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Catholics Come Home: Do you know someone who has left the practice of our Catholic faith? Help invite and encourage your friends and loved-ones to come back to the Catholic Church. This Christmas, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is partnering with Catholics Come Home to air inspiring TV commercials inviting those who are away from the faith to come back home to the Catholic Church. More than 1,500 television commercials will air before Christmas to late January. Please pick up the Catholics Come Home donation envelope in the bulletin or at the back of the church. Cheques should be made payable to Archdiocese of Vancouver. Major credit cards accepted. Put your returned donation envelopes in the collection next weekend.

CWL ANNUAL BAZAAR – Saturday, October 27, 10 am to 3 pm in the Parish Hall: We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction, Baking Table, Jewellery Booth, Crafts and Sewing Booth and Christmas Booth. Cash donations are also welcome! Raffle tickets will be on sale today for $ 10 a book. If you have any good new or quality items to donate or need information contact Anne at 604-526-6602.

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING: Tuesday October 23 at 7pm in the Meeting Room. PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Thursday, October 25 at 7pm in the Meeting Room


Vatican II: Constitution on the Liturgy

(December 4, 1963)
7. Christ is always present in his church, especially in liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass both in the person of his minister and most of all in the eucharistic species. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in church. Lastly, he is present when the church prays and sings, for he has promised “where two or three are gathered together in

my name there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 19:20).
The liturgy, then, is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. In the liturgy the

sanctification of women and men is given expression in symbols perceptible by the senses and is carried out in ways appropriate to each of them. In it, complete and definitive public worship is performed by the mystical body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members.
10. The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows.

13. Christian devotions should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some way derived from it, and lead the people to it, since in fact the liturgy by its very nature is far superior to any of them.
14. It is very much the wish of the church that all the faithful should be led to take that full, conscious, and active part in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people have a right and to which they are bound by reason of their Baptism.

21. It is the wish of the church to undertake a careful general reform of the liturgy in order that the Christian people may be more certain to derive an abundance of graces from it. For the liturgy is made up of unchangeable elements divinely instituted, and of elements subject to change. These latter not only may be changed but ought to be changed with the passage of time, if they have suffered from the intrusion of anything out of harmony with the inner nature of the liturgy or have become less suitable. In this renewal, both texts and rites should be ordered so as to express more clearly the holy things which they signify. The people should be able to understand them easily and take part in them in a celebration which is full, active and the community’s own.

22. (1) Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the church, that is, on the apostolic see, and, in accordance with the law, on the bishop.

(2) In virtue of the power conferred on them by law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of groupings of bishops, legitimately established, with competence in given territories.

(3) Therefore no other person whatsoever, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on their own authority.
23. In order that sound tradition be retained, and yet the way remain open to legitimate process, a careful investigation should always, first of all, be made into each section of the liturgy which is to be revised. There must be no innovations unless the good of the church genuinely and certainly requires them, and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.
24. Sacred scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy. For from it are drawn the lessons which are read and which are explained in the homily; from it too come the psalms which are sung. It is from scripture that the petitions, prayers and hymns draw their inspiration and their force, and that actions and signs derive their meaning.
25. The liturgical books are to be revised as soon as possible. Bishops from various parts of the world are to be consulted.