Religion

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)

COVID-19: B.C. churches in court to attempt to overturn ban on in-person services

A judge will hear arguments Monday through Wednesday

 

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

 

Reverend Susan E. Breisch, Minister/Community Spiritual Companion.

What is it about this God thing?

Reverend Susan E. Breisch is Minister/Community Spiritual Companion

 

Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020), was one of three churches, including in Langley and Abbotsford, involved in the petition to the court and the injunction fight. (Black Press Media files)

No injunction against Fraser Valley churches holding services in violation of health orders

B.C.’s chief justice denied an application for an injunction Wednesday morning

Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on Yale Road (seen on Dec. 1, 2020), was one of three churches, including in Langley and Abbotsford, involved in the petition to the court and the injunction fight. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

UPDATED: Lawyers spar over injunction against Fraser Valley churches defying COVID health orders

A judge is hearing arguments Friday morning in Vancouver Supreme Court

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Langley RCMP have issued at least two tickets to the Riverside Calvary Chapel in Langley for continuing to hold services despite public health orders. (Langley Advance Times file)

Injunction sought against Fraser Valley churches defying B.C. health orders

Churches in Langley and Chilliwack have continued to hold services.

Langley RCMP have issued at least two tickets to the Riverside Calvary Chapel in Langley for continuing to hold services despite public health orders. (Langley Advance Times file)
St. Andrews Church is located on Pine Avenue in downtown Trail.

Why we worship online

Words from Trail Reverend Neil Elliot

St. Andrews Church is located on Pine Avenue in downtown Trail.
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Spiritual: Take Good Care of Ourselves and Others

“The bottom line is that it is easy to judge and it is much more difficult to strive for understanding.”

  • Feb 7, 2021
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Heather Lucier, a pastor at Kelowna Harvest Fellowship, speaks to an RCMP officer outside of Harvest Ministries on Sunday, Jan. 10. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

B.C.’s COVID restrictions on in-person worship to be tested in court

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says court date is set for March 1 to 3

Heather Lucier, a pastor at Kelowna Harvest Fellowship, speaks to an RCMP officer outside of Harvest Ministries on Sunday, Jan. 10. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Discipleship is indeed exacting, as are the questions that arise from reading such a text: Am I in the game God has called me to? Photo: Hugo Fergusson on Unsplash

In the Game

Am I in the game God has called me to?

Discipleship is indeed exacting, as are the questions that arise from reading such a text: Am I in the game God has called me to? Photo: Hugo Fergusson on Unsplash
St. Andrew’s United Church in Kaslo has a new look. Photo: John Whitehead

Historic Kaslo church receives 21st century makeover

Saint Andrews United Church, originally named Robertson Presbyterian Church, was constructed in 1893

St. Andrew’s United Church in Kaslo has a new look. Photo: John Whitehead
Rev. Andrew Halladay, the vicar at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley, sits in an empty pew on Tuesday, Jan. 5. His church had to move online because of COVID-19 limits on public gatherings. Halladay is one of 38 church leaders in B.C. to sign a joint letter of support for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Group of 38 B.C. church leaders ‘fully support’ Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix

Joint letter of support says they are ‘deeply disappointed’ by critical comments from some churches

Rev. Andrew Halladay, the vicar at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley, sits in an empty pew on Tuesday, Jan. 5. His church had to move online because of COVID-19 limits on public gatherings. Halladay is one of 38 church leaders in B.C. to sign a joint letter of support for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A woman prays on the steps outside St. Casimir Church in Toronto on Friday, May 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A woman prays on the steps outside St. Casimir Church in Toronto on Friday, May 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
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Traditions and Customs of Advent

By Elizabeth Stephens Holy Trinity Catholic Church

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Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. (Google Maps)
Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. (Google Maps)
Sister Norma has served her calling for 60 years, 32 of those years in Trail. (Maureen Wiley photo)

Sister Norma celebrates 60 years in her calling, 32 years in Trail

Sister Norma Gallant first came to Trail to teach at St. Michael’s Catholic School

Sister Norma has served her calling for 60 years, 32 of those years in Trail. (Maureen Wiley photo)
Oak pews in St. Andrew’s United Church are for sale. (Submitted photo)

Take a pew and cherish a piece of Rossland history

The wooden benches will be replaced with stack-able chairs

Oak pews in St. Andrew’s United Church are for sale. (Submitted photo)
Empty pews are pictured as assistant pastor Father Felix Min performs a Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s in Vancouver Sunday, April 12, 2020. The Easter service was closed to the congregation and to the public to attend in person at they church but was live streamed to the internet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Wage subsidy program to help fund faith as congregations face COVID-19 crunch

The $73-billion wage subsidy program is expected to give $2.5 billion to Canada’s charities

Empty pews are pictured as assistant pastor Father Felix Min performs a Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s in Vancouver Sunday, April 12, 2020. The Easter service was closed to the congregation and to the public to attend in person at they church but was live streamed to the internet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Holy Trinity CWL gathered for a festive meeting a few weeks ago. From left: Marlise Gattafoni, Sister Norma Gallant and Siony Thompson. Submitted

Trail parish pays homage to Mardi Gras

Holy Trinity Catholic Women’s League (CWL) met for their general meeting on Feb. 25

  • Mar 5, 2020
Holy Trinity CWL gathered for a festive meeting a few weeks ago. From left: Marlise Gattafoni, Sister Norma Gallant and Siony Thompson. Submitted
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Holy Trinity CWL announces 2020 calendar

Events from the Holy Trinity Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada

  • Feb 7, 2020
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