Dear Secretaries and Parish Staff:  Please find attached the Way of the Cross–Way of Faith, a pastoral resource developed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops which can be used for parish prayer, public processions, vigils, as well as for groups or gatherings on Good Friday. Click this link : http://olmp.org/way-of-the-cross-way-of-faith/




March 5, 2014

Stewardship Reflections


March 9th – First Sunday of Lent


            In today’s Gospel Jesus was tempted to stray from the path the Father had set for him. What temptations lure you from the path of discipleship? There is so much in our materialistic society to tempt us. The beauty of stewardship as a way of life is that it enables the Christian steward to resist the enticement of excessive consumerism and materialism. Stewardship inspires us to discern between needs and wants and brings a measure of balance to our lives. Stewardship provides the necessary discipline needed to live in a consumer culture yet not be consumed by it. This Lenten season let us pray that we may live a lifestyle in which we possess sensibly.

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


Bulletin Announcements  

New and updated items are indicated with an asterisk*.


*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

When a post-abortive woman’s carefully constructed defense mechanisms begin to crumble, and she confronts the stark reality of her abortion, her guilt over this act can precipitate an acute plunge in self-esteem. Come on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and restore your self-esteem and worth to what God would want and hope for you. The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is May 2-4. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.


*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: ___________________________.


*Join Development and Peace’s Good Friday Fast

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.  Help us end global hunger by contributing to the campaign on Solidarity Sunday, April 6, the fifth Sunday of Lent! For more information visit www.devp.org/en/sharelent2014


*Michael O’Brien Talk: The Essential Role of Culture in the New Evangelization

Internationally renowned artist and best-selling author Michael O’Brien is giving a talk The Essential Role of Culture in the New Evangelization at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Vancouver. Thursday, March 13, 7pm. O’Brien is the author of 22 books, including the best-selling novel “Father Elijah”. His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals such as Communio, Catholic World Report, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review and others. Admission by donation.


*Michael O’Brien Talk: The Vocation of the Christian Artist

Internationally renowned artist and best-selling author Michael D. O’Brien is giving a talk on the Vocation of the Christian Artist at St. Mark’s Church. Friday, March 14, 7pm. O’Brien is the author of 22 books, including the best-selling novel “Father Elijah”. His paintings are in churches, universities and private collections around the world. Talk will include slide show of his art. For tickets, pre-register atcorpuschristi.ca.


*Stewarding God’s Gifts Information Session

Come discover and recognize your God-given unique gifts and how God wants you to use these gifts! Learn about Stewardship and discover a way of life that leads us to live joyfully and gratefully! Speaker: Barb Dowding, Vice Chancellor and Director of Stewardship. Thursday, March 27, JPII Pastoral Centre, Vancouver, 7-9 pm. Information session is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome. Registration 604-683-0281 ext238 http://rcav.org/stewarding-gods-gifts-information-session/


*Lenten Retreat

Retreat held at St. Edmund’s Parish and led by Fr. Joby Kachappilly, VC of the Divine Retreat Centre, India. Friday, March 14, 6pm-8:30pm; Saturday, March 15, 9:30am-1pm; Sunday, March 16, 3pm-6pm. No registration required.


*High School Students: Apply for a Corpus Christi College Scholarship

Corpus Christi College is expanding its Step Into Leadership Nominated Excellence Award program to Catholic students attending public schools who are actively engaged in their parish. Recipients participate in the College’s student ambassador program and volunteer activities, and receive leadership training. Request a reference letter from your pastor and nomination from your school. Contact your high school academic counselor or administrator. Deadline: March 15. For more information visit www.corpuschristi.ca or email [email protected].


*Encourage Meetings

Encourage Meetings take place Sunday, March 16, 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.


*Preview Week at Corpus Christi College

Preview Week at Corpus Christi College for prospective students. Visit our campus, drop into a class, meet our students and faculty. Experience vibrant student life at CCC firsthand on Mar. 19-21, daytime. Please see details and RSVP at www.corpuschristi.ca, or email [email protected].


*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. Wednesday, April 3, 7-8:30pm, Christ the Redeemer Parish, West Vancouver. Registration (604) 261-9393 or 604-683-0281 ext238. For more information: http://rcav.org/about-stewardship/


*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]

*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. 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]




Parish Communiqués


*St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission

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


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.

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

Employment Opportunity

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.


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 [email protected]


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:

Centring Prayer at St. John’s                                                                                   
A small group of ladies who practice Centering Prayer would like others to join every 2nd and 4thTuesday, 11:45 am-12:30 pm, St. John the Apostle Church, Vancouver. Format: instruction, prayer, discussion. Contact Rosa Kim, [email protected].

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:http://40daysforlifevancouver.blogspot.ca. For more information call Carmela Cruz, 778-859-5075, or Catherine Ching, 778-893-2078, or email [email protected]

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.


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.


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.

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 [email protected] or call 778-892-3100. Visit www.GracethatReigns.com for info.

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.

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 [email protected] or call 778-892-3100. Visitwww.GracethatReigns.com for info.


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


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


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].

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

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


March for Life, Victoria

Annual March for Life: Join thousands of other across B.C. in Victoria for the Annual March for Life onThursday, May 8. Schedule, speakers and bus information can be found at http://rcav.org/march-for-life/


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.


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]