Category Archive for 'Seasons'

Ash Wednesday

In addition to the 7 a.m. Mass on Ash Wednesday, March 1, there will be a Low Mass at 12 noon and a High Mass at 7:30 p.m. We will have the blessing and imposition of ashes at all Masses.

Ember Days

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (September 21, 23, and 24) are Ember Days. On these days we are encouraged to reduce our food intake such that two smaller meatless meals do not add up to a third larger meal. This is not binding under sin. Ember Days are offered up for those who will be ordained […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

New Year schedule On Wednesday, 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 […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Christmas carolling Join our families in carolling the neighbourhood of Holy Family on Monday, December 22, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Neighbours will be notified that we are doing this to collect non-perishable food items to support our parish families and the needy. Please meet at the church around 7 p.m. For more information, please contact […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Church decorating … for Christmas will take place on Saturday, December 20, after the 9 a.m. Mass. All men and women are welcome to help! Altar servers … will meet on Saturday, December 20, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Young Ladies Society … will meet on Saturday, December 20, beginning with Mass […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Holy Family Knights inaugural dinner The new Knights of Columbus Fr. Kenneth Walker Council 160761 at Holy Family Parish will hold its inaugural dinner in the church hall on Saturday, November 29, at 7 p.m. All parishioners are welcome. Tickets are $25 per person ($10 for Holy Family Parish Knights of Columbus members) and can be purchased from […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

First Communion … will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 22, the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Climb the Chief! Young Adults, come out on Saturday, June 28, to climb the second peak, weather permitting. We will leave after the 9 a.m. Mass. Annual parish picnic … on Tuesday, July 1, which, besides being […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Fr. Uy away … … until Wednesday night, December 11. There will be no 9 a.m. Mass on Monday and Wednesday this week. Young Adults … will meet at the church on Saturday, December 14, beginning with Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk and Holy Hour. Gaudete Sunday raffle and silent auction Gaudete Sunday is […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

UPDATED: Holy Family’s first All Saints party Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31. Food: We’ll have a finger-food potluck! (If it needs to be heated, please bring it already hot so it can be served warm/room temperature, and let me know what you are bringing as that will help with food coordination. […]

Holy Week at Holy Family Parish

Tenebrae of Holy Week Tenebrae (Matins and Lauds of the Triduum) will be sung at 7:30 a.m. on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, March 28 to 30. Booklets will be provided. This is a beautiful meditation for Lent.     Good Friday video presentation “The Shroud”: The Burial Cloth of Christ will be […]

Upcoming activities at Holy Family

Rorate Mass of Advent The early-morning candlelit “Rorate Mass” of Advent will be offered at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 15. This Mass of Our Lady begins with the words Rorate caeli (Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One). In the Middle Ages, it was said by candlelight […]

September Ember Days

Four times a year, the Church sets aside the Ember Days. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons. These days are spent fasting and partially abstaining (voluntary since the 1983 Code of Canon Law) in penance, and are days favoured for priestly ordinations, prayers for priests, First Communions, almsgiving […]

Stations of the Cross

On Fridays during Lent, beginning 11 March, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm. This will be followed by Low Mass.

Epiphany house blessings

Homes are traditionally blessed during the Octave of Epiphany (6–13 January). The blessing  is done with exorcised Epiphany Holy Water, blessed chalk, and exorcised incense (frankincense with myrrh). Since for the most part we all live quite a distance from one another, priority will be given to homes that haven’t yet been blessed, then to […]

Ember days of September

Wednesday 22, Friday 24, and Saturday 25 September, 2010. Four times a year, the Church sets aside the Ember Days. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the natural seasons.  These days are spent fasting and partially abstaining—voluntary since the 1983 Code of Canon Law—in penance, and are days favoured for priestly ordinations, […]

Holy Week schedule, 2010

Maundy Thursday 7:30 am Office of Tenebrae 7:30 pm Mass of the Institution of the Blessed Sacrament Good Friday 7:30 am Office of Tenebrae 3:00 pm Mass of the Presanctified Holy Saturday 10:00 pm Easter Vigil Easter Sunday 8:00 am Low Mass 10:30 am High Mass Please note that there is no Mass in Abbotsford […]

Lenten Retreats

Spiritually recharge for Lent with a silent retreat led by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. These separate retreats for women, men and youth are open to everyone, and are a great opportunity to invite a friend to join you in contemplation, prayer and the sacraments. Please bring a bagged lunch. Women’s […]

Obligations of Lent and Easter

The Church prescribes fasting and abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, only one full meal is allowed, in addition to which two smaller collations are permitted according to need, which,  if combined, would not be equal to a full meal.  Catholics aged 14–59 are bound to abstinence from meat;  […]

Christmastide Schedule

This is the schedule of Christmastide services at Holy Family Church in Vancouver. Sunday services will be at the usual times. Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December 7:30 am & 9:00 am Christmas Day, Friday 25 December Midnight Mass 8:00 am Low Mass 10:30 am High Mass Feast of Saint Stephen, Saturday 26 December 7:30 am […]

Ember Days: 23, 25 & 26 September

This Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are the autumn Ember Days. Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His wonderful creation. These ‘Ember Days’ (or Quatuor Tempora in Latin) take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons, and are each kept on a successive Wednesday, Friday, […]

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