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Prayers for the Sick | Mar 3

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, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Helmink, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Angela Pestana, George Bojda, Emelita Tolentino, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, Vincent Cost,Gustavo Carvallo, John Schunk, Rose Cyr & Maureen McCulloch. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

Please keep in your prayers: 1) Molly Stone who passed away on Wednesday, February 27.
Prayers: Thursday, March 7, 6:30 pm. Funeral Mass: Friday, March 8, 12 Noon.
2) Priscilla De Jose who passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Mem. Mass: Friday, March 15 at 12 Noon. 3) Albert Valley who passed away on Wednesday, February 27.

Prayers for the Sick | Feb 24

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, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Helmink, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Angela Pestana, George Bojda, Emelita Tolentino, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, Vincent Cost, Molly Stone, Gustavo Carvallo, John Schunk & Rose Cyr. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

Please keep in your prayers: Philibert Pelchat who died on Thursday, February 21.

The Bulletin | Feb 24

ZUMBA FITNESS: There will be NO Zumba on March 5. The last class is on March 12.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Knights of Columbus will be having their delicious sausage and pancake breakfast after the 9 am and 11 am Mass on Sunday, March 3. All proceeds go to the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation. The Knights of Columbus invite you to belong to their organization. For info please call Rod Giddens at 604-525-3030. The Knights of Columbus will have their membership drive in March.

We welcome Father Lukasz Zajac, OMI who will be with us until sometime in April. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Friday, March 1 after the Stations of the Cross till 2:30 pm.

DVD Series Catholicism, A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Father Robert Barron at St. Peter’s Church Hall from 8:00 – 9:00 pm on Tuesdays Feb. 26, March 12, 19, 26.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Thursday, February 28, 7 pm in the Meeting Room.

The World Day of Prayer (sponsored by Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada) which will be Friday March 1, at 1 pm at St. Barnabas Anglican church 1010 5th Avenue. This year the prayers have been written by the women of France, the theme is “I Was A Stranger And You Welcomed Me”. Everyone welcome.

ST. MARK’S COLLEGE, 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver. Symposium Vatican II and the faith of the Church. Friday and Saturday, March 1, 2. Registration: http://stmarkscollege.ca/conferences or 604-822-4463.

Sign up for Family Life in the Spirit Seminar: You are invited to join this LISS that will accommodate your whole family, children, teens and adults. Babysitting and lunch provided. Saturdays March 16 – May 11, 10:00 am (after 9:00 am Mass) to Noon at St. Peter’s Hall: Pre-registration Required Sign up at the back of the church today or by phone/email Bev 778-558-9551 or Roy 604-523-2769 or rmacintyrester@gmail.com or Ashanti 604-526-9910. Everyone welcome!

Come and See: an Oblate Discernment Retreat for Catholic Men aged 18 to 40 at St. Albert, Alberta, March 15 – 17, 2013. Meet others like yourself who are seeking God’s will. Hear oblates speak about their life and mission. Spend time in prayer and conversation. Are you interested? Contact Fr. Ken Thorson, OMI, at 587-985-3553 or at vocations@omilacombe.ca.

Volunteer Grandparents fundraiser: Volunteer Grandparents is celebrating its 40th anniversary whose mission is “to bridge and enrich the generations by fostering intergenerational understanding, communication and cooperation between the generations.” The fundraising is in the form of Avon Fundraiser value packs for only 10$ including tax. Please browse our website to learn more about our history, programs and upcoming events. http://www.volunteergrandparents.ca. Info: Evelyn / Paul Taylor – 778 888 7887. Please visit us at the entrance of the church hall after 9am & 11am Masses, starting today, March 3, 10 & 17.

The Bulletin | Feb 17

The Emergence of Universe Earth, Life and Humans by Sr. Cecilia Hudec, S.C. at Vancouver Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver for 5 Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cost: $ 70.00. E-mail and phone same as above.

Availability for Confessions: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 20, 21, 22 from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Come and See: an Oblate Discernment Retreat for Catholic Men aged 18 to 40 at St. Albert, Alberta, March 15 – 17, 2013. Meet others like yourself who are seeking God’s will. Hear oblates speak about their life and mission. Spend time in prayer and conversation. Are you interested? Contact Fr. Ken Thorson, OMI, at 587- 985-3553 or at vocations@omilacombe.ca.

ST. MARK’S COLLEGE, 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver. Symposium Vatican II and the faith of the Church. Friday and Saturday, March 1, 2. Registration: http://stmarkscollege.ca/conferences or 604-822-4463.

A LETTER FROM FAMILY PLACE THANKING PARISHIONERS FOR APPLE JUICE AND TOILET ROLLS IS POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD.

WANTED: A good home for a Pedal Organ which was in St. Pater’s Church (down on Blackwood) around 1940. A Parlour Grand Model “Eaton Organ” dimensions 3’8″ wide, 4′ high, 20″ deep. Pedal model (still plays). Contact Angela Levy at 604-526-0014.

Prayers for the Sick | Feb 17

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, Elizabeth Kelly,Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Angela Pestana, George Bojda, Emelita Tolentino, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, Vincent Cost, Molly Stone, Gustavo Carvallo & John Schunk. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

Please keep in your prayers: 1) Laurie Duval who passed away on Saturday, February 2. There will be a Memorial Mass for Laurie Duval at noon on Thursday, February 21.
2) Antonio Lucarino who passed away on Saturday, February 9.

The Bulletin | Feb 10

The Emergence of Universe Earth, Life and Humans by Sr. Cecilia Hudec, S.C. at Vancouver Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver for 5 Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cost: $ 70.00. E-mail and phone same as above.

5TH ANNUAL HEARTS & FLOWER FAIR – Saturday, February 16, 10 am – 3 pm at Holy Eucharist Cathedral, 501, 4th Avenue. Admission $ 3.00, lunch: 11 – 3 pm, Chicken Soup/sausage on a bun: $ 3.00, red velvet cake: $ 2.00. There will be door prizes, bingo, kids prizes, silent auction & white elephant.

PARISH MISSION here at St. Peter’s. Fr. Ken Forster will preach at the Masses, Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, as well as at Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4, 5, 6 at 6:30 pm. Father Ken worked in Kenya for 12 years. Now he is the Pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Paul parishes at Vancouver Eastside.

Come and See: an Oblate Discernment Retreat for Catholic Men aged 18 to 40 at St. Albert, Alberta, March 15 – 17, 2013. Meet others like yourself who are seeking God’s will. Hear oblates speak about their life and mission. Spend time in prayer and conversation. Are you interested? Contact Fr. Ken Thorson, OMI, at 587- 985-3553 or at vocations@omilacombe.ca.

THE CATHOLIC FORUM invites you to explore the topic: “The Law or the Spirit?” on Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church, 5251 Joyce Street, Vancouver. Guest speaker, Monsignor Bernard Rossi, JCD, will examine Canon Law in the life of the Church 50 years after Vatican II. Bring your questions! For further information, contact Dr. Paul Ungar at 604-588-5696 or Cathy Neugebauer (E-Mail: ve7cld@shaw.ca).

The Season of Lent

Two sacraments, Baptism and Reconciliation, are important during Lent.
During Lent, the Church prepares to celebrate the dying and rising of the Lord Jesus. It is the time for

preparation for Baptism: for those who will be baptized at Easter and for all who will renew their baptismal promises at the Vigil and on Easter Sunday.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Holy Thursday afternoon when we begin the Three Great Days: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Good Friday begins at the vigil on Holy Thursday evening when we commemorate the Last Supper. The 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays) are days of prayer, fasting, penance and almsgiving. They remind us of Jesus’ forty days in the desert.

Part of our Christian life is the call to do penance which is hatred for sin as an offence against God. Fridays are days of abstinence from meat, but we may substitute acts of charity or piety on that day.

During Lent we focus more on penance in our lives. This includes prayer, charity and self-denial including fasting and abstinence from meat.

Fasting has a deeper meaning for us when we deprive ourselves from food to be more open to pray, to share more in the suffering of those who are starving and to save money to give to the poor. Fasting is a penitential discipline to open ourselves more to God and others and a means of purification and liberation from our addictions. The law of fasting in the Church is for all from 18 to 59 years of age. The law of abstinence is for those 14 years and older.

Our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving help us to improve our relationship with God and others, and to grow in our spiritual lives. We are invited to celebrate Reconciliation in the Sacrament and in Penance celebrations. During Lent we take the collection for Development and Peace for the needs of the world.

ASH WEDNESDAY – February 13, Masses at 12 Noon & 6:30 pm.
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday in Lent after the Noon Mass.

Prayers for the Sick | Feb 10

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, Elizabeth Kelly, Rose Cyr, Rose Helmink, Tena Colton, Josephine Spindor, Lucille Bickel, Bill Lawrence, Eileen Lavery, Angela Pestana, George Bojda, Emelita Tolentino, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, Vincent Cost, Molly Stone & Gustavo Carvallo. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

Prayers for the Sick | Feb 3

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, Emelita Tolentino, Carolina Carvallo, Sydney Australia Muralla, Jocelyne Bolt, Vincent Cost, Molly Stone and Teresa Morabito.

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

The Bulletin | Feb 3

COLLECTION FOR FAMILY PLACE: St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee has been requested by New Westminster Family Place for donations of unsweetened apple juice and toilet paper. There is a box at the back of the church for the donations. Family Place is a drop-in program for parents with preschool children.

The Emergence of Universe Earth, Life and Humans by Sr. Cecilia Hudec, S.C. at Vancouver Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver for 5 Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cost: $ 70.00. E-mail and phone same as above.

A THANK YOU CARD FROM A NEW WESTMINSTER FAMILY PLACE RECIPIENT OF THE CHRISTMAS HAMPER IS POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD.

5TH ANNUAL HEARTS & FLOWER FAIR – Saturday, February 16, 10 am – 3 pm at Holy Eucharist Cathedral, 501, 4th Avenue. Admission $ 3.00, lunch: 11 – 3 pm, Chicken Soup/sausage on a bun: $ 3.00, red velvet cake: $ 2.00. There will be door prizes, bingo, kids prizes, silent auction & white elephant.

PERMANENT DEACONS. Archbishop Miller is giving an Information Session at Rosemary Heights Retreat Center, 3690 – 152 Street, Surrey on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 pm. Men, married or single, between 30 and 60 years are eligible to be ordained to the permanent diaconate. If anyone is interested, please attend.

The Bulletin | Jan 27

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Friday, February 1, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Knights of Columbus will be having a delicious Pancake Breakfast, Sunday February 3 after the 9 am and 11 am Masses.

DVD Series Catholicism, A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Father Robert Barron. A ten week series at St. Peter’s Church Hall from 8:00 – 9:00 pm on Tuesdays Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 12, 19, 26.

COLLECTION FOR FAMILY PLACE: St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee has been requested by New Westminster Family Place for donations of unsweetened apple juice and toilet paper. There is a box at the back of the church for the donations. Family Place is a drop-in program for parents with preschool children.

The Emergence of Universe Earth, Life and Humans by Sr. Cecilia Hudec, S.C. at Vancouver Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver for 5 Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cost: $ 70.00. E-mail and phone same as above.

NEW WESTMINSTER FOOD BANK:

Rev. Shannon Tennant, Pastor of Shiloh-Sixth Avenue Untied Church is asking for our help. The New Westminster Food Bank works out of Sixth Ave. United Church at 12th St. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society operates the Food Bank. Instead of being open two days a week, it is now open for only one day. This has caused longer line ups as well as difficulties for users due to work schedules, mental health issues and other problems. Pastor Tennant is asking New Westminster residents to write to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society at 1150 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6A 3T2 requesting a return to the two day weekly schedule for the good of the people who need the New Westminster Food Bank.

BC CATHOLIC COLLECTION – Saturday/Sunday, February 2/3: Parishes will be taking a collection next weekend – Feb. 2/3. The BC Catholic Collection is held once a year to help the parishes mail The B.C. Catholic weekly newspaper to parishioners homes. The collection is a way you can help reduce the parish’s expenses, since every penny goes directly to the parish to offset the mailing costs. On Feb. 2/3, please use the special BC Catholic Collection envelope in your envelope set to make a donation.

A TALK BY Darrell Hall (former Principal of St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby): 10 am to 11:30 am at St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Avenue, Burnaby, BC (Band Room),
Session One – Saturday, Feb 2, Science, Religion, and Faith: The Challenge of Modern Atheism.
Session Two – Saturday, Feb 9, Convinced: God, the Truth and You

ROBBIE BURNS SUPPER: Saturday, February 2 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, 514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster. Doors open at 6pm, supper at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $50 (Charitable receipt will be issued for $30). Table seating can be reserved or will be assigned. Tickets: Susan & Gerry Stensgaard 604-451-1161, parish office 604-521-2511. All proceeds support the community breakfast program & hall maintenance.

We will celebrate The Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick at all next weekend Masses, Feb. 2 and 3. All whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age may receive this sacrament. The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after being anointed and then falls ill or if during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious. A sick person may be anointed before surgery. Elderly people may be anointed if they become weakened even though there is no serious illness. Sick children who have made their first communion may be anointed. The celebration of the sacrament consists of anointing on the forehead and hands along with the prayer, “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up”.

Prayers for the Sick | Jan 27

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, Emelita Tolentino, Carolina Carvallo and Sydney Australia Muralla. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

The Bulletin | Jan 20

Bible Study will begin on Monday, January 21 at 7:00 pm. We will study St. Paul’s Epistles.
FINANCE MEETING – Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room.

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

A TEMPORARY VOLUNTEER is needed for the months of February and March on Fridays from 10 am to 11:15 am to assist in a hymn sing with the Veterans at George Derby Centre. Please phone Fr. Ron at 604- 521-2676 local 460.

DVD Series Catholicism, A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Father Robert Barron. A ten week series at St. Peter’s Church Hall from 8:00 – 9:00 pm on Tuesdays January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 12, 19, and 26.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: This year the Prayer for Christian Unity in New Westminster will be at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 514 Carnarvon Street, on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 pm.
Archbishop Miller will preach. All are welcome.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick at the weekend Masses on February 2 and 3.

COLLECTION FOR FAMILY PLACE: St. Peter’s Social Justice Committee has been requested by New Westminster Family Place for donations of unsweetened apple juice and toilet paper, which they use in large amounts. We will be collecting at the back of the church for the next 2 Sundays. Family Place is a drop-in program for parents with preschool children. Thank you for your generosity.

The Emergence of Universe Earth, Life and Humans by Sr. Cecilia Hudec, S.C. at Vancouver Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver for 5 Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cost: $ 70.00. E-mail and phone same as above.

Registration for 2013/2014 at Our Lady of Mercy School: If you have a child ready for Kindergarten for the 2013/2014 school year, please call Mrs. David at the school office @ 604-526-7121, download application form at www.ourladyofmercy.ca or pick up a form from the school office.

ROBBIE BURNS SUPPER: Saturday, February 2 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, 514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster. Doors open at 6pm, supper at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $50 (Charitable receipt will be issued for $30). Table seating can be reserved or will be assigned. Tickets: Susan & Gerry Stensgaard 604-451-1161, parish office 604-521-2511. All proceeds support the community breakfast program & hall maintenance.

The First Stage of the Catholics Come Home campaign has been a huge success and we’re now gearing up for Part 2: building on the momentum generated by the TV ads.

We want these ads to spread far and wide, further than traditional media such as TV. Here’s where you come in. No one is in a better position to extend the reach of these ads than you are through your social media, email and personal contacts.

You are invited to www.vancouvercomehome.com, where you will find a simple two-step process for sharing the CCH videos through Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and email. As always, prayers are encouraged for the success of this momentous campaign, as we head into its next stage.

Thank you for your support of our important evangelization during this Year Faith.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

Prayers for the Sick | Jan 20

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, Emelita Tolentino, Carolina Carvallo and Sydney Australia Muralla. May they experience the love and warmth they need, to be healed in body and spirit.

The Bulletin | Jan 13

Bible Study will begin again on Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm. We will study St. Paul’s Epistles.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Thursday, January 17, 7;00 pm in the Meeting Room.

2013 ENVELOPES: Please pick up your designated 2013 Envelopes from the back of the church. Make sure to put your full name, address and telephone number on the January envelopes. Envelope # 467 please contact the parish office at 604-522-4611X2.

A TEMPORARY VOLUNTEER is needed for the months of February and March to assist in a hymn sing with the Veterans at George Derby Centre. Please phone Fr. Ron at 604-521-2676 local 460.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: This year the Prayer for Christian Unity in New Westminster will be at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 514 Carnarvon Street, on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 pm. Archbishop Miller will attend. All are welcome

DVD Series Catholicism, A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Father Robert Barron. A ten week series at St. Peter’s Church Hall from 8:00 – 9:00 pm on Tuesdays January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 12, 19, and 26.

Care for Creation, A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth by Sister Ilia Delio, O.S.F. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 4451 Williams Road, Richmond. Lecture, Friday, January 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Cost: $ 20.00
Christ in Evolution Workshop, by Sister Ilia Delio, O.S.F. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Saturday, January 19, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 4451 Williams Road, Richmond.

E-Mail: earthliteracies@shaw.ca. Phone 604-22-4779; 1-250-220-4601.
Payment on line: www.earthliteracies.org. Cost: $ 70.00.
The Emergence of Universe Earth, Life and Humans by Sr. Cecilia Hudec, S.C. at Vancouver Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver for 5 Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Cost: $ 70.00. E-mail and phone same as above.

A presentation of the forthcoming Pilgrimage Tours to Guadalupe & Mexico, Israel & Jordan will be held at St. Peter’s Church Hall January 20, 2013, after 9:00 am and 11am Mass.
All Parishioners are cordially invited. For more information, call CETI Travel 604-630-1600.

ST. THOMAS MORE COLLEGIATE OPEN HOUSE: The open house will be held on Wednesday January 16 at 6:30 p.m. The evening is open to both parents and grade 7 students. For more information on school admission please visit our website at www.stmc.bc.ca or Maria Cirillo, Registrar at maria.cirillo@stmc.bc.ca.

Registration for 2013/2014 at Our Lady of Mercy School: If you have a child ready for Kindergarten for the 2013/2014 school year, please call Mrs. David at the school office @ 604-526-7121, download application form at www.ourladyofmercy.ca or pick up a form from the school office.

ROBBIE BURNS SUPPER: Saturday, February 2 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, 514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster. Doors open at 6pm, supper at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $50 (Charitable receipt will be issued for $30). Table seating can be reserved or will be assigned. Tickets: Susan & Gerry Stensgaard 604-451-1161, parish office 604-521-2511. All proceeds support the community breakfast program & hall maintenance.

Art and the Christian Faith: A Lenten Series on the Visual Arts hosted by the New Westminster Ministerial Association on Wednesday Evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
February 20: Introduction to Christian Visual Arts at Olivet Baptist Church, 613 Queen’s Avenue.
February 27: Stained Glass: The Art and the Story at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 121 Columbia Street E.

March 6: Vestments: Reasons and Symbols at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 930 Cumberland Street. March 13: Icons and Iconography. Location to be announced.
March 20: Stations of the Cross. St. David of Wales Church, 2475 Franklin Street, Vancouver.

Prayers for the Sick | Jan 13

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, Emelita Tolentino and Carolina Carvallo.

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

The Bulletin | Jan 6

Bible Study will begin again on Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm. We will study St. Paul’s Epistles. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Knights of Columbus will be having a delicious pancake and sausage

breakfast today, Sunday, January 6 after the 9 am and 11 am Masses. Everyone is welcome!

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.

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

ROBBIE BURNS SUPPER: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, 514 Carnarvon St., New Westminster. Doors open at 6pm, supper at 6:30. Tickets: $50 (Charitable receipt will be issued for $30). Table seating can be reserved or will be assigned. Tickets: Susan & Gerry Stensgaard 604-451-1161, parish office 604-521-2511. All proceeds support the community breakfast program & hall maintenance.

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 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. More information and registration at www.rcav.org/tob.

ST. THOMAS MORE COLLEGIATE OPEN HOUSE: The open house will be held on Wednesday January 16th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The evening is open to both parents and grade 7 students. For more information on school admission please visit our website at www.stmc.bc.ca or Maria Cirillo, Registrar at maria.cirillo@stmc.bc.ca.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: This year the Prayer for Christian Unity in New Westminster will be at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 514 Carnarvon Street, on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

VATICAN COUNCIL II:

The Pope and the bishops of the Second Vatican Council met for three months each year from 1962 to 1965. They produced 16 documents in three categories of importance: 4 Constitutions, 9 Decrees and 3 Declarations.
The 4 Constitutions are the most important documents.

1. Constitution on the Liturgy: Spiritual renewal and reform, sacraments and prayer.
2. Constitution on Divine Revelation: God, Jesus Christ, Scripture and Tradition.
3. Constitution on the Church: People of God, holiness, lay people and clergy, Catholics and other Christians, world religions, Mary in the church.
4. Constitution on the Church in the World: People in the world today, marriage and family, economies

and social life, politics and world peace.
Constitution on Revelation: God reveals himself to people in two ways: through creation and conscience, and in history, through the Bible, the history of Israel (Abraham, Moses, the Prophets), and through Jesus and the early church. Vatican II presents God as a personal presence that is offered and revealed to all people. We come to know and experience God especially through the Scriptures.
Art. 2: “It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will, which was that people can draw near to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature. By this revelation, the invisible God, from the fullness of his love, addresses men and women as his friends, to invite and receive them into his own company….. The most intimate truth revealed about God and human salvation shines forth for us in Jesus Christ, who is himself the Mediator and the sum total of revelation.”

Prayers for the Sick | Jan 6

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.

Prayers for the Sick | Dec 31

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 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.

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