Solemn High Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria, BC

(Excerpted with the kind permission of John Sonnen. The article and photos by Mr. Sonnen were originally posted at Orbis Catholicus Travel Blog.)

Soaring skyward with its bold array of colored brick, stone and slate, the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Victoria displays the confident spirituality that characterizes the best religious architecture in Canada.

The High Victorian Gothic style, an inspiration to generations of Canadians, was a fitting backdrop to sung Mass in the Classical rite on Saturday, June 24, a part of the Cathedral’s 125 year celebration and Canada’s 150 years.

Mass was sung by Fr. Pablo Santa Maria, Vice-Rector of the Cathedral of Vancouver. The excellent choir sang Palestrina’s other-worldly Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, sung by the CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble, directed by Mr. Michael Gormley.

For many of the participants of the packed church, it was their first experience of sung Mass in Latin. One young participant remarked: “This was my first time hearing Gregorian chant. I am an illiterate in the worship of the Church. The super-terrestrial, meditative and other-wordly aspects of the ceremony were a touch of heaven. Thank you to all!”

Another exclaimed: “What a great way to renew culture! A big defect in our age is a lack of reverence or even an experience of the sacred.”

Another visiting musician remarked: “The Roman Church possesses a mature Christian musical culture, the core of which is the Roman rite sung in the Latin language. The choir was terrific!”


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Sung Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria, BC

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Ordinations for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

At ten o’clock on Friday, May 26, 2017, seven men were ordained to the priesthood for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter by His Grace the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa, Canada. The seven new priests are Fathers Adrian Debow, James M. Smith, Joseph Favole-Mihm, Caleb Kick, Jonathan Heinricy, Anthony Dorsa, and Matthew Vierno. Fr. Debow hails from Calgary, and, like Frs. Smith, Kick, and Heinricy, spent one of his summer apostolates at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver.

The ordinations took place at North American Martyrs Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, which was filled with family and friends. The conferring of Holy Orders, one of the seven sacraments of Holy Mother Church, and the Solemn Pontifical Mass were celebrated in the Traditional Latin rite as beautifully as they could possibly be through the hands of men guided by the Holy Ghost.

Archbishop Prendergast spoke eloquently of the responsibilities that these new priests would inherit through this sacrament. He encouraged them to place their lives into the hands of the Blessed Mother, and to reinforce their vocation through frequent prayer and visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Following the Mass, there was time to visit with the newly ordained priests in the gardens behind the church. A reception featuring meatless dishes and ample beer and wine was hosted by the priests and seminarians at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.

– Claire Phillips

Fr. Debow with Archbishop Prendergast

Fr. Debow giving first blessings

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First Mass of Rev. Adrian Debow, FSSP

Deacon Adrian Debow of Calgary will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday, May 26. He will celebrate his First Mass at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 31, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Parishioners may remember Deacon Debow from the time he spent at Holy Family as part of his summer apostolate a few years ago.

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Sacred Triduum at Holy Family, Vancouver (April 13-15, 2017)

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Procession to Altar of Repose. Left to right: Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP; Fr. David Franco, FSSP; Deacon Štěpán Šrubař, FSSP

Altar of Repose

Good Friday: Prostration of the clergy

Good Friday Prayers

“Ecce lignum crucis in quo salus mundi pependit” (Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the salvation of the world)

Veneration of the Cross by the clergy

Easter Vigil: Lighting of the Paschal candle


Blessing of the water

Procession to the baptismal font


(Photos courtesy of Claire Phillips)

Holy Family Parish, Vancouver, BC

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Palm Sunday at Holy Family, Vancouver

Blessing of Palms and Procession at Holy Family Parish, April 9, 2017

Blessing of Palms. Left to right: Deacon Štěpán Šrubař, FSSP; Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP; Fr. David Franco, FSSP; Max Fernandez

Procession: Fr. David Franco, FSSP

Procession: Deacon Štěpán Šrubař, FSSP; Fr. Daniel Geddes, FSSP; Gabriel Uy

(Photos courtesy of Claire Phillips)

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Sacred Triduum in Toronto

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Holy Week at Holy Family, Vancouver


  • Palm Sunday, April 9: 8 a.m., Low Mass; 10:30 a.m., High Mass
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13: 7:30 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration until midnight
  • Good Friday, April 14: 1 p.m., Stations of the Cross; 1:30 p.m., Mass of the Presanctified
  • Holy Saturday, April 15: 10 p.m., Easter Vigil


  • Monday, April 10, and Tuesday, April 11, from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 15, from 10 to 11 a.m.

There will be no confessions or Holy Hour on Wednesday evening, April 12.

There will be no confessions during the solemn liturgies on Palm Sunday, April 9; Maundy Thursday, April 13; Good Friday, April 14; Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), April 15; and Easter Sunday, April 16, as both priests will be at the altar.

For more information

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Blessing of Epiphany Water

Once a year, on the vigil of the Epiphany, Holy Mother Church blesses Holy Water in a most solemn ceremony. Among all the blessings for water found in the Roman Ritual (and there are indeed many), there is none more powerful and efficacious than the blessing of the Epiphany Water, which took place at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver on Thursday evening, January 5. Since this water can be made only once a year, please take advantage of this most powerful sacramental. Be mindful of others, however, and don’t take more than you need for the year.

(Photos courtesy of Claire Phillips)

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Vancouver Traditional Mass Society 2016 Annual General Meeting

peter-kwasniewskiThe Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Traditional Mass Society was held at Holy Family Church, which is a personal parish of the FSSP, exclusively celebrating the Mass of the Ages. The AGM was held on 12th Nov and it went off without a hitch. The guest speaker this year was the ever prolific author, scholar and professor Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski,  Wyoming Catholic College. It is our great pleasure to be able to bring you his complete talk:

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