Today we had a trip for my 3 private prayer groups. There were 38 of us (including our volunteer driver, 2 children, & myself). We went to Surrey. Our 1st stop was St. Bernadette’s church….
The pastor, Fr. Patrick Chisholm, explained the parish community to us. The church was dedicated in 1994. Right now there are about 1600 families in the parish. 40% Caucasian, 30% Vietnamese & Asian, & 30% East Indian. We prayed 7 Hail Mary’s together to honor the 7 Sorrows of Our Lady & prayed for the sick. Fr. Patrick gave us a blessing.
Our 2nd stop is Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum. We had an outdoor Mass at the Chinese section of the cemetery. The Mass was mainly in English. But I did the Opening Prayer, Offertory Prayer, the Preface, & the Post Communion Prayer in Chinese. The sermon was in both English & Chinese. I outlined the doctrine on Purgatory base on the book, Exposition of Christian Doctrine. Here is the outline….
|Existence proved|| |
|Motives for helping the souls in purgatory|| |
|Means of helping them|| |
After Mass, we walked around the cemetery & the mausoleum…
We then went to a mall to have lunch @ food court. After lunch, we found that we locked ourselves out from the bus. Our solution was to have my little goddaughter got into the bus through a window, and she opened the door for us….
Our last stop was Good Shepherd Church. I felt quite at home at Good Shepherd, because I was there as a seminarian for 4 months. And I was there for 2 1/2 months before & after my priestly ordination in 2006. The pastor, Fr. Stanley Galvon, explained the art works of the church for us. He also gave us a blessing. This church was also dedicated in 1994…
We took turn to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy @ the Adoration Chapel. 1st the Chinese group, then the English group…
We took group photos outdoor. It was very foggy….
Both on our way to Surrey & on our way back, we prayed the Rosary in both Chinese & English. Thank God for this prayerful trip on this Remembrance Day.