Friday 13 December 2013

English Bulletin for 3rd Advent

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church – Church Bulletin

Third Sunday in Advent – December 15, 2013


Advent Penitential Service


Dec 19, 20 & 23 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at our parish, St. Paul Parish and St. Monica Parish.

Dec 19, 20 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Dec 21 at 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish.


Christmas Mass Schedule (Day of Obligation)


Dec 24 (Tue)           8:00 p.m.      Christmas Family Mass (English/Chinese)

                              10:15 p.m.    Christmas Caroling

                              11:00 p.m.    Christmas Eve Mass (English/Chinese)

Dec 25 (Wed)         9:30 a.m.      Mass in Chinese

                              11:30 a.m.    Mass in English


The Spirit of Christmas      Ho! Ho! Ho!  It is Jesus birthday, our parish cordially invites all parishioners to join the Spirit of Christmas singing celebration this afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the parish hall.  Everyone is welcome.


Christmas Gift         Religious items can remind people the true meaning of Christmas.  Come to our Gift Shop and take a look.


We miss you this Christmas     In his recent apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis asked us to “Go forth from our own comfort zone” in order to reach others.  Christmas is a natural opportunity to invite non-practicing Catholics to reconnect with their faith.  This Advent, why not invite one person to Mass at Christmas; what greater gift is there than Jesus?


Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Holy Family Sunday      For registered couples who still have not received call from our volunteers, please contact Parish Office at 604-272-5563 at your earliest convenience .


Photography Exhibition      will be held during Christmas on Dec 24 from 7:30 pm - 1:00 am and 25th at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  There will be photo sale and voting for “My Favourite Photo” to raise funds for the church.  Please support.


Moving Forward Together Campaign   Last week, we have collected a total of $1,127.  Thank you for your kindness.


Chinese New Year Cakes  To celebrate the Year of the Horse, our volunteers will make and sell quality traditional Chinese New Year cakes.  We will take orders only on Dec 28, 29 and 2014 Jan 4, 5 after Sat evening Masses and Sunday Masses before noon. Thank you for your support.  Volunteers are welcome. Please contact Salina (778-729-9298)


TAX DEDUCTIBLE FOR 2013      Remember your pledge in Project Advance?  Please go online donation at to ensure your donation be tax deductible for this year.


2014 Donation Envelope       is ready for pick up at the front of courtyard. Registered parishioners are encouraged to use the numbered donation envelope.


Share your Views on Marriage and Family  Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation for the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family!  The Office of Life, Marriage & Family will forward responses to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for Canada’s report to the Vatican. Apologies to all who did not have time to respond.


24 Hours for World Peace  Online Vigil by sharing messages of peace and solidarity on a world scale.  All persons who wish for peace are invited to sign up on the website in order to receive message of peace by email throughout the 24 hours of the first day of the year, Jan 1st.  Visit


Red Mass and Dinner        Join Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB and special guest for dinner, Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB for Mass on Jan 16 at 5:10 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral followed by dinner at Vancouver Club.  Tickets will be available online.


100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees  Archbishop J. Michael Miller will celebrate Mass on Jan 19 (Sun), 2:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral in 22 languages.  Gather together as One Family with the theme this year “Towards a Better World”.  Reception to follow.  All are welcome.


Meet Your Relatives - Grassroots Ecumenism  Archdiocese of Vancouver and Anglican Diocese of New Westminster are hosting a series of gatherings that will help build relationship and friendship, and will help Catholics and Anglicans to grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ. The first gathering will be part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan 26 (Sun) 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Helen's Parish, Burnaby. More info: Marjeta Bobnar at 604-683-0281 ext. 229 or


One Conference 2014       is the annual Archdiocesan event to cultivate, unite, and inspire leadership. Featuring world-class speakers Fr. Robert Spitzer SJ, Christopher West, Dr. Josephine Lombardi, and a closing Mass with Archbishop Michael Miller. The conference will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Feb. 15 (Sat) 9 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at or at any Catholic parish office.


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