Monday, August 3, 2009

Day Trip to the North Shore

Today (B.C. Day Holiday) the members from my 3 prayer groups had a day trip to visit the churches on the North Shore (North Vancouver & West Vancouver). We began the day with 8:15 AM Mass at St. Patrick’s. We had 2 buses (one big & one small) with around 70 people. We prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on our way to the North.

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Our 1st stop is St. Edmund’s parish in North Vancouver. This church has beautiful icons. we prayed the 1st Joyful Mystery in both English & Chinese, and I blessed the people with the relic of St. Dominic.

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Our 2nd stop is St. Paul’s native parish. Father Vincent LaPlante, OMI, kindly showed us around. We prayed the 2nd Joyful Mystery and they had me dressed like a priest serving native people. I blessed them with the relic (cloth from the criminal gown) of St. Gabriel Perboyre (a Martyr in China).

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 Our 3rd stop is Christ the Redeemer in West Vancouver. We prayed the 3rd Joyful Mystery there followed by  blessing with the relic of the True Cross. We also had lunch at the parish.

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Our 4th stop is the Mission church: Infant Jesus of Prague. This church is very small. It has only 4 to 13 people coming to Sunday Mass. We didn’t get inside the church. We prayed the Litany of Our Lady at the shrine, followed by blessing with the relic of St. Teresa the Infant Jesus.

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Our 5th stop is St. Pius X’s parish. We prayed the 4th Joyful Mystery followed by blessing with the relic of St. Pius X. Many of us also prayed before the relic of the True Cross at St. Pius X. We also had our group photos there.

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Our 6th stop is Holy Trinity parish. We prayed the 5th Joyful Mystery followed by blessing with a 2nd class relic of St. John Vianney. There is a Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Holy Trinity.

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After visiting Holy Trinity Parish, we decided to go to an extra church. Therefore, our last and 7th stop is St. Stephen’s parish. We met some friends there and prayed the Angelus with them, followed by the Blessing of Mary Help of Christians.

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In the Archdiocese of Vancouver,  there are a good number of churches that worth visiting. A trip to the North Shore helps us to appreciate  the beauty of these churches in our Archdiocese.