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Jan 6/7, 2024 - Sunday Bulletin

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord


This Week in the Church

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Giuseppe (Joe) Rucci who went home to God. May he rest in the Comfort of the Lord. FUNERAL MASS: THURSDAY, JAN.11TH @ 10AM at St. Edmund’s.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Eileen Sinkinson who went home to God. May she rest in peace in the Comfort of the Lord. FUNERAL MASS: THURSDAY, JAN. 11TH @ 10AM at Holy Trinity.

  • THE MONTHLY FILIPINO MASS – is on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6pm. This month, it is on Sunday, January 14th.


Important Updates

• PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2024 ENVELOPES – from the Parish Office

• SPECIAL OFFER – go to the Knights of Columbus notices for important information.



The Presentation of the Child

Today’s Gospel describes the presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple and shows Joseph and Mary as devout Jews, following the prescriptions of the Law of Moses. The Gospel alludes to several aspects of the Law of Moses: circumcision, the dedication of the firstborn son to the Lord, and the purification of a woman after childbirth.

According to the Law of Moses as presented in the Book of Leviticus, a woman was considered ritually unclean during her menstrual period and for a prescribed period of time following the birth of a child. After the birth of a son, a woman was considered ritually unclean for 40 days. After the birth of a daughter, a woman was considered unclean for 80 days. In order to be restored to ritual purity, a Jewish woman performed the appropriate rites of purification and made the prescribed ritual offering.

Today’s Gospel notes that Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, in accordance with the Mosaic Law. At that time, he was called Jesus, the name he was given by the angel Gabriel. On the 40th day after Jesus’ birth, Mary performed the appropriate purification rites and made her offering at the Temple. Although the Law of Moses required an offering of a lamb, those who could not afford a lamb could substitute two turtledoves or two pigeons. In this scene, Luke identifies Joseph and Mary as being poor, and indeed throughout Luke’s Gospel, Jesus will show special concern for the poor.

Another Jewish rite referenced in this Gospel is the dedication of the firstborn son to the Lord. In remembrance of the feast of Passover, when the firstborn children of the Israelites in Egypt were saved from death, the Law of Moses prescribed that all firstborn males of Israel should be consecrated to the Lord. In this tradition, Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem, Luke reports that Mary and Joseph encounter two devout Jews, Simeon and Anna, who recognize the infant Jesus as the fulfillment of Israel’s hope for redemption. In Simeon’s words we find a prediction of Mary’s witnessing of Jesus’ death on the cross. The Canticle of Simeon, also called by its Latin name, Nunc Dimitis, is prayed at night prayer, or compline, during the Liturgy of the Hours.

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 7

• Healing Mass for Yanic Pean by Chantel Pean

• Spec. Intention Fr. Steny (Safe travels) by Zofia Bronowksa

• Spec. Intention Janet Ficocelli by Bev Watson

• Repose All Souls in Purgatory by Isabel Urayenza

• Repose Curtis Dayton by Helen Mercado

• Repose Ken Kramer & Gregorio Lacuadra by Grace Sangalan

• Repose Chari Orozco-Simons by John & Elisa Bueno

Monday, January 8

• Repose Ron Burke by Zofia Bronowska

Tuesday, January 9

• Repose Curtis Dayton by Rev. Jerry D’Souza. OCD

Wednesday, January 10

• Spec. Intention Sue Farrell by Bev Watson

Thursday, January 11

• Repose John Charles Stuart by Barbara Stuart

• Spec. Intention Sue Farrell by Zofia Bronowska

Friday, January 12

• Repose Carol & Harold Palleson

• Repose Curtis Dayton by Peter & Diane Nation

Saturday, January 13

• Spec. Intention Marg & Lorne Beauchamp by Jane Richmond


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

Mondays @ 7 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


School Events

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 6:00 - 7:00 pm at St Edmund’s School

Children's Choir Training

  • Every Saturday at 10am

Altar Server Training

  • Every Saturday 11-11:30am


Archdiocese Notices & Events


• Making Sense of Counterwill - January23 - February 20*

• Spiritual Care Training Program - February 1 - March 21

• Weekend Getaway Marriage Conference - February 16 - 18

• Momentum Single Mothers Gathering - February 24

• Together for Good Marriage Workshop - March 2

*MAKING SENSE OF COUNTERWILL – Tuesday evenings, January 23 – February 20 - 7:30-9:30pm. Online via Zoom/$25 cost to register.

The instinct to resist being controlled or coerced is one of the most perplexing and troublesome dynamics in dealing with children and youth. This course reveals the dynamics controlling this instinct and provides suggestions for how to deal with it.

This material is applicable for all those dealing with toddlers through adolescents: teachers, parents, and helping professionals.



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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