In keeping with my desire to inform you of the many wonderful things happening in our parish, I want to present to you a ministry that is much broader in scope than St. Mary`s Parish, but that is nonetheless based here: Light of Jesus Family.
Edwin is the Feast Builder of Light of Jesus in the Lower Mainland, so I think he’s in a better position than I am to talk about this very special ministry. Take it away, Edwin…
Light of Jesus Family Vancouver (In a Nutshell)
The LOJ Family traces its roots 37 years ago, when founder and renowned speaker Bo Sanchez, then 14 years old, and his family held their first prayer meeting at the garage of their home in Quezon City, Philippines, on September 9, 1980. From then on, through God’s leading and much inspiration, it has exponentially grown by leaps and bounds, not just in the Philippines but in different parts of the world.
In Vancouver, LOJ started meeting in late 2007, as a very small group in St. Bernadette’s Parish in Surrey and moved to St. Mary’s Parish in 2009. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in December 2010 and was formally launched and recognized as a full “Feast” by LOJ Manila in February 2011. It earned acceptance as a lay organization with the Archdiocese of Vancouver in December 2013 and two years after gained status as charity with CRA in May 2015.
The “Feast” is the celebration of God’s love through its regular gatherings. It’s based on Mark 2, where we see Jesus celebrating and sharing a feast (meal) with the tax collectors, prostitutes, drunkards – he was loving them where they are and this is what the ministry aims to do – reach out to the unchurched. There are now 285 Feast gatherings all over the globe.
Who We Are
LOJ’s main mission is to empower people to have a personal relationship with God and experience His love in all areas of life. LOJ is one big family. What makes us big is God’s big love for us, our big love for God and for one another. God’s love for us and our love for Him and for one another is actually the light which we now share to as many people as we can reach.
Where We Are
Vancouver Feast (Every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the Month), 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
St. Mary’s Parish School Gym, 5239 Joyce St. Vancouver BC
Surrey Feast (Every 2nd Friday of the Month), 7:00 pm – 9:00pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC), 10460 139 St. Surrey BC
Mary Help of Christian Hall
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Thanks Edwin, and God bless your ministry with Light of Jesus.
Have a joyful Thanksgiving, everyone!