LENTEN DEVOTIONS – STATIONS OF THE CROSS at St. Stephen’s Parish is on every Friday at 7:30 pm with Mass at 7 pm.
LENTEN PENITENTIAL SERVICES ON THE NORTH SHORE – The Sacrament of Confession is available for the parishioners at these time and dates, at various North Shore Parishes:
Tues. March 31 – 7 pm – Holy Trinity
Wed. April 1 – 10:30 am – St. Stephen’s
Tues. April 7th – 7 pm – Christ the Redeemer
From the RACV website: “… Yesterday afternoon, amid increasing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, British Columbia’s Public Health Officer directed “all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people.” Respecting this new directive and until further notice, and out of prudent concern for the well-being of the entire community, attendance at Mass or any other Church events in the Archdiocese of Vancouver is to be restricted to a maximum of 250 people.”
Announcing the First Divine Mercy Congress in the Archdiocese sanctioned by His Grace Archbishop Miller. It marks the 20th anniversary of the institution of Divine Mercy Sunday and the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of Mercy. This year also marks the 100th year birth anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II, himself a devotee. This will be held on April 18, 2020, from 8am to 5pm at the St. Patrick Regional Secondary School Gym in Vancouver. The Congress theme is: “The Christian Family in New Evangelization Through the Divine Mercy Devotion.” Please go online and register at http://www.divinemercyvancouver.org
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS invites you to join us on a Marian Prayer devotion – Together with the Knights of Holy Trinity Parish, we will hold a service at Holy Trinity, Wednesday, March 18th at 7 pm. The Icon of Our Lady of Help of Persecuted Christians will be on display on the Altar a week prior to the service. Come join us to pray for Christians persecuted for their faith.
Lent is the forty-day (40) period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). Experience a deeper Lent this year by preparing through penance and reflection, being the best version of yourself, and seeking answers to your Lenten questions. The Archdiocese website has more information on our most important season. Please visit here: https://rcav.org/lent/.
First Divine Mercy Congress in the Archdiocese sanctioned by His Grace Archbishop Miller. It marks the 20th anniversary of the institution of Divine Mercy Sunday and the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of Mercy. This year also marks the 100th year birth anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II, himself a devotee. This will be held on April 18, 2020, from 8am to 5pm at the St. Patrick Regional Secondary School Gym in Vancouver. The Congress theme is: “The Christian Family in New Evangelization Through the Divine Mercy Devotion.” Please go online and register at www.divinemercyvancouver.org
Parishioners are invited to the 500 Years of Christianity (YOC) Pilipino Mass Celebration. The Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver is joining the Catholic Bishops Conference in the Philippines and all the Filipinos in various countries all over the world in celebrating the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines in April 2021. With the theme of “Gifted to Give”, a traditional Pilipino Mass is held every month at different parishes in Vancouver. Please come to the 3rd monthly Pilipino Mass on March 1 at 7 pm at Our Lady of Mercy Parish – 7455 – 10th Ave, Burnaby.
STA Drama Department presents the play “Wendy” a modern version of the classic “Peter Pan”. The Play runs from March 12 to 14, 2020 at the Kay Meek Arts Centre in North Vancouver. Tickets are available online at: https://www.vtixonline.com/wendy-a-peter-pan-story/1761/
All are welcome.
Your prayers are requested for Jim Alden, Greg Barons, John Barry, Virgil Billesberger, Meliton Carolino, Angela Ciprian, Gaetana Di Francesco, Maria Dos Santos, Thelma Fairleigh, Mark Hamilton, Frank Kilian, Cecilia Lam, John Magee, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Jeff Patterson, Philip Sakhrani, Desi Santos, John Toljanich & Jarrod Wiesner.
Domestic Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society’s AGM will be held on March 10, 2020, at St. Clare of Assisi Parish (2888 Delahaye Drive, Coquitlam). Registration will begin at 6:30pm. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. Please sign up or renew your memberships before the meeting or come early to do so. Memberships are $15/year and expire Dec. 31. For more information go to www.DomesticAbuseServices.ca
SOUP, SANDWICH & FAITH SESSION – Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at the Parish Hall. The sign-up sheet is at the Church Entrance. Please include your name if you haven’t done so earlier so we know how many to expect.
The SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL is conducting a FUNDRAISER to help feed the poor, needy and homeless of the Downtown eastside. Joi us at the Value Shoppe Thrift Store, 2743 Main Street, Vancouver on Sunday, March 15th from 2 to 6 pm. Admission: You give us a $ 20 bill and we give you a $ 40 voucher to spend in our store on the same day. Refreshments, cheese & crackers, door prizes. Please come & support this Vincentian work.
The Second Collection this weekend: A collection for the St. Joseph’s Society will be taken on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 29 & March 1 at all parishes. This special collection helps ensure retired priests, as well as ill or disabled priests, are taken care of. Thank you for giving generously!
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 26– Besides the morning Mass at 8:30 am there will be evening Mass at 7:00 pm with the distribution of ashes at both Masses. It marks the beginning of Lent, a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
FAST AND ABSTINENCE FOR LENT: Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence as is Good Friday. On those days you may not substitute acts of charity or piety in place of abstinence. Normally, Fridays of the year are days of abstinence from meat, but Catholics may substitute special acts of piety or charity. The requirement to fast binds those from 18 to 59 years of age. Abstinence (no flesh meat allowed) binds those 14 years old and up).
LENTEN DEVOTIONS – STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday at 7:30 pm with Mass at 7 pm.
VALENTINE’S DAY BRUNCH – for all Ladies of the Parish will happen on Sunday, February 23, 2020 – after the 10:30 am Mass at the Parish Hall. Kindly sign up on the sheet at the entrance of the church. Special envelopes are also available for you to take home to include your $ 10 payment to reserve your seat. Please drop these off at the parish office with your name. This amount will be returned to you at the door. Thank you & look forward to seeing you there!