St. Clare Updates for
August 7-20, 2021
Once a year we take a moment to acknowledge our gift of life. It is done symbolically on our birthday when our family members and friends celebrate with us.

In the church we celebrate most of our saints on their death day as they are born into heaven. That said, August 11th is coming up and as you may know already this is the death date of our parish saint, St. Clare of Assisi (August 11th 1253).

This is a time for our parish to celebrate all of the blessings God has bestowed on us since our humble beginnings in 1999. It is a time to celebrate, starting with the Eucharist, the summit of our Christian life. We also will have coffee and some sweets after the Sunday 8.30 am and 11 am Masses, this weekend (August 8th).

Your determination, personal sacrifices and prayers brought us to this point in our community life. The initial group was just 174 parishioners in 1999 and today we are over 1200 registered families.

Words of great thanks to all, starting with Archbishop Adam Exner, founding Pastor, Fr. Greg Scott and… all of you! 

May St. Clare lead us to Jesus!

Fr. Maciej
Mass Times
We have now resumed all our in person masses as allowed under BC's Restart Program, Step 3.

With this, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB has now reinstated the obligation to attend mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

As has always been the case, anyone with a “serious reason” or “grave cause” is excused from this obligation.

In the case of the coronavirus pandemic, such reasons include: 
  • anyone who is sick, symptomatic, or has been recently exposed to the coronavirus; 
  • anyone with significant health risk factors that requires them to avoid public spaces
  • anyone who cares for someone with significant risk factors; 
  • anyone who cannot attend Mass through no fault of their own because of frailty or old age.


DAILY MASSES Monday through Saturday at 9:00am and

WEEKEND MASSES Saturday at 5:00pm
and on Sunday at 8:30am, 11:00am and 5:00pm

There is also a Spanish mass at 6:30pm on Sunday
We will continue to live stream our masses on both FACEBOOK (Link) and on YOUTUBE (Link) as follows:

Daily Masses Monday through Friday at 9:00am

Weekend Mass at 5:00pm on Saturday

All of these are posted on YouTube and Facebook and can be watched either live or after the livestreaming has ended. If you haven't already, please subscribe to our Youtube page and don't forget to "Like Us". These simple moves makes us easier to find on the web.

You can participate in all of our online masses by clicking on the links provided above or by going to our website, and clicking on the link provided.
Wedding, Baptisms and Funerals
Since the limitations have been lifted on religious gatherings and worship services, attendance restrictions at Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms have also been lifted. Please contact the office to make arrangements.

  • Before morning mass at 8:45am and after morning mass at 9:30am, Monday through Saturday. No registration or appointment is necessary.

Confessions are now heard in the Crying Room (by the washrooms on the east side of the church) NOT in the confessional.
Mass Offerings
In order to help facilitate the offertory for
St Clare of Assisi Parish, the Archdiocese created an Online Offertory page for either one time or reoccurring monthly or weekly donations using a debit or credit card. Click on the heading above to go to the secure page.
Donations at Church

If you wish to continue to make your donation at mass, please note that we will not be passing around the collection baskets at this time. Please leave your donation to the church in one of the 2 boxes at the back of the church either when you enter or when you leave.

Second Collections - Starting this weekend one of the collection boxes at the back will be specifically labeled for the current Second Collection (this weekend the Poor Clare's). Envelopes should be clearly marked and can be put in either box but cash donations in the Second Collection box will be passed on for that purpose.

If you have not yet picked up your envelopes for 2021 they are in the lobby of the church. Please call the office at 604-941-4800 if you cannot find them.
Project Advance
We are grateful to all those who have supported Project Advance. Each and every gift is important. As of July 31st we had received $128,975. Our goal from the diocese is $49,500 so that means that we will be able to put $79,475 towards our mortgage.

You can give online at, by phone at 604-683-0281 ext. 50323, or in-person at our parish’s office. Thank you so much for your support.

If you want to watch this year's Project Advance video, please click on the link below.

Ethical Concerns Related to Vaccines

Catholics are invited to be vaccinated, both in keeping with the dictates of their conscience and in contributing to the common good by promoting the health and safety of others.  All COVID-19 vaccines that are medically approved by the relevant health authorities may be licitly received by Catholics. Since there is currently no choice of vaccine being offered, Catholics in good conscience may receive the vaccine that is available and offered to them. Read more at
Happenings at St. Clare
ST. CLARE FEAST DAY - Wednesday, August 11th
Celebrate Our Feast Day

this Sunday - August 8th

Come and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a doughnut after the Sunday 8:30am and 11:00am masses and reconnect with your fellow parishioners.

Sponsored by
the Knights of Columbus.
Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 pm
in St. Clare's Parish Centre

A video documentary about the life of St. Andre Bissette, a great Canadian Saint, will be held in St. Clare's Parish Centre on Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 pm. Registration is free so please join us.
To register please go to Registration for God's Doorkeeper
On January 6, 1937, the death of a humble doorkeeper for a boys' college drew over a million people to Montreal for his funeral. For forty years, Brother André Bessette of the Congregation of Holy Cross welcomed people at the door and became known as a miraculous healer. God's Doorkeeper looks at the heart and legacy of Brother André–as a man of prayer, of hospitality, and of compassion, a man who draws people in to experience a God who is love. 
It’s not too late but please do it soon.

PREP or the Parish Religious Education Program teaches children who do not attend a Catholic school about their faith and prepares them to receive the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. Our classes are held September through May on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:45pm for Grades 1 through 7. 

Please click on this link to get more information about our program and to print registration forms LINK TO ST. CLARE'S PREP INFORMATION

All teachers are volunteers and work in teams either teaching, co-teaching or assisting. We welcome anyone who has heard God calling them to this opportunity to teach our faith to the children.

We are in need of assistants and Teachers this coming PREP year. Please contact Marna if you feel called.

All inquiries should be addressed to our Coordinator Marna at
RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Did you know that you are the greatest evangelizers for our RCIA program? Most referrals come to us from you, our parishioners, through family, friends or community connections. If you know of someone who is looking for a closer relationship with God, please refer them to our program. We include non-Christians, Protestant friends, and Catholics who seek Confirmation and/or Eucharist. 

For information, please contact Marimae at or 604-492-2001.

For information on the Knights of Columbus please visit our websites  at and If you are interested in becoming a Knight please email
Milo at or call him at 604-341-0062.



Everyone is invited to join us daily 
7:30 pm, Online

We are having virtual meetings every week. If you are interested in joining us or would like to know more about Mothers Prayers, please contact Thelma Rose at (604) 464-3383 or email Thelma at
Mothers Prayers which was started by two grandmothers in England in 1995. For more information, please visit: 

While the Covid pandemic continues around the world the care for people undergoing treatment for cancer also continues.

A prayer shawl is a shawl that has been knitted or crocheted within our parish for someone who is facing treatment for cancer. The shawls are meant to serve as mantles of God's gentle love and blessings. Our hope is that, as the recipients wear their shawls, they will be enfolded in warmth, peace, strength and comfort. Shawls are available by donation.

If you know of someone undergoing treatment for cancer and who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, within our parish or beyond, please contact Laura at 604-944-9064 or

Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm

There is an advertiser section at the bottom of today's bulletin. Please support these businesses as they support your parish. Clicking on their ad will take you to their web page.

If you are interested in advertising your company in our bulletin, please contact the office at or call 604-941-4800.
Food for Thought . . . and for the Soul
What Do You Believe?
The Pew Research (August 2019) article about transubstantiation had a jarring conclusion: “ . . . nearly seven-in-ten U.S. Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion ‘are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.’ Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that ‘during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.’”

So ask yourself that question: how do you answer? But a key prior question needs to be "What have you been taught (and learned) about the doctrine of the Real Presence?" Watch Bishop Barron present an extended historically-based answer, given to a large audience of Catholic Educators at their annual conference in Anaheim in 2020 (73 mins).

For a Catholic critique of this disturbing news item, read this well-researched article by Fr Thomas Dailey OSFS (Ascension Press)

Our Catechism Says
1373 "Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us," is present in many ways to his Church:in his word, in his Church's prayer, "where two or three are gathered in my name," in the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned, in the sacraments of which he is the author, in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister. But "he is present . . . most especially in the Eucharistic species." 
1374 The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend." In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained" "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."
1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St John Chrysostom declares:
It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God's. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.
And St Ambrose says about this conversion:
Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed.... Could not Christ's word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.
Financials for June
Mass Intentions
If you wish to book a Mass Intention please email the office at giving the name of the person, whether it is for a living or deceased person, who it is from and if you have any preferences for the the day of the week, a weekend mass or specific date. We will try to book your mass intention as close to the request as possible. The suggested offering for a mass intention is $10 and can be brought to the office, mailed to 1320 Johnson Street, Coquitlam, V3B 4T5 or dropped in the collection box in the church. Please DO NOT use a collection envelope but put it in a regular envelope clearly marked for what it is for.

If you are unable to use email, mass intentions can be phoned in at 604-941-4800.
Our Prayer Corner
Please pray for the sick of our Parish
Noah Zanatta, Bob Roy, Loni Cain, Brendan Pace, Gracienda Ramos, Brian Stewart, Catherine Dunne, Lucy Chase, Doreen Allyen, Tyson Ward, Nora Arroyal, Christopher Brown, Joan McDonald, Annabella Cirko, Frank Matchett, Kelly Durkin, Jason Kendall, Bill Clendinning, Chris Mah, Lydia Guzman, Angelo Visentin, June Cross, Katelyn Boudewyn, Karen Morris, Ramon Montecillo, Janice Caine, Nadine Classen, Leanne Theiss, Sierra Osborne, Sebastien Robillard, Sandra Diersch, Lori Dennis, Marcel Quaghebeur, Mazoe Kaufman, Cindy Mazerolle-Kass,  Anna Figura, Ed Garcia, Viray Family, Walter Banke, Etheen Lowry, Elizabeth Teixeira, Reema Ferreira, Terry McDonald, Andrew De Boda, Maurice Quaghebeur, Henry Sicking, Hari Vijay, Peggy Maas, Chad Galitzky, Al Trotter, Pat Dizy, Wieslawa Dziuba, Brett Lawrence, Norman Schuster, Brenda Haines and all recipients of St. Clare’s Prayer Shawls.
Poor Clares in Mission
The Poor Clare Sisters are praying for our parish and would be happy to take your personal prayer requests by mail or telephone 1-604-826-2818. St. Clare's Monastery, Box 3370, Mission, B.C. V2V 4J5
Of Interest from the Diocese
Upper Room Conference 2021
The Upper Room Conference is a response to this movement of God. Disciples from all over our cities are gathering to be challenged, equipped, and inspired to proclaim the name of Jesus. But this goes far beyond just one day. The Upper Room conference is our largest ministry event of the year and is the momentum moment for ministries and Proclaim in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Proclaim is a movement in the Archdiocese of Vancouver to awaken disciples across our cities and spread the name of Jesus in their homes and communities.
This year, experience the Upper Room in one of three ways: in-person at a parish host site, in-person at the live stream site, or online on Sept. 18 from 9:00am to 5:30pm. For more information and to register, visit

Spiritual Care Training Program
Registration is now open for the Spiritual Care Training Program beginning September 2021. The Spiritual Care Training Program provides one way to answer the call of reaching out to our brothers and sisters who are suffering right now and need support and expressions of care and love. This 9-week training course teaches skills in how to make yourself more available to seniors and others who can benefit from your genuine concern and presence in their lives. Some of the topics covered include aging, communication, boundaries, and self-care.
Receive your workbook and pay only $25 when you register by August 11, 2021. The registration price will increase to $40 after August 11, and we cannot guarantee workbooks will arrive in time for the training start date.
Wednesdays, September 15 - November 10, 2021, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Learn more and register at

Worldwide Marriage Encounter WEEKLY virtual experience is coming!
Save the Date! Starting Sept. 23, 2021 at 7:00pm and running for 7 weeks on Thursdays.
Join us from the comfort of your own home and learn to live your best life in love.
Registration coming soon at

Watch Teresa & Paul’s testimonial at:

The Men's Retreat 2021: Man in the Arena
We are in a struggle to become men. Good men. Embrace the process. Find freedom. Face fear. Fight for truth. Solid in the most important arenas. Become the man you were designed to be.

The Men's Retreat offers something for everyone: powerful presentations, prayer time, Sacraments, fellowship, adventure, rest, hiking, and the rugged beauty of Rockridge Canyon in Princeton, BC. This year's speakers include Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, Military Ordinariate, Jake Khym, Brett Powell and other great men from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. 

This is not "just another retreat," this is THE Men's Retreat you don’t want to miss. October 1 - 3, 2021. Registration opens August 7 at 9:00 a.m. Learn more and register at

Jubilee Year to mark 200th Anniversary of St. Kim Tae-Gon
The Archbishop's Office declared a decree last November marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. Andrew Kim Tae-Gon by designating Saint Andrew Kim Parish as Sanctuary for the exercise of a Plenary Indulgence within the Jubilee year (Nov. 29, 2020 - Nov. 27, 2021).
There will be a special mass at St. Andrew Kim Parish on August 21st at 10:30am by Archbishop Miller to mark the occasion.

Self-Management BC offers a menu of self-management programs available to British Columbians online, by telephone, and by mail. Programs are for adults of all ages living with one or more ongoing health conditions and there is no cost to participate. Please click on or call 1-866-902-3767 for more information.

This a wonderful program which has helped many who are struggling with chronic health conditions.

Gardens of Gethsemani Open House
Our ministry is committed to assisting you with the pastoral care of your community. We offer sacred burial space, counsel for meaningful funerals and aftercare support. We encourage the community to make pre-arrangement plans which is a gift to the family.
We are pleased to extend preferred pricing to our Catholic families and will be holding back our first price increase in more than 2 years until after the Open House. We look forward to seeing you! Attendees will receive a $100 coupon toward pre-arrangement for sacred burial space.
Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m at Gardens of Gethsemani (15694 32 Ave, Surrey, BC). Tours of the gardens will be provided each day at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Estate and Memorial Planning Webinar
This free presentation provides general information for preparing or updating your will and learning about the beauty of the funeral rite, and formulating pre-need arrangements. You'll be pointed to complementary guides, tools and practical resources. The event is sponsored and presented by the Gardens of Gethsemani cemetery, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Thursday, August 12 at 11 a.m. Learn more and register at

Advance Planning for Catholics in Vietnamese
This free presentation offers a Catholic perspective on advance care planning, estates, wills, legacy, and memorialization. Our expert presenters will share wisdom and practical advice you need to plan ahead with peace of mind. 

Wednesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. In-person at St. Matthew's Parish or register to watch live at

Year of the Family
From March 19, 2021 through June 26, 2022 the church celebrates five years since the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family. Pope Francis announced that this is a special year dedicated to the family.
“This special Year is an opportunity to deepen further the content of the document Amoris laetitia, through proposals and pastoral tools. These will be made available to ecclesial communities and families, to accompany them on their journey.”

Learn more and view resources at

Year of St. Joseph​​
Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, beginning Dec. 8, 2020 and ending Dec. 8, 2021, in honour of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. The Pope established a Year of St. Joseph, who with the Canadian Martyrs is one of Canada’s patron saints, so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.” Visit to learn more.
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Email Fraud Warning
The Archdiocese has received multiple reports from parishioners and priests who have fallen victim to a recent Internet email phishing scam. Imposters, posing as priests and using email addresses that are similar to those of our priests, have been emailing people asking for personal donations, gift cards, and other forms of financial assistance.

Never respond to emails requesting Google Play cards, iTunes cards, or any other form of personal financial assistance, even if it appears to be from a priest, deacon, religious, parish staff or bishop. If you have any doubt, please contact the sender by other means to verify any requests.
Employment Opportunities
Administrative and Finance Assistant
The Administrative and Finance Assistant supports the Director of Finance (50%) and the Finance Office (50%) by providing administrative support to the Director while performing basic finance administrative tasks in support of the Finance team. Learn more and apply at

Assistant Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation
The role of Assistant Coordinator will be to help with the strategy and implementation of Ministries & Outreach Office (M&O)’s vision for Adult Faith Formation as directed by the Archbishop of Vancouver. Learn more and apply at

Payroll and Benefits Administrator
The Payroll and Benefits Administrator is responsible for managing the timely and accurate processing of payroll and benefits for the staff at John Paul II Pastoral Centre and other Archdiocesan agencies. The incumbent also maintains the payroll system while ensuring all payroll and benefits statutory filings are reported on time and in conformity with regulatory guidelines. The incumbent is the subject matter expert for all payroll related matters for the Archdiocese of Vancouver and provides guidance to parishes and Archdiocesan agencies. Learn more and apply at

Benefits Coordinator, Benefits Department, Superintendent’s Office
The Superintendent’s Office, Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese, is seeking a full-time Benefits Coordinator for the Benefits Department. Learn more and apply at

Employment Opportunities
The Archdiocese of Vancouver is blessed to be made up of a committed core of individuals who are eager to serve in ministry. If you feel called to be a part of this team, you can view our current openings at
Shalom World TV Network is a 24/7, family-friendly Catholic TV channel and is the recipient of the Gabriel Award for "Best TV Station of the Year 2020", instituted by the Catholic Press Association of North America. It is a commercial-free, high-definition network appealing to young, as well as young-at-heart viewers. Shalom World is an official partner with the Vatican and is authorized to telecast papal liturgies live.

The newly launched channel, ‘SW Prayer,’ is also available 24/7 as a separate stream. This channel is designed exclusively for live Holy Mass, prayer, devotions, and Catholic teachings. Viewers become spiritually enriched and engaged, as they unite their prayers with others joining from across the globe. This prayerful momentum invites God's blessings into our world in these times.

We are pleased to let you know that you can watch Shalom Word TV and SW Prayer from within our parish website absolutely for free. Please go to our parish website and click on the image under Shalom World TV on the bottom right of our home page and you can watch the programs live as well as on demand.

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