What is Lent?
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of self-examination, fasting, and penance to prepare us for the joyful celebration of Easter. “By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #540).
Lent is marked by three things: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. By offering up small sacrifices through the season, we unite ourselves to Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our sins.
Ash Wednesday Masses
Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes will be celebrated at the following times:
9:00 am (school Mass)
Lenten Prayer for Parish Renewal
Join us in praying for parish renewal this Lent.
Lord Jesus, we know You speak to us
And call each of us to build up Your Church.
Pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit upon us and enable us to:
– Hear You clearly
– Listen to each other attentively
– Know and love one another
– Become an irresistible parish
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
And kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.
There's something for everyone happening at the parish this Lent. All our events are open to anyone and most are family-friendly – we look forward to seeing you!
More Than a Story: The Jesus You Never Knew
(Lenten Parish Mission)
Who is Jesus to you? Is He foreign, or is He personal to you, someone you call a friend? Maybe you grew up being taught that Jesus was about rules and punishment, a God who didn't care about you as much as your obedience to Him. But that's not the Jesus many know. Come discover the merciful, loving, and personal Jesus, the one who is relatable in His humanity and wonderfully Divine.
This Lent, we're hosting a parish mission with three wonderful speakers who will speak about the Jesus they know: Fr. Richard Conlin, Fr. Mark McGuckin, and Heather Khym.
This mission is suitable for everyone from teenagers to adults, so be sure to invite your kids, grandkids, family, and friends!
When: Thursdays during Lent: February 23, March 2, March 9
Fridays: Stations of the Cross
Come reflect and pray through the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings throughout Lent, led each week by Fr. Zidago or Deacon Marty.
When: Fridays during Lent at 7:00 pm
If you can't make it to Stations of the Cross or would like to pray it on your own, you can find a previous year's recording of Stations of the Cross featuring our own parish Stations of the Cross and the voices of parishioners here.
Tuesdays: Adoration & Confession
Come pray with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament surrounded by traditional sacred music and receive the sacrament of confession on the last three Tuesdays of Lent.
When: March 14, 21, and 28 at 7:00 pm
Water in the Desert, an hour of Adoration and Worship
Water in the Desert is a monthly adoration event with music, prayer ministry, and testimony from a parishioner. You don't have to do anything; simply come and be refreshed during this peaceful evening.
When: Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 pm
Experience God's love and mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession is offered at the following times as we come closer to Easter:
Saturdays from 9:30 - 10:00 am
Sundays from 4:00 - 4:45 pm (before 5 pm Mass)
Tuesday, March 14, 21, and 28 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm at Holy Trinity Parish (Penitential Service)
Monday, April 3 at 7:00 pm at Christ the Redeemer (multiple priests available)
Lenten Almsgiving: Support Migrant Farm Workers
This Lent, we're supporting the Archdiocesan Migrant Workers Ministry. Bikes are the main way migrant workers in the Greater Vancouver Area commute to work, and often they are unaffordable.
If you have an old adult-sized bike (no children's bikes) you'd like to pass along to someone in need, please donate it this Lent. Bikes should meet the following requirements:
Mountain-style bikes are ideal with wheels 26" or bigger. No kids' bikes.
Aluminum wheels (steel wheels can rust and become dangerous)
Broken bikes or bikes missing parts like seats, flat tires, etc. are fine.
If you don't have a bike to give, you can support migrant workers by donating any of the following:
Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shaving supplies
Rain jackets (new or lightly used. No extra large; mostly small and medium, some large okay)
Shoes for rain (new or lightly used)
Donations can be placed in the marked area of the church foyer beginning Sunday, March 19 and will be collected until April 15.
Most importantly, please keep these migrant workers in your prayers this Lent!
Commemorate the Lord's passion, death, and resurrection during the Sacred Triduum.
Thursday, April 6
Mass at 7 pm, Adoration on the Altar of Repose at 8:30 pm, ending with Night Prayer at 10 pm
Friday, April 7
Stations of the Cross at 11 am, Passion of the Lord at 3 pm
Saturday, April 8
Blessing of the Easter food at 10 am, Easter Vigil at 9 pm.
Sunday, April 9
Masses at 9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm
Other Lenten Resources
Below is a list of Lenten resources which you might find helpful over the next 40 days. If you are inspired to share something else with us, please contact the parish office. God bless your Lenten journey!
Archdiocese of Vancouver Lent Resources
Find resources to support you on your Lenten journey.
The Kids' Bulletin
A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.
Best Lent Ever
Lenten reflections from Dynamic Catholic.
40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign
An international focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, & peaceful vigil to end abortion.