Annual General Meeting: November 12, 2016

This year’s annual general meeting of the Vancouver Traditional Mass Society (Una Voce Canada) will be held on Saturday, November 12, following the offering of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 4851 Beatrice Street, Vancouver. The meeting will take place in the parish hall.

We are very pleased to have as our guest speaker Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor, musician, and prolific author and lecturer. His topic will be “The Words of Our Lady and the Spirit of the Liturgy.”

Dr. Kwasniewski holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After teaching at the International Theological Institute in Austria and for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Program, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he serves as professor and choirmaster. He is a board member and scholar of The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor, and a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies.

Dr. Kwasniewski has taught and written several hundred articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press and a volume of music for liturgical use, Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014). His latest book, Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014), is being translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Polish, and Czech. Copies of these books will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Prior to Dr. Kwasniewski’s talk, a business meeting will be held. We will be voting on minor changes to our bylaws to bring our registered documents into conformity with the new BC Societies Act, as well as for members of the Board of Directors. Only registered members may vote. To renew your membership or to become a member, please click here. The cost of a year’s membership, which includes a subscription to our bimonthly newsletter, is $20 for an individual and $25 per family.

A complimentary light lunch will be served following the Mass for all those who will be staying for the meeting. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the vestibule at Holy Family, email, or phone 604-608-3552.

All are invited!

Meeting poster | Membership form

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Help support Traditional seminarians

Una Voce Canada’s Seminarian Program currently provides financial assistance to four Canadian seminarians at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, operated by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP).

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary

It costs money to form and train good priests. According to the seminary website:

“The actual cost [to form a seminarian] is about $22,000 per year. Most of this cost is paid through the generosity of our benefactors, who deserve our prayers every day … The charge for room, board, and tuition is $7,000 per seminarian, per year. This amount is substantially less than the actual cost of priestly formation, thanks to the generous support of Fraternity benefactors. Additional expenses may include books, medical and vehicle insurance, travel to/from home during breaks, etc. Candidates are expected to find benefactors (i.e., family, friends, Knights of Columbus, parish, etc.) to help pay for the various expenses associated with their priestly formation” [emphasis added].

Your donation to our Seminarian Program will help form future priests who will lead souls to heaven by bringing the beauty and spirituality of the Traditional Latin Mass to dioceses across North America.

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Holy Family at eight

Thanks to Claire Phillips for these photos of the Solemn High Mass offered on July 1, 2016, the feast of the Precious Blood and the eighth anniversary of the establishment of Holy Family as a personal parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Holy Family pastor Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP,  was the celebrant; Fr. Brian McDonnell, FSSP, the deacon; and Fr. Anthony Uy, FSSP, the subdeacon. The Mass was followed by the annual parish picnic, which featured a roast pig, a dunk tank, ball hockey, square dancing, a jello-eating contest, and an evening barbecue, with clergy and parishioners praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the church at 3 p.m.

Inaugural Mass, July 1, 2008 | Decree of Establishment

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Chant Colloquium in Toronto, August 11-14, 2016

Gregorian Institute of Canada announcement:

The Gregorian Institute of Canada is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015). Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has traveled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant.

The colloquium also includes a series of scholarly papers in honour of the late Andrew Hughes, renowned Canadian chant scholar and Professor at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the workshops and lectures, there will be daily offices and Sunday mass sung with Gregorian Chant.

Registration information can be found here.


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Latin Masses for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

In the Archdiocese of Vancouver, there will be several Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Wednesday, June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Holy Family Parish, 4851 Beatrice Street, Vancouver
7 a.m. & 9 a.m. Low Mass; 7:30 p.m. Sung Mass (to be offered for the intentions of Fr. Joseph Phuong Nguyen, Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Kamloops, British Columbia, at the request of the Vancouver Traditional Mass Society)


Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 3141 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
7 p.m. Solemn High Mass (to be offered for the intentions of His Holiness Pope Francis and the unity of the Church)


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Fr. Brian McDonnell, FSSP

It was announced on Sunday, June 5, that Fr. Brian McDonnell, FSSP, will be leaving Holy Family Parish in Vancouver, British Columbia, to take up a new assignment at the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter apostolate (Mater Dei Parish) in the Diocese of Dallas, Texas, in July. We are very grateful for Father’s presence at Holy Family during the past year, and especially for his zeal for souls and the truths of our faith. Please keep him in your prayers.

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Autumn Pilgrimage to Guadalupe

Join Fr. David Franco, FSSP, on an unforgettable Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage, Cultural, and Sightseeing Tour from November 14 to 19, 2016. There will be daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Highlights include visits to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Low Mass in the presence of the miraculous tilma of Juan Diego, a visit to the new Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter parish in Mexico City, and a special visit to the new Blessed Miguel Pro Museum, including the place of his death and burial. Bonus day trip to Puebla to see the “golden” chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Do not miss out on this grace-filled opportunity to see Our Lady. Deadline for registration is August 1. For details, please contact John or Natalie at or 778-655-0387, or visit

There will be an information session in the school classroom at Holy Family Parish, 4851 Beatrice Street, Vancouver, BC, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. All are welcome. Meet the tour director, watch a slide show of tour highlights, and have your questions answered.

Pilgrimage brochure

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Bishop Schneider’s Comments re: Amoris Laetitia


The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of « Amoris laetitia »

“The recently published Apostolic Exhortation «Amoris laetitia« (AL), which contains a plethora of spiritual and pastoral riches with regard to life within marriage and the Christian family in our times, has unfortunately, within a very short time, led to very contradictory interpretations even among the episcopate.   …..”

The full text is available here.

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Progress in Sudbury

April 17, 2016, Fr. Vincenzo Fiori celebrated a a polyphonic mass for the Sudbury Latin Mass community together with the new bishop of the diocese, Marcel Damphousse. PLease see below for a video of the entire liturgy:

The Sudbury Latin Mass community also has a new website.

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Solemn Vespers & Benediction Every Sunday at Sts Joachim & Ann, Aldergrove

Sts Joachim & Ann Parish in Aldergrove, BC under the pastoral care of the Rev. William Ashley, has recently restored the venerable tradition of celebrating Sunday Vespers according to the 1962 Roman Breviary. Vespers is sung at 4:00pm and is followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Booklets with Latin and English are provided for the use of the faithful.

“It is greatly to be desired that they [the faithful] participate in reciting or chanting vespers sung in their own parish on feast days. We earnestly exhort you, Venerable Brethren, to see that this pious practice is kept up, and that wherever it has ceased you restore it if possible. This, without doubt, will produce salutary results when vespers are conducted in a worthy and fitting manner and with such helps as foster the piety of the faithful… All should come to our churches and there be taught the truth of the Catholic faith, sing the praises of God, be enriched with benediction of the blessed sacrament given by the priest and be strengthened with help from heaven against the adversities of this life. Let all try to learn those prayers which are recited at vespers and fill their souls with their meaning. When deeply penetrated by these prayers, they will experience what St. Augustine said about himself: “How much did I weep during hymns and verses, greatly moved at the sweet singing of thy Church. Their sound would penetrate my ears and their truth melt my heart, sentiments of piety would well up, tears would flow and that was good for me.” – Pius XII, Mediator Dei, 150

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