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Please keep the following confirmands in your prayers:
Alleluia Anteros, Margaret Anteros, Sara Gaber, Christine Mendoza, Anna Mondor, Deniece Orenzo, James Orenzo, Faye Pagdonsolan, Elvic Ponce, Hannah Marie Romano, Isaac Sherley.
Confirmation will be at 11:00 am Mass on May 19.

PREP REMINDERS:
1) JUNE 5: LAST REGULAR CLASS.
2) JUNE 12:YEAR END BBQ in the Church Hall, 5:30 – 7 pm.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room.

PROJECT ADVANCE 2013 “OPEN WIDE THE DOOR OF FAITH”
Our parish diocesan goal is $ 32,500. # of Pledges: 6. Amount Collected: $ 1,123.00. Donations can be made by cheque, cash or credit card. Canvassers will be available after all Masses to take pledges. Pledges can also be made by filling out a brochure from the back of the church and dropping it in the collection basket, contacting the parish office or online at www.rcav.org. Any money received on top of this amount comes back to the parish as a rebate. Please be generous.

BUILDING ENHANCEMENT FUND: The parish is once again running a Building Enhancement Fund Campaign. Volunteers will be available after all Masses to receive donations. Donations can be made by cheque, cash, or credit card. Building Fund Envelopes (in the pews), can be filled out and given to volunteers or put in the collection basket. The money collected will help pay for the roof and the projectors.

Tuesday, May 21: Feast of St. Eugene de Mazenod.
Eugene de Mazenod was born in France in 1782. Ordained in 1811, he worked especially with the poor people and the youth in Marseilles, France. In 1826 he founded the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. During the early years the Oblates worked especially in preaching parish missions in southern France. Eugene de Maszenod became bishop of Marseilles in 1837 where he continued as bishop and superior of the Oblates until his death on May 21, 1861. Eugene was canonized a saint by Pope Paul II in 1995.
In the 1840s Eugene sent Oblate missionaries to England, Canada, The United States, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The Oblates came to British Columbia in 1858 and to New Westminster in 1860. The first bishops on the mainland were Oblates, Bishop d’Herbomez, 1864-91; Bishop Durieu, 1890-99, and Archbishop Dontenwill, 1899-1908. St. Peter’s Church was the Cathedral Church from 1864 until 1908.
Today the Oblates are the 10th largest order of men in the Church with over 4000 members. They work in 60 countries: Canada, United States, 16 countries in Africa, 16 in Latin America, 13 in Asia, 13 in Europe, and Australia.

Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. Dr. Michael Higgins will teach a one week course on the lives and work of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen at the Vancouver School of Theology, July 8 – 12. Registration and information, contact Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls 604-822-9804; email patdus@vst.edu.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BURSARY: Two bursaries of $500 each to be awarded to a registered member of St. Peter’s Parish who will attend 1st year of post-secondary education. Application forms are available at the back of the church and must be returned by May 31. For further information call 604-525-3030.