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Diocese of Whitehorse
Christmas Season Mass Schedule
Click here to download pdf version of schedule
Catholic Missions In Canada (CMIC) Awareness Weekend
For over 100 years, Catholic Missions In Canada has provided support to Catholic missionaries serving throughout Canada. Their ministry? To extend the blessings of the Catholic faith to 24 mission dioceses in Canada that are too poor to support the work of the church and its priests and sisters. The Most Rev. Héctor Vila, Bishop of Whitehorse, will be presiding at Masses on the weekend of October 21 & 22, 2017. Please welcome him and listen to learn more about the missionary work being done in over 600 missions in our own country.
To receive your free Catholic Missions In Canada magazine & 2018 calendar, while supplies last, call 1-866-937-2642 or visit their website at www.cmic.info.
Be sure also to watch the CMIC video, Great Need, Great Help, on the CMIC website home page.
Please see below a letter from Bishop Vila about CMIC:
An invitation to support the faith and evangelization mission of the Church!
The Bishops of Canada gather in four Regional Assemblies (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and the West), as well as in their national Conference. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is mandated by the Holy See and the Bishops who are its members in a number of areas of pastoral life and evangelization: faith formation and catechesis, doctrinal questions, ecumenical initiatives, international relations, interreligious conversations, liturgical resources, relations with Indigenous Peoples, social justice questions, and building a culture of life and family.
The CCCB is the national assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Canada, and includes the Bishops (Eparchs) of the Eastern Catholic Churches as well. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution for ensuring the success of the collection and the ongoing work of evangelization.
Why is there such a collection?
Every year, the Bishops of Canada make an appeal for financial assistance to support their work and the work of each diocese/eparchy by means of the Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada. The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton, has described this Collection as an invitation to “all the faithful to participate in the life and mission of the Church through their active involvement in the life of their parish community, their prayers, their diverse charisms, their moral support, and the contributions of their time and talents.
The Collection for the Needs of the Church is an opportunity for Catholics to truly help their diocese/eparchy participate in the regional episcopal assemblies and the CCCB. Any additional revenue which is raised is used by the diocese/eparchy for its own pastoral programs and other activities.”
Thank you for your generosity
Daughters of St. Paul in the Yukon!
At the invitation of Bishop Héctor Vila, the Daughters of St. Paul in Toronto will be visiting Whitehorse and environs from August 15 to August 22, 2017 with book and media displays.
The Daughters of St. Paul are a community of vowed women religious who dedicate their lives to sharing the mystery of Christ's love with the people of today through the media. God has chosen, called, and consecrated each Daughter of St. Paul to himself so that he might send her to proclaim the Good News of a loving God who sends his Son into a world that is desperate for hope.
A book fair will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Whitehorse on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th & 20th at the weekend mass times.
Come browse the display and meet Sister Helen and Sister Carly.
Unveiling of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe was unveiled by Bishop Héctor Vila before the Catholic community at the 11:30am Sunday mass on June 11th during the Diocese's 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Bishop Tom Lobsinger, O.M.I. (1987-2000) first dedicated the Diocese of Whitehorse to Our Lady of Guadalupe while he was Bishop. Therefore, this unveiling of the image, blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis, marks a re-dedication to Our Lady.
Let us continue to honour Our Lady of Guadalupe, particularly during this 50th Anniversary Year of our Diocese. We pray that our Catholic community continues to grow together in faith, love and service within our parishes and missions, in communion with our Lord Jesus and with each other.
Photo credit: C. Caudle
50th Anniversary of the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse
Come Celebrate with Us!
FRIDAY – June 9, 2017
13:00 Catholic Schools' Mass at Vanier Catholic Secondary School
19:00 Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Talk by Rudy Couture
SATURDAY – June 10, 2017
11:00 – 15:00 – BBQ/Picnic and activities at Christ the King Elementary School.
17:00 – Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Then immediately after mass - Official presentations and recognitions followed by social
Video presentation of the history of the Diocese of Whitehorse
SUNDAY – JUNE 11, 2017
11:30 – Concluding Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral followed by lunch and social
Guidelines for the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Click on this link to read the guidelines recently released by the Bishop:
Association of Western Catholic Bishops Annual Retreat January 9-13, 2017
Guidelines for Catholic Burials
There have been important new developments regarding Catholic burials issued locally and by the Vatican, mainly effecting the timing of Eulogies and the the appropriate placement of cremated remains. Please see this document issued by the Archdiocese of Vancouver, signed by Bishop Hector Vila. Click here.
You can also read the release by the Vatican here:
Special Collection for Haiti Hurricane Relief , November 19th and 20th around the diocese
To read the letter from Bishop Héctor regarding this collection Click Here.
Bishop Héctor's Visit to Rome
Did you know Bishop Héctor recently went to Rome and had a brief moment to speak with Pope Francis about Yukon? Click here to view pictures of our Bishop's visit to Vatican for "Baby Bishops School".
Bishop Héctor's Response to CBC on Assisted Death
Click here to read letter
Online Donations now available
The Diocese of Whitehorse is now accepting online donations via our partner Canada Helps, which is equipped to issue instantaneous tax receipts. Your generosity enables us to serve our communities, care for those in need and accomplish the mission entrusted to us by the Lord. Click on the button below to donate online.
Map of the Diocese
The diocese of Whitehorse is vast! It comprises the top northern quarter of the province of British Columbia and the entire Yukon Territory. In this 723,515 square-kilometer area, the total population is approximately 40,000.
Our Catholic population is 7,500, which is served in 23 parishes and missions.
The seat of the diocese is Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon Territory. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Our Lady of Victory Parish, and three Roman Catholic schools serve the Whitehorse area. The vastness of the diocese is matched by the grandeur and beauty of God's creation. The St. Elias mountains with the highest peaks in Canada and massive glaciers, are something to behold. The diocese is geographically situated in the great river watersheds of both the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The Yukon, Liard, Dease, Fort Nelson, Stikine, Nass and Skeena rivers and their tributaries are the historical highways of this land.
The all-season Alaska, Klondike, and Cassiar Highways connect the diocesan missions year round; and provide connections to our neighboring dioceses of Prince George (BC), Mackenzie-Fort Smith (NWT), Grouard-McLennan (Alberta), Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks (Alaska). Air travel connects the people up here nationally and internationally.
To live up here and travel to the small Catholic communities is to experience why "God so loved the World that He gave His only Son" Jn.3:16. It is something beautiful!
Online Donations now available
The Diocese of Whitehorse is now accepting online donations via our partner Canada Helps, which is equipped to issue instantaneous tax receipts. Your generosity enables us to serve our communities, care for those in need and accomplish the mission entrusted to us by the Lord.
Click on the button below to donate online.