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Holy week at Our Lady of Sorrows

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We have received instructions on how Holy week is to be celebrated without a congregation.
The priests and sisters have met to see how these guidelines would apply to our parish.
All services for Holy Week from the cathedral will be live streamed, look for schedule and links on www.olos.ca.
Look for schedule and links to live stream of services at Sorrows at www.olos.ca.

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The church will be open for personal prayer

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Monday to Friday at 7:30 am to 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
On Saturday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and
on Sunday from 9:00 am to 10:30 am..

  • We ask that people do not gather in large numbers and that they keep the appropriate distance(2 meters) from each other.
  • Pews and other surfaces will be wiped down after each period for personal prayer.
  • Disinfectants will be available as will the ability for washing hands.

We ask that you please respect these simple norms.

 

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Announcement from the Archdiocese

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In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have received the following important information which I am gladly passing onto you for your faithful in respect to Masses being televised and Resources made available – for the time being.
Televised Mass:
Salt + Light TV has communicated that they have made arrangements with cable companies across Canada (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Shaw Direct, Videotron) so that Salt + Light TV is available free of charge to all subscribers until 1 May 2020. This means that any person who subscribes to cable TV will be able to access Salt + Light TV and therefore the Daily TV Mass and Sunday TV Mass produced by National Catholic Broadcasting Council.
The channel number on each cable company that carries Salt + Light TV can be found at saltandlighttv.org/subscribe

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With ‘sadness,’ Archbishop Miller halts public Masses in Vancouver

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Archbishop J. Michael Miller Friday announced Masses will no longer be offered with a public congregation in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, joining dioceses across British Columbia and Canada that have made the same decision.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the archbishop said, “I direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Saturday, March 21, are to be offered without a public congregation, until further notice.”

The decision also applies to other parish activities and celebrations, such as Stations of the Cross.

Friday’s decision, he said, was made after “prayerful consideration; and after no small amount of sadness; and after hearing from senior pastors and others about the need for a single directive for the entire Archdiocese.”

The archbishop said churches can remain open for private prayer and adoration “whenever the health and safety of the community can be scrupulously attended to,” although he asked seniors and those with serious medical conditions to remain at home and pray.

The archbishop said “this unprecedented decision was not taken lightly. It follows from the Lord’s commandment that we love one another as he has loved us. In this trying time, this means that we must ensure the health and safety of our community by following the directives of our provincial and national health authorities.”

He said he recognized “the great sacrifice involved for those who are unable to receive the Eucharist, particularly during this time of suffering,” and invited people to “deepen their relationship to the Lord by uniting themselves to his Passion. Read More

About public celebration of Mass

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Update – Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

After further prayerful consideration; and after no small amount of sadness; and after hearing from senior pastors and others about the need for a single directive for the entire Archdiocese; and in keeping with the regulations of the other Dioceses of British Columbia; I direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Saturday, March 21, are to be offered without a public congregation, until further notice. This likewise applies to other parish activities and celebrations, such as Stations of the Cross, and so on.

Consequently, all the faithful are dispensed, for the time being, from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

As Holy Mass commemorates Christ’s sacrificial act of love for us, this unprecedented decision was not taken lightly. It follows from the Lord’s commandment that we love one another as he has loved us (cf. Jn 13:34). In this trying time, this means that we must ensure the health and safety of our community by following the directives of our provincial and national health authorities.

Recognizing the great sacrifice involved for those who are unable to receive the Eucharist, particularly during this time of suffering, I invite all the faithful to deepen their relationship to the Lord by uniting themselves to his Passion.

Wherever possible – that is, whenever the health and safety of the community can be scrupulously attended to – churches may remain open for private prayer and Adoration. However, for the good of the wider community, seniors or those who have serious medical conditions are strongly urged to remain at home and pray to the Father in secret (cf. Mt 6:6).

Further communications about continuing to meet the spiritual needs of the faithful will be forthcoming.

This directive supersedes previous measures taken in regard to the celebration of Mass during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

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Freedom 2020

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Freedom, the annual reconciliation event for youth sponsored by the Ministries and Outreach Office, will take place on Friday, March 6 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Vancouver from 7:00pm – 10:30pm.

Participants will experience first-hand the healing power of Christ through music, prayer, testimonies and teachings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Adoration.

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