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July 8/9, 2023 - Sunday Bulletin

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time


This Week in the Church

  • OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL NOVENA – to prepare for this great Feast on July 15th, the Novena begins on Thursday, July 6th after the 9am Mass. Novena copies will be available at the Church entrance. See the invitation to the Feast on the next page.

  • The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is on Saturday, July 15th. Everyone is cordially invited to join us for the Celebration of the Mass at 10:30am. There will be no 9am Mass that day.

  • ST. EDMUND’S RAFFLE – RIGHT TO EDUCATE EVERY CHILD Volunteers will be available after all Masses next weekend to buy your lucky tickets.

  • THE NEXT FILIPINO MASS – is on Sunday, July 9th at 6pm.

  • Project Advance : Every gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference. Every gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference. Here are a few options to get your pledge form

    • You can pick up your pledge form from parish office

    • Call office to mail form to you or to scan & email to you

    • You may also make a donation online here: Be sure to select St. Edmund's in the parish drop down menu to ensure the excess funds come back to our community.


Important Updates


Mondays & Thursdays – the office will be closed

The rest of the week will be regular hours.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL NOVENA – to prepare for this great Feast on July 15th, the Novena begins on Thursday, July 6th – see the invitation on the next page.

THE MONTHLY FILIPINO MASS – is on 2nd Sunday of each month at 6pm.



The Reason for Unbelief

Today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel comes after a discourse in which Jesus reproaches people who have witnessed his mighty deeds yet still lack belief. In this context, today’s Gospel explains the reason for this unbelief and reveals what is necessary for faith. Today’s Gospel also continues to enhance our understanding of discipleship as last week’s Gospel did.

Jesus first prays in thanksgiving to God who has made himself known to Jesus’ disciples. He praises God who has made himself known to the “little ones” and not to the wise and learned. As in other recent readings from Matthew’s Gospel, a contrast is made here between the unbelieving Pharisees, who are wise and learned, and the faithful disciples, tax collectors, and sinners with whom Jesus keeps company.

The second part of this reading calls to our attention the unity between the Father and the Son. God has made himself known through Jesus, and in knowing Jesus, we come to know the Father. In Jesus’ life and in his person, God reveals himself to us.

In the concluding sentences of today’s Gospel, Jesus’ teaching is again contrasted to the teaching of the Pharisees. This common theme of Matthew’s Gospel probably reflects tension that existed between Jesus and the Pharisees and between the Pharisees and the community of Christians for whom Matthew wrote. Pharisaic Judaism became the predominant form of Judaism after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem about 70 A.D. Here that tension is expressed as alternative paths of holiness. The careful observance of the Mosaic law taught by the Pharisees could be experienced by some as difficult and burdensome. In contrast, Jesus’ way of holiness is presented as uncomplicated and even restful.

- Loyola Press


Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 9

· Repose Lorna Martin by Agnes Garcia

· Repose Helen Mercado by Charmaine Guidon

Monday, July 10

· Spec. Intention St. Edmund’s Parishioners

· Spec. Intention Ines Maria Tillard by Barbara Stuart

· Repose Graham Sprake by Sue Farrell

Tuesday, July 11

· Spec. Intention Roger Noujeim by Elizabeth Noujeim

· Repose Craig Farrell by Sue Farrell

Wednesday, July 12

· Repose Anna & John Michniewicz by Zofia Bronowska

Thursday, July 13

· Repose Zeferino Mealha by Maria Schaller

· Repose Aida Aguillardo by daughter

Friday, July 14

· Repose Jan Kusako by Zofia Bronowska

Saturday, July 15

· Repose Raffaele Maglieri by son Domenico & family


Parish Events


2nd Thursday of each month @ 7 PM

June Meeting will be June 15th


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


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


Lessons are available to book at

Registration for Summer camps & lessons is now available.


School Events/News

Blessings and Congratulations to the STA graduates of our Parish

Vincenzo ApostolEthan AraiAlexandre BaptistaKelsey BrickSofie ChanMark CooRaphael John CostalesBrendan DucutMatthew DwyerDeanna FactorVictory Kramer

Aiden KwongSierra LarsonDana MontoyaAlexandre PanickerMia RiddallAlexander SorokaAubrey Ann VenturaMyla VillanuevaShayne VillanuevaKathleen DizonAnthony Hunter


Religious Education


  • Schedule will be published late Summer

Children's Choir Training

  • Every Saturday at 10 AM

Altar Server Training

  • Every Saturday at 11 - 11:30am


Archdiocese Notices & Events


Dear Parishioners,

We are writing to seek your support for the 2023 Project Advance campaign. Project Advance allows the Archdiocese of Vancouver and, more particularly, our St. Edmund's community to come together to support communal projects.

Please see Archbishop Millar's video message attached (click on link below and scroll down to watch video)

Our Parish fundraising goal for the Archdiocese this year is $33,000. This means that anything raised over $33,000 comes back to St. Edmunds for local projects. Last year we were able to repair and replace the underground plumbing and pavement in the school parking lot.

Currently, the stairs leading from the rectory need to be replaced. Our current goal is to raise funds to replace and extend the deck from the rectory to the Church/sacristy. This will provide an opportunity to extend the outdoor space to accommodate more people, provide a space to socialize, and provide a separate outdoor space for quiet reflection and prayer.

Every gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference. Volunteers will be available after each mass this weekend to take your donation and answer any questions. You may also make a donation online here: Be sure to select St. Edmund's in the parish drop down menu to ensure the excess funds come back to our community.

Thank you for your generosity

Marian Pilgrimage on Saturday, August 19, 2023

  1. To have a bus pick up from your parish grounds, please advise Teresita Nixon at as soon as possible. There are two bus options: tourist bus and school bus. Please indicate which type of bus you prefer to pick up at your parish locations. There should be a minimum of 15 parishioners for the parish pick up.

  2. May we also request you to please include the following announcement in your Sunday Parish Bulletin.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Marian Pilgrimage to the Grotto, Mission, BC

Archbishop Michael Miller, CSB - Mass Celebrant

Return bus transportation to Mission only:

$40.00 (tourist bus) and $35.00 (school bus)

Pay the parish bus coordinator.

Return bus transportation to Mission/Agassiz:

$75.00 (tourist bus)

Email for details.



Special Gifts

Bread & Wine

Remember a loved one with a special gift


Financial Updates

Remember St. Edmund's in your Will


Prayer Requests and Advertisements


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