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Feb 25/26 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

The 1st Sunday of Lent

This Week in the Church

Parishioners can make their tax-deductible donation to St. Joseph’s Society in-person at their parish, use the envelope in your box or make a safe and secure donation online at

FIRST FRIDAY is on March 3rd – Adoration begins after 9am Mass (no 7:30am Mass that day) followed by Benediction at 6:15pm. Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm and then Mass at 7pm. A Sign-up sheet is at the Church entrance – it would be greatly appreciated if 2-3 people could sign up per time slot.


Important Updates

2nd Sunday of each Month – there will be a Filipino Mass at 6pm

2022 TAX RECEIPTS are available at the back of the church. Please pick up when you come to Mass. You can also call parish office and have us scan & email to you or put in the mail; just let us know.

FUNERAL MASS for Lolita Acosta on Wednesday, March 8th @ 11am.

Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace in the comfort of the Lord.



God’s Promise of Protection

In each of the three Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke), after Jesus’ baptism by John, Jesus is reported to have gone to the desert to fast and pray for 40 days. In each case, while in the desert, Jesus is tempted by the devil.

Matthew and Luke give more detail than Mark does, but each one tells how the devil tempts Jesus in the desert. In Matthew, as in Luke, the devil presents three temptations to Jesus. The devil tempts Jesus to use his power to appease his hunger; he tempts Jesus to put God’s promise of protection to the test; and he offers Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if Jesus will worship the devil. In each case, Jesus resists the temptation, rebuking the devil with words from Scripture.

The account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert is filled with allusions and parallels to the Old Testament, including the story of the people of Israel. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the desert in Exodus, for example, and Jesus spends 40 days in the desert. As the Israelites were tempted during the Exodus, so too is Jesus tempted.

Each temptation offers insight into both God and the human condition. Jesus’ rejection of the temptations shows that he will not put God to the test. Grounding himself on the word and authority of Scripture, Jesus rebukes the devil, confident in God’s protection and faithfulness.

As we start our journey through Lent, our Sunday readings call us to adopt the same confidence that Jesus had in the face of temptation: God’s word alone will suffice; God’s promise of protection can be trusted; God alone is God.

~ Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 26

· Repose Raffaele Cusano by wife Rosa

· Repose Rosa Zepedeo by Pasqualina Cusano

· Repose Carlo Tinaburri by sister Paola Vignone

· Repose Lolita Acosta by family

· Repose Jon, Domenico, Mattia & Serafino by family

· Repose Monette Ledesma by Peter & Diane Nation

Monday, February 27

· Spec. Intentions for St. Edmund’s Parishioners

· Repose Robert Dandurand by Helen & Lorne Brooks

Tuesday, February 28

· Spec. Intention Frances Watson by Sue Farrell

Wednesday, March 1

· Spec Intention Thanksgiving Angelita de Guzman by Cari Mendoza

· Repose Maria Amelia Silva by Paul & Liz Mobilio & family

Thursday, March 2

· Spec Intention – Thanksgiving by Jane Richmond

Friday, March 3

· Repose All Souls in Purgatory by Helen & Lorne Brooks

· Spec. Intention Christine Gallagher by Janet Ficocelli

· Spec. Intention Leo Fercho by Hildegard Fercho

Saturday, March 4

· Repose Antonio Manuel Mealha by Maria Schaller

· Thanksgiving Mass by Louzado & DeAbreu families

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: 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

Please note - the Knights’ Pancake Breakfast will not take place in March or 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

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:

CWL RETREAT - Please join Fr. James Comey and the Holy Trinity CWL on our annual retreat at Westminster Abbey on March 24-26. Our theme: Lent and Celtic Spirituality. All women are warmly welcomed. Cost: $175. For more details and to secure your place, please contact Nicole @ 778-886-3340 or

Catholic Health Association of BC

Apply for our $500 Bursary!

This year, the board of directors of CHABC is pleased to announce that it will grant a $500 Bursary to a graduating student who is enrolled in a Catholic secondary school, or a member of a BC or Yukon parish and enrolled in a public secondary school, or home-schooled.

Interested students are invited to submit a 500-word essay by April 7, 2023, that demonstrates an awareness and understanding of the significance of Spirituality in Health Care. In your essay, please explain why you believe that care for the spirit is just as significant as care for the body, and why spiritual care is particularly important in tending to the sick and dying, to their families, and to those who care for them. Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of spirituality in care as opposed to focusing on religious beliefs and services

Deadline: April 7, 2023

Emailed submissions must be sent prior to midnight on

April 7, 2023 to

For essay and submission guidelines, please visit

Catholic Health Association of British Columbia

Project Advance 2022

The Project Advance Webpage is live, please visit

You can donate by scanning ↘

Special Gifts

Bread & Wine

For the week of February 24th to March 3rd

Repose of the Souls of all my sisters

Donated by Nora Gemino

For the week of March 4th to March 10th

Special Intention of Maria Schaller

Donated by Maria Schaller

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

St. Edmund Parishioners

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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