Project Advance 2022

As 2022 unfolds, let us pause to recall that together we are the one Body of Christ. Thanks to your support, Project Advance makes possible the many ministries and programs that bring us together, further our evangelizing mission, and build spaces for worship and learning. Our Annual Appeal ensures and strengthens the Church’s mission and outreach. As always, once the goal for your parish is met, all additional funds raised will be directed back to your parish projects. Learn more and donate at projectadvance.ca.

Truth and Reconciliation

In this presentation, James Borkowski, Archbishop’s Delegate for Operations, will share the history of residential schools, the Church’s response, and ways for Catholics to participate in reconciliation with Indigenous people. Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Photo courtesy of the RCAV.

Support for Displaced Ukranians

Please help Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral settle displaced Ukrainians in the Lower Mainland. They are in dire need of the following:

Accommodations for 2 to 3 months, preferably with a family, since most arrivals consist of women with their children (contact: refugees@rcav.org)
Cash donations
Grocery store gift cards
Compass cards for bus rides
Used computers / laptops
Used cell phones / SIM cards
Arrange to drop off donations at the nearest Ukrainian Catholic Church or contact: uahelp.ca.

RCAV Family Gathering

Save the Date for Joy of the Family: A RCAV Family Gathering
Join families from across the Archdiocese of Vancouver for a fun family event to celebrate the closing of the Year of the Family and the World Meeting of Families 2022. We will have activities for children of all ages, bouncy castles, soccer games, capture the flag as well as a BBQ lunch provided by the Knights of Columbus and a special blessing for fathers by Archbishop Miller. More information and registration to come. Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

St. Monica’s Mission Holy Hour

Many parents are grieving the loss of their adult child’s faith in the Catholic Church. This Year of the Family is an ideal time of grace for parents to pray, fast, and sacrifice for their adult children’s conversion. Through St. Monica’s Mission, A Prayerful Journey of Perseverance and Hope, parents are invited to join our monthly Holy Hours on the Third Friday of the month at various parishes across the Archdiocese. Friday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events

Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass

On Sunday, May 8, 2022, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be honouring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 & 60+ years of marriage. Please join us at St. Clare of Assisi Parish to celebrate with family and friends. The Mass will be at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the hall. We will be taking photos of the anniversary groups which will be available online after the Mass. Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. Learn more and register at family.rcav.org/mam.

“The Eucharist as Response to the Gift”: A Meditative Hands-on Experience

Gift Giving is God’s love language. In this session, we will use very carefully thought-out sensorial materials (CGS materials) to ponder the infinite generosity of God and be inspired to respond to it. We invite RCIA Coordinators to bring your RCIA group to experience Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a meditative hands-on experience or our faith. This session is designed for you to come together with your catechumens/candidates instead of, or in addition to, your typical weekly gathering. The focus on the Eucharist is a great fit for this time of mystagogy when new Catholics are receiving the Eucharist for the first time. Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at beholdvancouver.org/events.

St. Catherine of Siena – Medieval Woman, Model for us Today

Catherine of Siena, a Dominican Saint emerging out of the late Medieval Period, embodies the sanctity we are called to live today: to love Christ and build His Church. St. Catherine was politically engaged, while she remained totally surrendered to the truth of the Gospel, and unwavering in her fidelity to the Church. But how was St. Catherine’s prophetic commitment to the Church possible in the midst of the politico-religious divisions of the 14th century? What does this courageous Saint teach us about holiness in today’s world? In this session, we deepen our knowledge of St. Catherine’s dramatic spiritual journey, culminating in her encounter with Christ. Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more at beholdvancouver.org/events.

Request for Prayers

The St. Stephen’s Parish community members are requested to offer prayers for the intentions for the following members: im Alden, Maria Dos Santos, Joan Dowling, Thelma Fairleigh, Margaret Geraghty, Mark Hamilton, Frank Kilian, John Magee, Gretchen Mostardi, Ariel Nonan, Diego Nunez, Jeff Patterson, Philip Sakhrani, Desi Santos, Tony Tadey & Jarrod Wiesner.

Way of the Cross on Apr 15

WAY OF THE CROSS – Please join Holy Trinity parishioners on Good Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 10am for the Stations of the Cross processing from St. Edmund’s Parish, 545 Mahon Avenue, to Victoria Park and completing with prayers at St. Edmunds.

Holy Land 2nd Collection

HOLY LAND COLLECTION – The Good Friday Collection, on April 15, 2022, is
requested by the Holy See to help maintain the Christian sites of the Holy Land and to
support the Church in the pastoral, educational, and social works that contribute to
a sustained Christian presence in the land where Jesus the Christ once walked. Thank
you for your generosity.