Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday, the Third of Advent, sees a lift in the tone of this season of waiting and expectation. The vestments are rose-coloured, there are flowers at the altar, the rose candle in the Advent wreath is lit. “Gaudete” is the first word in Latin of the traditional entrance antiphon (printed on the Bulletin […]

Christmas Eve Tuesday, Dec. 24 10:00 pm | Carols 10:30 pm | Midnight Mass — Haydn Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo   Christmas Day Wednesday, Dec. 25 8:30 am | Low Mass 10:30 am | Procession to the Creche & Solemn Mass   The Holy Family Sunday, Dec. 29 8:30 am | Low Mass […]

On Friday CBC Vancouver held its 33rd annual Open House and Food Bank Day.  (At the time of writing over $333,000 had been raised.)  Listening to Early Edition, as I usually do, I was struck by two things:  the joy and celebration presenters and performers, auction donors and audience had in the act of giving […]

“Coming, ready or not!” Do you remember the seeker’s signal in the children’s game ‘Hide and Seek’ that she is opening her eyes and beginning to search, whether or not the hiders have managed to find a secret refuge? Too late now, if you’re caught, you’re caught! This is the Advent call of Jesus too: […]

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Why has the Feast of Christ the King, which apparently originated as recently as 1925, risen to such prominence? Was it devised (partly) in order to rehabilitate the idea and the institution of monarchy after the cataclysm of the First World War? Only a few years after the Bolshevik October Revolution, and at a time […]