Archbishop’s Letter on Ash Wednesday and the Lunar New year
“The 2015 Lunar Year for Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Malaysian and other ethnic groups, coincides with Ash Wednesday. Therefore, I dispense, in accordance with Canon 87.1, those of the faithful who are present in the Archdiocese of Vancouver and those who are subjects of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, wherever they may be, who will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015, the dispensation from the laws on abstinence and fasting.
However, as Lent is a penitential time of preparation for the liturgical celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, I am obliging all who make use of this dispensation to observe a day of fast and abstinence on one other day at the beginning of Lent, such as Wednesday, February 25, 2015 or Friday, February 27, 2015.
The Mass and distribution of ashes takes place as usual on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Please note that this relaxation of the rule for such a significant day in the Church’s liturgical year is one-time dispensation only and is not valid for future years.”
Palm into Ash
Please bring back the palm of last year to be burnt into ash for Ash Wednesday, February 18.
The B.C. Catholic is proud to be celebrating the Lunar New Year with a special supplement in February. There will be articles and features showcasing the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. This is a great opportunity for your business to be showcased in the Archbishop’s paper, which reaches 61,000 readers each week. For more information and to advertise call Raymond Loretan at 604-683-0281 ext. 305.
This weekend we 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 06 (Fri). Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Vocations hour at 6:00 p.m., Benediction at 7:45 p.m. followed by Mass in Cantonese at 8:00 p.m. Please sign up at the Info Counter.
Lunar New Year
Our dinner will be held on Feb 22 (Sun) at Continental Seafood Restaurant. Tickets are available for $40 each and $30 for children (age 12 or under). We would like to invite our parishioners to donate new gifts for the lucky draw. Please bring gift donations to the parish office.
Chinese New Year Cake
Thank you for your support. Order for all kinds of cake has been full.
Parents with babies and toddlers who use this room during Sunday Mass are kindly reminded to respect the quiet environment, prayerful atmosphere and the need of other parishioners to attend Mass in the room. No food or drink in the room.
Feb 15 (Sun), 2:30 p.m. at our parish. Topic: Reconciliation, Special Guest is Brother Emile. Everyone is welcome.
ONE Conference 2015
Come and start joy in your world by listening to great speakers, celebrating Mass with Archbishop Michael and worshipping as ONE. Feb 14 (Sat) at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Buy your tickets online at www.rcav.org/one.
Mass for the World Day for Consecrated Life
On Feb 2 (Mon), please join the Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church (Cambie and 33rd) at 7 p.m. with a light reception to follow. We invite everyone to participate at the Mass and show their support for the consecrated men and women of our Archdiocese.
Turning and Returning - Drawing Closer to Jesus
Fr. Elton Fernandes, SJ, returns to Rosemary Heights for our 2-hour twilight retreat, offering Scripture and Ignatian prayer as a way to respond to Jesus' invitation. Feb 19 (Thu), from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Costs $25, including a light snack ($35 including light dinner served at 5:15 p.m.). For more information, visit www.rosemaryheights.com/events/ or contact 604-576-8802.
On the weekend of February 20 - 22, there will be a Vocation Live-In for boys or young men interested in the priesthood or the consecrated life, at the Seminary of Christ the King, Mission, BC. For more information call 604-826-8715.