Name of Church Holy Rosary Cathedral
Address 646 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phone number (604) 682-6774
Mass Schedule Saturday vigil at 5:10 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. (Spanish), 8 p.m. Weekdays, 7:15 a.m., 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:10 p.m.
Confessions Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 4:45 p.m. Saturdays, 7:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 4-5 p.m.
Names of priests Very Rev. Glenn Dion, rector. Father Mark Schwab, Father Federico Buttner, Father Anicent Pinto, assistant priests. Father John Eason, Father Terry Larkin, in residence. Archbishop Michael Miller, as ordinary of the archdiocese, is pastor. Father Dion, the retiring pastor, is a soft-spoken, prayerful, faithful priest. Archbishop Miller is a faithful priest as well.
Special activities and groups Devotions: 1st Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon; Divine Mercy, Friday, 3 p.m.; Adoration, 1st Fridays, 12:20 – 5 p.m.; God the Father Devotion, Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Prayers: Morning Prayer, Monday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Evening Prayer, Sunday Vespers & Benediction, 4 p.m.; Rosary, Monday – Saturday, 11:40 a.m. & 4:40 p.m.; Catholic Women’s League; Couples for Christ; Handmaids of the Lord; Karol Wojtyla young adult group; Knights of Columbus; Legion of Mary.
Music There are four choirs at the parish.
Parking Free on the weekends; during the week there is paid parking nearby.
Additional observations Holy Rosary is the cathedral church of the archdiocese of Vancouver. It was founded in 1885; the current church was built in 1900. It was declared a cathedral in 1916. It is a French Gothic church with beautiful features, including 21 stained glass windows, traditional statues, marble columns and eight bells. It’s a hub of spiritual activity in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with many Masses, opportunities for confession, and devotions.
This is a beautiful building. Very conducive to prayer.
Wow — nice looking church, including altar rails. Do they use them? Bet not — particularly as there is no TLM (but there is a Spanish Mass, as Hispanics more often go to Mass). And, there is the card table front and center. To bad, even the Anglicans, under the Ordinariate, know enough to pray Ad Orientum. (Actually, the Ordinariate Mass is very respectful, much more so than the N.O., at least as normally said.) Churches like this are veritable museums, as they are structured for a Faith that no longer can be influenced by art, architecture, and music. Nope, we are all “Christ Cathedral” Catholics now — hootenanny away!!
I live in CA and visit the Seattle Vancouver area on a regular basis. I’ve been to mass at this Church and yes, they use the alter rails. They do have the line but they also use the alter rails at the same time. Also, only the priest hand out communion. So, St. Christopher, you can be happy you lost your bet! Unlike some Catholic churches that are museums, this is a house of God and you know it the moment you walk in the door.
Great looking cathedral but it is missing the most important thing it was built for, The Traditional Latin Mass! Have the Mass of All Times and the pews would be filled, bringing all creeds , races and ages together. Latin unifies us in prayer but make no mistake it must be the TLM and not the Novus Ordo in Latin big big difference.
The altar rails at Holy Rosary Cathedral were always used until Fr. Dion was appointed rector. He claimed it was hard on his back to distribute communion to people kneeling, so that is why there is a line of people who go up the center and receive standing. But others held out, and they receive kneeling (and many, on the tongue). They have invested in totally upgrading their Casavantes organ, and have an excellent organist, Denis Bedard. The most conservative liturgy is the main one. We do have a traditional parish, Holy Family parish, staffed by the FSSP, fully supported by Archbishop Miller, who confirmed our young people using the old rite, this past June. He also has addressed two graduations of our independent non-diocesan Catholic school K-12, where the Baltimore catechism is still the backbone of catechesis. Vancouver archdiocese is the healthiest in Canada. It is growing, mostly due to immigants from Asia. Arch. Miller has had to build schools and churches in recent years. The SSPX community is very small, especially since some of their parishioners split off to join Williamson’s ‘Catholic Resistance’. Overall, traditional-minded Catholics are doing pretty well in this Archdiocese. The best liturgy is at Holy Family parish (polyphony and Gregorian chant), and the FSSP send up seminarians every summer to experience the music. Fr. Dion was replaced as rector by Fr. Galvon (this August).
What a beautiful church. Lovely to hopefully visit one day. As long as they are loyal to Rome, Christ’s Church, then all the more beautiful it remains.
“To All”: A TLM, in every parish, every SUN, at a convenient and regularly scheduled time. Anything else is disobedience to Benedict and to the meaning of Summorum Pontificum. Curiously, it did not take long before apostate Dolan gave the green light to start dismantling some of the traditional art and fixtures at Fr. Rutler’s prior church, Our Savior, in NYC. It seems that Tradition is only as strong as the prior pastor, not much more. Why not have the FSSP administer Holy Rosary Church? Too many bishops permit one or two churches within the diocese to be administered by Traditional groups, and stop the TLM everywhere else. How odd, and embarrassing to our Lord to have communion given out both at the altar rail and to “the line.” Why not just pass it around, like a party platter!!
Yep I read that article as well about Our Savior’s Church in New York at Rorate Coeli blog, Dolan gave the go ahead to destroy everything that Father Rutler built at Our Savior’s, Cardinal Dolan gave him the boot and the TLM was terminated there as well when the new pastor took over. The “smiling” Cardinal of New York is hostile to the TLM and will stop at nothing to eradicate it from New York.
I am at this point in my “faith journey” as liberal love to call it, seriously considering going to the East…I can only take so much…
Judith, let me start, as I seem to have to with this subject, that I fully support the idea of the TLM being easily available to all who want it. The Bishop, however, must consider a couple of issues. 1) not many priest can say the TLM, 2) there are only a couple of orders that specialize in the TLM, 3) the number of priest is dwindling quickly so they must say Mass for the greater numbers of people who want the NO, 4) this older group of clergy doesn’t have the stamina to say one more Mass on the weekend, 5) there is only a small number of people who want the TLM and more importantly support a separate parish financially, and 6) there is very little little clamor for the TLM in most locations. Correct or not, the practical issues seem to outweigh the desires of the few.
Bob, O Bob, what a lame excuse “priests don’t know the latin mass.
I am in Illinois and have experienced priests learning the latin mass.
Does not the archbishop control the training of priests? St. John Paul II many, many years ago requested that all priests be trained and able to say both masses. The disobedience and decention against the Vicars of Christ simply needs to stop.
I saw that too! : > (
The bank line
The post office line
The supermarket line
The movie theater line
The cattle call line
Yes, St. Christopher ….”Why not just pass it around, like a party platter!!”
When they unnecessarily removed the tradition of kneeling down at the altar communion rails then THEY crossed “the line” of giving the proper honor due to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth”
Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians 2.9-10
Bob One, you are a wise man! Well said!
There is a personal parish in Vancouver British Columbia dedicated only to the TLM — it is Holy Family Parish. There is daily Mass and a low and a high Mass on Sundays and there are two FSSP priests looking after the traditional community.
Vancouver Traditional Mass Society member organization of FIUV
Always the excuse that priests don’t know Latin, well the bishops sure make it a point that their priests learn: Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Hmong, Tagalog, everything but the sacred language of the Church LATIN!! Our Holy Father Pope Benedict instructed the bishops to make sure every parish has the TLM available to the people along side the Novus Ordro ,but as always the the bishops did not obey him.