For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver’s Holy Rosary Cathedral has opened its doors to mass for all, without any restrictions.
The celebration took place on July 1, the first day of the BC government withdrawal from a host of restrictions on places of worship and various activities.
“It is a privilege and a pleasure for me to celebrate this Mass today”, declared the Vicar General, Father Gary Franken, during the mass, which started at 12:10 pm.
âWe enter into this Mass rejoicing on Canada Day for many blessings and continuing our prayers for our country and all its peoples, especially remembering our First Nations peoples and asking that we all grew in the grace of God as we know Saint Joseph and all the saints did.
During his homily, Father Franken apologized âfor the hurt and painâ the Church has caused by administering residential schools with the federal government.
âThe history of our country is something we all need to be aware of. As we celebrate Canada Day, we have the opportunity to celebrate many, many good things, but no one’s story is without things that need to be healed and we cannot hide from it â , did he declare.
âWe look forward to the pursuit of truth and reconciliation. “
He also led a prayer of trust in Saint Joseph with the congregation.
As of July 1, places of worship in British Columbia are no longer subject to pandemic capacity, distancing, registration or social distancing restrictions. Masks are now recommended, not mandatory.