Friday 6 December 2013

English Bulletin - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church – Church Bulletin

2nd Sunday of Advent – December 8, 2013


Advent Penitential Service


Dec 19, 20 & 23 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

at our parish, St. Paul Parish and St. Monica Parish.

Dec 19, 20 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Dec 21

at 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish.


Christmas Mass Schedule

Dec 24 (Tue)           8:00 p.m.      Christmas Family Mass (English /Chinese)

                              11:00 p.m.    Christmas Eve Mass (English /Chinese)


Dec 25 (Wed)         9:30 a.m.      Mass in Chinese

                              11:30 a.m.    Mass in English


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 this coming Sunday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the parish hall.  Everyone is welcome.


Christmas Gift         Religious items can remind people the true meaning of Christmas.  Come to our Gift Shop and take a look.


We miss you this Christmas         In his recent apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis asked us to “To forth from our own comfort zone” in order to reach others.  Christmas is a natural opportunity to invite non-practicing Catholics to reconnect with their faith.  This Advent, why not invite one person to Mass at Christmas; what greater gift is there than Jesus?


Rite of Welcoming   Please pray for our candidates who are preparing for Confirmation next Easter.  May God enlighten their hearts and strengthen their will to follow Him.


Moving Forward Together Campaign   As a part of  campaign for healing and reconciliation for our aboriginal brothers and sisters, the second collection today will help fund ongoing healing and education program to help build a brighter future for them within Canada, through the Talitha Khoum Society and St. Kateri Centre in our archdiocese.


TAX DEDUCTIBLE FOR 2013   Remember your pledge in Project Advance?  Please go online donation at to ensure your donation be tax deductible for this year. 


Philippines Victims Donation              During last two weeks, we have collected a total of $17,205.75 which have been sent to the diocese for fund matching.  Thank you for your generosity.


A Word from Fr. Paul


This Sunday (Dec 8) is the exact date of my ordination 20 years ago.  Besides thanking God for calling me to be his servant, I also would like to thank all of you in this parish in which I spent 16 of my 20 years of priesthood.  Thank you for bearing with me,  and encouraging me in my pastoral work.  I have learnt so much from you.  Your enthusiastic faith, unconditional support and great willingness to serve have always inspired me again and again.  May we journey together in faith toward God .


I firmly believe that your prayers for me helped me to become who I am now.  Jesus told us “To be perfect” and I know how far I am from it, and how challenging it is to me.  I beg you to continue to pray for me, and through the grace of God, we may grow in holiness and in turn sanctify one another.                                        Yours,          Fr. Paul Chu


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


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 this Friday, 13th. 


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.


Knights of Columbus 2013-14 Culture of Life Contest            All Catholic G1-12 students in B.C. and Yukon are invited to write an original positive themed essay on any facet of the Culture of Life.  Cash prizes will be awarded.  Please see or call Dale & Debbie at  Closing date on Jan 15, 2014.

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