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Pastor’s Desk

Served by the Scalabrinians

…if you share your food with the hungry and give relief to the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the dark, and your night will be like noon.  
(Is 58:10)


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past few weeks, I have been learning about some important changes to Project Advance this year, which I would like to highlight for you.

Archdiocesan funding priorities from this year’s Appeal will be directed to a newly established Crisis Response Fund, to help vulnerable individuals and families during this time of pandemic, alongside other ministries of evangelization and outreach.

The Archdiocesan goal for Project Advance has been reduced to $1,625,000, so our target at St. Ann has been reduced from $59,000 to $29,500.

The Appeal will officially launch during the week of June 8th when past supporters of Project Advance can expect to receive a letter from Archbishop Miller. More details of the Appeal will be published in the BC Catholic and will be available at www.projectadvance.ca

With your support during this very unusual time, Project Advance will again meet the needs of both our parish community and the Archdiocese. God bless you and all those in our parish family.

Your Sincerely,

Fr. Eduardo Quintero, CS

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Finance Report

Dear Parishioners of St. Ann’s,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these times of pandemic. The parish finance committee would like to report on the financial status of St. Ann’s for this past year. We do find ourselves, at this time, in a financial deficit. The deficit is not the result of one pastor or one finance committee, but of an increase in parish activity and major project expenses without the revenue to match the increase. This has been a trend over the last few years. Over the past few years we have funded the following projects: Reconstruction of the church entrance, building of the Day Care classroom/washroom, renovations to 2 rooms in rectory, painting hallways/foyer of Centre plus new flooring in Parish office, replacement of one of the boilers, replacement of wooden garden beds and seats in front of Centre plus the ongoing monthly financial support to our 2 schools. Though our accounts are not in arrears, the funds we do have are mostly donations received for the building of our new church.

We would like to avoid using these funds to offset our deficit but urgently need support from you, our parishioners, to make that happen. There are major maintenance projects that will need to be addressed this year, the main project being the replacement of the church roof. For now, we will be postponing the replacement and focusing on minor repairs until we have enough funds.

With the loss of the Spring Fair this year, we will especially need your financial support. We understand it is a difficult time. We have all been affected by the pandemic. The parish is also impacted by the loss of revenue from Sunday collections, save for the parishioners enrolled in preauthorized withdrawal. We would like to encourage you to sign up for the preauthorized withdrawal, if at all possible.

The finance committee is working with Fr. Eduardo and our accounting department to see where we can continue to best use the funds gifted to the parish by our parishioners in good stewardship. As the finance committee, we will work with full transparency and will report regularly to the parish of our financial health. The parish accounts are not private and any parishioner, upon request, is allowed to view them.

Finally, we ask for your prayers. God has blessed St. Ann’s parish for over 90 years with the ability to impact our community and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. By God’s grace, the intercession of our Patroness St. Ann, and the faithfulness of each of us, we will continue to be the “welcoming, Eucharistic community” God has called us to be.

In Christ,

Fr. Eduardo Quintero, CS            —            St. Ann’s Finance Committee


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Easter Sunday

Dear Parishioners,

The Fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, as one great Sunday. The first eight days of Easter Season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord.

Let us joyfully celebrate the Lord’s victory over death. Let us sing Alleluia, a hymn, a prayer and a worship that is proclaimed throughout the world. Let us announce that Jesus Christ triumphantly lives and reigns!


Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining


  • During the day, Church will be open for personal prayer and reflection. Enter through the Parish Center!



  • On Thursdays there will be Eucharistic Adoration from 2 pm to 6:30 pm, concluding with a solemn Benediction. Come and spend some time in Eucharistic Adoration. Please call or email the Parish Office to sign up. Church will be open throughout the day for personal prayer and Adoration.


  • Confessions by appointment… that’s our way of being flexible and responding to individual needs. Besides that, on Thursdays a priest will be available to hear your confession from 5:00 to 6:00 pm


  • Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated at 3:00 pm. Join us in acknowledging and invoking God’s mercy on us and on the whole world.
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Holy Week

Dear Parishioners,

Holy Week will begin in few days. Due to our current situation we will celebrate it in strict observance to norms and regulations by both civil and religious authorities.

We cordially invite you all to join us in celebrating the main mysteries of our faith. Corona crisis leads us to holding on to other Church values. Let us then take advantage of them. As a “domestic Church”, let us shut our doors and pray in secret, as the Evangelist suggests…


Palm Sunday

  • Anticipated Mass will be live streamed at 5:00 pm. Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am. There will also be Spanish Mass at 1:30 pm.
  • Palm branches will be blessed at each Mass. If desired, take some blessed palms home and set an altar or hang them on your entrance door, as a reminder that Christ is the king of our lives.

Monday — Tuesday — Wednesday of Holy Week

  • Priests will be available to hear your confession from 10:00 am to Noon, and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Confession stations will be in the Crying room and in St Monica.
  • Holy Mass will be live streamed at 7:00 pm, followed by the Rosary (Monday), Eucharistic Adoration (Tuesday) and a reflection (Wednesday) respectively.

Holy Triduum

  • The Chrism Mass — The Archdiocese will provide a livestream of the Chrism Mass from Holy Rosary Cathedral at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
  • Holy Thursday will live streamed at 7 pm. The washing of feet and the procession with the Blessed Sacrament to an altar of repose are omitted. If desired, after Holy Mass, parishioners may visit the Blessed Sacrament until 9:00 pm for a personal and private moment of Adoration.
  • On Good Friday there will be two live streamed main celebrations. The Way of the Cross at 11:00 am and the Liturgy of the Passion at 3:00 pm.
  • Easter Vigil will start at 9:00 pm.
  • Easter Sunday Mass will be solemnly and joyfully celebrated at 10:00 am, and Spanish Mass will be at 1:30 pm.
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Best Wishes to all at the beginning of 2020!

Dear Parishioners, 

Greetings and best wishes to all at the beginning of 2020! It is written: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”(Num 6:24-26). 

In Holy Scripture and under the subtitle The Blessing, these verses tell us how Yahweh wanted God’s people to be blessed. As we start this new civil year, let us reflect on this beautiful blessing taught by God Himself. 

Be an instrument of Blessing: As Priestly People, we are called to invoke the Lord’s blessings on others. Wishing goodness and desiring wellbeing for others is an antidote and a bridge to fraternity. Humanity, society is in need of kindness, warmth and heavenly graces. Let us start this journey together by offering our best, so hopefully seeds of blessings are planted. 

Be a reflection of God: Another important task is to bring God wherever we go and in what we do. Discipleship is rightly shown when we let our actions translate our faith. Pick any good deed and share it with others. Take God to situations and people where his presence no longer exits. Let His Wisdom and Holy Spirit be a light! 

Be an instrument of Peace: For us believers, peace is much more than absence of war or violence. Ex-president Reagan said: Peace is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. Let us spread tolerance and respect to enjoy harmony, acceptance and justice. 

Peace is a gift from God. Jesus Himself said “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you”. Peace is then also a way of life, a road to brotherhood. We recently took two important decisions to work on peace. One obviously is to grab Mother Mary’s hand. When invited into our hearts, she will certainly lead us to Jesus, her Son, and will always protect us under her mantle. We also prayed for Peace. May our prayer be accompanied by concrete deeds of mercy, understanding and love toward nature, God, and others. 

May God grant us heavenly blessings and transform our hearts. 

Peace, Fr. Eduardo 

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Blessed Christmas Greetings

Welcome and Merry Christmas!

Our church family is happy to welcome our friends & visitors, those who have been with us regularly and those who haven’t been to church for years. Our church is full and perhaps a bit noisier than usual, but it is a joyful noise like a big family gathering! We are glad you are here!

In 2019, St. Ann’s Parish celebrated 90 years of faith and service in the community of Abbotsford. We are proud to offer activities and gatherings for all ages and stages, from infants to seniors. In 2020, we will be opening Abbotsford’s newest daycare for toddlers (ages 18 – 36 months) in our parish centre. For children, we have a vibrant preschool and parish religious education program.We are blessed to be a part of a growing Catholic elementary school and high school in West Abbotsford. We have people who serve in community outreach for those who are homebound or in seniors’ residences, provide meals for new moms, deliver food to those who are struggling, as well as those who visit the prisons, hospital, and outreach to migrant farm workers.

For anyone who hasn’t been to church in awhile, I want to extend an invitation for you to join us through the year for Sunday Mass. The beauty and promises of Christmas, are meant to bring light and warmth all year long. If you are curious about God but not sure where to start, we invite you to join us for Alpha on Thursdays beginning January 23, 2020. You can enjoy dinner and conversation with a small group. Alpha is free and it runs until April. It is a wonderful way to meet others and grow in your curiosity about God’s plan.

Let the moment of grace that begins with Christmas continue into 2020. On behalf of Fr. Rosemond, myself, and the entire staff of St. Ann’s Parish, I wish you a blessed Christmas! If you need to talk, feel free to contact me, Fr. Rosemond, or our staff through the Parish Office. We all have struggles and questions. We want you to know that you aren’t alone.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Dear Parishioners,

Advent is a Liturgical period of four weeks, which prepares us for Christ’s birth. At the center of Advent celebrations are the Lord’s first coming in the flesh and that at the end of times. So salvation and fulfillment, past and present, promise and crowning speak in a special way of God’s love for his people. Advent Season also refers to Jesus’ constant coming. Between the two comings Mother Church celebrates our Savior’s constant manifestation. In this way, our life on earth is but a preparation to encounter Him with songs of praise and deeds of charity.

Advent wreath is a wide spread tradition in the Catholic Church. The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah. The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical color for joy. It is “Gaudete Sunday” and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.

On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Savior. This candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels:

“Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men.” Christmas is then celebrated with great joy because God is with us! He is God’s gift to humanity. He is the Light of the World that became flesh to show us the way to the Father! May our prayer for the virtues of Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace be heard! May each one of us, transformed by God’s living Word, let Baby Jesus dwell in us!

From the bottom of our hearts, we extend our sincere greeting of peace and unity. Merry Christmas and a blessed 2020 to all!

Fr Eduardo, Fr Rosemond, St Ann’s Staff

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World Day of Migrants

Dear Parishioners

The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for the challenges and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.

In 2019, the World Day will be celebrated on September 29th. Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not just about migrants” to show up our blind-spots and make sure no one remains excluded from society, whether a long-time resident or someone newly arrived.

Last Sunday, the Archdiocese of Vancouver celebrated the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Migrants and refugees are human beings, not numbers! There is a story, families, projects and dreams behind each one of them.

Taken from Bishop Scalabrini’s writings, behold how the idea of a Religious Congregation came about…

In Milan a few years ago, I witnessed a scene that left me with a sense of profound sadness. As I walked through the station, I saw the vast waiting room, the porticoes at the side and the adjacent piazza filled with three or four hundred people, poorly dressed and separated into various groups. 

Their faces, bronzed by the sun and marked by premature wrinkles drawn by privation, reflected the turmoil agitating their hearts at that moment. There were old men bent with age and labor, young men in the flower of manhood, women leading or carrying their little ones, boys and girls – all united in a single thought, all heading to a common goal. 

They were emigrants. They belonged to the various provinces of northern Italy and were waiting with trepidation for the train that would take them to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, from where they would embark for the distant Americas where they hoped to find a less hostile destiny, a land less unresponsive to their labors.

They were leaving, poor souls, some sent for by relatives who had preceded them in this voluntary exodus; others, without knowing where they were heading, drawn by that powerful instinct that impels the birds to migrate. They were going to America, where (they had heard many times), there was well paid work for anyone with strong arms and good will. It was not without tears that they had said goodbye to their native villages, to which so many tender memories still bound them.

I left there deeply moved….

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Dear Parishioners

A new school year is about to start. Energized and strong in faith, we, priests and parishioners, continue journeying together.

On Saturday, November 16th at 5:00 pm a Solemn Mass will be celebrated to commemorate St Ann’s 90th Anniversary. An organizing committee was formed, a choir will soon start rehearsing, a photo directory will be updated and published. Be part of a milestone in St Ann’s

Maintenance and repair projects are also in our agenda. Parish life continues and we want to be prepared to live our faith and serve all brothers and sisters who knock at our door. A Parish Day Care is also in mind: it is another effective way to assist families and their needs!

Our Farm Workers Ministry is active and vibrant. Holy Mass and Rosary, as well as farm visits are ways by which stronger bonds of friendship, support and communication get stablished. Food or clothing donations help us reach out to them, as we reflect the Church’s charitable face. Drivers are needed to take farm workers to and from Church. If interested, call the Parish Office!

A Fundraising Dinner for our Farm Workers is scheduled for Saturday, September 21. I invite you all, dear friends, to support this initiative. Let us open the door of our hearts in hospitality and solidarity! Jesus, who passed doing good and curing all those oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38), taught us to care for the foreigner. So we imitate his example!

Finally, the Provincial Superior for the Scalabrinians will be in the area from Sept 7 to 11. Fr Miguel Alvarez, CS will conduct a Canonical Visit. It is an opportunity to encounter the confreres and the community they are assigned to; it is also a great occasion to evaluate and plan at personal and community levels. Fr Miguel will celebrate Mass when it is possible, and he will also meet with the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils. He makes himself available if someone wants to talk…

I sincerely thank you for your presence and support. May God bless us and help us build bridges, to be living signs of mercy and understanding.

Fr Eduardo Quintero, CS

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Dear Parishioners

Dear Parishioners, 

A year ago, the Scalabrinians moved in to St Ann’s Parish, and a journey with a Religious Order and as a community of faith began! We were welcomed and joyfully accepted. Pedagogically and fraternally we were guided and taught. Prayerfully we allowed God to indicate to us a direction, a path to walk by. 

Therefore, on this occasion, a Biblical verse comes to mind: What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord (PS 116:12-13). Yes, words of worship, gratitude, thanksgiving and commitment need to be expressed. 

God has blessed us in many ways. Beautiful celebrations and liturgical events took place during this year. It was with a common effort that today allows us to say: “we made it”! Let us keep on working together in announcing Jesus’ living Gospel and witnessing our faith! 

When changes occurred, I am aware, we get anxious, question or doubt. Hopefully fears vanished, as we walked along. I value the fact that you gave us a chance by trusting and supporting us! 

From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you all for your generosity, your friendship, your patience and understanding! Thanks for accepting us, despite our limitations and mistakes! 

New projects and renovations are on the list. Life continues… or as our Blessed Founder used to say: “The world moves on and we cannot remain behind.” Let us put our hands into action and keep on building Church, on being Church! 

May God bless us! 


Fr. Eduardo 

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