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The Bulletin | Dec 31

Luke 15 House: The men at Luke 15 House thank everyone at St. Peter’s for the lovely gift bags they received at Christmas. They have made a large “thank-you” card signed by all the men which is posted at the back of the church.

FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – January 4, 12:30 pm to 2 pm.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Knights of Columbus will be having a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, January 6 after the 9 am and 11 am Masses. They will be collecting pennies for “Pennies For Heaven” (all proceeds go to vocations). Don’t forget to bring your pennies.

ZUMBA FITNESS starts Tuesday January 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Hall. Learn the Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reageton and more. $5.00/person. Half the amount goes to the parish.

MANY THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD WISHES AND GIFTS – FR. MARTIN MOSER

A BIG THANK YOU TO TONI DE MARCHI for the lovely floral arrangements & decorations she set up in the sanctuary.

PROJECT ADVANCE: Thank you to all who contributed to Project Advance. We were assessed to raise $30,500.00 and we received $44,572.00. The extra money will be given back to the parish.

2013 ENVELOPES: Please pick up your designated 2013 Envelopes from the church entrance. Make sure to put your full name, address and telephone number on the January envelopes.

A New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Dinner/Dance will be held for the Holy Spirit Parish on Dec. 31 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall, 7455 10th Ave., Burnaby. Cocktails: 6 pm and dinner 7pm. For tickets and more information contact: Maridin Cabalu 778-838-6051; Francis Dinglasan 604-834-1767.
The Dance, sponsored by St. Paul’s Catholic Singles will be held at the Sunrise Community Hall, 1950 Windermere St., Vancouver on Dec. 31 – doors open at 8:15 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Lina 604-433-0055 or Lydia 604-436-5949.

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES, WELCOME HOME: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Mt 25:35).

The Archdiocese of Vancouver is home to Catholics from many countries and here the Holy Mass is celebrated in twenty two languages. Migrants leave their homes in search of a better life and face the difficult experience of migration in its various forms. As Christians, we are called to reach out to and pray for all migrants to emphasize the unity of the human family and the values of acceptance, hospitality and love. Archbishop J. Michael Miller CSB will celebrate Holy Mass at the Holy Rosary Cathedral on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome. Gather as One family in the global celebration of the Vatican-declared “99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees – Migrations: Pilgrimage of Faith and Hope.” A cultural reception will follow in the parish hall.

THE HUMAN PERSON IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD: Theology of the Body is John Paul II’s teaching on love, life and human sexuality. Discover God’s original design for us, our call to holiness, and our destiny with him in heaven. Fr. Alan Boisclair will present an eleven week course starting Jan. 7 at St. John the Apostle Parish, Vancouver; Jan. 8 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Coquitlam; Jan. 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Vancouver. Cost $80, includes the textbook “Man and Woman, He Created Them – Theology of the Body.” More information and registration at www.rcav.org/tob.

The Bulletin | Dec 23

St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee would like to thank all those who have donated again this year for the gift bags for the men at Luke 15 House.

ProLife Prayers: These will now be held on Friday, December 28th at 12:30pm There will be no PREP on Dec. 26 and January 2. PREP resumes January 9.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Members of St. Vincent de Paul are very thankful for your assistance in making the 105 Christmas Hampers possible because of your cash, food donations and gifts. A special thank

you to the CWL and the Knights of Columbus for their generous cash donations, and to all the volunteers.

A New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Dinner/Dance will be held for the Holy Spirit Parish on Dec. 31 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall, 7455 10th Ave, Burnaby. Cocktails: 6 p.m. and dinner: 7 p.m.
For tickets and more information contact: Maridin Cabalu 778-838-6051; Francis Dinglasan 604-834-1767.

THE HUMAN PERSON IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD: Theology of the Body is John Paul II’s teaching on love, life and human sexuality. Fr. Alan Boisclair will present an eleven week course starting Apostle Parish, Vancouver; Jan. 8 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Coquitlam. More information at www.rcav.org/tob.

Vatican II: Constitution on the Church Chapter 8: The Blessed Virgin Mary

1. Introduction: Art. 52-54:
a) Mary is Mother of God and Mother of the Redeemer. Because of her unique role as Mother of the Redeemer, Mary is redeemed

in a special manner (the Immaculate Conception) through the merits of Christ and she is united to Him in a unique way.
b) At the same time, Mary is a human being in need of salvation. Thus she is a pre-eminent and singular member of the Church, a

model of the Church, an exemplar in faith and charity, the first of the saints. 2. The Role of the Blessed Virgin in the life of Jesus: Art. 55-59:

a) The Blessed Virgin devoted herself totally to the person and work of her Son, under Him and with Him. She was used by God, not merely in a passive way, but as freely cooperating in the work of human salvation through faith and obedience.

b) The union of the Mother with the Son in the work of salvation is shown from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to His death.

c) In the public life of Jesus, from the marriage feast at Cana until Jesus’ death on the Cross, Mary makes significant appearances. d) We see Mary in the midst of the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.
e) Finally, on the completion of her life, she was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord (the

Assumption). She is a sign of hope and the image of what the Church, that is, the people are to become in the future. 3. The Blessed Virgin and the Church: Art. 60-65:

a) “There is one God, and one Mediator between God and all people, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as ransom for all” 1 Tim. 2: 5- 6. Christ is the unique mediator and redeemer. The saving influences of Mary flow from the superabundance of Christ’s merits and they rest on His mediation, depend entirely on it, and draw all power from it.

b) As Mother of the Redeemer, Mary cooperates with Christ in a unique way in His birth, life and death; she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and charity in Christ’s work of redemption.

c) Mary’s maternity in the order of grace began at the Annunciation and continued to the Cross. It also continues in the Church and for members of the Church. Therefore, she is invoked by the following titles: Advocate, Helper, Mediator. These must be so understood that they neither add nor take anything away from Christ as the one Mediator. No creature could ever be classed with the Redeemer.

d) She is intimately united with the Church: the model of the Church through her faith and love, the first of the saints, the new Eve, and exemplar of virginity and motherhood.
4. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin: Art. 66-67:

Because of her unique role as Mother of God the Church honours Mary with special reverence. This devotion and piety goes back to the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431. Marian devotion is to be fostered in such a way as to avoid “the falsity of exaggeration on the one hand, and the excess of narrow mindedness on the other” (Article 67). Mary’s roles and privileges should be explained in such a way that they are always related “to Christ, the source of all truth, sanctity and piety” (Article 67). Marian devotion differs totally fromtheadorationofJesusChrist.

Prayers for the Sick | Dec 23

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, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Luiz Vasconcelos, Mely Sia, Angela Pestana, George Bojda and Emelita Tolentino.

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

The Bulletin | Dec 16

BLUE CHRISTMAS – A Light in the Darkness. A quiet service for those who are struggling with the holiday season will be held on Tuesday, December 18 2 7:30 pm at St. Barnabas Anglican Church. 1010, 5th Avenue. New Westminster. There will be light refreshments in the hall following the service. For more information contact Queen’s Avenue United Church at 604-522-1606.

PRO-LIFE ROSARY – Wednesday December 19 is cancelled.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: Today is the last day for donations. No used items.

ADVENT EXCLUSIVE REPORT ON W5 NEWS AT 5: A BIG THANK YOU to: PREP Coordinators: Christie Bruce & Jennifer Vander Zalm. Teachers & Assistants: Catalina Trinidad/Annabella Almonte, Carole Wylie/Michaela Gavino, Eufemia Muralla/Krista Tibay, Wally Licas/Devine Calong, Marisa Brown, Emil Canlas and Rob Kok and Sunila Thomas. A special thanks to Peter Von Riedemann who provided the music .There will celebrate a children’s learning mass on Wednesday, 6:45 pm on December 19. This is a great opportunity to bring your children and find out some answers to “why we do it that way” at the mass.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: A Christmas tree is set up with envelopes attached. Inside the envelopes there is a label with the name of a person to buy a present for. Make sure that the LABEL is put ON the parcel and NOT LEFT in the envelope. If you can drive or help to distribute hampers, please contact Corrie at 604-520-6140. Your gift must be in not later than December 20. Thank you.

Father Conway is looking for a strong male voice to read the Roman Martyrology at the 6:00 pm Eucharist Christmas Eve. He also needs 3 persons to operate lights and 2 children to carry the Christ Child and manger in the procession. If you can help please contact the office or Father Conway at 604-908-2873.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MASSES:
Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve 9 AM MASS. MASSES AT 6 PM, 9 PM, MIDNIGHT.
Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day 11 AM.
Monday, December 31, New Year’s Eve 9 AM and 5 PM MASS.
Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day MASSES AT 9 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM.

Vatican II: Constitution on the Liturgy: Funerals.

Article 81: “The rite for the burial of the dead should show more clearly the paschal character of Christian death.” The ‘paschal character’ of Christian death refers to the death and the resurrection of the Lord.

Before Vatican II the funeral liturgy focused on God’s judgement. There was a feeling of fear before God who is going to judge every person. The liturgy contained a hymn sequence entitled “Dies irae”, “Day of wrath”.

“The day of the Lord, the righteous king, is near. That will be a day of revenge, a day of clouds and

darkness, a day of marvellous thundering, a day of distress, of mourning and of sadness. We will stop in fear before the tribunal of the Lord, and we will render to him an accounting of all we have done. Then we will see all our evil deeds. The records of our consciences will be opened in front of our eyes. We will weep the bitterest tears.”

The liturgical color was black: black vestments for the priest, 6 black candlesticks around the casket, a black cloth covering the casket. In the early centuries of the Church, the Christian outlook on death was positive, focused on hope in a better life. It stressed the resurrection of Christ that overcame the power of death. The Christian looked forward to being with the Lord, according to St. Paul, Phil. 1:23.

Later on, especially during the Middle Ages, Christian spirituality changed. People regarded life after death with fear and pessimism, especially a fear of God’s judgement and of hell. Some of these changes were due to external events like the plague or the black death in the 15th century where a third of the population of Europe died. Many people regarded this as an act of God’s judgement on the peoples’ sinful lives.

Before Vatican II, Christian burial was denied to anyone who died without baptism, including babies; also all non-Catholics, Masons, people who committed suicide, those who had been excommunicated, public sinners, and those who wanted to be cremated.

Today, we celebrate funerals for Catholics including children who died before being baptized. We may also celebrate funerals for a member of another Church as long as it is not contrary to the wishes of the deceased person or the family.

We stress the positive aspects of life after death. The Order of Christian Funerals states: “The use of white vestments is recommended so that the message of Easter hope celebrated in the funeral rites may be evident , (no. 39). Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just, (no. 5).”

Prayers for the Sick | Dec 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, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Eileen Lavery, Luiz Vasconcelos, Mely Sia, Angela Pestana, George Bojda and Emelita Tolentino. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

Please keep in your prayers: Andrew Halford who passed away on Saturday, December 8. Prayers: Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 pm at Columbia Bowell Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass: Wednesday, December 19 at 12 Noon.

The Bulletin | Dec 9

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: We will again be collecting items this year for Christmas gift bags to be

delivered to the residents of Luke 15 House (adult men), today and December 16. No used items.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY once again is making preparations for the Christmas hampers. There are already 105 requests on the list and there will be more requests for hampers to come. We need your support in cash donations and/or non perishable food items. A Christmas tree is set up with envelopes attached. Inside of the envelopes there is a label with the name of a person to buy a present for. Make sure that the LABEL is put ON the parcel and NOT LEFT in the envelopes. Christmas hampers will be delivered on December 22. We are in need of drivers and helpers to distribute these hampers. If you can help please contact Corrie at 604-520-6140. Your gift must be in not later than December 20. Thank you very much.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, Mass will be at 9 am rather than 12 Noon.

PREP: 1) Please join St. Peter’s PREP Program on Wednesday, 7 pm on December 12 for a special presentation: “Advent Exclusive Report on W5 news at 5”.
2) We will celebrate a children’s learning mass on Wednesday, 6:45 pm on December 19. This is a great opportunity to bring your children and find out some answers to “why we do it that way” at the mass.

Altar Servers’ Movie afternoon: In appreciation for their service to the church, St. Peter’s would like to treat all altar servers to a movie. We plan to see “Life of Pii”. On Saturday, December 15 please meet at the Landmark Theatre located on the sky train level at the New Westminster sky-train station. The movie starts at 12:50 p.m. please be there by 12:30 latest. As the movie is approximately 2 hours long, please be picked up by 2:45. If you are planning to attend, please call Marisa at 604-523-0573.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Most of us have wondered what we can do when family members or friends stop attending Church. In the coming weeks the Catholics Come Home program gives us an effective and simple way to

invite them home. Your loved ones will begin to see TV commercials inviting those away from the Church to come home to their Catholic family.

Christmas always draws many people back to church. This year we anticipate seeing even greater numbers as people respond to our invitation. Let us pray that among the faces we see at Mass during this holy season will be many who will return to active participation in the life of the Church. Let us welcome them with the same joy and gratefulness that Jesus shows for all his flock.

Please invite your friends, family and colleagues who have been away to consider the Catholics

Come Home message.

Sincerely yours in Christ, J. Michael Miller, CSB Archbishop of Vancouver

 

Prayers for the Sick | Dec 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, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Luiz Vasconcelos, Mely Sia, Angela Pestana, George Bojda and Emelita Tolentino.

May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.
Please keep in your prayers: Jessie Galliano who passed away on Tuesday, December 4.

Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 11 at 12 Noon.

The Bulletin | Dec 2

YOUNG-AT-HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER – Thursday, December 6 after the Noon Mass. Tickets will be sold before the 9 and 11 am masses today. Tickets: Paid up Members: $ 20. Non Members: $ 25.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: We will again be collecting items this year for Christmas gift bags to be delivered to the residents of Luke 15 House (adult men), December 2nd, December 9, 16. Some suggestions would be new socks, gloves, scarves, candy, toiletries, underwear, books, games, gift cards to Tim Horton’s McDonald’s or movies. No used items.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY once again is making preparations for the Christmas hampers. There are already 105 requests on the list and there will be more requests for hampers to come. We need your support in cash donations and/or non perishable food items. A Christmas tree is set up with envelopes attached. Inside of the envelopes there is a label with the name of a person to buy a present for. Make sure that the LABEL is put ON the parcel and NOT LEFT in the envelopes. Christmas hampers will be delivered on December 22. We are in need of drivers and helpers to distribute these hampers. If you can help please contact Corrie at 604-520-6140. Your gift must be in not later than December 20. Thank you very much.

In order to promote steady employment for the minority Christians in Bethlehem & Jerusalem, those families who carve the olive wood are seeking our support by purchasing their crafts only available Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 8/9. The sale is our little way of assisting this community and supporting the last minority of Christians to be rooted in the Land of Christ. It is also a way of preserving a local cultural heritage which is in danger of being lost as more Christians feel pressured to leave their homeland for economic and political reasons. You can buy the religious crafts for gifts or collection.

Altar Servers’ Movie afternoon: In appreciation for their service to the church, St. Peter’s would like to treat all altar servers to a movie. We plan to see “Life of Pii”. On Saturday, December 15 please meet at the Landmark Theatre located on the sky train level at the New Westminster sky-train station. The movie starts at 12:50 p.m. please be there by 12:30 latest. As the movie is approximately 2 hours long, please be picked up by 2:45. If you are planning to attend, please call Marisa at 604-523-0573.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – First Friday, December 7 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
If a parishioner would like to purchase a Sunday Missal, contact Margarete Bradley. Cost $ 3.00.
2013 SUNDAY COLLECTION ENVELOPES: Please pick up your designated envelope boxes from the foyer of the Church Hall. These envelopes have to be used from January 1, 2013.
YOUTH MINISTRY SUNDAY – DECEMBER 2: The purpose of this archdiocesan collection is to assist the work of Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (“OYYAM”) in providing formation, training and support for youth and young adult ministry. Youth ministry in our diocese continues to grow, as evidenced by the number of parishes with youth ministry programming, and the number of participants at diocesan events and training opportunities. Parishes with active youth ministry programming will receive a rebate from this collection. Please be generous in supporting the youth of our parish and archdiocese.

Vatican II: Constitution on the Liturgy – Marriage, Advent.
1. Marriage. Before Vatican II, there was only a liturgical marriage rite for a marriage between two Catholics. Inter-Church or mixed marriages were rather rare in comparison with today. Inter-Church (mixed) marriages were celebrated either in the parish house or in the sacristy with only the witnesses present. The service was very short. Since Vatican II there are three forms of the marriage liturgy.
a) Marriage between two Catholics is celebrated ideally within Mass although it may also be celebrated with a liturgy of the word.
b) Marriage between a Catholic and baptized person from another Christian Church (Inter-Church or Mixed Marriage) is usually celebrated with a liturgy of the word and not with a Mass. In the Archdiocese of Vancouver, about 50% of the marriages are Inter-Church Marriages. Since both spouses are baptized, it is a sacramental marriage.
c) Marriage between a Catholic and a non-baptized person is not a sacramental marriage, but it is a valid marriage. It includes scripture readings, prayers and exchange of marriage vows.
In Canada, the priest functions as a witness of the Church as well as a civil agent. The wedding is both a religious and a civil celebration. There is another practice in some other countries where the civil and religious services are distinct and separated. The couple is married in a civil service at City hall. This is followed by a religious service in the Church.
The ministers of the sacrament of matrimony are the couples themselves. The priest is the official witness.
In the catholic understanding, marriage is a sacrament and covenant between a baptized man and woman in an intimate union of mutual love and for procreation of children. God is present and active in the joining of the two in the bond of marriage. Unity, indissolubility and openness to fertility are essential to the marriage.
The marriage liturgy highlights the equality of the couple. The marriage blessing for the husband affirms: “may her husband put his trust in her and recognize that she is his equal and heir with him to the life of grace.”
2. Advent. The word “Advent” refers to the coming of Jesus Christ in the world. Advent has a two-fold focus on Christ’s Second Coming in glory at the end of time. The last weeks are a preparation for Christmas when we remember and celebrate Christ’s birth, his first coming to us. Before Vatican II Advent also had a penitential character; it was sometimes called a little Lent and it included the practice of fasting. Today, Advent is not a penitential season that looks forward to the return of the Lord for judgement but rather a celebration of the birth of Jesus, and in that light, a time of waiting for the final coming of Christ in glory at the end of the world.

Prayers for the Sick | Dec 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, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Donna Montgomery, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Luiz Vasconcelos, Mely Sia, Angela Pestana, George Bojda and Emelita Tolentino.

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

The Bulletin | Nov 25

YOUNG-AT-HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER – Thursday, December 6 after the Noon Mass. Tickets will be sold before the 9 and 11 am masses today and December 2. Tickets: Paid up Members: $ 20. Non Members: $ 25.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will be celebrating their 105th anniversary on Dec. 1 with a dinner at St. Peter’s Church Hall. All parishioners are welcome. The multi course dinner is $35 per person. Contact Rod Giddens at 604-525- 3030 for tickets. The Knights will be serving Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 2. They will be collecting pennies for “Pennies for Heaven” (all proceeds go to vocations). Don’t forget to bring your pennies.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: We will again be collecting items this year for Christmas gift bags to be delivered to the residents of Luke 15 House (adult men), December 2nd, December 9, 16. Some suggestions would be new socks, gloves, scarves, candy, toiletries, underwear, books, games, gift cards to Tim Horton’s McDonald’s or movies. No used items.

Vatican II: Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Ordination.

1) Additional note on baptism. The Catholic Church recognizes baptism in all Christian Churches who baptize with water and in the name of the Trinity.
2) The Church recommends confessing venial sins although this is not strictly necessary. We usually celebrate communal celebrations of reconciliation with individual confession (the second rite), before Christmas and Easter. Venial sins are forgiven by receiving communion, through prayer and acts of charity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms:
“1393 Holy Communion separates us from sin. The body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion is ‘given up for us,’ and the blood we drink ‘shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins.’ For this reason the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins.
1394 As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins. By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break or disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him.
1395 By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins. The more we share the life of Christ and progress in his friendship, the more difficult it is to break away from him by mortal sin. The Eucharist is not ordered to the forgiveness of mortal sins – that is proper to the sacrament of Reconciliation.” The prayer after communion in the Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent goes as follows: “We implore your mercy, Lord, that this divine sustenance may cleanse us of our faults and prepare us for the coming feasts.”
3) 73. ” ‘Extreme unction’, which may, more fittingly be called ‘Anointing of the Sick,’ is not a sacrament intended only for those who are at the point of death. As soon as a person begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, this is a suitable time to receive this sacrament.”
Before Vatican II this was the sacrament of the dying. Today it is primarily seen as the sacrament of the sick and those who are growing weaker through old age. The sacrament may be received several times during the same illness. A sick person may be anointed before surgery for a serious illness. Sick children may be anointed if they have received First Communion.
The ideal sacrament for the dying is viaticum, “food for the journey”, Holy Communion. The dying person may be also anointed. There is also a continuous rite confession, anointing of the sick and receiving Communion (Viaticum).
4) Ordination.
Before Vatican II a person became a member of the clergy by receiving what were called the minor orders: doorkeeper, reader, exorcist and acolyte. Then came the major orders: sub-diaconate, diaconate, priest. In 1973 Pope Paul VI abolished the minor orders of doorkeeper and exorcist as well as the sub-diaconate. The two remaining minor orders became lay ministries. Other lay ministries were encouraged, for example, catechists and extraordinary ministers of communion.
Since 1973, a person becomes a member of the clergy by being ordained to the diaconate. The permanent diaconate for both married and single men was, reintroduced in the Catholic Church; this had been the practice in the Church until about 700.
Today there are over 36,000 permanent deacons in the Church. About half of them are in the United States. There are over 1000 permanent deacons in Canada. About 20 men are preparing to be ordained permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. A second group will begin soon. There is an ongoing discussion in the Church today regarding the ordination of women to the diaconate. The role of deacons in the Church is to minister to the poor, (homeless, refugees, prisoners, street people), to preach, and to assist in the liturgy.
In the Latin Catholic Church, in general, celibacy, and the single state, is required to be ordained to the priesthood. There are some married priests, clergy from other Churches who joined the Catholic Church and were ordained to the priesthood.
The Eastern Catholic Churches, for example, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, have both married and celibate priests. There are 21 Eastern Catholic Churches in the world.

Prayers for the Sick | Nov 25

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Donna Montgomery, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Luiz Vasconcelos, Mely Sia, Angela Pestana and George Bojda. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

The Bulletin | Nov 18

NO 9 AM MASS – Monday, November 19.
NO BIBLE STUDY – Monday, November 19.
FINANCE MEETING – Thursday, November 22 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room.

YOUNG-AT-HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER – Thursday, December 6 after the Noon Mass. Tickets will be sold be sold before the 9 and 11 am masses on November 25 and December 2. Tickets: Members: $ 20. Non Members: $ 25. No new memberships will be accepted in December. Only 60 tickets will be sold, so please get your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

2012-2013 Sunday Missals: Parishioners who would like to purchase a Sunday Missal, please contact Margarete Bradley. The cost is $ 3.00.

LECTORS/COMMENTATORS: Please pick up your labelled Sunday Missal from the back of the church. THANK YOU TO THE CWL for their generous donation of $ 600 towards flowers to be used to decorate the

sanctuary during Christmas and Easter.
2013 SUNDAY ENVELOPES: Please pick up your designated envelope box from the foyer of the Church

Hall. These envelopes have to be used from January 1, 2013.

Movie “October Baby” – Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a free movie afternoon and inviting all parishioners to come and enjoy this wonderful pro-life, pro-family movie. Refreshments will also be served. The story is of a young woman named Hannah who goes on a journey to discover her hidden past and finds hope for her unknown future. In the process Hannah discovers that every life is beautiful.

L’ARCHE CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT featuring the Gallery Singers and the Sheldon Leung Jazz Duo: Start off the holiday season with joyful song at L’Arche Greater Vancouver’s Christmas Benefit Concert. Free Admission with an opportunity given to support the work of L’Arche in South America. The concert will be held on Sunday, November 25 at Sherbrooke Mennonite Church, 7155 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver.

Doors open at 2 pm. Concert from 3 pm – 4:30 pm. Reception from 4:30 pm – 6 pm.

Info: www.larchevancouver.org or Magda at 604-523-2151.

Life in Love Workshop: God is Love. What if you apply this truth to every part of your life? What if you understand that you are worth to be loved and to live in God’s love? How would that change your life?
Guilt, blame, revenge, sadness, frustration and all other negative emotions are gone when you live your life in Love. Come and learn more at this inspiring workshop! on Thursday November 29, 2012 at 7 pm at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Registration: $ 20. To register call 778 239 7996 or email milena@mclifecoach.com Find more information at mclifecoach.com.

COLUMBIA BOWELL CHAPEL presents “HONOUR A LIFE” on Sunday, December at Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre at 76 Jamieson Crt, 6:30 pm guests arrive. Please register online under “Coming Events” @ www.kearneyfs.com or by phone 604-521-4881.

Prayers for the Sick | Nov 18

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Maria Gameiro, Donna Montgomery, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Henry Brissette, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Allyson Jule, Alix Williams, Luiz Vasconcelos, Mely Sia and Angela Pestana. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

The Bulletin | Nov 11

For over 100 years, Catholic Missions In Canada has provided support to Catholic missionaries serving throughout Canada. The mission? To extend the blessings of the Catholic faith throughout our nation’s 26 mission dioceses unable to financially support their local church ministries. The Most Rev. Gerald Wiesner, Bishop of Prince George, will be visiting our parish and speaking at the Saturday, November 17, 5:00 p.m. Mass and all the Masses on Sunday, November 18. Please be sure to come to find out more about the work of Canada’s missionaries and to pick-up an information package at the entrance of the church. To receive a free magazine and a 2013 calendar, call 416-934-3424 or 1-866-937-2642 or visit Catholic Missions In Canada’s website at www.cmic.info!

Vatican II: Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Reconciliation.

Art. 59. “The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify people, to build up the body of Christ, and to worship God”.
Art. 64. “The catechumenate for adults, divided into several distinct steps, is to be restored”.
The catechumenate is the process of conversion which lasts one or two years where adults prepare for the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, eucharist. The catechumenate includes prayer, reading the Gospels, teaching, witness and ministry so that the catechumens grow in their faith in God and in Jesus Christ. The restored catechumenate is an updated version of the catechumenate in the 5th century. Candidates are baptized members of other Churches who want to become Catholics. Since they are baptized, they prepare to be confirmed and to share in the eucharist.

The new rite of baptism of infants places more emphasis on the role of parents and godparents or sponsors. If an infant dies before being baptized, we believe that the child goes to heaven”.
Art. 71. “The rite of confirmation is to be revised so that the intimate connection of initiation may be shown more clearly”.

There are three rites for the sacrament of reconciliation.

  •   In the first rite, the person goes to the reconciliation room to confess his or her sins.
  •   In the second rite, which usually happens in Advent or Lent there is a communal preparation with prayers, hymns, scripture readings and homily. This is followed by individual confession and

    absolution.

  •   In the third rite there is general confession and general absolution by a priest for a group of people.

    This is allowed only in extraordinary situations.
    The Church recommends confessing venial sins, though this is not strictly necessary.

    The CWL Bazaar was a large success. We raised $ 7,549 after expenses. The CWL thanks all who contributed their time, money and goods to our bazaar and everyone who came to support it. Your generosity and support are very much appreciated.

    L’ARCHE CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT featuring the Gallery Singers and the Sheldon Leung Jazz Duo: Start off the holiday season with joyful song at L’Arche Greater Vancouver’s Christmas Benefit Concert. Free Admission with an opportunity given to support the work of L’Arche in South America. The concert will be held on Sunday, November 25 at Sherbrooke Mennonite Church, 7155 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 2 pm. Concert from 3 pm – 4:30 pm. Reception from 4:30 pm – 6 pm.

    Info: www.larchevancouver.org or Magda at 604-523-2151.

    Life in Love Workshop: God is Love. What if you apply this truth to every part of your life? What if you understand that you are worth to be loved and to live in God’s love? How would that change your life?
    Guilt, blame, revenge, sadness, frustration and all other negative emotions are gone when you live your life in Love. Come and learn more at this inspiring workshop! on Thursday November 29, 2012 at 7 pm at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Registration: $ 20. To register call 778 239 7996 or email milena@mclifecoach.com Find more information at mclifecoach.com.

Prayers for the Sick | Nov 11

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Maria Gameiro, Donna Montgomery, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Henry Brissette, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Allyson Jule, Alix Williams, Luiz Vasconcelos and Mely Sia.

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

The Bulletin | Nov 4

WINNERS OF THE CWL RAFFLE TICKETS: 1st Prize, $ 500.00 – Chris Cahill, 2nd Prize,
$ 300.00 – Paul Levy, 3rd Prize, $ 100.00 – Marleen Scouten, 4th Prize, $ 100.00 – Andrea Lee.

ZUMBA FITNESS: On Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Flora Kennedy will be evaluated by Debbie Jensen (Instructor Competency Evaluation) to be a Zumba Instructor at Burnaby Recreational Centre.
Please come and support her.

CHRISTMAS CAKES: Christmas cakes will NOT be available this year, as campaign life coalition are not distributing them to BC. CLC THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THE PAST.

Constitution on the Liturgy: The Eucharist.

47. At the last supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity.

48. The church, spares no effort in trying to endure that, when present at this mystery of faith, Christian believers should not be there as strangers or silent spectators. On the contrary, having a good grasp of it through the rites and prayers, they should take part in the sacred action, actively, fully aware, and devoutly. They should be formed by God’s word, and be nourished at the table of the Lord’s Body. They should give thanks to God.

51. The treasures of the bible are to be opened up so that a richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word. In this way the more significant part of the sacred scriptures will be read to the people over a fixed number of years.
52. By means of the homily, the mysteries of the faith and the guiding principles of the Christian life are expounded from the sacred text during the course of the liturgical year.

53. The “common prayer” or “prayer of the faithful” is to be restored after the gospel and homily.

Here are some of the changes in the Mass:

1. The priest celebrates the Mass facing the people rather than having his back to the people. There is a spiritual and real presence of the Risen Lord in the Eucharist, in the Word that is proclaimed, in the sacraments, in the gathered community and in the presider. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them”. Matthew 18:20.

2. The liturgy is in English and other vernacular languages.
3. There are various ministries: presiders, readers, communion ministers, servers, leader of song, cantor, greeters, ushers, leaders of children’s liturgy.
4. The ideal is that the gathered community prays and sings.
5. The Word of God in the Scriptures is proclaimed usually three readings: Old Testament and responsorial psalm, Epistle and Gospel. We read the Gospel of Matthew, Mark and Luke during a three year cycle. The Gospel of John is read every year, especially during the Lent and Easter Season.
6. There are several Eucharistic Prayers for all and 3 for children.
7. The Prayer of the Faithful and the Sign of Peace were reintegrated into the liturgy.
8. Communion may be received in the hand or on the tongue.
9. Communion may be received in both forms of bread and wine, the Body and Blood of Christ. “Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it is distributed under both kinds. For in this form the sign of the Eucharistic bouquet is more clearly evident and clear expression is given to the divine will by which the new and eternal Covenant is ratified in the Blood of the Lord”. Instruction on Roman Missal, 2002, n. 281.

Prayers for the Sick | Nov 4

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Maria Gameiro, Donna Montgomery, Desmond Hughes, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Henry Brissette, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Allyson Jule, Alix Williams and Luiz Vasconcelos.

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

Prayers for the Sick | Oct 28

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Maria Gameiro, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Henry Brissette, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Allyson Jule. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

1) Terry, Adeline Jurick and Family wish to say “Thank you” to the parishioners of St. Peter’s for the many prayers and offerings of support throughout the illness of their son Russell.
2) Mimi Lawrence thanks everyone for their love and prayers including Young-At-Heart during her recent illness.

The Bulletin | Oct 28

Catholics Come Home: Do you know someone who has left the practice of our Catholic faith? Help invite and encourage your friends and loved-ones to come back to the Catholic Church. This Christmas, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is partnering with Catholics Come Home to air inspiring TV commercials inviting those who are away from the faith to come back home to the Catholic Church. Please pick up the Catholics Come Home donation envelope at the back of the church. Cheques should be made payable to Archdiocese of Vancouver. Major credit cards accepted. Put your returned donation envelopes in the collection today.

NO PREP WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 because of Halloween. PREP resumes Wednesday, November 7.

November has traditionally been the month that we pray for our deceased relatives, friends and former parishioners. We will do this as a community by praying for people whose names are listed in our Book of Remembrance. Loose pages are located at the back of the Church and we invite you all to write names in the book. The Book of Remembrance will be placed in the sanctuary. We remember our deceased parishioners who died since November 1, 2011. Malek Agei, Norma Barlow, Angela Basso, Margaret Brown, Sybil Byrne, Keith Duperron, Gordon Finlayson, Donald Gillespie, Roger Gillis, Archibald Gold, Mary Hall, Dorothea Josey, Christine Leary, Andre Lohe, Eleanor McDermott, Patricia Niska, Gianni Pandolfo, Fluorina Polych, Joseph Sebellin, Nicholas VanderZalm, Jozef Vanhoutteghem.

VATICAN II: Constitution on the Liturgy (December 4, 1963)

26. Liturgical services are not private functions but are celebrations of the church which is “the sacrament of unity,” namely, the holy people united and organized under their bishops.

  1. Servers, readers, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical ministry.
  2. To develop active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations,

responses, psalms, antiphons, hymns, as well as by actions, gestures and bodily attitudes. And at the proper time a reverent silence should be observed.

33. In the liturgy God speaks to his people, Christ is still proclaiming his gospel, and the people respond to God both in song and in prayer.

The prayers addressed to God by the priest who, in the person of Christ, presides over the assembly, are said in the name of the entire holy people and of all present.
34. The rites should radiate a noble simplicity. They should be short, clear, and free from useless repetition. They should be within the powers of comprehension, and normally should not require much explanation.

35. In liturgical celebrations, a more ample, more varied, and more suitable selection of readings from sacred scripture should be restored.
36. The use of the Latin language, except when a particular law prescribes otherwise, is to be preserved in the Latin rites. But since the use of the vernacular, whether in the Mass, the administration of the sacraments, or in other parts of the liturgy, may frequently be of great advantage to the people, a wider use may be made of it, especially in readings, directives and in some prayers and chants.

37. Even in the liturgy the church does not wish to impose a rigid uniformity in matters which do not affect the faith or the well-being of the entire community. Rather does it cultivate and foster the qualities and talents of the various races and nations.
38. Provided that the substantial unity of the Roman rite is preserved, provision shall be made, when revising the liturgical books, for legitimate variations and adaptations to different groups, regions and peoples, especially in mission countries.

39. Within the limits set by the standard editions of the liturgical books it shall be for the competent ecclesiastical authority to specify adaptations, especially as regards the administration of the sacraments, sacramentals, processions, liturgical language, sacred music and the arts.
40. In some places and circumstances, however, an even more radical adaptation of the liturgy is needed. The competent ecclesiastical authority must carefully and prudently consider which elements from the traditions and cultures of individual peoples might appropriately be admitted into divine worship. Adaptations which are considered useful or necessary should then be submitted to the Apostolic See, to be introduced with its consent.

41. The bishop is to be considered the high priest of his flock from whom the life of his people in Christ is in some way derived and on whom it in some way depends. People must be convinced that the principal manifestation of the church consists in the full, active participation of all God’s holy people in the same liturgical celebrations, especially in the same Eucharist, in one prayer, at one altar at which the bishop presides.

42. Parishes, each set up locally under a pastor who takes the place of the bishop, represents the visible church established throughout the world. Efforts must also be made to encourage a sense of community within the parish, above all in the common celebration of Sunday Mass.

The Bulletin | Oct 21

Catholics Come Home: Do you know someone who has left the practice of our Catholic faith? Help invite and encourage your friends and loved-ones to come back to the Catholic Church. This Christmas, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is partnering with Catholics Come Home to air inspiring TV commercials inviting those who are away from the faith to come back home to the Catholic Church. More than 1,500 television commercials will air before Christmas to late January. Please pick up the Catholics Come Home donation envelope in the bulletin or at the back of the church. Cheques should be made payable to Archdiocese of Vancouver. Major credit cards accepted. Put your returned donation envelopes in the collection next weekend.

CWL ANNUAL BAZAAR – Saturday, October 27, 10 am to 3 pm in the Parish Hall: We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction, Baking Table, Jewellery Booth, Crafts and Sewing Booth and Christmas Booth. Cash donations are also welcome! Raffle tickets will be on sale today for $ 10 a book. If you have any good new or quality items to donate or need information contact Anne at 604-526-6602.

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING: Tuesday October 23 at 7pm in the Meeting Room. PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Thursday, October 25 at 7pm in the Meeting Room

LINE DANCING CLASSES CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Vatican II: Constitution on the Liturgy

(December 4, 1963)
7. Christ is always present in his church, especially in liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass both in the person of his minister and most of all in the eucharistic species. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in church. Lastly, he is present when the church prays and sings, for he has promised “where two or three are gathered together in

my name there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 19:20).
The liturgy, then, is rightly seen as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. In the liturgy the

sanctification of women and men is given expression in symbols perceptible by the senses and is carried out in ways appropriate to each of them. In it, complete and definitive public worship is performed by the mystical body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head and his members.
10. The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows.

13. Christian devotions should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some way derived from it, and lead the people to it, since in fact the liturgy by its very nature is far superior to any of them.
14. It is very much the wish of the church that all the faithful should be led to take that full, conscious, and active part in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people have a right and to which they are bound by reason of their Baptism.

21. It is the wish of the church to undertake a careful general reform of the liturgy in order that the Christian people may be more certain to derive an abundance of graces from it. For the liturgy is made up of unchangeable elements divinely instituted, and of elements subject to change. These latter not only may be changed but ought to be changed with the passage of time, if they have suffered from the intrusion of anything out of harmony with the inner nature of the liturgy or have become less suitable. In this renewal, both texts and rites should be ordered so as to express more clearly the holy things which they signify. The people should be able to understand them easily and take part in them in a celebration which is full, active and the community’s own.

22. (1) Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the church, that is, on the apostolic see, and, in accordance with the law, on the bishop.

(2) In virtue of the power conferred on them by law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of groupings of bishops, legitimately established, with competence in given territories.

(3) Therefore no other person whatsoever, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on their own authority.
23. In order that sound tradition be retained, and yet the way remain open to legitimate process, a careful investigation should always, first of all, be made into each section of the liturgy which is to be revised. There must be no innovations unless the good of the church genuinely and certainly requires them, and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing.
24. Sacred scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy. For from it are drawn the lessons which are read and which are explained in the homily; from it too come the psalms which are sung. It is from scripture that the petitions, prayers and hymns draw their inspiration and their force, and that actions and signs derive their meaning.
25. The liturgical books are to be revised as soon as possible. Bishops from various parts of the world are to be consulted.

Prayers for the Sick | Oct 21

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Fran Thompson, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Maria Gameiro, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Christina Donovan, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Donna Montgomery, Elizabeth Kelly, Laura Polych, Rose Cyr, Julia Doyle, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, John Scigliano, Henry Brissette, Adelphina Schunk, Lucille Bickel, Mimi Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, George Anderson and Allyson Jule.

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

The Bulletin | Oct 14

Bible Study: We will continue our weekly Bible Study sessions on Monday, October 15 at 7:00 pm in the meeting room. This year we continue with the second half of the Acts of the Apostles. Then we will begin to study St. Paul’s Epistles. This is a good opportunity for those who are interested.

Adult Faith Formation and RCIA: Do you want to learn more about your Catholic faith? Join us at our weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 / 9:00 pm beginning on October 16 in one of the meeting rooms. This is also an invitation for those adults who want to join the RCIA in preparation for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) or for those members of other Churches who are interested in joining the Catholic Church.

CWL ANNUAL BAZAAR – Saturday, October 27, 10 am to 3 pm in the Parish Hall: We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction, Baking Table, Jewellery Booth, Crafts and Sewing Booth and Christmas Booth. Cash donations are also welcome! Raffle tickets will be on sale today for $ 10 a book. If you have any good new or quality items to donate or need information contact Anne at 604-526-6602.

THE GRACE OF FORGIVENESS – Thursday, October 18, 7 pm at St. Peter’s Church Hall: Forgiveness has healing power! At this powerful workshop you will learn the facts about forgiveness and how to truly start the path where resentments won’t have any power over you anymore. Registration: $ 20. To register call 778 239 7996 or email milena@mclifecoach.com.

Opening Address of the Second Vatican Council

Pope John XXIII (October 11, 1962)

Mother Church rejoices that, by the singular gift of Divine Providence, the longed for day has finally dawned when – under the auspices of the virgin Mother of God, whose maternal dignity is commemorated on this feast – the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is being solemnly opened here beside St. Peter’s tomb.

In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned nothing from history, which is, nonetheless the teacher of life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper religious liberty. We feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand.

The Church’s solicitude to promote and defend truth derives from the fact that, according to the plan of God, who wills all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4), without the assistance of the whole of revealed doctrine men and women cannot reach a complete and firm unity of minds, with which are associated true peace and eternal salvation.

Indeed, if one considers well this same unity which Christ implored for his Church, it seems to shine, as it were, with a triple ray of beneficent heavenly light: namely, the unity of Catholics among themselves, which must always be kept exemplary and most firm; the unity of prayers and ardent desires with which those Christians separated from this Apostolic See aspire to be united with us; and the unity in esteem and respect for the Catholic Church which animates those who follow non-Christian religions.

Dear Friends in Christ:

At Baptism, each of us is given the responsibility to be a missionary: to share our faith joyfully

with all people, those near to us and those in distant lands.
The celebration of World Mission Sunday on October 21 gives us the opportunity to reach

out to more than two-thirds of the world’s people who have yet to hear the Good News. We can offer our prayers for this cause of spreading the love of Christ. Moreover, we are all called upon to give our financial support for the mission of making Jesus known “to the ends of the earth.”

World Mission Sunday does not just take place here in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. It is a universal celebration desired by our Holy Father, a time of worldwide recommitment to engage Catholics throughout the world in the Church’s evangelizing mission.

The missionary work of the Church depends on each one of us. In this special collection on October 21, please be as generous as your means allow. Let us all continue to pray that we in the Archdiocese will be effective witnesses and courageous proclaimers of Jesus to our world.

With cordial greetings and my blessing for you and your families, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ,

J. Michael Miller, CSB Archbishop of Vancouver

Prayers for the Sick | Oct 14

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Russell Jurick, Fran Thompson, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Maria Gameiro, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Christina Donovan, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Donna Montgomery, Elizabeth Kelly, Laura Polych, Rose Cyr, Julia Doyle, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, John Scigliano, Henry Brissette, Adelphina Schunk, Lucille Bickel, Mimi Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, George Anderson and Allyson Jule.

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

Prayers for the Sick | Oct 7

Please remember those among our families and friends who are suffering the burden of illness or pain especially: Albertine de Cupyer, Fleur Ange Diemert, Russell Jurick, Fran Thompson, Jessie Galliano, Peter Hendricks, Michael Breslin, Maria Gameiro, Chris Cooley, Olivera Lambeta, Christina Donovan, Hermine Gauthier, Kathleen McGuire, Donna Montgomery, Elizabeth Kelly, Laura Polych, Rose Cyr, Alfred deSouza, Julia Doyle, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Mimi Wunderlich, John Scigliano, Henry Brissette, Adelphina Schunk, Lucille Bickel, Mimi Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, George Anderson and Allyson Jule.

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

Please keep in your prayers: 1) Fluorina Polych who passed away on Monday, October 1. Prayers: Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass: Wednesday, October 10 at 12 Noon. 2) Aileen Simard who passed away on Monday, October 1 in Edmonton.

The Bulletin | Oct 7

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Friday, October 12, 12:30 pm to 2;00 pm.

CWL ANNUAL BAZAAR – Saturday, October 27, 10 am to 3 pm in the Parish Hall: We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction, Baking Table, Jewellery Booth, Crafts and Sewing Booth and Christmas Booth. Cash donations are also welcome! Raffle tickets will be on sale today and October 13/14 for $ 10 a book. If you have any good new or quality items to donate or need information contact Anne at 604-526-6602.

Adult Faith Formation and RCIA: Do you want to learn more about your Catholic faith? Join us at our weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 / 9:00 pm beginning on October 9 in one of the meeting rooms. This is also an invitation for those adults who want to join the RCIA in preparation for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) or for those members of other Churches who are interested in joining the Catholic Church.

Bible Study: We will continue our weekly Bible Study sessions on Monday, October 15 at 7:00 pm in the meeting room. This year we continue with the second half of the Acts of the Apostles. Then we will begin to study St. Paul’s Epistles. As Catholics we are always encouraged, especially by Pope Benedict, to know the Bible better. This is a good opportunity for those who are interested.

LINE DANCING CLASSES: Friday nights, 7:30 – 8:45 pm – NO CHARGE. Come and enjoy yourself. If there are not enough people per class, classes may be cancelled.

HOMELESSNESS ACTION WEEK – October 7 – 13. The New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society will be celebrating Homelessness Action Week, October 7-13.
Monday, October 8 – Thanksgiving Dinner, Union Gospel Mission, 658 Clarkson Street, 1st sitting Noon, 2nd sitting: 2 pm.

Tuesday, October 9 – Connect Day, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 514 Carnarvon Street, 8:00 am breakfast, 9:00 am – 12 pm: Connect Day. Take-away lunch.
Wednesday, October 10 -Tour. Launching from the Russell, 740 Carnarvon Street, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tour will include Rhoda Kaelis, Seniors Services Residence, Maria Keary Cottage, Genesis House and Cliff Block. Lunch, 529 Queen’s Avenue United Church, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Movie Night: “Celebrate what’s right with the world”, Hospitality Project, 1111 – 6th Avenue-7:00 pm. Thursday, October 11 – Lunch: St. Barnabas Church, 1050 – 5th Avenue. Fundraising Dinner/Auction, 6:00 pm – Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street.

Friday, October 12 – Multi-Faith Prayer Services, St. Barnabas Church, 1050 – 5th Avenue – 6:30 pm. Dinner provided by the Sikh Community.

NEW WESTMINSTER HOMELESSNESS COALITION SOCIETY’S 5TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER/AUCTION – Thursday, October 11. Doors open 6:00 pm; dinner: 7:00 pm, at the Historic Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street. Tickets: $ 75.00. Contact Lynn Osborn, 604- 603-8412 or Dave Brown, 778-288-8887 for tickets.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB cordially invites university and college students to the

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS MASS IN THE YEAR OF FAITH. Anticipated Sunday mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards Street, Vancouver, Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 pm. Confessions start at 6:30 pm. The archbishop will greet participants at Holy Rosary Hall after Mass.

One of the great gifts of the stewardship lifestyle is the acute awareness that everything in life is a gift from God. This includes our relationships. Today’s first reading and Gospel focus on marriage in particular. God, in His infinite wisdom, knows that we need ‘helpers’, that we should not be alone in our faith journey. In marriage, and in the relationships we enjoy with our sisters and brothers in the Body of Christ, good stewardship is doing whatever we can to help each other get to Heaven!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

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