Advance Planning for Catholics

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Liturgical and Practical Considerations Around End-of-Life Planning

There are many traditions and customs around end of life that are part of our culture, identity and faith journey. Fr. Abundo will highlight some of the main traditions that give meaning to this time of life, and share what the Church teaches around end of life, cremation, scattering, the importance of prayer and community for healing.

Speaker: Fr. Amador Abundo

Fr. Amador Abundo studied Theology at Holy Rosary Major Seminary in Naga City, Philippines and was ordained a priest on December 7th 1977 by the late Most Rev. Jose C. Sorra, DD, first Bishop of the Diocese of Virac. Fr. Abundo has been with the Archdiocese of Vancouver since 1996 and is currently the pastor at Immaculate Conception Delta.



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Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Parish, Delta

Plan for the future now so you can make decisions that are congruent with your Catholic values and so that your children don’t have to worry later. This free presentation offers a Catholic perspective on advance care planning, estates, wills, legacy, and memorialization. Our expert presenters will share wisdom and practical advice you need to plan ahead with peace of mind. 

15 mins.

Important Considerations When 
Writing a Will 

15 mins.

The legal and financial world around estate, wills and legacy can be confusing. Henrietta will discuss how to make sure your family is left with as much as possible while giving to the charities you care about. She will also discuss some important features to keep in mind when writing a will as well as what to do after you have already completed your will.

Attendees are eligible to receive a free 1-1 consultation with a professional estate planner at a later date.

Speaker: Henrietta Lam

Henrietta Lam is a Gift Planning Officer at the Archdiocese of Vancouver.  With their three children, she and her husband are parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Vancouver, where she volunteers as a leader of Alpha, an evangelization ministry. While Henrietta sees working and volunteering for the church as personally fun and an endurance sport, she also enjoys running, kickboxing, and most importantly, spending quality time with family and friends.

Advance Care Planning Considerations

15 mins.

Dr. Lawrence Yang will offer a professional Catholic perspective on how to write your wishes and values for future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself. Dr. Lawrence will share practical tips and experiences on preventative measures and resources about advance care planning.

Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Yang

Dr. Lawrence Yang is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Delta Parish and works as a Family Doctor at the Gateway Medical Center in Surrey. Dr. Lawrence experiences the greatest satisfaction in the small ‘wins’, the short intimate interactions with patients where he feels he has had a positive impact on their lives.

Planning for Sacred Burial

10 mins.

Brenda Villaraza will talk about what Gardens of Gethsemani, the only full service Catholic Cemetery in the Lower Mainland, offers the Catholic Community, and will share practical information about setting aside your sacred space.

Attendees are eligible to receive a $100 coupon towards the purchase of burial space at Gardens of Gethsemani.

Speaker: Brenda Villaraza

Brenda and her husband are parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel. She has worked for Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery for 12 years and is currently a family services advisor. She helps families navigate sacred burial at the cemetery with compassion and respect. Brenda speaks Tagalog, Italian and Spanish.

Planning for Funeral and End of Life

20 mins.

Making pre-need burial and funeral arrangements today ensures important decisions will not be made in a time of sorrow. Preparation is an act of care for the family. Ethelyn and Cynthia will share from their own work experience how important it is to plan ahead for peace of mind and in consideration of those we leave behind.

Speakers: Ethelyn David and Cynthia Tamondong

Ethelyn is a Pre Need Counsellor for Kearney Funeral Services. She will listen with patience to your needs and wishes as you prepare your last gift of love and service for your loved ones. With care, she will facilitate this process  and guide you through the steps necessary to ensure that your funeral service and burial will honor your memory and celebrate your life.

Cynthia Tamondong has been a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Parish, Delta for almost 30 years performing various volunteer roles; A self-employed financial planning advisor for over 20 years providing services in life insurance and investments. 4 years ago, she joined Elements Cremation, Pre-Planning and Burial to expand her practice to include pre-need planning and at need services.