May 1, 2016
Feb 14, 2016
At St. Patrick’s, We Welcome Children
To all members of the Parish: A smile of encouragement is always welcome to parents with small active children. The presence of children is a gift to the church. They give us a “future full of hope”. Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to God, to the Church and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
To parents of young children: Before entering the church, it is always good to remind children that we are entering a “special place” – God’s home. Sit toward the front where it is easier for the children to see and hear. Quietly explain the parts of the Mass. Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn the liturgical behaviour by copying you. We know that sometimes babies and small children get fussy and you have to leave Mass for a few minutes. Please feel free to do so,but please come back. Jesus said; “Let the children come to me”. Luke 18:16
Jan 27, 2016
Maple Ridge parish rallies to aid of Syrian refugees – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times
A family moves from Syria, thanks to a local church. – Members of the St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Maple Ridge will be welcoming a refugee family that is moving from Syria in mid-February… Click on Source to read more.
September 11, 2015
Archbishop Miller today announced a special collection for Syrian refugees. The Archdiocese is also extending its refugee sponsorship agreement to other Catholic dioceses in B.C.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
As we witness the overwhelming refugee crisis in Europe, Canadians are responding to this desperate need with a sincere desire to help. I welcome this generous spirit and encourage all people of good will across Canada to help by their financial support, volunteer action and prayer.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver has an ongoing refugee sponsorship program that has settled hundreds of refugees a year from Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries. Local parishes have already submitted several dozen sponsorship applications to bring in refugee families. In addition, we are encouraging benefactors to provide monetary support for those now living in refugee camps.
The Archdiocese has extended its sponsorship agreement to include the Catholic Dioceses of Victoria, Nelson and Prince George. Both Victoria and Prince George have welcomed refugees from Syria this past year, and Nelson is now approved for its own private agreement. This past week we have entered into discussions with the Dioceses of Kamloops and Whitehorse to create similar arrangements.
To help immediately, I recommend the following Catholic organizations with active programs:
- Development and Peace supports Caritas partners providing humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees. To donate, visit: http://www.devp.org/en/donate, call toll-free: 1-888-234-8533, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Mail: email@example.com | Web: www.devp.org
- Catholic Near East Welfare Association Canada supplies food, shelter, water, medical supplies and other essentials to impoverished families in the Middle East. To donate, visit: www.cnewa.ca, call toll-free: 1-866-322-4441, or mail your cheque, marked “Refugee Crisis” to CNEWA Canada, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9.
- Aid to the Church in Need Canada helps with basic needs and pastoral care in refugee camps, displaced persons camps and various dioceses. To donate, visit: www.acn-aed-ca.org or call: 1-800-585-6333.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver will hold a special collection at all Masses the weekend of Oct. 4. Proceeds will be divided among D&P, CNEWA, and ACN.
It is vital that we continue to urge the Canadian government to do everything it can to improve the situation in these countries, as well as to streamline its often inefficient and cumbersome refugee sponsorship application process. If our nation’s doors are opened, we know we can unite many refugees with the numerous Canadians standing ready to assist these families in resettling in supportive communities.
Above all, I encourage you to pray for the Syrian people and faithful, placing their care and safety in God’s merciful hands.