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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)   Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based program of Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. The Level I course is the foundation for all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and aims to prepare the adults to work, to listen and to learn with children. Sign up for Level 1 – Part 1 Training today! Join us August 14-18, from 8:30am – 5:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary, ECE Centre, 789 Alderson Ave, Coquitlam. To register visit rcav.org/catechesis-of-the-good-shepherd-training/

Do you feel called to be a Permanent Deacon?   Curious about the role of the Permanent Deacons? A unique and special vocation, Deacons are official teachers and preachers of the Gospel, and they may preside at baptisms, marriages, funerals, and other forms of community prayers. They also share in the pastoral responsibilities of outreach, such as visiting the sick, the homebound, those imprisoned and in need. Men interested in this ordained ministry, along with their wives, are invited to an introductory seminar covering the history, theology and practicalities of the Permanent Diaconate. Sessions on Saturdays on Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 19. Register at http://stmarkscollege.ca/programs/deacon

Men’s Hostel in need of Mugs!   If you have old mugs to empty out of your cupboard, please consider passing them along to our guests. It’s so much more welcoming to drink from a personalized mug than from a Styrofoam cup. We always need more because we encourage our guests to choose a mug for themselves when they stay with us and to take it when they leave.To donate, please drop off items to Men’s Hostel at 828 Cambie Street, Vancouver, or John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, or your parish office. Thank you for your simple but generous gift.

Men’s hostel in need of Clothing!   We can finally put away the rain and winter gear and pull out our summer clothes. Our guests too are in need of lighter clothing like shorts and t-shirts. If your old clothes don’t fit you or your family anymore, please consider donating them to our guests and if you are clearing out winter clothes we will be happy to take those too and store them until the next cold winter! To donate, please drop-off items to Men’s Hostel at 828 Cambie Street, Vancouver; John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way or your parish office. Thank you for your generous gift.

FATIMA: An Urgent Message of Hope for Today   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. Join us Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Canadian Martyrs Church, Richmond.

Together in Christ   Please join us for a special Catholic-Lutheran ecumenical fellowship of prayer, song, and discussion in September on the North Shore. Pastor Jennifer Marlor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Deacon Hilmar Pabel of the Archdiocese of Vancouver will lead our three celebrations of fellowship in Jesus Christ. Our three meetings are faithful to the joint effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

Personal Ecumenical Relationships: Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, North Vancouver
Ecumenical stories and aspirations of our churches: Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, West Vancouver
Meaning and dignity of our common baptism: Saturday, Sept 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, North Vancouver
For more info. please contact Marjeta Bobnar at mbobnar@rcav.org.

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