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April 15/16 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

Divine Mercy Sunday

Important Updates

2022 TAX RECEIPTS - available from the Parish Office.

2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH – there is a Filipino Mass at 6pm



We Believe Without Having Seen

The Gospels tell us that Jesus appeared to the disciples on several occasions after they discovered that his tomb was empty. Part of the mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection is that he appeared to his disciples not as a spirit but in bodily form. The bodily form was not one that the disciples recognized though. In John’s Gospel, Mary of Magdala does not recognize that the figure standing before her is Jesus until he speaks to her. In Luke’s Gospel the disciples who meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus do not recognize him until he breaks bread with them. The resurrected Jesus had a physical presence, but the disciples couldn’t recognize Jesus unless he allowed them to. His resurrected body, nonetheless, showed the marks of his crucifixion.

From readings such as today’s Gospel, we also see that in his resurrected body, Jesus seems to be free of physical constraints. He appears to the disciples despite the fact that the doors were locked.

Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In doing so, Jesus commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” During the meeting, Jesus also shows the integral connection between forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The story of Thomas illustrates our Christian experience today: We are called to believe without seeing. In fact, all Christians after the first witnesses have been called to believe without seeing. Thomas’s doubt is hardly surprising; the news of Jesus’ appearance was incredible to the disciples who had seen him crucified and buried. Thomas’s human nature compelled him to want hard evidence that the Jesus who appeared to the disciples after his death was indeed the same Jesus who had been crucified. Thomas is given the opportunity to act on that desire. He is our witness that Jesus is really risen.

Our faith is based on the witness of the Church that has preceded us, beginning with Thomas and the first disciples. Through Baptism we receive the same Holy Spirit that Jesus brought to the first disciples. We are among those who are “blessed” because we believe without having seen.

~ Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 16

· Spec. Intention Patrizia Stirpe by Leonora & family

· Repose Beverley Larose by Antoine Larose

· Repose Joseph Hiep Pham by daughter Rosa Zivarts

· Repose All Departed Souls of the Cusanelli family by family

· Repose Michael Mandap by Gaskell family

Monday, April 17

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund’s Parishioners

· Spec. Intention in Thanksgiving for Barbara’s return to health by her Mom

Tuesday, April 18

· Spec. Intention Nigel Harriott by Barbara Stuart

· Spec. Intention Xavier Arns by Mom & Dad

Wednesday, April 19

· Repose Manuel Quieto by wife Gilda & family

· Repose Milagros Limson, Malou Arcenas & Didith Gonzalez by Elisa & John Bueno

Thursday, April 20

· Repose Nonito Sonalan by Marion Sonalan

· Spec. Intention Elizabeth Livingston by Bev Watson

Friday, April 21

· Spec. Intention Monica Leitner by Hildegard Fercho

· Repose Rosalina Macuroy by Marilyn Macuroy

Saturday, April 22

· Spec. Intention Father Alex Braganza by Zofia Bronowska

· Repose John Cusanelli by Giovanna Cusanelli

If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office




Parish Groups

ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group

Date: All Mondays at 7:00 PM

Participation in person:

please contact Luis Zunino - or at 604-987-8304

Option to participate via ZOOM:

For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino - or at 604-987-8304 – Afterwards, A ZOOM link will be provided


Catholic Women’s League meetings are now in person on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7pm

SPECIAL NOTE: Starting April meetings will be in person

The Knights of Columbus general meetings are in person on the 1st Tuesday each month @7pm/executive meetings are also in person on the last Tuesday of the month @7pm

Please note - the Knights’ Pancake Breakfast will not take place in April.

All Spring Term lessons are now available to book at .

Registration for Summer camps and lessons will be available in April.


KINDERGARTEN APPLICATIONS for the 2023/2024 school year are now being accepted at St. Edmund’s School. Please submit a copy of your child’s birth and baptism certificates with your application form. If you are non-Catholic, please submit a birth certificate. Application forms may be printed from our website and e-mailed to the school office at

Kindergarten to Grade 7 Principal: Ms. Diana Silva

Office Telephone: 604.988-7364

Instagram: @stedselementary

Our school is a vibrant faith and learning community dedicated to developing the full potential of each child using Christ as our centre. We are blessed with caring and dedicated educators committed to inspiring life-long learners in all areas. We welcome the opportunity to share the many enriching learning experiences with you and your family. Please contact the school office for more information.


Religious Education


Every Wednesday at 6-7pm in the school

Children's Choir Training

Every Saturday at 10 AM

Altar Servers’ Training

Every Saturday at 11 - 11:30am


Archdiocese Notices & Events

World Wide Marriage Encounter hosts a weekend retreat - April 14-16, 2023 in Kamloops! Come join us to live your best life in love, renew your marriage & rekindle romance. For more information and to register visit: Behold Vancouver website

Registration closes Mar 28/23 - see WWME on Youtube:

Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery is hosting its Spring Open House. Catholics save 20% off burial space at our sacred grounds, with an Open House special discount of an additional 5%. Now is the perfect time to make pre-need burial arrangements for yourself or your parents at our local Catholic cemetery. On Friday, April 28, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., OR Saturday, April 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more and register at

Marriage Anniversary Mass - On Sunday May 14, 2023, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be honoring couples celebrating milestone marriage anniversaries in 5-year increments from 5-60 years, and every year beyond 60 years at the annual Milestone Marriage Anniversary Mass.

You’re invited to register to celebrate your milestone marriage anniversary year with Mass at 1:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier Parish followed by a reception. Families and friends are welcome to witness and celebrate your milestone anniversary. Learn more and register at

Project Advance 2023

The Project Advance Webpage is live, please visit

You can donate by scanning ↘

Special Gifts

Bread and Wine

Remember a loved one with a special gift

Financial Updates

Remember St Edmund's in your Will

Prayer Requests and Advertisements

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intention of

Navidad Ologar

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intentions of

All Carmelite Priests

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Special Intention of

Father Steny &

Father Cannio


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