Aug 27/28, 2022 - Sunday Bulletin

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time



This week in the Church



Father Francois Beyrouti has been canonically elected as the 6th Eparchial Bishop of Newton for Melkite Greek Catholics in the United States.


We offer our heartfelt Congratulations and wish him God’s Abundant Blessings.



  • Please note, there will be no Friday Adoration & no 7pm Mass on the 2nd of September

  • 7:30am Mass resumes on September 6th. 9am Mass continues as usual



The Rosary will be prayed every day at 6pm in front of the Grotto for World Peace especially for Ukraine and Russia until the end of the summer. You are cordially invited to join in.


 

Important Updates


  • PREP starts on Wednesday, September 21st – 6-7pm weekly – more details under the “Religious Education” heading


  • Regular Office hours resume on September 6th


  • A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land including Cairo, Sinai, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Petra will happen between November 7th & November 20th Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599)


Red Cross Volunteering



Volunteer now with the Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) – Client Services Volunteers in the Health Equipment Loan Program volunteer in-person at the North Vancouver depot.


About the Role: Volunteers provide administrative support like answering the phone, scheduling client appointments, coordinating health equipment loans and returns and making minor adjustments to equipment.


Individual Time Commitment: 4 hours once per week for a minimum of 6 months. The North Vancouver depot shifts are Monday to Friday.

Training: A mixture of online & in-person training, no experience necessary!

Apply online at: redcross.ca/volunteer or inquire by email at volunteerBCY@redcross.ca


Helping Refugees

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


Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update

With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects. Work will begin on the parking lot the first week of July.


 

Reflections


How to enter the Kingdom


Today's Gospel reading is the third of three parables in chapter 13 that deal with the theme of the unexpected reversals brought by the Kingdom of God. The other two parables are about the tiny mustard seed that grows into a large tree and the small amount of yeast that makes a large batch of dough rise. All three are about the few and the many and the Kingdom of God.


As this parable opens, Luke reminds us that Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem. This journey, this exodus as Luke refers to it, makes up the entire middle of the Gospel. He is teaching as he goes. A question from the crowd gives Jesus the chance to make a prophetic statement. Luke uses this question device a number of times in his Gospel. A few weeks ago, the question “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” led to the parable of the Good Samaritan. The question about will only a few be saved uses typical Christian language about salvation but also expresses the Jewish concern about whether everyone who calls himself a Jew is actually faithful to the covenant. This was a concern of the Pharisees.


Jesus answers that they must strive in the time remaining to enter through the narrow door because many will be trying to get in but won't be strong enough. He then moves to a parable about another door. (The translation says “gate” then “door,” but the same Greek word is used.) Once all those entering the master's house are in and he locks the door, there will be no way for others to get in. Those left outside may knock, but the master will say he doesn't know them. Unlike the Gospel reading from a few weeks ago where Jesus was teaching about prayer, and we were told to knock and the door would be opened, in this parable, the master will not open and say he does not know us. People from the north, south, east, and west will take our place inside. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets will take our place in the Kingdom of God. Those who do not make it through the narrow door will be cast out to where there is wailing and grinding of teeth.


The image of the door is replaced in the final verses of the parable with the image of the heavenly banquet. Two passages from the Book of Isaiah influence the conclusion. Isaiah 43:5-6 speaks of God bringing Israel's descendants back from the east and from the west, the north and the south. And Isaiah 25:6 speaks of the Lord providing a feast of rich foods and choice wines for all peoples on his holy mountain. The answer to the question if only a few will be saved is no. In the end, many will be saved, but many who thought they would be saved will not be saved. The parable is a prophetic warning to repentance in order to enter the kingdom.


~ Loyola Press


 

Mass Intentions


Sunday, August 28

  • Repose Peter Murzello by Sandra Scolt

  • Repose John Martin by Lynn McLeod

  • Repose Fioravante Romano by Giovanna Cusano

  • Repose Angelo Jimeno by Fe Guieb


Monday, August 29

  • Repose Liz Jackson by Elizabeth Wong


Tuesday, August 30

  • Spec. Intention Roan Jahn by Barbara Stuart

  • Spec. Intention Sarah Teh by Elizabeth Wong


Wednesday, August 31

  • Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners

  • Spec. Intention M. Correia by C. Correia


Thursday, September 1

  • Repose Vittora D’Aquila by niece Maria & family


Friday, September 2

  • Spec. Intention Christina Gallagher & House of Prayer by Janet Ficocelli


Saturday, September 3

  • Spec. Intention Anna Maria A’Quilla & Francesca Della Savia by cousin Maria & family


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

 

Events


Parish


RAFFLE FUNDRAISER

Great prizes to be won!

When

September 17, 2022 Early Bird Draw $500 Cash


October 22, 2022 - Main Draw


Why

To pay for the new parking lot and school playground


How

Tickets are $20 each

They will be sold after all masses next week

Cash, VISA and Mastercard will be accepted


Chances of winning are 1 in 1,000


Parish Groups


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 - lzunino@gzarchitects.com or at 604-987-8304


Option to participate via ZOOM:

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


 

CWL


Catholic Women’s League meetings are now in person on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7pm – no meetings during the summer




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 – no meetings during the summer


School




St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School


First Day of School - Tuesday, September 6th, 2022


Welcome Packages will be mailed to home addresses of returning and new students at the end of August. The school's yearly calendar is posted on the school's website. Please ensure the office is informed of any address changes during the summer. Emails may be sent to office@aquinas.org.


Please Note: Administration Office will be staffed starting Monday, August 22nd, 2022. Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm



 

Religious Education

PREP

Children's Choir Training

Altar Servers’ Training

Archdiocese Events

Synod

Project Advance 2022

A Letter from the Archbishop

Special Gifts

Altar Candles & Sanctuary Lamp

Bread & Wine

Remember a loved one with a special gift

Financial Updates

Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update

Remember St Edmund's in your Will

Prayer Requests and Advertisements

























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


St. Edmund Parishioners

Our Parish Community is asked to pray for the Repose of the Soul of

Rev. John Barry






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


Father Steny &

Father Cannio