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“Church without frontiers, Mother to all”
It was a beautiful day which began with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Michael J. Miller, CSB at Our Lady of Sorrows parish at 3:00 pm.
Representatives from 14 different ethnic communities: African, Chinese, Croatian, Filipino, Hungarian, Iraqi, Italian, Korean, Latin American, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, South Asian, Vietnamese set up table displays in the gym and provided goodies that were specific to their countries to share with more than 500 celebration attendees.
A special thank you to the leadership team who helped us pull together this beautiful event – Father Leonardo Rocha, Tina Perizzolo, Connie Fabian, Rosana Pacheco, Charity Igiri, Rissy Lantz, Lisa Santos. Also a special thank you to our celebration master of ceremonies Carlos Fabian and all those who coordinated the different functions to make the day so successful – liturgy, ushers, greeters, displays, setup and cleanup.
To share the joy of the participants, watch the video below.
More than 8 cultural dances/songs/plays were shared by the different communities. The children and adults brought such joy to those who were graced with their performances. Bravo!
Thank you to Alfredo Chu for taking such great pictures that are available through Picasa, click here.
We can reflect on this special day with much JOY.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver is home to Catholics from many countries and where the Holy Mass is celebrated in twenty two languages. Migrants leave their homes in search of a better life and face the difficult experience of migration in its various forms.
As Christians, we are called to reach out to and pray for all migrants to emphasize the unity of the human family and the values of acceptance, hospitality and love of neighbour.
On Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Mass was celebrated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB for the 4th year in our Archdiocese as a universal church at Our Lady of Sorrows.
The planning, which began in September, supported by our Spiritual director Father Leonardo Rocha, CS, includes 14 different ethnic groups who have collaborated and are preparing the liturgy and celebration that followed.
Message from Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB
The theme of Pope Francis’ letter on the occasion of the “101th World Day of Migrants and Refugees” is “Church without frontiers, Mother of All.”
In his letter, Pope Francis reminds us that “Each individual is a part of humanity and, with the entire family of peoples, shares the hope of a better future.”
Please join us on Sunday, January 18th at 3 pm to celebrate Mass as a universal church at Our Lady of Sorrows parish, 555 Slocan Street in Vancouver. As we gather, we will pray that our hearts will allow us to show love and compassion for all migrants and refugees.
A reception will follow.
Message from his Holiness Pope Francis
The theme is: Church without frontiers, Mother of All.
“…..Dear migrants and refugees! You have a special place in the heart of the Church, and you help her to enlarge her heart and to manifest her motherhood towards the entire human family. Do not lose your faith and hope! Let us think of the Holy Family during the flight in Egypt: Just as the maternal heart of the Blessed Virgin and the kind heart of Saint Joseph kept alive the confidence that God would never abandon them, so in you may the same hope in the Lord never be wanting. I entrust you to their protection and I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing…. Pope Francis”
Read the full text here.
Check out photos from the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2014 event here.
Testimony from a weary migrant
“There was a sense of relief when we landed in Vancouver. One part of our journey had ended. We left behind a long history and heritage in our homeland; we were given no choice.”
“I need to catch my breath and then quickly begin to understand how to support my family. The only comfort I have now is in my faith in Christ and His plan for us.”
“Brothers and sisters in Christ, please pray for us that we may soon feel like we belong to your parish, like it is home for us now.”
To download a Prayer Card, click here.