Monthly Archives: February 2015

Day of Prayer starts at midnight tonight


Let us pray that the Canadian Parliament will act swiftly and decisively to protect our elderly, disabled, and depressed against euthanasia, and to prevent our medical professionals from being complicit in their killing.

Clinging to Faith in a Godless Society

DSCN4866Lots of people today, but room for more!  Fr. Larre is quite the storyteller, in the footsteps of the Ultimate Storyteller.  Tomorrow, he talks about Maintaining Hope in Hopeless Situations…

WHAT’S UP @ 6855 – February 23 to March 1

A big welcome to our newest brother Knight, Joseph Lo.  We look forward to getting to know you and to a mutually beneficent involvement with Council 6855.

Thank you to all the Brother Knights who took the time to attend our Education Seminar last Tuesday.  We hope you found it both informative and inspiring.  Thanks to those who worked hard to organize and to present, and to Mrs. Patricia Barnwell for the yummy banana bread!

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Lucky we live Vancouver!

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life Campaign Director, writes:

In some areas, a warm 40 Days for Life vigil is hard to find right now.

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Of course, if you want to be certain of avoiding cold weather, you could visit a 40 Days for Life location in Australia, Nigeria or Brazil!

Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

But please do keep in mind that the invitation to participate in 40 Days for Life is a call to sacrifice. Sacrificing your time – and warmth – can make quite an impression on a mom who’s arriving for an abortion.

It’s often the case that the locations with the worst weather have more women turn around and leave without having an abortion. The willingness of strangers to be out in miserable conditions speaks to the heart of women at that most crucial moment.

Your peaceful presence shows a sacrificial love they simply will not get when they enter the abortion facility…

Read today’s prayer intentions here.

40 Days of Lent, 40 Days for Life kicks off today

ashwedWith a cross of ashes on our forehead, we reflect on the things we can do to make this Lent meaningful for us and pleasing to the Lord.  As our Chaplain said in his homily today, it is not enough to fast and give up certain things; we should also take positive steps:  almsgiving, charitable outreach, more time for prayer.

The 40 Days for Life campaign which also starts today is a good part of our Lenten practice.  Giving up one hour of our time to prayerfully witness in front of the abortion clinic opens up many doors to grace:

  • We remind passersby that abortion is not a settled issue, that while this injustice persists, there are still people fighting to right this wrong.
  • We stir the conscience of abortion providers and their assistants.
  • We offer mothers-to-be pause to reconsider the life within them.
  • We give voice to the speechless, protection to the vulnerable.
  • We pray and enact in unison with thousands around the world:  Thy will be done, Thy Kingdom come…

Sunday March 8 has been pledged by St. Paul Parish.  It cannot be fulfilled without you, Brother Knights, and your families, committing to one hour.  Email me your pledge.  Do it for Lent.  Do it for life!

Read more about 40 Days for Life here

Read about how people have braved the freezing cold in some of the 252 cities participating in this campaign here


Knights Educational Seminar

1970673_713338648782762_2374197237413319345_nThank you to all the Brother Knights who attended and presented tonight at the initial installment of our Educational Seminar series.  It was a great opportunity to refresh our knowledge about our Order — what, how, why we do what we do —  to address pressing issues at hand, and to hear back from the floor questions and suggestions.  A modest start which we pray will snowball in God’s good time.

Special thanks to Mrs. Patricia Barnwell for the very tasty banana bread!

Welcome, New Brother Knights!

10991268_712750995508194_7500312208461619248_nArchbishop Duke Council 6855 extends a warm welcome to our newest member, Joseph Lo, shown here standing between two other newly exemplified members for Corpus Christi Council 8535.

State Deputy Ed Shawchuk appointed to Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great

BC and Yukon State Council State Secretary Arcie Lim writes:

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It is with pride and pleasure that I inform you that his Holiness Pope Francis has recently appointed our State Deputy, Edward Shawchuk, to membership in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great in the Grade of Knight (KSG).

Congratulations from Council 6855, Worthy State Deputy Edward Shawchuk!

WHAT’S UP @ 6855 – February 16 to 22

11001905_712282375555056_6255536048521425943_nThank you to all our hardworking Pancake Breakfast crew for what to the rest of the Parish was a leisurely delicious breakfast. We hosted some special guests this morning, including our State Deputy Ed Shawchuk and his wife Sandra, as well as the newly installed officers of the Catholic Women’s League.  Thanks, too, to our Blood Pressure checkers and to Bro. Americo Silva for the work they put toward looking after people’s health and well-being.  And to Bros. Francis Lee and Tony Rodriguez for collecting signatures for our anti-assisted suicide petition, creating awareness and providing folks with a vehicle to air their alarm about this issue.

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The Toronto Star wants you to tell them what you think about allowing assisted suicide: