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Development and Peace Share Lent 2017: Women at the Heart of Change   Matthew’s Gospel emphasizes the Lord’s commandment to refrain from acts of anger and violence. South Sudan, the youngest nation on earth, has been overwhelmed by violence and civil conflict since its independence in 2011. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada continues to support Caritas South Sudan in its efforts to foster peace, democracy and reconciliation in the region. Thanks in part to your continued generosity, our partners are able to provide food, water, healthcare and access to education for those affected by the conflict. For more information on support for South Sudan please visit www.devp.org/en/emergencies/south-sudan 

Estate Basics and Memorial Planning Presentation   These presentations by Archdiocese of Vancouver Catholic Cemeteries deal with matters you may not have thought about but will help you gather your thoughts before you write your first will or prepare to update your will. Learn about the beauty and dignity of the funeral rite and how to formulate pre-need arrangements. Receive FREE guides and loads of practical advice.

These workshops will present facts and information. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. For more information, please contact Gardens of Gethsemani at 604-531-2141 or visit rccav.org. 

Mamuno Tudad Ni Hesus – Filipino Ministry Leadership Formation Program   Join us for Level I of the Leadership Formation Program for Filipinos for three Saturdays, March 11, 18 & 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, Delta. Cost: $60. Visit www.rcav.org/filipino-ministry or email gbarcelon@rcav.org for more info.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for Men (Silent Retreat)   Returning for a second year (4th retreat), the priests of Miles Christi will be here to offer their signature Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Two priests will work directly with retreatants in this silent retreat for men, March 24-26 at Westminster Abbey, Mission. Cost is $210. Space is very limited, so please register early. For more info or to register, please contact Jody Garneau at adultfaith@stannsabbotsford.ca or 604-576-8802.“Spiritual retreats are particular graces, they are privileged opportunities, where the soul, separated from the busyness of daily life, may dispose itself to listen to God, place itself under the direction of the Holy Spirit, and totally correct itself to establish the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in it, in order to love Him and serve Him more.” – Miles Christi Constitutions. For more info visit www.stannsabbotsford.ca/2016/12/silent-ignatian-retreats/4509

Will Wording   The Development Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver is pleased to present a workshop on Will Wording. Presented by Ritchie Wong and Sasha Ramnarine, lawyers at Remedios and Company, and Tim Lack, lawyer at Lunny Atmore LLP, this workshop will discuss why it is important to have a will and what to consider including in your will. Join us Thursday, Feb. 23, for a 30-40 minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period. Session begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), at Canadian Martyrs Parish, Richmond. Limited copies of “BC Executor’s Guide” will be available for purchase. To register, visit rcav.org/epg

Homeless Count   Help count the homeless in your local community for the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association on Tuesday, March 7 (evening), and Wednesday, March 8 (daytime). This count allows Catholic ministries such as the Door Is Open, Men’s Hostel, Good Shepherds, Agape and many more to plan appropriate programs and allocate resources. This is a rare opportunity that happens only once every 3 years. It’s also a chance to learn more about the causes of poverty and some of the solutions that government, public and private agencies, and charities are working on together. If you or someone you know is interested, please sign-up online at http://www.bcnpha.ca/research/metro-vancouver-homeless-count-2017. This is also a great opportunity to volunteer with Catholic Charities Shelter Services. For more info, contact Scott Small at ssmall@rcav.org

Vocations Fair   All are invited to attend the Archdiocesan Vocations Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, Vancouver from 4–8 p.m. Visit displays and meet the sisters and priests who serve throughout our archdiocese. For more information contact Sr. Rhonda,rbrown@rcav.org or 604-788-8592.

Would you like to help women in crisis pregnancy situations?   Birthright Vancouver is currently looking for volunteers who can commit three hours a week on a weekday morning or afternoon to this mission.  Training provided.  Contact: 604-687-7223 or birthrightvancouver@gmail.com.

40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign: Kick-off Mass   Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 11 p.m. for the kick-off Mass at Holy Name Parish, 4925 Cambie Street, Vancouver. This kick-off Mass will lead into the 40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign with an on-site vigil (Rosary) at B.C. Women’s Hospital vigil location (corner of 29th Avenue and Heather Street). No RSVP required. 40 Days for Life 2017 runs from March 1 to April 9! Join us!

Open House at Catholic Pacific College, Walnut Grove Campus   Prospective students and their parents are invited to attend an Open House at Catholic Pacific College’s Walnut Grove Campus. Come meet current students, parents, faculty, and administration and take a tour of the beautiful new facility. Join us on Monday, March 6, from 6-9 p.m. at Walnut Grove Campus, Langley. Discover how the Liberal Arts can change your life! For more info visit http://www.catholicpacific.ca

Finding God in All Things: Praying with Scripture and Imagination   You’re invited to explore St. Ignatius of Loyola’s spirituality as a way of deepening your prayer life and growing in intimacy with God. Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div., will offer a half-day retreat on St. Ignatius’ methods of Praying with Scripture and Imagination (Gospel Contemplation). Saturday, March 4, from 9am-1pm. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gibsons. The morning includes time for quiet prayer and reflection, and small group faith sharing. To register, visit https://goo.gl/0iJ5Kp or contact the parish office at 604-886-2447 or parish.stmarygibsons@rcav.org by March 2. Suggested donation: $10, includes prayer materials, lunch and coffee. Proceeds goes to Easter dinner for less fortunate.

Twilight Mass   The Twilight Mass has resumed its “first Sunday of the month” schedule. Catholic Seekers are invited to gather, form community, worship and take time to be in God’s presence, all set to a mix of familiar and contemporary music traditions. Join us for our Twilight Mass on Sunday, March 5, at 8pm at Immaculate Conception Church, Vancouver.

Helping Your Child Through Loss and Grief   Presented by Joanna Boyd, M.C.P,R.C.C., with special guest Denis Boyd, M.A., R.Psych, this presentation will address grief related to the death of a loved one or other major losses. Topics that will be addressed are: healthy (and unhealthy) grief reactions in children and adolescents (and adults), how to support your child through grief, what can be done to manage your own grief, factors that influence grief, and myths and inaccurate messages about grief. This workshop is for parents. Join us Monday, March 6, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby. Cost: $15/person or $25/couple. For more info visit http://rcav.org/event/loss-and-grief-workshop/

Cross Over, A Lenten Retreat   Cross Over is about intimacy with the Cross. Learn how to face your crosses in life and go beyond them; treat failure, sufferings and pains in life with an enabling disposition; and move from a life of struggle to abundance and fullness, at any age. Journey with Deacon Greg Barcelon to get the most out of this Lenten Season, from March 5-7, from 7-8:30 p.m at St. Anthony’s Church, West Vancouver. For more info contact Tony Gray at 604-926-6881.

The Secret to Becoming a Saint   Retreat Director Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div., offers a Lenten retreat exploring the faith lives of the saints. What was the secret to their relationship with God which enabled them, as ordinary people like us, to do extraordinary things for God? How do the saints inspire us today? The rhythm of the day includes quiet time for personal prayer and reflection, small group faith sharing, and socializing. Day begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and registration and ends at 3 p.m. Registration fee (includes take-home prayer materials, lunch and coffee): $60 in advance, $65 at the door, $25 students. Saturday, March 11 at St. Mark’s College,5935 Iona Dr, Vancouver. To register, visit https://goo.gl/kMDZqi

Lenten Retreat   Join us for a Lenten Retreat on “Living and Understanding the Beatitudes,” presented by Sr. Gabriella Yi and “Our Vocation to Beatitude,” presented by Fr. Alessandro Lovato. Saturday, March 11, from 9:30am-11:30am at Holy Rosary Hall, 646 Richards Street, Vancouver. Admission by donation. Sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League at Holy Rosary Cathedral. For more info, please contact sarahisobelparry@gmail.com.

The Path of Life – A Lenten Mission   Christ the Redeemer Parish is pleased to host well known speaker and counsellor Jake Khym as he guides retreatants through accepting and applying the Paschal Mystery in our daily lives. This parish mission begins on Saturday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m. and ends with the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. For more info or to purchase tickets, please contact Jason Costa at 604-922-1371 or JCosta@ctrwestvan.ca. Tickets are $15 for individuals and $30 for families. A light lunch will be provided.

Call to Holiness Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s   Every Catholic Christian has a call to holiness: To Be Jesus Christ in the World Today. “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20.Join us for a Lenten Retreat from March 13-15 with 8 a.m. Mass followed by a retreat talk, or 7 p.m. Mass followed by a retreat talk at St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver. Morning and evening sessions are the same. No fees, no registration. Hear from a vibrant and inspiring speaker, Msgr. John Esseff, who was guided by Padre Pio in the beginning of his ministry and later became a spiritual director to Mother Teresa. He was ordained in 1953 and has been an exorcist for the Diocese of Scranton for about 40 years now. He is involved with the Institute for Priestly Formation and is president of the Pope Leo XIII Institute and School for the training of exorcists, held at Mundelein Seminary, Chicago. He is ardently devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Stress, Marriage and Rock n’ Roll   Good communication, stress management and practising one’s faith have a great deal in common. Psychologist Denis Boyd will share practical tips on how to enhance your marriage and at the same time reduce the stress that arises from daily challenges. He will offer insight on how putting one’s faith into practice is the key step in doing this. Join us for this Faith and Family Workshop on Tuesday, March 21, from 7-9 p.m., at St. Luke’s Church, Maple Ridge. Cost: $15/person or $25/couple. For more info visit rcav.org/event/faith-family-workshop-2

Living Through Grief Bereavement Seminar   Are you grieving the loss of a friend or family member such as a spouse, parent or child? Are you missing a baby who has died during pregnancy or birth? Denis Boyd will talk about the grief journey and make suggestions about how to effectively deal with major loss. Also hear from a parent who will share her faith-based journey after the loss of an infant. Topics Include: physical, social, spiritual and psychological reactions of healthy/unhealthy grief, the mourning process, ways to remember your loved one and more. Presented By: Denis Boyd, M.A., R.Psych., and guest speaker Donna L. Crombie, Elizabeth Ministry. Join us on Tuesday, March 28, from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. Clare of Assisi, Coquitlam. To pre-register contact Denis Boyd’s office at: 604-931-7211 or by email: info@denisboyd.com. Cost: $15/person.

Spirituality: The Invisible Ingredient in Health and Healing “Exploring Hospitality” Providence Health Care of Vancouver invites you and your colleagues to participate in our 6th Biennial Conference that explores the integral relationship between spirituality, health and healing. Join us on May 4-5, at Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver. Providence welcomes physicians and other health-care clinicians; health-care executives and managers; researchers; government leaders; instructors especially in medicine, nursing, and other health disciplines; community and social services practitioners; primary care and religious leaders; educators, patients and families and all those interested in the topic. Early bird registration ends April 7. To register, visit https://goo.gl/nLVng8.

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