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The Bulletin | Mar 16

YAH BINGO – Thursday, March 20, 1 pm in the Hall. Admission is $ 1.00 which includes refreshments and $ 1.00 per card for 10 games. Come on out and have some fun and bring a friend.

Parish GIFT Event: An invitation is extended to parishioners of all ages to come to our Lenten GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) evening on Wednesday, April 9. The event will begin with supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by interactive sessions for both adults and children. This year’s theme, “Rising with Christ”, will help us prepare for Holy Week, particularly the Easter Triduum. Ticket sales begin today after all the Sunday Masses and PREP on April 2. The cost is: Adults $10.00; Seniors and Children 5-11 years, $5.00; Families of 4 or more, $25. Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door. We are also in need of more volunteers. If you can help please add your name to our signup sheet at the back.

MEET YOUR RELATIVES PART TWO – GRASSROOTS ECUMENISM: Offices of Ecumenical Relations of the Archdiocese of Vancouver and Anglican Diocese of New Westminster are hosting a series of gatherings and dialogue that will help build relationship and friendship. The conversations in a relaxed, respectful and joyful environment will help Catholics and Anglicans to grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ. The second gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in New Westminster, Sunday, March 23. More info and registration: Marjeta Bobnar at 604-683- 0281 ext. 229 or mbobnar@rcav.org. http://rcav.org/meet-your-relatives/

St. Peter’s Parish Social Justice Committee
Annual Report for 2013
Focus: reaching out to provide help where needed in the community, in collaboration with other agencies, since 2005. By collaborating with community organizations, we avoid duplication of efforts and concentrate

help where needed.
2013 Social Justice Committee membership: Nora Riordan, Carole McConville, Marisa Brown, Sharon Johnson, Mary Shore, Bill and Norah Andrew; supported by the many (40 plus) parish volunteers who help with the monthly meal and parishioners who donate so generously to the committee’s projects.
Activities:
Monthly meal at Salvation Army (6th Street) – food is purchased, prepared and a hot meal served to between 80 – 130 people on the last Sunday in each month. The majority of those served the meal are men, but there are also women and children. Volunteers from the parish help the committee members prepare and serve, and help clean up after the meal.
Annual gift bags for Luke 15 Halfway House – the parish responds to the annual appeal for items for Luke 15 residents very generously, enabling the Committee to distribute 20 – 25 gift bags there each Christmas. Family Place: The parish also responds generously to the appeal for items for Family Place, and as well, the committee delivers Christmas boxes of food and gifts to several single parent families attached to Family Place. These hamper contents are provided by St. Vincent de Paul and the recipients are extremely grateful. Organizing Committee for the Fund Raiser Social Evening for the Parish Refugee Family Sponsorship Initiative: generously supported by the parish through ticket sales, the 50/50 draw and auction item revenues (contents also donated by individuals and parish organizations). The 2013 dinner was, as in the past, very successful due to the continuing support of the parish.
Financial Support:
St Vincent de Paul provides nearly all of the funding for the monthly Salvation Army lunches dinners; and the Knights of Columbus have donated funds to support this project as well.
Telus: Recently, Telus Corporation has contributed the costs of a Salvation Army meal and they also donated Comfort Kits (soap, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks and the like) distributed at the Salvation Army lunch. As well, as a result of the Social Justice/Telus partnership, it has been possible for Telus Comfort kits to be directly provided to a special service for new mothers and infants needing support.
Local Supermarkets Periodically, local supermarkets also give discounts on food purchases for the monthly meal.
Parishioners: Donations from parishioners to contents of gift bags and hampers, and to the Refugee Social. The Committee is once again extending its deep appreciation for the generosity of the parish in responding to the appeals for Luke 15 and Family Place, the Parish Refugee Fund Raiser, and for volunteering with the monthly Salvation Army lunches. We are also grateful for the support of St Vincent de Paul and the Knights of Columbus. Without this support, the Social Justice Committee could not provide these activities.

CHOIR SEEKING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: We are seeking someone to sit with the choir and run the computer and projector during the 9 and 11 am Masses on Sundays. If you would be willing to volunteer your time or if you have any questions, please contact Sloane at sloane@drennan.bc.ca.

MINISTRY SCHEDULING FOR FEBRUARY MARCH 22 / 23

Mass

Lectors

Eucharistic Ministers

Ushers
(& Collectors)

Greeters

Altar Servers

Sat. 5 pm

L: Vangie Knowles C:Wally Licas

Patricia Hunt Peter Tolentino Ed Wunderlich

John Rei Cabaron – U Peter Becher
Danny Acosta
Meitek Nieradka

Peter Tolentino

Morgan Denny Michaela Gavino Wilhelm Gavino

Sun. 9am

L:Tracy MacKinnon C:Graeme MacKinnon

Rod Giddens Marlene Giddens Carole McConville

Akok Bol – U
Dan McGuire
Werner Meisl
Vera Ellen Baughman

Dan McGuire

Morewa Adeyemi Yosola Adeyemi Mark Almonte

11 am

L:Daniel Vickers C:Ligaya Temper Tura

Joseph Nguyen Tess Marier Felino Ponio III

Merlie Garcia – U Chito Garcia Thelma Cruz Manny Cruz

Armida Beasley

Joseph Melliza Justine Palanog Mikhaella Teodoro

5 pm

L:Nora Sabau C:Salvacion Laurel

Tim Salvacion Nora Riordan Bernadette Keenan

Louis de la Torre – U Lina Furminger Veronica de Guzman

Ricardo Payot

Jullianna Oke Etella Keenan James Nicolas

Coffee Sunday Hosts & Hostesses

Liturgy of the Word with Children

Sun. 9 am

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Tom & Giovanna Ciprian

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Andrea Lee & Maggie Lister

Sun. 11 am

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Elvis & Melody Atienza

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Angie Kok & Marian MacDougall

Prayers for the Sick | Mar 16

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Peter Hendricks, Donna Montgomery, Jocelyne Bolt, David Gillmor, Patrick Manghi, Anna Bauer, Maximo Sabarre, Antonio Giacomini, Tena Colton, Lesli Balango, Angelina T. Matanguihan, Eldie Guinomma, Nellie Cavell, Maureen McCulloch, Lorraine Cahill, Sam Shamash, Tracy Penner, and Caferina Tolentino, Wynne Simmer, Sharon Courtnage, Tony Marino and Patrick Coll. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

The Bulletin | Mar 9

CWL New Members Needed: The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is the largest national organization of Catholic women in Canada. St. Peter’s CWL has the distinct honour of being the oldest league in the lower mainland, having been in existence since February 1923. The CWL supports numerous church and community charities, and assists in parish activities when requested. In order to carry out our important work, we are looking for new members. Meetings are usually held at 10:00 am on the 2nd Thursday of each month; however, this Thursday, March 13, we are holding a special 7:00 p.m. evening meeting to enable working CWL members and anyone interested in joining to attend. Following Mass today, a CWL member will be at the back of the church to hand out information pamphlets.

YAH BINGO – Thursday, March 13 and 20, 1 pm in the Hall. Admission is $ 1.00 which includes refreshments and $ 1.00 per card for 10 games. Come on out and have some fun and bring a friend.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE: The Spring (Lent) campaign is in progress for details see poster on bulletin board. HOLY HOUR – Lent Worship in the Style of Taize, 7 – 8 pm. Wed., March 12 – April 16 @ Shiloh-Sixth

Avenue United Church, 1111 6th Avenue, New West. Phone: 604-522-3443 or www.shiloh-6ave.net. NO 9 AM MASS, SATURDAY, March 15.

GIFT: Mark your calendar for this year’s GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) event on Wednesday, April 9. Our theme is “Rising With Christ” and will focus on the events of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. The evening begins with supper at 5:30 pm, followed by breakout sessions with age appropriate learning opportunities and activities for all—children to adults. Sunday ticket sales begin the weekend of March 15/16 till April 5/6. Tickets will also be sold to PREP families at the March 12 and April 2 classes. The cost is: Adults $ 10.00; seniors and children 5 – 11 years, $ 5:00; families of 3 or more, $ 25.00. We are in need of more volunteers to help run this event. If you can help, please call the parish office.

New Westminster Ministerial Association presents MUSIC IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP, 7:30pm-9:00pm. Tuesday, March 11: Queen’s Avenue United Church (529 Queen’s Avenue). Organ Recital by Rachel Alflatt.

LENTEN RETREAT at St. Andrew’s Parish, 480 East 47 Avenue, Vancouver, March 17,18,19, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. 6:30 pm – Praise & Worship, 7:00 pm – Holy Mass, preaching, Eucharistic Adoration.

MEET YOUR RELATIVES PART TWO – GRASSROOTS ECUMENISM: Offices of Ecumenical Relations of the Archdiocese of Vancouver and Anglican Diocese of New Westminster are hosting a series of gatherings and dialogue that will help build relationship and friendship, and honour the gifts of service we bring to our communities. The conversations in a relaxed, respectful and joyful environment will help Catholics and Anglicans to grow together in faith, love and service as valued members of the Body of Christ. The second gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in New Westminster, Sunday, March 23. More info and registration: Marjeta Bobnar at 604-683-0281 ext. 229 or mbobnar@rcav.org. http://rcav.org/meet-your-relatives/

Preview Week at Corpus Christi College for prospective students. Visit our campus, drop into a class, meet our students and faculty. Experience vibrant student life at CCC firsthand on Mar. 19-21, daytime. Please see details and RSVP at www.corpuschristi.ca, or email recruiter@corpuschristi.ca.

CLIMATE CHANGE CHANGES ME – Free Saturday Seminars at St. Barnabas, 1010 Fifth Avenue, New Minster till April 26, 3 – 5 pm. For more information check the bulletin board or to pre-register contact climatechange@beaconunitarian.org.

The book on the history of Saint Mary’s Hospital is available through the parish office. No set cost, donation to Saint Mary’s Health Foundation would be appreciated.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION: In today’s Gospel Jesus was tempted to stray from the path the Father had set for him. What temptations lure you from the path of discipleship? There is so much in our materialistic society to tempt us. The beauty of stewardship as a way of life is that it enables the Christian steward to resist the enticement of excessive consumerism and materialism. Stewardship inspires us to discern between needs and wants and brings a measure of balance to our lives. Stewardship provides the necessary discipline needed to live in a consumer culture yet not be consumed by it. This Lenten season let us pray that we may live a lifestyle in which we possess sensibly.

Prayers for the Sick | Mar 9

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Peter Hendricks, Donna Montgomery, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, David Gillmor, Patrick Manghi, Anna Bauer, Maximo Sabarre, Antonio Giacomini, Tena Colton, Lesli Balango, Jeelina, Rosa, Angelina T. Matanguihan, Eldie Guinomma, Nellie Cavell, Maureen McCulloch, Lorraine Cahill, Sam Shamash, Tracy Penner, and Caferina Tolentino, Wynne Simmer, Sharon Courtnage, Tony Marino and Patrick Coll.

May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

The Bulletin | Feb 9

FINANCE MEETING – Thursday, February 13, 7 pm in the Meeting Room.

NO BIBLE STUDY MONDAY FEBRUARY 10.

“The St. Vincent de Paul help line number has been given to each of the occupants of the 31 apartment units that were destroyed in the Ash Street fire of Jan 31. We expect that many will be calling for help in the next few days . St Vincent de Paul will respond by giving food vouchers to all who request help. The amount that we will be able to give to each applicant will depend on the amount that parishioners contribute to the fund in their usual generosity .” Please make cheques payable to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Pope Francis – The Joy of the Gospel: Mission Today.

1. “In our day Jesus’ command to go and make disciples echoes in the changing scenarios and new challenges to the church’s mission of evangelization. All of us are called to take part in this new missionary ‘going forth’. Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel.

An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers must take on the ‘smell of the sheep,’ and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. An evangelizing community is filled with joy; it knows how to rejoice always. It celebrates every small victory.

2. The parish possesses great flexibility. It can assume different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the community.

This presumes that it really is in contact with the homes and the lives of its people, and does not become a useless structure out of touch with people or a self-absorbed cluster made up of a chosen few. The parish is the presence of the church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration.

3. Since I am called to put into practice what I ask of others, I too must think of a conversion of the papacy. It is my duty as the bishop of Rome to be open to suggestions that can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning Jesus Christ wished to give it and to the present needs of evangelization.

The papacy and the central structures of the universal church also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion. The Second Vatican Council stated that bishop’ conferences can contribute through their teaching role as an expression of their collegial co-operation. Excessive centralization, rather that proving helpful, complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach.

4. Proper Balance. If we attempt to put all things in a missionary key, this will also affect the way we communicate the message….The biggest problem is when the message we preach then seems identified with those secondary aspects that, important as they are, do not convey the heart of Christ’s message.

Pastoral ministry in a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed. The message has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary.

The Second Vatican Council explained, ‘in Catholic doctrine there exists an order or hierarchy of truths, since they vary in their relation to the foundation of the Christian faith.’ This holds true for the doctrines of faith and the moral teaching. As St. Thomas Aquinas taught, what counts above all else is “faith working through love” (Ga. 5:6). Works of love directed to one’s neighbor are the most perfect external manifestation of the interior grace of the Holy Spirit. St. Thomas explains that as far as external works are concerned mercy is the greatest of all the virtues.

In preaching the Gospel a sense of proportion has to be maintained. This can be seen in the frequency with which certain themes are brought up and in the emphasis given them in preaching. For example, if in a year a pastor speaks about temperance ten times, but only mentions charity or justice two or three times, an imbalance results. Those virtues that ought to be most present are overlooked. The same thing happens when we speak more about law than about grace, more about the church than about Christ, more about the pope than about God’s word.

Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth for ourselves to seek the good of others.

I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out in the streets rather that a church that is unhealthy from being confined and clinging to its own security.

If anything should disturb us, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, the light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures that give us a false sense of security, within rules that make us harsh judges, within habits that make us feel safe while at our door people are starving, and Jesus tells us, “you give them something to eat,” (Mk 6:37).

MINISTRY SCHEDULING FOR FEBRUARY 15 /16

Mass

Lectors

Eucharistic Ministers

Ushers
(& Collectors)

Greeters

Altar Servers

Sat. 5 pm

L: Gina Tolentino C:Vincent Ng

Edgar Lagmay Teresa Lagmay Patricia Hunt

Wally Licas – U Mietek Nieradka Peter Becher Thomas Fontaine

Wally Licas

Callista Tolentino Gabrielle Tolentino Vincent Tolentino

Sun. 9am

L:Maria Chakeredza C:Shawn Johnston

Domingo Almonte Kath Conolly
Bill Conolly

Syl Helmink – U Flora Kennedy Domingo Almonte Dan McGuire

Helen Unilowski

Piero Cipiran Mattias Ciprian Agnes Natoc

11 am

L:Gerry Spindor C:Damilola Olarewaju

Tess Marier Alicia Piper Joseph Nguyen

Peter Markin – U Ivan Palic
Bob Denny
Paul Taylore

Tess Marier

Deniece Orenzo James Orenzo Angelica Chua

5 pm

L:Louis de la Torre C:Mary Shore

Phil Ledoux Bernadette Keenan Tim Salvacion

Ricardo Payot – U Elmer Oane Marie Piche

Arleen Acuna

Etella Keenan Kyle Berry Sabrina Berry

Coffee Sunday Hosts & Hostesses

Liturgy of the Word with Children

Sun. 9 am

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John Leeson & Eileen Jang

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Mely Almonte, Annabelle Almonte, Krista Tibay

Sun. 11 am

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Orenzo Family

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Sunila Thomas & Angie Kok

Prayers for the Sick | Feb 9

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Peter Hendricks, Donna Montgomery, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, David Gillmor, Patrick Manghi, Anna Bauer, Maximo Sabarre, Antonio Giacomini, Tena Colton, Lesli Balango, Jeelina, Rosa, Angelina T. Matanguihan, Eldie Guinomma, Nellie Cavell, Maureen McCulloch, Lorraine Cahill, Sam Shamash, Tracy Penner, and Caferina Tolentino, Wynne Simmer, Sharon Courtnage and Tony Marino. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

Please keep in your prayers: Baby Victoria Faith Lee who passed away on February 2.

Prayers for the Sick | Feb 2

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Peter Hendricks, Donna Montgomery, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, David Gillmor, Patrick Manghi, Anna Bauer, Maximo Sabarre, Antonio Giacomini, Tena Colton, Lesli Balango, Jeelina, Rosa, Angelina T. Matanguihan, Eldie Guinomma, Nellie Cavell, Maureen McCulloch, Lorraine Cahill, Sam Shamash, Tracy Penner, and Caferina Tolentino, Wynne Simmer, Sharon Courtnage and Tony Marino. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

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