Dear Friends,
Good morning. I am pleased to send you the latest photos of the Little Flower Monastery ongoing work. A few important things to keep in mind. First of all you will find a big green tank outside the building that is meant for propane gas for the use of the monastery; cooking and for the house heating system. There is also another wooden closet which is prepared for a generator in case of power failure. Recently due to heavy storm there was two hours power cut and this could happen in this mountainous area during autumn and winter. The landscaping work has begun around the monastery which will be completed within a month from now. You will see around the monastery the yellow posts or you can call them pillars which are for beauty as well as for roof support. The parking lot in front of the building is almost complete. Shortly two automatic gates will be installed both at the lower entrance and at Alfred Horie Company entrance which is the immediate entrance as we move up to our facility from highway 7. The interior work of another 10 rooms is yet to be completed. Enjoy the photos: click the link below

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society - CANADA
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The installation of Rev. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas at St. Anthony of Padua parish as Pastor was celebrated on November 1st, All Saints Day. Most Rev. J. Michael Miller CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver presided over the celebration and Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza concelebrated. The Eucharistic Celebration was solemn with the Knights of Columbus marching towards the Altar and saluting the celebrants. During the Homily Archbishop congratulated Fr. Steny and highlighted his duties towards his flock and requested him to tend his flock with care and concern. After the Homily the solemn installation ceremony was conducted introducing the new Pastor to the pulpit, confessional, to Baptismal font, to the entrance of the Church, to the Altar, to the Tabernacle and then to his seat. All this happened while Archbishop recited the prayers of installation. During the felicitation program in the Church itself two sisters were felicitated: Rev. Sr. Kitty and Sr. Theresa of the Little Flower Congregation as they were very actively involved in their apostolate among the Native Indians. Rev. Fr. Rudolf encouraged Fr. Steny to bring unity and harmony among the parishioners and to sow the seed of God's Love among them and he cracked a joke indicating that at the evening of our life we will be asked to spell a password to enter heaven and that password should be "Love" and not any other complicated word like "Czechoslovakia". After the mass Fr. Steny invited 170 parishioners and guests to a great sumptuous meal. The whole ceremony and celebration ended at 1 pm which had begun at 10.30 am. We congratulate Fr. Steny for being the third Carmelite Pastor in Vancouver Archdiocese.
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The Grand Birthday celebration of Fr. Jerald D'Souza was held at St. Edmund's Community North Vancouver at 7 pm on November 5th. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas from Agazziz, Bro. Joseph Giroux from Little Flower Monastery Deroche and Guardian Angels Community members Fr. Rudy and Fr. Rajesh were present. The Celebration began by turning Water into Wine and the sumptuous banquet that was prepared by Fr. Jerry's friends from his parish was ready on table. Fr. Rajesh praised Fr. Jerry in 5 words of wisdom: J that stands for JOY; E stands for ENCOURAGEMENT; R stands for RESPECT and R stands for REJOICING and finally Y stands for YEARNING FOR GOD. Fr. Rajesh said he is a perfect Carmelite who combines in himself both Carmelite Spirituality and Spirit of Christ himself in his life. Bro. Joseph was the official photographer. Gifts were lavished on Fr. Jerry and balloons smashed during this joyous occasion.
Thank you Fr. Jerry
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelites
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Dear Friends,
So far we have been posting photos of the Little Flower Monastery taken during daylight, now you will really enjoy the photos taken during night time. Recently we received power to the facility but the external lighting and landscaping yet to happen. Once that is done you will get a better picture of this campus. Now the BC Hydro has just installed lights for night vigilance and to brighten up the campus to keep away a few night visitors to the facility; I mean the Deers and Grizzly Bears. Hope you enjoy these photos:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
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Dear Friends,
Today is the day October 15th, 2015, the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. We the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province in India and in Canada are grateful to God and to all of you for coming here to participate in our joy at the inauguration of Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill. Our hearts turn to God for his providence, inspiration and guidance. We wholeheartedly thank Helen Chua Tiampo who generously contributed towards this whole project in memory of her loving parents Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo. This is the first ever monastery by the Karnataka Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites established in Canada - Vancouver.

The day was a sunny a beautiful day indeed. The guest arrived at the site by 10 buses and many other guests arrived by their own private vehicles. It was estimated that around 700 people were present for the event and 50 priest and three bishops for the liturgical celebrations. It was a fantastic celebration that highlighted the features of Karnataka Goa Province. Rev. Fr. Charle Serrao Provincial delivered a wonderfully prepared message, followed by a prophetic message from our previous provincial Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD. Archbishop Michael encouraged the congregation to pray for this facility that it may cater to future vocations and to spread Carmelites Spirituality. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration the Souvenir of Carmel Hill was released by Bishop Monreo and Helen release Fr. Rudolf's book THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED.

A wonderful meal was prepared by John Carlos and Company. Everyone was happy and enjoyed this unique occasion.

We thank our Archbishop Most Reverend J. Michael Miller CSB for his wholehearted support in granting us permission to begin this project and for his continued encouragement. We are grateful also to Most Reverend F. B. Henry ( Bishop Calgary Diocese) and Most Reverend David J. Monroe Bishop of Kamloops for their valuable presence, prayers and blessings on this occasion.

Our Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao OCD present amidst us today to witness this great event along with our previous Provincial Fr. Archibald R. Gonsalves OCD who actually encouraged us to have a house of our own in Canada during his many visits in the last few years. We are grateful to their support and prayers.

We want to acknowledge the co-operation extended to us by the Fraser Valley Rural Development Authority for their support and permissions for developing this property was represented by David Bennet. We appreciate the tireless efforts by the Architect John Clark and his assistant Paul Owens in designing this beautiful edifice of God. The Alfred Horie Construction Company have achieved this feat within a whopping 8 months time is remarkable indeed and deserves our congratulations and applause. Our special thanks go to Steve Paone and his team; in a very concrete way to Dennis Cadrain (Site Superintendent); Allen, Mark, Robert and other wonderful workers. We are grateful to Darrell Wickstrom for his tireless efforts at granting us timely advise on this project. Steve Creighton helped us to co-ordinate the whole event of this celebration. We thank Francis Wong who was instrumental in coordinating the entire progress of the building work. Stewart Hayashi was also instrumental in getting us the Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society along with Francis Wong. We also acknowledge the presence of Mr. Ben Kernan from Florida; and Pam Prior, Emmet McGrath, Mr. Kent and others who contributed their share towards making this event a memorable one. We thank the guest priest who came from Rome: Fr. Ivan Pinto, Fr. Lawrence D'Mello and Fr. Manoj Braganza. We thank the local news papers and especially BC Catholic for their coverage of this event. We thank Rizalina Geronimo, Jennifer Po and Oscar Geronimo for their support and help. Especially we thank our Carmelites Fr. Jerald D'Souza, Fr. Rajesh Madtha, Bro. Joseph Giroux and Fr. Jason for their help and support. We also thank all the Carmelites who came from different regions of Canada.
We thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. May God be praised through all these works for his glory. We continue to pray for Helen's health and may God grant her long life and happiness.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada

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Dear Friends,
Here are the speeches delivered on the day of the inauguration of the little flower monastery. You will enjoy them.


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Watch these photos for fun. A lot of work had to be completed before the inauguration. The photos go from September 29th till October 9th. You will get a glimpse of the progress and hard work of workers.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
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Photos clicked between September 28th and following indicate the ground was ready with sand and rubbles for concreting. The sign-bearing huge stone was moved to the centre and the round about was being architecturally planned. More details in the photos.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
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These photos clicked before the inauguration will be posted on website to complete the series of the photographs for record. These photos clicked between September 24-25th as the work progressed. During this time the work force concentrated on the compound to be ready for the inauguration. It had to be concreted and the road had to be asphalted.

Thank you
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
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Dear Friends,
In this album you will notice we are close to the inauguration of the building. In fact a bit of explanation is required here. You will see the the building walls, I mean the wooden walls are covered with red and ash colour tiles. Before putting those tiles they covered the entire building walls with a plastic type of paper and then they put a sort of thick insulation material and after that they have installed these tiles. This is a very strong protection to wooden walls against adverse weather conditions like water, moisture, fire and other natural causes that could damage the walls. After these security measures the walls are safe. Enjoy this album.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
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ALBUM NO. 21: Little Flower Monastery Construction Progress Photos
Dear Friends,
Here is the album number 21. I send you these photos after the inauguration of the building. We had gathered at the site for arranging sound system and other details for the program. Fr. Jerald D'Souza along with some of his parishioners had come to inspect the place for sound system arrangements. That day we had a beautiful visitor to our property, a young deer was grazing just a few yards from our building. That was a great sight to behold.
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Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
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Guardian Angels Parish feast : Canada
Guardian Angels Parish feast was celebrated on October 3rd in the Millennium Hall of the parish. The celebration included a Magic Show, a Concert by Chris and Galangar and a wonderful singing by Rachel Dilman. Dinner was served and Frs. Rudolf and Rajesh welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support, friendship and their presence. We specially thank the organizers of this event: Rizalina Geronimo, Jenniefer Po, Cecil Boziac, Terri O’Niel, Cathy Danford and other volunteers who made this event a great success.

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Dear Friends,
Here I send you the 20th photo album of the work progress of the Little Flower Monastery. By now a number of invitations have been sent to our friends and Carmelite family members. The work is satisfactory according to the contractor and we will get there on time for the inauguration. Just a few days ago BC Hydro installed electrical connection and water connection. You can see at the north end of the property a huge tank is processed underground which regulates the flow of water to the facility. When the building externally looks almost complete a lot of interior design is pending and moreover furnishing is to be completed as well. That does not discourage us but we need to intensify our efforts. We have ordered some Chapel items from Belgium and pews from Toronto. Some more items are on the way. The paving of the ground in front of the building will be partially done before the inauguration; but the ground will be levelled for this event most certainly.
All the best and more to come in the next few days

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society,
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Dear Friends,
Our monastery will look like this when completed. This is the latest artwork which is typical reproduction of the would be building construction. All the best.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada:

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History of Guardian Angels from August 14th 2009 Till Date

August 14th :
Arrival of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD as administrator of the Parish.

August 15th & 16th:
Fr. Jerald D’Souza introduces Fr. Rudolf to the parishioners during all the masses and gives a short profile of his life. A meeting of all the parishioners has been arranged at the basement of the Rectory and a short felicitation program is organized.

October 2nd :
The 60th Anniversary of the Church celebrated. Archbishop Michael Miller is the main celebrant along with Msgr Jensen and Msgr Mark Hagaemon and Fr. Jerald D’Souiza

November 15th:
First Meeting on the Renovation of the Church Sanctuary Organized at the end of October.

15th December:
Organizing the meetings of the Renovation Committee to shift the Tabernacle to the Centre of the Church. Meetings begin every month on how to renovate the altar and other important aspect of beautification of the Church.

May 19th:
Fr. Rudolf solemnly installed as the Parish Priest by Archbishop Michael Miller along with Monsignor Jensen.

July 27th:
The 50 years of Jubilee of Fr. Rudolf Celebrated in the Millennium Hall of the parish.

August 28th :
Fr. Rudolf dissolves the Renovation Committee in consultation with Archbishop Michael Miller and Monsignor Jensen. A letter has been sent to all the members that the Renovation Committee stands cancelled from 28th August onwards.

September 8th :
Renovation works begin. The back wall of the Church is painted into a beautiful mural of the Church and shifting of the Tabernacle to the centre and decking the Church with the new Carpet. The Two flying Guardian Angels were installed by Mr. Bernie Petit.
The Confessional is shifted to the back of the Church from the right side of the Altar.

2nd October:
Archbishop Michael Miller inaugurates newly renovated Church with a new Carpet.

November 9th:
The two huge Round Stained Glass windows fixed in the nave of the Church.
Confessional is shifted making use of the part of the Children’s playing room.

The new Kitchen in the Rectory was installed.

The lawn and Garden of the Church yard was refurbished

The Easter Candle stand was replaced with a Bronze one.

The Tabernacle Light was replaced with a Bronze one.

March 25th:
First Stain Glass Window fixed by Andrew Macausland (Toronto)

July 25th:
The fixing of the Stained Glass Windows ends and Archbishop Michael Miller inaugurates the Stained Glass Windows.

25th October – 10th November:
the entire Church Roof was repaired.

19th March:
The Neocatechuminal community Catechesis begins

April 1st – April 20th:
the lighting of the Church was upgraded with new lights replacing the old ones.

8th April:
A new Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on the 8th April 2012.

5th May:
The New office table was installed

12th May:
the Neocatechuminal Convivence at Sqamish with Fr. Vittorio

24th May:
The roof of the Rectory is being repaired by Cambie Roofing as it was under guarantee.

25th June: The Jubilee Celebration of Fr. Rudolf’s Priesthood by the Deanery Priests at the Millennium Hall.


2013 Archives of Guardian Angels Church

Grand Luncheon served to the local poor and homeless in the Millennium Hall of the Parish on Easter Sunday noon.

Celebration of the Mount Carmel Feast on 15th July. The Parish was honoured with the presence and blessings Bishop Gary Gordon of White Horse Diocese. Dinner was served after the mass and scapulars were distributed to the faithful.

Final Settlement of the Donated Pipe Organ was handed over to St. Patrick’s Church – Main Street Vancouver. Guardian Angels Church had to spend over 50,000 CAD$ for its final settlement. Pastoral Visitation by Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, the Provincial of Karnataka Goa Province from 2nd to 6th September.

The Third batch of Neo-Catechumen members are accepted into the group.

Renovation of the Rectory kitchen and living room completed.

Luncheon organized for the poor and homeless on 25th December. On 27th December a grand ground breaking ceremony was organized at North Deroche Road (Carmel Hill) with the presence of 150 parishioners of Guardian Angels Church.

2014 Archives of Guardian Angels Church

February 2014:
A report of the Sandwich program by Guardian Angels Church for the local poor was published in the BC Catholic. The volunteers served approximately 38500 sandwiches in the year 2013

March 2014:
For Ash Wednesday a wooden Cross was installed in the Sanctuary to remind the faithful of the days of penance and sacrifices. Three days of Lenten Reflections accompanied by the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist preached by Fr. Rudolf

March 2014:
Couples for Christ (CFCFFL) begin their Evangelization program for the parishioners

April 2014:
On Easter Sunday the neighbouring Homeless and Poor are served Easter Luncheon.

May 2014:
New Adoration book for Guardian Angels Church was introduced for use on First Fridays

August 2014:
Renovation at the Rectory laundry and kitchen washroom is completed

September 2014:
Catholicism Series of 10 Episodes is being screened for the parishioners every Tuesday till 25th November 2014.

October 2014:
Canadian Carmelites Community members gather at Guardian Angels Church for the profession of Fr. Alfredo Pereira and Bro. Josef Giroux. 27 priests gathered for celebration of the Holy Eucharist along with Rev. Fr.Charles Serrao and Fr. Steven Watson Provincial superior from California Province of the Carmelites.

December 2014:
The new Calendars of Guardian Angels Parish for the year 2015 with the stain Glass windows' photos is released and distributed to the parishioners.
2015 Archives of Guardian Angels Church

Fr. Rudolf publishes his 30th publication: Seek and You will Find, a book on prayer and spirituality.

Lenten preparation by Video Screening of Seven Virtues and Vices by Fr. Robert Barron. It was well attended and the faithful appreciated the spiritual help they received.

Seismic Assessment is done by Engineer Villaraza from Philippians. New gardening administrator of is appointed. Mr. Rick begins the work to keep the lawns and plants neat and tidy.

Doors of the Confessional and the Crying room are renovated with full glass to protect God’s Children.

Parish office is upgraded with the security system and automatic doors installed.

The roof above the rectory kitchen and sacristy are renovated by Cambie Roofing. First CARMEL HILL bulletin is released on July 16th, on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at St. Edmund’s Church and on July 19th the bulletin is distribute to the parishioners at Guardian Angels Church.

In the past three years we to expand the sandwich program for the homeless by announcing its importance to people on Sundays. Consequently we began receiving help to feed the poor. Now we have approximately 250 homeless fed every day from Tuesday to Friday.

"Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord." (Ephesians 2:21)

White settlers were drawn to this area by the 1858 Cariboo Gold Rush. The West End was an out-of-the-way place and of little value compared with the Fraser Valley. It was not until 1862 that three young Englishmen, John Morton, William Hailstone and Samuel Brighouse decided to buy a piece of land in the area. For that action they were dubbed the "Three Greenhorns". The Greenhorns' land, now known as the West End, was officially called that in 1887 when the Vancouver School Board built and named the West End school

With the Canadian Pacific Railway Company's plans for a terminus beside the Greenhorns' acreage, the settlement of Georgia and Robson Streets and the establishment of Stanley Park, the West End's southern boundary became known and populated as a relaxing beach resort.  


Liturgical Celebrations:

  • Sunday Mass Times:
    Saturday (anticipated) - 4:00 PM.
    Sunday - 9:00 AM ; 11:00 AM; 12:30 PM

  • Weekday Mass Times:
    Monday : 7 PM
    Tuesday to Friday : 8 AM
    Saturday : 9 AM
    First Friday - 7:00 pm

  • Office hours:
    8:30 am – 4:00 pm on Mon., Tues.,
    Thu., & Friday; CLOSED on Wed.
    & weekends


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