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MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Saturday, April 9th after the 5 pm Mass we will be having a fundraising dinner for our refugee family (who will be coming soon). More info to come.

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED FOR THE 9:00 AM MASS: There is a real shortage of altar servers’ for the 9:00 am Sunday mass. If you can serve at this Mass, or can switch from one of the other Masses in order to serve at the 9:00 am Mass, it would be much appreciated. Please contact the Parish Office or Marisa Brown at 604-523-0573 if you can help out by serving at this Mass.

LENT MINI RETREAT – Friday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Enhance your prayer time in 5 Simple steps using journaling techniques at St. Peter’s Church Hall, facilitated by author Diane C Doyle. Pre register by phoning 604-880-7394 or go to www.sketchajournal.com. Cost $ 29 includes sketchajournal and refreshments. Info: contact Diane Doyle at 604-522-0440 or
604-880-7394.

ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, LENT BEGINS.
Mass Times: 12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday in Lent after the Noon Mass. Lent is a preparation of Easter, a time of conversion, growth, repentance, almsgiving and prayer. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstaining from meat for all adults. Lent is the final period of preparation for catechumens and candidates who will receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. We are all called to repentance and renewal in which we can celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.

SIMPLICITY AND PRAYER IN LENT: An evening of reflection, an opportunity to reflect on the season and its meaning by Fr. Craig Scott, on March 7 – 6 p.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 1320 Johnson Street, Coquitlam. Cost: $15 per person, light supper included. Online registration: www.rcav.org/ore. Click on Twilight Retreats; Fax: 604-689-5673.

MARDI GRAS NIGHT AT ST. MARK’S COLLEGE: Come and celebrate with the UBC Catholic Clubs. March 8, 6:00 pm onwards. Charity Casino, Pancake Buffet, and Carnival – games and fun for the whole family! @ St. Mark’s College, 5935 Iona Drive. Info: 604-822-4463 /stmarks.campusministry@gmail.com.

FREEDOM – RECONCILIATION EVENT FOR YOUTH: Make plans to join us for Freedom, the original reconciliation event for youth and young adults offered by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be on Friday, March 11, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish, 20676 Fraser Hwy, Langley. Open to high school teens and young adults, all participants will experience first-hand the healing power of Christ through music, prayer, testimonies and teachings, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For more info, visit www.oyyam.com.

EXPLORE THE RICH SUNDAY SCRIPTURES: A Retreat Day: Dive into Lent by exploring the rich Sunday scriptures of Year A Liturgical Cycle with Sr. Monica on March 12, 9:30 to 4 p.m. at the Cenacle, 5989 Mackenzie Street. Reservations, call 604-266-1611.

INFORMATION MEETINGS ON PERMANENT DIACONATE: Archbishop J. Michael Miller and Monsignor Gregory Smith will be conducting information meetings on Permanent Diaconate: March 15, 7:30 pm at St. Helen’s Parish, 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby and on April 2, 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Kim Parish, 10222 – 161st Street, Surrey.

MARCH 6, 2011 – 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Our Lord gives us two distinct commands today. We must listen and we must act. We listen when we participate in Mass. We act when we participate in the ministry of the parish. We need to do both for a strong foundation. Participating more fully in the liturgy and life of the parish may require some changes on our part. We may have to move away from our current lifestyle so that we can move closer to God.