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Feb 3/4, 2024 - Sunday Bulletin

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Important Updates


    • NO 7:30 AM MASS

    • 9 AM MASS & Distribution of Ashes

    • 11 AM SCHOOL MASS & Distribution of Ashes

    • 6:30 PM MASS & Distribution of Ashes

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

  • THE KNIGHTS’ FAMOUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be after the 8 & 9:30 am Masses on Sunday, February 11th. Bring your appetite and enjoy good food and good company.

  • FILIPINO MASS – is on Sunday, February 11th at 6 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. Thank you.

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




Today we continue to read from Mark’s Gospel, learning more about the ministry of Jesus. Jesus cured Simon’s mother-in-law, and she immediately began to serve Jesus and his disciples. Jesus also cured many others who were brought to him, healing their illnesses and driving out demons. As we will see throughout Mark’s Gospel, Jesus did not permit the demons to speak because they knew his identity and would have revealed it to those who were present.

On the morning after this busy day, Jesus retreated in prayer but was pursued by Simon and others who brought news that many people were looking for him. At this point in Mark’s Gospel, we begin to see a distinct role for the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples—they act as intermediaries between Jesus and the people. Jesus reports to his disciples that they need to leave Capernaum to preach in other places.

Today’s Gospel completes a picture of Jesus’ ministry: preaching, curing the sick, driving out demons, and then moving on to continue this work in another place. Mark's Gospel tells us that Jesus did this throughout Galilee.

Jesus’ compassion and healing of the sick is a sign of the Kingdom of God. The Church continues to extend Christ’s healing presence to others in its ministry to the sick. In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church prays for spiritual and physical healing, forgiveness of sins, and comfort for those who are suffering from illness.

In today’s Gospel, we also notice the importance of prayer in Jesus’ daily life. Jesus rose early in the morning, removed himself from the crowds, and went to a deserted place to pray. When the disciples found him, he told them that it was time to move on. We believe that in his prayers Jesus found guidance and direction from God. We also bring our decision-making to God in prayer, asking for his guidance and direction in our lives.

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 4

·       Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

·       Repose Elizabeth & James Robert Deal by Grace Koo

·       Repose Betty Shamley by Roger & Pat LaBreche

·       Repose Carmina Unson, Rosa A. Dizon & Victoria Dizon by Elisa & John Bueno


Monday, February 5

·       Repose Guy Rocheleau by Peter & Fernande Husar

·       Repose Antonio Filipe by Ludovina Santos


Tuesday, February 6

·       Spec. Intention Rev. Cannio Cardozo by Sue Farrell

·       Spec. Intention Ave Obejas by Legion of Mary

·       Spec. Intention Rose Dumaliang by Legion of Mary


Wednesday, February 7

·       Repose Betty Shamley by Elizabeth Livingston


Thursday, February 8

·       Spec. Intention Paula Vendargon

·       Spec. Intention Rose Dumaliang by Legion of Mary


Friday, February 9

·       Spec. Intention Sister Catherine by Bev Watson


Saturday, February 10

·       Repose Betty Shamley by Imelda Weafer

·       Repose Maria Dela Cruz Geneblazo by Joel & Erneida de Guzman


Parish Events


2nd Thursday of each month @ 7 PM


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


• Weekend Getaway Marriage Conference - February 16 - 18*

• Momentum Single Mothers Gathering - February 24

• Together for Good Marriage Workshop - March 2

* Weekend Getaway Marriage Conference

Dates are Friday, 16 February to Sunday 18 February

Accommodations at the Fairmont Empress Victoria, 721 Government Street, Victoria for conference participants should be booked separately. The fee is usually $299. Use promo code RCAVVIC to register for $199.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 14. For more information, please call Joyce at 604-683-0281 ext. 223 or visit



The Society invites you to attend our free Annual General Meeting on Sunday, Feb 4th in the Holy Trinity parish church hall at 3:30pm (after the 2:30 PM Mass). Guest speaker Angelina Ireland, President of the Delta Hospice Society, will speak on how to protect each other from MAiD. The first 40 people pre-registering to email: or by phone message to 604 980-7189, will receive a Precious Feet lapel pin at the event.

Refreshments will be served.



There will be a Vocation Live-In on the weekend of February 10 -11 at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC. Anyone wishing to enter the Seminary in the next couple of years is welcome. For more information phone 604-826-8975 or email



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

Please click the link below:



Invite you to be a part of their upcoming Catholic Educators Conference that will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, BC. The event promises to be a fantastic platform for showcasing and promoting your products and services to a diverse and engaged audience.

Here’s why you won’t want to miss this opportunity:

• Exposure: With the Catholic Educators Conference set to attract a large crowd of over 1500 attendees, your brand will gain maximum exposure

• Networking: Connect with our 46 schools, potential clients, and fellow vendors to establish valuable business connections

• Promotion: Benefit from our extensive marketing efforts that will promote your presence before, during and after the event

• Innovation: Showcase your latest products and innovations to a captivated audience

For more information on how to become a vendor and sponsor of the event, please visit the following link:

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of something truly special and grand. Your presence at the 2024 Catholic Educators Conference will be a highlight, and we can’t wait to have you on board!


Special Gifts

Remember a loved one with a special gift


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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