PROJECT ADVANCE –“ Live Gratefully, Give Generously”. There will be volunteers in the Upper room of the church to take pledges this week-end & next after all Masses. Thank you for your donation.
Celebrate your Milestone Anniversary with the Archdiocese of Vancouver! This Mother’s Day, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will be honouring couples celebrating their: 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th & 60th+ years of marriage. Register your anniversary with us today at rcav.org/marriage-anniversary Mass will be on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew Parish, Surrey. Reception to follow in the parish gym with exhibitors present in Jubilee Hall. All are welcome to witness and celebrate the milestone anniversaries of others!
“Magnificat” Breakfast – You are invited to our “Magnificat” breakfast, May 12 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the John Paul II Pastoral Center, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver BC. In the words of the Magnificat, Mary proclaimed to Elizabeth her gratitude for the wonderful action of God in her life. Please join us at our first breakfast for Catholic women of Vancouver. Register at email@example.com include your name, phone number, email address and names of guests. Cost $25.00. Contact Gloria at 604-946-9241.
ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS – the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is on April 22, Good Shepherd Sunday. The Church will be marking the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations – a time when the whole Church is united in praying that more men will answer God’s call to be the visible face of the Good Shepherd in our world. All are invited to pray the rosary, especially as a family, with the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. We invite you to reflect and pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, starting April 22 to April 28. Visit rcav.org/pray-for-vocations to view these special meditations on the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary with a vocations theme. These prayers are also included in the insert this week.
A reminder that there is a CWL North Shore Councils Bursary for $1,200 for the son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, or nephew of a North shore CWL member or a young CWL member herself. To be eligible, the member must be of good standing in the organization for at least a year prior. The student must be entering the first year of a Post-secondary Institution. Deadline is April 30th, 2018. Application form and criteria available at the parish office.
We would like to request your prayers for the following from our community: Jim Alden, Mark Hamilton, Cecilia Lam, John Toljanich, Sherry Liu, Ariel Nonan, Virgil Billesberger, John Barry, Darci Morley, Thelma Fairleigh and Diego Nunez. Thank you very much.
All Ladies in the Parish are invited to TEA IN THE VALLEY on Saturday, April 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm- St. Stephen’s CWL will host a tea in support of Talitha Koum Society, that provides a safe home for women with addictions (and for their children). Tickets are only $15.00 per person, and will be on sale after all Masses, on April 21 & 22, 2018. Please join this wonderful event.
The St. Stephen’s & Holy Trinity Councils of the Knights of Columbus will hold the annual fundraiser Dinner & Dance on Saturday, April 21st at St. Stephen’s Parish hall at 6:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $ 30. This includes Roast dinner plus Live entertainment. All funds go to help the needs of the parishes. Come and celebrate 40 years of the Knights of Columbus on the North Shore. For tickets call Terry Edwards – 604-986-3108. A few tickets available at the parish office. More information in the coming weekends.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – SUNDAY, APRIL 8th – Come enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus after the 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses in the parish hall. Proceeds go to Knights of Columbus activities for the Parish. All are welcome.
Your prayers are requested for Jim Alden, Mark Hamilton, Cecilia Lam, John Toljanich, Sherry Liu, Ariel Nonan, Virgil Billesberger, John Barry, Darci Morley, Thelma Fairleigh and Diego Nunez.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by Bishop David Monroe at St. Stephen’s on Saturday, April 7th at 4:30 pm Mass. Please keep our seven Confirmands in your prayers.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When the women went to the tomb at dawn of Easter day, something completely unexpected happens, something which unsettles their hearts, something which will upset their whole life. The tomb is open, and they do not find the Lord’s crucified body. It is an event which leaves them perplexed and full of questions: “What happened?”
We know the answer. Jesus’ lifeless body was suffused with the living breath of God and, as the walls of the tomb were shattered, he rose in glory. That is why the angels could proclaim, “He is not here”; He can no longer be found in the tomb.
Today the proclamation of the Lord’s Resurrection vigorously bursts forth. It is the answer to the recurring question of the skeptics, that we also find in the book of Ecclesiastes: “Is there a thing of which it is said, ‘See, this is new’?” (Ec 1:10). We answer, yes. On Easter morning, the world and all its people were given new life.
We now live in light of the Good News that Jesus is risen from the dead. No longer a captive of death, He is alive and forever accompanies us on our pilgrim way.
Hidden within each of us is a seed of resurrection, an offer of new life ready to be awakened. Through Baptism which incorporates us into Him, His Resurrection becomes our resurrection.
Let Him enter your life, welcome him as a friend. If you have kept him at a safe distance, let Him embrace you with open arms. If following him seems difficult, let Him draw near and give you the strength to live as a disciple.
Our evangelizing mission as the Church begins on Easter morning. The message which we bring to the world is this: in the Risen Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, and life over death.
From hearts immersed in Easter joy, we are compelled to share this Good News that the Lord is truly risen. Like the holy women, we too must obey the Angel’s command to hasten and announce to others the message of joy and hope that is Jesus’ triumph. It is more urgent than ever that the men and women of our age come to know and encounter Jesus.
This joy of knowing that Jesus is alive, this hope that fills our hearts, cannot be contained. We believe in a Risen Lord who has defeated evil and death. Let us have the courage to bring this joy and this light into every corner of our lives, our families and our communities. Jesus’ Resurrection means that He is alive and walks side by side with us in life.
As Catholics in the Lower Mainland, we are being sent out this Easter to awaken hope in hearts burdened by sadness and doubt, in those who struggle to find meaning in life, in the marginalized who suffer from our neglect. As joyful servants of hope, let us announce the Risen One by our lives and by our love.
This is our mission in 2018: to kindle in the hearts of our neighbour hope where there is despair, joy where there is sorrow, light where there is darkness, and life where there is death.
To each of you I offer my heartfelt Easter greetings and the assurance of my prayers: may the joy of Christ’s Resurrection fill your hearts and your homes this Paschal season!
+ J. Michael Miller, CSB
Archbishop of Vancouver
The following is the Schedule of Holy Mass and Services for the Easter Triduum
There are *NO* morning Masses on Holy Thursday (Mar. 29), Good Friday (Mar. 30) and Holy Saturday (Mar. 31.)
HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 PM
With Adoration at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018
Stations of the Cross at 11:00 AM
Celebration of our Lord’s Passion at 3:00 PM
Penitential Services / Confessions to follow until 5:30 PM
HOLY SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018
Easter Vigil starts at 8:00 PM
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018
Masses at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
There will be **No** Evening Mass on Easter Sunday.
The Church encourages Catholics to participate in preparation during Lent by receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. Please refer to the list of penitential services for the North Shore below, and, across the Archdiocese of Vancouver on this link.
North Shore Parishes Date and Time
St. Stephen’s (North Vancouver) – March 22 at 10:30 AM
Holy Trinity (North Vancouver) – March 22 at 7:00 PM
Christ the Redeemer (West Vancouver) – March 27 at 7:00 PM
*NEW* – St. Stephen’s (North Vancouver) – March 31 at 4:00 PM after Celebration of our Lord’s Passion