Friday 29 November 2013

English Bulletin - 1st Sunday of Advent

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church – Church Bulletin

First Sunday of Advent – December 1, 2013


First Friday Mass & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament      Dec 6 (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.


Moving Forward Together Campaign   As part of a campaign for healing and reconciliation, a special collection for our aboriginal brothers and sisters will be held next Sunday.  Your loving support will help fund ongoing healing and education program to help build a brighter future with aboriginal people within Canada, through the Talitha Khoum Society and St. Kateri Centre in our archdiocese.


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 on Dec 15 (Sun) from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the parish hall.  Everyone is welcome.


Charity Donation to the Philippines         Thank you for your kind support last week for the donation to the Philippines.  We have collected a total of $13,941.75 which has been sent to Development and Peace for the federal match.  Please continue to pray for the victims.


Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Holy Family Sunday        Celebrating your 10th wedding anniversary or a multiple of 5 (i.e.15th, 20th... or 50th & above) in 2013.  Join the Renewal of Marriage Vow and receive blessings of God on Dec 28 (Sat) at 5:00 p.m. Mass or Dec 29 (Sun) at all Sunday Masses.  Please register by this Sunday.


Youth Ministry Sunday       This collection today is to assist the work of Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM) in providing formation, training and support for youth ministry. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the youth of our parish and archdiocese.


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


Farewell Mass & Dinner for Bishop-elect Hagemoen  on Dec 8 (Sun) 4:00 p.m. at Holy Name Parish.  Dinner to follow at Vancouver College.


Share your Views on Marriage and Family

Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Synod in 2014 for the pastoral care of marriages and the family.  In preparation, His Holiness has asked Bishops to collect responses to a series of questions and forward their findings to the Vatican.

In addition to meeting with priests and leaders of ministries to couples and families to gather their responses, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is asking for responses from any Catholics who may be motivated to respond.

The document and questions are in  We anticipate a large number of responses and ask responders to focus on two or three questions only and to keep responses to 2 typed page (500 words) or less.  Please email responses with “Synod” in the subject line to or mail to Synod Consultation, Office of Life, Marriage & Family, 150 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2A7 before Dec 13.  Details of an upcoming public forum will be announced.


University Mass in honour of Our Lady  Anticipated Sunday Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral on Dec 7 (Sat), 7:30 p.m.  Confessions start at 6:30 p.m.  Reception to follow.  Mass collection will go to CNEWA Canada for Syria.  Special performance by PraiseTEAM at the reception.


Encourage: Spiritual Support Group  helps family members of persons with same-sex attractions.  Monthly meetings on Sunday afternoons.  Please call Fr. William Comerford, Chaplain at 604-916-6192.


Healing Service       Mustard Seed Healing Ministry invites you to a Healing Prayer Service on Dec 14 (Sat) after the 5:00 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish.   Info call 604-239-0556.


Seafarers during Christmas         Please extend an act of God’s love to sailors who will be spending their Christmas in Vancouver.  Donations of money or gifts are welcome.  Please make cheque payable to Archdiocese of Vancouver, indicated “Sailors Gift”.  For more info, call Fr. John Eason, Port Chaplain at 604-682-6447 ext. 230 or Missions to Seafarers at 604-253-4421 or donate online


Donations to the Men’s Hostel      Host over 100 men daily at our Catholic Charities emergency homeless shelter.  They are in need of winter socks, underwear, hoodies, jackets, umbrellas and your prayers.  Please drop off your gifts at 150 Robson Street, Vancouver or call 604-443-3292 or email  Volunteers are needed for the Extreme Weather Response Program   when temperature dips to 2 degrees or lower.   Volunteers will be called to help supervise the shelter from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Please call Frances Cabahug at 604-786-8981 or email for details.

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