THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
This week in the Church
2023 COLLECTION ENVELOPES – they are ready to be picked up at the Church entrance and are in alphabetical order. In 2023, it is very important that you use your 2023 envelopes to help ensure that you are credited for any donations. Do not use previous year envelopes, as envelope numbers may change and, again, you may not receive credit for your donations.
Tuesday, Dec. 20th @ 7pm - St. Edmund’s Parish
Wednesday, Dec. 21st @ 7pm - Christ the Redeemer Parish
Thursday, Dec. 22nd @ 10:30am – St. Stephen’s Parish
CHRISTMAS FLOWER DONATIONS – Would you like to contribute to the flowers that will adorn the Church for Christmas? If so, donation envelopes are at the Church entrance. Thank you for your generosity.
CWL COFFEE SUNDAY & CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE is after all Masses on Sunday, December 18th. Baking donations will be gratefully received prior to the Masses. Please allow the CWL to price your baked goods.
Pro-Life Christmas cards are available from the Parish Office & during the next CWL Coffee Sunday & Bake Sale in packs of 10 for $10 and 3 packs for $25
Christmas Star Competition
Dear Children and Parents, we encourage you to partake in this Competition.
The competition is open to all the parish members. The maximum size of the star should not exceed two feet X two feet (length x breadth). Please Signup before December 10, 2022.
The last day to submit the stars 22 December 2022. The prepared stars will be displayed inside and outside of the Church. The best star will be awarded with a prize. Prizes will be distributed at the Children's Mass on 24th December 2022. Stars of all sorts made by human hands in imitation of the heavenly stars appeared at the birth of Jesus.
How to make a Star? Here are some samples!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS UPCOMING FUNDRAISER:
Twinkling Lights on a Christmas Night – takes place beginning Dec. 3rd & concluding Dec. 17th with a dinner celebration. All proceeds will towards our parish as well as various charities.
To achieve our goals, we are asking individuals, organizations, and local business in our community to assist us by sponsoring a Christmas tree. Sponsoring a Christmas tree is $250.00 with the cheques made payable to “St. Edmund’s Parish”. For more information please contact Vlad Florescu @ 604-367-8875 or Roney George @ 604-376-7127. Or pick up flyer/letter at entrance of church.
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.
A Cause for Rejoicing
The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word meaning “rejoice.” This Sunday is so named because “Rejoice” is the first word in the entrance antiphon for today's Mass taken from Philippians 4:4,5: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.” Some people mark this Sunday on their Advent wreath with a pink candle instead of a purple candle. This Sunday is a joyful reminder that our salvation is near.
This week's Gospel Reading continues our Advent reflection on the person and message of John the Baptist. Last week we heard John speak about his relationship to the coming Messiah, Jesus. This week, we hear Jesus' message to John the Baptist, now in prison, about the signs of the kingdom found in Jesus' ministry and Jesus' assessment of John's role in the Kingdom of God.
The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of John's arrest in chapter 14:3-12. In today's Gospel, John sends word to Jesus from prison, asking if Jesus is the Messiah for whom he has been waiting. Jesus responds by pointing to the miracles that he has worked and invites John and the other hearers to make their own determination. In his next breath, however, Jesus praises John for his role in preparing the way for Jesus. Then Jesus says that all of those who work for the Kingdom of God will be as great as John and even greater.
Jesus' message to John about the signs of the kingdom being performed recalls the salvation described by the prophet Isaiah. This passage is a reminder that the beginning of salvation is already mysteriously present to us, but also yet to be fulfilled. Salvation is already in our midst as manifest in the miraculous deeds of Jesus and in the Church. But salvation is also to be fulfilled in the coming reign of God. Even as we observe our world today, we can find glimpses of God's work among us. Even more, we help to prepare the way for God's kingdom by our words and our deeds. This message is indeed a cause for rejoicing.
~ Loyola Press
Sunday, December 11
Repose Maria & Joseph Pham by Rosa Zivarts
Repose deceased Cusano family members by Angelo & Adelina Cusano
Repose Seng Huat Lim & Kuan Chiang Lim by Christine Keong
Monday, December 12
Spec. Intention Bishop Gary Franken by Cecilia Son
Spec. Intention Chin Yong Teh by Elizabeth Wong
Spec. Intention Elizabeth Wong by Bev Watson
Tuesday, December 13
Repose St. Edmund Parishioners
Repose Myriam Vanderoost Helene Brooks
Repose John Le Jeune by Zofia Bronowska
Wednesday, December 14
Spec. Intention Marta Ruzickova by Peter & Fernande Husar
Repose Rev. John Barry by Louzado family
Spec. Intention Toni Bartulin by Bev Watson
Thursday, December 15
Repose Cecile Virginia McNeill by Mary Ann Riccardi
Repose J. Victor Santos by Ludovina Santos
Repose Mary Catherine & Wasantha Kumara by Deepa
Friday, December 16
Repose Katarzyna & Ian Wasak by daughter-in-law
Repose Molly Aberdien by Elizabeth Livingston
Saturday, December 17
Repose Benjamin Aguillardo by daughter
Spec. Intention Elizabeth Livingston by Roz Kerr
If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office
ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group
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
SPECIAL NOTE: monthly CWL meetings will be via Zoom for December/January/February
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
St. Edmund's Elementary School
Every Wednesday at 6-7pm
Children's Choir Training
Every Saturday at 10 AM
Altar Servers’ Training
Every Saturday at 11 - 11:30am
PRO-LIFE CHRISTMAS CARDS
North Shore Pro-life is again offering a selection of pro-life Christmas cards in packages of 10 for $10 or 3 for $25. Orders available for pickup by emailing email@example.com
They will also be available at the next Knights’ Pancake Breakfast & CWL Coffee Sunday as well as a few packages in the Parish Office.
Project Advance 2022
The Project Advance Webpage is live, please visit projectadvance.ca
You can donate by scanning ↘
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
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.
You pray best when the mirror of your soul is empty of every image except the image of the invisible Father. This image is the Wisdom of the Father, the Word of the Father … the Glory of the Father.~ Thomas Merton
Prayer Requests and Advertisements
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