7-9:30pm, Our Lady of Mercy Basement, Burnaby. Topics include: April 4 - “I am thirsty.” John 19:28; April 11 - “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands” Luke 23:46. No registration required.

Filipino Mass in Tagalog
Taking place on Sunday, March 30, 7pm, Sacred Heart Church, Delta.

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

Lenten Mission with Father Justin Huang
Please join us at Sts. Joachim and Ann Church, Aldergrove for a 3-day parish mission from Monday, March 31, to Wednesday, April 2. Talks will begin at 7pm followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunity for confession. Introductory homilies at all Sunday Masses on Saturday, March 29, at 4:30pm and Sunday, March 30, at 9am, 11am and 1pm. “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society” – Saint Francis of Assisi.

Parish Lenten Mission

Archbishop Emeritus Rev. Fr. Gerald Wiesner, OMI, will lead a reflection on aspects of the sacraments of our faith in order that we might celebrate them more worthily and meet our Lord more deeply and more personally. St. Augustine’s Church, Vancouver, after 7pm Mass. Topics include: Monday, March 31: The Dignity of our Baptism; Tuesday, April 1: Our Lives as Missionary Disciples; Wednesday, April 2: Marriage and Family Life, and Thursday, April 3: The Holy Eucharist “The Summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed”. No registration required.


Catholic Forum: Pope Francis – The Joy of the Gospel

Discover Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and be inspired to share the Good News. Presentation by Dr. Peter Baltutis, assistant professor of theology at Corpus Christi College. By donation. For information visit www.dominicanlaity.ca/forum or contact Cathy Neugebauer 604-874-8037 [email protected]. Tuesday, April 1, 7-9pm,  St. Mary’s Church, Vancouver.

Headford Cultural Group Conference: Bishop Alvaro del Portillo
The Vatican announces the date for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Headford Cultural Group hosts a one day conference about Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, Successor to Saint Josemaria Escriva founder of Opus Dei. His Life, Work and Influence on the World. Saturday, May 31 from 9 to 2:30, Telus Theatre, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Avenue. Speakers: Rev. Joseph L. Soria, MD ICD – Bishop Alvaro: His Role in Vatican Council ll and His Love for the Church; Monique David, BBA – Bishop Alvaro, A Man of Peace. Information Information: [email protected] or 604 222 8317 Registration: headford.ca Tickets : $40 including lunch and break.

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 registerhttp://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


FREE Estate Planning Workshop

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 and Peter Nobes, Director of Catholic Cemeteries. Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30pm, Christ the Redeemer Parish, West Vancouver. Registration 604-683-0281 ext238. For more information: http://rcav.org/about-stewardship/


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.


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 [email protected].


Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

Come and discover God’s original design for us, our call to holiness, and our destiny with him in heaven.

  • April 7 – June 30 Mondays from 7pm-9:15pm at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, Aldergrove
  • April 1 – June 17 Tuesdays from 7pm-9:15pm at St. Cyril & Methodius, New Westminster
  • April 9 – July 2 Wednesdays from 7pm-9:15pm at St. Jude, Vancouver

Instructor: Fr. Alan Boisclair, BA, MDiv, STL (Marriage and the Family) [email protected]

Registration visit www.rcav.org/TOB; call 604-683-0281 ext301;  e-mail [email protected]

Surviving Major Life Change
Denis Boyd, Registered Psychologist will discuss types of loss, signs of stress, survival strategies and meaningful solutions including humour on Thursday, April 10 from 6pm to 9pm. Residents of the Tri-Cities areas who experienced trauma, loss, supporting victims of crime, trauma, grief or have an interest in this topic can register by calling Stephanie Unrau at 604-945-1586 or email[email protected] by April 2. A light meal will be served.

Learn to Chant the Liturgy of the Hours
Learn to chant the Liturgy of the Hours at a workshop led by Mark Norbury, OP, a trained singer and musician with over 25 years of liturgical music experience. By donation. Workshop topics: How to intone and chant psalms;  prayerfully; Correct rhythmical intonation for chanting; Latin pronunciation.  Saturday, April 12, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. More information:http://www.dominicanlaity.ca/events or phone Mark at 604-695-7421.

The Easter Story

Sung by Our Lady of Fatima Ecumenical Choir. Sunday, April 13, at 2pm, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Coquitlam. Free Admission. More information contact 604-936-2525.


Encourage Meetings

Encourage Meetings take place Sunday, April 13, June 15 at 2:30-4pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, Vancouver. Encourage is a spiritual support group for family and friends of men and women with same-sex attractions.


Chrism Mass
Join us for the Chrism Mass, one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our church where the blessing of the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism takes place.  Wednesday, April 16 at 5pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver.

Share the Joy of the Gospel
Discover Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, over three Wednesdays, April 23, April 30 and May 7, St. Mary’s Elementary School Seminar Room, Vancouver, 7pm to 9pm. Workshop stimulates reflection on personal call and involvement in sharing the Gospel in accordance to the vision of Pope Francis. Register online at www.dominicanlaity.ca or phone Cathy Neugebauer, 604-874-8037. Bring a copy of Evangelii Gaudium, available online: www.vatican.va.

Living and Leading by Faith
Archdiocesan Spring Institute offers one-day faith formation and ministry training for adults. Topics include: Basics of the Faith, Core Catholic Life, Adolescent Development and more. Ministry training offered for RCIA, PREP, LWC & Youth Ministry. April 26, St. Patrick School, Vancouver, 10am to 4pm. Cost $35 (before April 14), includes lunch. Everyone welcome. For more information and registration visit: www.rcav.org/oc-spring.

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. Visitdenisboyd.com for more info or call 604-931-7211


Inner Beauty Fashion Show

Regnum Christi and Familia Vancouver invites all women to be a unique creation of love and celebrate their inner beauty. Celebrate motherhood and womanhood. Sunday, May 4, 11:30am-2:30pm. Vancouver Golf Club, 771 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam. Tickets $25, Contact Judith Castillo[email protected] 778-385-8905.


March for Life, Victoria

Annual March for Life: Join Archbishop Miller and thousands of others across B.C. in Victoria for the Annual March for Life on Thursday, May 8. Schedule, speakers and bus information can be found athttp://rcav.org/march-for-life/


Women’s Retreat: “Come Away with me”

Women of all ages are invited to ‘Come Away’ for a while, for an opportunity to deepen prayer life and discern where God is leading you. Experience a weekend of friendship, prayer, reflection and music.Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18, Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre. Cost $185, room and meals included. Register by April 15 by calling Joanne McGowan 604-946-2932 or Gloria Taggart 604-946-9241.


Birthright Walk/Run

Join us for an annual fundraising event for Birthright Vancouver, a crisis pregnancy service devoted to providing women with love, care, and support during the challenges of pregnancy. Saturday, June 7, 10-1pm, Holy Name of Jesus Parish. Participants will collect donations, which are tax-deductible, then walk or run around the Queen Elizabeth Park. Event will have refreshments and live music. If interested in participating or sponsoring, please contact [email protected]


Catholic Cemeteries Open House

Catholic Cemeteries will host an open house on the afternoon of Saturday, June 28. 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 bishops are interred. The event is 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.


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


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. Visitwww.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]



Winetta Lee
Administrative Assistant, Communications Office

& Office of Service and Justice

Archdiocese of Vancouver  www.rcav.org

John Paul II Pastoral Centre

150 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC  V6B 2A7

T: 604 683 0281   F: 604 683 4288   E: [email protected]