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English bulletin - 2nd Sunday

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church – Church Bulletin

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Jan 19, 2014


Year of Hope

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?" (Romans 8:24)                 

Happy New Year! Pope Francis has called on us to look forward to 2014 with an authentic hope.   As we reflect on the past, let us also live in the present moment; growing in faith for what we cannot see and acting in charity in the hope for God’s eternal kingdom in the future.

As per Fr Raymond de Souza, “Hope is not wishful thinking about what might be.  Christian hope is founded on certain faith that life is not a meaningless riddle, but a mystery progressively revealed and finding its fulfillment in the redemption won by Jesus Christ and offered to all peoples.”


Parish Pastoral Council will be held this Friday at7:30 p.m.  Each parish group should send at least one member to the meeting.


The B.C. Catholic (Award-winning publication) February is Catholic Press Month in Canada and its 103rd Anniversary.  Feb 1 & 2 will have a second collection which helps to defray the paper cost and donation of $20 and up will guarantee papers at your door.   


Chinese New Year Dinner  will be held on Feb 9 (Sun) 6:30 p.m. at Continental Seafood Restaurant.  Tickets $38/ Adult, $28/Student will be available after Mass. Donation of gift cards or items for raffle prize is appreciated.  Please drop off at Info Counter.


Consider Increasing Sunday Offerings  Please consider the increasing costs to operate our parish.  Your offertory gifts help make the many ministers, community outreach and support programs in our parish.  Most importantly, you help maintain our place of worship for you and your family.  As God blesses us each year with many gifts, please consider recognizing the needs of the parish with a sacrificial increase in your weekly gift this year.


Donation Envelopes 2014   For users of numbered envelopes, please write down your full name this month for cross reference. For those who use the envelopes on the pews,  please write your full name, address and phone number to ensure your donation can be recorded properly.


Lost & Found   A car key was found. Please contact office.


CM Voice                Jan/Feb issue has been printed.  Please get one at the Info Counter.


100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees      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.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller CSB invites you to join him at the Holy Rosary Cathedral for Holy Mass on Jan 19 (this Sun) at 2:30 p.m.  We will gather as One family in the global celebration of the Vatican-declared 100th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  The theme this year is “Towards a Better World”.


Has Christ been Divided?   2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity till Jan 25.  We are called to celebrate our diversity and be faithful to Christ’s call for the unity of His Church.  Prayer, songs and witness on Jan 19 (Sun) at 7:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church (5745 Wales St. Van.) with Archbishop Miller and other Christian leaders attending. 


Winter Institute  Training for RCIA, PREP, LWC and Youth Ministry.  Topics: Core Catholic Life, Volunteer Management, Stewardship, Basics of the Faith and more.  Jan 25 (Sat) at Holy Cross Secondary School from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. cost $35 before Jan 17, includes lunch.  Register, visit


Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking On Feb 8, the Church commemorates the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan.  The Archdiocese will observe this Feast day as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for victims of trafficking and for those who work to combat it.  Pope Francis has quoted “Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity.”


Praying with Scripture  How to pray with the Gospels in order to have a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Every 4th Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon at St. John the Apostle Church (5457 Trafalgar Street) by Prof. Shirley Sullivan.


One Conference 2014       Featuring world-class speakers Fr. Robert Spitzer SJ, Christopher West, Dr. Josephine Lombardi, and a closing Mass with Archbishop Michael Miller at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Feb 15 (Sat) 9 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Online tickets $40 at or at any Catholic parish office.


Silent Live-In Retreat         for women interested in discerning a call to Religious Life on Feb 4 (Fri) 7 pm to Feb 16 (Sun) 3 pm.  Registration contact Sr. Denece at 604-985-4872 or email

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