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The Door is Open needs food and clothing donations   The Door is Open is in need of clothing and food donations, especially season-appropriate clothes for men and women (not children), such as t-shirts and men’s underwear (new). Please make sure the clothes are washed and placed in clear bags labelled for men or women. Non-perishable food donations are also requested, including pasta (macaroni and spaghetti mostly, but other kinds accepted), pasta sauce, and canned tuna. If you can donate, please contact Frances at thedoorisopen.ca/#contact.

City in Focus Breakfast | Talks with Tom: The Risk of Isolation & Loneliness   Join us for a morning discussion with two professional counsellors on the benefits of community for our mental health. Friday, Oct. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Hospital. We will discuss how isolation can be detrimental to our mental well-being, and ways to address this prevalent issue – one that strongly impacts Vancouver. One of our speakers, Claudia Mérida-Rossetto, has collaborated with the Vancouver Foundation to research the impacts of social isolation in our community. Register on Eventbrite here or at cityinfocus.ca/event/risk-isolation/

Exploring the Need to Grieve and Heal: Seminar at St. Patrick’s   FREE community seminar featuring Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD – author, educator, grief counsellor. Come learn important principles for helping yourself, your family, and your friends. This practical, heart-based program will assist you as you mourn the death of someone in your life and learn how to be of support to family members and friends. Download the registration form at rcav.org/event/exploring-need-grieve-mourn.

Call for candidates in CWL Leadership Program   The CWL is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the initial cohort of its Leadership Program, scheduled to begin in May 2018 at the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. The program is open to all Canadian Catholic women, from all walks of life, who have a genuine interest in making a difference in their communities and places of work. A candidate must be a Catholic woman, at least 21 years of age, demonstrate oral and written English language competencies, have a genuine desire to cultivate her gifts of leadership, and have made a previous contribution to her community in some capacity. 

The Importance of a Will (Estate Planning Presentation)   Why is wording in your will important? What can go wrong when your wishes are not properly documented? Join this free presentation on Nov. 14 by lawyers Jacy Wingson QC, McQuarrie Hunter LLP, and Tim Lack, Lunny Atmore LLC. Jacy and Tim will present the importance of having a properly worded will. There will be a short Q&A session after as well as light refreshments, tea and coffee served. Register at rcav.org/epg.

Luke 15 House Annual Dinner Fundraiser & Silent Auction   Addiction has snuffed out the brightest stars in our galaxy including Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Prince, and many others. We CANNOT lose any more. Are you willing to help us let every star who comes to us sparkle again and reach their full potential? Join us at our Annual Dinner Fundraiser Gala-cum-Silent Auction at Grace Point Community Church in Surrey on Nov. 17 at 5:30 pm. You may contribute toward the costs of this event and/or donate gifts in kind, hampers, or gift certificates for our Silent Auction. Ticket $45 per person. Contact Luke 15 House at 604-930-4884, Nigel at 604-317-9464, or Johanna at 604-345-0305. Hope to see you there!

NES Conference 2017: Setting Hearts Ablaze   What keeps you from sharing your faith? Ministry leaders and volunteers involved in evangelistic and discipleship ministries are invited to participate in a one-day conference with worship, fellowship, and inspiring speakers who will describe how to step out in faith and share the joy of the Gospel. Setting Hearts Ablaze will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Archdiocesan Holy Hour every month   Join Fr. Rodney Nootebos, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, along with other members of the faithful throughout the Archdiocese, in a monthly Holy Hour of prayer, intensely focused on asking the “Lord of the Harvest to send forth labourers into the harvest.” The next Holy Hour will be Sunday, Nov. 26, at St. Ann’s Parish in Abbotsford at 3 p.m. 

Valiant Richey, King County’s Senior Deputy Attorney, comes to Vancouver   On Monday, Oct. 16, we are delighted to welcome Valiant Richey, Senior Deputy Attorney for King County, Seattle, to share his city’s experience and lessons in tackling the demand side of commercial sexual exploitation, and how they are enforcing the law. All are invited to the Vancouver Public Library from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP at picatic.com/endexploitation.

2017 National Liturgy Conference   This year’s National Liturgy Conference, hosted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will take place in Richmond, starting Monday, Nov. 6, from 7-9 p.m., through Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register at rcav.org/event/national-liturgical-conference.

Men’s Hostel needs clean and dry socks, and new underwear donations   Don’t let the nice warm weather fool you it’s going to be cold and wet sooner than later. For most of us this is just an inconvenience, for our guests and many others who live outside, it is more serious. We have nearly 1500 individual guests stay with us over the span of a year. And we have many others come to our door asking for clothes, food, and more. Having clean and dry socks and underwear (new) is a top request. We need your help urgently. Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel is in immediate need of men’s socks and underwear of all sizes. Please drop them off at your parish or at the Men’s Hostel at 828 Cambie Street after 9:00AM. Thank you for keeping our guests warmly dressed and also in your sincere prayers.

Paid Volunteers for Extreme Weather Response program   The Men’s Hostel is looking for paid volunteers for our Extreme Weather Response program. This upcoming winter, we will need people to come in and help the staff supervise the shelter from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Overnight shifts are also available. All shifts are paid. If interested, please call Frances Cabahug at 604-443-3292 or email fcabahug@rcav.org for more information.

Remembrance Day Mass   Join Gardens of Gethsemani for our Remembrance Day Mass at 10 a.m. in the Evangelist Chapel at the Gardens of Gethsemani on Nov. 11. A Knights of Columbus honour guard will escort everyone to our cenotaph for wreath laying and prayers honouring those who gave their lives for our country. http://rcav.org/event/remembrance-day-mass-2/

Reverently Laying to Rest Service   A service for families who have had cremated remains at home for more than one year. This is a no-cost service to intern remains in a communal crypt, Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10am at Gardens of Gethsemani. We will have a small service in the chapel and a committal service in the mausoleum. Please contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141. Final arrangements must be completed no later than Friday, Nov. 17. Space is limited.

UNFINISHED: Message of Fatima presentation in 3 parishes   Using 200 PowerPoint slides and drawing on her intimate knowledge of Fatima, including a private visit with Sr. Lucia in 1992, Angelyn Dee, MA Theology, connects Fatima’s history, messages, prophecies and promise to past and current world events, and, most importantly, explains why our personal response to the Blessed Mother is so urgently needed now. October 21 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, and October 28 at Good Shepherd Church in Surrey from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Eucharist: A Personal Encounter with Jesus   Father Rodney Nootebos is the keynote speaker for this year’s seminar on the Holy Eucharist at St. Luke’s Parish. The morning includes the celebration of the Mass, lecture, question and answer period, and a simple luncheon. November 4 in the Family Centre from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. rcav.org/event/eucharist-personal-encounter-jesus/

Holy Family’s Second Annual Christmas Craft Fair   We are looking for vendors for our craft fair on December 2, 2017. Be one of a wealth of vendors in one location selling specialized, vintage, authentic and handmade crafts. This is a tradition Christmas Craft Fair with no mass produced items. Live music, great food and active advertising. Table fees go toward the Christmas Hampers for the needy. For more information, go to rcav.org/event/holy-familys-second-annual-christmas-craft-fair/

Catholic Street Missionaries One-Day Training   We love meeting new people, making new friends, sharing our love for God, praying for his presence and guidance, and going out to bring his hope and love to the homeless, the addicted, and the prostituted.
Spend a day with us to experience how we reach out to our less privileged brothers and sisters on the streets of Vancouver. You are invited on Sunday, Oct. 15, at St. Mary’s Parish from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Visit rcav.org/event/one-day-training-outreach-ages-19-39 to RSVP.

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