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Winter Institute 2018 The Winter Institute is a day dedicated to ministry training and faith formation courses. Courses include writing and sharing your testimony; classroom management; and sexual orientation and identity. Join us Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Holy Cross Regional Secondary, Surrey. Registration is $40 on or before Jan. 22 ($20 for half-day course). For course descriptions and registration, visit rcav.org/oc-winter-institute.
Archdiocesan Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life 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 one is Thursday, Jan. 18, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Burnaby, 7 – 8 p.m.
The Art of Invitation: An Alpha and Discover Discipleship Workshop Do you feel called to help a friend renew their relationship with God? Sometimes all it takes is starting a new conversation with them. But how do we start that conversation? Learn practical tips from Mara Narciso (Alpha Canada) and Amber Zolc (CCO and Archdiocese of Vancouver) about the Art of Invitation on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver. RSVP at discoverdiscipleship.ca/2017/12/28/alpha-and-discover-discipleship-information-sessions.
World Day of Migrants and Refugees Mass 2018 Pope Francis, in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, urges us to respond with love and to encounter Jesus Christ whenever a stranger knocks at our door. He says: “This is a great responsibility,” and we are “called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom, and foresight, each according to their own abilities. Our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote, and to integrate.” Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Vancouver, by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, for the sixth year in our archdiocese. A celebration of different cultural traditions will follow Mass. Visit rcav.org/wdmr or send us an email at email@example.com for more details.
Estate Basics and Memorial Planning Workshop This presentation by Catholic Cemeteries will help you gather your thoughts before you write your first will. Learn about the beauty and dignity of the funeral rite and how to formulate pre-need arrangements. Receive free guides and practical advice. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold. Join us in the McCarthy Room at Christ the Redeemer Church, West Vancouver, on Jan. 21, 9:45 a.m. (sign up at rccav.org/events/170) or in the Jubilee Room at St. Matthew’s Church, Surrey, on Jan. 28, 9:15 a.m. (sign up at rccav.org/events/169) after the morning Masses. Contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141 if you have questions.
Parenting Ministry: Couples Connect: A Deeper Bond This is a workshop to help couples better understand each other and develop a deeper connection. Through teaching moments, demonstration, and practice, this six-week workshop provides couples with a unique opportunity to practise the skills learned and receive feedback from counsellors. Couples will learn how to manage and work through conflict, increase sexual intimacy, fondness and admiration, feel more connection with their partner, and build a long-lasting relationship of love. Learn more on Wednesdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Mar. 7 at John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Vancouver, 7 – 9 p.m. Cost is $130. Register to reserve your spot. rcav.org/event/couples-connect-deeper-bond
Third Annual Ordinandi Dinner Join Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Bishop Stephen Jensen of Prince George, and members of the Catholic faithful as we gather together in support of the men who are soon to be ordained (“ordinandi”) to the priesthood. Meet your future priests: Deacon Guy Zidago, who will be ordained for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and Deacon Ken Anderson, who will be ordained for the Diocese of Prince George. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $50 (Student rate: $25). You can also sponsor a priest or seminarian. To register or for more info on how to sponsor a priest or seminarian, visit vocationsvancouver.ca.
Ecumenical Outreach to the Homeless During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 1:30 – 7 p.m., Catholic Street Missionaries is inviting young adults, ages 19 – 39, to a one-day training and ecumenical outreach to homeless people. More info and registration at onedayoutreachjan21.eventbrite.ca.
Parenting Ministry: Your Brain on Twitter This presentation by Dr. Emi Garzitto will explore what happens to our brains with constant bombardment of distractions and will provide concrete ideas on what parents and teachers can do to counteract negative outcomes. A “cheat sheet” will be provided for parents to take home that will contain the key points of the presentation. Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, West Vancouver. rcav.org/event/your-brain-on-twitter-3
Parenting Ministry: Overcoming Stresses in Family Life Stress is a given fact of life. Every family has nagging stressors – relationships, finances, parenting. When our peace and security are jeopardized, or when we live to survive rather than thrive, we become paralyzed. This workshop aims to help families build security from within so they can handle stress without losing peace or losing sight of cultivating a Christian family life. Learn more from pastoral counsellor Joy Jose on Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Joseph’s Church, Vancouver, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. rcav.org/event/overcoming-stresses-family-life
Mass for the 25th Anniversary of the Life in the Spirit Seminar Everyone is invited to attend our thanksgiving Mass celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Life in the Spirit Seminar on Friday, Jan. 26, at Immaculate Conception Church, Delta. Mass is at 7 p.m., followed by reception at the school gym.
Ecumenical Worship Service 2018 The Christian communities of the University of British Columbia and its affiliate organizations cordially invite people of faith to come together in order to pray for the great task of bringing people together during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Join us for a time of prayer and fellowship on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church at UBC, Vancouver. You are very welcome to invite your friends and family. rcav.org/event/ecumenical-worship-service-2018
Reformation and Communion Last year we marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Christian Churches in Richmond will host free seminars on Tuesdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, May 1, and Jun. 5 at 7 p.m. There will be a special musical event on Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. at South Arm United Church. All are welcome. The first seminar will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Richmond. Contact Pastor Christoph Reiners at 604-270-0085 for more information.
Weekend Retreat at Westminster Abbey, Mission Our Lady of the Assumption Parish invites you to our weekend retreat at Westminster Abbey, Mission, from Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, Feb 4. The theme is “The Power of God’s love” with Fr. David Bellusci, OP, PhD, as the retreat master. Cost is $165/person. To register, call 604-942-7808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Breakfast for the 25th Anniversary of the Life in the Spirit Seminar You are invited to the Prayer Breakfast celebrating our 25th anniversary at Immaculate Conception school gym at 9 a.m. Our special guests are Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, Fr. George Montague from Texas, and Fr. Michael Barry from Los Angeles. For tickets and info, e-mail email@example.com.