Holy Family Parish, Vancouver, BC

Holy Family Parish offers Mass and administration of other sacraments in the traditional Latin form of the Roman Rite according to the liturgical norms of 1962. We invite you to learn more about our parish, and to attend our services.

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Mass schedule

Monday, December 5
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, December 6
St. Nicholas
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, December 7
St. Ambrose
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, December 8
Immaculate Conception
7 a.m. Low Mass
7:30 p.m. High Mass

Friday, December 9
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday, December 10
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, December 11
Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

New Year schedule

On Saturday, December 31, there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8 p.m. to midnight, followed by a social. The Adoration will be offered for our parish families, growth in grace, financial success, health, and good deaths for those who will pass away during the coming year. Please bring finger food to share. The Sunday schedule will be followed on January 1.

Christmas schedule

The Masses for Sunday, December 25, are as follows:

  • 12 a.m., Midnight Mass
  • 8 a.m., Dawn Mass
  • 10:30 a.m., Day Mass

There will be socials after the Midnight Mass and the Day Mass.

An evening of Christmas carolling

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to invite our parish family for an evening of Christmas carolling on Saturday, December 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., in order to collect food and goods for the needy of the parish. We will meet in the hall at 7:00 for a short rehearsal, and then begin our evening around the church block. Song books will be provided. Hot chocolate, coffee, and popcorn will be served afterwards. Any other shared treats are welcome.

First Friday and First Saturday

On Friday, December 2, there will be a High Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by devotions to the Sacred Heart with Adoration until 10 p.m.

On Saturday, December 3, there will be Exposition at 7:40 a.m. followed by devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8:30 a.m.

Mass schedule

Monday, November 28
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, November 29
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, November 30
St. Andrew
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, December 1
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, December 2
St. Vivian (First Friday)
7 a.m. Low Mass
7:30 p.m. High Mass followed by devotions to the Sacred Heart with Adoration until 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 3
St. Francis Xavier
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, December 4
Second Sunday of Advent
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Gaudete Sunday potluck

Parishioners and guests are warmly invited to the parish potluck on Gaudete Sunday, December 11, after the 10:30 Mass. Please bring a dish to share if you’re planning to attend. A sign-up sheet will be available in the foyer of the church on Sunday, November 27.

Gaudete Sunday silent auction and raffle

The Vancouver Traditional Mass Society will hold its yearly fundraising raffle and live and silent auctions during our parish’s annual Gaudete Sunday potluck on December 11. As well as raising funds for the financial support of Canadian seminarians at the FSSP’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, it will be a fun parish event!

Donations of new and almost new or lightly used items (this is not a flea market, so no clothing please!) to be auctioned for this worthy cause can be brought in now at any time and given to David Reid, Lynn Reid, or Margie Mackey. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Margie at 604-506-4626 or margiemackey@gmail.com. Thank you ahead of time for your generosity, and we hope to see you all at this always entertaining event!

Tickets for the raffle will be available before and after both Masses each Sunday up to December 11. The raffle first prize will be the winner’s choice of one of three framed limited-edition prints (with certificate). Second prize will be a gift basket with a $100 restaurant gift certificate, a large box of chocolates, two bottles of wine, and assorted goodies. Please pick up a sheet of tickets to sell to friends and family! One ticket costs $2, six tickets $10.

Ladies of Holy Family meeting

The Ladies of Holy Family will have a special meeting on Sunday, December 4, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Kolping Room. Women 20 years and older are welcome to attend. The group meets every first Saturday after the 9 a.m. Mass. Members enjoy opportunities for social interaction and friendship, shared prayer, and days of recollection. The group also works on projects to address some of the practical needs of the parish.

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Jacqueline Doering at ladies@holyfamilyvancouver.ca.

Mass schedule

Monday, November 21
Presentation of Our Lady
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, November 22
St. Cecilia
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, November 23
St. Clement I
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, November 24
St. John of the Cross
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, November 25
St. Catherine of Alexandria
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday, November 26
St. Sylvester
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, November 27
First Sunday of Advent
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Mass schedule

Monday, November 14
Dedication of Holy Family Church
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

[Fr. Geddes and Fr. Franco will be away for the Clergy Study Week from Tuesday, November 15, to Friday, November 18. There will be no Mass at Holy Family on these days, and no Holy Hour/Confessions on Wednesday, November 16.]

Saturday, November 19
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, November 20
Last Sunday after Pentecost
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Dedication of Holy Family Church

Monday, November 14, is the 68th anniversary of the dedication of Holy Family Church. It is therefore a first-class feast for our parish.

Modified Mass schedule next week

Fr. Geddes and Fr. Franco will be away for the Clergy Study Week in Harrison Hot Springs from Tuesday, November 15, through Friday, November 18. There will be no Masses on those days.

Christmas Craft Fair at Holy Family

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For more information, please contact Sherri Marcotte at 604-710-4269 or email sherri.marcotte@gmail.com.

Mass schedule

Monday, November 7
Feria
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, November 8
Feria
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, November 9
Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, November 10
St. Andrew Avellino
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, November 11
St. Martin of Tours
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday, November 12
St. Martin I
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, November 13
Resumed Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Mass schedule

Monday, October 31
Feria
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, November 1
All Saints’ Day
7 a.m. Low Mass
7:30 p.m. High Mass

Wednesday, November 2
All Souls’ Day
7 a.m. Low Mass, followed by two more Low Masses (Communion will be distributed at the 7:00 Mass only)
12 noon Low Mass (with Communion)
7:30 p.m. High Mass

Thursday, November 3
Feria
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, November 4
St. Charles Borromeo (First Friday)
7 a.m. Low Mass
7:30 p.m. High Mass, followed by devotions to the Sacred Heart with Adoration until 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 5
Saturday of Our Lady
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, November 6
Resumed Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Vancouver Traditional Mass Society AGM

The annual general meeting of the Vancouver Traditional Mass Society will be held on Saturday, November 12, following the 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Family. The meeting will take place in the parish hall.

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor, musician, and prolific author and lecturer, will be our guest speaker. His topic will be “The Words of Our Lady and the Spirit of the Liturgy.”

Dr. Kwasniewski has taught and written several hundred articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press and a volume of music for liturgical use, Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014). His latest book, Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014), is being translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Polish, and Czech. Copies of these books will be available for purchase at the meeting.

A complimentary light lunch will be served following the Mass for all those who will be staying for the meeting. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the vestibule at Holy Family, email bseas31@gmail.com, or phone 604-608-3552.

All are invited!

Meeting poster | Membership form | Interview with Dr. Kwasniewski

Indulgences for the Poor Souls

On all the days from November 1 though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed.

Also, on All Souls’ Day, November 2, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.

Conditions for both indulgences:

  • Only one plenary indulgence can be granted on each day.
  • It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the prescribed work (visiting a cemetery or visiting a parish church).
  • Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)
  • Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
  • Prayers must be recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary will suffice, or other suitable prayers.)
  • A sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, will suffice.)

The Ladies of Holy Family

… will have a social gathering at the school on Saturday, November 5, after the 9 a.m. Mass. Women 20 years and above are invited to attend. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other ladies in our parish in a social setting, listen to a spiritual talk from one of our priests, and learn how you can be involved in helping enhance the life of our growing parish community. If you’re planning to attend, please bring some light snacks to share. Coffee and tea will be available. For more information, contact Jacqueline Doering at hfpladies@gmail.com.

First Friday and First Saturday

On Friday, November 4, there will be a High Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by devotions to the Sacred Heart with Adoration until 10 p.m.

On Saturday, November 5, there will be Exposition at 7:40 a.m. followed by devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8:30 a.m.

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