February 20 - March 26th,  2024, you are invited to a 2-part evening for contemplative seekers.

Please note: There is no gathering on February 13th, 2024.

"We and the world interpenetrate. We are in the world like salt in the ocean. I myself am my own unique door to the world and in a sense the world is the door to myself" James Finley

When we consider spiritual practice, we often think about solitude, silence, prayer, music, journaling, quiet walks in nature, writing poetry or mindful body movements. Spirituality author, Joyce Rupp writes about these practices leading us to Open the Door of our hearts. She writes: "When we leave the inner chamber of our deeper self, we continue to go toward the Holy One with our whole life".

This is what this Lenten series is about. BEYOND THE DOOR describes how when we move out of our heart place, we affect the outer realms of our life by simply being there. And we receive the encounters there as a way of continuing to open the door of our hearts.

During Lent, Saint Catherine's Spiritual Practice Group is inviting 6 guests from around Metro-Vancouver to share their personal experience of 'engaged contemplation'. This will be a time of hearing from our guests and an invitation for us to ponder the gifts we bring out of our spiritual practice. Gifts like... Service, Love, Respect, Hospitality, Peace, and Hope.

This series is open to everyone who is curious about living spiritually engaged lives.

  • February 20th: Pauline Barratt
  • February 27th: Hugh Crosthwait 
  • March 5th: Laurel Dykstra 
  • March 12th: Sharon Smith 
  • March 19th: Elaine Perry 
  • March 26th: Sharon Salomons (Holy Week)

The program for each evening is as follows: 

  • 7 pm: Gathering
  • 7:05 pm: Welcome and Introduction
  • 7:15 pm Guest sharing, Spiritual Practice & Reflection
  • 8:15 pm Compline
  • 9 pm Closure

Feel free to come for some or all of the time. 

Connecting to the Meeting: 

The Zoom details are as follows (please make sure that your name is clear on your zoom account, as we will be monitoring the waiting room before admitting people into the meeting). 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91092526737

Meeting ID: 910 9252 6737

For more information contact the Saint Catherine's Office: 604 985 0666 or scadmin@shaw.ca

Image of Open Door by Ken Bosma