SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – is looking for male & female volunteers to help distribute sandwiches, once a month on the Food truck, to the Homeless in Downtown Vancouver. Please contact Rose Morin – 604 -985-9674. Donations of blankets and candy are also welcome! We will once again be helping the needy in our community at Christmas. Please call the parish office – 604-985-1962 – if you or someone you know is in need of help. Thank you!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – will have Pro-Life Christmas Cards and Fruitcakes on sale at all Masses this weekend. All proceeds go to North Shore Pro-Life. Contact Terry – 604-986-3108 for more details.
Our Annual CWL Christmas Raffle is here! Tickets on sale at all Masses, this weeked, December 8 & 9. The Draw will be on Sunday, December 9th. Buy your Tickets: – 1 ticket for $5; and 3 tickets for $10. The 1st prize : Dinner for 2 to the Pinnacle Hotel, Value: $ 150.00. 2nd Prize: Wine Basket, Value: $ 75. 3rd Prize: Purdy’s chocolates: Value $ 50. All proceeds to charities supported by CWL.
In preparation for the Advent Season, there will be PENITENTIAL SERVICES held at the following three parishes on the North Shore:
On Wednesday, December 19th – 10:30 am – St. Stephen’s Parish
On Wednesday, December 19th – 7:00 pm – St. Edmund’s Parish
Friday, December 21st – 7:00 pm – Christ the Redeemer Parish
Father Mark is also available at the confessional thirty minutes before regular Sunday Mass.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver has prepared a good review of the Sacrament here: http://rcav.org/come-to-confession/.
A new EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY is available: At ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ Roman Catholic Church, in Coquitlam, they are searching for a full-time Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P Coordinator). Please submit a résumé and a cover letter by Dec. 3 with “PREP Coordinator” in the subject line to: Rev. Mark Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Filipino Tradition “Simbang Gabi” (a devotional nine-day series of “Dawn Masses” in anticipation of Christmas and to honour Mother Mary) will be held at several parishes across the Archdiocese. In the North Shore masses will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish (on Lonsdale Avenue) and will start daily from December 16 until 24, at 6:00am / 0600H.
To kick-off “Simbang Gabi”, everyone is also invited to join the Archdiocese for a Commissioning Mass on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral. Representatives of each parish hosting Simbang Gabi will be present.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION – December 7th 2018 – Adoration begins after morning Mass at 9 am and ends with Mass at 7 pm. All parishioners are encouraged to come and spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Please sign up on the sheet in the entrance of the church.
To all Parishioners: our prayers are requested for the following people in our community: Jim Alden, John Barry, Virgil Billesberger, Jennifer Blore, Edward Carter, Joe Dinahan, Denis Doll, Thelma Fairleigh, Mark Hamilton, Darwin Henry, Dylan Kemper, Cecilia Lam, John Magee, Darryl Meunier, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Robert Slett, Hilda Tacneng, John Toljanich, and Jarrod Weisner. Thank you for including them and their intentions, in your devotions.
As we enter the month of December the school celebrates Advent in preparation for Christmas. Last Saturday morning a group of STA families came out and cleaned up the gardens for winter. Although the day was cooler and the grounds were damp the volunteers did a great job and the school looks better for all their efforts. Thank you to those who turned out to help.
STMC Knights Christmas Market – The Knights Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas craft markets in the Lower Mainland! It is a well-attended market held at St Thomas More Collegiate at 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby, on Nov. 24 & 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
There are over 100 high quality artisans, used book sale, bistro, kids activities, and more! Come and get all of your shopping done in one place.
Come and prepare yourself for a deeper encounter with the Christ Child. Spend moments of meaningful Advent reflections with our dynamic and very engaging speaker Fr. Tony Ricard, then be ready to prepare others to celebrate a joyous Christmas. r. Tony Ricard, MTh, MDiv, a priest in the New Orleans Archdiocese, is the Pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish and as Campus Minister and Chair of Theology for St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He is also an instructor at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University and Director of KnightTime Ministries. Fr. Ricard has authored several books and has presented keynote addresses, retreats, revivals and youth talks across the US and in 23 countries.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Anticipated Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m.)
Location: John Paul II Pastoral Centre: 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver
For individuals in parish ministry – LWC, PREP, RCIA, Adult Faith Formation, Youth & Young Adults. Registration at the door: $15. In-person registration begins at 12:30pm.
Contact 604-683-0281 ext. 50237 or email@example.com for questions
Our Annual Bake Sale is here! St. Stephen’s CWL will hold a bake sale on Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 8 & 9, at all Masses in the Upper Room of the church. Please support us with your donations of baked goods. Drop-off on Friday, December 7th, at the office, or from 6-7 pm at the hall. The sale has been a huge success in the past. We thank all parishioners for helping us in this fundraising effort and your support is greatly appreciated.
Our Annual SANTA BREAKFAST happens on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 – after the 10:30 am Mass in the hall. Tell the kids! All are welcome! Tickets are on sale at all Masses this weekend & next. We invite everyone to come and get your seats early!! Ticket prices are: Adult at $ 6, and each child is $3. Please see posters on bulletin board outside the church.
Our December meeting will be Wed. Dec. 5th at 7 pm in the hall. Instead of a General Meeting, we will have a catered dinner. This is open to all ladies in the parish. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non- members and includes a glass of wine. Payment can be placed in the collection plate in an envelope. Include your name and mark it for CWL. Look forward to a fun evening and the introduction of your new executive.
CWL Raffle tickets will be sold at all Masses, December 1 & 2, 8 & 9. Draw to be held on Sunday, December 9th.