Sunday, May 15, 2016

An Exceptional Pentecost

Bishop Melissa places Order of the Diocese medal on Tony Sauder
The Bishop performs a baptism


Pentecost was an especially big day at St. Catherine’s.  Bishop Melissa made an official visit.  She conducted the morning service, which included a baptism, two confirmations, two reaffirmations of faith and welcoming five people into the Anglican community of faith.  After the service, members of the congregation gathered to ask the Bishop questions ranging from how to grow our parish to whether she was going to vote in the US election.

Bishop Melissa’s visit was also an opportunity for her to present the Order of the Diocese to Tony Sauder.  Tony was selected for this award almost a year ago, but he was travelling and unable to attend the official award ceremony and service.  St. Catherine’s is proud of you, Tony, and happy to see you wearing your medal at last.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Seder for Social Justice

A tradition at St. Catherine's is to hold a Seder on Palm Sunday.  This year our Seder took a different approach.  It was a Seder for Social Justice.  Our special guests included Rabbi David Mivasair, who led the Seder, as he has for the last few years, and Dr. Saad Bahr, Imam of the Poco Masjd Alhidaya.  We heard stories of tikkun olam - acts of kindness to repair the world.  Instead of Bible readings, we read quotations related to social justice and repairing the world, including the following:

It is not enough to teach our young people to be successful so they can realize their ambitions, so they can earn good livings, so they can accumulate the material things that this society bestows.  Those are worthwhile goals.  But it is not enough to progress as individuals, while our friends and neighbors are left behind.  Perhaps we can bring the day when children will learn from their earliest days that being fully man and fully woman means to give one's life to the liberation of the brother or sister who suffers.  It is up to each one of us.  It won't happen unless we decide to use our lives to show the way.  -- Cesar Chavez, farmworkers union organizer


A reactionary once said, "A woman belongs at the front of the Synagogue like an orange belongs on a Seder plate."


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Congratulations to the Venerable Karen Urquhart

Reverend-to-Be Patricia Ratcliffe congratulates
the Venerable Karen Urquhart on her appointment


St. Catherine's rector, Rev. Karen Urquhart, has been appointed Archdeacon of the Lougheed Area, which makes her the Venerable Karen Urquhart.

An Archdeacon is a member of the clergy who is appointed to assist the bishop in certain administrative and pastoral duties in a diocese.  The Venerable Karen will have responsibility for Anglican parishes from Burnaby to Mission.

St. Catherine's is proud of you, Karen+.


Monday, January 25, 2016

World Day of Prayer - March 4


On Friday, March 4, 2016, the women of Socialist Cuba invite us to join with them in the World Day of Prayer celebration, praying under the theme, “Receive Children. Receive Me”.  Each year the World Day of Prayer service brings with it a feeling of curiosity.  What will we learn about the theme and the focus country? What will challenge, inspire and encourage us?

National Flower of Cuba is the white butterfly jasmine.  Cuban women have used the flower not only as an adornment for their hair, but also to transmit messages during liberation wars, and as a sign of their being Cuban.  There can be no better emblem for the 2016 World Day of Prayer service written by the World Day of Prayer committee of Cuba. Their service transmits their witness and experience of being Cuban and Christian even when their faith meant isolation within the country they love.

With the triumph of the Revolution, a trade embargo by the United States brought Cuba economic isolation and material scarcity.   Within Cuba a similar isolation formed around people of faith in the officially atheist state.  Now the embargo is lifting, but uncertainty remains for the Cuban people.  What can these women tell the rest of the world about how faith endures in a secular world, of material and social challenges, and of hope?

On March 4, 2016, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray for, and celebrate Cuba in solidarity with the women of Cuba through the World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2016.

A local World Day of Prayer Service will be held at


7:00 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at:

ST. CATHERINE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH

(at Trinity United Church)

2211 Prairie Avenue at Shaughnessy Street

Port Coquitlam, BC


For more information, please contact St. Catherine’s Anglican Church at 604-941-9812.


In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.  For World Day of Prayer materials or to learn more about WICC, please visit our website or contact us:
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C3   Tel: (416) 929-5184; Fax (416) 929-4064; E-mail: wicc@wicc.org; Website: www.wicc.org; www.facebook/WICCanada


The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920.  This event became the International World Day of Prayer in 1922, and Christians around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of March.

Monday, November 9, 2015

St. Catherine's Embraces Rwanda

A Rwandan Baby Wears Donated
Jumper and  Cap
Members of the St. Catherine's ACW have been knitting jumpers for "fish and chips" babies.  The families of these babies (often single mothers or mothers suffering from AIDS) are so poor that they cannot afford clothes for their children.  Because nothing else is available the newborns leave hospitals wrapped in newspaper like a order of fish and chips.  Jumpers donated by the ACW are distributed to these families by the organization Embrace Rwanda.

On October 23, 2015, Hilary King of Embrace Rwanda spoke to the ACW about her organization's work.  Embrace Rwanda's Healthy Mums Program goes beyond providing clothing.  The organization runs programs to teach skills that enable women (and men) to support their families.  One of the programs involves women forming cooperatives in which they share the produce that they raise in home gardens - and sell the excess.

Basket for Donations
St. Catherine's is looking into expanding its support by forming a partnership with an Anglican congregation in Rwanda.  Meanwhile, parishioners are encouraged to donate their spare change (or larger amounts).  A basket made by Rwandan women will be available in the narthex or other locations in the church to collect the donations.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Godly Play Comes to St. Catherine's

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“In most religious education children are told who God is. In Godly Play children discover who God is.   www.godlyplay.uk

Godly Play is a creative approach to Christian nurture.  It is based on Montessori principles and aims to make religion come alive for children.  The teacher acts as a spiritual guide, while the children learn by “doing it themselves”.
A Godly Play session includes:
  • getting ready
  • telling a Bible story using objects and artefacts
  • exploring the story with questions and discussion introduced by saying, “I wonder…”
  • allowing the children to respond to the story as each one chooses, using a variety of materials:  art, silence, play, writing…
  • enjoying a simple feast and sharing.

The first session of Godly Play at St. Catherine’s will begin at 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 7.  For more information or to book your child's place call St Catherine's on 604 942 9812.

Note:  Our ongoing program for children and families, Messy Church, will continue on the third Saturday of each month. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

St. Catherine's-Trinity Annual Joint Service and BBQ

Credit:  David M. Squires
On Sunday, June 21, St. Catherine's held a joint service with Trinity United followed by a barbeque
both sponsored by the St. Catherine's-Trinity Liaison Committee.  The events commemorated 17 years of sharing a church building and working together.  When St. Catherine's Church building on Shaughnessy Street had to be torn down due to structural instability, the congregation of Trinity United invited St. Catherine's to share their building.  The Liaison Committee formed shortly thereafter to ease the growing pains associated with two congregations with different traditions occupying the same space.  It has evolved from simply dealing with day to day issues into building a partnership that allows for shared ministry while respecting each other's traditions and maintaining the individual Anglican and United Church identities.

Since the joint service was held on National Aboriginal Day, it focused on respecting all peoples and on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  The message of the day included hard truths about residential schools and ways in which individual members of the congregations could contribute to reconciliation.

The barbecue that followed the service was an opportunity for fun and fellowship.  It included perfectly cooked burgers and donated ice cream for everyone.  Special thanks to Efcon Inc. Ethnic Food Concepts for the ice cream.