The Ascension of the Lord
This week in the Church
Prayers for Velia De Cotiis will be on Monday, June 6th at 7pm and the Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 11am. Our condolences to Velia’s family and friends. May she rest in peace, in the comfort of the Lord.
Funeral Mass for Bernard Ward will be on Thursday, June 9th @ 11am. Our condolences to Bernard’s family and friends. May he rest in peace in the comfort of the Lord.
During May – the Month of Mary – the Rosary will be prayed every day at
6pm in front of the Grotto for World Peace especially for Ukraine and Russia. You are invited to join in
Between June 28th to July 14th-there will be a Pilgrimage called Beautiful East Europe including Munich, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb, Split & Medjugorje. Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599) or Deon Almeida (778-866-8118)
A Pilgrimage called European Splendor will take place July 29th to August 14th which will include the Passion Play experience. Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599) or Deon Almeida (778-866-8118)
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land including Cairo, Sinai, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Petra will happen between November 7th & November 20th Information is available from Brian Andrade (778-999-4599)
A Message from St. Anthony’s Parish - Sanctuary Mental Health Course For Catholics - With all that’s going on currently in our families, our community and globally, is there any one among us who isn’t suffering or knows someone who is struggling with mental health? The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with our faith community. The course is 8 sessions long and will be held on Mondays at 7:00 to 9:00 pm from May 9th to June 27th at St Anthony’s Parish Hall. For more information and to register please contact Mary Markwick at 778-847-1426 or by email at email@example.com
A Message from Holy Trinity Parish - Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration We are grateful the Adoration Chapel at Holy Trinity Parish is open again. We thank God for His generosity and invite you to make time for a Holy Hour, especially during this time when some adorers are not able to attend to their Holy Hours due to illness, or they are away for a short period of time. The hours are as follows:
SUE: 604-986-0425 for SUN. 9:00am/THURS. 6:00am (for 3 mos.)
MARLENE: 604-980-2034 for SUN. 3:00 pm/ WED. 1:00pm
MARGE: 604-649-4927 for SUN. 9:00pm/FRI. 9:00pm
We still need SPARES for different Holy Hours as well - your response would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the above contact nos. if you are able to help. Thank you & God bless.
The Parish is in the process of welcoming a family of 5 to North Vancouver. If you would like to help, please join the Refugee Committee by contacting the Parish Office
Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update
With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects. Work will begin on the parking lot the first week of July.
We are Agents of Peace and Harmony
The season of Easter concludes with today's celebration, the feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today's first reading. The account in today's Gospel, taken from the Gospel of John, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts to each other. It is enough to know that, after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.
We previously heard today's Gospel on the second Sunday of Easter. At that time, we also heard the passage that follows, which describes Jesus' appearance to Thomas. In that context, we were led to reflect on belief and unbelief.
In the context of the feast of Pentecost, this reading reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.
This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. This reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church's sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are washed clean from sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God in forgiving sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.
~ Loyola Press
Sunday, June 5
Repose Michele Carter by Liz Wong
Repose Raffaele Cusano by wife Rosa
Spec. Intention Katrina Harriott by Barbara Stuart
Monday, June 6
Spec. Intention Kyle Jahn by Barbara Stuart
Spec. Intention Thanksgiving Sᾶozinha by Ludovina Santos
Spec. Intention Thea Fisher by Bev Watson
Tuesday, June 7
Spec. Intention St. Edmund Parishioners
Repose Rev. John Barry by Elizabeth Livingston
Wednesday, June 8
Spec. Intention Shannon Geue by Barbara Stuart
Repose Sr. Margaret Mary by Elizabeth Livingston
Spec. Intention Thanksgiving Joel de Guzman by family
Thursday, June 9
Repose Jozef Husar by Fernande & Peter Husar
Spec. Intention Brandon Teng by Liz Wong
Friday, June 10
Spec. Intention Dylan Teng by Liz Wong
Repose Rev. John Barry by Louzado family
Saturday, June 11
Repose Evengelina Estrella by daughter Lurdes
Repose Estelia Sanchez by Cynthia Valdes
If you need a Mass Intention, please contact the Parish Office
ST. Edmund's Christian Meditation Group
Re-starting "In Person" Meditation Sessions
Date: All Mondays at 7:00 PM
Participation in person:
please contact Luis Zunino - firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-987-8304
Option to participate via ZOOM:
For an introductory conversation, please contact Luis Zunino - email@example.com 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
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 – no meetings during the summer
St. Edmund’s Elementary School
What an incredible year it has been and it is hard to believe that we are into the last month of this school year! We are so proud of amazing commitment that the children and staff have put into continuing our quality student programming with the support of our families. We can look back with appreciation for all the learning and growth that has taken place and all the friendships that have been developed and enriched within our community. The remainder of the school year will include many exciting events for our students such as the Track and Field finals, Sports Day, Talent Show, Grade 7 Farewell and a School BBQ Event! Please continue to check your emails for further upcoming information.
To our Grade Seven students and all others who are leaving St. Edmund’s School, we wish you much happiness. We trust that the Christian attitude you have developed and the skills you have learned will contribute to your success and the success of others in the future.
We extend a special welcome to our new Kindergarten class and new families who will be joining our St. Edmund’s community for the 2022/23 school year!
May God bless you,
St. Edmund’s has been blessed with a team of great educators who have shown loving care and dedication to bring out the best in all our students. As educators we continue to challenge ourselves to grow and develop professionally. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of Learning Support Education Assistants. Miss. Szpak, Miss Wu, Miss Wong, Miss Littlejohn & Miss Miiller. We have also appreciated the additional support of Ms. Maduro and Ms. Chartrand for a couple of days in the latter half of the year. Please keep them in your prayers as we wish them the very best in their future endeavours.
Sacrament of First Holy Communion & Confirmation – Please continue to pray for our school and PREP students who received the Blessed Sacrament for the first time on May 1st and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit on May 29th. We ask that you continue to pray for all our youth as they continue to grow on their journey of faith. A special thank you to our PAC, Kindergarten, Grade 3, Grade 1 and Grade 6 parents for hosting a beautiful reception for each of these special events.
Remembrance Day Poster Winners -
This month our Royal Canadian Legion Branch #118 recognized our school for the 85 entries that were submitted in their annual Poster Contest. Of these entries, 18 students were recognized for placing in the top 3 of their categories and were awarded Indigo gift cards. We are grateful to the Legion for their service and to Mr. Derek Fry who attended the assembly and awarded the following students: Lily Oman, Maria Madureira, Tamarah Villanueva, Qamara Adatia, Victor Domisiw, Isadora Ruelles de Assis Peres, Bronwyn Organ, Elizabeth Nahanee, Valentina Fernandez, Isabel Erthal, Diana Cadar, Kate Fraser, Victoria Turner, Annebelle Stuart-Roca & Erica Ferguson. Additionally Sophia Bersolona, Evangeline riddall and Sophia Vicente were recognized at the BC/Yukon Level Judging for their Junior Video entry and share the $200 prize. Congratulations!
National “AccessAbility” Week Flag Contest
We also congratulate our Grade 6 students Isabel Erthal, Jedrich Landicho, Bronwyn Organ and Elizabeth Nahanee who were selected as the North Vancouver runner ups for their poster entries which can be seen on the Easter Seals Website. The week of May 29 to June 4 celebrates the contributions of Canadians with disabilities and recognizes the efforts of thoses who are working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. Thank you to our students for helping raise awareness to issues of accessibility.
“Walking with Hope” Walk-a-thon
Thank you for continuing to send in your donations for our annual Walkathon. We have currently collected $11,969 towards the resurfacing of our playground. On behalf of our community thank you for promoting this event with your family and friends!
Upcoming Events & Reminders:
Bike to School Week - We are celebrating Bike to School Week this year from May 30 - June 3! We’re encouraging students and families to use active transportation for their trips to school all week - walking, biking, scootering, skateboarding, to help reduce congestion in our school neighbourhood and help students arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
School & Class library books – Please return all library & class books by Friday June 10th so that we are able to complete our inventory. Any misplaced or lost books will need to be paid for by the students/parents. Thank you for your co-operation.
School Uniform: Order by June 15th – We recognize that uniforms may be furthest from mind, however, our provider, Cambridge Uniforms ask that your back-to-school order be placed by June 15th to ensure delivery during the month of August.
Please go to their website www.cambridgeuniforms.com, create an account if you don’t already have one, and use the school code TED357 to place your order or book a fitting. A reminder that all uniform pieces are to be purchased from our supplier. We may also have gently used uniform pieces available by donation. Please contact the school office.
Grade 7 Farewell Evening – We will be recognizing our grade 7s for all their many accomplishments on Tuesday June 22nd at 7 pm. Stay tuned for further details. We are so proud of our St. Edmund’s Class of 2022 and ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers as they move forward in their educational journey.
Last Day of School – The last day of school for students is Tuesday June 28th. We will have a whole school Mass at 9:00 am at which our Grade 7s will pass on the light of school leadership to our Grade 6 class. Following classroom activities, report cards will be distributed and dismissal will be at 12:00.
School Safety & Gratitude - I would like to thank all the parents who have answered our call and have continued to provide safety at our crosswalks! Your time and effort is much appreciated at morning drop-off and afterschool pick-up.
We are still accepting applications for Kindergarten. If you know of families looking for an amazing sense of community and Catholic education, please direct them to our school.
June Calendar Highlights:
May 30-June 3 Bike to School Week (or perhaps the month!)
June 9 Sports Day (am) & Early Dismissal 12:00 pm
June 10 No School – Professional Day
June 21 Grade 7 Farewell – Recognition Ceremony
June 24 School Community Year-end BBQ
June 28 Last Day of School for Students
9:00 Whole School Mass
Reports Home 12:00 Dismissal
July 1 Canada Day Holiday
Important Dates for the 2022/23 School Year:
Please remember to check the online calendar and emails for the latest info/changes.
Sept. 6 - First Day of School Oct. 10 – Thanksgiving Oct. 21 – ProDay Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day Nov. 25 – Pro Day Dec. 16 - School closes for Christmas vacation Jan. 3 - School reopens after Christmas vacation
Feb 16&17 - Catholic Educator's Conference Feb. 20 - Family Day Stat Mar. 10 - School closes for Spring Break Mar. 27 - School reopens after Spring Break Apr. 7 - Good Friday Apr. 10 - Easter Monday May 22 - Victoria Day June 28 - Last day of school
Daily Health Screening
Please be sure to do the Daily Health Screening every day for your child before leaving for school. The BC Daily Health Check tool can be accessed at this link https://www.k12dailycheck.gov.bc.ca/healthcheck?execution=e1s1. Please follow the suggestions after completing the health check assessment or those of another health care professional.
St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
Folks, Food and Fun Campus Ministry International Night Friday, June 3rd @ 6pm
This year's Campus Ministry International Night is 2 weeks away! Please join us for delicious food, entertainment from our STA Jazz Bands and a chance to meet other STA families all while supporting charitable initiatives.
STA Appreciation Day Saturday, June 11th - Mark your calendars! STA is holding its
annual Spring Social with the STA Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 11th, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at STA. All Alumni, Parents (Current & Parents of Alumni) and Parishes are welcome to attend. More details to follow.
Vaping: Supporting Youth to Make informed Decisions Wednesday, June 8th
at 7:00pm School Gymnasium or STA YouTube Channel
During this STA TALK, parents and kids will learn about: reasons youth vape, vaping stats, the evolution of devices and the impact on youth uptake, signs of vaping activity, industry tactics, risks and protective factors, vaping laws, how to have a conversation with your youth about vaping, and supports for youth who vape/use tobacco.
Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program
The annual British Columbia & Yukon Bursary program known as the Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program is underway. The 2022 program is now receiving applications. We are privileged to offer fourteen bursaries of $1,000.00 each to Catholic students across BC. These bursaries are made available on a one-time only basis to young practicing Catholic students who are in post secondary education at a recognized institute of higher learning within the BC. Applications are accepted from Jan. 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022 with the bursaries being awarded in the fall. The Terms of Reference may be found on our web site (kofcbc.org) after Jan 1, 2022.
Requests for application should be addressed to:
Knights of Columbus BC & Yukon
809 Mara Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5T9
Attn: Herb Yang, Bursaries Chairman
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to congratulate the many recipients once again over the past years and look forward to the opportunity to assist many more young people in the advancement of their education.
Every Thursday at 6 PM - In Person
Children's Choir Training
Every Saturday at 10 AM
Altar Servers’ Training
Every Saturday 11 - 11:30am
Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: "For a synodal church: Communion, participation and mission." With that in mind, there will be information cards available at the Church entrance with Topics of Conversation suggested on the reverse side and encouraging us to check for updates on the Archdiocese site www.rcav.org/synod
Project Advance 2022
A Letter from the Archbishop
Apology for the Church's Role in Coerced Adoption
Canadian societal customs from the 1940s through the 1970s did not consider, or recognize, an unwed mother as a responsible parent. To our regret we acted on that conviction. Our participation in a system that separated a young unmarried mother from her newly born child was, we now acknowledge, a practice that caused great harm and hurt. We are truly sorry for participating in that practice.
In 1933, the Catholic Children’s Society in the Archdiocese of Vancouver founded the Our Lady of Mercy Home for unmarried mothers under the direction of the Superintendent of Child Welfare of the Province of British Columbia.
The home was located at the corner of 54th Avenue and Oak Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unwed pregnant mothers were offered a place to stay, arrangements for medical care, counselling, financial planning, and temporary foster care for those who needed time to plan their future and make decisions about the care of their child, including adoption. We now know that many of these mothers faced pressures that adoption was the only choice.
The Archdiocese of Vancouver apologizes for our participation in the separation of mothers and fathers from their children. Our role in any pressured and coerced adoptions created a legacy of pain and suffering. We contributed to a culture of shame, guilt and secrecy, which often led to pain and isolation.
Today, we express our regret for our part in denying mothers the support they deserved and their right to love and care for their children. We apologize to the mothers who were not informed of their rights, and consequently could not provide fully informed consent. We feel great sorrow knowing that women in these types of homes were often denied true friendships with other young women experiencing pregnancy. Sometimes they even suffered mistreatment at the hands of staff and, in many cases, their own families.
We recognize that many of these mothers have suffered long-term harm from their experiences. We have heard your stories of grief and deep loss. We have heard how you lived with the shame and stigma placed on you by society and the Church. We are truly sorry.
Some children who were adopted were not given the opportunity to know their family and community of origin. Some were misled or lied to about the circumstances of their birth. We apologize to those of you who struggle to find a sense of identity and belonging, who are torn between two families and communities, and who live with a sense of uncertainty within yourselves.
We recognize that these practices also affected fathers, excluded from their own children’s lives. We acknowledge the hurt caused to brothers and sisters, grandparents, partners, and members of extended families who have shared in the pain of their loved ones.
Regretting our history, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver has, over the past three years, listened to mothers pressured into relinquishing their babies for adoption. In the hope for true healing, we have taken the following steps:
Initiated training for Catholic counselors, social workers and psychologists to increase their awareness of the complex issues related to adoption, reunion and healing.
Raised awareness about the suffering of mothers and adoptees through a series of articles and publications in The BC Catholic newspaper in 2020 and on our RCAV website.
Collaborated with mothers and adoptees to create a link on our RCAV website specifically for those impacted by adoptions: see ADOPTION: Loss and Healing.
Included, for the first time, mothers who lost their children to forced adoption in Archbishop Miller’s Mother’s Day Blessing message and video, May 2021.
Next Steps in Our Continued Commitment
Post our apology in The BC Catholic newspaper and on our website.
Through a trauma informed group of counsellors, we will offer therapy for mothers who stayed at the Our Lady of Mercy Home in Vancouver and for their children, for any related trauma.
Continue training for counsellors, social workers, priests, Church staff and other support positions to increase their awareness of the complex issues related to adoption, reunion and healing.
Working with our counsellors and the Adoption Loss and Healing Advisory Group, Archdiocesan staff will collaborate to identify and support people willing to increase their knowledge and abilities to support mothers, fathers, and adoptees.
Recommend that all parishes in the Archdiocese acknowledge this issue by sharing the Apology and finding ways to inform parishioners regarding its impact. These could include Mother’s Day acknowledgements of women who have lost children to coerced adoption and other ways to allow impacted women to share their stories.
Share this Apology with other dioceses throughout Canada and work with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to further engage mothers who have been impacted by this tragedy.
We want to thank the mothers who have allowed us to journey with them and learn more about their lived experiences. We hope that this apology and the other listed steps will contribute to their healing and allow them to share these resources with women and men involved in adoption during that era.
Joy of the Family: A RCAV Family Gathering
All families in the Archdiocese of Vancouver are invited to join us in celebrating the World Meeting of Families and the closing of the Year of the Family.
Gather together with other families and meet seminarians, religious sisters, and priests in this fun-filled event hosted by the RCAV Marriage and Family Team.
Come join us for:
Lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers) prepared by the Knights of Columbus
Soccer against the "Men in Black"
Basketball, Capture the Flag, and other sports events
3-hole Mini Golf
Rock Climbing Wall
Scavenger Photo Hunt with prizes
Registration is required.
Joy of the Family
Sunday, June 26th
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Pacific Academy, Surrey
Altar Candles & Sanctuary Lamp
June 4 – June 10
Repose of the Souls of Liz Jackson & Jady Li
By Nora Gemino
Remember a loved one with a special gift
The remembrance can be for an anniversary, a birthday, in thanksgiving or to remember our deceased loved ones. Stop by the Parish Office to arrange to have the Bread and Wine, Flowers, Altar Candles and/or Sanctuary Lamp donated for someone you love. All donations are for one week.
Altar Flowers - $30
Bread & Wine - $25
Altar Candles - $20
Sanctuary Lamp - $20
Masses - $10 (per Mass)
Please contact the Parish Office
Parking Lot Paving/Drainage Repair Update
With gratitude, we have raised $154,554 of the estimated $190,000 needed to complete these projects. Work begins the 1stweek of July.
Remember St Edmund's in your Will
A planned gift to be realized in the future, such as the options below, may be the best approach for you and may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible.
A Gift in Your Will - This is the most common type of planned gift - a gift in your will. Arranged today, a bequest is paid to St. Edmund’s Parish through your estate, after your death. You can give a specific sum, property, or a percentage of your estate. It is important that the full name of the parish and charitable number be included in your will so that there is no confusion about your intentions. (St. Edmund’s Parish, North Vancouver # 11884 9470 RR0064)
Life Insurance - A gift of life insurance is a simple and thoughtful way to make a gift to St. Edmund’s Parish. Insurance allows you to make a modest gift now for a significant gift in the future.
RRSP and RRIF Funds - Naming St. Edmund’s Parish a beneficiary of your RRSPs and RRIFs means all or a portion of these assets can now be left directly to St. Edmund’s Parish upon your death without having to pass through your estate. This arrangement means that no probate fees are payable on these assets. In most cases, the taxes owing on your donated RRSPs or RRIFs at death are offset by the charitable tax credits generated by your donation. Donations of this type are a great way to reduce the substantial deferred tax burden that many RRSP and RRIF plans carry.
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