Fr. Geddes away

Fr. Geddes will be away from May 9 to June 4. During this period, the Mass schedule will be reduced. There will be no evening Masses on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and only one Mass on Saturdays, at 9 a.m.

Ascension of Our Lord

A High Mass will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in honour of the Ascension of Our Lord.

Book of Revelation class

This course on the Book of Revelation, “Thy Kingdom Come,”  by Catholic apologist Jeff Cavins, is being presented with commentary from Fr. Erik Deprey, FSSP, at Holy Family Parish every Saturday until June 22 (except for May 4). Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (following the 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Family). The cost is $25 for materials. For more information, please email Fr. Deprey by clicking here.

Holy Family Theatre presents …

… the film St. Maria Goretti in the hall on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Admission is free!

The story of St. Maria Goretti takes place against the backdrop of  poor labourers struggling to survive in a swampy area with rampant malaria. Luigi and Assunta Goretti keep their faith despite the hardship, and instill in their children a deep love for God. Their daughter Maria is especially devout. But tragedy strikes more than once: sickness and death befall the Goretti family, and then their young neighbour Alessandro does the unthinkable … This film, made on location and filled with authentic detail, stars Martina Pinto as Maria, Flavio Insinna (St. John Bosco) as the brave local Passionist priest, Luisa Ranieri and Massimo Bonetti as Maria’s parents, and Claudia Koll as the Countess Mazzoleni. 105 minutes.

First Communion and Confirmation classes

… at 12:30 p.m. at the school on May 12; June 2 and 23.

Mother’s Day raffle

gift                                                          basketThe Vancouver Traditional Mass Society Mother’s Day raffle will take place on Sunday, May 12. Tickets are $2 each or $10 for six. Please pick up a sheet in the foyer of the church or from our volunteers before and after Sunday Masses.

Proceeds from the raffle will be used to provide financial support for Canadian seminarians at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska. The raffle prize will be a gift basket (shown below) containing two bottles of wine, a box of chocolates, and a $150 restaurant gift card.

Michael Coren in Vancouver

Renowned author, speaker, and TV host Michael Coren will be the keynote speaker at the Ridge Meadows Prolife Society buffet dinner. The dinner will be held on Saturday, May 18, at St. Patrick’s School Gym, 22561 – 121 Avenue, Maple Ridge (two blocks north of Dewdney Trunk Road). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. For tickets and further information, please click here or email

The following day, May 19, Mr. Coren will also give a talk in the Holy Family church hall after the 10:30 Mass. We are looking for volunteers to assist with refreshments/finger foods for this. If you can assist in any way, please contact Susan Kotnik at 604-465-6911.

Holy Land sale …

… on Sunday, May 26, after both Masses. In order to promote steady employment for the minority Christians in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, those families who carve the olive wood are seeking our support, which we can show by purchasing their crafts. The sale is our little way of assisting this community and supporting the last minority Christians struggling to make a living in the land of Christ. It is also a way of preserving a local cultural heritage which is in danger of being lost as more Christians feel pressured to leave their homeland for economic and political reasons. These items are ideal as objects of devotion or as gifts.

Homeschool concert/showcase

It’s time to get ready for the Homeschool End of Year Showcase at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, at Holy Family.

Please contact Vikki-Michèle Freckelton at 604-567-8286 to discuss set-up times and how much room you will need for your family’s displays. Your family can put in as much or as little as you want: a performance or just a showing of work completed throughout the year; sewing, science projects, cooking, art, music, English, or any other subject that has been worked on.

Every homeschooling family at Holy Family is welcome regardless of which school you are registered with.

Deacon Anthony Uy, FSSP

… will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 1, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska. He will offer his first Mass in Vancouver at Holy Family Church on Friday, June 7, the feast of the Sacred Heart, at 7:30 p.m. His Grace Archbishop J. Michael Miller will preach at the Mass. Please keep Deacon Uy in your prayers as he prepares for his priestly ordination.

Deacon                                                          Uy

Anthony Uy, FSSP (third from left), was ordained a deacon at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, on March 17, 2012.

First Holy Communion

… will take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  


The sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Details will be forthcoming. Parents, please submit your child’s sponsor forms. The form needs to be signed by the sponsor’s parish if the sponsor is not a member of Holy Family.

Summer parish camp

Our third annual parish campout will be held once again at Fintry Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake, on July 21-25. Information, including costs, is available in the foyer of the church.

Holy Land pilgrimage

Fr. Erik Deprey, FSSP, will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from November 24 to December 7, 2013. To view, download, or print a brochure with itinerary and cost information, please click here.

For more information, please email Susan Kotnik by clicking here.