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 (not an error).
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.
ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS – World Day of the Poor: November 18, 2018- In Canada, 1.9m families struggle to make ends meet. Poverty is more than just low income: food insecurity, social exclusion, inadequate housing, lack of access to transportation and services and more. In recognition of this World Day of the Poor, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is in need of financial donations and non-perishable food items in their parishes and communities. Donate today at https://www.imakeanonlinedonation.org/ssvp-national/
and help them to provide assistance to the less fortunate.
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.
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.
Ordination of Deacon Guy Zidago and Felix Min – The Archdiocese of Vancouver joyfully announces the ordination of Deacon Guy Zidago to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood and Felix Min to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. You are cordially invited to celebrate with us on the Solemnity of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 12 noon at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY- Assistant Principal, Vancouver College – Vancouver College, founded in 1922, is a Catholic school for boys with over 1,000 students from K – Gr. 12. Currently seeking an Assistant Principal. Please submit applications with supporting documents to Mr. Johnny Bevacqua, Principal, c/o email@example.com by Dec. 2, 2018.
STA NEWS – Poinsettia sale – It is time once again for the St. Thomas Aquinas Poinsettia Sale! We have a variety of sizes and styles, and this year, we’ve included a larger 10 inch poinsettia. This link provides the information and ordering form. https://stthomasaquinas.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home. Note that the last day to order is approaching soon, on November 16! After ordering, please provide a cheque or cash to the STA office, attention to Angela, along with the printed confirmation form. This helps in the administration of the order.
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.
Remembrance Day Mass on November 11 -Join us as we remember our veterans who gave their lives so that we may have a better life. Mass will begin on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10 am at Gardens of Gethsemane, Surrey. Directly following Mass we will process to the Cenotaph, led by our bagpiper and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. There will be laying of wreaths and a moment of silence. Everyone is welcome.
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.
The Society would also like to give out blankets & candy to the homeless when they distribute sandwiches. Any leftover candy from Halloween is welcome! Please bring these to the parish office on weekdays. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
The ANNUAL FORTY HOURS ADORATION takes place on NOVEMBER 20-22, 2018. This Annual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the church from Tuesday, November 20 to Thursday evening, November 22nd. There will be Adoration all day: after morning Mass, from 9 am to midnight on Tuesday & Wednesday. On Thursday, Nov. 22nd, adoration begins at 9 am and closes with Mass at 7 pm. Sign-up sheets are in the entrance of the church. Everyone is encouraged to come and spend some time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during these days.
There will be a SECOND COLLECTION at all Masses next week-end, November 17 and 18, for Home Missions. This collection is to support two major Archdiocese projects: the 12 Catholic missions in First Nations communities throughout the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and, the Apostleship of the Sea serving seafarers who work on ships that visit Vancouver’s ports. Please give generously at your local parish. Thank you for supporting the projects.
This year’s Annual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the church from Tuesday, November 20 to Thursday evening, November 22nd. Adoration all day, after morning Mass, from 9 am to midnight on Tuesday & Wednesday. On Thursday, Nov. 22nd, adoration begins at 9 am and closes with Mass at 7 pm. Sign-up sheets are in the entrance of the church. Everyone is encouraged to come and spend some time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during these days.