Friday, 3 January 2014

English Bulletin for Epiphany of the Lord

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church – Church Bulletin

Epiphany of the Lord – Jan 5, 2014

 

2014 : Year of Hope

 

Following the Year of Faith last year, our parish has set the theme of "Hope" for this year.  It is my hope that we can learn more about this "Hidden" virtue to enrich our Christian life. 

 

A Latin saying "Dum Spiro spero" (While I breathe, I hope) tells the truth that we cannot live without hope.  For us Catholic, we have a higher hope, i.e. the hope for the eternal life.  It is a promise given to us by our Lord and the Lord will not fail us.  So, hope is the "Sure and steadfast anchor of the soul." (Hb 6:19)

 

As we enter the new year, let pray that we may hold this hope high by following Christ in every step we take.

 

Vocations      A special Mass will be celebrated for vocations in our parish on Jan 18 (Sat) 9:30 a.m.  Come and pray together for our young people to have greater faith in God, that they may respond generously and courageously.

 

CWL – "Pornography Hurts" Campaign   Please get a copy of "Pornography Hurts" card at the Info Counter after Mass, sign and send it to your MP - postage is not required. You can make a difference!

 

Chinese New Year Cakes   Jan 4 & 5 is the last chance to take order,  Thank you for your support.  Volunteers are welcome. Please contact Salina 604-729-9298.

 

Photography Exhibition      Thank you for your participation in voting "My Favorite Photo" at the exhibition.  The picture with the highest vote is "The Beginning of the Journey" taken by Teresa Lui.  The winner is Andrew Cheung.  The presentation of the photo will be held at the church Chinese New Year Dinner.

 

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.

 

Congratulations to our Newly Weds

Matthew Yuen & Katrina Lau

Respect to God in Liturgy

1.       Proper dress for Mass.

2.       Say prayer slowly from the heart.

3.       Say "Amen" in receiving Holy Eucharist.

4.       Please keep a prayerful environment.

5.       Do not leave your seat during Gospel and Homily.

6.       No food or drinks inside Children's Room and guide your children in attending Mass.

 

CM Voice   Insights on bible?  Experience of faith?  Share them with your fellow parishioners.  Please send your articles to the parish office.

 

Parish Community Activities (PCA)         Tutoring Class for calculus, AP calculus, physics and math for university 1st year, Grade 11 & 12, starting Jan 6 (Mon).  Full information is displayed on the poster at Info Counter.   Please register in advance.

 

Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Conception   As the MIC sisters are leaving the diocese after 93 years of service, Archbishop will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass for them on Jan 12 (Sun) at 5:00 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Cathedral.  Everyone, especially all alumni, are welcome.

 

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".

 

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 Van from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. cost $35 before Jan 17, includes lunch.  Register, visit www.rcav.org/oc-winter.

 

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 http://rcav.org/one/ or at any Catholic parish office.

 

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. 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 mbobnar@rcav.org.

 

St. Patrick Regional Secondary School Open House   Presentation on "Life as a Celtic" touring on Jan 19 at 1:00 p.m.   Deadline for accepting applications for G8 is Feb 12.  No entrance exam, visit www.stpats.bc.ca.

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