STA NEWS – STA Fine Arts evening takes place on Monday, December 17 in the STA gym. Doors open at 6:00 pm, admission is FREE and all parishioners are invited to come and enjoy Christmas spirit, fun, and joy.
Please Note – There is no Children’s Liturgy between December 24 and January 5. The last Liturgy class for this year will be Sunday, December 23rd and the first class on in the New Year will be January 6, 2019. We look forward to seeing the children in the New Year.
A reminder to all those participating in the pageant that there is practice on Friday, December 21st, from 4-6 pm.
From the SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – thanks to all those who volunteered to help make & distribute sandwiches to the Homeless in Downtown Vancouver. Your time and effort means a lot to the beneficiaries of the DTES. Donations of peanut butter & red jam are very welcome. Please contact Rose Morin – 604 -985-9674.
Thank you to all those who helped with baking, as well as those who supported us by purchasing raffle tickets and baked goods at the bake sale. Due to your generosity, we were able to raise $ 1207 from raffle ticket sales and $ 930.78 from the bake sale. All proceeds go to charities supported by the CWL. Raffle – 1st prize : Dinner for 2 to the Pinnacle Hotel – Winner – Elena Ilagan. 2nd Prize: Wine Basket – Winner – Helen Baiton. 3rd Prize: Purdy’s chocolates – Winner – Valerie Baiton. Congratulations to all the winners!
In preparation for the Advent Season, there will be PENITENTIAL SERVICES held at the following three parishes on the North Shore:
On Wednesday, December 19th – 10:30 am – St. Stephen’s Parish
On Wednesday, December 19th – 7:00 pm – St. Edmund’s Parish
Friday, December 21st – 7:00 pm – Christ the Redeemer Parish
Father Mark is also available at the confessional thirty minutes before regular Sunday Mass.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver has prepared a good review of the Sacrament here: http://rcav.org/come-to-confession/.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – is looking for male & female volunteers to help distribute sandwiches, once a month on the Food truck, to the Homeless in Downtown Vancouver. Please contact Rose Morin – 604 -985-9674. Donations of blankets and candy are also welcome! We will once again be helping the needy in our community at Christmas. Please call the parish office – 604-985-1962 – if you or someone you know is in need of help. Thank you!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – will have Pro-Life Christmas Cards and Fruitcakes on sale at all Masses this weekend. All proceeds go to North Shore Pro-Life. Contact Terry – 604-986-3108 for more details.
Our Annual CWL Christmas Raffle is here! Tickets on sale at all Masses, this weeked, December 8 & 9. The Draw will be on Sunday, December 9th. Buy your Tickets: – 1 ticket for $5; and 3 tickets for $10. The 1st prize : Dinner for 2 to the Pinnacle Hotel, Value: $ 150.00. 2nd Prize: Wine Basket, Value: $ 75. 3rd Prize: Purdy’s chocolates: Value $ 50. All proceeds to charities supported by CWL.
A new EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY is available: At ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ Roman Catholic Church, in Coquitlam, they are searching for a full-time Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P Coordinator). Please submit a résumé and a cover letter by Dec. 3 with “PREP Coordinator” in the subject line to: Rev. Mark Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Filipino Tradition “Simbang Gabi” (a devotional nine-day series of “Dawn Masses” in anticipation of Christmas and to honour Mother Mary) will be held at several parishes across the Archdiocese. In the North Shore masses will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish (on Lonsdale Avenue) and will start daily from December 16 until 24, at 6:00am / 0600H.
To kick-off “Simbang Gabi”, everyone is also invited to join the Archdiocese for a Commissioning Mass on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cathedral. Representatives of each parish hosting Simbang Gabi will be present.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION – December 7th 2018 – Adoration begins after morning Mass at 9 am and ends with Mass at 7 pm. All parishioners are encouraged to come and spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Please sign up on the sheet in the entrance of the church.
To all Parishioners: our prayers are requested for the following people in our community: Jim Alden, John Barry, Virgil Billesberger, Jennifer Blore, Edward Carter, Joe Dinahan, Denis Doll, Thelma Fairleigh, Mark Hamilton, Darwin Henry, Dylan Kemper, Cecilia Lam, John Magee, Darryl Meunier, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Robert Slett, Hilda Tacneng, John Toljanich, and Jarrod Weisner. Thank you for including them and their intentions, in your devotions.
As we enter the month of December the school celebrates Advent in preparation for Christmas. Last Saturday morning a group of STA families came out and cleaned up the gardens for winter. Although the day was cooler and the grounds were damp the volunteers did a great job and the school looks better for all their efforts. Thank you to those who turned out to help.
STMC Knights Christmas Market – The Knights Christmas Market is one of the best Christmas craft markets in the Lower Mainland! It is a well-attended market held at St Thomas More Collegiate at 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby, on Nov. 24 & 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
There are over 100 high quality artisans, used book sale, bistro, kids activities, and more! Come and get all of your shopping done in one place.