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Statement regarding Kamloops Indian Residential School

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A classroom building of Kamloops Indian Residential School about 1950. (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Library and Archives Canada)

“For the souls of all children who died in Residential Schools far from the comforting presence of the families, and for all those who mourn their tragic deaths: we pray they find comfort and peace in the presence of our loving Lord and Saviour.”

Expression of Commitment (PDF) BC Catholic Article RCAV - Questions and Answers
Expression of Commitment
June 2, 2021
Dear First Nations governments and all Indigenous communities, families and citizens,
In light of the heartbreaking disclosure of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, I am writing to express my deep apology and profound condolences to the families and communities that have been devastated by this horrific news.  Each time new evidence of a tragedy is revealed, or another victim comes forward, countless wounds are reopened, and I know that you experience renewed suffering.
I take this opportunity to reflect upon the apology I gave publicly before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2013, words to which I remain committed and accountable: “I wish to apologize sincerely and profoundly to the survivors and their families, as well as to all those subsequently affected, for the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of those Catholics who perpetrated mistreatment of any kind in these residential schools.”  The Church was unquestionably wrong in implementing a government colonialist policy which resulted in devastation for children, families and communities.

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Vocations to the Church – Jan 31st Mass

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On January 31 Fr. Paul Goo, the vocation promoter for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, will be celebrating the 11:30 am live stream mass here at Our Lady of Sorrows. The theme of his homily will be vocations to the Church. Let us pray that our community may continue to support those who are called to give service to the Church as priests, deacons and religious as well as all who are called to give witness to the gospel in whatever life they have been called to live.

El 31 de enero el P. Paul Goo, el promotor de vocaciones de la Arquidiócesis de Vancouver, celebrará la misa de transmisión en vivo a las 11:30 am aquí en Our Lady of Sorrows. El tema de su homilía será las vocaciones al servicio de la Iglesia. Oremos para que nuestra comunidad pueda continuar apoyando a aquellos que están llamados a dar servicio a la Iglesia como sacerdotes, diáconos y religiosos, así como a todos los que están llamados a dar testimonio del evangelio en cualquier vida que hayan sido llamados a vivir.

Il 31 gennaio P. Paul Goo, promotore vocazionale dell’Arcidiocesi di Vancouver, celebrerà la messa in diretta streaming delle 11:30 qui a Nostra Signora dei Dolori. Il tema della sua omelia sarà le vocazioni al servizio de la Chiesa. Preghiamo affinché la nostra comunità possa continuare a sostenere coloro che sono chiamati a prestare servizio alla Chiesa come sacerdoti, diaconi e religiosi, nonché tutti coloro che sono chiamati a dare testimonianza del Vangelo in qualunque vita siano stati chiamati a vivere.