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A few weeks ago, I wrote about how heavily the cathedral has come to be used since we’ve moved in, and how having that many people coming through the doors impacts the costs of maintenance and upkeep on our facility. While many of you said how much you appreciated the insights into what is involved in keeping this space running, we’ve also heard people talking about what we do (or what they suspect we do) spend our money on.
Someone recently speculated that one of the reasons we’re running a deficit must be because we’re spending huge sums of money on flowers and other decorative items. According to their calculations, since someone they knew had recently spent several thousand dollars for flowers at their wedding, we must surely be spending at least that much here each month, given the large array of plants and flowers we use to decorate the Cathedral.
Vacation Bible School 2017
A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments!
July 10-14, 9 am - 12 noon
Who: kids in K - Gr 5 this September
Cost: $40 per child, $100 per family
Registration Deadline: June 11, 2017
To register: print up a Registration Form and drop it off at the church. Space is limited.
As the 100th anniversary of the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children in Fatima is only days away, my strong memory of actually visiting the spot becomes ever stronger.
Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Fatima. As I stepped down from the bus, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace despite the fact that we were surrounded by other pilgrims. Tour operators trying to corral their charges, buses coming and going and the hum of whispers did not detract from my sensing that we were in the presence of something very special. I broke away from our group to what I knew was a once in a lifetime experience.
I often get asked the question: “How are things going with the youth groups?” or “what exactly do you do in youth ministry” or (my personal favorite) “why so much pizza???”
Youth ministry exists in our church to provide our youth with opportunities for evangelization, discipleship, and community. This takes flesh in many ways; from taking selfies with a cardboard cutout of the Pope, to leading a group of high school students through Eucharistic Adoration, to ordering in enough pizza for 100 youth on a Tuesday night – the Holy Spirit moves in many ways!
We are fast approaching the month of May, wherein we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Mother to three children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Blessed Francisco and Jacinta may be canonized within this Jubilee Year of Fatima as the Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted and approved the needed miracle for their canonization. We also pray for the beatification of Sr. Lucia also within this blessed jubilee year.
In order to worthily celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima, by the mandate of Pope Francis, a Jubilee Year has been granted, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from November 27th, 2016 to November 26th, 2017.
A plenary indulgence of the jubilee is also granted:
The Legacy Ridge Trauma Recovery and Resource Centre and the Cathedral of the Holy Family are proudly hosting a benefit evening in support of Mary's Hope Spiritual Healing Program.
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent. The liturgy has a peculiar mix of emotions. It begins with the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem in the form of a procession. The people of Jerusalem took what was near at hand, namely palm branches from their local trees. Many countries have splendid customs of creating elaborate "Palms" which are clusters of branches decorated with strings of red berries, ribbons, even coloured eggs, a sign of anticipation of the resurrection. These "Palms" form a wonderful bond between home and church.
After the liturgy, the blessed palms receive a place of honor in our homes, usually by a cross. For the entrance rites on Palm Sunday, the processional cross is also suitably decorated.
A Series for Couples
6 Tuesdays @ 8pm
Beginning April 4
$20 per couple
Many of you who were in the church this past Sunday morning may have been aware of a brief flurry of activity as staff and parish members scrambled to deal with a sudden and unexpected deluge of water. For those who were wondering what the problem was, here is a brief recap.