Gardens of Gethsemani celebrates 50 Years of Operation_image
Gardens of Gethsemani celebrates 50 Years of Operation

Monsignor Leo Hobson - "A Man of Firsts"Father Hobson, who became the Right Reverend Monsignor Hobson in 1955, holds the distinction of being the first native born son of BC to become a diocesan priest. Monsignor Hobson was the first native vocation to the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He was born in Revelstoke, August 4th, 1902, baptized there and was ordained a priest in the same St. Francis Church January 29th, 1927. Revelstoke was part of the Vancouver Archdiocese in those days. His first assignment was a posting to the missions surrounding his home town. There was an assignment to Trail from 192901935 and then a transfer to Powell River, a town that still remembers Father Hobson. While at Powell River he played a leading role in the establishment of the Powell River Credit Union, the first Credit union to receive a charter.During the late 1930's, two groups in Powell River were seriously studying the co-operative movement. One formed a consumer co-operative in the summer of 1938 and made good progress in its early years. The other was a study club organized by Father Leo Hobson at St. Joseph's Parish Church.During the fall of 1938, J.D. Nelson MacDonald visited the group from UBC. He impressed Father Hobson, who encouraged his brother Tommy Hobson, a mill worker, and Walter Cavanaugh, a leader of the recently formed union, to sign up their fellow workers for a proposed credit union. They were successful, and the company made available to them 'a little cubby hole of an office right opposite the mill to the watchman's office and...a big lunchroom...where the employees congregated." They were ready for operation by the spring of 1939 and sent in their application in June. They were granted the provinces first credit union charter June 9th, 1939. (Source: Cooperation Conflict and Consensus: BC Central and the Credit Union Movement to 1944. Ian McPherson, BC Central Credit Union: Vancouver, 1955)In 1964, when Powell River Credit Union celebrated its 25th anniversary, Fr. Hobson wrote, "it seems but yesterday that, despite the pessimism of the days of the depression, a small enthusiastic group of the 'boys in the mill' undertook the task to help themselves by helping others. The full significance of the dynamic word 'co-operation' was studied in all its spiritual and material facets. From that there developed a credit union which today must give to its living founders and executive profound satisfaction of mind and heart. My humble contribution in the early days constitutes one of the happy memories of my life."May God, who gave to each of us the tremendous gift of life on credit, bless us all on this happy anniversary; keep every bright in our midst the spirit of co-operation; and help us to demonstrate, in our daily needs, 'man's humanity to man'."After leaving the Church of Assumption, in Powell River Father Hobson, became a Pastor at Holy Rosary Cathedral. After his services were called upon to become an Royal Canadian Air Force, Chaplain. This lead to Father Hobson being an Honorary Squadron Leader RCAF, Middle East Forces, Malta in 1943 where he served for several years. He returned to Canada, and was the Pastor of St. Anthony's Parish in West Vancouver. He was named Pro-snynodal Judge on the 6th of July, 1954 and was named Domestic Prelate July 1955. In 1955 he became a the Right Reverend Monsignor Hobson in 1955. In 1957 he became the Chaplain at Holy Family Hospital, and then another appointment of chaplain at St. Vincent's Hospital in July 1959.Monsignor Leo Hobson had many firsts in his life, and when he passed away in March 1966, he was the very first burial at the newly opened Garden's Of Gethsemani - Catholic Cemetery. This was 50 year's ago.

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Preparing for Eternal Life: Hope in Catholic Truth about the Life to Come_image
Preparing for Eternal Life: Hope in Catholic Truth about the Life to Come

by Dr. James C. Kruggel I. IntroductionThe Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Catholic Cemeteries offers you detailed help in planning for burial, estate planning, and family services. While you plan ahead these earthly matters, we also encourage you to think ahead about the most important matter of all. As Catholics, we hold that this life is only the first part of your eternal existence. Saint Augustine said over 1500 years ago that the human being is only happy if alive, and only fully happy with the hope of living forever. The Archdiocese teaches, in communion with Pope Francis and the Universal Church, the good news of eternal life.  Even if you’re a regularly practicing Catholic, it’s important to keep learning your faith. Many of us think that our faith formation ended with the Sacrament of Confirmation and the end of formal religious education. But that education is only the beginning. Our relationship with God in Jesus Christ is a lifelong walk of discipleship. Like anything else important in life, it involves lifelong learning, to meet our challenges with faith formed to meet them. It is important to learn and practice your faith now, in order that when the time of a loved one’s or your own passage from this life approaches, you are prepared for the challenges that arise.II. Passage and Hope: From earthly pilgrimage to eternal glory A. The Catholic Vision of Reality. It may help to recall key truths of our Faith. Scripture tells us that God made us in His image for a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:26), but that the first human beings lost that relationship of communion through original sin. Fortunately, God acted in history, first calling out Abraham and ancient Israel, and giving the Law of Moses, to show us how to walk in His ways. (Gen. 17, Ex. 20) But this was only the first part of a glorious plan to redeem us from sin, by becoming Incarnate in flesh in Jesus Christ (Mt. 1) , and atoning for our sin through His death on the Cross, rising in glory from the dead (Jn. 19-20), and establishing His Mystical Body the Church. (Eph. 5) B. We have the hope that our journey with Christ here, in the Church, will end with eternal life, what Scripture calls the eternal Wedding Feast of glory (Rev. 21). We have the hope of living eternally in glory beyond our understanding, of which our good life here is a foreshadowing. Says the apostle Paul, “I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Rom. 8:18)We have the hope that our journey with Christ here, in the Church, will end with eternal life, what Scripture calls the eternal Wedding Feast of glory (Rev. 21). We have the hope of living eternally in glory beyond our understanding, of which our good life here is a foreshadowing. Says the apostle Paul, “I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Rom. 8:18)C. Immanuel: God with us. Matthew 1:23 tells us that Jesus Christ is “Immanuel, which means God with us.” This is perhaps the most important truth to keep in mind. In all stages of our life as Catholics, from Baptism, through our Sacraments of Initiation through Confirmation, and in our adult life in the Church, our Triune God is with us. There is no sin He cannot forgive, and no situation beyond His care. Because He dwells within us through Baptism and faith (Rom. 6), we can offer any suffering we endure to our indwelling Immanuel, and we will actually participate in His work of redeeming the world (Col. 1:23). D. “The Last Things.” Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell. Our Faith tells us that at the end of history, Christ will come again, will judge the living and the dead, and give us our eternal bodies, whether bodies of glory or bodies of death. These are what our Faith calls the Four Last Things, and it is vital for us to live life aware of them, and be prepared at the end. One thing we can remember is that no matter how our body appears during a final illness, we have the hope of eternal life in a body of glory, shining with God’s light in the eternal Communion of Saints. Christ’s Resurrection from the dead in the Bible is the “shape of things to come” for us—we too, have hope of being resurrected in glory at the end of time. III. Ways God Helps Us in Time of Extremity When you or a loved one is facing the prospect of the end of life, you want to have all of the proper resources in place, including spiritual resources. It’s something we often don’t think about, but it is extremely important to have the resources you need in place beforehand. Extremity may come upon us unexpected, and there may not be time to prepare.A. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick While this Sacrament may be applied shortly before passing, it may also be applied simply when someone is ill, and it may be applied more than once. This healing sacrament can also be applied to the healthy person preparing for surgery. B. The Sacrament of Reconciliation. By being familiar with one’s parish, and knowing the priest, it may be easier to help arrange this sacrament on short notice. In this sacrament the faithful obtain divine mercy for the sins committed against God and neighbor and are reconciled with the community of the Church. C. The  Apostolic Blessing To be applied shortly before passing, this prayer, what the Church calls a sacramental, remits temporal punishment for sins, that is, purgation. It is part of what our Faith calls the treasury of merits—the mystical totality of holiness that Christ accrues in the Church through the good actions of believers. D. End-of-Life Decision-Making: Fidelity to Christ, and Hope of Heaven. One of the most vital parts of our Christian life is knowing Christian moral teaching. Tradition holds that all of our moral teaching “unpacks” the Ten Commandments, which are the Law of Moses, God’s Word shown to Moses before the Word becomes Incarnate in Christ. Our eternal salvation requires that we keep the Mosaic Law by grace. Part of our Catholic belief that God is with us, is that He will strengthen us to be faithful, and stay on the path to Heaven, in times of extremity. It is important to be practicing our Faith today in good health. We thus cooperate with the Lord in strengthening us for times of testing, which often happen, perhaps without warning, near the end of our earthly life.  Here are some principles vital to the end of life.One may never will evil in order to do good. The Church teaches that it is mortally sinful to directly hasten death by specific actions, such as assisted suicide. But what are called double effects of good actions, are not sinful. But if, for instance, saving one’s life requires removing a cancerous body part, it is moral to do so. Even if, for instance, infertility is a result. The Church does not require that we receive extraordinary treatments. Our Faith requires that we pursue all ordinary means to preserve life, such as food and water as long as one’s system can process them. But our Faith does not require that we pursue extraordinary means, though we are free to pursue them. Your priest and doctor together can help you determine what is ordinary and extraordinary. Your priest and your doctor together can help you make determinations. Most of us are not experts on medicine. Your priest and doctor can together help you answer questions about what is, for instance, an ordinary versus extraordinary treatment. E. Christian Funerals: Celebration of Life, Profession of Eternal Hope. For a Catholic, a funeral serves several purposes. Some are somewhat different from what is commonly thought. A funeral of course offers a shared occasion to celebrate the life of our loved one, and to bear our loss together. But several features are less well-known. The funeral homily is part of the proclamation of the Gospel, like at any Mass. It is thus to be given by an ordained priest or deacon, someone ordained to Christ’s office of sanctifier. It is not the time for a eulogy. The homily reminds us of our hope of eternal life, but also that we should pray for the repose of our loved one and that all of us will one day face our Lord and the Four Last Things. Later in the Mass, after Communion, a loved one may give an appropriate eulogy with the priest’s approval. You may want to ask your priest to review the eulogy beforehand and offer suggestions.Communion with the Faithful Departed: Prayer for the Faithful Departed The Catholic faith tells us that we are still in communion with our loved ones after they have gone, and may still be of help to them—and them to us. The Second Vatican Council tells us that the Church has three groups: A. the Pilgrim Church or Church Militant—that is us on earth; B. the Church Suffering—the departed who are still undergoing purification, and who have not yet entered Heaven; C. the Church in Glory or Church Triumphant—those who are in communion with God, awaiting their own bodily resurrection in glory at the end of time. Our hope of Heaven tells us that we can only enter Heaven in a state of perfection, which we may or may not reach in this life. Thus, the Church encourages us to pray for our departed loved ones, to help speed their entry into glory should such be needed. Only God knows the state of a soul at death, so we do well to always pray for our loved ones, as we want the Church in Glory to pray for us. As a means of serving our loved ones, and offering consolation to loved ones, one can enroll departed loved ones in religious orders that pray for the deceased, and send the Mass card to the family. This salutary practice is a way we can continue supporting our departed loved ones, offer consolation, and strengthen our own hope of eternal life.Conclusion: Christ our Hope, in This Life and in the Next Our Catholic Faith is the comprehensive portrait or vision that informs our life and hope. By learning our Faith and resources now, in time of health, we can be well prepared when the challenges of transition from this life arise. The Archdiocese of Vancouver offers you many resources to help you learn our Faith, share our Faith with your loved ones, and practice your faith in a local parish community. As Scripture tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)About Dr. KruggelDr. James C. Kruggel is adjunct professor of theology at The Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Professional studies. For eight years, he was the acquisitions editor for philosophy and theology at The Catholic University of America Press. He has also taught graduate-level theology courses for the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Kruggel holds his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

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Celebrating the Life of Sister Joseph Napoléon_image
Celebrating the Life of Sister Joseph Napoléon

Napoléon Aubin, a seventh-generation Québecois, and his wife Alphonsine Marie Julie Farmer, lived just south of the island Montreal and had six children, five of whom survived to adulthood. Their eldest daughter, Florentine, born in 1888, joined the Sisters of Providence in Montréal. She chose the name Sister Joseph Napoléon, carrying her father’s name into her religious life. Founded in Montreal in 1843, the Sisters of Providence were well prepared for new challenges. The order’s mission was to minister to the needs of the poor, sick and unfortunate, and they did so throughout the Northwest United States. By 1900 they had established 29 hospitals, schools, orphanages, homes for the aged, shelters for the mentally ill, and Native schools. Soon they responded to yet another need, this time in Alaska. Following rumors of gold near Nome, over 10,000 prospectors had occupied the town by 1900. With no formalized government, the community had little ability to provide for social welfare. Responding to their call for help, two Roman Catholic priests arrived in Nome in July, 1901. Knowing of the work of the Sisters of Providence, they persuaded the Sisters to establish a much needed hospital in Nome. By 1906, their original Holy Cross Hospital had grown and been replaced by a second of the same name.At about the same time the gold rush enveloped the natural hub of central Alaska — Fairbanks. In 1910, the Sisters of Providence purchased St. Joseph Hospital for $10,000. Soon, they were caring for an average of 300 patients a year. Adapting to the severe temperatures in Fairbanks, the Sisters layered their habits with furs and pelts to keep warm.  Figure 1: St. Joseph Hospital in Fairbanks, circa 1910 Source: Providence Archives, Seattle Digital Collection In September of 1911, two more sisters arrived from Montréal to serve at St. Joseph Hospital – Sister Joseph Napoléon and Sister Dominic. However, by January 1914, Sister Joseph Napoléon, who had suffered a mystifying but steady decline in health that began soon after her arrival, was found to have contracted tuberculosis. The doctor advised that she return to Montréal at the first opportunity. That opportunity came promptly with the arrival of Sister Aristide, First Assistant General, and three other Sisters from Montréal, but it meant that she must leave that same evening with little chance to even say goodbye to the other Sisters. The treatment for tuberculosis in those days consisted primarily of isolating the patients in a sanitarium where they were given rest, fresh air and nutritious food. Having suffered from the disease for three years while continuing to work, Sister Joseph Napoléon would have been emaciated and very weak. After only about 18 months at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, run by the Sisters of Providence, or at Mount Sinai Sanitarium at Ste. Agathe, Québec, she would have looked and felt dramatically better. By mid-1915, Sister Joseph Napoléon was deemed well enough to travel west to join the others Sisters of Providence who were operating St. Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia.  Figure 2: St. Mary's Hospital 1914 Source; New Westminster Archives IHP7887 After caring for the patients at St. Mary’s for about 3 ½ years, Sister Joseph Napoléon came face to face with another medical crisis – the 1918 influenza pandemic known as the Spanish flu.  Spanish influenza started like any other flu but developed into a quick and savage pneumonia. Mortality rates once the pneumonia set in reached 40%, but those who survived were so weak that they faced a long convalescence. In his 2008 book entitled The Life and Destruction of Saint Mary’s Hospital, Jaimie McEvoy described the incredible impact of the flu on daily life. “In October and November 1918 as quarantine signs became commonplace on houses throughout the city, all gatherings, private and public, in New Westminster were banned. St. Mary’s Hospital wards were filled with extra beds placed almost next to each other, but the Sisters hung sheets between the beds in an effort to minimize the effects of coughing and sneezing, a forerunner to the modern hospital bed curtain. “Many of the patients were children as St. Mary’s had taken in the sick from the Providence Orphanage when the flu spread among them, just as they had taken them in when the Good Shepherd Convent burned in October 1899. Soon the wards were filled with crying and desperately ill children, and the doctors and nurses responded by working 16-hour shifts, going without sleep in an effort to comfort and save the lives of their charges. When even that was not enough to cope with the emergency, the Sisters recruited volunteer women who worked 8-hour shifts around the clock, taking over as nurses fell ill. Many of them were teachers whose schools had been closed.  “As hospital supplies ran out, volunteers collected sheets and blankets from the community, came forward to do the extra laundry and took food and medicine to houses under quarantine. At cemeteries, extra gravediggers had to be recruited to keep up with burials. Roughly 4,400 British Columbians are estimated to have died from the deadly virus, about 1% of the province’s population. “About 200 doctors died while combatting influenza across Canada. Roughly one in four nurses caught the disease because they were often already exhausted and in no condition to fight it off. In BC, at least 17 Sisters and nurses, some still students, died.” Among those nurses was 30-year old Sister Joseph Napoléon, née Florentine Aubin. She died November 9th in St. Mary’s Hospital, not knowing that another world crisis was coming to an end. One of Florentine’s brothers had been killed in action in Belgium in the war, and she would have nursed many returning soldiers and others injured in the conflict. As her funeral procession wended its way two days later through the streets of New Westminster to St. Peter’s Cemetery, it was accompanied by the ringing of church bells. It was November 11, 1918 – the Great War was over.Research provided by: A Sense of History Research Services Inc.

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The Family of Thomas and Annie Haney_image
The Family of Thomas and Annie Haney

The stately trees at the entrance to the Maple Ridge Cemetery set a tone of heritage, serenity and peace. Close to the entrance, on the left hand side of the main road is the Haney family plot. This area contains markers prominently displaying the names Haney, Callaghan, Hawley and Morrison – all related to Thomas and Annie Haney for whom Port Haney was named. Figure 1: Entrance to Maple Ridge CemeteryThomas Haney was born in Northern Cape Breton Island, the eldest of seven children. After the death of his father Dennis, his mother Bridget moved the family to Ontario where Thomas learned the trade of brick making and established a brickyard with his brothers. In 1873, he married Annie Callaghan in Paris, Ontario. Their first child, Mary Florence, was born in 1875 – just a few months after the death of Annie’s mother, Mary Sheppard Callaghan. The heart-broken family, including Annie’s father, Daniel and two of her brothers, decided to move west. Thomas searched both sides of the Fraser River for suitable clay to establish a brick making business, and bought 160 acres of prime waterfront land, which soon became known as Haney’s Landing. By 1878, Annie and Thomas were established in their newly-built house on the brow of the hill overlooking the Fraser River. That year, Thomas served as councillor and assessor for the District of Maple Ridge. However, it was another sad year for the family, as Annie’s father, Daniel Callaghan, who had come west with them, died and was buried in the Oblate cemetery at St. Mary’s Mission. Devout Catholics, known for their generosity and hospitality, Annie and Thomas were regularly visited by the priest from St. Mary’s Mission, 15 miles upriver. A room, known as the “Priest’s Room” was set aside in their home for this special guest who usually arrived Saturday and returned to Mission the following Monday.  L: Figure 2: Thomas Haney ca. 1910; R: Figure 3: Annie Callaghan Haney ca. 1885(Thomas and Annie Haney photos courtesy of Maple Ridge Museum)Thomas Haney assisted in establishing many of the early services in the area, including the waterworks, and donated land for the Presbyterian church, Catholic church and municipal hall. He laid out the townsite of Port Haney in 1882, naming many of the streets after his family members. In 1882, Port Haney was officially registered and the town plan was surveyed in 1889. Thomas and Anne had six children; Mary Florence, Jeremiah Francis (Frank), Daniel Thomas, Annie Beatrice (Birdie), Elizabeth Mary, and Margaret Maude. The eldest, Mary, born in Ontario before the family moved west, contracted diphtheria in 1886, at the age of eleven, and died on June 9th of that year. Her body was put in a white coffin and taken by canoe to the Oblate cemetery in Mission, where she was buried near her grandfather, Daniel Callaghan. Figure 4: Mary Haney Marker, Oblate Cemetery, Mission, BCDaniel Thomas was born on October 1st, 1879, and was the first child born on the Haney property. He worked with his father Thomas to install Maple Ridge’s first waterworks system and was one of the primary builders of today’s Haney House. Daniel died on October 2nd, 1927, in New Westminster. He fell between some logs he was crossing and drowned. Daniel had donated some of his land for a new Catholic Church on 8th Ave. (224th Street) the previous year and his was the first funeral performed in the new church. Figure 5: Daniel Haney Grave Marker, Maple Ridge CemeteryThomas Haney passed away at home on February 27th, 1916, surrounded by his wife and family, while Annie Haney died on March 8th, 1931. There are countless community reminders of Thomas and Annie Haney, many related to their faith. Council 5566 of the Knights of Columbus began in Maple Ridge in 1964. In 1993, the Council chose Thomas Haney as their patron, honouring his devotion, his community-mindedness and his generosity. Haney House Museum in Maple Ridge still looks like the family home. The museum’s website says, “The main floor has the kitchen, living room, and dining room, while upstairs there are bedrooms and bathrooms. Each room tells the story of the Haney family and life in general in Maple Ridge through the eras represented.” It is well worth a visit to learn more of Thomas and Annie Haney and their family. Figure 6: Plaque on Thomas Haney Marker, Maple Ridge CemeteryArticle image: Haney, Hawley, Morrison, Callaghan Family Cluster, Maple Ridge CemeteryAll photos credited to A Sense of History Research Services Inc. unless otherwise indicated.

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Newsletter - Catholic Cemeteries_image
Newsletter - Catholic Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries Newsletter Volume 1

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Korean Community Raises Funds for St. Andrew Kim Statue_image
Korean Community Raises Funds for St. Andrew Kim Statue

The funeral and cemeteries committee at St. Andrew Kim parish under the guidance of Father Joseph Tae Woo Lee raised funds from its parishioner community towards the cost of installing a beautiful bronze statue of St. Andrew Kim at our archdiocesan cemetery, the Gardens of Gethsemani in South Surrey. This statue of Saint Andrew Kim was cast in a specialized foundry in Spain then made the long journey before installation in the spring of last year.

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Remembrance Day

We took time to remember our fallen soldiers on November 11th. A mass was held in their honor in the Evangelist Chapel. A procession followed lead by a bagpiper and Knights of Columbus Honor Guard to our Cenotaph. Father Ho, lead us in prayer and wreaths were laid.

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Hallowtide Events were held for the first time at Gardens of Gethsemani encompassing All Hallows' Eve, on Friday, October 31st, All Saints' Day on Saturday, November 1st, and All Souls' Day on Sunday, November 2nd. On Hallows Eve over 170 people gathered in the Evangelist Chapel for a prayer vigil lead by Father Mark Gavin. The chapel was beautifully decorated with numerous candles which offered a prayerful setting. After several prayers in the Evangelist Chapel, handheld candles were lit, and a prayer walk through the candlelit cemetery followed. A procession to statues included St. Andrew Kim, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Anthony of Padua, where prayers were offered. On All Saints' Evening, Archbishop Michael Miller celebrated a mass with Father Galvon, and Father Nguyen co-celebrating. There were well over 300 people in attendance. Several people enjoyed the Gardens of Gethsemani, beautiful lit grounds and enjoyed a cup of warm hot chocolate and a cookie. On All Souls' Day, mass was celebrated by Father Mario Villaraza at 2pm in the Evangelist Chapel. This was was very well attended with over 400 in attendance. Candles were available for purchase throughout the weekend and were placed on the graves in memory and thanks. Thank you to everyone, who attended the weekend events. Your positive comments will enable the cemetery to put this event on again next year.

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