March

March 17, 2017

LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE  Please, come to our communal Lenten Reconciliation Service this coming Friday, Mar. 24 at 7:00 pm.  Remembering that our sins affect the lives of others, we come together to repent, reconcile & renew in celebration of God’s mercy and tenderness. Families are urged to bring their children to experience this very special aspect of our faith. No school the following day! 
 

LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE  Please, come to our communal Lenten Reconciliation Service this coming Friday, Mar. 24 at 7:00 pm.  Remembering that our sins affect the lives of others, we come together to repent, reconcile & renew in celebration of God’s mercy and tenderness. Families are urged to bring their children to experience this very special aspect of our faith. No school the following day! 
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DIRECTORY  PHOTO TAKING  SESSIONS BEGIN  Sat. Mar. 24 at 6 pm  & Sun. Mar. 26 at 11:45 am in the Library/TV room. New parishioners are encouraged to sign up. No obligation to purchase a picture. There’s still time to book a photo session online at tinyurl.com/SPP-PhotoDirectory-Signup (Mon. to Friday only).   

PARISH GROUPS EASTER BREAK: 

  • Friendly Hours will continue with no break. 
  • Rel. Educ. cancelled on Apr. 9 & 16   
  • Prayer Group cancelled on Apr. 13  
  • Faith Reflection cancelled on Mon. Apr. 17  
  • Taiji Qigong cancelled on Apr. 13 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS  During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be held on Mondays, 7 pm at St. Elizabeth’s. 

D & P Share Lent 2017  Week #3: Women are breaking the chains of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This week, we meet with Cécile Kazadi, a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who explains why community radio is an essential tool for women denouncing sexual violence. “Thanks to RCK radio, our lives have changed a lot. We are now aware of our rights.” This year, why not share year-round by joining Development and Peace – Caritas Canada’s monthly donor program? More information can be found online at devp.org/shareyearround. D&P has been working with the Congolese Catholic Church to encourage citizen participation and ensure a fair electoral process since the first democratic elections in the DRC in 2006. . 

Parish Council Update:  Parish Council has reconfirmed our decision to direct the funds raised for refugee aid to internally displaced Christians in Erbil & Mosul, Iraq.  

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of our Mother Church, the Cathedral, the Bishop has initiated a Diocesan Award to recognize parishioners who have served their local faith community. Any nominees? 

“I MET GOD TODAY - ORDINARY EVENTS SEEN WITH NEW EYES” Young teenage glimpses of transcendence - reflections by grade 8 students of St. Andrew’s High School gathered by Danny Brock, teacher and mentor of young people.  I hope you will meet God when you read these reflections.  ($20/book - see Fr. Rolf or office). 

BOOK SALE: “JUDGED ON LOVE ALONE”  Dr. Patricia Rooke has been teaching our faith in the Diocese for 14 years. Her course material is compiled in her book Judged on Love Alone. Copies available for a donation of $15. Proceeds will go toward our parish scholarship fund.   

HUNT FOR EASTER EGG TREATS The Religious Education program is planning an Easter Egg Hunt. If you would like to contribute some treats for this occasion, please drop off you donation at the parish office. Donations need to be dropped off by Palm Sunday. Thank You. 

CALLING ALL GRADUATES If you or your daughter / son / grandchild is graduating from high school, college or university, please inform the parish office

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE ART CONTEST Anyone under the age of 35 is invited to share their talents by participating in the 50th Anniversary of Development & Peace Art Contest. Check out the poster in the foyer of  St. Elizabeth’s  for  more information. 

March

March 10, 2017

STATIONS OF THE CROSS  During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be held on Mondays, 7 pm at St. Elizabeth’s. 

PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE

  • The parish office is closed on Mar. 15 & 16 because our parish data base is being converted to a diocesan data base, called ParishSOFT.  
  • A small committee is being created to look at improving the functionality of our kitchen. 
  • Parish Council has reconfirmed our decision to direct the funds raised for refugee aid to internally displaced Christians in Erbil & Mosul, Iraq.
  • On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of our Mother Church, the Cathedral, the Bishop has initiated a Diocesan Award to recognize parishioners who have served their local faith community. Any nominees?  

PHOTO DIRECTORY UPDATE Say Cheese! Book your photo session now for our Parish Photo Directory! Sign up for photo sessions after mass.  It's been five years since our last Parish Directory and there are so many new faces and kids have grown!  You can also book a photo session online using this link: tinyurl.com/SPP-Photo-Directory-Signup (Mon. to Friday only).  Link available at spparish.com.    

BOOK SALE: “JUDGED ON LOVE ALONE”  Dr. Patricia Rooke has been teaching our faith in the Diocese for 14 years. Her course material is compiled in her book Judged on Love Alone. Copies available for a donation of $15. Proceeds will go toward our parish scholarship fund.   

RECONCILIATION SERVICES: You are invited to heed the Lenten call for conversion at our parish communal Lenten Reconciliation Service Friday, Mar. 24 at 7 pm.  

  • Thu. Mar. 23, 7 pm at Holy Cross  
  • Fri. Mar. 24, 7 pm here at St. Elizabeth’s
  • Thu. Mar. 30, 7 pm at St. Joseph the Worker  
  • Tue. Apr. 4, 7 pm at Sacred Heart 

D&P SHARE LENT 2017 Week #2: This week, Development and Peace / Caritas Canada is taking you to Indonesia to meet Risya, a 22-year-old Indonesian woman who has been blind since adolescence. Thanks to a workshop in journalism offered by  our partner the Association of Independent Journalists (AJI), this courageous young woman started to use her blog to write about the discrimination faced by women with disabilities and to encourage these women to believe in their potential. AJI has offered media workshops to 170 women and now they can make their voices heard! Remember! In 2004, a tsunami hit the coastlines around the Indian Ocean, resulting in 300,000 victims. In collaboration with its partners, Development and Peace provided emergency relief, completed the construction of 3,500 permanent homes and related infrastructure, and helped establish 26 community organizations.  
 

 THANK YOU TO CWL ... Especially to Liz Skrzypczak for organising the World Day of Prayer celebration on Fri. Mar. 3. 

PARISH LIBRARY UPDATE Please take the time to stop at the library display on the trolley at the back of the church displaying the new additions to the library during 2016. Thank you. Theresa   

February

February 21, 2017

REMINDER - PICK UP YOUR TAX RECEIPT Also, please double-check that you have not inadvertently picked up someone else’s envelope, and be careful not to disturb the order of the tax envelopes. 

JUST AROUND THE CORNER Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Masses will be at 9 am & 7 pm at St. Elizabeth’s.   

 PHOTO DIRECTORY UPDATE Our last Parish Photo Directory, for which pictures were taken in 2011, used the services of a commercial photography company. With it came a certain degree of pressure for individuals to purchase portraits. Please know that this year’s photos for the Parish Directory will be taken by a professional photographer who is a member of our parish and as such the process will be an in-house and non-profit venture for the benefit of the parish and parishioners only.  

REGISTRATION REMINDER Thanks to everyone who completed their parish registration form. If you have not yet registered PLEASE FILL IN A REGISTRATION FORM.  It is important for the parish to have accurate and current information.  Registration forms are in  the foyer, or you can register online at  tinyurl.com/2016-Census  

DEFIBRILLATION VOLUNTEERS As part of the Public Access to Defibrillation Program (PAD), we will be installing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at  St. Elizabeth’s.  We need six volunteers to learn the proper way to use these units.   A 3 - 4 hour training session will be held between Feb. 22 and Feb. 26.  The training can take place on any day or time, depending on when people are able to attend. If you would like to assist, please contact the parish office at 250-656-7433, or email spparish@shaw.ca.  
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MY PARISH FRIENDS ... Your many prayers, cards, beautiful flowers and messages of support were so appreciated.   How can I help but be well!  Thank you, LOL Vera 

CONSIDER PRE-APPROVED DONATIONS! You are invited to donate to our parish via preapproved donations (PADS). Info packages are available in the foyer or from the parish office. Questions? - call Gary at 250-656-7433. 

THANK YOU FROM PASOBOLONG “Fr. Rolf and Community:  Across the miles and from heart to heart I am writing an behalf of all the young people beneficiaries to say THANK YOU for all the help you are extending to us.  Because every little kindness makes the world brighter and better for everyone, especially the poor and underprivileged.  Praying that you will all be blessed with good health and grace to go on where each person is called to journey every day.  Have a blessed 2017! Sister Josephine Manuel, OP on behalf of the Holy Rosary Family Center, Pasobolong, Mindanao, and the Dominican Sisters.” 

FUNERAL FOR FATHER JACK SPROULE

Fr. Jack’s funeral mass will be held on Fri. Apr. 8 at St. Elizabeth’s.
Time to be determined.