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.

news and announcements

Blessing of Epiphany Water

Once a year, on the vigil of the Epiphany, Holy Mother Church blesses Holy Water in a most solemn ceremony. Among all the blessings for water found in the Roman Ritual (and there are indeed many), there is none more powerful and efficacious than the blessing of the Epiphany Water, which took place at Holy Family on Thursday evening, January 5. Since this water can be made only once a year, please take advantage of this most powerful sacramental. Be mindful of others, however, and don’t take more than you need for the year.


(Photos courtesy of Claire Phillips)

Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord

There will be a Sung Mass at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord.

Solemn blessing of Epiphany water

… will take place on Thursday, January 5, at 7 p.m. This special blessing can be done only once a year and is a very powerful sacramental.

First Friday and First Satuday

On Friday, January 6, which is also the Feast of the Epiphany, 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, January 7, 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, January 2
Most Holy Name of Jesus
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, January 3
Feria in Christmastide
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, January 4
Feria in Christmastide
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, January 5
Feria in Christmastide
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, January 6
Epiphany (First Friday)
7 a.m. Low Mass
7:30 p.m. High Mass, followed by devotions to the Sacred Heart with Adoration till 10 p.m.

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

Sunday, January 8
Feast of the Holy Family
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Mass schedule

Monday, December 26
St. Stephen
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, December 27
St. John 
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, December 28
Holy Innocents
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, December 29
Day within the Octave of the Nativity
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, December 30
Day within the Octave of the Nativity
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday, December 31
Day within the Octave of the Nativity
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass
8 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight

Sunday, January 1
Octave Day of the Nativity
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Parish feast day

We will have a potluck after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 8, the feast of the Holy Family. Everyone is invited! Please bring a dish to share. A sign-up sheet is available in the church foyer.

Mass schedule

Monday, December 19
Greater Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, December 20
Greater Feria of Advent 
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Wednesday, December 21
St. Thomas
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, December 22
Greater Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, December 23
Greater Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday, December 24
Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, December 25
Nativity of Our Lord
12 a.m. High Mass
8 a.m. Low Mass
10:30 a.m. High Mass

Epiphany house blessings

Please sign up in the foyer of the church if you would like to have one of the Fathers come to bless your home. The suggested offering is $10, which goes to the parish. The blessings take place January 6-13 only.

Mass schedule

Monday, December 12
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Tuesday, December 13
St. Lucy 
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass [cancelled]

Wednesday, December 14
Ember Wednesday of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Thursday, December 15
Feria of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Friday, December 16
Ember Friday of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Saturday, December 17
Ember Saturday of Advent
7 a.m. Low Mass
9 a.m. Low Mass

Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday of Advent
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.

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

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

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