Wednesday Update – March 12, 2014



March 12, 2014

Stewardship Reflections

March 16th – Second Sunday of Lent

Stewardship as a way of life has its beginning in a personal encounter with God. It does not take a mountain-top experience like that of the disciples in today’s Gospel for our hearts and minds to be transformed. We need only to see the glory of God in all that we are able to accomplish, and in all that we are blessed to possess. Seeing all of life as God’s glorious and generous gift is what inspires us to be good stewards of all our gifts.

Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg,

Bulletin Announcements

New and updated items are indicated with an asterisk*.

*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

Healing happens not only when you reach up and out, but when you grasp God’s hand as He reaches down; then grace and nature are once again joined. We can help you find healing and grace through a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat™. The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is May 2-4. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.

*Lenten Talks

Talks by priests from different parishes every Friday evening, 7-9:30pm, Our Lady of Mercy Basement, Burnaby. Topics include: March 14 – “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43; March 21 – “Dear woman, here is your son.” John 19:26; March 28 – “My God, my God , why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:34; April 4 – “I am thirsty.” John 19:28; April 11 – “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands” Luke 23:46. No registration required.

*Lenten Retreat

All are invited to a three-day Lenten Retreat. Theme: Forgiveness, Love, Healing. Retreat begins with Holy Eucharistic celebration and Mass celebrated by Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD. Monday, March 24, to Wednesday, March 26, 7pm. Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver. Free, no registration required. More information call 604-684-5775.

*Meet Your Relatives, Part Two – Grassroots Ecumenism

Offices of Ecumenical Relations of the Archdiocese of Vancouver and Anglican Diocese of New Westminster host a series of gatherings and dialogue that will help build relationship and friendship, and honour the gifts of service we bring to our communities. The conversations in a relaxed, respectful and joyful environment will help Catholics and Anglicans grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ. The second gathering will be 2-4 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in New Westminster, Sunday, March 23. More info and registration: Anne Larochelle at 604-944-2742 or marlan2.

*Trafficking and Prostitution and the current law information session

Join us for a free talk to learn about trafficking and prostitution and the current law and how each of us can contribute to the human dignity of our marginalized sisters and youth. Pope Francis touched on the theme of human trafficking in a recent statement “I hope that Christians and persons of good faith may make efforts to ensure that men, women, young people or children may never more be victims of human trafficking. It is the most effective foundation for re-establishing human dignity and proclaiming Christ’s Gospel in towns and country, because Jesus wishes to sow life in abundance everywhere.” Wednesday, March 26, 7-9pm, St Mary’s Parish, Vancouver, or Tuesday, April 8, 7-9pm Immaculate Conception, Delta. For more information contact evollet

*Stewarding God’s Gifts Information Session

Come discover the real meaning of Stewardship and how recognizing your God-given unique gifts will add joy and purpose to your life. See how your parish can become energized and even more alive when stewardship becomes a way of life. Evening includes basics of stewardship, testimony and information on forming a stewardship committee. Facilitator: Barb Dowding, Director of Stewardship. Thursday, March 27, JPII Pastoral Centre, Vancouver, 7-9 pm. Information session is free. Registration 604-683-0281 ext238

*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 ve7cld. Tuesday, April 1, 7-9pm, St. Mary’s Church, Vancouver.

*Food sovereignty is helping to alleviate hunger

Development and Peace is supporting several organizations in the Global South who are promoting food sovereignty as a way to help communities affected by poverty and hunger have access to land, seeds and fair prices at the market so they can feed their families. In Haiti, these projects are making a difference in the lives of many. Women are learning to plant fruit tree nurseries. They can use the fruit not only as nourishment but also to earn an income. Help us end global hunger by contributing to the campaign on Solidarity Sunday April 6, fifth Sunday of Lent! For more information

*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.

*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 3:30pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver.

*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 profilesc 778-385-8905.

*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.

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.

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 office

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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 Confessions are offered at our parish as follows: ___________________________.

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

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: Vancouver40days

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.

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.

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 recruiter.

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 RSVP or call 778-892-3100. Visit 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 RSVP or call 778-892-3100. Visit 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 or

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 register 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. Wednesday, April 3, 7-8:30pm, Christ the Redeemer Parish, West Vancouver. Registration (604) 261-9393 or 604-683-0281 ext238. For more information:

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

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 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 evollet.

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) aboisclair

Registration visit tob

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 2 p.m. 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.

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. Visit 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 on Thursday, May 8. Schedule, speakers and bus information can be found at

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 birthrightvancouver

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

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. Visit 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 JusticeArchdiocese of Vancouver www.rcav.orgJohn Paul II Pastoral Centre

150 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2A7

T: 604 683 0281 F: 604 683 4288 E: wlee