Friday Report, March 21, 2014 What about the Christians in the Holy Land?

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Greetings!         

 

Of all the worthy intentions for your prayers this Lent, there is one that Catholics in Canada are particularly encouraged to remember, both with prayerful and practical support: the Church in the Holy Land.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops asks us to remember the bonds of communion and solidarity that unite Christian communities in Canada with those in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, especially the Church in Jerusalem.

 

The CCCB and the Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada have prepared a special Way of the Cross for use during Lent and on Good Friday. It includes special prayers for peace in the Holy Land and can be found here.


Each year on Good Friday, dioceses and parishes in Canada and around the world hold a 
 Collection for the Holy Land. Please be generous this year.

 

Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the Holy Land in May. You can follow his trip at http://popefrancisholyland2014.lpj.org. 

Sincerely,  

Paul Schratz
Director, Office of Communications 

Tools for your Lenten journey 

Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday), characterized by praying, fasting and almsgiving..

To help in our personal preparation there are many opportunities to come closer to the Lord:

Share Lent: Join the Good Friday fast

Share Lent is Development and Peace‘s annual fundraising campaign.

In his Lenten message, the Holy Father reminds us of our call to fast: “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance.” 

You are invited to join Catholics across Canada and the world in fasting, prayer and sharing of our wealth to end poverty and hunger in the Global South, during the Good Friday Fast.

You can also help us end global hunger by contributing to the special collection on Solidarity Sunday, April 6. For more information visit Share Lent’s page.

Canonization Event Update: relics and choirs

On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized in Rome, and the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be celebrating.

Everyone is invited to our historicCanonization Celebration at the PNE Coliseum, starting at 2 p.m.This event is coming together well and there are some new elements to tell you about.

Find out what rare objects and relics will be on display for veneration. Get details about parking, the choirs, and tickets all on the canonization page.

   

Most important, mark Sunday, April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday and the Sunday after Easter, on your calendar today!

New beginnings for St. Augustine’s

On Feb. 16, the community of St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, celebrated the official groundbreaking for the new school. A little rain that day couldn’t dampen the spirits of a group of people excited to see this major milestone finally arrive. Watch the video below:

Also coming up…

 

Just click on the RCAV Calendar for info on each event. 

 

March

  • 23:  Meet Your Relatives Grassroots Ecumenism
  • 23:  Memorial Mass at Gardens of Gethsemani
  • 27:  Free estate planning workshop
  • 27:  Stewarding God’s Gifts Information Session
  • 30:  Blessing of new Church for St. Mary’s, Gibsons
  • 30:  Memorial Mass (focus on children and the unborn)

April

  • 05:  Way of the Cross for Migrant Workers
  • 05:  EWTN Family Celebration in Canada
  • 06:  Second Collection: Share Lent
  • 13:  Passion/Palm Sunday
  • 16:  Archdiocesan Chrism Mass
  • 17:  Holy Thursday
  • 18:  Good Friday
  • 19:  Holy Saturday
  • 20:  Easter Sunday
  • 26:  Spring Institute
  • 27:  Canonization Event at Pacific Coliseum

Good neighbours

“Meet Your Relatives” is a series of gatherings and dialogue that will help to build relationship and friendship, and to honour the gifts of service we bring to our communities.

These conversations will help Catholics and Anglicans to grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ.

The next afternoon, Sunday, March 23, includes a short liturgy, a featured conversation between representatives of both traditions, and small group dialogue.

Annunciation of the Lord
March 25 

This great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, concerning the incarnation of the Son of God.

It commemorates the most important embassy that was ever known: an embassy sent by the King of kings, performed by one of the chief princes of his heavenly court; directed, not to the kings or emperors of the earth, but to a poor, unknown, retired virgin.

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Employment Opportunities

 

Pastoral Centre Offices:

For a full list of employment opportunities, click here.

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Friday Report , March 14, 2014 – Come Home to Confession

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Greetings!         

 

Someone brought to my attention this week a new mobile app that lets you know when a priest is available for confessions. They wondered if confessions by Skype might be possible. Like phone and email confessions, the answer is no, although electronic spiritual direction is in use in some places.

For confession, the real deal is necessary, and that means in person. Fortunately the Church tries to make the sacrament of reconciliation as accessible as possible.

Tonight there’s a special opportunity for young people at Freedom, a youth event structured around reconciliation. There’ll be music, encouraging talks, and lots of priests who love to hear young people’s confessions. If you’ve been putting it off, this is a wonderful opportunity to make a Lenten confession. Visitrcav.org/freedom for more info.

All around the archdiocese there will be special opportunities for confession in the next few weeks, particularly at the penitential service evenings taking place at almost every church between now and Easter. The schedule here is continually being updated, so if your parish or deanery isn’t listed yet, check back later. 

Lent is the perfect time to encounter Jesus through the sacrament of reconciliation. If you need a bit of preparation or encouragement, please visit rcav.org/come-to-confession for short videos, compelling testimonials, and how-to information on confession.

Remember, Jesus awaits you in the sacrament of mercy!

Sincerely,  

Paul Schratz
Director, Office of Communications 

Canonization Event Update

Two Popes, Two Saints: the poster. You’ll start to see the poster for the Canonization Eventaround the archdiocese soon. But why wait? You can download it here!

On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized in Rome, and the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be celebrating! 

Everyone is invited to our canonization celebration at the PNE Coliseum, starting at 2 p.m. Invite your friends and family!

Join in the conversation with our neighbours

“Meet Your Relatives” is a series of gatherings and dialogue that will help to build relationship and friendship, and to honour the gifts of service we bring to our communities. 

Joined by Rev. Dr. Richard G Leggett, Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, and Dr. Christophe Potworowski, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, these conversations will help Catholics and Anglicans to grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ.

The next afternoon, Sunday, March 23, includes a short liturgy, a featured conversation between representatives of both traditions, and small group dialogue. 

Learn how to register here

A slightly different Way of the Cross

Experience the presence of our Lord through the Migrant Workers “Way of the Cross.” Join us at the Holy Rosary Hall, 646 Richards St on Sat. April 5 from 2 – 4:30 pm.

Registration will open at 1:30 pm. 
Light refreshments will be served. 

Some 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] or visit the web page.

Happy Anniversary Pope Francis!

For the 1st Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Pontificate, the Vatican has produced an online publicationof the Holy Father’s first 12 months. The attractive magazine-style web-book features photos and quotes from Pope Francis on various topics and in various situations.

Check out this moving, beautiful portrait of the Pope’s first year in the Chair of Peter.

Other notes:

Lenten Missions and Retreats
Lent is also a good time to get to a Parish Mission or a retreat. Many parishes are offering both during this time of preparation – check your parish bulletins for more information.

Ordination
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will ordain Deacon Michael Shier a priest at Holy Rosary Cathedral March 15 at 2:30 pm. The deacon, a former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada clergyman, converted to Roman Catholicism in June 2012 with 11 members of his former congregation. Read about his story.

Michael O’Brien: talks sponsored by our Catholic Colleges
Friday, March 14, 7pm at St. Mark’s Church on “The Vocation of the Christian Artist.”

Also coming up…

 

Just click on the RCAV Calendar for info on each event. 

 

March

  • 14:  Michael O’Brien talk
  • 14-16:  Monastic Life Workshop
  • 15:  Ordination Mass of Deacon Michael Shier
  • 15:  Presentation on Iraqi Catholic Chaldean refugees
  • 14:  Freedom
  • 16:  Rite of Election II
  • 16:  Encourage meeting
  • 23:  Meet Your Relatives Grassroots Ecumenism
  • 23:  Memorial Mass at Gardens of Gethsemani
  • 27:  Free estate planning workshop
  • 27:  Stewarding God’s Gifts Information Session
  • 30:  Blessing of new Church for St. Mary’s, Gibsons
  • 30:  Memorial Mass (focus on children and the unborn)

April

  • 05:  Way of the Cross for Migrant Workers
  • 05:  EWTN Family Celebration in Canada
  • 06:  Second Collection: Share Lent
  • 13:  Passion/Palm Sunday
  • 16:  Archdiocesan Chrism Mass
  • 17:  Holy Thursday
  • 18:  Good Friday
  • 19:  Holy Saturday
  • 20:  Easter Sunday
  • 26:  Spring Institute
  • 27:  Canonization Event at Pacific Coliseum

Pray for Freedom

Please take some time today to pray for all those attendingFreedom, our original reconciliation event for youth and young adults.

This year’s event takes place today, Friday, March 14 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond from7:00pm – 10:30pm. The purpose of this event is to offer an opportunity for confession, reconciliation, and healing for youth and young adult participants.

Saint Patrick & Saint Joseph
March 17 & 19 

The field of St. Patrick’s labors was the most remote part of the then known world. The seed he planted in faraway Ireland, which before his time was largely pagan, bore a rich harvest.

The glorious St. Joseph was lineally descended from the greatest kings of the tribe of Judah, and from the most illustrious of the ancient patriarchs; but his true glory consisted in his humility and virtue.

Employment Opportunities

 

Pastoral Centre Offices:

For a full list of employment opportunities, click here.

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This week:

Visit The B.C. Catholic blog  

Submit your news  & events

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