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Men’s Retreat in September

All Male Parishioners are invited to the Annual MEN’S RETREAT on SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019 at Princeton, BC. With this year’s theme of “Grit and Grace,” all men of the parish are welcome to attend. Registration is open. Please go to

Mass and Confession, fellowship, adventure, rest, and the rugged beauty of Rockridge Canyon, this retreat offers something for everyone.

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Red Mass on September 12

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Annual Red Mass will take place on Thursday, September 12th, 2019. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Miller, CSB at Holy Rosary Cathedral, followed by dinner with special guest, Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, at The Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.

The Red Mass is a Mass celebrated in honour of the legal profession as a vocation in the service of justice and the common good. It is one of the traditions through which the Church has blessed and strengthened the legal profession. The grace given to the members of the legal profession by God and the teachings of the Catholic Church help guide us towards the goals of fairness and justice. For more information, please see this link:

Ticket Prices are as follows:
Single – $130
Couple – $250
Table of 8 – $1,000
Table Sponsorship (includes 8 tickets) – $1,200
Includes recognition in our print materials and from the podium

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PREP Registration

The Parish Religious Education Program, or PREP,  will have Classes resume on Tuesday, September 17th. Please visit to register your children online. To help cover the costs of the program, there is a small fee for each child or family attending the parish’s program. Fee envelopes will soon be available at the back of the church. We hope you will take a step forward with us for your child’s education of our Roman Catholic Faith.

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Annual Marian Pilgrimage on August 17

Annual Marian Pilgrimage to Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes – Come to Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission, to pray and celebrate in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10am to 5pm. Confessions begin at 10am, celebration of the Eucharist at 1pm by Archbishop Miller, CSB. After Mass, there will be a procession to the Grotto where Rosary is prayed followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a Picnic and Fellowship for all attendees from 4pm to 5pm. Please bring picnic baskets with food to share and chairs. No charcoal allowed, only propane for those who want to cook.

Event link from the Archdiocese here.

Prayers Requested

Requesting all Parishioners of St. Stephens to please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Ed Carter. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Stephen’s Parish on Monday, July 22 at 11 am. Please keep his family in your prayers too.

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Employment from the Archdiocese

Please visit the Archdiocese web page on employment opportunities to read more details about these and other job openings.  (link here.) The following positions are currently available:

Pastoral Centre Offices

Client Services and Team Support Lead (14-18-Month Term Position)
Benefits Administration Assistant, CISVA
Family Services Advisor, Catholic Cemeteries
Outreach and Community Coordinator, Catholic Cemeteries
Safe Environment Coordinator


Faith Formation Worker, St. Joseph the Worker Parish (Richmond)
Parish Administrative Assistant, St. Anthony Parish (West Vancouver)
Youth Ministry Coordinator, St. Clare of Assisi Parish (Coquitlam)


Executive Assistant to the Deans, Corpus Christi/St. Mark’s College
French Teacher, Island Catholic Schools
Sessional Instructors, Corpus Christi College
Student Recruiter, Corpus Christi/St. Mark’s College
Teaching Positions
Non-Teaching Positions

Other Organizations

Financial Officer, Diocese of Kamloops
Program Coordinator, Star of the North Retreat Centre, Alberta (PT)
Receptionist/Secretary, St. Peter’s Parish, Nanaimo (FT)

Volunteer Opportunities

The Archdiocese of Vancouver is accepting applications for volunteer opportunities at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre in the following areas: Program Support & Events Support. To apply, please complete our Volunteer Information Form.

Good luck to all Applicants!

Reminder for Altar Servers

ALTAR SERVERS – In the summer months of July and August, no Altar server schedule will be sent out. You are requested to kindly check with Father Mark, before Mass, if he needs assistance. Thank you for your dedication to this ministry.

Employment Opportunities

Administrative Assistant (Marriage Preparation Program) – The Ministries and Outreach Office (M&O) is looking for a full-time administrative assistant to provide support to our Marriage Preparation program (4 days) and other program support (1 day). This position is essential to the success and smooth operation of the program and requires a person who is goal orientated, highly organized and has a desire to use their skills and talents for the benefit of our marriage ministry. If interested, please submit a résumé and cover letter with “Administrative Assistant – M&O” in the subject line to the Human Resources Office at

Administrative Assistant to the Vicar General – The Archdiocese of Vancouver is looking for an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support primarily to the Vicar-General as well as Officials in the Chancellor’s Office and assistance to the Archbishop’s Office as needed. Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor this position works in a fast-paced team environment to ensure the smooth daily operations of the office. If interested, please submit a résumé and cover letter with “Chancery – Administrative Assistant – Vicar-General” in the subject line to the Human Resources Office at


Feast of Mount Carmel on July 16

Feast of Mount Carmel Mass is on TUESDAY, JULY 16th at 7pm in St. Edmund’s Parish, 545 Mahon Ave., North Vancouver. The Main Celebrant is Father Jerry D’Souza. After the Mass, Scapulars will be blessed & distributed along with devotional Prayers to our Lady of Mount Carmel. Reception to follow in St. Edumund’s Parish Hall. This will also be an opportunity to bid farewell to our dear Father Jerry who has been transferred to Calgary. All parishioners, Carmelites and all who know Father Jerry are invited.

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