Updated: May 3
3rd Sunday of Easter
This week in the Church
Please keep in your prayers Our 27 First Holy Communicants who will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion next Sunday, May 1st @ 2pm
May the blessings of Christ be upon them always.
Our First Holy Communicants
Gabriella Aguirre Rory Beaton Ryan Borromeo Dyanne Diano Leila Douglas Ava Edgett Paul Edgett Raphael Fernandez Evans Valentina Fernandez Evans Rafael Gonzalez Duque Brianna Guerrero Tea Avery Historillo Yuan Inso Ethan Kim (Blessing)Liam Kim (Blessing) Abigail Kinny Szymon Losik Maia Manoliu (Blessing) Scarlett McCormack Julianne Paling Mason Rudder Alexander Swatko Zyanne Tuazon Shaireenah Veloso Nino Villamor Jianne Viloria Alex Wang (Blessing)
Liam Kim (Blessing)
Maia Manoliu (Blessing)
Alex Wang (Blessing)
Blessings and Congratulations to all who are taking this important next step on their Faith Journey
First Friday – May 6th – Adoration starts after 9am Mass (no 7:30am Mass that day). Benediction will be at 6:45pm followed by Mass at 7pm.A sign-up form is at the Church entrance; it would be greatly appreciated if 2-3 people can sign up per time slot
During May – the Month of Mary – the Rosary will be prayed every day at 6pm in front of the Grotto for World Peace especially for Ukraine and Russia. You are invited to join in
Knights’ Pancake Breakfast is on Sunday, May 8th after 8 & 9:30am Masses – join them for delicious food & good company!
Between May the 9th and May the 13th, our St. Edmund Students will be participating in the Spring Walk-A-Thon. Proceeds from donations in support of our walkers will go to upgrading their playground so please be generous.
Parishioners are invited to join the St Edmund’s Students as they celebrate the Crowning of Mary on May 13th at 11 am in the Church.
On May 29th, Archbishop Michael Miller will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at 4pm here at St. Edmund’s. Please pray for our Confirmandi as they take this next important step on their Faith Journey
The Parish is in the process of welcoming a family of 5 to North Vancouver. If you would like to help, please join the Refugee Committee by contacting the Parish Office
Blessing of the Home during Easter Season
Bless our Home and All Who Enter It is an ancient custom to bless the homes of the faithful at Easter. It is a simple blessing, not the full blessing of a new home. It may take place any time during the Fifty Days of Easter (Easter Sunday thru Pentecost Sunday) and it is an excellent opportunity for the family to come together in your homes to celebrate.
Begin with a greeting: "Peace be to this house, and to all who dwell in it." Continue with the Blessing that follows below. Then sprinkle the house and the people with some of the baptismal water that was blessed at the Easter Vigil. The service concludes with the exchange of the Sign of Peace, the greeting which the Risen Lord gave to his disciples in the Upper Room on the first Easter.
BLESSING Lord, we rejoice in the victory of your Son over death: by rising from the tomb to new life he gives us new hope and promise. Bless all the members of this household and surround them with your protection, that they may find comfort and peace in Jesus Christ, the paschal lamb, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen You may collect the Holy Water from the Church After Easter Sunday. Fr. Cannio and Fr Steny are available if you wish to bless your Home. Contact the Parish Office.
2021 Tax Receipts
Pick up from parish office this week
2022 Collection Envelopes
New sets of envelopes are in the Parish Office for you to pick up. It is important that you use this year’s envelopes to help ensure that you get credit for your donations. Please do not use envelopes from previous years.
Service and Sacrifice
In Lectionary Cycle C, our Sunday Gospels are usually taken from the Gospel of Luke. The Gospels for the Easter Season, however, are taken from the Gospel of John. Today's Gospel is one of the post-Resurrection appearances reported by John. Recall that in John's Gospel, Jesus appears first to Mary of Magdala, second to all of the disciples except Thomas, and finally to Thomas and the disciples (which we heard last Sunday). After those appearances, John's Gospel seems to conclude with a reference to other signs that Jesus gave after his Resurrection, which have not been recorded.
Because it follows this apparent conclusion, most scholars believe today's Gospel passage (and all of John 21) to have been an addition to John's original text. Because there are significant differences between this report and the other appearances described in John's Gospel, it is quite likely that this story is from a different source. There are details in the story that recall Jesus' call to Simon Peter and the other fishermen as well as the miraculous catch of fish (found in the Gospel of Luke, with parallels in the other Synoptic Gospels). The end of the chapter, where Jesus asks Peter three times whether he loves him, most likely is meant to represent the reconciliation that occurred between the community represented by John's Gospel with the larger Christian community represented by Peter. This Gospel reading is a rich and textured story that speaks of Jesus' presence in the Eucharist and our commission to serve others as Jesus did.
Last week we heard that Jesus appeared to the gathered disciples in a locked room, probably in Jerusalem. In today's Gospel, the disciples are no longer in Jerusalem; they are in Galilee, returning to their work of fishing. Simon Peter is still presented in the role of leader: when he announces that he is going fishing, the other disciples follow. They spend the night fishing but are unsuccessful.
Jesus calls to them from the shore, but just as when Jesus first appeared to Mary of Magdala, the disciples do not recognize him immediately. Still, they follow the stranger's instructions and bring in a large haul of fish. It is at this point that one of the disciples (the “disciple whom Jesus loved”) realizes that Jesus is appearing to them. Upon hearing this news, Simon Peter leads the way again, jumping from the boat and swimming to shore. The other disciples follow in the boat, dragging the fish.
The disciples have brought to shore a tremendous catch of fish that Jesus has directed them to find. But once on the shore, they see that Jesus has already prepared fish and bread on a charcoal fire. Jesus directs the disciples to bring their catch of fish as well. Jesus is host at the meal that follows, feeding the disciples the bread and fish. In this detail we see allusions to the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes told in John 6.
There are also allusions in the Gospel to our gathering for the celebration of the Mass. In the Eucharist, we too are fed by Jesus in the bread and wine that have become his very Body and Blood. We also find in this story insight about the Presentation of the Gifts at Mass. The gifts we bring to the altar, bread and wine, are made from gifts that God gave first to us: grain and grapes, the fruit of the earth. God has no need of anything further. Yet God accepts the offering we bring—bread and wine, “the work of human hands”—and transforms our offering into the gift of his very presence.
After the meal, Jesus directs himself to Simon Peter. The community of John's Gospel probably looked down on Peter because of his denial of Jesus. This dialogue with Simon Peter is a reversal of Peter's three denials. Peter is forgiven. Having been restored to friendship with Jesus, Simon Peter is sent on a mission. “Feed my lambs . . . Tend my sheep . . . Feed my sheep.” These commands indicate that Peter is to be as Jesus, even unto sacrificing for the flock. As Jesus has fed Peter in this meal and as Jesus feeds us in the Eucharist, so he also sends us to follow him, asking that we offer our lives in service and sacrifice.
~ Loyola Press
Sunday, May 1
· Repose for all the souls by Velfor Mangampo
· Repose Giovanni Cusanelli by Angelo & Adelina Cusano
· Spec. Intention Tyler Harriott by Barbara Stuart
Monday, May 2
· Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners
Tuesday, May 3
· Spec. Intention Fr. Joseph Soria by Barbara Stuart
Wednesday, May 4
Thursday, May 5
· Repose Natalie Eberle by Barbara Stuart
Friday, May 6
· Spec. Intention Christina Gallagher/House of Prayer by Janet Ficocelli
Saturday, May 7
Spec. Intention Fr. Joseph Soria by Barbara Stuart
If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office
Pictures from Good Friday Station
ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group
Re-starting "In Person" Meditation Sessions
Date: All Mondays at 7:00 PM
Participation in person:
please contact Luis Zunino - email@example.com or at 604-987-8304
Option to participate via ZOOM:
For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino - firstname.lastname@example.org 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
St Edmunds Elementary School
We're thrilled to bring back the St Edmunds annual Walk-a-thon!
Our spring walkathon is our largest student-led fundraising event. Students will be collecting pledges from supporters like you to go for walks in their neighbourhood with their class or with their families, all before the May long weekend.
We are appealing to you, your families and your friends to please pledge to your child's walk-a-thon campaign. All contributions will have a DIRECT impact on your child’s educational programs and activities.
This year, funds will go towards continuing to upgrade the playground, including resurfacing and painting the blacktop.
Thank you so much for supporting our students and our school! All gifts will receive a charitable tax receipt. For donations that are not done online, a pledge form and tax receipt request form will be sent home later this week.
St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Job Posting - Bus Driver Position
STA is inviting applications for a part-time Bus Driver
position. The successful candidate will possess a Class 2 Drivers licence with a clean driver’s abstract. The position commences immediately and continues until June 15, 2022, with possible continuation thru next year. Application Deadline: May 1, 2022. Please send a cover letter and resume to the principal, John Campbell (email@example.com).
STA Sr. Girls Soccer Win the BC Catholics Tournament
A huge congratulations to the STA Senior Girls Soccer Team, for their historic win at the BC Catholics tournament held April 20th-22nd in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. This is the first time STA has ever won this tournament and it was a convincing 5-0 defeat of Immaculata in the finals.
STA Scholars Cup Winners
This talented group of young men from STA are heading to Dubai in June for the Global Scholars Cup event! Nick (G10), Billy (G9) and Gabriel (G11) represented STA from April 9th -10th in the Scholars Cup Vancouver edition. The boys qualified for the Global Round in Dubai from June 23rd - 28th.
UBC Michael Smith Challenge Results
On February 15th, 13 of our Science 10 students wrote UBC's Michael Smith Science Challenge. This year, 1046 students from across Canada participated in the contest and we are very proud to share that our own Billy Park scored in the top 3% of these students. This marks the second time since the contest's inception in 2002 that a STA student has accomplished this feat.
Annual Spring Plant Sale!!
Curb side pick-up will take place on May 3rd & 4th. Please note that specific pick-up instructions will be sent closer to delivery day.
Titanic In Spoken Truths
May 16th - May 18th - It's that time again, STA!
Despite many attempts by Covid-19, the STA Theatre Company has proven itself to be "unsinkable"! We are pleased to invite you to our presentation of "Titanic in Spoken Truths".
Please join us May 16, 17 & 18 at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. Purchase your "green" e-tickets via https://www.vtixonline.com/titanic-in-spoken-truths/2460/
There will be a limited number of tickets at the door for cash purchase, based on availability. We hope to see you at the show!
Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program
The annual British Columbia & Yukon Bursary program known as the Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program is underway. The 2022 program is now receiving applications. We are privileged to offer fourteen bursaries of $1,000.00 each to Catholic students across BC. These bursaries are made available on a one-time only basis to young practicing Catholic students who are in post secondary education at a recognized institute of higher learning within the BC. Applications are accepted from Jan. 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022 with the bursaries being awarded in the fall. The Terms of Reference may be found on our web site (kofcbc.org) after Jan 1, 2022.
Requests for application should be addressed to:
Knights of Columbus BC & Yukon
809 Mara Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5T9
Attn: Herb Yang, Bursaries Chairman
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to congratulate the many recipients once again over the past years and look forward to the opportunity to assist many more young people in the advancement of their education.
Every Thursday at 6 PM - In Person
Children's Choir Training
Every Saturday at 10 AM
Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: "For a synodal church: Communion, participation and mission." With that in mind, there will be information cards available at the Church entrance with Topics of Conversation suggested on the reverse side and encouraging us to check for updates on the Archdiocese site www.rcav.org/synod
Marriage Anniversary Mass 2022
On Sunday May 8, 2022, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be honouring 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 2:00pm at St. Clare of Assisi Parish followed by a reception. Families and friends are welcome to witness and celebrate your milestone anniversary. Learn more and register at family.rcav.org/mam.
Project Advance 2022
Apr. 23 – May 6
Special Intention that peace quickly returns to the Ukrainian people
Donated by Jane
Altar Candles & Sanctuary Lamp
April 30 – May 6
Repose Jady Li & Liz Jackson
Donated by Nora
Bread & Wine
April 30 – May 6
Special Intentions Father Godwin – 25th Ordination Anniversary
Donated by Zofia Bronowska
Remember a loved one with a special gift
The remembrance can be for an anniversary, a birthday, in thanksgiving or to remember our deceased loved ones. Stop by the Parish Office to arrange to have the Bread and Wine, Flowers, Altar Candles and/or Sanctuary Lamp donated for someone you love. All donations are for one week.
Altar Flowers - $30
Bread & Wine - $25
Altar Candles - $20
Sanctuary Lamp - $20
Masses - $10 (per Mass)
Please contact the Parish Office
Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update
With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects.
Remember St Edmund's in your Will
A planned gift to be realized in the future, such as the options below, may be the best approach for you and may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible.
A Gift in Your Will - This is the most common type of planned gift - a gift in your will. Arranged today, a bequest is paid to St. Edmund’s Parish through your estate, after your death. You can give a specific sum, property, or a percentage of your estate. It is important that the full name of the parish and charitable number be included in your will so that there is no confusion about your intentions. (St. Edmund’s Parish, North Vancouver # 11884 9470 RR0064)
Life Insurance - A gift of life insurance is a simple and thoughtful way to make a gift to St. Edmund’s Parish. Insurance allows you to make a modest gift now for a significant gift in the future.
RRSP and RRIF Funds - Naming St. Edmund’s Parish a beneficiary of your RRSPs and RRIFs means all or a portion of these assets can now be left directly to St. Edmund’s Parish upon your death without having to pass through your estate. This arrangement means that no probate fees are payable on these assets. In most cases, the taxes owing on your donated RRSPs or RRIFs at death are offset by the charitable tax credits generated by your donation. Donations of this type are a great way to reduce the substantial deferred tax burden that many RRSP and RRIF plans carry.
Prayer Requests and Advertisements
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