Friday 24 January 2014

English Bulletin - 3rd Ordinary

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church – Church Bulletin

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 26, 2014


Year of Hope


"Hope as an Anchor.  Are we anchored just the shore of that ocean far away or are we anchored in an articifical lagoon that we have made ourselves, with our rules, our behaviors, our schedules, our clericalism, our ecclesiastical attitudes, not ecclesial?  Are we anchored there? All comfortable, all secure. That is not Hope."                                     Pope Francis reflects on  the Nature of Hope


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


First Friday Mass & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Feb 7 (Fri).  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00 am to 7:45 pm. Vocations hour at 6 pm, Benediction at 7:45 pm followed by Mass in Cantonese at 8:00 p.m.  Please sign up at the Info Counter.


Chinese New Year   Dinner  will be held on Feb 9 (Sun) 6:30 p.m. at Continental Seafood Restaurant.  Tickets $38/ Adult, $28/Student are 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 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.


CM Voice      Online edition can be viewed at


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


Neocatechumenal Way

          Our Archbishop Michael Miller has a particular zeal to spread the Good News in a life-changing way to every person and has a particular sensitivity toward the challenges and sufferings for newcomers from different cultures and languages.  Therefore he has invited our parish to live strongly this reality, to start a journey of faith called Newcatechumenal Way.

          A team of catechists will give the catechesis twice a week, starting Feb 16 every Sunday and Thursday, both from 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall.  All are invited to attend.  The catechesis will be given in English with translation in Mandarin for those who need it.

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."


World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life         In 1997, Bl. Pope John Paul II declared Feb 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to be observed as World Day for Consecrated Life.  Mass for the religious priests, nuns, brothers and monks will be held on Feb 2 at 5 pm. Reception to follow.


Pope Francis: An Encyclical, An Exhortation, A Mission  In his encyclical "Lumen Fidei" written with Pope Benedict and in his exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" Pope Francis has laid out a blueprint for Church renewal.  The key is "Mission"  Peter Baltutis, Professor of Theology at Corpus Christi College and Fr. Michael Stogre, S.J. will hold a talk on Feb 5 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Church.


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 14 (Fri) 7 pm to Feb 16 (Sun) 3 pm.  Registration contact Sr. Denece at 604-985-4872 or email


Trumpet and Organ Spectacular  will be held on Jan 31 (Fri) 8:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral.  Tickets adult $20, Senior and Student $15 at the door or call 604-682-6774 ext 5 or

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