St. Catherine of Siena – Medieval Woman, Model for us Today

Catherine of Siena, a Dominican Saint emerging out of the late Medieval Period, embodies the sanctity we are called to live today: to love Christ and build His Church. St. Catherine was politically engaged, while she remained totally surrendered to the truth of the Gospel, and unwavering in her fidelity to the Church. But how was St. Catherine’s prophetic commitment to the Church possible in the midst of the politico-religious divisions of the 14th century? What does this courageous Saint teach us about holiness in today’s world? In this session, we deepen our knowledge of St. Catherine’s dramatic spiritual journey, culminating in her encounter with Christ. Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Request for Prayers

The St. Stephen’s Parish community members are requested to offer prayers for the intentions for the following members: im Alden, Maria Dos Santos, Joan Dowling, Thelma Fairleigh, Margaret Geraghty, Mark Hamilton, Frank Kilian, John Magee, Gretchen Mostardi, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Jeff Patterson, Philip Sakhrani, Desi Santos, Tony Tadey & Jarrod Wiesner.

Way of the Cross on Apr 15

WAY OF THE CROSS – Please join Holy Trinity parishioners on Good Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 10am for the Stations of the Cross processing from St. Edmund’s Parish, 545 Mahon Avenue, to Victoria Park and completing with prayers at St. Edmunds.

Holy Land 2nd Collection

HOLY LAND COLLECTION – The Good Friday Collection, on April 15, 2022, is
requested by the Holy See to help maintain the Christian sites of the Holy Land and to
support the Church in the pastoral, educational, and social works that contribute to
a sustained Christian presence in the land where Jesus the Christ once walked. Thank
you for your generosity.

Prayers Requested

Your prayers are requested for Jim Alden, Maria Dos Santos, Joan Dowling,
Thelma Fairleigh, Margaret Geraghty, Mark Hamilton, Frank Kilian, John Magee,
Gretchen Mostardi, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Jeff Patterson, Philip Sakhrani, Desi
Santos, Tony Tadey, Terry Warren & Jarrod Wiesner.

Call All Women of the Parish

CALLING ALL WOMEN OF THE PARISH –You are invited to come join Catholic
women from all across Canada at the Delta Grand Hotel, Kelowna, August 14 – 17th for
the CWL’s 102nd Annual Convention. Everyone is welcome! You can attend all 3 days
or just one. You don’t have to be a member, just come check out the love of sisterhood!
Contact Nancy Simms at simmstogether@gmail.com See www.cwl.ca for more details.

Annual Spring Plant Sale is Back

STA’s 7th Annual Spring Plant Sale is here! We are selling beautiful spring plants, hanging
flowers baskets, herbs, veggies, succulents and more! To place an order, kindly
visit aquinas.growingsmilesfundraising.com by Friday, April 22nd. We look forward to seeing
you on May 3rd or 4th for curb-side pick-up at the back of the school. All profits are used to
help cover costs for student programs and extra-curricular activities.

What to Say to Someone Who is Dying (with Sr. Catherine Mary Clarke)

Words are powerful. Indeed, we depend on words to express so much as we walk through life, and in a special way, in our last days and moments. When family members or those we care for are dying, we may be at a loss and wonder what to say, and when and how to say it. Sr. Catherine Mary will answer these questions sharing from her countless years of personal experience journeying with people in their last days as a spiritual care director in hospice. Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Year of the Family

On March 19, the church celebrates five years since the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family. Pope Francis announced that a special year dedicated to the family will launch on the same day, which will conclude on June 26, 2022 on the occasion of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father. “This special Year will be an opportunity to deepen further the content of the document Amoris laetitia, through proposals and pastoral tools. These will be made available to ecclesial communities and families, to accompany them on their journey.” Learn more and view resources at rcav.org/year-of-the-family.

Join the Lenten Journey

Encouragement for the journey delivered right to you! Sign up to receive weekly emails with content to help you live a fruitful Lent. Each week we will have practical suggestions to live out your faith and grow closer to God. Let’s journey together as an Archdiocese! Visit rcav.org/lent to sign up for weekly emails and find resources to support you this Lent.

Holy Week Retreat on April 8

Registration is now open for the Annual Archdiocesan Holy Week Retreat led by our local shepherd, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. Archbishop Miller will offer a reflection on the Stations of Cross, to help us pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us. Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1540/41–1614 Toledo) Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1577–87 Oil on canvas; 41 5/16 x 31 1/8 in. (105 x 79 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.145) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/459087

Message from Pope Francis for Lent 2022

“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10)

Pope Francis shares with us three important reminders for this holy season of Lent in 2022. It’s a short reading, but very memorable. Please take the time to read (about 6 minutes only) Pope Francis’ reminder on what to remember during this season of Lent, and why it’s important to continue trying to do good and striving to help other people in these very challenging times.
Pope’s Message is here.

Pope Francis serving the community. Photo from Vatican archives. https://www.vatican.va/content/photogallery/en/papi/franciscus.html

Lent 2022

Encouragement for the journey delivered right to you! Sign up to receive weekly emails with content to help you live a fruitful Lent. Each week we will have practical suggestions to live out your faith and grow closer to God. Let’s journey together as an Archdiocese! Visit rcav.org/lent to sign up for weekly emails and find resources to support you this Lent.

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1540/41–1614 Toledo) Christ Carrying the Cross, ca. 1577–87 Oil on canvas; 41 5/16 x 31 1/8 in. (105 x 79 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.145) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/459087

Holy Week Retreat

Save the date for the Annual Archdiocesan Holy Week Retreat led by our local shepherd, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. On the last Friday of Lent, and as we enter Holy Week, let us come together in prayer and reflection to prepare ourselves to journey with our our Lord and walk in His footsteps. Archbishop Miller will offer a reflection on the Stations of Cross, to help us pray and meditate on Christ’s sacrifice for us. Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.