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Development & Peace Share Lent Collection, March 18
During our Lenten journey, when we are called upon to fast, pray and give alms, D&P – Caritas Canada encourages all parishes to join us in Pope Francis’ call for peace on earth through dialogue. The Theme “Together for Peace” reminds us of the vital role we all play in supporting, both in solidarity with our voices and in action with our donations, our local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who are working tirelessly through dialogue to bridge gaps to create lasting peace in their different warring communities. We at D&P–Caritas Canada work in all these areas to be instruments of peace. Please be generous in this week’s special collection.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training – Level 1 Part 2
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a program of Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. Level I is for children ages 3-6. March 19-23 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Surrey. Cost: $410. To register, visit rcav.org/event/cgs-level-1

Parenting Ministry: Who Am I?
Are you longing to: Discover the richness within yourself? Improve your relationships? Increase your happiness and productivity? Come to a 4-day workshop from March 19-22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spirit of Formation House, Langley. To register, contact Jane Waldock at 778-997-4672. rcav.org/event/who-am-i

Men’s Discernment Night
Do you have questions about discerning God’s call for your life? Vocations in Progress for men is an opportunity to meet priests, ask questions, and learn about their life and spirituality. The informal event will include prayer, dinner, and discussion. Wednesday, March 21, from 7-10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Vancouver. vocationsvancouver.ca

Pro-life Mass and Prayer Vigil
Join us for a peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents on Saturday, April 7. Mass is at 8:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s, Vancouver, followed by Rosary at Burnaby Hospital. For upcoming dates visit http://rcav.org/pro-life-mass-and-prayer-vigil/

Theology of the Body Course
Discover human nature as the “Gift of Self” in our relationship with God and one another through Theology of the Body. Using the teachings of Christ on marriage, St. John Paul II reveals our true human nature in the image and likeness of God as a “communion of persons in the sincere gift of self,” giving us the authentic meaning of our humanity now and in eternal life. Sessions begin this spring: April 9 and April 10. Register at rcav.org/tob.

NES Announcement
Join over 3,000 Catholics across Canada and the U.S. at this premier conference for the New Evangelization. The Summit features 6 world-class Catholic speakers on the New Evangelization including Curtis Martin, Sr. Anne Shields, George Weigel, Patrick Madrid, Christy Dupuis, and Michael Dopp. The NES has been designed to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. The Summit will be held live in Ottawa on April 27-28th and will be broadcast across the continent. We are excited to have three host sites in the Archdiocese; St. Ann’s Parish, Star of the Sea Parish, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. Be inspired, receive formation, and connect with other Catholics. Register now at www.newevangelization.ca

In the Garden: A Lenten Devotional
Looking for something to guide your Lent? Join us “In the Garden” – a weekly meditation based on Matthew 26, the beautiful time Jesus spent praying in the Garden of Gethsemani moments before the events that led to his crucifixion. Sign up at rccav.org/lent.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
“Before the retreat my life was full of anger, my cross was heavy, and I was angry with myself; on retreat I went through detox because that is what it is like to be filled with pain, anger, and frustration. Now I am feeling my healing and my resurrection to this new life God has given me. He has fed me with his word, his Mass, and his communion.”– Testimonial
Your healing after abortion can be a resurrection to a new life that you thought would never be yours again. Ask Him to give you the courage to take that step towards Him. He will do everything else. Rest in Him on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and come alive again. Next retreat is May 2018. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.

New VANSPEC Site Centre
The VANSPEC program is now available at Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Coquitlam. Our program offers one-on-one catechism classes for students who learn best through tailored individual lessons. We are now accepting students; however, space is limited. With the new site centre, we are also looking for catechists and catechist assistants. Call us, this may lead to a special spiritual journey for you. Please contact Vanspec Site Coordinator for Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Julie Lee at 604-813-3310 or email j_lee88@live.com or contact Vanspec Coordinator, Lucy Rodjito at lrodjito@rcav.org or vanspec@rcav.org. vanspec.ca

Dying Healed Workshop
Learn more about palliative and hospice care, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Is there value to human suffering and what is human dignity? There are so many people who are alone, vulnerable, sick, and who feel despair and hopelessness. When we learn to care for others by visiting them, we can help them restore their dignity, just by our mere quiet presence. The Dying Healed program is set up by LifeCanada and distributed and organized locally by Vancouver’s Life Community. March 20, 21, 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall, Vancouver. To register, visit rcav.org/event/dying-healed-workshop-3

Propitiation and the Meaning of Easter
How do Donne, Rembrandt, and Milton deepen our appreciation for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? Reflecting on a range of profound poetic and artistic materials – mainly from the late Renaissance period – will help us prepare for Holy Week and its culmination of the events of Good Friday and Easter. Join us on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s College. Presentation by Dr. Dennis Danielson, Professor Emeritus, UBC Department of English.

One Hour: See the Cross Lenten Concert
Stella Maris Concert Choir presents “One Hour: See the Cross” – a choral presentation of music reflecting on the Passion of Jesus on March 25, Sunday, 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, Surrey. Tickets: $10/adult, $8/senior, $8/student. Tickets are available at the door.

Liturgy & Lunch at St. Mark’s College
Every Wednesday during Lent, join the community of St. Mark’s at UBC for faith, food, and fellowship. Special guests will facilitate dialogue about contemporary hot button issues and encourage all who are gathered to cultivate the world anew. All are welcome! Mass at 12:10 p.m., followed by lunch at 1 p.m. Stay awhile over a warm homemade meal, free of charge.

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