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CWL Bursary is Available

The CWL Vancouver Archdiocesan Council Bursary Information: The following CWL Bursaries are available for which you can find more details and application information at: www.vancouvercwl.bc.ca

National Bursary Fund: No fixed amount. It is offered in June. The deadline is May 15, 2020. For more information, go to: www.cwl.ca/Resources-forms.html

CWL North Shore Councils Bursary for $1,200.00 for son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, or nephew of North shore CWL member or a young CWL member herself. To be eligible, the member must be a member of good standing for a year prior. The student must be entering first year of a Post-Secondary Institution. Deadline is April 30th, 2020. Application forms are available at the parish office.

April 3: Lenten Retreat for the Faithful (7pm)

Lenten Retreat for all the faithful

The importance of a strong spiritual life has never been more necessary than now as we face the uncertainty of the pandemic. While it may be easy to focus on the loss of things, i.e. going out to attend Mass, going out with friends, etc., our unique situation has given us the opportunity to participate and enter into the mysteries of faith in a new way.

Join Fr. Juan Lucca as he explores the spiritual dimension of participation in the mysteries of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. He will provide spiritual insight as well as helpful practical tips that will enable us to enter into a deep experience of the Paschal mysteries, no matter where we are.

Register here (a Zoom channel link will be sent).

Father Juan Lucca will offer a reflection and celebrate Mass. About Fr. Juan Lucca: Fr. Juan Ignacio Lucca was born in Venezuela into a loving Catholic family and is the youngest of four children. He moved to Canada when he was young and studied at Vancouver College until grade 8 when he joined the Minor Seminary of Christ the King, Mission BC. He spent 13 years of his life being brought up by the monks and was ordained on June 03, 2017, and has been serving at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary since then.

Message from Archbishop Michael Miller [Updated]

Update – Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

After further prayerful consideration; and after no small amount of sadness; and after hearing from senior pastors and others about the need for a single directive for the entire Archdiocese; and in keeping with the regulations of the other Dioceses of British Columbia; I direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Saturday, March 21, are to be offered without a public congregation, until further notice. This likewise applies to other parish activities and celebrations, such as Stations of the Cross, and so on.

Consequently, all the faithful are dispensed, for the time being, from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

Recognizing the great sacrifice involved for those who are unable to receive the Eucharist, particularly during this time of suffering, I invite all the faithful to deepen their relationship to the Lord by uniting themselves to His Passion. As Holy Mass commemorates Christ’s sacrificial act of love for us, this unprecedented decision was not taken lightly. It follows from the Lord’s commandment that we love one another as he has loved us (cf. Jn 13:34). In this trying time, this means that we must ensure the health and safety of our community by following the directives of our provincial and national health authorities.

Wherever possible – that is, whenever the health and safety of the community can be scrupulously attended to – churches may remain open for private prayer and Adoration. However, for the good of the wider community, seniors or those who have serious medical conditions are strongly urged to remain at home and pray to the Father in secret (cf. Mt 6:6).

Further communications about continuing to meet the spiritual needs of the faithful will be forthcoming.

This directive supersedes previous measures taken in regard to the celebration of Mass during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

Holy Week Schedule

Please follow all services online, via live stream. A list of all services are here: https://rcav.org/coronavirus/#streaming

April 5 is Palm Sunday.  Please have your palms during the Eucharistic Celebration.

April 9, is Holy Thursday.  Archbishop Miller will celebrate the Chrism Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral with Bishop Monroe, the Vicar General, Judicial Vicar, and Rector of the Cathedral. This Mass will be live-streamed in order for the priests of the Archdiocese, in their own rectories, are able to watch and renew their Priestly Promises. Please keep all the priests in your prayers at this time.

April 10, is Good Friday. All the faithful are encouraged to place a Cross / Crucifix in an appropriate place in their home as they unite themselves in prayer for the celebration of the Passion of the Lord. This Cross / Crucifix may be venerated with a genuflection or profound bow, especially at the corresponding time in a live-streamed Liturgy.

St. Stephen’s Parish will be open on Good Friday, for confessions from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and again, from 5:00-6:00 pm. Confession is available at any time by contacting the office or during regular time every Saturday 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Confession will be held in the upper room in order to follow the social distancing/sanitation procedures that we are asked to practice (six feet away from each other.)

April 11 is our Easter Vigil. Parishioners are united in prayer with the celebration of Easter vigil through live-streaming events. We are encouraged to have a candle available in their home (such as their baptismal candle or another worthy candle.) Please light the candle during the ritual times.

On April 12: The Archdiocese will provide a live-stream of the Easter Sunday Mass during the day, celebrated by Archbishop Miller at the Holy Rosary at 11:00am, Sunday.

If there is anything your Parish can do, please give the office a call and we will endeavour to help as best as we can.

May God grant you a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

April 5 is Palm Sunday

Anyone wishing to come to the Church to pray can come to the Parish Office and Vienna or Fr. Mark will open the doors. Please remember to respect the limit of persons present and the necessary procedures for social distancing and sanitation.

For Palm Sunday a few pieces of blessed palms are in envelopes mailed to the Parishioners of St. Stephens. These palms were blessed and inserted into the envelope in a sanitary manner. Due to the size of the envelopes and mailing, it was necessary to cut the palms into pieces.

This Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday.  Please attend the live stream services around the City in the comfort of your homes.  Please choose a channel from this list of services. https://rcav.org/coronavirus/#streaming

First Friday on April 3, with Stations of the Cross

FIRST FRIDAY – APRIL 3, 2017 – In normal times, there would be an Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 am to 7 pm. Please attend an online mass where possible. Kindly refer to the list of live stream masses from the Archdiocese.
Today is a good day to follow our LENTEN DEVOTIONS with the STATIONS OF THE CROSS.

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Marriage Formation on Webinar

Marriage Formation will be offered through webinars – In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we will deliver all formation through webinars. Therefore the original in-person course dates are no longer applicable. The Archdiocese of Vancouver is aiming to have the new online webinars by Thursday evening, March 26. Please go to: https://rcav.org/m-prep for more details and to register.

wedding at Church
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CWL Bursary Information

The CWL Vancouver Archdiocesan Council Bursary Information: There are four CWL Vancouver Archdiocesan Bursaries for which you can find more details and application information at: http://www.vancouvercwl.bc.ca
1) The Vancouver Diocesan Council Bursary: Two bursaries for $1,000. each. Application is due March 31, 2020. For more information go
to: www.vancouvercwl.ca
2) Provincial Bursary Molly Boucher Bursary: one for $500.00 for a CWL member in BC or Yukon who wishes to further her education. Application is due by March 31,  2020. For more information go to: www.bcyukoncwl.com
3) BC AND YUKON Life Members Art & Culture Bursary: one for $500.00.
The application is due March 31, 2020. For more information, go to: www.bcyukoncwl.com
4) National Bursary Fund: No fixed amount. It is offered in June. The deadline is May 15, 2020. For more information, go to: www.cwl.ca/Resources-forms.html
CWL North Shore Councils Bursary for $1,200.00 for son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, or nephew of North shore CWL member or a young CWL member herself. To be eligible, the member must be a member of good standing for a year prior. The student must be entering first year of a Post-Secondary Institution. The deadline is April 30th, 2020. Application forms are available at the parish office.

CWL Meeting
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Activity Cancellations

Due to the Medical Emergency, the following St. Stephen Parish Activities are cancelled until further notice:

PREP – All students and teachers are advised that there will be no classes after Spring break till further notice.

PRAYER GROUP – Prayer Meeting suspended until further notice. For more info, contact Alfred: 604-987-5265.

LENTEN PENITENTIAL SERVICES ON THE NORTH SHORE – are now cancelled.

GARDEN CLEAN – UP – Saturday, March 28th has been cancelled. Thank you for volunteering.

All activities will be reviewed by the different volunteer groups once the State of Medical Emergency has been lifted by the BC Government. Thank you for your time and resources. We hope to see you back soon.

table
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Prayers for the St. Stephen’s Community

Your prayers are requested for Jim Alden, John Barry, Virgil Billesberger, Meliton Carolino, 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.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Margaret Lewicky of our parish, wife of Bill, who died on March 25th and Rosalia Osipa, a resident of Lynn Valley. Please keep their families in your prayers.

Please be assured, that Father Mark remembers everyone in his prayers during his weekday and weekend Masses.

byzantine Jesus
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Message from the Archbishop of Vancouver

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
After further prayerful consideration; and after no small amount of sadness; and after hearing from senior pastors and others about the need for a single directive for the entire Archdiocese; and in keeping with the regulations of the other Dioceses of British Columbia; I direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, are to be offered without a public congregation, until further notice. This likewise applies to other parish activities and celebrations, such as Stations of the Cross, and so on.

Consequently, all the faithful are dispensed, for the time being, from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

Where to Watch Online Mass

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver recommends the following links to watch Live Mass, based on their website (https://rcav.org).

Local B.C. Based Masses

Holy Rosary Cathedral
Canadian Martyrs
Corpus Christi
Our Lady of Fatima, Coquitlam
Our Lady of Sorrows
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Joseph, Squamish
St. Joseph the Worker
St. Patrick’s Parish Maple Ridge
John Paul II Pastoral Centre

Official Catholic Television
The Canadian Catholic Broadcasting Council
Salt + Light Media
EWTN
(US) National Catholic Broadcasting Council Daily Mass

 

Update on Catholic Masses from the RCAV

Update – Friday, March 20, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

After further prayerful consideration; and after no small amount of sadness; and after hearing from senior pastors and others about the need for a single directive for the entire Archdiocese; and in keeping with the regulations of the other Dioceses of British Columbia; I direct that all Masses, whether Sunday or weekday, beginning on Saturday, March 21, are to be offered without a public congregation, until further notice. This likewise applies to other parish activities and celebrations, such as Stations of the Cross, and so on.

Consequently, all the faithful are dispensed, for the time being, from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

As Holy Mass commemorates Christ’s sacrificial act of love for us, this unprecedented decision was not taken lightly. It follows from the Lord’s commandment that we love one another as he has loved us (cf. Jn 13:34). In this trying time, this means that we must ensure the health and safety of our community by following the directives of our provincial and national health authorities.

Recognizing the great sacrifice involved for those who are unable to receive the Eucharist, particularly during this time of suffering, I invite all the faithful to deepen their relationship to the Lord by uniting themselves to His Passion.

Wherever possible – that is, whenever the health and safety of the community can be scrupulously attended to – churches may remain open for private prayer and Adoration. However, for the good of the wider community, seniors or those who have serious medical conditions are strongly urged to remain at home and pray to the Father in secret (cf. Mt 6:6).

Further communications about continuing to meet the spiritual needs of the faithful will be forthcoming.

This directive supersedes previous measures taken in regard to the celebration of Mass during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the assurance of my prayers for you and your families, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver

Soup and Silence

All parishioners are also invited at the HOLY TRINITY PARISH for “Soup and Silence” every Friday during Lent at 6:15pm at the Church Hall. Stations of the Cross every 7 pm in the church. Also, On March 23, 24 & 25 we will have a Parish Mission with Fr. Nick Meisl. “The Passion of Christ according to the Gospel of St. John”. Details to follow.

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