Wednesday Update – January 29, 2014


January 29, 2014

Stewardship Reflections

February 2nd – Presentation of the Lord

In today’s Gospel, Simeon foretells great pain and sorrow for Mary, “- and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Mary, the first disciple and Christian steward, did not allow Simeon’s prophecy to dissuade her from the path God chose for her. Being a disciple and steward is not easy in today’s culture of rampant materialism, consumerism, and hedonism. As you strive to be the best disciple and steward you can be, remember the virtues of perseverance, patience, and prayer will strengthen you on the journey – especially when personal sorrow or persecution is encountered along the way.

Stewardship Office, The Archdiocese of Winnipeg,

Bulletin Announcements

New and updated items are indicated with an asterisk*.

*Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

“The Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat was a wonderful experience of sharing and release. I shared my story, dug into my pain and the skeletons in my past without being judged.” Testimonial from a retreat. Come on a retreat and share in the merciful and healing love of Jesus Christ. The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is May 2-4. For confidential information and to register call 604-525-0999.

*9 PM Twilight Mass for February 2014

Once a month, we gather around the altar, in the still of night, to celebrate and share the Eucharist. Please share this with those who can’t find the time to go to church. Or, bring them with you. All are welcome to join us on Sunday, Feb. 2 at Immaculate Conception Church, Vancouver at 9 p.m. for our Twilight Mass.

*Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Open House

Join us for an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Vancouver. For more information please contact 604-228-8811 or visit

*A Man Called John and a Man Called Louie: Pope John XXIII & Thomas Merton

Join us on Friday, Feb. 7 from 7-9 p.m. for a talk by Michael W. Higgins on Pope John XXIII & Thomas Merton at St. Andrew’s United Church, North Vancouver. Both the Pope and the Trappist shared much in common, particularly around universal peace, the renewal of the monastic life, and a new pastoral approach to the world. This relationship—recorded in a series of letters and a papal gift—is an extraordinary cameo moment between two towering spiritual figures. Their mutual ecumenical spirit and their gift for holy candour united them in unique & illuminating ways. This talk is especially timely in light of the personality and direction of the new pontificate of Pope Francis. Michael W. Higgins is vice-president for Mission & Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen.” For more information, please contact 604-988-8835 or tmsc or visit

*Free Tours at Gardens of Gethsemani every other Saturday

Join our free public tour to learn about your Catholic Cemeteries, Pre-Needs planning and the various burial options. The tour includes a walk to the many feature sections, locations of bishop’s, some history as well as information about the funeral rite and some stories of the faithful departed with us. Upcoming dates Saturday, Feb. 8 or 22. Just come to the administration office at 11 a.m. We are located 15800 – 32nd Avenue, Surrey, just 1.5 kms east of the 32nd avenue exit off highway 99.

*Praying with Scripture

Come and learn how to have a deeper relationship with Jesus in the Gospels. Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Church, 5457 Trafalgar Street. Professor Shirley Sullivan will guide us. Please note: we are meeting twice a month instead of once.

*One Conference 2014
Only one more month to go! The ONE Conference is the annual Archdiocesan event to cultivate, unite, and inspire leadership for our Archdiocesan mission. Featuring world-class speakers Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Christopher West, Dr. Josephine Lombardi, and a closing Mass with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, this is the “can’t miss” opportunity for everyone involved and interested in the life and mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The conference will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, 999 Canada Place, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 from 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Doors open 8 a.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at or at any Catholic parish office.


Join us on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Vancouver. A film will be shown presenting the lives of three individuals who struggled with same-sex attractions (SSA) and who found new strength and new meaning to life through their commitment to God and His ways. ENCOURAGE is a spiritual support group for families and friends of men and women with SSA. For further information please call 604-916-6192 or visit encourage-in-bc or

*Little Flower Academy Ad Lucem Gala

The annual LFA Gala, “Shaken, Not Stirred”, will be held on Saturday, Mar. 1, at the Jewel Ballroom, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver. Tickets are $85 ($95 after Feb. 15) and are available at This event will feature a beautiful buffet dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. We look forward to seeing you there!

*What does Fair Trade mean to Catholics?

Fair Trade is an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries create better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The Office of Service & Justice encourages all parishes to become Educated and Aware of the positive impacts when choosing Fair Trade products. Consider switching to Fair Trade and help send a child to school, so that they can choose their future! Learn more about Fair Trade and how you can make a difference in the lives of others! Visit for more information.

*Resources for the V Birth Centenary of St. Teresa of Avila

As we are all geared to the celebration of the Birth Centenary of St. Teresa of Avila taking place in 2015, it is right that we have some guidelines drawn from her most read book The Way of Perfection. In every walk of life we tend to perfect ourselves. We learn to go up higher in our walk of life. The Way of Perfection can inspire each and every individual not only for growing in prayer but can aid us in our daily activity and relationships in this modern world. Although she designed her book for her fellow sisters of the Carmelite Order, Teresa’s Way of Perfection remains accessible to modern readers. In it, she sets out to lead others along the way to union with God through prayer, silence, and meditation. A few of the book’s 42 chapters could be called a collection of rules, but the majority of the book more rightly fits the description of advice on PRAYER. Visit for more information.