OKTOBERFEST DINNER & DANCE- Saturday, October 14th –St. Stephen’s and Holy Trinity Parish Councils of the Knights of Columbus organized this annual event for both parishes of the North Shore. A few tickets are available at the event. Venue is at Holy Trinity Hall. Doors open: 5:30 pm. Enjoy a delicious Bavarian meal and lively music. All proceeds go to meet the needs of the parishes. Please contact Terry Edwards – 604-986-3108 – for information.
Learning About Domestic Abuse- Sunday, October 29th – in the parish hall, after the 10:30 am Mass at St. Stephen’s. This 45 minute presentation will help you recognize the symptoms, risk factors, and warning signs of Domestic Abuse which occur in our world and across communities, cultures and economic status. We will also introduce you to the work of Domestic Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society and the wonderful work we do. Please sign up on the sheet in the entrance of the church as hand-outs will be given.
SECOND COLLECTION – at all Masses next weekend, October 21 & 22 – for the Evangelization of the Nations or World Mission Sunday. Thank you for your donation.
CWL – October has been designated pornography awareness month by the CWL. CWL national has passed a Resolution 2017-02- Mandatory Age Verification for Adult Pornographic Websites. There are currently no laws in Canada requiring mandatory age verification on adult pornographic websites. Postcards “Pornography Hurts” are available at the back of the church. These must be sent to Prime Minister Trudeau or Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould before the end of October. Thank you for your support.
Learning About Domestic Abuse- Sunday, October 29th – in the parish hall, after the 10:30 am Mass at St. Stephen’s. This 45 minute presentation will help you recognize the symptoms, risk factors, and warning signs of Domestic Abuse which occurs throughout our world and across communities, cultures and economic status. It will help you be more aware of its presence in your life or the lives of those you know and love. We will offer key ways to support the victim, and offer some options for finding help. We will also introduce you to the work of Domestic Abuse Services – Our Lady of Good Counsel Society and the wonderful work we do. Suitable for young people over 16 years of age and all adults. All are welcome.
ALL SOULS ENVELOPES – If you wish to offer a Mass in November for all the departed souls, please include their names on an envelope, available in the entrance of the church this weekend onwards. Please return the envelope with your offering to Father Mark or to the parish office before the end of October.
The Book of Remembrance – is now in the entrance of the church for the month of October.
Please include the names of those deceased family members & loved ones who have died this past year only. The book will then be placed at the foot of the altar to pray for all the departed souls in November.
SECOND COLLECTION – at all Masses this weekend, October 7th & 8th – for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Please make all cheques payable to the Society. Thank you for your kindness and generosity towards the less fortunate.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Francesca Carlani who died at St. Paul’s Hospital on October 4th. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Stephen’s on Tuesday, October 17th at 11 am.
Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Amelia Manubag, sister of Teresita Kerr of our parish, who died this past week. Please keep her family in your prayers too.
The Parish office will be closed on Monday, October 9th for Thanksgiving holiday. Mass will be at 8:30 am.
Join us at ST. STEPHEN’S PRAYER GROUP –We will have Mass every first Thursday evening, at 7 pm, beginning next Thursday, October 5th. Our regular Prayer Meeting will follow in the Upper room, after the Mass. Prayer teams available if anyone wants more prayers. Contact Ted 604-924-0573, or Alfred Ho 604-987-5265.
The Annual STA Walkathon will take place on Wednesday, October 4. Students have been busy collecting pledges with all proceeds directed to the Maker Lab in the new building. We appreciate and thank all parishioners who have generously donated to this fundraising event and we ask that you continue to keep our students in your prayers.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Xavier Royappan, SAC, former Assistant Pastor at Christ the Redeemer Parish in West Vancouver, who passed away at VGH after a massive stroke. Prayers for Father Xavier will be held on Sunday, September 24th at 7:30 pm followed by the Funeral Mass on Monday, September 25 at 11 am at Christ the Redeemer Parish. Please keep his family and the Pallottine community in your prayers
The “Door is Open” is in need of clothing and food donations, especially season-appropriate clothes for men and women (not children), such as t-shirts and men’s underwear (new). Please make sure the clothes are washed and placed in clear bags, labeled for men or women. Non-perishable food donations are also requested, including pasta (macaroni and spaghetti mostly, but other kinds accepted), pasta sauce, and canned tuna. If you can donate, please contact Frances at thedoorisopen.ca/#contact.
All Parishioners are invited to the Infant Loss Awareness Mass with Archbishop Miller. October 15 is National Infant Loss Awareness Day. On that day, we remember our little ones who have gone too soon. To honor them, Archbishop Miller will celebrate Mass at the Evangelist Chapel at the Gardens of Gethsemani at 6:30 PM – October 14, 2017; at 15694 32nd Avenue, Surrey, BC. Register at rccav.org/events/128.
Unfortunately, there will be no Pancake breakfast in September at St. Stephen’s. The good news is that the next one will be held here on Sunday, October 1st after the two morning Masses in the hall. Come and support the Knights of Columbus. All are welcome!
Seminar of Hope: How to Pray for Your Sons, Daughters and Loved Ones – Have your loved ones stopped practicing their faith? Do they no longer believe in God? St. Luke’s Parish in Maple Ridge offers wisdom and support. Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:45 am to 4:15 pm in the Parish Family Centre. Presenter Vernon Robertson will draw on sacred Scripture to show you what God has promised to do for your loved ones and how to pray more effectively for them. Please register at the parish office at 604-465-5383.