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A big thank you from St. Vincent de Paul to CWL for their donation of $2,000.00. Your gift is very much appreciated which enable us to assist the poor of New Westminster. God bless you all.
St. Vincent de Paul AGM will be held on Saturday, June 16, 9 am to 3 pm at St. Peter’s Parish Hall.

MINISTRIES SCHEDULING: Please let the parish office know if you want to help at specific masses or discontinue for the period from June 30 to November 25. Altar servers’ let Marisa at 604-523-0573 know if you don’t plan to continue being an altar server or if you prefer to serve at a different Mass time. We are very short of altar servers at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Sundays and it would be much appreciated if you can serve at this Mass or switch from another Mass. Adult altar servers may also be needed for this Mass.

St. Barnabas Patronal Festival Luncheon, 12 Noon, Sunday, June 10: Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children under 12. The event is called “Small Change; Big Hearts” and those planning to attend are being challenged to empty their penny jars and piggy banks and to bring their coins as an additional offering toward the ongoing mission work of the parish. Call the office at 604 526-6646 for info or to make a reservation.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PARITCIPATE TO PROJECT ADVANCE?

It means that I recognize what I have received by way of blessings in my life has come from God; it means I understand when God blesses me. He blesses others through me; it means I understand I have a responsibility to share my blessings so that the teachings of Christ may be known and experienced by all. Support, through your prayers, your work, and your gift, Project Advance 2012 – “Sharing With Joy”. Please give at our parish or online at www.rcav.org to benefit both our parish and the good work of our Archdiocese. PROJECT ADVANCE UPDATE: # of Pledges: 32. Total Amount Collected: $ 7,645.00 Archdiocesan Goal: $ 30,500. Donations can be made by cash, cheque or credit card.

Canvassers will be at the back of the church to collect your pledges.
Any money received on top of this amount comes back to the parish as a rebate. Please be generous. BUILDING ENHANCEMENT FUND: Volunteers will be available after all Masses to receive donations. Donations can be made by cheque, cash, or credit card. Building Enhancement Fund Envelopes (in the pews), can be filled out and given to volunteers or put in the collection basket. The money collected will help future church renovations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We pray in the Apostles’ Creed:

“He descended into hell on the third day he rose again from the dead”.

Here is what The Catholic Catechism tells us.
” 631 Jesus “descended into the lower parts of the earth. He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens.” The Apostles’ Creed confesses in the same article Christ’s descent into hell and his Resurrection from the dead on the third day, because in his Passover it was precisely out of the depths of death that he made life spring forth.

Christ Descended into Hell

632 The frequent New Testament affirmations that Jesus was “raised from the dead” presuppose that the crucified one sojourned in the realm of the dead prior to his resurrection. This was the first meaning given in the apostolic preaching to Christ’s descent into hell: that Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead. But he descended there as Savior, proclaiming the Good News to the spirits imprisoned there.

633 Scripture calls the abode of the dead, to which the dead Christ went down, “hell” – Sheol in Hebrew of Hades in Greek – because those who are there are deprived of the vision of God. Such is the case for all the dead, whether evil or righteous, while they await the redeemer: which does not mean that their lot is identical, as Jesus shows through the parable of the poor man Lazarus who was received into “Abraham’s bosom”: It is precisely these holy souls, who awaited their Savior in Abraham’s bosom, whom Christ the Lord delivered into hell.” Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.

634 “The gospel was preached even to the dead.” The descent into hell brings the Gospel message of salvation to complete fulfillment. This is the last phase of Jesus’ messianic mission, a phase which is condensed in time but vast in its real significance: The spread of Christ’s redemptive work to all men of all times and all places, for all who are saved have been made sharers in the redemption.

In Brief

636 By the expression “He descended into hell, ” the Apostles’ Creed confesses that Jesus did really die and through his death for us conquered death and the devil “who has the power of death” (Heb. 2:14).

637 In his human souls united to his divine person, the dead Christ went down to the realm of the dead. He opened heaven’s gates for the just who had gone before him.”