CCO Mission to BC: Alex Stapleton has been an active member of Holy Trinity Parish for his entire life (19 years) and many of you may recognize him as an altar server and sacristan. He’s also currently serving as a small group leader for our Junior High youth ministry program, and as a member of our Parish Pastoral Council. He is planning to participate in a month-long mission trip to Kelowna, BC with an organization called Catholic Christian Outreach. Alex will share briefly about this opportunity and make an appeal for funds at the end of Masses this weekend. Here’s a link to his personal support page.
Parish Lenten Mission - Thanks!: Thanks so much to all those who participated in, served at, or helped to organize our recent Parish Lenten Mission. The three evenings were well attended both online and in-person. Many were moved by the talks given by the speakers, the praise and worship time and the time spent in Eucharistic Adoration. It was wonderful to once again be gathered together to pray and worship for a retreat experience. We’re also grateful for the time of fellowship on Tuesday night, to celebrate the end of the mission– snacks and drinks and casual conversation and an opportunity to reconnect with members of our community. Thanks also to those who financially supported the mission with their donations. If you’d still like to make a financial contribution towards the parish mission, donation envelopes can be found in the foyer.
Solidarity Sunday: Sunday, April 3rd is what Development and Peace (the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis) calls Solidarity Sunday. This year’s collection goes towards their People and Planet First campaign. There are envelopes in the foyer or donations can be made via their website.
Holy Week and Chrism Mass: Holy Week is a few weeks away yet, but please make note of the schedule on our website here. Also, for the first time in two years the Archdiocese is pleased to invite you to join Archbishop Dunn and the priests of the Archdiocese for the annual Chrism Mass. The liturgy will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Tuesday, April 12 at 12:00 noon. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 restrictions coming to an end, there will be no physical distancing or masking required. Attendees are welcome to take personal precautions (i.e. masking) as they wish.
Delegation to Rome: In December a delegation to the Vatican of residential school survivors, Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers, Indigenous youth, and a group of Canadian bishops was supposed to travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis. As a result of the pandemic, this trip was postponed. Recently it was announced that this trip will happen next week: March 28 to April 1st. As the delegation makes their journey, Indigenous communities across this land will light Sacred Fires. In Indigenous spirituality, Sacred Fires start a ceremony or sacred event. This spiritual practice is a means to make individuals feel open, grounded, and connected with people on the Earth and those who have moved on. On March 28th, as the encounter in Rome begins, in solidarity with the Indigenous Fire Keepers keeping the Sacred Fire in our region and across this land, all are invited to light a fire or a candle and to pray. Let us pray for this important moment for our Indigenous brothers and sisters. For more information on the delegation click here.