There will be a SECOND COLLECTION – Next Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13 – for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This annual collection helps families in September with Back to School expenses, Christmas, Easter and emergency help throughout the year. There will be special envelopes in the pews on October 5 and 6, for you to take home. Please make all cheques payable to the ” Society of St. Vincent de Paul.” Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity towards the less fortunate in our community.
A request from the Archdiocesan Men’s Hostel – Our guests desperately need new socks and underwear. Fall is here and that means cold, wet weather. We give many pairs of socks, underwear as well as gloves, scarves, toques, and jackets. Ideally, bring your donations to the Men’s Hostel at 828 Cambie Street, Vancouver, but if you cannot, take them to our John Paul II Pastoral Care Centre. Thank you for your generosity.
“HEART OF THE CHURCH”- This is a faith formation program starting with Soup & Sandwich lunch at 11:30 am, followed by the presentation till 1:30 pm, on the last Thursday of every month. The next session is on Thursday, October 31st at St. Stephen’s parish hall. If you are a senior and need a ride please call the parish office – 604-985-1962.
FEDERAL ELECTION -The faithful are reminded that Election Day in Canada is Oct. 21, and in a letter Archbishop Miller reminds Catholics they have a moral obligation to vote, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Archbishop reminds the faithful that, “Voting is more than an act of civic participation. It is a serious responsibility that lets us bring our Christian values to the ballot box in the hope of positively influencing Canadian society.” The full letter is in this week’s bulletin and online at rcav.org/election2019.
Elections Canada is looking for poll workers at this location. If you are interested please apply online at Elections.ca. On the bottom of the application is a box for additional information. Please state that you want to work at St. Stephens.
Your prayers are requested for Jim Alden, John Barry, Virgil Billesberger, Jennifer Blore, Meliton Carolino, Steve Cervenko, Angela Ciprian, Thelma Fairleigh, Mark Hamilton, Dan & Maureen Hill, Frank Kilian, Cecilia Lam, John Magee, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Philip Sakhrani, Desi Santos, Henry Thalheimer, John Toljanich and Jarrod Wiesner. Thank you for your prayers.
Funeral details for Mr. Philip Monchamp – Prayers will be held on Friday, October 18th at 7 pm followed by the Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 19th at 11 am at St. Helen’s Parish, Burnaby. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Funeral details for Mrs. Patricia Jaeggle, wife of late Bill Jaeggle – Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 26th at St. Stephen’s at 10:30 am. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Gloria Battista of our parish who died at Lynn Valley Care Centre. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Big thanks to all STA students who walked the Spirit Trail on Wednesday, October 2, for their annual fundraising Walkathon. Although not all pledging is complete, early totals were at $44,279. Thank you to all parishioners who donated to this yearly event. The grade 11 students carried on to Camp Stillwood for their annual 3-day retreat. We are grateful to teachers, staff, priests and alumni students who helped to facilitate the event.
Your prayers are requested for Jim Alden, John Barry, Virgil Billesberger, Jennifer Blore, Meliton Carolino, Steve Cervenko, Angela Ciprian, Thelma Fairleigh, Mark Hamilton, Dan & Maureen Hill, Frank Kilian, Cecilia Lam, John Magee, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Philip Sakhrani, Desi Santos, Henry Thalheimer, John Toljanich and Jarrod Wiesner.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST—SUNDAY, October 6th—AFTER THE TWO MORNING MASSES IN THE PARISH HALL. All parishioners are invited to come and enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by the Knights. Your breakfast includes fresh-brewed coffee, butter pancakes, yummy sausages, and fluffy scrambled eggs. All proceeds will help fund their various services and activities that benefits all Parishioners. Individual and Family tickets will be available at the entrance of the Parish Hall. We hope to see you there!
ALL SOULS ENVELOPES – If you wish to offer a Mass in November for departed souls, please include their names on an envelope available at the entrance of the Church. Please return the envelope, with your offering, to Father Mark or to the Parish Office before the end of October.
Also, the Book of Remembrance is also in the Church. Please include the names of those deceased, loved ones who have died in the past year. The book will be placed at the foot of the Altar during the month of November to pray for all the departed souls.
All are invited to our FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION on October 4. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 am, after morning Mass, and the devotion will continue until 7 pm. Celebratory Mass is at 7 pm. Spend the start of the Fall Season with the Lord. Kindly sign your name and the time in the sign-up sheet located at the entrance of the Church.
Upper Room Conference – At the Upper Room Conference, you will hear from incredible speakers, be able to connect with other disciples, and gain insight and resources on how to live out your mission call in your homes and communities. We’ll have times of worship, prayer, community, and hear from amazing speakers like Cardinal Dolan, Sr. Miriam James, and Archbishop J. Michael Miller. The conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Saturday, Oct. 26. Registration and conference info at upperroomvancouver.com. Speaker agenda is here: https://upperroomvancouver.com/schedule
STA NEWS – The Annual North Shore STA Walkathon takes place on Wednesday, October 2, and pledging is in full swing. Be prepared as students solicit donations for this school wide fund-raising event. The STA staff attended a two-day retreat on Thursday and Friday, allowing students time to rest, study and collect pledges.
“HEART OF THE CHURCH”- This is a faith formation program starting with Soup & Sandwich lunch at 11:30 am, followed by the presentation till 1:30 pm, on the last Thursday of every month. The first session is on Thursday, September 26th at St. Stephen’s parish hall. Please sign up on the sheet in the entrance of the church so we know how many to expect. If you are a senior and need a ride please call the parish office – 604-985-1962.
Classes were cancelled last week and will now resume on Tuesday, September 24th. Please go to http://www.ststephensnv.com to register & print the form & bring it to the first class with your payment envelope, if you have not done so already. We look forward to guiding your children.