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Fri, Nov 24


St. Mark's Parish, UBC

Gold Mass

Annual Gold Mass for scientists and friends with reception to follow in Plato's Cave

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Gold Mass
Gold Mass

Time & Location

Nov 24, 2023, 12:10 p.m.

St. Mark's Parish, UBC, 5935 Iona Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 2L4, Canada

About the event

See past coverage in the BC Catholic

Students, researchers honour the ‘Ultimate Scientist’ (Fall 2018)

Science can be ‘fun puzzles’ set by God, and a religious experience (Spring 2022)

Faith must be part of science’s equation, Archbishop tells scientists at Gold Mass (Fall 2022)

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The Society of Catholic Scientists sponsors Gold Masses for Scientists.  This follows in the tradition of special Masses for members of particular professions. The oldest, the Red Mass for lawyers and lawmakers, was introduced in the 13th century. The first White Mass for health care professionals and Blue Mass for law enforcement personnel were begun in the 1930s. By promoting Gold Masses for Scientists around the world, SCS hopes to create spiritual fellowship among Catholic scientists, science educators and science students at the local level.

Gold Masses are usually Votive Masses in honor of St. Albert the Great (patron saint of natural science), and use the readings and propers for his feast day (November 15).

Gold Masses are meant to be regional events, bringing together Catholics from that region who are or have been involved with science, including scientists, retired or former scientists, science teachers at college, high school or grade school level, science graduate students, undergraduate science majors, and advanced high school students interested in science.  (By “science”, we mean more generally STEM areas, i.e. in mathematics, computer science, biomedical research, etc.) Often, the homilist at the mass is a priest or deacon who is a scientist or has some science background, though that is not necessary.  In some cases the bishop may agree to preside. After a Gold Mass there is normally a simple reception, with snacks, where those who attended the Mass can meet and socialize with each other.  The hope is that these Gold Masses will help foster the development of local communities and networks of Catholics involved with science. Such communities and networks, in turn, may lead to collaborations on various projects, such as study groups and public lectures, or Catholic scientists visiting classes in Catholic schools.

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