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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.

Insurance that works for you   Demystify insurance and learn how to turn an insurance policy into a tax credit. Panel of expert financial planners and insurance professionals will discuss different insurance policies. Find out which policy works you. Join us on Thursday, April 20, from 7-8 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver. Presenters: Patrick McGuire, Bryn Hamilton, Rogers Group Financial and Joseph ven der Buhs, Knights of Columbus. To register, visit www.rcav.org/epg

Open House at Gardens of Gethsemani   Join us for our annual Open House at the Gardens of Gethsemani, your Catholic Cemetery. Come and explore the grounds with informative tours. Family advisers will be on hand to assist you with your arrangements. Join us on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, from 9-5 p.m. at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. For more info, contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141 or visit rccav.org.

Men’s Discernment Night/Vocations In Progress   Do you have questions about discerning God’s call for your life? Vocations in Progress (V.I.P.) for men is an opportunity to meet priests, ask questions, and learn about their life and spirituality. This informal event will include prayer, dinner, and discussion. Join us on March 22, from 7-10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver. For more info. on upcoming V.I.P. sessions, visit www.vocationsvancouver.ca/events/vip

Mass of Remembrance   Join us for our monthly Mass of Remembrance on Sunday, March 26, as we pray for our family members that have passed away this month. This month we are offering two Masses, one at 12:30 p.m. and one at 2:30 p.m. in our Evangelist Chapel, at Gardens of Gethsemani. Names on the list for the month will be read out at both Masses. For more info. visit www.rccav.org.

Newman Association Winter Lecture Series 2017   On June 17, Bill C-14, legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide in Canada, was passed. How do we as Catholics approach this decision? Learn more about the issue of physician-assisted suicide, how to talk about euthanasia and palliative care, and what to do now. Join us Saturday, April 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s College, UBC Campus in Room 101. Presented by Peter Nation from Catholic Voices. Peter Nation holds a degree in philosophy and religious education and was a high school teacher for 28 years. Event is hosted by the Newman Association of Vancouver.

Come and experience the power of the Holy Spirit!   Join us for the Life in the Spirit Seminar for eight Tuesday evenings, from April 25 to June 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at  St. Mary’s Parish, Vancouver in the Church basement. Childminding available and light refreshments provided. To register, contact Mita at 604-435-7561 or Edna at 778-689-7775 or email missionablazestmary@gmail.com. Sponsored by St. Mary’s Mission Ablaze Charismatic Prayer Group
Topics include:
April 25 Session 1 – God’s Love
May 2 Session 2 – Salvation
May 9 Session 3 – New Life
May 16 Session 4 – Preparing for Baptism
May 23 Session 5 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit
May 30 Session 6 – Growth in the Spirit
June 6 Session 7 – Transformation in Christ
June 13 Session 8 – Commissioning / Blessing

Redemptoris Mater Seminary Second Annual Fundraising Gala   Join us for dinner, dancing, door prizes, live entertainment, silent auction, and more. Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Cost: $100 per person. For tickets, please contact the Redemptoris Mater Seminary at 604-709-8509 or email rmsvancouver@gmail.com  

Lenten Liturgy and Lunch Series 2017: Fill Your Bowl With Life   Join us for faith, food and fellowship! Lent is a time of “showing concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family” – Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent (2015)
Faith: Join us every Wednesday during Lent (March 1 to April 12), at 12:10 p.m. at St. Mark’s Parish, Vancouver for Mass. Come to one, a few, or all!
Food: Stay awhile! Get to know our small campus community over a warm homemade meal of vegetarian soup and bread, free of charge. Lunch will be served after Mass each week in Plato’s Cave Café.
Fellowship: Come and listen to compelling stories, and discuss issues threatening human life. A different topic every week during Lent!

DRUG CRISIS: Saving our Children from the Snares of Addiction   We are in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic and Archbishop Miller has called on the faithful to respond. Join medical doctor, Tamas Ungar on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Vancouver. Dr. Ungar will explore the latest research on the roots of addiction in developmental neurology. Families and church traditions that foster the nurturing bond between parents and children are uniquely situated to deal with the crisis. Presentation is followed by a question and answer session. Admission by donation. Catholic Forum is an initiative of Lay Dominicans and Dominican friars.

Lenten Recollection with Fr. Rajesh Madtha OCD   “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12) Join us for a Lenten Recollection on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Church, North Vancouver, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration. Event is free. For more info., please contact the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites at ocdswest@gmail.com.

Life Compass Society Launch Event   Join us for the official launch event of Life Compass Society. Life Compass is a group of people from Maple Ridge to Port Moody who share a common respect for human life from conception to natural death, and a desire to promote a culture of life. John Hof, President of United for Life BC will be our MC for the evening with special guests Colleen Roy, B.C. Catholic columnist on life and family issues and Natalie Sonnen, Executive Director of Life Canada. Free babysitting and light refreshments provided, and a chance to meet like-minded people and enjoy great fellowship. Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Coquitlam Alliance Church, Coquitlam.

Free Public Presentation presented by Tapestry Foundation for Health Care   Going Beyond Old Stories: Exploring, Engaging and Evolving into our Positive Potentials. Join Dr. Davidicus Wong as he discusses the challenges of evolving positively in an ever-changing, unpredictable world to achieve our highest potential and support others in achieving theirs. Dr. Wong is a family physician, integrating meditation, hypnosis, acupuncture and cognitive therapy in his medical practice. Friday, April 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East), Parkview Terrace (Level M), 999 Canada Place, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Registration required. To register, visit www.tapestryfoundation.ca

St. George’s Feast Day Mass   The Annual Mass for St. George’s Feast Day will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby. All Catholic Scouts (past and current) are welcome. For more info., please contact the 111 Catholic Scout Guild at 604-671-6162.

Lenten Soup n’ Bun Series   For six consecutive Thursday’s we will start with food for the body and then food for the soul! March 2–April 6. At Noon, we will start with fellowship followed by a talk from our guest speaker at St. Anthony’s Church Hall, West Vancouver. Our focus will be on the sanctity of life and palliative care support with phenomenal speakers such as Archbishop Miller, Dr. Cottle, Barb Dowding, Barbara Morningstar and more! Cost: $5. To RSVP or for more info., please contact the parish office at 604-926-6881. Please note, to accommodate our guest speakers’ schedule some sessions may be longer than one hour.

Lenten Talk Series 2017   Join us every Friday, during Lent for a talk at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby from 7:30pm to 9pm.
March 24: “The Healing Power of Confession” with Fr. Lucien Larre
March 31: “Lent: A Time for Self-Denial” with Fr. Craig Scott
April 7: “I am A New Being” with Fr. Augustine Obiwumma

Protecting Conscience and Responding to Requests for Assisted Suicide   Join us for an interactive workshop for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists on Wednesday, March 29, from 7-9:30 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Way, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver. Workshop is hosted by the Catholic Physicians’ Guild.

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.

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 a Faith and Family Workshop on Thursday, April 20, from 7-9 p.m., at All Saints Parish, Coquitlam. Cost: $15/person or $25/couple. To register, contact 604-931-7211 or info@denisboyd.com.

16th Annual Pass the Torch Gala   St. Augustine’s Parish will be hosting the 16th Annual Pass the Torch Gala on Saturday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hellenic Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver. Join us for the premier parish social event of the year, featuring live and silent auctions, a gourmet three-course dinner, and dancing. Proceeds go toward the completion of the 3rd floor at St. Augustine’s School. Tickets are $75 per person or $65 for seniors. To purchase tickets, please contact 604-731-8024 or passthetorchtickets@gmail.com or visit www.faithandfoundation.com

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.

Stewards of Christ’s Mission – 2017 Western Canadian Catholic Stewardship Conference   This biennial Western Canadian Catholic Stewardship Conference is a 3-day event with plenaries and breakout sessions covering topics on evangelization, discipleship and stewardship. Talks will include both spiritual and practical aspects of living as a follower of Christ that will enrich and deepen our personal faith and reinvigorate our parishes. Please save the date: June 9-11 at Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond. More details coming soon!

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