Important information regarding the upcomingTwo Popes, Two Saints event (April 27):

1.      Concelebrating Mass: We would like to invite all priests to concelebrate Mass for the upcoming Canonization event. Please RSVP to Fr. Dion directly at [email protected] if you are available to concelebrate.

2.      Delivery of Tickets: Your parish should have received your envelope by now (they were mailed last Friday). If you have not received tickets by Friday, please call Megan Siy at 604-683-0281.

3.      Request for more Tickets: If your parish needs more tickets, please contact the other parishes in your deanery first to see if they have any excess tickets. Please e-mail Megan Siy at [email protected] to request for additional tickets.

4.      Grand Procession: Please RSVP to [email protected] with parish name and number of participants by Friday, April 18 to ensure reserved seating. Maximum 12 representatives per parish.

5.      Wheelchair Seating: Please email Megan Siy at [email protected] if any parishioners need wheelchair seating.

6.      Bus Parking: Please advise if your parish is sending a bus (buses) as we have free parking available. Please email Megan Siy at [email protected] to reserve a parking spot.




April 2, 2014

Stewardship Reflections


April 6th – 5th Sunday of Lent


                Sometimes, in the busyness of our daily lives, we can overlook the little miracles that take place every day. These occurrences do not have to be of the magnitude we see in the raising of Lazarus from the dead to recognize God at work. Our good and gracious God is working little miracles through us every day. The same Spirit that raised Lazarus from the dead dwells in us. What a gift! It is this same Spirit that activates the gifts each of us has received. Our willingness to steward our gifts, as God intends, creates opportunities for God’s glory to shine in the little things we do every day.


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

*Twilight Mass
Join us for our once-a-month Twilight Mass on Sunday, April 6 at 9pm at Immaculate Conception Parish, Vancouver. All are welcome.


*The Fifth Sunday of Lent is Solidarity Sunday

In today’s liturgical reading, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. He does not turn away from the brother he loves and he demonstrates that God’s love makes life eternal. Today is Solidarity Sunday. There will be a special SHARE LENT collection as part of a global Catholic Caritas campaign to end world hunger.   We invite you to participate in this mission with DEVELOPMENT & PEACE to stand alongside the most poor and marginalized in the Global South.  Your gift is an expression of love to mankind, which fulfills Jesus’ message of hope, justice and kindness. Thank you for your generosity and solidarity.



*Soundscapes of Renaissance Polyphony
Presented by Corpus Christi College Chamber Choir. April 26 at 8pm, St. Patrick’s Church, Vancouver.April 27 at 2:30pm, St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church.  $18 General Admission and $15 Students & Seniors.  Tickets available at www.corpuschristi.ca/choir or email [email protected] or 778-668-6480.


*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.”Tuesday, April 8, 7-9pm Immaculate Conception, Delta. More information contact [email protected]http://rcav.org/trafficking/


*Healing Prayer Service

Come and be healed by the power of God. Let Him renew your mind, body and spirit. Mustard Seed Healing Ministry invites you to a Healing Prayer Service on Saturday, April 12 after 5pm Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby. Blessed Sacrament exposed during the entire service. Procession with Blessed Sacrament will follow. More information 604-239-0556


*Pro-Life Talk: Heroes & Role Models: What They Teach Us About Life & Abortion

Come hear this inspiring presentation by international pro-life presenter, and former Vancouverite, Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. This presentation will examine the qualities of inspiring people and what core principles and values we can draw from their example to form a model of how to live a life with meaning. In particular, these principles will be applied to the challenging situation of an unplanned pregnancy and examine the abortion debate and how people of good will should respond. Sunday, April 13, 6-8pm, St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Maple Ridge.


*Encourage Meeting

An Encourage Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 13 from 2:30-4pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish Hall, Madonna Room, Vancouver. Encourage is a spiritual support group of family members and friends of men and women who have SSA (same-sex attractions). More information contact 604-916-6192 or [email protected]http://www.couragerc.org.


*Easter Octave Twilight Retreat

Reflect and pray on Jesus appearing to you on the road to Emmaus. Let your discouragement be transformed into joy and new found courage. Wednesday, April 23 from 6-8:30pm followed by Taizé chants, immersing the soul in the simplicity of prayer and music at Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre, Surrey. Cost: $30 ($40 including light dinner served at 5:15pm). To register, contact 604-576-8802.


*Secrets and Mysteries of the Vatican Revealed
At the age of 24, JP Sonnen moved to Rome to pursue graduate studies in philosophy and theology. Explore the hidden meanings, secrets and mysteries of the Vatican Museums as JP guides you through a VIP tour of the Vatican Museums with words and images.  Thursday, May 1, Phoenix Lounge, 33780 King Rd, Abbotsford, 6pm. Due to venue, must be 19 years or older to attend.


*91st Annual Diocesan Convention

All members of the Catholic Women’s League are invited to attend our 91st Annual Diocesan Convention, May 1-3 from 2-9pm at St. Paul’s Parish, Richmond. Special guests include National President Betty Ann Brown Davidson and Provincial President Doreen Gowans. Registration forms atwww.vancouvercwl.ca or from your parish CWL president. Deadline: Wednesday, April 9.


*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

For most post-abortive women, the forgiveness of God is a concept which they can mouth, yet difficult for them to digest.  How can they feel forgiven when every instinct in their nature says they cannot be forgiven, even should not be forgiven?  God can forgive any sin, even abortion.   Come experience God’s merciful forgiveness on 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.


*The Way to Grow by Fr. John Hampsch, CMF
World renowned Father Hampsch will lead the way through suffering by addressing such topics as: Why me Lord?; The why of suffering?; Why does God ignore my prayers for relief?; Trials that test your trust in God? and Coping with life’s darkest moments. Friday, May 9 at 7:30-9:30pm, Saturday, May 10 at 9–5pm, Archbishop Carney Secondary School, Coquitlam. Tickets: $20 each or two for $30. Available at St. Luke’s Parish Office [email protected] at 604 465-5383 or contact Vernon Robertson[email protected] 604-460-0114. Please consider bringing non-perishable food items for St. Luke’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul.


*Birthright Mass in honour Our Lady

Saturday, May 10, Holy Rosary Cathedral, 12:10pm. Rosary at 11:40am. All are welcome. Refreshments to follow in Holy Rosary Hall. Donations of finger food appreciated. More Info: Birthright, 604-687-7223.


*Learn to Pray according to the Tradition of St. Ignatius: A Six-Week Retreat in Daily Life
User-friendly way to get a new sense of how God works in our lives, how to make spiritually wise choices, and how to find God in the people and experiences that fill our days. Fr. Richard Soo, SJ will teach the various methods of prayer traditional in the Catholic Church. Each participant will have individual & personal spiritual accompaniment from a member of the JSAV retreat team. Wednesday, May 7; Tuesdays, May 13, 20, 27; Tuesdays, June 3, 10 at 7-9pm; Saturday May 10 at 9-5pm, St. Mark’s Parish, Vancouver. Register at http://www.jsav.ca or contact JSAV [email protected]  778-806-4378.

*Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
Saturday, May 10 at 7pm Mass (Portuguese & English) followed by a candle light procession andSunday, May 11 at 12pm Mass (Portuguese). Portuguese food and entertainment scheduled after mass in the Parish Hall. More information please call 604-879-0729 or email [email protected].

*FREE Estate Planning Workshop  

Learn about the beauty and dignity of the funeral rite and how to formulate Pre-Need arrangements. Receive free guides and loads of practical advice. These workshops will present facts and information. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. Speakers:  John Nixon, Director of Development and Peter Nobes, Director of Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Vancouver. Thursday, May 15, 7pm - 8:30pm, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Vancouver.  Registration:http://rcav.org/stewardship-events/ or call 604-683-0281 ext. 238


*Young Adults: Called & Gifted

Has anyone told you that you are called by Christ for a special mission that only you can do? By discovering and using God’s gifts, you will find your purpose in life. Fr. Bryan Dolejsi from Seattle has been trained by the Catherine of Siena Institute to offer The Called & Gifted workshop and will be giving this course for young adults. May 24, St Ann’s Parish, Abbotsford, 9-4pm. Cost: $20 (includes lunch and supper), Booklet: $10 (available before or on the day). Price after May 20 is $30. Register by calling Jody at 604-852-5602 ext. 7 or email [email protected]


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

*Father Michael Shier the newly ordained priest is available for replacement ministry.  He can be reached at 604–951-3733


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]


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. Taking place on April 11 - “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands” Luke 23:46. No registration required.

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.

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.


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


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


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.

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.

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]


Two Popes, Two Saints : A Canonization Celebration


Two Popes, Two Saints: A Canonization Celebration

Two Popes banner


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.

Schedule of the Day

12:30 pm Grand Procession participants to arrive at PNE Coliseum
  2:00 pm Grand Procession begins
  2:30 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet with Combined Divine Mercy Choir
  3:00 pm Mass



  • Mass with Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Miller, Bishop Ken Nowakowski, and concelebrating clergy
  • Combined Divine Mercy Choir
  • 250-300 member combined High School Choirs led by Jeff Cabralda and students from nine Catholic High Schools
  • Participation of Seminarians from Seminary of Christ the King, Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, Catholic Women’s League, Movements and more.

Veneration of Relics

There will be opportunity to see and venerate rare objects before and after Mass: St. Faustina, John Paul II filigree monstrance, and John XXIII fabric and piece of clothing.


Tickets for this event are Free and are available at your Parish office. Tickets will be colour

Two Popes

coded according to deanery, with a special colour for those in the Grand Process or participating from the Floor Section.



Special parking rate of $10.00 per car; buses park for free.

CISVA resources


To learn more about Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, click here.