Thursday, November 24, 2011

Archdiocese thrown in the Lions' den

Grey Cup Fest grows around pastoral centre

As the Grey Cup Festival slowly engulfs the John Paul II Pastoral Centre at 150 Robson, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is embracing the mayhem and getting behind the B.C. Lions.

The area around B.C. Place, which includes the pastoral centre, is currently shut down for traffic to set up the festival around the Lions' Sunday match against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Lions are hoping to snag their first Grey Cup since 2006.

Telus Streetfest is set up around the pastoral centre and will feature free live music throughout the weekend.

To jump on board the excitement, Communications director Paul Schratz commissioned Faye McCreedy from OYYAM to bring the original Hail Mary to the Lions.

"Paul asked me and I was totally all over it, because I'm a huge Lions fan," Faye says. "It's exciting with all that stuff going on and we're seeing it right outside our window."

The whole weekend should be a riot, but not that kind of riot.

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