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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.