FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION—MARCH 2ND—Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 am to midnight with Mass at 7 pm. Please sign up on the sheet at the entrance of the church.
LENTEN DEVOTIONS- STATIONS OF THE CROSS—happens every Friday at 7:00 pm, except on First Friday, when there will be Adoration all day with Mass at 7 pm. Since Lent is a time of prayer and penance, we are all invited to take advantage of the Mass schedules, and come as often as possible.
ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS- World Day of Prayer Service – All are invited to the World Day of Prayer Service at St. Peter’s Church, New Westminster, on Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Refreshments to follow. This year’s theme, “All God’s Creation is Very Good,” provides the opportunity to learn about, pray and celebrate environmental issues in solidarity with the women of Suriname in South America.
Parish Mission – Father Sam Medley of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and director of the Retreat Center of Our Lady of Corpus Christi in Texas will provide a series of three talks as the mission preacher at St. Patrick’s Church, Vancouver on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, from 7–9 p.m. There will be Mass each night and an opportunity for confession prior to the Mass and talk. For more info, visit http://rcav.org/event/2018-parish-mission
STA NEWS – St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s Drama Department is proud to present its brand new and original production of “Hoedown” – a romping two-act “dramedy” with a western flair! Everything is calm for our small-town characters. Their only care is finding a suitable location for the annual Hoedown. When shadows from the past suddenly emerge, however, everything is threatened. Performances on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7:00 pm at The Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $12/adult and $8/student. Please contact STA 604-987-4431 for more information or for tickets.
OUR PREP & PARISH LENTEN PROJECT – For this Lenten Season, Prep Families and the entire Parish will collect men’s & women’s toiletries, new underwear, and new socks for the Canadian Mental Health Association. They work closely with the homeless and those in need on the North Shore. Please help us help the needy! Kindly drop these off in the box at the back of the church during the 40 days of Lent. Thank you for your donations.
LENTEN DEVOTIONS- St. Stephen’s Parish will have the STATIONS OF THE CROSS — every Friday at 7:00 pm. Since Lent is a time of prayer and reflection, let us take advantage of the Mass schedule and this beautiful devotion by coming as often as possible.
The CWL Northshore Women’s Retreat with Christ the Redeemer Parish will be April 20th to 22nd 2018. We will meet Friday, April 20th evening to noon on Sunday, April 22nd at the Westminster Abbey in Mission. Our Retreat Master is Sister Ann Shields . Cost is $160 per person, includes meals, except for Friday night. Registration is between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday evening. Rides can be arranged if needed. There is limited space, so contact Christina Ceraldi at 604-986-0769 with your name and number to register by February 28th. Please join us!
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 14, 2018 – 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.
FASTING 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.
Special Collection: The B.C. Catholic newspaper – February is Catholic Press Month and with it comes the annual Catholic Press Collection. On the weekend of Feb. 3/4, there will be a second collection at all parishes in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. This is a great opportunity for parishioners to show their appreciation for receiving The B.C. Catholic. The collection helps defray your parish’s costs of mailing the newspaper to parishioners.
ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS- One Conference – Mercy & Beyond: Sharing our Joy -The annual ONE Conference brings together 1,000 parish and ministry leaders from across Catholic Vancouver to connect, learn, and inspire each other. Mercy and Beyond: Sharing our Joy is the theme of the 2018 ONE Conference. Fr. James Mallon (Divine Renovation) and Dr. Josephine Lombardi are our keynote speakers. Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9-5:30 p.m. at Chandos Pattison Auditoium at Pacific Academy in Surrey. Register today at onecatholic.ca.
If you have made donations to the Parish, Project Advance or St. Vincent de Paul last year, tax receipts for your contributions are now available in the entrance of the church this week-end, February 3 and 4. (Donations made online to Project Advance are not included). Thank you for your contributions.
The Knights of Columbus reminds all parishioners that there will be Pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 4th after 8:30 and 10:30 am Masses in the Parish Hall. Have a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs , and yummy sausage with coffee. Bring your friends and family. All are welcome! Come and enjoy a hearty breakfast and help the Knights of Columbus in their fundraising efforts.
CWL NEWS – We will have our first meeting of 2018 on Wed. Feb 7th at 7pm in the hall. We would like to start the year off thinking about health and wellness. With that in mind, a fitness instructor, Andy Demeule of our parish, will be our first guest, he will lead us in an exercise class geared to all ages. This class is open to all ladies in the parish, young and not so young, so wear comfortable shoes and clothes and come out to join us. If you have a floor mat bring that along too. We will follow up with refreshments, some social time and a brief business meeting to discuss our budget for the coming year. Looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and, maybe, some new faces too!
DEDICATED GIVING – This is to advise all those who had signed up for Pre-Authorized Debit donations to the parish that we will begin deducting your monthly contributions starting February 2018 onwards, on the 15th of each month. If you wish to contribute to second collections, please use the coloured envelopes in your box for 2018 as these are not included in the dedicated giving plan. For those who still wish to sign up, please pick up a form from the parish office. Thank you for your generosity.
The Chinese Ministry invites all to the year-end Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Archbishop Miller, CSB, followed by lunch on Monday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Vancouver. If interested, please contact Fr. Chu at email@example.com.