Apr
28
Fri
2017
Learn How to Parent Teens @ St. Ann's Church (Abbotsford)
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn how to parent your teen
From meeting your teen’s needs to helping them make good choices, the ALPHA Parenting Teenagers Course has much to offer! This is an opportunity to get help with the challenges you may be facing when raising a teen!

Enjoy dinner and a first-class parenting video-and-discussion program, running for five Fridays starting April 21, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish Gym, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford. All parents and caregivers are invited. Cost: $20/person.

Fr. Jim Nisbet Catholic Bible Seminar @ St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

Fr. Jim Nisbet Catholic Bible Seminar

Join us for the upcoming Spring 2017 Bible Seminar, from  April 28-30, at St. Mary’s (Ukrainian) Parish, Vancouver, BC. This is a continuation of the Acts of the Apostles and the start of the Book of Revelation. Schedule is as follows:

  • Friday Evening, from 7-9:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday Session begins with Mass followed by a light Breakfast before the sessions start.
  • Sunday ends with Mass and Eucharist

To learn more about the Bible Seminar, check out this video.

 

 

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Spring Institute @ Holy Cross Secondary School
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spring Institute

Discover the beauty of the faith through a one day session at our Spring Institute. A variety of one-day courses will be offered, from Basics of the Faith to Overview of the Liturgy. This is an opportunity to continue adult faith formation or earn a Catechetical Certificate toward your ministry. Saturday, April 29, from 10-4 p.m. at Holy Cross Secondary School, Surrey. Cost for full-day course: $40 (before April 24) or half-day course: $20 (before April 24). Lunch included. To register or for more info., visit http://rcav.org/oc-spring

Available courses:

  • Women in the Church
  • Starting a Parish Liturgy Committee
  • Catechizing Children with Special Needs
  • Basics of the Faith – II
  • Overview of the Liturgy
  • Relational Ministry – Earning the Right to be Heard
  • Music Ministry – The Heart of Worship
  • Children & Prayer
  • Adult Catechesis – Condensed
Apr
30
Sun
2017
Spring Bazaar & Garage Sale @ Our Lady of Sorrows
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am

Spring Bazaar & Garage Sale

Join us on Sunday, April 30, from 9am to 3pm for the Catholic Women’s League Spring Bazaar and Garage Sale at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall, Vancouver. Purchase crafts and slightly used treasures for a good cause! Chicken lunch, snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase! For more info. or to rent a table, please contact Penny at 604-255-6937.

Estate Basics & Memorial Planning @ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Vancouver)
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am

Estate Basics & Memorial Planning Presentation

Join us on Sunday April 30 for an Estate Basics and Memorial Planning Presentation. This presentation will take place at 10:00 a.m. (after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Vancouver).

These presentations by the Archdiocese of Vancouver Catholic Cemeteries deal with matters you may not have thought about before, but will help you gather your thoughts before you write your first Will or prepare to update your will. 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.

Workshops present facts and information. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. For more info., please contact Gardens of Gethsemani by email or call 604-531-2141.

St. Augustine’s Parish CWL Spring Fair @ St. Augustine's Church (Vancouver)
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

St. Augustine’s Parish CWL Spring Fair

St. Augustine’s CWL is hosting a Spring Fair. Come shop for home baking, jewellry, small gifts and raffles. Enjoy a cup of coffee and some goodies with fellow parishioners. We are raising funds for missions in Peru, Kenya and Canada’s North, as well as local charities. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish Center, Vancouver.

Mass of Remembrance @ Gardens of Gethsemani
Apr 30 @ 12:30 pm

Mass of Remembrance

Join us for our monthly Mass of Remembrance as we pray for our family members that have passed away this month.

This month, there will be TWO Masses held. Masses are on Sunday, April 30, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in our Evangelist Chapel, at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. For more info, please contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141 or visit rccav.org.

Mass of Remembrance @ Gardens of Gethsemani
Apr 30 @ 2:30 pm

Mass of Remembrance

Join us for our monthly Mass of Remembrance as we pray for our family members that have passed away this month. Mass is on Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. in our Evangelist Chapel, at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. For more info. please contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141 or visit rccav.org.

May
2
Tue
2017
“Faith and Society” featuring Dr. Angus Reid @ St. Mark's College at UBC
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Faith and Society” Featuring Dr. Angus Reid
Join us as Dr. Angus Reid, Canada’s best-known and longest practicing pollster, explores how the forces of a new era will reshape individual and collective religious experience in Canada on Tuesday, May 2, from 7-9 p.m. at  St. Mark’s College at UBC, Vancouver. Currently Chairman of the Angus Reid Institute, Dr. Reid has spent more than four decades asking people what they think about top social, governance, and economic issues. In his presentation, Dr. Reid will draw on the results of a new Angus Reid Institute-Faith in Canada 150 poll on Canadian spirituality and faith.As space is limited for this free event, we encourage guests to preregister: http://stmarkscollege.ca/continuing-education/CarrLecture2017 For more info., please contact Florence Allaye-Chan at 604-822-5516.

 

 

Spiritual Exercises at Our Lady of Mercy Begins @ Our Lady of Mercy Parish
May 2 @ 7:00 pm

Praying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: May 2 to June 6

The “Spiritual Exercises” is an intensive, individually directed retreat (extending over 8 months) offered by the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. It was composed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the “Jesuits’). It is Church approved, originally by Pope Paul III in 1548 (as part of the Catholic Reformation). It is a compilation of classical Catholic spirituality plus the “devotio moderna”. This retreat focuses on facilitating one’s actual Experience of God – and a practicum of Discernment involving finding the Lord in the deepest areas of one’s soul. By means of praying through one’s own life and the life of Christ, one experiences God’s Presence, Healing, and Call to salvation and vocation, including any major life decisions.

To register or for more. info. please email coordinator@jsav.ca or contact 778-806-4378. Application deadline: March 15th, 2017. Registration fee: $100 (bursaries available).
Please note the following requirements:

  • Program is held in 2 parts: May to mid-June and Oct. to end of April
  • 1 hour & 15 minutes of prayer
  • weekly meeting with your Director
  • weekly instructional meeting by Jesuit priest Fr. Richard Soo
Life in the Spirit Seminar @ Church Basement, St. Mary's Parish
May 2 @ 7:30 pm

Come and experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

Join us for the Life in the Spirit Seminar for 8 Tuesday evenings, from April 25 to June 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at  St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver in the Church Basement. Childminding available and light refreshments provided.

Topics include:
Apr 25 Session 1 – God’s Love
May 2 Session 2 – Salvation
May 9 Session 3 – New Life
May 16 Session 4 – Preparing for Baptism
May 23 Session 5 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit
May 30 Session 6 – Growth in the Spirit
Jun 6 Session 7 – Transformation in Christ
Jun 13 Session 8 – Commissioning / Blessing

To register, please visit https://lss2017-stmarys.eventbrite.ca or email missionablazestmary@gmail.com or call Mita at 604-726-4562 / Edna at 778-689-7775.
Sponsored by: St. Mary’s Mission Ablaze Charismatic Prayer Group

May
4
Thu
2017
12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care @ All Parishes
May 4 all-day

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care

Join the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) for 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care on May 4, 2017 and be a profound witness to the sanctity of human life. On this day, we encourage everyone to pray either at home or with your CWL parish council for palliative care and sign the petition to the House of Commons asking that hospice and palliative care be included as a defined medical service under the Canada Health Act. Petition is available online or at select parishes.  To ensure that your parish will be participating, please contact your CWL parish council or visit http://rcav.org/palliative-care/ for more info.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council Meeting @ John Paul II Pastoral Centre
May 4 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council Meeting @ John Paul II Pastoral Centre

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council Meeting

First Nations and non-First Nations are invited to come the annual St. Kateri Tekawitha Council Meeting to be held in the Karol Wojtyla Hall at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver on Thursday, May 4, from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss issues and events taking place in First Nations communities. To allow for lunch preparation, please RSVP to Deacon Rennie at rnahanee@rcav.org. All are welcome to join this meeting.

Estate and Memorial Planning Presentation @ Our Lady of Fatima Church (Coquitlam)
May 4 @ 7:00 pm

Estate and Memorial Planning Presentation

These presentations by the Archdiocese of Vancouver Catholic Cemeteries deal with matters you may not have thought about before, but will help you gather your thoughts before you write your first Will or prepare to update your will. 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.

Join us on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Coquitlam. This workshop will present facts and information. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. For more information, please contact Gardens of Gethsemani by email or call 604-531-2141.

Journey 101 @ New Life Chinese Lutheran Church
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Journey 101

Journey Canada exists to help people find hope and live life through experiencing Jesus in their relationships, sexuality and identity. Join us for Journey 101, an introductory six-session discipleship program that seeks to help individuals understand the issues they will have to walk through in their journey. This program is available to anyone who is interested in beginning a process of healing. For an application, please contact Journey Canada at bc@journeycanada.org. April 13 to May 18, from 7-9 p.m. at New Life Chinese Lutheran Church, 6215 Main St, Vancouver. Cost: $60.

May
5
Fri
2017
Learn How to Parent Teens @ St. Ann's Church (Abbotsford)
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn how to parent your teen
From meeting your teen’s needs to helping them make good choices, the ALPHA Parenting Teenagers Course has much to offer! This is an opportunity to get help with the challenges you may be facing when raising a teen!

Enjoy dinner and a first-class parenting video-and-discussion program, running for five Fridays starting April 21, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish Gym, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford. All parents and caregivers are invited. Cost: $20/person.

David Haas Concert and Workshop @ St. Charles Garnier Church
May 5 @ 7:00 pm

David Haas Concert and Workshop

Join us for a music and liturgy workshop. Concert is on Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. and workshop on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Charles Garnier Church, 3645 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, Incredible opportunity for music ministries and music lovers alike. Cost: $20-$50. To register, visit http://www.nelsondiocese.org/education/faith-formation/  For more info. contact Darlene Jackson at 250-448-2725.

May
6
Sat
2017
Pro-life Mass and Prayer Vigil @ Star of the Sea Church (White Rock)
May 6 @ 9:00 am

Pro-life Mass & Vigil
Join us for a peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents on Saturday, May 6. Mass begins at 9 a.m. at Star of the Sea Church, White Rock, followed by a vigil in the Church. Visit rcav.org/pro-life-mass-and-prayer-vigil

St. Mary’s Padre Pio Prayer Group @ St. Mary's Church (Vancouver)
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Seeking to Trust in Jesus

Come and join us on the upcoming Padre Pio Prayer Group prayer meeting to discover the way to become holier and have our intercessory prayers answered more and more.

One of the outstanding characteristics of Padre Pio’s profound spirituality was his abiding love for the Blessed Mother from infancy to last throughout his entire life. Nothing could stand in his way when inspired to give Mary his love.

Join us on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver and find the way to trust Jesus and to get know Padre Pio and his love the Blessed Mother.

For further information please contact: Lucy.Rodjito@yahoo.ca

Visit our website: http://stmarysvancouver.ca/padre-pio-prayer-group/

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St.MarysPPPG

Faith and Science in the Franciscan Tradition @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

“Faith and Science in the Franciscan Tradition”

The Newman Association of Vancouver cordially invites you to the 2017 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at Rosary Hall, Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver as we launch the new association year and confirm the next slate of executive nominations! Our keynote lecture before the AGM will be delivered by Fr. Joachim Ostermann, OFM. Simple hors d’oeuvres will be served as reception before the event starts so come on time! Free admission!

Prior to entering religious life, Fr. Joachim Ostermann, OFM earned a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Munich in 1990 for his work on mitochondrial biogenesis. After postdoctoral work in Cell Biology at the Sloan Kettering Institute he became an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University. In 2001, he moved to Canada to work in research management positions in the biotechnology industry. In 2008, he joined the Order of Friars Minor. He professed his solemn vows in 2013 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2014. Now his research interests are in philosophy of science and religion and the implication of the scientific worldview on the religious understanding of the human person.

To learn more about Fr. Ostermann visit: http://www.franciscanfriars.ca/author/joachim-ostermann/

A special invitation is extended, as always, to the Newman Club Alumni and the current Newman Club members of UBC. We would love to hear from you and your ideas on how we can continue to contribute to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the public sphere.

Opportunity for membership registration will be available that morning. Contact us at newmanassociationvancouver@gmail.com for more information.

The Newman Association of Vancouver is a Catholic organization that promotes and cultivates the religious, intellectual, and social formation of its members and associates. It is named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, an Anglican convert to Catholicism whose life story of conversion and writings on the idea of a university greatly inspired those working for the advancement of the liberal arts and the ideals of Catholic education, an inspiration that led to the start of the Newman movement around the world in the 20th century. Founded in 1940, The Newman Association extends the mission of the Newman Club of the University of British Columbia from the UBC campus to the wider community and brings issues of pertinence into discussion and dialogue through its activities in the local Church.

One-Day Outreach @ St. Mary's Church (Vancouver)
May 6 @ 12:30 pm

One-Day Outreach

Join us for a One-Day Training and Outreach to experience what it’s like to be a street missionary on Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7 at St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver. To register, visit http://www.catholicstreetmissionaries.org

  • Introduction, Training & Homeless Outreach: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Training & Midnight Outreach to the Prostituted Women (Female participants only): 10:00 p.m. – 2 a.m. (the next day)

Afternoon will include social, training, bible meditation, outreach training, homeless outreach, sharing and pizzas.

Discalced Carmelite Secular Order @ All Saints Church
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Discalced Carmelite Secular Order

Join us for the annual information meeting and learn more about the vocation to the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order. Grow in holiness by way of Carmelite Spirituality. Thursday, May 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. All Saints Church, Coquitlam. For more info., visit www.ocdswest.ca or contact 778-861-5446.

“Right Footed,” a film on the life of Jessica Cox @ St. Patrick's Parish (Vancouver)
May 6 @ 7:00 pm

“Right Footed,” a film on the life of Jessica Cox

This is a feature documentary on the life of Filipina American Jessica Cox. Despite being born without arms, Jessica overcame her disability to become a martial artist, a licensed pilot, a motivational speaker and a disabilities rights activist.

Join us on Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver. For tickets, please contact Priscilla at 604-874-9533 or email priscilla@sampaguitatravel.com

May
7
Sun
2017
2nd Collection: Work of Vocations
May 7 all-day
National Hospice Palliative Care Week @ All Parishes
May 7 – May 13 all-day

Be a profound witness to the sanctity of human life during National Hospice Palliative Care Week: May 7 to 13, 2017. During this week, we encourage everyone to sign the petition to the House of Commons asking that hospice and palliative care be included as a defined medical service under the Canada Health Act. Petition is available online or at select parishes. To ensure that your parish will be participating, please contact your CWL parish council or visit http://rcav.org/palliative-care/ for more info.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations
May 7 all-day

World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Good Shepherd Sunday, May 7, has traditionally been designated by the Church as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  The whole Church, therefore, is united today in praying that more men will answer God’s call to be the visible face of the Good Shepherd in our world. On this day, all are invited to pray the Rosary, or some part of it, especially as a family, with the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. Visit rcav.org/pray-for-vocations for special meditations on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary with a vocations theme.

May
9
Tue
2017
Estate Basics and Memorial Planning Presentation @ St. Nicholas Parish
May 9 @ 7:00 pm

Estate Basics and Memorial Planning Presentation

These presentations by the Archdiocese of Vancouver Catholic Cemeteries deal with matters you may not have thought about before but will help you gather your thoughts before you write your first Will or prepare to update your Will. 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 on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Nicholas Parish, Langley.

These workshops will present facts and information. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. For more info, please contact Catholic Cemeteries at twhiteley@rccav.org or call 604-531-2141.

Rediscover the Power of the Holy Spirit @ St. Mary's Church (Vancouver)
May 9 @ 7:00 pm

Rediscover the Power of the Holy Spirit

Join the Vancouver Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services on May 9, 10, and 11, from 7-9:30 p.m at St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver.

Topics are as follows:
May 9: “Walking above struggles in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Location: Church)
May 10: “Discovering a new life with the fruits of the Holy Spirit” (Location: Church basement)
May 11: “Open yourself to the gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Location: Church basement)

For more info., please contact Vancouver Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services at fireblade@telus.net or visit http://www.vccrs.ca

Rediscover the Power of The Holy Spirit @ St. Mary's Church (Vancouver)
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – May 11 @ 7:00 pm

Rediscover the Power of The Holy Spirit
Join the Vancouver Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service for a 3 day retreat with Lalith Perera, founder of The Community of The Risen Lord. May 9-11 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver. For more information, visit www.vccrs.ca or contact  604-961-7589.

Life in the Spirit Seminar @ Church Basement, St. Mary's Parish
May 9 @ 7:30 pm

Come and experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

Join us for the Life in the Spirit Seminar for 8 Tuesday evenings, from April 25 to June 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at  St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver in the Church Basement. Childminding available and light refreshments provided.

Topics include:
Apr 25 Session 1 – God’s Love
May 2 Session 2 – Salvation
May 9 Session 3 – New Life
May 16 Session 4 – Preparing for Baptism
May 23 Session 5 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit
May 30 Session 6 – Growth in the Spirit
Jun 6 Session 7 – Transformation in Christ
Jun 13 Session 8 – Commissioning / Blessing

To register, please visit https://lss2017-stmarys.eventbrite.ca or email missionablazestmary@gmail.com or call Mita at 604-726-4562 / Edna at 778-689-7775.
Sponsored by: St. Mary’s Mission Ablaze Charismatic Prayer Group

Ongoing Items

Introducing the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s new Priorities and Goals

Our Evangelizing Mission will focus our pastoral efforts and mission as we work to intentionally help people experience God’s merciful love. Visit rcav.org/prioritiesandgoals to read more about each of our Priorities and Goals.

Calendars needed for the Catholic Charities Justice Services (CCJS)

Catholic Charities Justice Services (CCJS) is seeking donations of your surplus unused Christmas cards and 2017 calendars for prisoners. Calendars may be wall, desk, or appointment calendars. Please ensure donations are of a modest theme, suitable for prison chapels. Collection points: St. Mary’s Chilliwack, St. Joseph’s Mission, St. Nicholas Langley, Our Lady of Good Counsel Surrey, Christ the Redeemer West Vancouver, Holy Rosary Cathedral Vancouver, St. Mark’s Vancouver. Items can also be mailed to CCJS Prison Ministry c/o St. Mary’s Chilliwack, 8909 Mary Street, Chilliwack BC  V2P 4J4. Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 12. For more info., please contact Maureen Donegan at 604-791-1864 or mdonegan@rcav.org or Angela Veters at 778-982-1353 or aveters@rcav.org.

Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is grateful to Project Advance! 

Every year we invite Catholic groups working to help others in our community to apply for a Project Advance Special Grant to help their efforts. Since 2005 we have allocated over $1 million to organizations and agencies that help our elders, the afflicted, the homeless and countless others in need. Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is a 2016 Project Advance Special Grant Recipient.  The Foundation’s mission is to provide wellness, health and quality of life particularly for seniors. To find out how the Foundations’ patients and residents have benefitted from Project Advance, check out our bulletin insert.


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