Archbishop Miller's Christmas Message 2020
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph know full well what you’re going through,” writes Archbishop Miller in his Christmas message. “Hardship and heartache were their lot too on that first Christmas.”
My Christmas Offering
If you would like to make a special, one-time Christmas offering to your parish, we wanted to make it easy for you this year by offering the safe and simple online donation form below. We are incredibly grateful to you for standing by your parish and our Archdiocese this year.
Day of Mercy and Confession during Advent
Archbishop Miller has set aside December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as a dedicated Day of Mercy. The purpose of this day is to allow Catholics to recognize the need for, and availability of, the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent. The particular day itself will see vast opportunities throughout the archdiocese for people to get to Confession.
Virtual Christmas and New Year’s Masses
Public health officials in B.C. have extended the existing bans on events including public Masses until Jan. 8, meaning no public in-person Christmas or New Year’s Masses this year.
A dozen of parishes are live streaming Simbang Gabi this year. That is really great news not only for the Filipino community but for all Catholics in the Archdiocese. It gives us the opportunity to build up towards our celebration of Christmas by a novena of masses in honour of and in union with the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of the coming of the Lord.
Blue Light Campaign
To brighten up dark evenings, the archdiocese is launching a Blue Light Campaign, inviting everyone to use blue lights when decorating their churches and homes as a sign of hope and solidarity with families who have lost loved ones and are experiencing a “blue Christmas” this year.
Pray with us as we prepare for Christmas through Advent
This month, we enter the season of Advent – the beginning of the new liturgical year and the great season of anticipation. This year’s preparations will undoubtedly look different; the faithful of the Archdiocese will be challenged to make space intentionally in their hearts despite the obstacles presented by the pandemic. Our priests will be undertaking more work and some Christmas traditions will not be possible under current Provincial restrictions. As we journey through Advent to the joy of the Incarnation, may we, through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, encounter Jesus, Our Living Hope.
Please pray that throughout the Advent season the Holy Spirit will inspire us to share the joy of the Incarnation with all those around us. May the Lord’s coming bring peace and hope to all. Please pray also for our priests, volunteers and lay faithful involved in the liturgical celebrations of the season: that their hearts will be set ablaze for all those they serve this Advent season.
Advent Retreat: Ero Cras – “Tomorrow, I Will Be” (Dec. 4)
Join Father Juan Lucca and Barb Dowding at this year’s Advent Retreat: Ero Cras – “Tomorrow, I Will Be”, where we will explore the rich symbols in Advent and share the intricate details of Christmas liturgy to help prepare us for the coming of Christ at Christmas, where our hope and our joy will be full.
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