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Feb 24/25, 2024 - Sunday Bulletin

Second Sunday of Lent


This Week

Our heartfelt condolences to Father Cannio and his family for their loss. Please keep Father Cannio and his family in your prayers.

Please join us for a MEMORIAL MASS for Nicolau Sebastiao Cardozo on SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND @ 11 AM with a small reception to follow in the parish hall.

  • 2023 TAX RECEIPTS ARE READY TO PICK UP FROM THE PARISH OFFICE or you can call the parish office to have the receipt mailed or emailed to you.

  • Please do not park in the Fire Zone or on Crosswalk – we have had complaints from our neighbors. It is against city by-laws and you could be ticketed or towed if you continue to do so.

  • CWL COFFEE SUNDAY & BAKE SALE is after all Masses this Sunday, February 25th. Baking donations will be gratefully received before the Masses. Please allow the CWL to price your baked goods.

  • FIRST FRIDAY is on March 1st – Adoration begins after 9 am Mass and Benediction is at 6:15 pm, followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm and then Mass at 7 pm. A Sign-up sheet is at the Church entrance.


    • 9 am & 7 pm Masses – 6:30 Stations of the Cross (no 7:30 am Mass that day)

    • Are you ready to deepen your prayer life this Lent? Join fellow St. Edmund’s parishioners in a Lent Pray40 challenge using the #1 smartphone app for Catholic prayer and meditation, Hallow. The app presents prayer in different audio forms and includes many top Catholic speakers. In the Hallow Pray40 challenge, reflect and pray every day of Lent with Father Mike Schmitz, Jonathan Roumie (Jesus in The Chosen), Jeff Cavins, and others.

    • St. Edmund’s has organized a 90-day free trial of Hallow for parishioners. To access the free trial, from your smartphone:

      • Go to and follow the directions to create your account. OR

      • Using the camera on your phone, focus on the QR code below. A link will pop up. Select the link and follow the directions to create your account.


Important Updates

  • FILIPINO MASS – is the second Sunday of the month at 6 pm

  • CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUP will meet in person on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm

  • PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2024 ENVELOPES – from the Parish Office. If you still have envelopes from other years, kindly do not use them. Instead, use a plain envelope noting your name and the amount until you pick up your 2024 set.

  • CWL MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2024 are due before the end of APRIL. Kindly bring your cheque or EXACT cash of $40.50 to the office during office hours, or drop an envelope into the communion basket, tagged CWL Membership. If you need to do e-transfer, contact Donna at

  • BISHOP LOBSINGER MEMORIAL BURSARY – go to the Knights of Columbus notices for important information.



Hearing the Transfiguration Story Early in Lent

The context for Mark’s Transfiguration story is similar to that found in both Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospel. The Transfiguration occurs after Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus’ prediction about his passion. After this, in each of these Gospels, there is also a discussion of the cost of discipleship.

In each case, Jesus takes three of his disciples—Peter, James, and John—to a high mountain. While they are there, Elijah and Moses appear with Jesus. In Matthew’s and Mark’s Gospel, there is a reference to a conversation between Jesus, Elijah, and Moses, but only Luke’s Gospel includes the detail that this conversation is about what Jesus will accomplish in Jerusalem.

Elijah and Moses are significant figures in the history of Israel. Moses led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and received from Yahweh the Ten Commandments. In appearing with Jesus at his Transfiguration, Moses represents the Law that guides the lives of the Jewish people. Elijah is remembered as one of the most important prophets of Israel who helped the Israelites stay faithful to Yahweh. Some Jews believed that Elijah’s return would signal the coming of the Messiah for the Jewish people. This belief is evidenced in the question posed by Jesus’ disciples after they have witnessed the Transfiguration. The appearance of these two important figures from Israel’s history with Jesus signifies Jesus’ continuity with the Law and with the prophets and that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was promised to the people of Israel.

On seeing Jesus with Elijah and Moses and having witnessed his Transfiguration, Peter offers to construct three tents for them. Mark reports that the disciples are terrified by what they have witnessed and that Peter’s offer is made out of confusion. We also notice that Peter has reverted from his earlier confession that Jesus is the Messiah, calling Jesus rabbi instead. As if in reply to Peter’s confusion, a voice from heaven speaks, affirming Jesus as God's Son and commanding the disciples to obey him. This voice from heaven recalls the voice that was heard at Jesus’ baptism.

In his Transfiguration, we see an anticipation of the glory of Jesus’ Resurrection. In each of the reports of the Transfiguration, Jesus instructs the disciples to keep secret what they have seen until after the Son of Man has risen from the dead. The disciples’ confusion continues as they wonder what Jesus means by rising from the dead. The disciples cannot possibly understand Jesus’ Transfiguration until they also witness his passion and death. We hear the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration early in Lent, but we have the benefit of hindsight. In our hearing of it, we anticipate Jesus’ Resurrection, even as we prepare to remember Jesus’ passion and death.         

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 25

• Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

• Repose Raffaele Cusano by wife Rosa

• Repose Jojo Delosaantos Talibugen by Emilia Ilar

• Repose Serafino & Maria Cusano/Fiore & Enza Romano by Adelina Cusano

• Repose Chari Orozco Simons by John & Elisa Bueno

Monday, February 26

• Repose Anuradha Trivdei by Margaret Konopka

• Spec. Intention Regina Diego (birthday)by Maribeth Bihis

• Spec. Intention Nestor Diego (birthday) by Maribeth Bihis

Tuesday, February 27

• Repose St. Edmund Parishioners

• Repose Nicolau Cardozo by Zofia Bronowska

• Repose Lucrecia Ligsay by Margaret Konopka

Wednesday, February 28

• Repose Giuseppe (Joe) Rucci by family

• Repose Benjamin Dela Paz Campos by Florendo family

• Spec. Intention Clint L. by family

Thursday, February 29

• Repose Nicolau Cardozo by Barrera family

Friday, March 1

• Spec. Intention (Thanksgiving) Angelita C. de Guzman by Cari Mendoza

• Spec. Intention Christine Gallagher/House of Prayer by Janet Ficocelli

Saturday, March 2

• Spec. Intention Albert & Alice Mascarenhas by Zofia Bronowska

• Repose Nicolau Cardozo by Charmaine Guindon

• Repose Nicolau Cardozo by Legion of Mary

• Repose Mum & Dad Cusanelli by family


Parish Events


2nd Thursday of each month @ 7 PM

CWL MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2024 are due before the end of APRIL. Kindly bring your cheque or EXACT cash of $40.50 to the office during office hours, or drop an envelope into the communion basket, tagged CWL Membership. If you need to do e-transfer, contact Donna @


Knights of Columbus

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

SPECIAL OFFER - Knights of Columbus - Free 1 Year On-Line Membership. You can enjoy the benefits of being a Knights of Columbus member including Accidental Death Benefit and the famous Columbia Magazine.


After joining, please check your Inbox for confirmation.


St. Eds Christian Meditation Group

Thu 15th Feb @ 7 PM

The St Edmund's Parish unit of the 'World Community for Christian Meditation' (WCCM) will resume its in-person meditation meeting, on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7.00 pm in St Edmund's Church.

The first (resumed) in-person meeting will be held Thursday, 15 February at 7.00 pm.

WCCM had suspended in-person meetings owing to COVID-19 restrictions but continues to hold a weekly virtual meeting on Mondays (via ZOOM), also at 7.00 pm.

You are sincerely invited to attend the WCCM meeting(s). All are welcome.

To learn more about WCCM, kindly contact: Luis Zunino - email


School Events

St. Edmunds Elementary School

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

Pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival & Italy - The STA Alumni Association, in conjunction with STA Campus Ministry, is hosting a Pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival and Italy from July 22nd - August 8th, 2024. All STA alumni & their families (18+) are invited to join.

Find more information at:


Religious Education


  • PREP classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at St Edmund’s School

Children's Choir Training

  • Every Saturday at 10 am

Altar Server Training

  • Every Saturday 11-11:30 am


Archdiocese Notices & Events


• Together for Good Marriage Workshop - March 2*

* Together for Good Marriage Workshop

One day could change your marriage! Thousands of couples across Canada have dedicated one day to building a marriage that stays together for good.

In partnership with FamilyLife Canada, we are offering the Together for Good Marriage Workshop that will give you tools, exercises and guided conversations to help you and your partner grow a healthier, more joy-filled and resilient marriage.

Each session will help you move past differences and drift to a place of greater closeness and trust. You’ll strengthen your relationship in the important areas of communication, conflict, sex and spirituality. Discover how incredibly good marriage can be — for you, your family and your community.

On Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish in Vancouver. Cost is $60 per couple.

Registration deadline: Monday, February 19. Learn more and register via



Discover the essence of WYD Lisbon 2023 in the video created by WYD Canada.

Please click the link below:


Development and Peace — Caritas Canada: a movement of solidarity

Established in 1967, Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada is the official international solidarity organization of the Catholic Church in Canada.

We address the root causes of poverty, oppression, and inequality by working with partners in the Global South and by mobilizing Canadians in the common struggle for justice and dignity. We champion women and social movements as key agents of lasting change.

Our transformative work is possible thanks to the generosity and support of our members and Canadians who stand by us. 

Join the movement of over 12,000 members and help us bring our campaigns to life in your community. Visit


Last chance to sign the Stand for the Land petition 

Today is the deadline (February 25th) for signing a letter to the Honduran ambassador to Canada asking her government to protect those who are fighting to defend forests and rivers in a Honduran national park against pollution from a mine. The letter is part of Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada’s last fall campaign.

Over 20,000 Canadians have signed it in solidarity with these struggling communities of Guapinol and the San Pedro sector. Join the effort and add weight to our demands. Sign now at

Thank you for your solidarity!


On Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm, Christ the Redeemer Parish (599 Keith Road, West Vancouver) is having a Lenten mission by Fr. Jan Kunes, a dynamic and powerful speaker, entitled “Who are You, Lord Jesus Christ, and Who Am I? From Loneliness to Openness of Heart.” Who is this God we talk about, and why do we pray? How might we open our hearts to God to better hear his voice? We’ll hear Fr. Jan speak and have time for discussion in small table groups. This event is suitable for everyone from teenagers to adults. No RSVP is required.


Special Gifts

Remember a loved one with a special gift

Bread & Wine


Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


Prayer Requests and Advertisements

If you would like to let St. Edmund Parishioners know of the services your company provides, please contact the Parish Office about advertising on this page. Thank you.

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


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