February 2018
Lent begins on February 14

"The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar. From the Ash Wednesday reminder to 'remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,' to the dramatic liturgy on Good Friday, leading to the joyful Easter 'Exultet' and the hymn 'Jesus Christ Is Risen Today' - Lent is a time when we Christians are invited to examine our faith, and deepen the commitment to livthe Christian life."

(adapted from HuffPost Religion)
ONE Conference 2018
Mercy and Beyond: Sharing our Joy

The annual ONE Conference brings 1,000 parish and ministry leaders from across Catholic Vancouver together to connect, learn and inspire each other. Speakers who have inspired thousands of people to receive God's mercy and share His joy with others include: Fr James Mallon author of "Divine Renovation"; Dr Josephine Lombardi; Abbot John Braganza OSB; and Archbishop J Michael Miller, CSB.

"How do we give people the tools to be evangelizers? Part of doing that, we feel, is helping them be better Catholics themselves, more firm in their faith, and more able to share their faith. That's done in so many ways", says planning committee chair Michele Smillie. Find out how.

Words to Inspire

"Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God."

"Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself."

St Francis de Sales
Patron saint of writers & journalists

This Month's Featured Ministry
Altar Servers

Altar serving gives young people (boys & girls who have received their first confession & communion) the opportunity to participate actively in the mass. Serving during mass gives support to the priest and allows young people to familiarise themselves with the rituals of our faith. Servers have several supporting duties to carry out: carrying the processional cross and candles, carrying the incense and thurible, holding the missal for the celebrant when he is not at the altar, assisting the priest when he receives the gifts from the people, washing the hands of the priest before the prayer over the gifts, and removing items from the altar after communion.

"What hope you give to your parishes and to the whole Church! Your joy and enthusiasm for life, your sincerity and openness, your obvious love of Jesus, tell us of the older generations something very important.
               ( Archbishop J Michael Miller to altar servers in September 2017)

Anyone interested in becoming an altar server should speak with Fr Scott
Our Contemplative Supporters

"In a little place set high on a hill, surrounded by the mountains and overlooking the Fraser River, the incense of prayer rises twenty-four hours a day, shedding light on the world below. The prayer rises from the open hearts and the empty hands of the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare as they live in the simple joy of their beloved Lord." Thus reads the website introduction to our Poor Clares in Mission. 

"The Church needs you", said Pope Francis to a gathering of contemplative sisters in Lima, Peru, recently. He continued: " Strive to grow in the fraternal life, so that every monastery can be a beacon of light in the midst of disunity and division."

Faith Formation on your iphone?

"The modern Catholic family is driving down the highway of life, running across traffic and distractions along the way" ... Who's going " to offer friendly and accessible on-ramps to faith and spirituality"? That question and that faith formation metaphor are addressed by veteran religious educator and author 
John Roberto in this article from a recent National Catholic Reporter post.

If this sounds like your family and you'd like some ideas on how to deal with the issue of "too much to do, too little time", follow the link below.
Wise Words

"Dear friends, Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God's word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. ... Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter."
(Pope Francis February 2017)
Project Advance
Year-End Status Report

Thank you to the 57.8% of our families who pledged $352,068.72 to Project Advance in 2017, which is over $291,000 above & beyond the $60,000 archdiocesan goal for St Clare of Assisi parish; all funds raised beyond that goal will return directly to our building fund.

Did you contribute in 2017? A new tax year has begun: as you plan your budget for 2018, please consider making a donation to help the archdiocese and to pay off the mortgage on our church. Watch for information on the 2018 campaign, coming soon.

Your 2017 tax returns for Project Advance & weekly donations
will be available early this year

(includes an online donation link)
Chartres Cathedral
Pilgrimage: Shrines of France
September 13 - 28, 2018

Join Fr Scott on this 16-day tour of many of France's shrines including Paray Le Monial, La Salette, Lourdes, Mont-St-Michel, Lisieux, and Chartres. Also visit the WWII Normandy beaches and the walled city of Carcassonne.

The tour itinerary with full details
is in the white brochure rack in the church lobby

Parish Album

If you have a photo of a parish activity that you wish included, we will do our best to feature it in a later issue. Please send your photo file to  enews@stclare.ca

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    February 2018    Parish Events & Feast Days 
  2   Weekend Retreat: Westminster Abbey, Mission (3 days) Fr Bellusci OP
  3   St Blaise 
  3   Middle School Youth Ministry night 6:30 - 8:30pm   
  3   Annual University Mass: Holy Rosary Cathedral @ 7:30p m
  4   Special collection: BC Catholic newspaper
  4   K of C: after-Mass pancake breakfast
10   One Conference 2018 @ Chandos Pattison Auditorium Surrey  
12   Family Day
13   World Day of the Sick: Ano inting Mass @ Our Lady of Sorrows 11am
14   Ash Wednesday (day of fasting & abstinence)
16   Chinese New Year
20   CWL: general meeting 7pm in the hall basement
25   CWL: after-Mass coffee & cookies

* Bible Study: Mondays or Tuesdays 9:45 - 11:45am (cost $34) 
  8-weeks on the Letter to the Galatians: "What must we do to be saved?" 
* RCIA: every Thursday at 7pm in the basement

Our Stewardship Prayer

Generous God

I give thanks to you for the gifts
you have given me:
my life, my family, my friends, 
my time, my talents, 
& my material possessions. 
All that I have comes from you. 
Help me to remember this 
and rejoice in your goodness.

I give glory to you, my God, as I make stewardship a way of life.

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The Pope's universal prayer intention for February 2018

Say "No" to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power
may resist any lure of corruption

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